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Red Racer Classic White Ale - Central City Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-25-2008)
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Reviews by OskarL:
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OskarL

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy pale orange/golden color with lots of carbonation. A white head that settles fast and leaves little lacing.

Smells malt, citrus and corriander.

Tastes orange peel, wheat, little malt and a bit of corriander.

A lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel with a body that is a bit fulller than usually for wits.

Serving type: can

04-04-2010 02:12:42 | More by OskarL
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-17-2014 18:33:08 | More by beerhunter13
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 02:01:28 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-30-2013 19:07:54 | More by BGDrock
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-16-2013 04:14:48 | More by gloryhole
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-24-2013 16:17:54 | More by KStark
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-20-2013 11:26:35 | More by sbarre
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-20-2013 01:28:35 | More by jmkoscie
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-16-2013 13:03:37 | More by fizzyted
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-11-2013 02:06:08 | More by evil_liver
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-07-2013 18:29:14 | More by WillAndSarah
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 22:40:22 | More by hopsolutely
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 03:43:32 | More by biegaman
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-27-2013 05:05:34 | More by schopenhauerale
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Watershed

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 22:47:51 | More by Watershed
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 13:44:20 | More by peensteen
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 02:23:44 | More by Phyl21ca
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Serving type: can

06-15-2013 03:10:53 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-13-2013 19:09:26 | More by tbeckett
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-09-2013 00:11:35 | More by bigox420
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-08-2013 23:48:05 | More by ThinkAgain
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-07-2013 14:32:18 | More by kelvarnsen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 14:34:40 | More by spinrsx
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-29-2013 01:59:04 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-26-2013 21:45:11 | More by RedAleMan
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Red Racer Classic White Ale from Central City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.