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Red Racer Classic White Ale - Central City Brewing

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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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: can

03-03-2011 00:22:23 | More by Rutager
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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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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this cloudy pale straw coloured beer with a head that pours like a bright white ninja. It's there and gone in the time it takes you to blink. Pretty much all wit beers are brewed with Curaçao orange peel and coriander and normally what they impart are subdued. This doesn't fly in the Red Racerverse. The aroma of this beer is of bold orange, coriander, wheat, and subtle fruitiness. The taste is a light, but firm, spiciness from the coriander, with the orange peel really comes through, and, of course, a nice wheaty taste with hints of malt. Add all this to a light body and you got a real thirst quenching beer.

Serving type: can

03-15-2010 22:27:49 | More by EskimoDave
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 05:36:20 | More by DaftCaskBC
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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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beerhaver

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-08-2012 02:56:01 | More by beerhaver
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beerayrton

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-18-2011 17:30:01 | More by beerayrton
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass

A: Color is a pale yellow with a light gold tint, very much like urine. There is a touch of cloudiness. Head was a solid two inches, compact, bright white. Slowly disippated, leaving foamy lacing.

S: Citrus (lemon and orange) with some spiciness. Smell is pretty subdued.

T: Taste is pretty light with more lemon and orange notes. The wheat is present, but in a very mild way, blending nicely with the citrus and spicy notes. Some very minor bitter notes on the finish.

M: Fairly light (per style) with decent to high carbonation. Feels very 'alive' in the mouth.

D: This was a very refreshing beer and better than the average wheat beers out there. If it was easier to get, I could see stocking this as a sessionable summer beer for working in the yard or camping.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 20:00:00 | More by oregonskibum
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thefullpython


4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-23-2012 22:54:22 | More by thefullpython
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-10-2013 18:37:01 | More by jrempel
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2012 10:56:28 | More by papat444
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New in cans in Vancouver this is a solid wit with a full mouthfeel and less of the orange, spice route. The beer is cloudy dark orange gold with almost no head ( maybe my glass). The nose is fresh and citrusy. I got a real fullness to the body that say lacks in Grasshopper. This is an American wheat take on a Wit as the orange peel, corainder is only in the background. Well made and cool as heck in cans.

Serving type: can

04-25-2008 22:36:04 | More by canucklehead
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santa109

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of CanBIF4, thanks seldomseen!

A: Poured a golden color with a thick 2 finger head into a pint. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen rushing to the top.

S: The aromas mostly consist of orange peel with a bit of coriander in the background. There is also a thick malt presence in the smell.

T: Strong orange peel taste, less coriander than I expected but it's still there. As the beer warms a bit, the spices become more apparent. I'm quite surprised, this little beer in its can has much more taste than I expected.

M: A bit thicker than your typical wit. It leaves a quenching feel in the mouth.

D: On a warm summer day, could see myself having quite a few of these. Refreshing with just enough taste to keep it interesting.

Overall, I really didn't expect much from a wit in a can but I was proven wrong. Too bad we don't have these around here or I would keep some in the fridge in the summer.

Serving type: can

09-30-2008 23:27:46 | More by santa109
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw that's more white than most wits, very little head or retention.

Light citrus & a hint of spicing in the aroma.

Nice lemony citrus & rind, very light spicing, modest bitterness, very well-balanced and drinkable.

Light to moderate body is smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 01:19:15 | More by Derek
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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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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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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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 01:50:07 | More by joemcgrath27
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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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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-11-2011 21:45:19 | More by cbnz
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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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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-24-2013 16:17:54 | More by KStark
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Red Racer Classic White Ale from Central City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.