Review: White Rascal, Avery Brewing


White Rascal
Avery Brewing Co. — Boulder, CO

Stats:
  • Style:  Belgian White Ale
  • Bitterness:  10 IBU
  • ABV:  5.6%
  • Malts:   Two-row Barley, Belgian Wheat
  • Hops:  Czech Saaz
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or 'white' ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yup, that's yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshingly fruity thirst quencher." — Avery Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:   I'm exploring Belgian inspired beers.  This is the first of seven that I'll be tasting.

The tasting:  Pale gold, hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Spicy aroma full of coriander, clove, and yeast.  The same spices were present in flavor, in addition to orange peel, lemon, and black pepper.  The wheat gave it a slight tartness that meshed nicely with the spices.  It had very little bitterness and only a hint of alcohol was noticeable in flavor.  White Rascal was light bodied, had medium carbonation, and a silky smooth mouth feel.  It finished dry and spicy. Very drinkable.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   I haven't tasted many beers of this style, but I liked it.   I'd liken it to a less aggressive version of a Belgian Golden Ale (in terms of alcohol and intensity of flavor).  It's light, refreshing, and a great beer for summer.  If you're new to the style, give it a try!

Have you tried White Rascal or any other Belgian White Ales?

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3 comments:

BreworFerment said...

I have never had an Avery beer that I've disliked. My favorite by far is The Kaiser. I'm up in Portland this way I'd love to do some kind of collaboration review with you. http://breworferment.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/avery-brewing-imperial-oktoberfest-the-kaiser/

Sanjay said...

Sounds good, what did you have in mind?

Anonymous said...

This is my favorite White Belian, save only one "Issaquah Menage-Frog", which if you haven't tried it, it reigns supreme in this catagory, however it's limited distibution hinders it and the Avery Brewing's White Rascal is the next best thing. I reccomend this for anyone who wants a light beer with plenty of tasty flavors that will surprise your mouth, even girls I've known who don't like beer still enjoy this brew, however stay away from the canned version, the metallic taste of the can ruins this light brew and finding it in the bottle is becoming harder.

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