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Red Racer Classic White Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Classic White AleRed Racer Classic White Ale

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditionally cloudy, this Belgium style White Ale is brewed with coriander seed and dried orange peel producing a beer light in body with a refreshing citrus-spice aroma.

Formerly known as Wally's Wheat.

Added by canucklehead on 04-25-2008

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Light golden straw in colour. Just a little haze and a half a finger of bubbly white head leaving a little nice lacing.

Smell. Light toasty grain. Some fruity yeast and a little lemon peel.

Taste. Nice. Clean light grain and a hint of citrus up front followed by a little hoppy bite and some lemon. Some lightly toasted grain lingers for a second or two at the end.

Mouthfeel. Light bodied with a little alcohol presence. Good medium prickly carbonation.

Drinkability. Drinks really well. Crisp and refreshing. Makes me wish it time was summer time.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated D0513. Best before 08/03/13.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy bright tangerine orange colour with half a finger of white head.

S - Noticeable orange peel aroma up front. Spice, Belgian yeast. Loads of fresh citrus.

T - Fresh orange flavour dominates with spice, Belgian yeast and a light clove presence.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Central City brew pub:

A: 1/8" white head over a glowing yellow liquid with cloudy clarity.

S: Smell of yeast, pepper, and citrus.

T: The taste profile begins like pepper, coriander, and orange peel and finishes with a taste of sweet light malt and wheat. The finish is almost like that of Captain Crunch cereal as strange as that sounds.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with low carbonation.

O: A very drinkable Witbier with an interesting taste profile.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this cloudy pale straw coloured beer with a head that pours like a bright white ninja. It's there and gone in the time it takes you to blink. Pretty much all wit beers are brewed with Curaçao orange peel and coriander and normally what they impart are subdued. This doesn't fly in the Red Racerverse. The aroma of this beer is of bold orange, coriander, wheat, and subtle fruitiness. The taste is a light, but firm, spiciness from the coriander, with the orange peel really comes through, and, of course, a nice wheaty taste with hints of malt. Add all this to a light body and you got a real thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass

A: Color is a pale yellow with a light gold tint, very much like urine. There is a touch of cloudiness. Head was a solid two inches, compact, bright white. Slowly disippated, leaving foamy lacing.

S: Citrus (lemon and orange) with some spiciness. Smell is pretty subdued.

T: Taste is pretty light with more lemon and orange notes. The wheat is present, but in a very mild way, blending nicely with the citrus and spicy notes. Some very minor bitter notes on the finish.

M: Fairly light (per style) with decent to high carbonation. Feels very 'alive' in the mouth.

D: This was a very refreshing beer and better than the average wheat beers out there. If it was easier to get, I could see stocking this as a sessionable summer beer for working in the yard or camping.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. can, best before 10/26/2012.

Appearance: Lots of spotted lacing and the body is completely cloudy with the color of crystallized honey.

Smell: Mild ginger, strong wheat, tropical fruit and some spices.\

Taste: Spices, wheat, citrus, orange, and peppery. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with lively carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good witbier. Nice to have in the need of summer.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New in cans in Vancouver this is a solid wit with a full mouthfeel and less of the orange, spice route. The beer is cloudy dark orange gold with almost no head ( maybe my glass). The nose is fresh and citrusy. I got a real fullness to the body that say lacks in Grasshopper. This is an American wheat take on a Wit as the orange peel, corainder is only in the background. Well made and cool as heck in cans.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw with peach hints. The big foamy had recedes pretty quickly, leaving a few meandering trails of lace behind. The aroma is of lemon and Fruit Loops with some wheat malt in the back. The taste is softly malty with a strong citrus edge and coriander adding classic spiciness. Nutmeg and fruity yeast esters show with warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very luscious, creamy carbonation. Some sweet malt and a bit of citric tartness in the finish.

This is a good Witbier. It covers all the bases of the style well, but is a little watered down tasting - a common flaw with examples of the style IMO. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of santa109
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of CanBIF4, thanks seldomseen!

A: Poured a golden color with a thick 2 finger head into a pint. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen rushing to the top.

S: The aromas mostly consist of orange peel with a bit of coriander in the background. There is also a thick malt presence in the smell.

T: Strong orange peel taste, less coriander than I expected but it's still there. As the beer warms a bit, the spices become more apparent. I'm quite surprised, this little beer in its can has much more taste than I expected.

M: A bit thicker than your typical wit. It leaves a quenching feel in the mouth.

