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Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 39
Gots: 22 | 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 joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper orange, tall whit head retained well with a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom
S - a mix of crisp hop aromas with fresh fruit and bready malts, definitely unique
T - a mix of crisp leafy hops, bready and light sugary sweet malt, berry fruit juice
M - big carbonation kick, juicy and generally light, with a semi bready linger
O - an interesting mix of lager, pilsner, and amber qualities, but 100% easy drinking

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another in a long list of unremarkable beers that I had on a recent trip to Toronto. Nothing wrong with it, just nothing that stands out.

Appearance was a light red/copper. Somewhat low carbonation.

Aroma was almost non existent. Not bad. Just nothing outstanding.

Flavor as well, not outstanding. Nothing bad. More malt than hops.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden amber color with a finger width head. Fades after a bit, a moderate amount of lacing left behind.

S: Very bready with caramel and roasted malt hints. Undertones of grain and citrus present as well.

T: As with the scent, nice malt and caramel tones with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D: Nice drinkability. Not one to pound back, but more than one can be enjoyed.

A fair Canadian brew.

Photo of NV9
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creemore Springs is a great looking beer. Very good, nice looking colour, with a solid foam head that sticks around with some lacing.

Minimal smell, what's there is sweet, maybe a bit of wheat but not a dominant scent at all.

Clean, easy drinking taste, a lot of flavour hits you, as well as the taste of some hops but still very drinkable.

Feels good in the mouth, the taste sticks, not too much carbonation at all.

For the most part, this is my go to beer, my friends mostly hate it, but theyre drinking Bud Light and Coors Light, so it's no surprise they don't like the "stronger" taste.

Readilyu available on tap in Ontaro. Free of preservatives, pasteurization, etc.. small town brewery, now owned by Molson but they seem to be unchanged.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fourth review during my night in Niagara Falls. Reviews are brief compared to my usual style because they are reviewed from notes.

On-tap at Edgewaters Tap & Grill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Reviewed from notes taken on 07-08-2011.

A: A nice light amber shine, looking lively and refreshing. The head is off-white and micro bubbled, with some very good lacing. It’s a great start.

S: Very caramel heavy, with roasted malts and some coffee hints. The bitterness in the nose is a welcome distinction compared to the scents I was getting from the Rickard’s/Molson’s. Some grains are evident, too, though they can come off as unpleasant sometimes due to a certain gingery taste they bring to the back of the nose. This one’s odd, but not terrible.

T: A fruity hint of bitter rinds first, then some dark malts to sweeten things up. Typical of an Amber Lager, especially considering the red color of the body. Some hops, though slight, also play a hand in the palate. Pretty tasty, actually – it’s the best of the Canadian beers I’ve sampled. Still, not necessarily awesome. I couldn’t see myself enjoying this as a session brew.

M: I really wanted something thicker in the feel, or at least something that could play to this beer’s strong suits. What I got was a slightly lighter mouthfeel than needed, which can work to show the weaker parts of the palate in a larger light. Overall, it comes out thin, but not below average.

O: Again, this one was a bit above the Canadian beer that I had before, mainly due to its bitter aspects. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this beer; it tickles the taste buds in a way that is more common in ales rather than lagers. You can tell that this beer has a bit more passion and thought behind it than most of the beers you’ll find in a macro-brewery. Still, it’s in no way a HUGE achievement. It is a good change of pace, though.

Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An old favourite that I haven't had in a few years. Pours an appropriately golden-amber colour with a generous 1.5-2 finger head of white foam that lasts a few minutes; a decent quantity of patchy lacing is left behind. This is a beautiful looking lager. The smell is mostly sweet malts; nutty and bready seem like the most appropriate adjectives to use here but they're subtle odours; a little bit of hay in there too.

I love the taste of this stuff. Lightly toasted nuts and grains, some sweet caramel character and some delicate fruity undertones. Some gentle hop bitterness takes over in the finish, encouraging you to keep sippin'. Moderately carbonated with the associated bite, but not enough to interfere with the flavours. Medium bodied and very crisp; drinkable is an understatement. This beer is delicious.

Wonderfully balanced flavours; I could drink this stuff all day. Easily my favourite amber so far, this stuff is miles ahead of Rickard's (Molson's other well-known amber, ahem, "craft" beer). This is still the same great stuff I remember from years ago. Highly recommended.

