Central City Red Racer White Ale

Reviewed by on August 9, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Central City Brewers + Distillers

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 9, 2016

  • Best Before: canned March 16, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Red Racer White Ale is a witbier, and part of Central City’s summer 12 pack.  Made with coriander seed and dried orange peel, in the traditional Belgian style.

This 355ml can 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 plebeian 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 first came across this particular offering.

Brady White

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