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Red Racer Classic White Ale - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-25-2008

Traditionally cloudy, this Belgium style White Ale is brewed with coriander seed and dried orange peel producing a beer light in body with a refreshing citrus-spice aroma.

Formerly known as Wally's Wheat.
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 61
Photo of lgmol
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a Session 6 pack that included two cans of this. It has a flavour and aroma reminiscent of soda to me. It doesn't really feel like beer to me either. The orange peel is a little bit too prominent for me.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours hazy, pale straw gold and with a fat head of white foam . Some is creamy some is loose and it falls slowly but doe not leave too much lace. Nose is sweet wheat with honey and a nice citrus. Bright lemon peel and some fresh orange. A leafy hop herbal that turns grassy as the beer warms. A bit of cracker that you can smell . Drinks dry and crisp with wheat that appears thin tall and golden to the palate. A sweetness behind it that is light honey. A slight bitterness and a lovely bit of citrus fruit. That fresh orange really takes the drink. It’s puts the lemon to the side which stays only for a mild tartness. Finishes dry and with a light little aftertaste where the herbal kicks up once more. I like it very much. Refreshing, crisp and with a smooth mouthfeel that is creamy and has a soft few bubbles in it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw with peach hints. The big foamy had recedes pretty quickly, leaving a few meandering trails of lace behind. The aroma is of lemon and Fruit Loops with some wheat malt in the back. The taste is softly malty with a strong citrus edge and coriander adding classic spiciness. Nutmeg and fruity yeast esters show with warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very luscious, creamy carbonation. Some sweet malt and a bit of citric tartness in the finish.

This is a good Witbier. It covers all the bases of the style well, but is a little watered down tasting - a common flaw with examples of the style IMO. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can picked up in a LCBO-offered "mixed 6", as unfortunately we have very little access to Central City in Ontario. Pours a hazy golden colour with orange tones. Has a low carbonation level, despite the initial burst of white head.

Aroma has a distinct spiciness that raises it above a "typical wit". Maintains the expected banana and coriander esters, but the cloves and other spices - including a hint of citrus - give it a nice depth. Likewise the flavour is well balanced and has more going on than many of its peers. Fruits and grains and spices are all present, with a decently crisp finish that has a slight bitterness.

Not a style I choose often, but believe this to be a well brewed example and I'm glad to have bought it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Red Racer White Ale, like its name, has about twice as much colour in it than most other witbiers on the market. Most witbiers have the pallid complexion of a zombie but this one, given its beaming highlights and considerable degree of clarity, I can comfortably call golden-yellow as opposed to "white"; it's hardly more hazy than a standard lager.

I'd expect anything that contains orange peel and ground coriander to be vivaciously aromatic and, indeed, this is. It has a lively and hugely enticing zest that combines spice and citrus into one animated, racy package that conjures a sunny summer day right under your nose.

The taste is also spirited, showing more bright citrus notes and a light peppery spice. Herbal notes take shape on the palate, namely chamomile and lemon myrtle. These compliment the graininess of the malt, which is dry enough to leave a straw-like impression. A dash of white pepper and good dosage of ginger give a little heat to the finish.

I struggle to think of a more suitable beer for bringing to a party. It is animated but approachable, characterful yet casual, something distinct yet not entirely different from the norm. A beer like this extinguishes thirst like a garden hose over a candle.

That a predominant brewing nation took part in the spice trade some 400 years ago turned out a huge stroke of luck for beer drinkers everywhere. While Red Racer's White Ale may not be quite as finessed as the classic Belgian witbiers, it still shows what a fantastically zestful and pleasant style of ale it is. And that money spent on this brewery is never wasted.

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Photo of Watershed
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355mL can into a pint glass. Very nice looking beer, a cloudy bright sunshine yellow. Whoa, this smells more like oranges than any wit I've ever experienced! There's no banana or pineapple, maybe a little lemon, but mostly just intense orange backed by a slight syrupy sweetness. It's a very refreshing-smelling beer. In terms of taste, though, I feel a bit let down: the orange turns cloying, with only a hint of the complex spice that distinguishes the best of the style. Overall, this beer typifies why I rarely drink witbiers: in terms of appearance and smell, it seems like it would be the perfect summer refresher, but the taste and mouthfeel emphasize sugar far too much for it to be truly quenching.

Not a bad beer by any means (the smell alone propels me through the glass), but I feel like it's a bit of a tweener: too sickly-sweet to be the summer beer it wants to be, but not complex enough to quite hold up as more of a sipper.

