Little White Lie | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 230
Photo of musicman575
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
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 BeerLover99
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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 AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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 impending
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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 BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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 scottoale
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, a very bright and cloudy yellow with 1/2" of white creamy head. The carbonation looked like that of soda-pop, fairly large bubbles, head retention was good, lace was minimal but overall had a great apperance as far as a Witbier goes.

The nose is wheaty, lemony and spicy...most notibly of corriander. Smells somewhat like a decent Belgian ale, spice wise.

Somewhat complex flavor...lots of lemon, sweet wheat and maltyness that turns to a spicy, bit bitter finish. A very refreshing lemony twang with a good hearty body that's a warm weather quencher.

A very good beer that's tasty for the style, and pleasurable too drink. I recommend you try some, especially on-tap.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Taking this from my notes. Poured a semi cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy head and limited lacing. Both remained through the whole tasting.

The nose was light overall but notable spicy characteristics. Some pepper and bready aromas. There was a citrus twang to it as well. Some yeasty esters as well with a semi bubblegum feeling.

The taste was light as well. The lemon flavor comes out more then the nose would indicate. Also some of the spices as well, specifically pepper. Coriander comes out and more biscuit then bready flavors. There is a rather soapy aftertaste that blends weird with a dry finish.

The body is light but an easy and enjoyable beer. Overall could use more body but still great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled as part of an oh-so-wonderful sampler at the brewery. Well worth the visit! Go if you can!!!

This was a hazy, light yellow brew with a thin layer of head clinging to the rim of the glass. A nice witbier look.

The aroma was light and yeasty, with some breadiness around the edges. Not bad.

Taste was light crisp malts with a definite taste of wheat malt. It was slightly bitter, but not overtly so.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp, as the taste. No bready chewiness, regardless of the yeast.

Drinkability was good. I would not have a problem having more of these if they were available, even though witbier is not my favorite style.

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Photo of sleazo
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I started out the night at the liars club with this tasty brew. I would say it is like a better version of hoegaarden. A nice fresh wit beer with ample spice to it. I tasted some coriander, maybe a bit of orange peel. Very refreshing, i would prefer this one in the summer though.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Served in a pint glass, this one was cloudy & a bright golden yellow with no head to speak of, but loads of streaming carbonation. Tame aroma of herbal spices with mild citrus. Pleasant citrusy flavor throughout this one with some underlying wheat & lemon peel. Light-bodied and quite active & exciting in the mouth. Finishes with an understated zing of spicy yeast and a hit of lemon tart. Easy drinking, well-crafted, refreshing brew.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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 kimcgolf
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Chincino
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After walking the 1.5mi from my hotel to O'Brien's for the 24 July BA gathering under warm, sunny skies, I needed an immediate thirst quencher that wasn't going to knock me on my butt (I was real hungry, too). Russian River's Little White Lie looked like a perfect starter.
Poured into a pint glass, this wit had a cloudy pale straw color and was topped by a sticky bright white head that lingered around throughout. The nose was pretty subdued compared to other wits I've had and lacked the almost overpowering perfumey scent most seemed to possess. That was fine with me. Little White Lie had some nice light malt notes and a vaguely spicy aroma of coriander and white pepper.
The taste had an appealing yeastiness up front along with a lightly grainy malt flavor. As each taste moved further back, the flavors of coriander, pepper and a hint of floral hops came through. The feel was light, dry and very refreshing.
Russian River has another top-notch brew here with their take on the witbier. Great for a refresher after a walk in the hot sun.

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