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Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

Creemore Springs Premium LagerCreemore Springs Premium Lager

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BA SCORE
86
very good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%


Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lager is made the world over, but Creemore Springs Premium Lager is one of a kind. In all our travels, we've never found another like it. From the start, we've fire-brewed our flagship beer to be unique. It’s always made with the best ingredients and a strict adherence to traditional brewing methods. It’s just different up here, and so is our lager.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-05-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superior than in the bottle, had served right (not-too-cold ) at safari Club. More balanced, malty without being as sweet and as creamy and as carbonated. Good by itself, or before food or with the meal. Cane sugar stays with the Belgiums and mint with other Onatrio challengers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2004 03:45:06 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourred a dark amber brew with almost no head (that was alittle bit disapointing). Taste is very refreshing and sweet with great taste of hops. Very german type of lager. Would drink this again anytime.

As for some of the comments about this being pricey... well quality must be paid!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 16:55:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. I'm seeing this on tap more and more around town in unexpected places - quelle surprise.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly caked off-white head, which leaves a bit of ocean spray lace around the glass as it hastily abates.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale grainy malt, a touch of semi-sweet toasted caramel, a subtle apple and pear fruitiness, and earthy, leafy, and faintly floral hops. The taste is more toasted pale and caramel malt, a lessened buttered biscuit character, ethereal applesauce fruit notes, and tame leafy, earthy, and kind of weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a small frothiness throughout, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the persisting toasted old-school, fruity malts and understated noble hops clinging to each other as the last torch song plays itself out.

A generally agreeable, somewhat robust, and overall tasty lager. I get a weird sense of wholeness with this one, something even beyond the obvious eschewing of adjuncts - there's still pride here, the kind that stubbornly persists after a family member does something unpleasant or just plain silly.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 00:49:41 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, twist-off bottle, time to give my church key a rest!

Clear amber color, decent layer of bubbly white foam.

Aroma, fresh, open, airy, and otherwise vapid.

taste: hmmm, eh, blah, and, otherwise, ordinary, some malt peeks through in the end, and shows some sweetness...not too terrible, after all, but not much else.
Not bad, but not all that ...well... anything...

light body, small texture, tiny finish...
inoffensive, though...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 05:48:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at a random airport bar in Montreal.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, nice lacing, crystal clear orange honey colored beer.

Nose has decent lager aromas, plenty of pilsner like malts and some toasty reddish munich like malts, plenty of lager fruits much more than I thought, and a bit of of herbal grassy hops which come out more and more as I nose.

Taste starts light and crisp but plenty of toasty pilsner malts, light cracked straw, light munich red malts, bit fruity, hint of grains and wet straw. Light lager fruit flavors with a nice crispness. Hops again bring a bit of herbal flavors, a bit more grassy and earthy them the nose let on to believe, with a nice 30 or so ibu punch. A bit of creamy like malts and hint of caramel round off the flavors. Finish is quite dry with light lingering bitterness and touch of grassy hops, with but more crisp lager fruits, and hints of malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied nice for a lager, good carb.

Overall nice, maltier than most base lagers but then again this is a premium I guess. Nice malts, herbal hops actually blend in well, and the lager flavors come through nicely despite the bigger malt profile and herbal hops, but still quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 16:20:16 | More by jlindros
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thin head that becomes a wisp.

The smell is of grain with earthy/herbal hops and a slight touch of bready yeast.

On the taste, the grain mixes with a touch of floral hop bitterness to blend well.

It has a nice taste and a refreshingly crisp finish.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking, enjoyable lager!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 16:50:15 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Imagine blending a mass-produced flavorless American lager and a decently made run-of-the-mill American Pale Ale. Most of the elements max out at average and some, like the mouthfeel, fit truly into the macro category.

Little to no head. Very light color (straw) and clear. The smell is mild but well-balanced. The flavor is basically of the palest malt and a bit of raw grain. The finish was a nice peppy hop. The aforementioned body was very thin and the extremely high carbonation didn't help.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 00:37:53 | More by smcolw
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473 mL can purchased in Niagara Falls at The Beer Store.

Thick creamy white head, some lacing action going on here. Light bready biscuity malt aroma with some herbal hop in the back. Very crisp and very smooth with a fluffy light body. Very clean with a thick layer of herbal hop that throws down a flavorful bitterness. Dried grass and doughy biscuits from the malt. Finishes semi-dry with a lot of lingering hop and malt flavor.

Very well balanced with both the malt and hops reaching high compares to most North American lagers. This would be my mainstay or fallback beer if it was readily available to me, seek this one out.

