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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Hornet2003 on 04-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Sammy
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Derek
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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 bylerteck
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +9.7%
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 bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeMans
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of ZachT
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL tallboy from the LCBO; now abbreviated as 'Red Racer Pils.' Dated Feb 16 2017 and served well-chilled. Reviewed on my phone.

Pours a crystal clear golden-yellow colour, producing an inch of foamy white foam which recedes within 60 seconds. It fades to little more than a soapy cap and anemic collar, but at least shows the courtesy of depositing a spidery curtain of lacing before it departs. Uneventful aroma; clean, grainy pale malts, honey biscuit and some grassy, leafy hops.

A respectable pils with a clean, straightforward flavour. There's lots more grainy, pale barley malt sweetness to be enjoyed, with hints of biscuit and apple skin leading into a noble-hopped finale. Grassy hay, with floral notes and some earthy, spicy qualities; quite agreeable, and it's all wrapped up with a leafy green finish and an off-dry aftertaste. Light in body, and properly carbonated to provide a mild, refreshing crispness. Extraordinarily sessionable.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B grade. Red Racer Pils is on par with most of the better imported Euro pilseners. A quality lager worthy of occupying any pils fan's glass.

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

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TerryW
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and pristine gold under a moderate head that quickly dissipates, no lace. Gently grassy nose, subdued hops to taste. Slightly bitter to finish. Clean mouthfeel. Overall a clean and simple brew. Competent, no off notes, easy to drink. Understated flavourwise to my mind. Decent, but not in the same league as some of Red Riders other offerings.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Red Racer Pilsner from Central City Brewers + Distillers
3.62 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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