Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Little White Lie | Russian River Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
BA SCORE
3.8/5
Very Good
238 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 07-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,492
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
238
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gilded white body on the lighter side of the style. Completely opaque. Thin white head. Aromas of bready malts, light citrus, coriander, and pepper. Flavor is very in keeping with the style – orange peal and coriander with a touch of pepper. Light refreshing body. Balanced and slightly creamy.

 295 characters

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Bike2work
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Shane_Gr
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of sloejams
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good buddy of mine travels to the Russian River valley every so often. Do I use the term "good buddy" because he always comes back with something delicious from Russian River Brewing Co? Perhaps.

This trip he returned with a couple of growlers including the Little White Lie. His words, "it's a lot like Hoegaarden". I like Hoegaarden, even now that InBev went "Roger and Me" on the city bearing the beer's name. Well, I still like the taste - that is. I gots no love for InBev. Anyhow, this ale is very Hoegaardeny.

It pours a cloudy straw white. The smell is of wheat, clove, orange peel and the slightest bit of coriander. The taste brought the sweetness of the spices out over the backbone of the wheat. Tasty. Tasty like Hoegaarden. I find that American wits overdo the coriander a lot of the times. This one did not. In fact, I'd say that it was even more subtle in use than Hoegaarden itself.

But all of this was not any surprise to me. Vinnie Cilurzo is a master brewer. This is another fine offering.

 1,021 characters

Photo of joe_sf
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of watermelonman
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a very pale, near white color, without much head to speak of. It left a minimalistic lace.

The smell was very appealing. It did have the perfume-like qualities of other beers within this style, well-blended with a good amount of hops detectable in the smell as well as the taste. The malts had to take the back seat but are still apparent. The taste was decent but not too exciting.

The mouthfeel was nice and solid and the beer is definitely easy to drink.

 481 characters

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzword
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dertyd
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blabaer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Booman
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of j_jahn
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SamuelR
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

 362 characters

Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Russian River.

A- pours a clear cloudy pale yellow color. Standard for what it should look like.

S/T- Heavy on the unmalted wheat. Lots of wheat in the aroma and flavor. More tilted toward the tangy and corriander flavor and less on the citrus.

M/D- Not bad overall. I like the witbiers that come out a tad more citrusy... this one was a bit drier and wheaty. Still tastes good but not one of my favorites.

 419 characters

Photo of Hozat
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4/5  rDev +5.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 238 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.