Serving type: can

05-23-2008 03:59:05 | More by Jason
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creemore Springs has an aesthetic copper colour and impressively spotless clarity. While it shimmers with sheeny, golden highlights there is enough depth in this tone to think there will be a good deal of malty flavour. Its head has all but evaporated, before I could even start typing this in fact, and its bare surface detracts from the beer's good looks.

The aroma is distinct with fruity (seemingly ale-yeast) esters, a slight nuttiness and a lot of specialty malt character (bready, toasty, biscuity). There's perhaps a smidgen of citrus as well, likely the tinge of an assertive hopping. The maltiness stops way short of a caramelly character but it does contain a good degree of sweetness. Above all, it's distinctive.

Creemore's slogan sums it up well: 'good old fashioned, pure, natural beer'. The taste is clean and wholesome, a hefty maltiness with flavours of toasty bread crusts, a slight toffee sweetness, not a trace of adjuncts and a dab of hoppiness. This is a rare instance where the stated use of 'pure spring water' is not only believable, but very perceivable too.

The beer's smooth, soft, clean water fits the beer's profile well; its bitterness is delicate and quick to concede and the maltiness is cushion-y and doughie tasting. It has a velvety mouthfeel that is malleable over the palate; the chunky bready maltiness seems to melt and give way to fleecy notes of toffee and plenty of balmy fruity yeast esters.

Creemore is an iconic brewery in Ontario and it earned that reputation with good reason. Its flagship lager - one of the few "premium" lagers to actually use the word in its true sense - is flavourful, clean, distinctive and pleasurably drinkable. It is a magnificent example of unpasteurized, uncompromising, small-batch beer if there ever was one.

Serving type: can

08-04-2010 21:26:14 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber, nice big white head caps it off with generous lacing. Smell is of sweet malts, dark candy perhaps, a little metallic. Taste is a little sweet, malty, bitterness in the finish, a little spicy as well. Very smooth beer, not as carbonated as most lagers so it goes down easily. One of the best beers made in Ontario, if not Canada, very good lager and takes away the bite of a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 01:54:13 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a coppery gold with a very thin, almost white head that left little lace on the glass. It had a crisp aroma, with noble hops shining through. Slightly sharp flavour with some malt sweetness followed by a floral/spicy bitterness. Definitely a full bodied lager with a clean, dry finish. Fairly high carbonation with average smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 21:40:06 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color, the head abundant, the lace lavish, and both beige in color. Nose has a nice hop floral tone, with malts and a touch of fruit. Start is malt sweet, the top is moderate in mouth feel, and the finish is mildly acidic, nice hop spicy bite, the aftertaste droughty and long lasting. A quite pleasant beer, and the fact that lager/pils leave me wanting, this was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 05:02:30 | More by Gusler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at King Edward's Arms in Markham, ON

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow to amber in color with light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light white head that reduces to patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is pretty light. I get some pale and some grainy malts along with some very mild citrus hops.

T: The taste follows the smell and is very well balanced - not overly sweet and not overly bitter. There is a pale and grainy malt presence up front with a pleasant and enjoyable light citrus bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and refreshing, a totally sessionable beer and one I might get on my next visit up here to the great white north. Very well balanced with a light but enjoyable flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 01:43:35 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was a time when this was one of my summer staples (and their UrBock was my winter beer).

They called it a Bohemian Pilsner, though I wonder if that has changed now that they actually offer a Pilsner? The style is certainly unique. I think it's more of a Munich Helles.

They use a German yeast, Czech hops & local malts. So I guess "American Pale Lager" is a reasonable descriptor.

Before the Molson take-over it was more coursely filtered, which allowed a little more flavour to come through (the draft in particular just doesn't have the same flavour).

A: Golden-bronze with a slightly off-white head. Thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Metallic minerals, steelie, grassy, grainy bread & hints of toffee & fruit.

T: Steelie minerals, grassy, light toffee, bread & hints or fruit. Good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a hint of residual sweetness, with a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: can

12-12-2008 18:34:58 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into matching Creemore glass may3 2010

A clear golden amber with lots of bubbles of all size feeding a decent thumbs width of head that quickly falls to a 1/4in film that leaves speckles lace

S a little peach with some sweet malts and a little honey

T not far from the nose but I pick up on some dry cereal and some hops come out

M full for a lager with carbonation to make it feel even thicker

D a solid beer all around that I've always liked, I only wish it was warmer outside

I'm happy to see this on tap in a few bars in Calgary, a much better beer compared most of the macros (even though it's owned by Molson)

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 07:24:01 | More by wordemupg
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Tone

