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Red Racer Classic White Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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3.6/5
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67 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,036
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
67
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of hopsolutely
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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 biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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 schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 peensteen
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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 IdeaSpeeder
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 bylerteck
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can from the sampler pack. From notes.

A - Poured light gold and cloudy with a one finger white head that went fast. No lace, no retention.

S - Peppery, orange, dusty.

T - Peppery, cloves, more mellow spice later, lot's of orange.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, too much carbonation for my tastes. Mild dryness to finish.

O/D - A bit much to finish. Spice was a bit rough for the long run. Nothing too special here. Might just be the style and my tastes, but I didn't really enjoy this one as much as others. While not a bad beer, I just couldn't really get into it.

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Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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 RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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 wordemupg
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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 thefullpython
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of beerhaver
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BashOnABike
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into 20oz pint glass

A - This might be because it was carried home in a shopping bag, but I got a ridiculous amount of medium-retention, white head. Minimal-no lacing though, and it's otherwise a pretty standard wheat-fogged white-ish ale colour.

S - Wheat and malt. A bit of an interesting yeast scent but overall wheat.

T - Bit better than the scent, it tastes a little bready, with a burnt-wheat complexion. Sadly, the beer is overcarbonated, which diminishes the flavour 2-3 seconds after it hits.

M - Creamy, but very bubbly. Light body, overall very refreshing.

D - A summer, lawnmower beer. It's very drinkable, almost as much as a pale lager.

This is a good summer witbier, and I'm sure it would be delicious after a hot day. However, the carbonation, profile and appearance don't really stand out from other wheat ales.

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Photo of beerayrton
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

For the style would like much more carbonation; quite flat and lifeless
S:very little, soft honey, some clove
T: very little character, would not pick this as a white beer if tasted blind; very light
M: needs more carbonation and life
O: not impressed; forgettable

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Red Racer Classic White Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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