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

Opaque white gold creamy body and a fat head of thick synthetic cream. Chalky thick aroma. Taste is distinctly not sweet for a witbier, with medium to high bitterness in each gulp. Dry white wine. High carbonation. Would very much like to try this again, sampled at Booneville.

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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 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 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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Little White Lie from Russian River Brewing Company
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