[Updated Feb. 24 2014]

I've had this many times over the past 3-4 years, but this is the first time I've bothered comparing it side-by-side to some alternative amber lagers (Barking Squirrel, Sleeman Honey Brown and Faxe Amber). While Creemore Springs Premium Lager doesn't really impress me the way it used to, it's still a very solidly-brewed beer that I can't find much to complain about. Clean malt flavour, light and drinkable; this is still one of the most reliable amber lagers available in the Canadian market, and has not deteriorated in quality despite its newfound ubiquity across the country.

Final Grade: 4.00, an A-.

Photo of edwardhopper
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite nice! Beautiful in a glass with a bright amber color. Has a moderate head and almost no scent. A very clean simple taste with a slight toasted finish. Mouth feel has a little bite, but very easy drinking. Can state no additives, preservatives, or pasteurization and it has a natural quality impression that makes me think they are telling the truth. Well done.

Photo of tbeckett
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.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with have inch frothy head and moderate carbonation. Smell is very malty and nutty. This thing is packed with nutty flavor and slightly bitter. Goes down extremely smooth. This beer is frickin' awesome and wish I could get my hands on some more, but unfortunately won't be heading to Canada in the near future.

Photo of
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber with a finger of solid, foamy white head.

Smell - bread, malt and herbal hops.

Taste - rich and malty, bready, and enough gently bitter hops to balance it out.

Light bodied and refreshing, but still flavourful and complex enough to satisfy a beer lover. Since Molson bought this brewery it is often available alongside the usual Molson lineup in places that don't serve craft beer.

Photo of evlu1441
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice looking lager! It pours a medium amber colour with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation streaming up to the trap.

The aroma is somewhat subdued. Somewhat nutty but very clean.

The taste is delightful! Very full and rounded. Starts out slightly sweet, and then becomes rich and malty. There is a touch of hop bitterness and a very slight caramel finish. Fantastic. Through all that it remains refreshing.

Overall, this is a great lager! I'd get a 6 pack of this any time.

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

Reviewed from notes from April:

Purchased in Niagara Falls as part of a sampler:

A-fairly typical lager, maybe a bit of red in there

S-good, there's some nice depth and balance here, very interesting spice

T-also very good, it seems to have more depth than a typical lager

M-ok, nothing too outrageously over the top

O-good, a nice surprise, especially for under $2.00 for a 500ml

Photo of spree92
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden yellow beer taut had no head but somehow left pretty good lacing. A little skunk aroma and not much else. The carbonation was sharp in the mouth. Tastes of honey and malts also appeared. A very light bodied beer, pretty ordinary. For having paid $9 in an airport, it was one of the more appealing choices.

Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this with my supper, baked spinach ziti.

Poured from a 473ml. can. Lot A2511112:00 (canned Jan. 25, 2011).

Appearance: Massive 3-4 finger head, very white with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Crisp and nutty. Very shy though gets a bit better as it warms.

Taste: Nut-like with not much grain. I get hints of fruit in there and a small bitterness as it warms. Very malt-like with not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation and a nice full body, for the style.

Drinkability: Glides down the throat effortlessly. I could have this every now and again.

Overall: A nice flavorful lager that manages to keep it simple yet interesting.

Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: : It has a nice amber/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of matls, hops with citrucy and caramely notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice malty and slightly bitter hop taste to it with nice hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a moderate carbonation with a very nice balance of sweet malts and bitterness coming from the hops.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth, easy to go down, drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall great lager.

Photo of OttoBomb
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (December 24, 2010). The code "M1510 14:34" is stamped on the rear label, which for Creemore Springs means this was packaged at 2:34pm on the 15th of an unidentified month in 2010. I hate obscure packaging codes.

*Note on the Creemore Springs packaging codes. I was previously informed that the letter portion of the code was a direct correlation to the number of the month, (eg A=January, B=February), however I have come across several codes that are far too deep in the alphabet (beyond 12 letters), to relate to a specific month. I'm a bit confused by this, and quite frankly wish Creemore would come up with a more sane packaging date system.

I used to enjoy this beer prior to the Molson purchase in 2005, but have not had it since then due to my relocation to Illinois in 2002. Back then, it came in 500ml bottles and was easily my go-to lager. It was always quite good and I'm hoping the new owners haven't neutered the quality.

