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Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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86
very good

330 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 36
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 seand
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a pitcher at Boston pizza.

A: Poured a light clear amber, with a couple fingers of creamy white head. Pretty good lacing, decent retention.

S: Mild light sweetness, a little bit of hoppyness in the background.

T: Much like the the smell. Mild, almost caramel sweetness, followed by a bit of bitterness. It's nice, no overbearing flavors.

M: Quite carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sticky.

D: Can drink a lot of this, reasonable ABV, though it can be a bit filling.

This is a great session beer - the best widely available Ontario beer.

seand, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice 14-ounce draught of Creemore Springs Premium Lager at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Appearance - light amber colour with minimal head, thick foamy surface bubbles with foamy lace around the top 1/4 of the glass.

Smell - clean, fresh scent of barley malt, lemongrass and soft buttery bread. Slight citric nose as well.

Taste - outstanding flavours of deep malt yet balanced with a fresh, buoyant crispness of light vegetables. Nice round flavour profile and excellent balance of hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - this would be the most carbonated version of the product to date, definitely active in the mouth. The activity does amplify the flavours nicely but it would be just a little smoother if toned down a bit.

Drinkability - very easy to drink many of these. Cold and refreshing, natural flavours, goes down easy.

DoctorStrangiato, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only thing resembling craft beer at the airport, so I sat down at the bar and had a couple while waiting for an arrival and watching Game 7 of the NHL Finals.

Pours a pale straw yellow with a faint line of head - pretty typical lager look, maybe a shade darker.

Pretty typical lager smell too. Faint grains and a hint of a yeasty/bready note.

Taste ups it a bit. Some generic esters, a hint of apples, a slight bready tinge, a faint herbaceous hops note in the finish. Some pale malts as the beer warms. Crisp and clean.

Active carbonation, about par for the style. Definitely drinkable but still just too light and with too many vague flavors for me to pick it up unless it's the only choice.

ritzkiss, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recall this from a while back - maybe during my Buffalo days...or maybe a trip or 2 to Toronto earlier. At Graffiti's in Kensington Market this seemed to be the offering I hit up the most. Served in an imperial pint glass, it poured a deep dark honey color with a bit of butterscotch/caramel tinge. Head was a solid finger with decent retention and a little bit of lacing as a kicker.

The nose on this is very clean as expected - maybe a little bit of Saaz and some noble hops but everything is quite light - even the mild grain profile with only a little bit of caramel.

The caramel and the light malt roast begin to emerge on the palate pretty nicely but the carbonation keeps this from being overly heavy. It has a very very very light noble hop profile with a little bit of a piney/balsa wood dryness.

Nothing offensive on the palate - again, it's very light and although of moderate levels there's a bit of Beautiful Chemistry going on. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts; the individual elements may not be impressive on a stand-alone basis but the package is well put-together.

Definitely sessionable. Drinks very lightly, is quite clean, and finishes off as such. Great beer at Graffiti's to catch a show there.

IBUnit63, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

presented with a light copper pint with a filmy white head that left decent lacing
the smell was very off putting as it was very musty/moldy kind of thing going on (bad lines??)
the taste was like a sweeter maltier version of a macro
mouthfeel was medium bodied with lots of carbonation
drinkability nothing special in my opinion but if faced with this or a macro I'll take this
Had on tap at the Loose Moose in Toronto

sliverX, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of nokes
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've enjoyed before, but never really took the time to review. Here goes...

Poured a clear light-copper-gold into a tall pilsner glass. Head was moderate, and died down fairly quickly, but retained a small amount throughout and left lacing on the glass. I really like the light coppery colour...looks nice.

Smells nice, too. Full is the word that comes to mind. This is the first beer I've smelled that I actually somehow understood the way that people use the word "biscuit" on this site. Malty, too. Smells good.

Taste is where this beer really takes off. My goodness. It's a truly exceptional lager. Rich. Full, again, like with the smell, but moreso, and balanced as well. There's light sweetness, some citrusy acid, and mild bitterness all in nice proportions and the interplay is really pleasant. It's a dangerous beer. Mouthfeel is really good; drinking another right away is a serious temptation, and all that stands in the way is willpower. Certainly, the beer holds that door wide open.

