Red Racer Pilsner | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Hornet2003 on 04-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
3
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10
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Stevep4444
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent true to style Pilsner

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Photo of Roby923
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty and highly drinkable pilsener fron central city. Previously have only tried the ales from this brewer. Crisp on the palette and zero aftertaste. Refreshing summer brew. Canned from the LCBO.

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Photo of ZachT
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Mihajlo604
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of PorterPro125
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 473 mL "Pils for Autism" Can poured into a Pint glass

L- Pours a nice deep golden colour, topped by a 1 1/2 finger foamy white head. A fair amount of sticky lacing. Good head retention

S- Grain, apple, slightly "dank" scent typical of Saaz hops.

T- Same as the smell. All flavours typical of a well made Czech Pils.

F- Light body and moderate carbonation; exactly what I look for in a quality Pilsner.

O- A solid Pilsner that could go head to head with any of the big Czech Made brews. Clean and crisp feel and flavours/aromas.

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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jmkoscie
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of bylerteck
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden body with little head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is earthy, spicy, with a bit of lemon from hops, with some malted sweetness. The taste continues with floral, earthy flavours and a moderate bitterness. The finish is light and fairly clean. Nice beer from Red Racer!

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hornet2003
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Watershed
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of BCborn
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  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 in YEGDT. Nice time of year for a Czech-style pilsener, I gotta say!

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, some prominent applesauce fruitiness, a suggestion of aerosol petrol, and earthy, leafy, and faintly grassy hops. The taste is toasted, gritty, and grainy cereal malt, a more acrid apple and dry pear fruit essence, persistent old-school gasohol notes, and some earthy, grassy, and wet-hay hoppiness.

The carbonation is average, and thus not too peppy in its otherwise supportive enough frothiness, 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 and hay field worthy hops lingering about.

Overall, 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.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Red Racer Pilsner from Central City Brewers + Distillers
3.61 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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