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Little White Lie - Russian River Brewing Company

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Little White Lie
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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap RR BrewPub 10 October 2011

light gold or an off, off white with a foamy white head. thick and hazy looking. looks unfiltered. foams up easily with a swirl.

smells like honey, wheat bread, coriander, a tiny bit of pepper, yeast, belgian sugars.

i'm not a wit drinker, but this is very pleasant and highly drinkable. it tastes of some coriander and sugar and hay, good yeasty punched, floral, and a little metallic, dry finish.

creamy and refreshing as all hell. light as anything--lighter than the even the 4.8% label. it's downright guzzle-able.

not being a wit drinker and all, the sample i had was perfect for the moment, but i could, no doubt, have me a glass of this one. smooth, cooling, not too wheaty, and, of course, the signature RR belgian sweet funkness.

patm1986, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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
Photo of Chincino
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa this past summer.

The beer was very light in color, hazy white/light golden tones to it.

The aroma was comprised of notes of citrus (possibly orange), a bit of floral and yeast as well.

Light bodied. This is easily a session beer-very light and refreshing-a good summer beer in my opinion.

Russian River beers are amongst my favorites and this beer did not disappoint.


Chincino, Oct 09, 2011
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4.22/5  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.

Cmack15, Oct 05, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pal straw colour with a small white head. No lacing.

Mild orange aroma with a bit of tart wheat. Fine.

Soft wheat malt with orange and mild coriander notes. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid if unexceptional witbier. Good fruitiness and malt balance.

dgilks, Aug 10, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: white/light golden/partly cloudy body, trace head, little lacing

S: yeast, wheat and lemon grass

T: slight sweet citrus, wheat, hint of lemon grass finish

M: light body, dry/crisp mouth

O: Solid overall beer, probably my least
fav RR offering. I think their is potential for
greatness here; fine summer brew and big
with the ladies.


BeerLover99, Aug 01, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looked for something on the menu at RR to start off with that wouldn't get me drunk before I tried everything else. This was the lowest ABV currently on the board. It had a lot of flavor for the low ABV. The first thing I tasted though was a dry rubber and some, ugh, I better go back inside where people aren't smoking. Okay, fresh senses now after eating some pliny bites and drinking a different beer. Back to the Little White Lie. With it's herbal aromas and the dry finish, it's almost like drinking a cup of green tea that is near the bottom and has steeped a bit too long. I can't say I'm a big fan. On to the other Belgians.

musicman575, Jul 26, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a bright, hazy, lemon color with orange highlight. The head is huge and fluffy and took its time to fade into a thick film that left a network of thin lacing down the glass.
S: I get chalky notes of cracked wheat, coriander, and lemon zest. It’s dry smelling, and a bit sweet.
T: Doughy tasting like a biscuit or croissant with notes of coriander, herbal hops, chalk, green apple skins and just a hint of banana in the aftertaste. Finish is drying.
M: Medium-thin body with ample carbonation that froths up on my palate and gives this beer a full mouthfeel.
O: Crisp drinking all around and pretty refreshing. Flavors are light but good tasting. This beer doesn’t blow me away, but I’ll have no problem finishing this growler.

scottfrie, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of impending
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


At the source. Served the color of a creamsicle, heavy haze, dense white head retained nicely, decent lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild spices, citrus and yeast, quietly complicated, undemanding.

Taste follows the nose in being fairly mild. No note stands out. Subtle phenolic finish. Fairly bland all in all. Light creamy mouthfeel.

impending, Jul 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4/5  rDev +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.

MoustacheHero, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

BeerAmbassador, Feb 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +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.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Feb 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +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.

largadeer, Aug 31, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
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
Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.