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Red Racer Classic Lager - Central City Brewing

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Craft-brewed in small batches using only the finest barley malt, choice hops, and filtered water in every beer. Each batch is aged longer with special yeast to help deliver it’s golden colour and crisp taste that only the best beers in the world enjoy.

(Beer added by: u2carew on 12-26-2009)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +21.8%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold, with two fingers of thick bright-white head. Retains with a thin foamy layer that skims the surface, leaving some spotty swathes of foam behind. The aroma is freshly floral in the nose and even a little bit spicy, with a touch of earthy citrus giving this some grit. I'm also getting a surprisingly robust sweet backing biscuit smell from the malts, which is giving this some good balance.

That well balanced nature carries on over to the taste, with some tight feeling toasted bready sweetness being evenly matched by a tingle of spicy hops and some earthy fruit across the back of the profile. Bit of a dry feel here in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp smoothness across the tongue that retains a decent amount of heft here in the mouth. Nice feel.

I really enjoyed this one a bit more than I thought I was going to. The light looking pour had me a touch worried at first but this ended up bringing a well balanced Lager to the table with those Noble hops especially coming off as notably fresh.

04-10-2010 21:27:28 | More by Kegatron
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-21-2011 03:06:49 | More by EskimoDave
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance: With a rocky head that is an inch tall. After it thins out there is a good ring of lacing left behind.

Aroma: Hops are citrusy adn a little bit dry which is a good thing. Malts are bicuity with twinges of butteryness in the nose.

Taste: Non citrus fruit textures pears and apples. Biscuity bits from the malts with a note of butter. The carbonation is good that is crisp with a citrus bite.

Notes: This one is quite a tasty German Pilsner a good pick up. Cheers.

08-01-2011 00:55:15 | More by horshack7
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%

Red Racer Craft Lager Beer

As the label bears the word "craft", I guess that just proves that the big boys really aren't that bad. What I mean to say is, here we have a light colored, sweet, golden lager that could just as easily have been produced by a larger 'non-craft' brewery, and yet it's well accepted by the "craft" crowd. Now don't get me wrong, I like this beer, I just find it odd that so many "beer guys" hate on the big players without really looking at the quality and range of beers they produce.

On the other hand, this could have been better made, which is a kick in the nuts because the bigger breweries would have done it right. It's got a little bit of a haze to it; and although it's fairly hoppy, it's kind of dis-jointed... not that it's out of balance, but that it's not quite as rounded and polished as it could be. The very floral, perfume-like, and lemony hops don't quite meld with the sweet malt as nicely as they could. Beyond that, however, it's quite nice. I like the apple note, and I wonder if that's coming from the yeast just as it does in Budweiser (I'll assume it is).

So, overall, an interesting lager with lots of character. Oddly, it lacks any lager-yeast sulphur, but that's fine by me. It's refreshing, and it's got enough charm to keep it interesting beyond one. Probably worth trying just to see what's what.

01-30-2012 14:24:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: A very pale-yellow body with a fluffy white head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Crisp aroma, hint of cereal and floral notes.

Taste: Strong lemon (not sour), grainy and restrained hops.

Mouthfeel: Clean mostly but does boast a certain bitterness.

Overall: No frills lager that delivers.

09-15-2012 10:50:52 | More by papat444
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oregonskibum

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light yellow or pale gold with a thick 1 1/2 inch foamy head.

S: Typical lager yeast aroma, although more floral notes than typical. Hints of citrus flavors as well.

T: Light, crisp and refreshing. Citrus flavors really come on mid taste with some biscuity flavors on the finish.

M: Light to medium-light body, high carbonation. Quite dry.

D: Must admin that I don't review a lot of lagers since most of them are picnic swill you get stuck drinking at a neighbors when you neglected to BYOB. But this lager is nice, freshing, and easy to drink. Quite different from many of the macro beers out there.

