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Little White Lie - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-17-2004)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Booman, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ikats
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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!

ikats, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

GClarkage, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of harpus
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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

harpus, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of g35rider
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

g35rider, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of 316nuts
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

316nuts, May 30, 2012
Photo of FATH3RH0P5
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

FATH3RH0P5, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

joesc230, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  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.

KickbacksSteve, May 16, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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

jeffjeff1, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

DoubleJ, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

DefenCorps, May 22, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

IronCitySteve, Oct 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Spaz7, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

osubeav2003, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Murchmac, May 09, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ek_ek, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

SDStoneEnthusiast, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

TxUltraRunner, May 08, 2013
Photo of donnebaby
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

donnebaby, May 14, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

kwjd, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of ngeunit1
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

ngeunit1, Jul 04, 2011
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Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.