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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

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
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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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2011 06:59:40 | More by avaldivia
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.
cheers

11-04-2011 01:23:42 | More by patm1986
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Cheers!

10-09-2011 15:19:01 | More by Chincino
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

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.
Cheers

10-05-2011 22:25:14 | More by Cmack15
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dgilks

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

08-10-2011 12:21:24 | More by dgilks
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

SOLID, NOT A MUST HAVE!

08-01-2011 15:37:10 | More by BeerLover99
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musicman575

California

2.63/5  rDev -31.2%

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.

07-26-2011 17:56:04 | More by musicman575
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scottfrie

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

07-24-2011 00:47:00 | More by scottfrie
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impending

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

B

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.
jd

07-09-2011 03:44:47 | More by impending
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ngeunit1

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

03-08-2011 01:28:48 | More by MoustacheHero
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

02-19-2011 05:39:00 | More by BeerAmbassador
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

02-19-2011 05:14:28 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

11-04-2010 18:49:37 | More by drabmuh
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-31-2010 18:32:44 | More by largadeer
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jeffjeff1

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

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

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

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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

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

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at RR, reviewed from notes

Pour was a cloudy/hazy straw yellow; smells of spices, lemon, and sourdough bread. Taste is wheat, yeast, light sourdough bread; clean but a bit one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good. Tasty but not really that complex.

07-07-2010 15:11:13 | More by craytonic
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +16%

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.

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

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

11-28-2009 21:56:19 | More by womencantsail
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bulletrain76

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Draught at the brewpub. Pale blond with a fluffy head that leaves lots of lace. The aroma is spicy (cracked pepper) with a nice fruity yeast and floral side. The flavor is light and refreshing with a light wheat tang, crackers, and a crisp but mellow bitterness. Light on the tongue with snappy carbonation. Really nice integration of components that you expect in the style, but pulled off with great aromatics.

11-10-2009 08:06:16 | More by bulletrain76
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-04-2009 15:58:26 | More by Thorpe429
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

09-09-2009 03:50:45 | More by John_M
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lhaqq

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

08-08-2009 20:52:50 | More by lhaqq
Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.