Little White Lie - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 07-17-2004

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gilded white body on the lighter side of the style. Completely opaque. Thin white head. Aromas of bready malts, light citrus, coriander, and pepper. Flavor is very in keeping with the style – orange peal and coriander with a touch of pepper. Light refreshing body. Balanced and slightly creamy.

Photo of sloejams
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good buddy of mine travels to the Russian River valley every so often. Do I use the term "good buddy" because he always comes back with something delicious from Russian River Brewing Co? Perhaps.

This trip he returned with a couple of growlers including the Little White Lie. His words, "it's a lot like Hoegaarden". I like Hoegaarden, even now that InBev went "Roger and Me" on the city bearing the beer's name. Well, I still like the taste - that is. I gots no love for InBev. Anyhow, this ale is very Hoegaardeny.

It pours a cloudy straw white. The smell is of wheat, clove, orange peel and the slightest bit of coriander. The taste brought the sweetness of the spices out over the backbone of the wheat. Tasty. Tasty like Hoegaarden. I find that American wits overdo the coriander a lot of the times. This one did not. In fact, I'd say that it was even more subtle in use than Hoegaarden itself.

But all of this was not any surprise to me. Vinnie Cilurzo is a master brewer. This is another fine offering.

Photo of watermelonman
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a very pale, near white color, without much head to speak of. It left a minimalistic lace.

The smell was very appealing. It did have the perfume-like qualities of other beers within this style, well-blended with a good amount of hops detectable in the smell as well as the taste. The malts had to take the back seat but are still apparent. The taste was decent but not too exciting.

The mouthfeel was nice and solid and the beer is definitely easy to drink.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy light golden color with a very creamy head. It almost looked like meringue and stuck around for a while. Aroma was lemon, dried orange, coriander as well as some other floral notes that I couldn't pinpoint. Slight bitter but pleasant finish. This white ale is a bit more assertive than most that I have had in general but still very good.

Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Russian River.

A- pours a clear cloudy pale yellow color. Standard for what it should look like.

S/T- Heavy on the unmalted wheat. Lots of wheat in the aroma and flavor. More tilted toward the tangy and corriander flavor and less on the citrus.

M/D- Not bad overall. I like the witbiers that come out a tad more citrusy... this one was a bit drier and wheaty. Still tastes good but not one of my favorites.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After walking the 1.5mi from my hotel to O'Brien's for the 24 July BA gathering under warm, sunny skies, I needed an immediate thirst quencher that wasn't going to knock me on my butt (I was real hungry, too). Russian River's Little White Lie looked like a perfect starter.
Poured into a pint glass, this wit had a cloudy pale straw color and was topped by a sticky bright white head that lingered around throughout. The nose was pretty subdued compared to other wits I've had and lacked the almost overpowering perfumey scent most seemed to possess. That was fine with me. Little White Lie had some nice light malt notes and a vaguely spicy aroma of coriander and white pepper.
The taste had an appealing yeastiness up front along with a lightly grainy malt flavor. As each taste moved further back, the flavors of coriander, pepper and a hint of floral hops came through. The feel was light, dry and very refreshing.
Russian River has another top-notch brew here with their take on the witbier. Great for a refresher after a walk in the hot sun.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this today at the brewery for my birthday.

Appearance- cloudy yellow color, thin head

Smell- citrus fruit, spice, very much like a belgian ale

Taste- citrus fruot, spice, flavor reminded me of belgian ales

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, one of the better witbiers I have had

Photo of scottoale
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, a very bright and cloudy yellow with 1/2" of white creamy head. The carbonation looked like that of soda-pop, fairly large bubbles, head retention was good, lace was minimal but overall had a great apperance as far as a Witbier goes.

The nose is wheaty, lemony and spicy...most notibly of corriander. Smells somewhat like a decent Belgian ale, spice wise.

Somewhat complex flavor...lots of lemon, sweet wheat and maltyness that turns to a spicy, bit bitter finish. A very refreshing lemony twang with a good hearty body that's a warm weather quencher.

A very good beer that's tasty for the style, and pleasurable too drink. I recommend you try some, especially on-tap.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, serviced in a 14 oz goblet. Milky blond appearance, completely opaque. The aroma is pleasantly yeasty, exhibiting strong peppery phenols, citrus, pale malts, white bread. Very nice palate, spicy and peppery, dry, mild citrus flavors with firm bready malts and a surprisingly bitter, peppery finish. This is a bit bolder than most witbiers. Quite good.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River, poured into a small pint glass. Small white head collapses into a light straw colored body. White, soapy lacing quickly slides down the glass. Aroma is of coriander, citrus and a touch of funk. Taste is of cloves, mild banana and sour citrus. Nice interpretation of a Belgian style, as expected.

Photo of Murchmac
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiohead said it best:

I slip away
I slipped on a little white lie

Damn good beer. Pours a beautiful warm oxy clean orange. Little head.

Didnt smell it, as it was bought for me and was just hanging out.

Taste phenomenal. Like a cross between grapefruit, tangerine, and wheat malt.

Fucking love this beer. Great aftertaste, not so high in alcohol, drink this on a hot summer day listening to kid a by radiohead.

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this has been one that I've wanted for quite some time. I was finally pleased to get a chance to enjoy it direct from the source...
Appears a hazy, straw gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap and collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass. Solid streams of CO2 find their way up to the top of the glass.
Smell is of cloves, lemons, coriander seed, and white pepper. This smells really nice, especially for an American version of a witbier.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some tart wheat, doughy yeast, and spices that all seem to mellow and even out when taken in at once. Delicious stuff here.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, crisp yet smooth, along with a light spicy chalkiness that leads to a dry-as-a-bone finish.
Very refreshing and enjoyable. I should've gotten some of this to go.

