Red Racer Pilsner - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 4.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Hornet2003 on 04-27-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 58
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

20oz pint for the Central City tap takeover at the Underground.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden straw colour, with one fat finger of puffy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves some stellar honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, a hint of yeasty doughiness, a prominent applesauce fruitiness, a suggestion of aerosol petrol, and earthy, leafy, and faintly grassy hops. The taste is toasted, gritty, grainy cereal malt, a more acrid apple and dry pear fruit essence, persistent gasohol notes, and earthy, wet-hay hops.

The carbonation is average, not too peppy, and supportive enough, the body medium-light in weight, and a tad astringent in its smoothness manifestation, though this isn't entirely attributable to the hops. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess going native, and the mildly muddled hay field hops lingering about.

An approachable version of the style, as the typical big Saaz hops aren't really all there, which I find a bit surprising for this brewery, given the headiness of their bread and butter offerings. Still rather impressive, compared to the norm, and enjoyable all the same. (1,197 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,730 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. A nice chunky lace is left on the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

Smell: a little bit of a sour grain aroma; not much in the way of hops. A little sweet; still not bad for the style.

Taste: lightly grainy malt without the sourness of the aroma. There's some sweetness here too, and some noble/citrusy hops present. Bitterness is a little on the strong side for the style, but it's still fairly balanced. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body but a huge carbonation that is bodaciously creamy. Just my style!

Overall: a very drinkable brew; not quite a perfect example of the style but a very serviceable one. (781 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 26/11/13

A clear golden yellow with a thick stream of bubbles feeding a loose soapy two finger foam that quickly falls to a thick film that leaves some random lace as it falls

S noble grassy hops, lots of bread and biscuit, some dry cereal, a little honey and some apple

T more of the same really but a little more intensity, grainy, grassy, some hay, just a little spicy, noble hops are in charge but there's some balance,

M light bodied, crisp little snap to it, just on the foamy side of creamy, hay lingers on the finish

O decent pilsener, a little grainy but for the most part it hits the style, went straight down the hatch and that says something

I could plow through a bomber or two under a hot sun, worth a try but far from Central City's best (793 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before July 14 2013.

A - Pours light golden. Straw sorta colour and bright. Strong carbonation and a two finger soapy white head. Good lace rings, one finger retention.

S - Really grassy, herbal, and crackery.

T - Crackery, grainy, and herbal. Quite herbal, some noble hop.

M - Good bitterness, not strong, but nice. Medium body, strong carbonation. Clean.

O/D - A nice pils. Less noble hop push that you'd expect, but it's easy drinking and well done. More noble hop skunkiness/grassiness would push this higher for me, and a restrained herbal note would benefit it, but all in all, it does well. (611 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of their summer sampler and a pleasant find at the local LCBO...

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with little retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Toasted bread, musty grains, grassy hop notes and a touch of citrus on the finish.

T - Grassy hop notes, toasted crackers, grainy malts, sour citrus rind comes through and lingers alongside bread crusts and hints of caramel.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Another gem by Central City, leave it to them to nail the classic flavours of the style. Easily sessioned, surprisingly flavourful and extremely enjoyable. Glad this made it to Northwestern Ontario and will definitely be picking up another 6-er before they all sell out. (720 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale blonde-orange with a decent collar of white head with spots of lace. Nose is a mix of grainy malts and grassy hops, lemon with some floral points as well, a nice bready sweetness, nice noble hop presence also. Taste of crisp lemony hops, earthy medium bitterness, sweet grainy malts with a clean crisp finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. A solid pilsner, would be nice to scratch the pilsner itch from time to time. (425 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best Czech-style pilsners I have enjoyed from a North American brewery. Pours a clear, light golden colour with decent carbonation, although the white head disappears fairly quickly.

Impressive aroma is very grain-forward. It’s bready with a distinct hop backbone - definitely appropriate for the style, although not "simple Saaz". Likewise with the taste, that ranges from the bread and biscuit in the start to a nicely crisp bitterness in the finish.

A well brewed example of a style I don't typically choose, but am glad to have picked up in this LCBO offered "mixed 6" cans. (593 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another true to style and well-executed brew from Central City, this one is a remarkably pale straw hue, just shy of yellow, with a billowing white head that was difficult to tame. The latter left a complex lattice on the glass. Smells of very fresh pilsener malt, grainy with a touch of sweetness, lemon rind, and floral, spicy noble hops. A Czech pils but hopped with German Hallertau, with again a very fresh and vibrant flavor to match the malts. Impressed so far. Palate is rather devoid of fruity esters except maybe for the barest hint of apple, instead there's assertive grainy malts and some mustard seed/peppery spice, an interesting floral note like pollen or goldenrod, and lush green leafy hops that combine with the spice to evoke strong-tasting greens, almost like raw broccoli. Not sweet and very crisp with above-average carbonation. Mouthfeel is slightly oily from hop resins. Clean, refined bitterness in the finish. Quite pungent and dry ... Enjoyable if maybe begging for just a touch more sweetness in lieu of some of the graininess and green flavors. Fits Central City's ethos of aggressive hopping but fortunately from a pilsener perspective. (1,166 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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! (498 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.73/5  rDev -26%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Hornet2003
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear straw on the pour with just a thin lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Biscuity, noble hops, floral.

Taste: Very lager-ish, obviously but exceptionally clean and refreshing. No off flavours. A little hoppier than a European example, but the "right" kind of hops - German noble aroma and bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant and smooth. No overcarbonation. Lively on the tongue but doesn't cause you to bloat/gas out.

Overall: Fine example of a nice, easy-drinking Pilsner. Lots of hoppy bitterness as well as abundant floral hop aromas. Reminds of a crisp authentic German/Czech Pils(e)ner. (620 characters)

Photo of Watershed
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355mL can into a pokal glass. This isn't as rich a gold as many of the best pilsners, but shows a lively carbonation and an appealing sudsy head that lingers after it settles. Aroma is mostly pretty standard -- noble hops -- but there's a sweetness in the smell that's unusual for the style. But this beer really shines in the taste and mouthfeel; though it uses European hops (Hallertauer and Perle), the pairing of the two really lends an American oomph and complexity to the profile that's missing from some of the more straightforward Saaz-driven pils. Combined with a near-perfect malt balance and lingering herbal finish, this makes for one of the best NA iterations of the style I've tried.

Overall, a beer that both renews a classic style and stays true to its original aims of balance and drinkability. Good stuff. (838 characters)

Red Racer Pilsner from Central City Brewers + Distillers
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.