Red Racer Lucky Dog – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “discernible kumquat flavour, but overall falls flat”


Red Racer Lucky Dog (wheat ale brewed with kumquats) – Central City Brewers + Redpoint Brewing Company collaboration, 5.6% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“To celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog, Red Racer teamed up with Taiwan’s Redpoint Brewery. Made using kumquats, this is an easy drinking fruit forward beer that is both complex and very refreshing. Bring in the new year with a bit of luck and a delicious craft beer.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Kumquat) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: kumquat peel vegginess off-dry low depth pithy soft bitter seed
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$6 CAD – 650 ml., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: discernible kumquat flavour

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange without a head, large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass with a ring not that much activity.

Nose: very faint citrus peel oils. Not much there. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, soft tingly

Mid-palate: kumquat juiciness and peel, persistent almost saltiness pith & seed, tip of tongue numbness, (lvl-2-sweetness), mild citrus tang

Finish: grassy-grainy, soft wheat malt tart, mild palate dry wheat malt, bitter seeds

Summary: Decent complexity all things considered, but the final result of the kumquat and wheat malt isn’t particularly noteworthy here. At least I can distinctly taste the flavour of the fruit, though I can easily forget I had this one. Lacking depth.

StarGazer Chamomile Wheat – Canuck Empire Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

StarGazer Chamomile Wheat – Canuck Empire Brewing (brewed at Deadfrog Brewery), 6.0% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


printed on the front-right label:

“Chamomile Wheat is summer in a bottle. The beer pours a hazy golden straw colour. Aromas of wheat and chamomile intertwine with a touch of honey. Light wheat flavours blend with raspberry and chamomile on the palate to create a refreshing summer beer. Delicious.”

Ingredients: Water, Malts: (Wheat, 2-Row, Munich 30), Organic Dried Chamomile Floweres, Raspberry Blossom Honey
, Hops: (Saaz), Yeast

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  • Style: (flavoured – Chamomile) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: crisp slightly dry grainy barley malt soft tangy chamomile slight honey
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.30 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours clear pale golden orange without much of a head, ringed retention with a large island, very clustered active streams.

Nose: big chamomile, slight liquid barley malt (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: dry crisp, grainy barley malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), grainy light toffee barley malt, soft prickly tangy sour

Finish: mild sweet wheat malt w/ palate roughness, dry chamomile exhale, honey, residual metallic barley malt

Summary: Surprisingly not a whole lot of wheat, I mostly get barley and chamomile. A decent drinkable brew but the chamomile is rather dull. Not bright nor quenching enough for wheat ale.

Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit – Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“Say hello to our little friend! Scarfface is a welcome break from the heavy winter ales, this seasonal offering is snow-packed with enough cranberry and citrus to make a bad guy feel good. The world is yours…and so is this.”

Ingredients: water, barley, wheat, hops, yeast, cranberry juice, coriander, pure orange oil, acacia gum

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  • Style: (cranberry juice, coriander, orange oil) Flavoured Wheat ale
  • Taste: Light pukey palate rough tart tangy unappealing orangish/cranberryish wheat malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.90 (after 10% off) – 650 ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way in frozen hell

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours almost clear pale candy orange without much of a head, ringed retention, scattered small clustered steady streams, minor lacing.

Nose: unappealing orange oil, hints of berries. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-huge tart, light funk’d tart fruity wheat malt impression

Mid-palate: persistent tartness, (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy-tart acidity, background thin orange oil, palate rough soft banana wheat malt

Finish: slight coriander dry, more palate rough tart slight cranberry finish

Summary: Unfortunately none of the particularly advertised flavours shine; the whole experience lacks refinement. There’s also a major palate roughness in here that makes it quite unpleasant to drink by itself. Not recommended, though I can’t remember that last time I had a Phillips brew that wow’d me.

