Red Racer Classic White Ale - Central City Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-23-2014 19:32:31 | More by utopiajane
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
10-09-2013 02:01:28 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.76/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-28-2013 22:40:22 | More by hopsolutely
3.75/5 rDev +3%
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.
06-28-2013 03:43:32 | More by biegaman
3.59/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-22-2013 22:47:51 | More by Watershed
3.74/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
06-18-2013 13:44:20 | More by peensteen
3.66/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-18-2013 02:23:44 | More by Phyl21ca
3.86/5 rDev +6%
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
06-15-2013 03:10:53 | More by IdeaSpeeder
3.23/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
06-13-2013 19:09:26 | More by tbeckett
3.81/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
06-04-2013 14:34:40 | More by spinrsx
Red Racer Classic White Ale from Central City Brewing
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