Little White Lie
Russian River Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #56
Ranked #21,226
3.83 | pDev: 11.49%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the source. A very hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that lingered throughout the drink. Aroma was bready with some coriander and clove. Light on the palate but full of flavor. Floral, citrus, and clove flavors. Even a hint of pepper. Bright. Carbonation and a dry clean finish. Excellent.

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Photo of hoyagus
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great wheat from a non wheat drinker. Very bright and citrusy. Cloudy yellow appearance. Frothy head. Taste is citrusy, not particularly wheat heavy or yeasty

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light, hazy gold-white in the glass.
Coriander, cloves come across in the aroma, with a refreshingly pleasant crisp coriander-orange peel note on the palate.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery in Santa Rosa. Yellow color, hazy. Aromas of bananas and spicy yeast. Flavor is much the same. This feels like a traditional Belgian wit but it also had a certain something that set it slightly apart. This was pretty good and I'm not even a fan of witbiers.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: served on tap into a tasting glass, pale yellow straw colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy

S: heavy on yeast smells, it similar to a classic Belgian white, clove, orange, banana, corriander

T: spices, banana, clove, corriander, wheat

M: light and bubbly

O: reviewed from notes taken on 3/7/14

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery. pours cloudy yellow with a nice looking creamy white head. Banana, lemon, grass, and slightly spicy yeast aroma. pretty standard witbier smell. Flavor is honey, coriander, hay, yeast, banana, pear, a bit of wheat on the finish. Light bodied with medium plus carbonation, but soft and makes this nice and smooth. Overall a worthwhile witbier.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tasting glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: Very cloudy; milky-pale-yellow.

S: Soft wheat. Not much else, save mayhap a touch of spice.

T: Soft-sour fruit, Belgian yeast, and some spices. Good, but not great.

M: Thin and sour with light carbonation.

O: Not really recommended, but rather nice for the style. Won't have again, but try it if you like witbier.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Chincino
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.


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Photo of Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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.


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Photo of musicman575
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of impending
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of MoustacheHero
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 248 ratings