D: On a warm summer day, could see myself having quite a few of these. Refreshing with just enough taste to keep it interesting.

Overall, I really didn't expect much from a wit in a can but I was proven wrong. Too bad we don't have these around here or I would keep some in the fridge in the summer.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw that's more white than most wits, very little head or retention.

Light citrus & a hint of spicing in the aroma.

Nice lemony citrus & rind, very light spicing, modest bitterness, very well-balanced and drinkable.

Light to moderate body is smooth.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours hazy, pale straw gold and with a fat head of white foam . Some is creamy some is loose and it falls slowly but doe not leave too much lace. Nose is sweet wheat with honey and a nice citrus. Bright lemon peel and some fresh orange. A leafy hop herbal that turns grassy as the beer warms. A bit of cracker that you can smell . Drinks dry and crisp with wheat that appears thin tall and golden to the palate. A sweetness behind it that is light honey. A slight bitterness and a lovely bit of citrus fruit. That fresh orange really takes the drink. It’s puts the lemon to the side which stays only for a mild tartness. Finishes dry and with a light little aftertaste where the herbal kicks up once more. I like it very much. Refreshing, crisp and with a smooth mouthfeel that is creamy and has a soft few bubbles in it.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 355ml can poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright yellow, cloudy colour, matches the can! On top sits two fingers of white head which fades disappointingly fast, leaving behind very little lacing.

Smell - Coriander and citrus, most notably orange. A heavy presence of wheat.

Taste - A striking orange flavour off the bat, followed by some more mellow coriander notes. Finally, towards the end, there's hints of wheat.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pretty low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - 3.75

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from the Ottawa LCBO part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some peppery clove and yeast. There is also a bit of the same citrus flavour found in their IPA/APA. It ends with a bit of a spicy aftertaste.

Overall - I was really enjoying this at first but it started to wear on me a bit towards the end of the glass. Something about it is just bit off balance. Still a very good beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes...
A - Fully hazy straw yellow, short head dissapeared quickly
S - Coriander and musty spiciness, light orange zest, wheaty malt
T - Buttered bread malt, light coriander, orange zest, light fruity yeast finish
M - Decently carbonated kick to start, light, mild spice tingle and citrus peel bitterness
O - Not the best from central city, but a pleasant summertime refreshment that is very sessionable

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can picked up in a LCBO-offered "mixed 6", as unfortunately we have very little access to Central City in Ontario. Pours a hazy golden colour with orange tones. Has a low carbonation level, despite the initial burst of white head.

Aroma has a distinct spiciness that raises it above a "typical wit". Maintains the expected banana and coriander esters, but the cloves and other spices - including a hint of citrus - give it a nice depth. Likewise the flavour is well balanced and has more going on than many of its peers. Fruits and grains and spices are all present, with a decently crisp finish that has a slight bitterness.

Not a style I choose often, but believe this to be a well brewed example and I'm glad to have bought it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a yelloe 355 ml can. Pours out a hazed bright straw colour, with a tall white spritzy head that quickly settles.

Clean soft wheat, mild dry spice and tropical fruits on the nose.

Clean and dry flavour, almost like a mild Saison. Soft wheat and crisp grains up front, dry orange pith and lemon rind in the middle, with a bone dry spicy finish that lingers on into a mildly astringent aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, somewhat slick texture, dry, with a brisk carbonation.

On the mild, dry side of the style, almost more reminiscent to a farmhouse ale, but it works for what it is. Just as quenching as a Pilsener for a hot day, but more of a spicy dryness than a hoppy dryness. Unique for a Canadian version of this style, that's for sure.

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Photo of peensteen
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy light blonde colour, ring of white head, not much lace. Smell of orange and spice, citrus notes with a little tangy yeast to it as well, a bit of fruit throughout. Taste of wheat, citrusy, spice, a bit of herbal corriander, yeast in finish. Medium crisp carbonation, medium body. A decent witbier, nothing earth shattering but drinkable especially on a nice hot day.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Red Racer White Ale, like its name, has about twice as much colour in it than most other witbiers on the market. Most witbiers have the pallid complexion of a zombie but this one, given its beaming highlights and considerable degree of clarity, I can comfortably call golden-yellow as opposed to "white"; it's hardly more hazy than a standard lager.

I'd expect anything that contains orange peel and ground coriander to be vivaciously aromatic and, indeed, this is. It has a lively and hugely enticing zest that combines spice and citrus into one animated, racy package that conjures a sunny summer day right under your nose.

