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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-17-2004)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Texasfan549, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GRG1313, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaydoc, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SocalKicks, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

largadeer, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

nickfl, May 04, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum...this was quite a good wit beer, one of the best I've had.

Beer served on draft at the brewpub. Beer is yellow to white and pretty hazy with a nice head that settles quickly to a mono-layer of bubbles that breaks and barely covers the top of the beer. Minimal lacing on the glass and carbonation is moderate. May be a little under carbonated for the style.

Aroma is like lemon grass with mild spice, some graininess from the wheat and some yeast character. Smells quite nice.

Its probably slightly too cold to drink but the beer is light in body to medium in body and effervescent in the mouth. Its spicy but not overpowering, clean and finishes a little dry. Overall its a great tasting wit, it balances the yeast character with the midpalate fruit and spice and doesn't linger.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2010
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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

orangesol, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

weeare138, May 17, 2007
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 Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the pub in Santa Rosa after just missing it a couple of times around the Bay Area. This is fairly nice, but I wouldn't call this one of their top beers. Pours a very hazy golden, almost opaque with a thin swirly head, but very good lacing. Very light aromas of lemon, coriander, and grain. More on the creamy side rather than the sour side. The taste is very dry and grainy with notes of anise and especially coriander, while the anise makes more of an appearance on the finish. Very light. The mouthfeel is quite spritzy and tangy with herbs. This is prettygood, but I like this style to be quenching. This one cries out for a bit more citrus. Still, pleasant enough.

Georgiabeer, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

LXIXME, Oct 26, 2014
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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

John_M, Sep 09, 2009
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 HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +5.3%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. Translucent white color, looked like Hoegaarden.

Smelled like Hoegaarden, tasted like Hoegaarden. Maybe this is high praise, maybe I haven't tried enough witbiers...

I liked it, but it didn't stand out from it's competition. I could easily drink it again though.

TurdFurgison, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.