White Rascal is a Witbier (Belgian-style Wheat or White Ale) spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel. It’s belongs on Avery’s standard lineup, which means this is sold in increments of six, and offered in either cans or bottles. Aromas give a loud display of coriander, followed by lighter shades of clove and banana. Citrus elements resemble orange peel and lemon juice. Spicy notes are expressed as white pepper. Malts give touches of wheat with an impression of sourdough bread.
Reflecting the nose, the palate is guided by smooth wheat over a gentle body of white sugar sweetness. Pleasant fruity flavors percolate up as banana, kiwi, and pear. A tart element rises on the back-end like watered down lemonade. The yeast is exposed as a soft, black pepper spice that washes into flavors of coriander. Faint floral notes emerge for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel ushers in crisp, active carbonation that moves over a medium-light body.
In terms of style, I think this is quite flavorful, not too heavy or too light. The yeast does its job without going over the top. The sweet element is nicely balanced by a sour upswing. Drinkability is very good, and alcohol is of no concern. White Rascal tastes good and goes down smooth, so I recommend it if you’re looking for a light, domestic, Belgian-inspired ale.
Hops: Bravo, Sterling, Hersbrucker
Malts: Two-row barley, Wheat