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Red Racer Classic White Ale - Central City Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%
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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Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 29, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

RedAleMan, May 26, 2013
Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +9.9%

jrempel, May 10, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

papat444, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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

wordemupg, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
4/5  rDev +9.9%

thefullpython, May 23, 2012
Photo of beerhaver
4/5  rDev +9.9%

beerhaver, May 08, 2012
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev +3%

cbnz, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of BashOnABike
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

BashOnABike, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of beerayrton
4/5  rDev +9.9%

beerayrton, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of EspressoGuy
2.15/5  rDev -40.9%

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

EspressoGuy, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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

joemcgrath27, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Shadman
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Shadman, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

andrenaline, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

IronDjinn, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

Rutager, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of TheHammer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

TheHammer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

biboergosum, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

Long813, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

oregonskibum, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of OskarL
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

OskarL, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of EskimoDave
4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

EskimoDave, Mar 15, 2010
Red Racer Classic White Ale from Central City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.