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Photo of peensteen
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy light blonde colour, ring of white head, not much lace. Smell of orange and spice, citrus notes with a little tangy yeast to it as well, a bit of fruit throughout. Taste of wheat, citrusy, spice, a bit of herbal corriander, yeast in finish. Medium crisp carbonation, medium body. A decent witbier, nothing earth shattering but drinkable especially on a nice hot day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with light white haze and a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light coriander and bubblegum wheat malt notes. Taste is dominated by some coriander with some bubblegum wheat malt notes and light orange peel notes. Body is average with good carbonation. Good enough level of complexity with nice refreshing notes.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 355ml can poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright yellow, cloudy colour, matches the can! On top sits two fingers of white head which fades disappointingly fast, leaving behind very little lacing.

Smell - Coriander and citrus, most notably orange. A heavy presence of wheat.

Taste - A striking orange flavour off the bat, followed by some more mellow coriander notes. Finally, towards the end, there's hints of wheat.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pretty low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - 3.75

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Photo of tbeckett
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can from the sampler pack. From notes.

A - Poured light gold and cloudy with a one finger white head that went fast. No lace, no retention.

S - Peppery, orange, dusty.

T - Peppery, cloves, more mellow spice later, lot's of orange.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, too much carbonation for my tastes. Mild dryness to finish.

O/D - A bit much to finish. Spice was a bit rough for the long run. Nothing too special here. Might just be the style and my tastes, but I didn't really enjoy this one as much as others. While not a bad beer, I just couldn't really get into it.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from the Ottawa LCBO part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some peppery clove and yeast. There is also a bit of the same citrus flavour found in their IPA/APA. It ends with a bit of a spicy aftertaste.

Overall - I was really enjoying this at first but it started to wear on me a bit towards the end of the glass. Something about it is just bit off balance. Still a very good beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated D0513. Best before 08/03/13.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy bright tangerine orange colour with half a finger of white head.

S - Noticeable orange peel aroma up front. Spice, Belgian yeast. Loads of fresh citrus.

T - Fresh orange flavour dominates with spice, Belgian yeast and a light clove presence.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. can, best before 10/26/2012.

Appearance: Lots of spotted lacing and the body is completely cloudy with the color of crystallized honey.

Smell: Mild ginger, strong wheat, tropical fruit and some spices.\

Taste: Spices, wheat, citrus, orange, and peppery. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with lively carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good witbier. Nice to have in the need of summer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into tulip 3/8/12

A cloudy peachy orange with just a fast falling two finger soapy white head that leaves no lace

S coriander's strong with orange and lemon both rind and fresh, some cereal, honey, and pepper

T a little toned down compared to the smell with more sweet honey and orange, I feel like it needs a better yeast profile or somethings missing

M a little foamy after a second or two, spicy citrus aftertaste lingers faintly

O OK beer but I think it could be better, well suited for the 35C heat outside today but I think there's better around for a similar price

a little too much spice perhaps? easy enough too drink but not the best from the Red Racer lineup

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Photo of BashOnABike
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into 20oz pint glass

A - This might be because it was carried home in a shopping bag, but I got a ridiculous amount of medium-retention, white head. Minimal-no lacing though, and it's otherwise a pretty standard wheat-fogged white-ish ale colour.

S - Wheat and malt. A bit of an interesting yeast scent but overall wheat.

T - Bit better than the scent, it tastes a little bready, with a burnt-wheat complexion. Sadly, the beer is overcarbonated, which diminishes the flavour 2-3 seconds after it hits.

M - Creamy, but very bubbly. Light body, overall very refreshing.

D - A summer, lawnmower beer. It's very drinkable, almost as much as a pale lager.

This is a good summer witbier, and I'm sure it would be delicious after a hot day. However, the carbonation, profile and appearance don't really stand out from other wheat ales.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

For the style would like much more carbonation; quite flat and lifeless
S:very little, soft honey, some clove
T: very little character, would not pick this as a white beer if tasted blind; very light
M: needs more carbonation and life
O: not impressed; forgettable

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Central City brew pub:

A: 1/8" white head over a glowing yellow liquid with cloudy clarity.

S: Smell of yeast, pepper, and citrus.

T: The taste profile begins like pepper, coriander, and orange peel and finishes with a taste of sweet light malt and wheat. The finish is almost like that of Captain Crunch cereal as strange as that sounds.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with low carbonation.

O: A very drinkable Witbier with an interesting taste profile.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes...
A - Fully hazy straw yellow, short head dissapeared quickly
S - Coriander and musty spiciness, light orange zest, wheaty malt
T - Buttered bread malt, light coriander, orange zest, light fruity yeast finish
M - Decently carbonated kick to start, light, mild spice tingle and citrus peel bitterness
O - Not the best from central city, but a pleasant summertime refreshment that is very sessionable

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Photo of Shadman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a wit. Pale yellow straw colour, quite hazy. Bone white head, fizzes out quickly.

