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Beer: White Rascal, Belgian witbier (a.k.a. Belgian wheat beer or white beer)
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO
Availability: Avery beers are distributed nationwide, and this is a year-round offering. It’s available in bottles, cans, and kegs.
Tasting notes: Spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this unfiltered Belgian wheat beer is a perfect example of a traditional Belgian witbier (a.k.a. white beer). The descriptor “white” comes from the cloudy haze you’ll see in the glass. The haze remains because this is an unfiltered beer, and as with many unfiltered beers, you will find a strong bready, malty character in the finished product. You’ll smell the orange on the nose, and it will carry through to the flavor, but there’s also a pervasive distinct Belgian yeast aroma. The coriander also adds a nice hint of spice, giving the flavor a bit of complexity. Yet this is still a fairly light-bodied beer.
Food pairings: On Avery’s website, they recommend pairing this with spicy Thai or Mexican food, and it works as a refreshing companion to both. I also like to pair it with simple fruit desserts that complement the orange notes in the beer. It’s the perfect order at brunch, when your lady orders a mimosa and you want something a little more manly.
White Rascal is a beer I forget about during the winter months but always come back to this time of year. Refreshing and simple, it was made for the summer. Whether you’re lounging by a pool, out in the woods camping or just hanging out in the backyard, you want a witbier, and the Avery White Rascal is one of my favorites: refreshing, light and a little citrusy.
Belgian Witbiers are traditionally spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel. That peel, also called bitter orange, will add the citrus element. The coriander gives it a spicy and herbaceous twang. Although Avery’s White Rascal is available year-round, many breweries make witbiers that are released in the summer. We’re in the heart of witbier season.