White Rascal, Avery Brewing, Boulder

Style: Belgian Wheat, White Ale

ABV: 5.6 percent

Serving Type: 12-ounce can

Malty? Hoppy? Light on the hops, with plenty of citrus flavor

Reviewed: June 2013

There’s a reason Avery Brewing‘s longtime staple, White Rascal, is seemingly on tap at every other bar in Denver: White Rascal is perhaps the king of Colorado wheat beers. Light, citrusy, and refreshing, the Rascal is a bit of liquid summer in a bottle (or can). Put it this way: It’s the brew you should be talking up after your ill-informed friend orders a Blue Moon. In fact, now that we think of it, bartenders should just start giving Blue-Moon-ordering customers a Rascal instead.

Though this isn’t always the case with canned beers, for whatever reason, White Rascal seems to lose a step in the can. The pleasant, Belgian-y banana flavors aren’t quite as pronounced and the brew doesn’t taste as crisp as we know it is. So, do the beer justice and pour it into a glass. Or, better yet, just track it down on tap—which won’t be hard.

Would we buy it again? Yes. Show up to any summer party with a sixer of White Rascal and you should be well received. If you’re not, you’re at the wrong party.