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hop, hint of grass, and corn/rice. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. The beer would also seem to fit nicely into the Light Lager category. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of corn/rice, slight pale malt, and slight hops. Overall, weak appearance, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 13:45:33 | More by Tone
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow lager notes, but nothing more than average. In the taste, a small caramel like roast in an average lager. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel and small hop notes in the aftertaste. Not bad, but nothing more than average.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 13:28:14 | More by OWSLEY069
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francisweizen

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average lager. Nothing more, nothing less. Light golden with a billowy head of pure white foam. Decent lacing and retention. Aromas of husky grains, light malts, and where are the hops here buddy!? This one is definately light on the hops! Taste is malty with some nice bready notes and some husky frito-lay grain notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and semi-dry. Finish is corny, and adjunct flavored. If this is all malt, i'm a bit confused. Drinkability remains decent. A Canadian standard if nothing else, but to me it tastes like an American macro...

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 06:57:47 | More by francisweizen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass at a NHL game

Appearance - the beer poured a light brown colour with an average size foamy/fizzy off white head that stuck around for a few minutes. There was an average amount of carbonation.

Smell - hops, toasted/roasted nuts, caramel and malts

Taste & Mouth - Having had this beer on draft, and from a bottle, I think the can was missing out slightly in the mouthfeel department. The beer seemed a little under carbonated. The most noticeable flavours are the malts and a roasted nut flavour. There is also some light hops and a brown sugar sweetness. The beer finishes with bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - I'm happy to see this beer popping up everywhere. It is one of my favourite Ontario beers and it appears as though it is really making a name for itself. I wasn't happy with the 11$ price tag at the hockey game; but at least I wasn't limited to a Molson Canadian.

Serving type: can

11-05-2010 11:50:07 | More by spinrsx
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottles acquired in trades with beerhugger & boutip (thanks!). Can't remember the last beer I had with this type of twist off top (similar to the tops on 40oz malt liquor bottles).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus and light spices. Tastes of pretty much the same. Thinner and creamy body.

Notes from: 7/29/05

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 14:24:58 | More by hopdog
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Brent

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nicely done lager - one of the freshest-tasting bottled beers I've run across. Good balance of hops with a touch of honey in the malt. Had a nice, homey quality that reminded me of the best homebrewed lagers I've had - no scrimping on the production. A standout in a category in which it is hard to stand out.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 20:59:51 | More by Brent
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mynie

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All malt indeed! Red as eyes of hell, my boy, and with a head on it that'd send men to their grave just as soon as look at them.

Smells of heavy grain and mild hop. Like a bold amber, with two distinct stages. Well balanced, if a little bland.

Tastes very grainy. Like, a bowl of cereal type grain. Fresh, tasty bread with only the slightest hint of sweetness, and then a very light, dry hop at the end. Solid.

One heck of a session beer, if nothing else. With so many mediocre beers calling themselves all malt these days, it's nice to see what a real example of the style can be like. It's also nice to see craft beer in cans!

Serving type: can

08-26-2006 07:35:08 | More by mynie
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sweet mixed 6 pack new to BC . You get 3 Granville Island beers and 3 Creemore beers.

This is a cut above most Canadian lagers both in complexity and hops used. Not as grassy smelly as a Pils but not boringly sweet like most Canadian lagers. The colour is darker than the majority of beers in the style and the finish is dry with a long mouthfeel. Could drink this one all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 17:54:27 | More by canucklehead
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first craft beer I had way back when. I remember the bottles looking really cool but I guess they don't do bottles anymore. It's always a good choice at bars that only serve Molson stuff.

A - Pours darkish gold with a little carbonation and a loose, white, one finger head. Bright.

S - Grassy, earthy hops. Some citrus. Bready. There might be some lemon in there too. Not a strong, inviting aroma, but good. No lacing and just a small film of retention.

T - More citrus, grassy hop and a good malty character to balance it well. Oh so smooth. Some caramel maybe. Definately fruity and grassy. Such a quality lager every single time. It doesn't grab you by the balls with flavour, but hell, it's a very solid lager.

M - Good carbonation lightish-medium body with a combo of sweet malt and a light touch of hops in the finish.

O/D - A very well put together lager from Creemore. Just like every other beer they make, this is just very well done.

Serving type: can

06-05-2011 23:54:25 | More by tbeckett
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Madison's during a lightning visit by an Australian friend. Amber body with a slightly off-white head, that slowly diminishes to a film. Light bready aroma. Mild caramel malt flavour, and the slightest hint of hops. Lager is not my style, but this one is pretty decent, and would help change my mind.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 19:04:44 | More by bobsy
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Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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