Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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85
very good

175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 353
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-05-2001

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
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Reviews: 175 | Hads: 353
Photo of prosper
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a too-clear dark yellow. This has obviously had the crap filtered out of it. Not much head, and what's there is white. Leaves some lacing on the glass on the way down. Nothing special here.

Smells of sticky honey'd malts, with a hint of spicy herbal hops. Whatever smells there are are faint.

Taste is fantabulous. Malts and hop bitterness is in perfect balance, leaving a clean, crisp dry finish. It's tilted towards the hoppy bitterness, but there's little hop *flavour*. I'd say this is quite similar to Pilsner Urquell in terms of sweet malt to bitter hop balance.

Mouthfeel is much bigger than typical for an american lager, and possibly a bit bigger than a bohemian pilsner even. It's smooth and refreshing, but definitely a 'present' beer with noticeable body. Very nice - both refreshing and satiating at the same time.

Overall - I like it. A lot. If I could only ever have one beer to drink forever, I'd have to consider this one. It's good from a flavour and a refreshing perspective. I do think I'd probably end up with some form of a bitter ale as a single beer if push came to shove, but I'd have to at least think about this one, too. (1,158 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly over golden-copper-amber coloured liquid.

S: Metallic with grassy and earthy hops.

T: Bitter hop flavours including pine, grass, lemon and earth with a sweet biscuit malt backbone that finishes off each mouthful.

M: Medium viscosity with a somewhat soapy mouth feel and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A nice level of bitterness for a lager, the biggest drawback of this beer for me is the smell, which affects the drinkability to a certain extent. (506 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is auburn, honey brown, quite rich. Nose is pretty restrained initially with some light citrus, maybe a bit of honey and malt, later a bit more body opens up.
Taste has some welcome actual malt backbone, with light flavours of citrus, a slight sweetness w a bit of caramel, initial taste is quite pleasing, bitter on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat sour.
Definitely drinkable without being inspiring or memorable. (437 characters)

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: red tinted gold.
S: lots of citrus (grapefruit), pine, but also kind of stale
T: simple, plain, clean, some bitterness, light, little hop aroma
M: full, medium carbonation, fine.
O: nothing really memorable. A nice beer but certainly forgettable. (250 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer breaks all of the rules. It pours a beautiful deep golden/red with a slightly off white thick head (which did not lace). The aroma is slightly malty with a mild slightly grassy aroma mixed with malt. This is a big beer with body and mouthfeel but with no aftertaste. It's flavorful but very clean and drinkable. I have yet to find a been in this category which is so well balanced. Nothing stands out, it just all melds perfectly together. (454 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of WoodersonMB
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light amber/copper color. The 1 inch of off-white creamy looking head accompanied by some fairly decent lacing makes this look like one damn tasty beer.

Fruity, citrus aroma teamed up with some pleasant hops make this a treat for your sense of smell.

Lighter than what I expected but the great carbonation and light hops make your taste buds tingle. Surprisingly I find the citrus to be a bit more present in the taste than expected but that's not a bad thing at all. Maybe a hint of toffee and biscuits as well.

This is one delicious beer that I plan on going back to again and again. (608 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parents picked this one up in Canada.

Pours an amberish orangish yellow with a nice head on it. The nose is some grainy malts. Grainy malts show up and dominate everything on the pallet as well. A subtle kick of spicy hops on the finish. This is a pretty solid lager. Nothing too crazy or over the top with some subtle complexities, however delicious and above average for the style. Recommended if you're ever in Canada! (423 characters)

Photo of Seanont
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty lager
Nice head and color
Not allot going on smell wise but it taste very crisp with malts and hops coming thru..
Nice beer on tap or poured into a frosty mug

This is a good lager that I enjoy allot when served cold in a glass, To do this beer justice I recommend not drinking from the can (303 characters)

Photo of Dalem
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's color is nice amber shade accented with a right amount of carbonation to give a bit of a sparkle when drinking it out of glass in the afternoon sun. It's not too big but not too small head is a bit on the tan side filled with bubbles that when it fades leaves a light lace around. Looks good and that's always a good start. The aroma is strong but does have a nice bouquet of caramel, a bit of nuttiness and some citrus and grassy notes to top it off.
Tastewise it's pretty interesting. It starts off with a bit of a creamy sweetness from the malts, followed by a little bit of hop and then finishes clean. It's light and refreshing but also full bodied and well rounded all the way through. (697 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ethel's lounge, poured a two finger head into a pint glass, white frothy head with good retention, amber copper colour, nice lacing. Smell is malt, caramel,grass, hint of citrus. Taste follows the nose and is very well balanced. Little bitter on the back end with some carbonation. Medium body and dry. Definitely one of my favourite lagers. (351 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473 ml can. No freshness date. Nice touch of malt sweetness, mild bitterness. No unpleasant or off-flavors whatsoever. Really an extremely drinkable lager, quite delicious, not as amber in color as I would have expected but Canada craft brewing seems to be continuing to step up their game. Way to go America's hat. (315 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of NV9
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,908 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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: 4.01, an A-. (1,728 characters)

Photo of edwardhopper
3.79/5  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. (366 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of
3.88/5  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. (404 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.83/5  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. (508 characters)

Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.