Slight aroma of cantelope, corriander, and citrus zest

Citrus zest, corriander, some wheat malt snap. Finishes quite dry and herbal.

Starts off briskly carbonated, over all body light to medium which fits the style.

Nice domestic take on the style. Pricey though.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, finger of big bubbled white head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Tons of wheat and bready malts, touch of lemon citrus and some grassy hops.

T - Pretty mild on the flavours, bitter leafy hops are detectable alongside the wheat and bready notes. A bit sour though.

M - A tad thin and prickly going down, but finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty ale from Central City but certainly not their best. A good summer drink nonetheless.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a yelloe 355 ml can. Pours out a hazed bright straw colour, with a tall white spritzy head that quickly settles.

Clean soft wheat, mild dry spice and tropical fruits on the nose.

Clean and dry flavour, almost like a mild Saison. Soft wheat and crisp grains up front, dry orange pith and lemon rind in the middle, with a bone dry spicy finish that lingers on into a mildly astringent aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, somewhat slick texture, dry, with a brisk carbonation.

On the mild, dry side of the style, almost more reminiscent to a farmhouse ale, but it works for what it is. Just as quenching as a Pilsener for a hot day, but more of a spicy dryness than a hoppy dryness. Unique for a Canadian version of this style, that's for sure.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Light golden straw in colour. Just a little haze and a half a finger of bubbly white head leaving a little nice lacing.

Smell. Light toasty grain. Some fruity yeast and a little lemon peel.

Taste. Nice. Clean light grain and a hint of citrus up front followed by a little hoppy bite and some lemon. Some lightly toasted grain lingers for a second or two at the end.

Mouthfeel. Light bodied with a little alcohol presence. Good medium prickly carbonation.

Drinkability. Drinks really well. Crisp and refreshing. Makes me wish it time was summer time.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Awfully clear for a witbier as it's you can still see fairly concise blurs coming from the other end of the glass. The body boasts good carbonation, that is clearly visible through it's brassy coloration. It started with a good finger of head, and it left very minor lace and did not retain well.

Smell: Citrus notes dominated by a lemon zest with notes of spicy cloves and coriander. Pretty standard wit stuff, and could be a bit more punctuated.

Taste: Pretty good, although nothing that's going to knock your socks off. Begins with a mild mixed citrus of which the lemon quickly takes over as it smoothly builds to a somewhat spice filled moment that ends with a minor bitter kick with wheaty background.

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down with a nice buildup, although the wheat seems to cling to the back of your tongue. Thankfully though the lemon seems to stick around the the front of your mouth too which sort of balances out the aftertaste. Carbonation is a bit tame, but it's forgivable with how mellow the beer is.

Drinkability: It's good, and refreshing but I sort of expect a bit more of a bang from a wit as it drinks more like an easy going lager then the spicy, citrus filled white. It's light though and you certain will have no troubles getting this stuff down.

Final Thoughts: All in all, the beer strikes me as a bit too tame. It almost comes across as a light white, like the wit equivalent of a light lager. Now I admit there is a time for a light beer even though many BA's would disagree with me, but in a witbier, I'm not so sure given how light the style is to begin with. It's done well mind you, and if a light white style existed, this would probably top the list. However such a style does not exist so I'm going to say better then average but not much more.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, part of Central City's summer 12 pack, procured in lovely Merritt, BC a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of soapy, puffy, and somewhat fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a curtain of drooping lace around the glass as it duly melts away.

It smells mainly of semi-sweet wheat grain, clover honey, lemon and orange citrus, a tiny bit of indistinct earthy spice, and a soft grassy, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more fairly sweet wheat grain, saltine crackers, a wee mineral water flintiness, steady domestic citrus fruit, coriander and white pepper spice, and more leafy, mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its workaday fizzy and frothy overtures, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and ethereally creamy. It finishes clean, off-dry, and still sort of juicy and spicy.

A relatively mild-flavoured wheat beer, but considering the other accomplishments of this hop-forward brewer, that's hardly a bad thing. Light, refreshing, and easy to drink in the summer heat, though one not quite as dry and dusty as the streets in front of that government store south of Kamloops where I came across this.

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Photo of Long813
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dated: NA
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Hazy green-golden body boasting four fingers of head in a weizen glass. Head dissipated very quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Hints of citrus, spice and some yeast notes. Very weak

T: Much like the aromas, there are faint notes of citrus and spice, some yeast at the end. Quite weak flavours

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a dry citrus aftertase. Typical wit feel.

D: This is a miss for me. Nothing really pleasing about it. Shame.

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Red Racer Classic White Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
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