Day #43 – Avery White Rascal

February 13, 2011

Well the vacation is over and I’m back home.  It was a great trip, and I got to try TONS of new beer that I could only get while in San Antonio.  (Obviously I only reviewed a few of them but there was a bit of drinking going on.)  It’s always nice to take a trip to a new region and try the local beers that are available there.  A way to sample the flavor of the area if you will.  So now that I’m back home, it’s back to the old format.  By the way, I ran into a lot of friends this weekend that had nothing but good things to say about this blog.  Thanks for reading and for the compliments!  It’s nice words and encouragement that keep this thing going.

On to the beer…

Avery White Rascal

I believe this is the first beer I’ve reviewed from Avery.  Avery Brewing Company is based out of Boulder, Colorado.  Colorado (especially Denver and Boulder) are very heavy with craft beer and large supporters of the movement.  The Brewers Association which heads up and advocates for the craft beer movement is based in Boulder as well.   They have several things distributed to our area, so expect to see their name pop up more in the future.

White Rascal is classified as a Belgian Witbier and rings in at 5.6% ABV.  It is being poured delectably into my Avery flute glass.

This beer pours a hazy/misty golden color.  There are light wisps of cloudiness in the glass.  I’m assuming this is unfiltered and there are slight remnants of yeast remaining.  It also has a nice foamy head that disappears fairly quickly.

The beer has a fairly pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast, fruity esters of orange peel and banana with some gentle spice of coriander as well.    Come to find out that it is indeed brewed with zest of orange and coriander, so how about that?

The flavor is a bit spicy with the fruitiness sneaking in after with a dry grainy characteristic.  The finish is lightly bitter of bread and citrus acid.  Slightly drying on the finish.

A nice light-bodied beer that has enough zest and flavor to make it interesting.  Seek it out!



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