Photo of MoustacheHero
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my very first taste of Russian River at their tap room. It is a great starting point at Russin River since it will not dominate your palate.

a: Surprisingly clear for a wit. Nice light golden color with a thick white head.

s: A spicy aroma fills your nose with major notes of cumin and coriander.

t: Semi-sweet wheat with a spicy, clean finish

m: A very light, crisp, clean mouth feel.

d: Spicy, yet drinkable. The spices might be a bit much for most people.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled as part of an oh-so-wonderful sampler at the brewery. Well worth the visit! Go if you can!!!

This was a hazy, light yellow brew with a thin layer of head clinging to the rim of the glass. A nice witbier look.

The aroma was light and yeasty, with some breadiness around the edges. Not bad.

Taste was light crisp malts with a definite taste of wheat malt. It was slightly bitter, but not overtly so.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp, as the taste. No bready chewiness, regardless of the yeast.

Drinkability was good. I would not have a problem having more of these if they were available, even though witbier is not my favorite style.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: served on tap into a tasting glass, pale yellow straw colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy

S: heavy on yeast smells, it similar to a classic Belgian white, clove, orange, banana, corriander

T: spices, banana, clove, corriander, wheat

M: light and bubbly

O: reviewed from notes taken on 3/7/14

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River in August 2009.

A: Pours a pale orange that is slightly hazed and has a short white head.

S: Coriander, orange peel, and some sweet malt.

T: Some wheat malt with a little bit of bitterness coming from the orange.

M: Light bodied and crisp.

D: Quite good, but I preferred the Huge Large Pils and Aud Blonde as far as RR's lighter brews went.

Photo of hoyagus
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great wheat from a non wheat drinker. Very bright and citrusy. Cloudy yellow appearance. Frothy head. Taste is citrusy, not particularly wheat heavy or yeasty

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Little White Lie is a slightly hazy pale golden color with a mild white head.

S: The nose is quite traditional for a witbier, but a bit "light". Nice spice from the coriander and orange, and maybe also some clove.

T: The flavors are also quite traditional. A bit of sweet malt, coriander, clove, and orange peel.

M: The carbonation is abundant and the body is a bit light. The bubbles really fill your mouth and give the beer a crispness.

D: Like most witbiers, this is an easy drinker. The flavors and body are light, helping to contribute to the drinkability.

Photo of garthwaite
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Served in a pint glass, this one was cloudy & a bright golden yellow with no head to speak of, but loads of streaming carbonation. Tame aroma of herbal spices with mild citrus. Pleasant citrusy flavor throughout this one with some underlying wheat & lemon peel. Light-bodied and quite active & exciting in the mouth. Finishes with an understated zing of spicy yeast and a hit of lemon tart. Easy drinking, well-crafted, refreshing brew.

Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a typical wit. Cloudy gold color, with a slight white head on top.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, and with some lemon notes.

Taste follows the aromas. Very yeasty, spicy, lemon like, and with a coriander taste as well. There is also a general creamy maltiness.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty full for such a light style beer.

Drinkability is good. A nice Wit that is worth trying... but I'll say this, when at Russian River, it's hard to choose this over some of the more tempting offerings. I still was not upset that I tried this one.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant Witbier enjoyed on tap at the RR Brewpub. Poured a hazy golden yellow, with thin white head that lingered as a skim thru mid-glass and left decent lacing. Nice spicy nose of clove, banana and cookie dough led to a tingly mouthfeel and a taste that mirrored the nose. As with most Witbiers, alcohol never made itself known, but this all rounded to a clean crisp finish. Would really be an enjoyable beer on a hot summer day.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the RR brewpub the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, though what I do detect is impressive. There is some nice clove, nutmeg and wheatiness, but it's all fashioned in a light, restrained manner. Given the lack of any significant aroma, I'm impressed by the amount of flavor in this beer. In addition to the spicey wheat on the palate, this beer has an impressive, hoppy, bitter finish. Really, considering the relatively low abv., this beer has a remarkable amount of flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light, but the beer is surprisingly mouthwatering and prickly on the palate. Alcohol is, of course, very well disguised, and the beer finishes with a refreshing, biting, bitter finish.

For what this beer is, it's quite impressive. Vinnie definitely has given his own unique take on this beer, but it's one I really quite enjoy. The extra bitterness on the finish adds an extra dimension to this beer, one I quite like. Another solid beer from RR.

Photo of Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this beer on tap at the Russian River Brewpub. Beers appears cloudy and hazy like lemonade which is appropriate for style. The beer tastes clean and refreshing on the dry side with soft spice notes. A nice interpretation of the witbier style.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a pale, light yellow with no head. Only a few white bubbles around the edges.

S - Not a lot going on here. Some lemons and wheat, but very faint.

T - Taste is very Belgian. Lemons, wheat, and some black pepper.

D - A nice medium to thin body and good carbonation.

O - Not my favorite, but goes alng with he style.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed this from a beer sampler at the Russian River Brewing Co. Brewhouse.

Appearance: Crystal yellow. Unfiltered. Some head.

Smell: Light and balmy. Strong esters. Hints of bananas. Spicy notes.

Taste: A little bitter. It has a lingering spiciness. Not very hoppy. It finishes well.

Mouthfeel: Medium and foamy.

Drinkability: It's good and would be nice for a hot day in the sun.

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Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.