Red Racer Pilsner | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer PilsnerRed Racer Pilsner

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Racer Pils is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour with a dry, crisp finish.

IBU: 25

Added by Hornet2003 on 04-27-2013

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Jtee
1.54/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

From a 473ml can served at 8 Celsius into a shaker pint.

Appearance: The look is sadly one of the highlights of this beer. It pours a clear straw to pale gold with 1cm of foamy, white head that settles into a cap in less than two minutes. No lacing in a beer-clean glass.

Aroma: The faintest of pale malts (honey) and grassy hops. I poured some of the beer into a Glencairn glass to get a sense for the smell.

Taste: Characterless and watery... faint pale malts. I wish had more to say.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation. The prickly sensation is the best part of this brew. I like them prickles.

Overall: In a word, characterless. I would rather spend my money on sparkling water to quench my thirst. The few points this beer deserves come from the fact that it has no off-flavours. It's clean and that counts for something. The most satisfying part is the mouthfeel. Crushable? Sure, but that's not why I drink beer.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Sammy
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of kevinlater
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jesse1258828
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of PJT
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evil_liver
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Simon212
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $2.80 CDN.

Appearance - bright golden color, brilliant clarity and a finger and a half of egg shell white coloured head. Plenty of lacing and some visible carbonation.

Smell - lightly grainy and subtle suggestion of hops. Clean with a slightly metallic aroma.

Taste - like the nose, grainy and only a faint suggestion of hops. Probably cold have been colder to bring out the refreshing flavors of the beer a little more. A little more sweetness than I'd expect.

Mouthfeel - soft carbonation, lacking the spritzy and sometimes near explosive carbonation I come to expect. Body is light and finish is reasonably dry.

Overall - I don't, there's nothing wrong with this beer, it just didn't grab,e even the way some of the better European pilsners too. Maybe the temperature should have been a couple of degrees colder, but the sweetness got me thinking of this as more of a Munich helles lager as opposed to a true European Pilsner. Small difference, just one of those where the expectation was different than what the beer actually was. Might try again but might not as well.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.49/5  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!

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

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