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 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 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 KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 lhaqq
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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 Offa
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of mjl21
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 Murchmac
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiohead said it best:

I slip away
I slipped on a little white lie

Damn good beer. Pours a beautiful warm oxy clean orange. Little head.

Didnt smell it, as it was bought for me and was just hanging out.

Taste phenomenal. Like a cross between grapefruit, tangerine, and wheat malt.

Fucking love this beer. Great aftertaste, not so high in alcohol, drink this on a hot summer day listening to kid a by radiohead.

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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 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 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 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 sloejams
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of ikats
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up my growler of Little White Lie at the brewpub and drank it a few days later. Hazy, bright yellow in color with fluffy white head. Since I like this beer a lot, I'll describe it as happy yellow in color or better yet, smily face yellow.

Aroma is full of spices - coriander and others. Very inviting. Taste contains some citrus notes. This beer is very balanced. It's playful on the tongue, but goes down smoothly without any unpleasant notes.

This beer is light-body and crisp. Wondeful on any day, but especially great on hot summer days. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

I really enjoyed this offering from Russian River. American wit beers often disappoint me, but this one is refreshingly different. I am really impressed and it's reflected in my score for this beer.

Kudos to the Russian River team!

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Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that remained for quite some time. Nose is fruity lemon along with some notes of fresh bread. Taste is citrusy lemon and mildly spicy coriander followed by some biscuity notes leading to a dry finish. An enjoyable crisp and refreshing beer. Good choice for a warm day.

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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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Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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