Advent Beer Review #10: Red Racer Old School Lager from Central City

20161210_105856.jpgFrom the label:

Brewmaster Gary Lohin went ‘Alte Schule’ in brewing the old school lager, using heirloom traditional malt and Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops the ingredients are identical to what they would have been in the 16th century Germany, taking it one step further, the old school lager was fermented at 8c to mimic the conditions of fermenting in caves back in that same time, this beer is truly ‘Alte Schule.’

This beer pours out a light straw colour with a finger of puffy, foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a trace of lacing.

The nose is rather light, but contains hints of cereal grains, pepper, and a trace of grassy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with lots of carbonation, and a dry finish. The palate is mostly bready pale malts, with a spicy yeast bite, and a touch of earthy bitterness from the noble hops.

True be told, I’m not the biggest fan of lager, so when I pulled this one out, I groaned a little. However, I have to say, I was rather surprised by the well-rounded flavour profile. Sure, malt is the dominating force here, but the hops and yeast are also well presented—providing a nice spiciness with a touch of bitterness that you don’t normally find in modern lagers.

I really like the fact they went traditional on this one and can see why they won a 2016 BC Beer Award for it. People seem to be pretty upset with light beers appearing in the advent calendar, but I can imagine this would be far more popular in the summer.

Rating: 3.75/5