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Red Racer Pilsner - Central City Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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 biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of gloryhole
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jmkoscie
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Photo of polloenfuego
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of evil_liver
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of McBastard
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Watershed
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Red Racer Pilsner from Central City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.