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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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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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 GClarkage
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08/04/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Looks like a cloudy lemonade. Creamy thick head and excellent lacing.

Smell- Sweet and super spicy. Lots of fruit, corriander and other spices.

Taste- Mmmm, mmmm good. As noted in the scent, 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- Can you say pool party? This beer is made for the heat. Maybe even tastier than the St Bernardus wit I had earlier this year. Damn tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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 John_M
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this has been one that I've wanted for quite some time. I was finally pleased to get a chance to enjoy it direct from the source...
Appears a hazy, straw gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap and collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass. Solid streams of CO2 find their way up to the top of the glass.
Smell is of cloves, lemons, coriander seed, and white pepper. This smells really nice, especially for an American version of a witbier.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some tart wheat, doughy yeast, and spices that all seem to mellow and even out when taken in at once. Delicious stuff here.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, crisp yet smooth, along with a light spicy chalkiness that leads to a dry-as-a-bone finish.
Very refreshing and enjoyable. I should've gotten some of this to go.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 harpus
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the City Beer Store

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head

S: Coriander, orange and wheat in excellent balance.

T: Easy drinking with the emphasis being on the orange. Dry and delicious

M: Well carbonated with a delicious dry finish

D: Off the charts!

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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 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 TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. Translucent white color, looked like Hoegaarden.

Smelled like Hoegaarden, tasted like Hoegaarden. Maybe this is high praise, maybe I haven't tried enough witbiers...

I liked it, but it didn't stand out from it's competition. I could easily drink it again though.

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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 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 scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 illidurit
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Cloudy pale straw color with a white head. Leaves some wet spotty lacing. Aroma is bananas and coriander, with some citrus in there too. Wheat malt flavor with estery notes of banana, also lemon and a big dose of spice. Highly carbonated, with a dry spicy finish that showcases a touch of hops. Great summer refresher beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque white gold, slightly cloudy/hazy and with a nice head of off-white as well that leaves nice lacing. The eye candy is certainly there for this and most every other RR beer that I have sampled so far in my journey. Aromas are all fresh coriander, and wit beer spices with some nice citrusy hints, and some fresh bready malty notes as well. Hops are there but just as a spicy flair on the finish. The taste follows suit, some nice coriander and spicing, and some citrusy notes along with the already mentioned fresh bread malts and peppery hop flair finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, creamy smooth and substantial. Drinkability is very good as well. Not as good as many of the Quebecois and Belgian versions that I have sampled, but pretty damn close, and perhaps one of the top US versions made in history...

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled on draft at Naja’s in Redondo Beach during a recent trip here on a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon.

Appearance: Hazed cloudy golden yellow body with a creamy white head that seemed to stay around a long while. However, when it disappeared, it went for good, still it looked great whilst the head lasts though. Nice carbonation levels and a solid appearance when poured.

Nose: Light in strength but decent enough when it broke through. Spicy yeast mixed with some fresh lemons and a light bread and pepper hint at times.

Taste: Lemony body, wit-like but with a light poise and clean crisp malt-grain profile that made this one very easy to drink. Light spices and a yeast background. Dry bitterness in the finish, which surprised me, but in a pleasant way - because it worked for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth conditioning gives the body a thick creamy feel and an overall feeling that this brew could be bigger than it probably is.

Drinkability: Easily downed on a hot So.Cal. day – Oh, *so* easily downed. Makes a great first beer of the day that’s for sure!

Overall: A fine offering from Russian River, probably not their best but this is a damn tasty and highly quaffable Witbier that has a signature Russian River feel, I love the dry spicy bitter finish in particular.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a typical wit. Cloudy gold color, with a slight white head on top.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, and with some lemon notes.

Taste follows the aromas. Very yeasty, spicy, lemon like, and with a coriander taste as well. There is also a general creamy maltiness.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty full for such a light style beer.

Drinkability is good. A nice Wit that is worth trying... but I'll say this, when at Russian River, it's hard to choose this over some of the more tempting offerings. I still was not upset that I tried this one.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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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