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Little White Lie - Russian River Brewing Company

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Little White Lie
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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
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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Photo of Cmack15


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

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


2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

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


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


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
Photo of MoustacheHero


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


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
Photo of harpus


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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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


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
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


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
Photo of kimcgolf


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant Witbier enjoyed on tap at the RR Brewpub. Poured a hazy golden yellow, with thin white head that lingered as a skim thru mid-glass and left decent lacing. Nice spicy nose of clove, banana and cookie dough led to a tingly mouthfeel and a taste that mirrored the nose. As with most Witbiers, alcohol never made itself known, but this all rounded to a clean crisp finish. Would really be an enjoyable beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 17:52:13 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Offa


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am usually not a huge witbier fan but this is a very good one, light and zesty yet with a firm, smooth feel and solid, well-integrated character.

Pale straw, slightly hazy, it has a medium-small white head slowly shrinking to a ring and leaving some nice rings of lace.

The aroma is grain, pears, hint os spice and herbs, hay, banana. It is a fairly typical witbier aroma overall and a bit mild, but good, well-rounded, and lacking the overly done, lopsided banana or spice or citrus character that sometimes bedevil these types. It has quite a bit of grain in particular.

The taste and feel are stronger. It is light in flavour but fairly solid and well-rounded with a lot of grain, hints of pear, herbs, hay, and general light fruit. It is not particularly dry and has a little sweetness with light bitterness in the finish. However, it is a bit thin and one-dimensional, ye in feel and character it is fuller, less watery, and more characterful than many of the style. This really is a very good witbier. The problem is that at Russian RIver, there are usually, for us, many choices that are much more interesting, including ones with about the same ABV or only slightly more. For a witbier, I find it highly drinkable and less tiresome than most.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 18:46:41 | More by Offa
Photo of mjl21


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into the RR Belgian tulip glass. Comes in at 4.6%.

A-A hazy straw yellow with a nice one finger head that slowly dissolves. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S-Banana, clove, coriander, wheat, and Belgian yeast.

T-Very much like it smells. Get some nice sour lemon notes at the end.

M-Dry with crisp carbonation. Light bodied.

D-Low abv and the fact that it is light bodied make this a very drinkable beer.

I usually will order one of these when it comes on tap every year. It is a very good low abv beer and the perfect choice for someone looking at something on the lighter side.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 23:14:15 | More by mjl21
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 17:28:22 | More by Georgiabeer
Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.