Peach Paradise Hefeweizen – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Peach Paradise Hefeweizen (Brewed with Silk Road tea) – Spinnakers Brewpub, 4.5% ABV – 20 IBUs, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front label:

“PEACH PARADISE HEFE. Our Red Fife Hefeweizen steeped with Silk Road’s Peach Paradise tea, is the perfect summer beer! Notes of citrus and clove from the Hefe yeast compliment the bright peach flavours of this delicious tea.

Peach paradise tea {ceylon black tea, calendula flowers, citrus peel, peach fruit essence}

Ingredients: aquifer water, Canadian pale malt, BC grown red fife wheat, German weizen yeast and hops.

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  • Style: (flavoured – peach tea) Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Dull soft sour pukey subtle peach wheat malt rough tangy subtle bitter black tea
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.20 – 650ml., January 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours cloudy light orange without a head, super thin ringed retention, some scattered singular streams.

Nose: peachy citrus wheat malt, light pukey (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, light pukey acidic

Mid-palate: light peach notes, (lvl-2-sweetness), wheat malt rough tart, tangy-soft sour

Finish: subtle bitter black tea, banana wheat malt exhale

Summary: Overall a pretty dull mouthfeel since you have the combo of wheat malt rough + tannic black tea. I was hoping for more fruity brightness instead of sour pukey. Meh, just another average Spinnaker, sounds better than it actually is.

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the front-right label:

This American wheat ale is a crisp, refreshing summer brew. Pouring a hazy straw colour this beer was brewed with the addition of fresh blood oranges and bourbon. Zesty and floral, with clean citrus flavours and a moderate bitterness this beer is ideal for a warm summer day.

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  • Style: (flavoured – blood orange, bourbon) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Soft short bourbon orange grainy barley malt no carry
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N.Bby
  • How much: $7.75 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours bright copper brown with a medium frothy head, 1cm lasting retention, clustered active streams.

Nose: orange citrusy hops (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp

Mid-palate: metallic orange background, light bourbon, 20/80-wheat/barley, (lvl-3-sweetness), honey, light-bodied

Finish: grainy barley exhale

Summary: Not a lot of fullness, thin and lacking carry. Drinkable but not a lot of pop.

Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)


Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 5 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

We’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to this refreshing ale. Get amped on Passion Fruit Kicker—a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, smooth brew with sweet, tart, fruity flavor. We layer passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley to bring you this exhilarating crowd pleaser. Your palate will do a 360 for more of this luscious wheat ale.

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  • Style: (flavoured – passion fruit tea, passion fruit juice) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Juicy fruity passion fruit pineapple soft tart-tangy subtle tea minor palate roughness
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $2.70 (after 20% off) – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a go

Visual: Pours translucent yellow straw orange without much of a head, thin ringed retention

Nose: soft sour-tangy, very light fruity funk, real passionfruit juice(lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: medium-tart, soft crisp bite

Mid-palate: juicy passion fruit, (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple, wheat malt, passion fruit seeds

Finish: subtle dried tea notes, wheat malt palate roughness, soft lingering sour-tangy

Summary: Very juicy and bright fruity, and very little if any funk/pukiness that you would expect from the passion fruit additions – well done. Mostly clean except for a bit of manageable palate roughness at the finish.

Wheat Ale – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Wheat Ale – Steamworks Brewing Company, 5% ABV – 8 IBU, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


Ingredients: Pilsner, wheat, oats, mt hood hops, coriander, orange peel.

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  • Style: (flavoured – coriander, orange peel) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Thin/weak sweet barley malt light wheat rough finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: what?

Visual: (Cellared for 4 years). Pours clear pale orange with a small 1mm dissipating head, ringed retention and a hazy layer of micro bubbles, , lots of singular steady streams.

Nose: low sweetness filtered apple juice, lager barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy, pils barley malt, red apple, (lvl-4-sweetness), background light wheat malt

Finish: wheat malt and coriander dry palate roughness, thin finish.

Summary: Crisp and clean, that’s about it. Thin-bodied, weak wheat malt profile, not much going on here to be honest. Disappointing.