The taste is also spirited, showing more bright citrus notes and a light peppery spice. Herbal notes take shape on the palate, namely chamomile and lemon myrtle. These compliment the graininess of the malt, which is dry enough to leave a straw-like impression. A dash of white pepper and good dosage of ginger give a little heat to the finish.

I struggle to think of a more suitable beer for bringing to a party. It is animated but approachable, characterful yet casual, something distinct yet not entirely different from the norm. A beer like this extinguishes thirst like a garden hose over a candle.

That a predominant brewing nation took part in the spice trade some 400 years ago turned out a huge stroke of luck for beer drinkers everywhere. While Red Racer's White Ale may not be quite as finessed as the classic Belgian witbiers, it still shows what a fantastically zestful and pleasant style of ale it is. And that money spent on this brewery is never wasted.

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Photo of OskarL
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy pale orange/golden color with lots of carbonation. A white head that settles fast and leaves little lacing.

Smells malt, citrus and corriander.

Tastes orange peel, wheat, little malt and a bit of corriander.

A lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel with a body that is a bit fulller than usually for wits.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with light white haze and a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light coriander and bubblegum wheat malt notes. Taste is dominated by some coriander with some bubblegum wheat malt notes and light orange peel notes. Body is average with good carbonation. Good enough level of complexity with nice refreshing notes.

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Photo of Watershed
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355mL can into a pint glass. Very nice looking beer, a cloudy bright sunshine yellow. Whoa, this smells more like oranges than any wit I've ever experienced! There's no banana or pineapple, maybe a little lemon, but mostly just intense orange backed by a slight syrupy sweetness. It's a very refreshing-smelling beer. In terms of taste, though, I feel a bit let down: the orange turns cloying, with only a hint of the complex spice that distinguishes the best of the style. Overall, this beer typifies why I rarely drink witbiers: in terms of appearance and smell, it seems like it would be the perfect summer refresher, but the taste and mouthfeel emphasize sugar far too much for it to be truly quenching.

Not a bad beer by any means (the smell alone propels me through the glass), but I feel like it's a bit of a tweener: too sickly-sweet to be the summer beer it wants to be, but not complex enough to quite hold up as more of a sipper.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into tulip 3/8/12

A cloudy peachy orange with just a fast falling two finger soapy white head that leaves no lace

S coriander's strong with orange and lemon both rind and fresh, some cereal, honey, and pepper

T a little toned down compared to the smell with more sweet honey and orange, I feel like it needs a better yeast profile or somethings missing

M a little foamy after a second or two, spicy citrus aftertaste lingers faintly

O OK beer but I think it could be better, well suited for the 35C heat outside today but I think there's better around for a similar price

a little too much spice perhaps? easy enough too drink but not the best from the Red Racer lineup

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can at Bar Volo. Not a pad one, more of a beige coloured wheat, darker than expected in the style, with a whitish head. Mature wheat aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit below average, and there is taste and drinkability there. A mild but significant hoppiness. Decent for the style overall.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good wit from Central City. Nice and cloudy orange/amber with a decent white head.

Too much malt in the smell, very little hopes. I'm only picking up orange and corriander in the background. Taste is a bit better - I can really pick up the orange peel, but the malt seems to almost knock out the corriander. Very full flavour though. This is great on a hot day, and nice to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, part of Central City's summer 12 pack, procured in lovely Merritt, BC a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky dirty white head, which leaves a curtain of drooping lace around the glass as it duly melts away.

It smells mainly of semi-sweet wheat grain, clover honey, lemon and orange citrus, a tiny bit of indistinct earthy spice, and a soft grassy and leafy green hop bitterness. The taste is more fairly sweet wheat graininess, white saltine crackers, a wee mineral water flintiness, steady domestic citrus fruit, coriander and white pepper spice, and more leafy and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its workaday fizzy and frothy overtures, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, with an ethereal creaminess working its way into my palatal awareness, as it were. It finishes clean, off-dry, and still sort of juicy and spicy, if in a totally plain-ass manner.

Overall, this is a relatively mildly flavoured wheat beer, but considering the other accomplishments of this hop-forward brewer, that's hardly a bad thing, IMHO. Light, refreshing, and easy to drink in the Canadian summer heat, though not quite as dry and dusty as the streets in front of that government store kinda due south of Kamloops, where I came across this one in the first place.

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