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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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can picked up at Julio's on our way to EBF. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour brings a bright straw-colored beer with a single-finger white head and a good amount of lacing. The nose is lightly hoppy with a bit of straw and hay plus an unfortunate touch of DMS. The flavor has a bit of DMS as well, though not as much as in the nose. Other than that, some raw grain and very faint hops. Feel is light with high carbonation. Drinkability is decent, though there are certainly better options.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Central City's summer mixed 12 pack. I like the cans - especially on vacation for the hotel pool.

This beer pours a super-pale straw colour - it's pretty much resembles light white wine, with lots and lots of thick foamy, rocky white head, which takes a fair spell to dissipate, leaving some chunky curtains of lace around the glass. Its smells of wet hay, a bit of yeastiness, and bready grain. The taste is biscuity grain, and some muddled lemon, yeast, and metallic minerals, chased away only slightly by the nice grassy, straw-like hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and with a crisp grassy/weedy hop finish.

A pretty easy-drinking pils, even if it is a bit of a mess.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and a very thin malt character. Then there is some lager yeast breadiness that comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a poundable beer because it’s pretty light but there are more flavorful options within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli, poured chilled into a pils glass.

A - A very pale straw color looks like clear lemon juice with a 3/4 inch white as bone cap - moderate lace clings

S - The smell is slightly green apple w/ a mild creamy yeast note and lightly grainy odor

M - The feel has a lighter medium body w/ moderate carbonation and slight tang of yeast w/ light grainy tinges and mild sweetness, low bitterness and semi-dry finish

T - The flavor starts off ok with mild sweet and vegetal flavor w/ a slight grain and mild yeast tang but midway seems to lose steam w/ light sweetness and herb taste all lingering without much flavor it sort of flatlines halfway through and seems to have a cracker like pilsner malt taste and not much else -pretty pedestrian

D - This is ok, but there are plenty out there that exceed the flavor of red racer lager. It just languished in mediocrity. Hard as I tried to like this it was very middle of the road drinkability-wise for me

Slatetank, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of mactrail
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First taste I thought this is an Adjunct Lager. One of the saltiest tasting beers I've had. Looks nice enough in the glass with a fine head and lacing. Thin body, pleasant carbonation. Faint malt liquor flavor but with a real dose of hops. Bitter, metallic aftertaste. Leaves me with wet cardboard and salt.

Overall, this is not a pleasing experience to me. There are such better Pilseners I have to score this one down.

mactrail, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yay, Red Racy is back and still in a CAN! The last time I saw our full-bodied lass, she and her Schwinn Flyer were bringing me an IPA. Now, she has both a Lager and a Pale Ale, plus she has not given up on her skirt. I have even convinced the Old Lady of the importance of stockings, a garter belt and a skirt, which she has agreed to on occasion. Love craft beer in a CAN!

From the CAN: "Central City Brewing Co. Red Racer Classic Lager is craft-brewed in small batches using only the finest barley malt, choice hops, special yeast and filtered water in every beer. Each batch is aged longer to help deliver its golden colour and crisp taste that only the best beers in the world enjoy. 'Cheers!'"

The first thing that jumped out at me was how pale a yellow the color was, along with a slight haze. Hmmm. I had a finger of rocky, bone-white head above the beer and it hung in nicely. Nose had a slight sourness to it, somewhat lemony. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a metallic tang on the tongue. I may be wrapping up Lager Day pretty quickly at this rate. Finish was flat, metallic, not really much to recommend it, CANned or not. Very disappointing, kiddo. Keep on peddling with this one, as far as I was concerned.

woodychandler, May 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 12 oz can from Al's of Hampden.

A: I reviewed the lager blind, no BA in front of me. My first reaction on pouring the pils into my glass was that Red Racer Lager is a misnomer. This is, at best a pils. Lo and behold I was right. The pils is barely yellow, like a drop or two of yellow food coloring in a glass of water. Attempting to make up for the piss (literally) poor color is a three finger head that is dense and craggy.

S: Soapy with a hint of herbal hops, fuller than the underwhelming color would indicate. Along side the hops, light biscuity malts appear.

T: An unpleasant combination of metallic tones and biscuits starts things off on the wrong note. Not a good sign of things to come. As the pils evolves, a green apple-like fruitiness comes through, not terrible but it gets old. Hoppiness is nearly nonexistent. For either a pils or a lager, this is a disappointment.

M: My notes say 'boring in a bad way.' It's too malty and sweet, not to mention the weak hops, to be a pils.

D: I'm glad I only got one can. A forgettable pils.

akorsak, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DoubleJ, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BARFLYB, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, May 08, 2010
Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Derek, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

wordemupg, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

canucklehead, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

andrenaline, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Racer Lager has an extremely pale yellow body; it's probably one of the least colorful beers that I have seen, which isn't really an attractive thing. The head looks good, as it is two fingers tall, bone-white, and very rocky. Retention and lacing are great.

The nose is packed with a ton of sweet pale and a whiff of spicy hops. A little too sweet.

The flavor provides a pretty good blast of hops in comparison with the nose. A biting earthy bitterness from the hops is accompanied by a mettalic flavor. Next is a slightly fruity flavor that comes quickly and then recedes, leaving the malt backbone. The malt is surprisingly tame, and it provides pale sweetness and maybe a touch of cracker. The finish is somewhat abrupt, with another flash of bitterness and then nothing. Overall, Red Racer Lager isn't what I would consider "full flavor."

Very well carbonated with a light body and a dry finish.

Red Racer Lager is light and refreshing. It's probably meant to be a beer for the new craft drinker.

Hojaminbag, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a red 355 ml can, part of their summer sampler 12 pack. Pours out a slightly hazed straw hue, with a tight foamy head that slowly settles.

Crisp grains in the aroma, which make way for sweet bready malt, with small traces of DMS in the background.

Flavour dep't comes up a bit disappointing, as my impression of it is that equal to a domestic macro, with the exception that there is an actual hop presence available. Mild sweet malt up front, while some DMS pops out before some spicy and light grassy hops kick in towards the end of the middle and finishes things off. The aftertaste is rather unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, with a smooth texture and minimal carbonation.

Surprising, compared to the higher calibre of the other beers I've sampled from Central City up until now. Not a very pleasant German Pils all in all, this one's a pass.

IronDjinn, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

papat444, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a odd cloudy super light yellow with basically no head. Nose is like pilsner malt, but it's super bland and not good.

Taste is very light, there's quite a lemon zest flavor, it's crisp with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. It's pretty easy drinking but not worth seeking out.

kingcrowing, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

chickenm, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

callmemickey, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of dgherm
3/5  rDev -10.4%

dgherm, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very light straw colouration with excellent clarity. Head was snow white in colour and about 3/8" tall initially, but dissipated quickly.

S: Pine, maybe some hops. Not the greatest but not bad either.

T: Slight malt and slight hops but bitter and metallic. Based on the smell and taste I suspect this can has been hanging around a while.

M: The mouthfeel was the best thing about this lager in my opinion. It foams up in the mouth into a creamy-feeling with a large amount of medium to fine carbonation.

O: A lager that is better than average.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 17, 2011
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Red Racer Classic Lager from Central City Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.