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Red Racer Pilsner - Central City Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hornet2003 on 04-27-2013)
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Photo of TheHammer
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A finger of head that retained but did not lace to a clear brass lager body that's a bit paler then I though it would be and has low carbonation.

Smell: Musty straw with a touch of herbal hops. Warming helped out a little bit, but no much.

Taste: Starts with a straw like malt with hints of lemon and, as more sweet bread aspects take over before being slapped by a open hand of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: The hop oil lingers far more then it should on a pilsener. Instead of tasting crisp, it taste oily. The carbonation was also pretty lacklustre. At least the transitioning was ok.

Drinkability: If it wasn't for the odd mouthfeel, this could be somewhat enjoyable, but this drinks more like a high hopped pale ale then a Pilsener. Light bodied though.

Final Thoughts: Really simple fix to this beer, lower the amount of hops slightly. The biggest problem I had was the hops came out of nowhere and lingered for far too long, which wasn't enjoyable to me for this style. I'm sure many would disagree with me on this one, but I wouldn't buy it again. If you like hops, I guess you could have this, or you could have their exceptional IPA.

TheHammer, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

ThinkAgain, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of fostachild
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

fostachild, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -16.9%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pmicdee, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of g4g2008
3/5  rDev -16.9%

g4g2008, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of gloryhole
3.25/5  rDev -10%

gloryhole, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of evil_liver
3.25/5  rDev -10%

evil_liver, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -10%

bigox420, May 28, 2013
Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev -3%

LDuke, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a deep golden color pilsner with a great white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt notes with light cereal flavours. Taste is dominated by light sweet cereal notes with light floral undertones. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation. Not as hoppy as I would have expected considering the brewer but refreshing and enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -3%

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A very pleasing pale golden colour, a few fingers of quickly dissipating white head.

S: Nothing to write home about; subtle bready malt with a bit of hops tang.

T: Classic pilsner malt flavours come through, although slightly dominated by the bitterness of the hops. A barely noticeable metallic taste, but doesn't overwhelm the balance. Very sessionable overall.

M: Smooth and well carbonated.

O: One of the nicer Canadian pilsners I've tried, I wish there were more than two in my sampler!

WillAndSarah, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -3%

CurtisD, Oct 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

FX3vette, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of McBastard
3.5/5  rDev -3%

McBastard, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of sbarre
3.5/5  rDev -3%

sbarre, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -3%

kelvarnsen, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev -3%

davemathews68, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -3%

schopenhauerale, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of polloenfuego
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: a light gold in color with a good two fingers of head that dissipated quickly.

S: light malts and some grains/cereals. A very subtle nose.

T: malts, some grassy hops and a touch of citrus.

M: medium body, stronger carbonation and slick.

O: I'm not normally a pilsner drinker, but I bought this as part of a summer sampler for a friend who was kind enough to share. I think this would make a decent session beer, but it does not really impress me an awful lot. Perhaps it is the style, perhaps this particular beer, but I was left wanting.

polloenfuego, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $12.50 part of a mixed 6 pack

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grassy/herbal notes and a touch of apple juice. It ends with a faint hop aftertaste.

Overall – While I really like the taste of this beer, there isn't all that much taste to be had. It seems sort of muted. I'd like a little bit more flavour but this is still a nice refreshing beer.

spinrsx, May 30, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When most people think of beer the image of Red Racer Pilsner is exactly what they see: a bright, beaming golden liquid acting as a clear backdrop to a sea of bubbles, all tucked away under a fine mesh of bleach-white suds. This is definitely one you'll want to pour into a glass.

True pilsners offer a profusion of happiness on the nose in the form of simple, elementary malt and hops: wholesome, clean grain that smells like fresh-baked bread and bitter but aromatic hops that have a floral and grassy perfume. They are straightforward, for the most part very modest, and positively unadulterated. It's a simple but effective formula.

If Red Racer Pilsner were on a talk show malt would be the first guest, but hops get their say too. The beer is noticeably bready-sweet first and foremost, a cereal-like taste that shows wholesome graininess and a ton of biscuits. But more herbal flavours do develop; notes of grass clippings and bitter leafy greens play a role too, especially on the finish.

This recipe uses Hallertauer hops not Saaz. The result is a bitterness less grassy and floral and a little more pungent and spicy. It's light enough so as not to bother mainstream drinkers but present enough that aficionados should have no trouble picking it out; it's the beer geeks in the middle who might be disgruntled by its lack of tongue-singing acidity.

What makes any good pale lager so tasty and enticing can be as hard to grasp as a greased watermelon. A good pilsner, however, like Central City's Red Racer Pilsner, will offer grassy hops and bready malt as clues, making a little more apparent the answer as to what makes these beers so gratifying and why they became (and continue to be) so universally popular.

biegaman, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4, 3.75, 3.5, 4, 3.75 – Pours deep gold with a frothy ivory head that lasts a good while, draping the glass in lace. Bready malts and some leafy, herbal hops and a bit of something vegetal in the nose. The taste is a good balance of herbal noble hops, and a clean malt profile. High level of nearly prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel. A moderate bitterness and some herbal hops linger in the finish

OK, but a little light on the hoppiness and malt depth.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

beerhunter13, Mar 17, 2014
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Red Racer Pilsner from Central City Brewing
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