Eyes: Pours a light brown color with hues of copper. The white, bubbly head is acceptable doesn't particularly impress.

Nose: Subtle malts, with an interesting hop profile. Caramel makes a statement also.

Tongue: Happily it tastes exactly as I remember it. A significant malt presence has undertones of toasted bread, a mild caramel sweetness, and just enough hops to tie it all together. Since this is now a Molson offering I paid special attention to detecting the presence of adjuncts, and thankfully there aren't any.

Mouth: Extremely smooth, crisp, and light body, high scores here.

Libation: This is one of the better macro lagers available. This is especially flavorful and refreshing despite a complex flavor. I'm glad to see the Molson buyout hasn't ruined what was and still is a great beer. When compared to other lagers of a similar price, they simply do not compare.

Photo of Swedes21
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Apperance - beer pours a dark clear amber colour with a good amount of carbonation. There was a nice white head that was full of air pockets. There wasnt much lacing occuring.

Smell - I can smell honey/caramel, hops and a hint of citrus.

Taste - This is where the caramel over took the honey, good caramel and hop based beer. I found this be be very smooth and little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - the added levels of carbonation brings forward a roasted caramel/nut taste. Very enjoyable and smooth. There is some added bitterness to this beer as well.

Drinkability - In my opinion, another solid tasting and strong beer, very good to have in the fridge at home for friends and family!

Photo of hopsolutely
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best "macro" lager that Canada has to offer!

As a fan long before Molson's took over, I am pleasantly surprised by how little has changed since they joined the proverbial big leagues. Still a beautifully clear amber, with a moderate aroma but a refreshingly easily drinkable beer. Complex enough and balanced enough to be a very easy Session Ale.

Clearly no "hop bomb", but acceptable to people of many different ale or lager tastes, and it's increased availability is a pleasnt surprise. Unfortunately I thought Molson's would destroy it on contact, but they appear to be exceding my expectations - well done!

Photo of paxkey
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a perfect amber. 2 finger white head.
great aroma. belgian yeast. bread biscuit cake honey.
more on the nose gives off some honeysuckle, old sock. hoppy release in the carbonation.
head is gone. corn notes in the aroma.
once the head is gone most of the nose goes with it.
great midpalate, bitter refreshing carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.
but the aftertaste is dissapointing. tastes like a macro. cardboard stale corn.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

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

Had on-tap in Kitchener Ontario.

S= nice interesting scent, slightly smoky malty, maybe sour apple.

T= robust malty flavor with balanced hops bitters, slight tartness that is different than most, some light soured-apple notes. Almost some flavor that would remind me of some wines, oddly.

M= lightly tart, rich malts, with hops bitters in balance.

D= very drinkable, recommended, went well with pasta dishes.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer received from liamt07 in a recent trade.

Beer is copper color. Head is white and sticks quite well to the glass for a lager. Nice carbonation too. In the aroma I get only caramel malts. Nothing too complex, but still good. Wow the taste is very good. Tons of malts, slightly honey feeling. Caramel too. A very tasty lager. Medium body and so easy to drink. Refreshing and tasty. Wow. One of the best, if not the best lager I've had.

Cheers liamt07!

Photo of Richter35
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-orange hue. Head slightly tinted with the same colour and quickly dissipated. Looks good.

Smell is very sweet, with bready malts and quality hops. Some caramel. Doesn't quite represent what this beer has to offer, yet is still satisfying.

Taste is fresh, like it was brewed half an hour ago. Bitter and sweetness presented in a way that is more often found in some of the best English Ales. Aftertase holds a bit of honey on the tip of the tongue. So simple in it's taste profile; this is clearly what sets this lager apart from other micro lagers.

Mouthfeel is that of a typical lager. It's light, fizzy and refreshing and is very drinkable.

Perhaps more expensive than some other regional beers, but is one of few that is deserving of the term "world class". Can be served at your backyard BBQ or fancy dinner parties.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of bierenutz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with a smallish head and minimal lacing about the glass.
S-Bready malts with a light pleasant hop aroma.
T=Earthy oakey malty flavor with minimal bite from the hops. The afternotes are smokey and lasting in a pleasant way.
M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Very nice lager. It has nice body and texture and very pleasant to drink.

Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
86 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.