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Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 35
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Sammy, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Phyl21ca, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Jason, May 23, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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...

feloniousmonk, May 24, 2004
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

jlindros, May 22, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

jwc215, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

smcolw, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can into a pint glass. Thanks korguy123 for this one!

A: Pours an extremely clear orange. Upon pouring there was a sizeable head, but it dissipated quickly and left no hint of lacing or foam.

S: The aroma is light with some subtle hops and a nice malt presence. Also get a caramel component.

T: A really nice bready malt flavor, accentuated by caramel and toffee. A little bit of hoppiness mixed in as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. A pretty good lager, extremely easy to drink. Something I would definitely grab for my fridge if it were available.

mdaschaf, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

biegaman, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big off white-light tan head slowly settles down above a clear bright copper golden colored beer.

Lightly roasted caramel malt aroma with some wood or spice hints making an appearance.

Nice lightly roasted caramel malt taste with a slight hops coming through as well.

Light dryish aftertaste with some of the caramel grain tastes sticking around with this light-medium bodied beer.

A pretty good beer, makes me think it's what amber bock would taste like if AB tried to make good beers.

LXIXME, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Viggo, May 30, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

DrJay, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

liamt07, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Tone
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Tone, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

harpus, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Derek, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Gusler, Nov 01, 2002
Photo of Brad007
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up across the border.

Pours a mild golden color with a frothy white head into my glass. There's no dancing around anything here.

Sweet with a nice touch of hops in the nose.

Creamy texture that's a good mix of sweet and bready.

Grainy finish compliments the overall profile.

This is much more than I was expecting. Wow.

Brad007, May 04, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +5%
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)

wordemupg, May 03, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought a 473ml can back from Canada. The beer poured a clear amber/orange with white head and some lacing. The smell has subtle hops, with slight tangerine like citrus as well as malt. Taste had sweet malt, like caramel, some hops are present that give it a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

WoodBrew, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
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Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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