Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Avery White Rascal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1408) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Witbier is one of my favorite summer styles (and one of my favorite style, period for that matter). When done right it can be amazingly delicious. When done well it’s still pretty good. Avery White Rascal falls into the latter category. A solid, to-spec Belgian White for sure, but not an amazing one. 

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 6/22/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Classic pale yellow hue with translucent body. Not carbonation is visible, nor is sediment. Pours to a large, white, pillowy head which laces and retains beautifully.

Smell: A light fruity aroma of bananas and orangepeel with some floral notes. Not quite as pungent as I’d prefer, though.

Taste: There are certain flavor components I expect and want in a witbier and this has them all. A light wheaty body up front, but with not especially sweet (nor tart). The second half contains most of the flavor in the form of citrusy orangepeel and a light coriander spice. Not much in the way of hop flavor or bitterness. It’s a simple, repetitive palette and the taste never grows old; my only complaint is that it’s a little too mild. I’d think a fresh can like this would be bold and peppery, but it’s surprisingly tame. This would make a great starter witbier, though.

Drinkability: A beer like Avery White Rascal is exactly what I want in the warmer months. It’s refreshing after every swig and leaves a clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite soft and smooth – almost creamy, though it also feels a bit watery and under-carbonated. I’d prefer more zesty Belgian effervescence (which is more common in bottle-conditioned brews). It doesn’t seem to quite take full advantage of its 5.6% ABV, as this feels like something in the sub-5% range. I’m sure no one will have a problem putting back a couple of these.

Score: 7/10

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