04-13-2010 20:51:49 | More by oregonskibum
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

11-30-2011 16:45:51 | More by brandoman63
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

10-31-2013 05:24:10 | More by Erik-P
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

11-29-2012 02:04:43 | More by KalanM
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%

355ml can poured into pint glass 8/8/12

A clear straw yellow with bubbles of all sizes from pin pricks to giant air bubbles, thin film for a head sticks around and leaves lots of lace

S floral honey and some grainy malt, smells a little sweet but decent

T matches the smell pretty well, sweet grains and some floral notes

M has some body too it considering how light in color it is, well carbonated without being airy, clean aftertaste

O what can I say? its a lager, easy too drink and good for the style

It would make a good lawnmower beer, good for a lager but sitting on the shelf next too their IPA its a no brainier

08-08-2012 17:26:29 | More by wordemupg
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Surprisingly clear, light yellow hue, bubbly white head, light retention, very little lace.

S: Very perfumy floralness, steelie grass, hint of sulfur.

T: Very floral, steelie grass, light biscuit, modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth; well-carbonated.

D: An easy drinker.

A good beer that should have mass-appeal, though it's a little more North American than German.

04-06-2010 01:12:08 | More by Derek
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Crystal clear, pale yellow - a little lighter in colour than I expected. An inch of rocky, bright white foam appeared after the pour and dissipated over the course of about 5 minutes. Clean floral aroma, grass and sulfur, faint biscuit. Moderate bitterness that stayed soft throughout, a bit of citrus up front giving way to floral and malt sweetness. Bit of lingering hop flavour and bitterness. Dry finish, light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

05-08-2010 20:00:42 | More by DrJay
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Add another solid lager to the BC list. Seems like every craft brewer has a lager now and Central City is no exception. This is clean well made beer that surprises no one but fully meets the style and would be the perfect to foist on your macro loving brother in law. The fact it now comes in cans and in a mixed pack with the wheat and the pale ale is fantastic.

Used to be called Springboard Lager

02-09-2010 05:33:00 | More by canucklehead
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a pale golden color with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Grainy, grassy aroma. Taste of grains, lemon, grass, and a little yeast. Dry finish, mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Pretty good for a lager, this is a nice beer for a hot summer day.

07-29-2010 02:21:17 | More by chickenm
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz can. Consumed 12/03/09

A) Pours with a quick head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. The body is clear. Upward carbonation. Straw colored.
S) Grainy. Light nutty-ness. Mellow floral aroma.
T) Grainy with citrus notes. The malts are subtle and subdued by the grainy dryness. Hints of hops linger in the finish.
M) Mild fizziness. Dry. Light body.
D) A decent brew, light but still good.

12-26-2009 21:01:14 | More by u2carew
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +6%

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a two finger head that dissipates to a small amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Faint smell of light malts with not a whole lot else going on. Maybe a little bit of pale wheat and very light on the hops.

T: Taste is a lot like the smells, some light wheat and malt with a tiny bit of hops.

M: A little bit of carbonation bites the tongue works well with the lightness of all the flavors.

O: Overall, all right. Nothing particularly memorable, but it's a decent lager that comes in a can.

07-27-2011 22:20:22 | More by Daktyls
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DoubleJ

California

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

I love it when I see microbreweries make lagers. On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Where's the color? It's barely straw color, and it were clearer, it would be Zima. Good head and lacing though. There a little hay and straw in the aroma, but not a whole lot with the intensity. The flavor is better though; it offers the grassy and hay notes you'd hope for from a pilsner and it's crisp and drinkable. Needless to say, it would make a good hot day beer.

06-07-2010 02:31:23 | More by DoubleJ
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

Got this @ Trackside in Medicine Hat, Ab. Part of there summer sampler.

Bright golden yellow, clear. Nice thick head formation.

