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Red Racer Classic White Ale - Central City Brewing

Red Racer Classic White AleRed Racer Classic White Ale

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.86%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can at Bar Volo. Not a pad one, more of a beige coloured wheat, darker than expected in the style, with a whitish head. Mature wheat aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit below average, and there is taste and drinkability there. A mild but significant hoppiness. Decent for the style overall.

Serving type: can

03-02-2010 00:38:53 | More by Sammy
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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of Central City's summer 12 pack.

This beer pours a cloudy light straw colour, with two fingers of soapy, puffy white head, which leaves a curtain of drooping lace around the glass as it duly melts away. It smells mainly of wheat grain, with a tiny bit of spice, and a slightly metallic edge. The taste is somewhat mineral-esque sweet wheat grain, and some mild citrus essences. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, fairly smooth, and it finishes clean, and dry.

A relatively mild-flavoured wheat beer, considering the other accomplishments of this brewer.

Serving type: can

07-14-2010 04:41:57 | More by biboergosum
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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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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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 00:09:07 | More by wordemupg
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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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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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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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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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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 05:01:09 | More by IronDjinn
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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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 22:53:39 | More by andrenaline
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good wit from Central City. Nice and cloudy orange/amber with a decent white head.

Too much malt in the smell, very little hopes. I'm only picking up orange and corriander in the background. Taste is a bit better - I can really pick up the orange peel, but the malt seems to almost knock out the corriander. Very full flavour though. This is great on a hot day, and nice to drink.

Serving type: can

07-15-2008 01:56:17 | More by BDTyre
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 04:16:18 | More by Shadman
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-04-2011 05:29:30 | More by TheHammer
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-03-2010 03:21:05 | More by Long813
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Premier Wine and Spirits recently picked up a few items in the Red Racer line. Being a fan of wheat beers in general, I decided to grab a six pack of Red Racer's version.

Pours a nice cloudy pale gold color with two fingers of head. Head quickly evaporates to a thing film on top.

Light smell of coriander.

Taste is fairly clean. A bit of coriander, a hint of orange peel, a bit of wheat, a hint of malt. No real overwhelming flavors, no real aftertaste, just a somewhat subdued witbier.

Certainly drinkable. Certainly not bad. Nice and refreshing, but misses out on making it to 'really good' or 'great' status. A nice alternate to their pilsner, but not quite as good as their IPA and Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

03-10-2010 23:32:30 | More by Seanstoppable
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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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Red Racer Classic White Ale from Central City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.