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Little White Lie - Russian River Brewing Company

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Little White Lie
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BA SCORE
86
very good

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-17-2004)
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rob133

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-14-2011 23:25:44 | More by rob133
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Booman

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-15-2011 03:29:56 | More by Booman
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ikats

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up my growler of Little White Lie at the brewpub and drank it a few days later. Hazy, bright yellow in color with fluffy white head. Since I like this beer a lot, I'll describe it as happy yellow in color or better yet, smily face yellow.

Aroma is full of spices - coriander and others. Very inviting. Taste contains some citrus notes. This beer is very balanced. It's playful on the tongue, but goes down smoothly without any unpleasant notes.

This beer is light-body and crisp. Wondeful on any day, but especially great on hot summer days. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

I really enjoyed this offering from Russian River. American wit beers often disappoint me, but this one is refreshingly different. I am really impressed and it's reflected in my score for this beer.

Kudos to the Russian River team!

Serving type: growler

09-28-2006 06:16:08 | More by ikats
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GClarkage

California

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08/04/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Looks like a cloudy lemonade. Creamy thick head and excellent lacing.

Smell- Sweet and super spicy. Lots of fruit, corriander and other spices.

Taste- Mmmm, mmmm good. As noted in the scent, super spicy with white pepper and corriander. Sweet lemonade taste with a touch of a sour kicker in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy as hell. Medium carbonation. Thick and a tad sticky.

Drinkability- Can you say pool party? This beer is made for the heat. Maybe even tastier than the St Bernardus wit I had earlier this year. Damn tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2005 23:51:53 | More by GClarkage
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-29-2012 02:27:38 | More by gleemonger
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harpus

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Looks like a cloudy lemonade. Creamy thick head and excellent lacing.

Smell- Sweet and super spicy. Lots of fruit, coriander and other spices.

Taste- super spicy with white pepper and corriander. Sweet lemonade taste with a touch of a sour kicker in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy as hell. Medium carbonation. Thick and a tad sticky.

Drinkability- Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 03:42:55 | More by harpus
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g35rider


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-27-2012 22:04:48 | More by g35rider
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316nuts

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

05-30-2012 20:55:09 | More by 316nuts
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FATH3RH0P5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-15-2012 21:59:37 | More by FATH3RH0P5
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joesc230

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-12-2012 06:10:14 | More by joesc230
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 23:52:54 | More by KickbacksSteve
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jeffjeff1

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 04:22:57 | More by jeffjeff1
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DoubleJ

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Russian River itself, on to the beer:

A soapy head sits on top of this pee yellow colored beer. There some good lace that is sticking around the glass as the beer is consumed. The nose offers sweet lemons and spices, and cream of wheat.

This is delicious. The base of malted wheat provides a good hearty base for the orange peel, cumin, and vague citrus flavors to get attached to. It's very flavorful overall and maintains a very good balance of flavors. It's light bodied with some creaminess and very refreshing.

Just a great witbier. This is a Russian River beer that I'd love to taste in the Southland.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 22:01:21 | More by DoubleJ
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the City Beer Store

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head

S: Coriander, orange and wheat in excellent balance.

T: Easy drinking with the emphasis being on the orange. Dry and delicious

M: Well carbonated with a delicious dry finish

D: Off the charts!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 02:02:40 | More by DefenCorps
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa.

Pours a fully hazed yellow-white hue, with a soft, light weight to the body. Head is full and solid, and so white that it's straining blue. Lace forms in patchy sheets. Looks good.

Nose is great: peppery with a touch of acid. Some Belgian yeastiness comes through giving it a roundness and supporting the spicy, zesty characters, but the tartness is very welcome. It's bright, clear and fresh. Lovely stuff.

Light, clear entry on the palate, before the peppery spice pops in again, giving a really fresh and fragrant flavour. The finish is rounded off with a touch of witbier yeast, slightly earthy, organic and rustic. This is the real deal. Feel has a touch of astringent bite, otherwise pretty light.

Supremely drinkable and lovely: this is one of the best witbiers I've had. Great job, RR.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 04:12:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange color witha small white foam head that dissipates to a film. There is ample lacing down the sides as well.

S: The yeast is the most predominant smell present. There is also some light lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus but it is really mild.

T: Starts off with a big gulp of wheat, but it is quickly balanced out by the citrus flavors. In the middle there is some nice amounts of banana. On the back end there is a nice balance between all the fruit and wheat.

M: A nice light bodied beer. Quite clean and refreshing on the palate.

O: When people think of Russian River, a witbier is not the first beer people think of, but this beer should not be under estimated. It is quite tasty and refreshing. Would certainly have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 01:37:32 | More by IronCitySteve
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Spaz7

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-24-2013 20:47:07 | More by Spaz7
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osubeav2003

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-30-2014 10:40:49 | More by osubeav2003
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Murchmac

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2008 22:46:56 | More by Murchmac
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ek_ek

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-28-2013 06:23:32 | More by ek_ek
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-06-2013 05:57:02 | More by SDStoneEnthusiast
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TxUltraRunner

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-08-2013 02:42:49 | More by TxUltraRunner
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque white gold creamy body and a fat head of thick synthetic cream. Chalky thick aroma. Taste is distinctly not sweet for a witbier, with medium to high bitterness in each gulp. Dry white wine. High carbonation. Would very much like to try this again, sampled at Booneville.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2005 20:57:26 | More by donnebaby
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ngeunit1

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a super cloudy orange-yellow color with a finger of creamy white head atop. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is a mix of light citrus fruits and some malt and yeast. There is also some banana and some wheat mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus fruits and yeast and light spices. There is also just a bit of banana flavor in the background from the yeast. Through the middle, the yeast and the banana flavors get a bit stronger with some wheat flavor coming through. The finish is a mix of spices, citrus, and yeast that linger nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Feels really lively and crisp on the tongue. The finish is just a bit dry and fairly clean.

D - Very drinkable. The flavor profile is remarkably well balanced from start to end really showcasing all of the best elements of a Witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 18:51:40 | More by ngeunit1
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lhaqq

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light straw-yellow body, small amount of white head.
S: A lot of wheat and sweet malts, also some cream.
T: Wheat with some spices, finishes sweet from the malts.
M: Creamy but light and good level of carbonation.
D: Fine, not masking too much of an abv. One of the better witbiers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 20:52:50 | More by lhaqq
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Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.