Light toasted grain, slightly spicy hop aroma

Smooth bready malt and some semblance of pilsner hop. Smooth. Slight metallic graininess in the finish

Smooth, medium body. Could use a tweak in the carbonation as it would impart more crispness

Decent, easy drinking beer

05-23-2011 21:40:25 | More by Shadman
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pale, golden-straw body. Slightly cloudy. Large fluffy white head. Quickly settled down as it left spotty sticky lacing.

S: Light grains, grassy-floral hop notes. Restrained and clean.

T: Light, slightly-sweet grains. Large grassy character. Slightly bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation up-front gives way to a slightly thin and weak finish. Nice dry, refreshing feel but lacks that crisp bite that would improve the beer.

D: Overall, a pleasant easy-drinking lager. Not the most complex brew, but its not marred by any off-notes... Worth a shot.

03-20-2010 23:32:19 | More by callmemickey
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OskarL

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

A clear pale golden/straw color with a frothy head that has some retention and leaves some lacing. Some bubbles alongside of the glass aswell.

Bready, hay and some floral hops in the nose.

Grain, a bit sweetness, mild floral and citrus hops with some bitterness.

A bit dry with a light body and a bit fizzy carbonation.

04-01-2010 23:30:18 | More by OskarL
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Pours a pale golden colour with a thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, pale wheat and grassy hops.

T - Sweet corn, wheat and grassy pilsener hops. Classic pils flavours and a solid rendition of the style.

M - Medium bodied ale that fills the tongue and goes down smooth, finishing nice and wet.

O - Overall a tasty take on the style, though nothing overly mind blowing. If you're looking for an easy drinking pils, then this one will surely satisfy your craving.

06-25-2011 22:45:38 | More by andrenaline
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz CAN into a pint glass watching the tele...

Red Racer Lager pours out a very bright yellow and seeing this is listed as a pilsner I can see why now, not sure why it says lager on the can. A bright white head with no life, no sticky. Smells include pale malt and some veggie scents with a small earthy hop build and yeast. Low and behold the taste is pretty standard and light and not up there enough for the lager billing. Pale malt and grass and light hops. Feel is thin and nicely carbed but the taste could use a boost. Easy drinking beer that is low in alcohol and taste, would love to take this camping with me.

09-13-2010 02:51:14 | More by BARFLYB
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Stizz19


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-04-2012 01:29:23 | More by Stizz19
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Recently popped up on the east coast.

Pours a nice pale gold color with lots of fizzy head. Head quickly settles down to a patchwork film on top, plus sporadic lacing on the side of the glass.

Nice slightly sweet floral aroma with a small amount of hops in the nose as well.

Taste is a minor sweetness with a bit of grain. Some hop notes in the end, but nothing major. Mild malt flavor as well.

Overall, this is a pretty decent pils. Might be a nice gateway beer to introduce people to craft beer.

03-06-2010 15:16:56 | More by Seanstoppable
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

Very pale, transparent body with lots of visible carbonation. The beer maintains a cover of bright white head. Looks mostly like your average lager.

Smells of light peppery hops (almost reminiscent of Japanese-style lager). A little dust. Very light malt with a little candy in the background. Doesn't really stand out.

A light, well-balanced lager. Decent amount of fresh grain flavour, which seems to set it apart from a macro lager. I almost feel like they did use Sorachi Ace here, maybe blended with other hop varieties. There's that nice lemon-pepper thing you find in rice lagers. No off flavours but I wish they had gone for something a little more forward. Well-made but a little on the boring side. This is listed as a pilsner but nowhere on the can does it say pilsner. Was the intention here to be a pilsner?

Decent medium-light body for a lager. Carbonation is a little on the fizzy side but I think it fits here.

I could easily drink a sixer of this stuff if I was in the mood for a light lager. There are better lagers out there but there are also much, much worse. I could see myself picking some of this up for a party or something if I lived in BC.

02-09-2011 05:32:35 | More by eat
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Red Racer Classic Lager from Central City Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.