Definitely recommended. I'd enjoy this most in spring and fall, and on summer evenings after the heat of the day, or quite easily in winter after hockey, too.

nokes, May 27, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know you're about to have a good lager as soon as you see it. Pours a clear, shiny copper color with some good lacework on the glass. Slightly grassy aroma. The flavor is fresh, toasty, with a crisp bitterness. Nothing very fancy, and pleasure is in the simplicity. Very enjoyable to drink, and paired well with Asian Chicken Salad I had. Really intensified the flavors of the dressing. Proof that great beer can come in a lager.

RunDWP, May 14, 2009
Photo of jwc215
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!

jwc215, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of elricorico
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold, almost leaning towards coppery coloured. Very clear body. Hard pour brought out two fingers of head, but they fell fairly quickly to a thin beige cap.

Smells quite malty, a strong biscuit impression. Flowery hop aroma, but malt dominates the nose. The blend is pretty pleasant.

Malty to the tongue as well, biscuit and faint toffee. Hops come across more crisp at the back of the tongue, but still this lager leans towards the malt. Nice full flavour for the style.

Body is not overly light, but I find the carbonation a touch coarser than I like. Good mouthfeel but not great.

Here's a well put together lager. Seems like it couldn't have suffered much from being bought out by Molson.

elricorico, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of ludachris
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the LCBO recently after seeing it. I've had it a few times before, but this is my first time rating it.
Pours a nice honey amber with a finger and a half of rocky, creamy white head after a fairly aggressive pour. Boils down to a creamy, tightly knit ring after about a minute or two. Decent lacing. Signs of some tamed carbonation.
Buttery, biscuity malts up front in the nose accompanied by a strange mineral scent. Slight hint of hops and a touch of caramel. Despite this unusual mineral smell, this beer is very inviting.
Almost identical to the nose in the taste. Buttery, biscuity malts paired with minerals and a hint of caramel. Subtle hoppy bite at the end that balances out the beer quite nicely.
Mouthfeel smooth, creamy and well balanced, and the drinkability is oh so easy.

Overall, an excellent American pale lager. Smooth, creamy, well balanced and not lacking in flavour. Decently priced here in Ontario, I could definately see this beer being one of my summer saviors.

ludachris, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of iceball585
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, clear, thin white head that lowered slowly, a few bubbles rising

S- Honey, biscuits, light malts, caramel, very sweet

T- Sugary, bready, caramel, toffee, biscuits, herbal, malty, hint of hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, watery finish

D- Try it if you can find it

Good auroma and even better flavors. I was fairly suprised by this beer, not amazing but I would definitely get it again if I can find it.

iceball585, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A light amber color with orange and yellow overtones. Creamy head although probably only about a centimeter of it and it disappeared quickly, leaving an island of it that would not go away. Some lacing present with signs of decent carbonation.

Smell - Definite smell of a blend of many sweet malts with toffee and apples. Slight herb and hop characteristics in the background. Could be a little bit stronger though, but a good blend none the less.

Taste - Starts with a smooth, light toffee/caramel flavour then moves to a nice blend of different malts with and molasses. Finishes off with some tame, almost floral hops that almost mask some form of unknown bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is light, but that is appealing for this beer, given the array of flavors. Doesn't leave an aftertaste, although it's odd as you would expect more of a sweet aftertaste, that and I personally would have liked a bit of head. For the most part, a good experience.

Drinkability - This beer to me feels little bit heavy on the stomach, which would stop me from having more then a few. That being said, the varying flavors make this beer a welcome addition to any meal. Goes down smooth, doesn't leave much of an aftertaste.

Final Thoughts - This is a good and solid beer. I wouldn't call it exceptional by any means but I'd be happy to drink this stuff at a restaurant any day, or if I just wanted a single beer. I wouldn't buy a case of it (especially since it needs to be drunk quick due to the lack of preservatives and pasteurization) but I would love getting this stuff on tap.

TheHammer, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of ChrisCage
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a somewhat hazy amber color with orange overtones. Not a great head but there is one that disappears into almost nothing fairly fast. The lacing is really not there either unfortunately. Looks a little watery.

S- Good aroma for a lager! Has a nice balance of malt and hops in the smell and I can also detect some yeasty aromas as well. At the same time there is a good clean smell about this as well.

T- This is very tasty beer! Tastes much like it smells but better! Nice biscuit notes along with some sweet malty grains. This is balanced out well with some hop presence on the middle palate but this comes through well on the finish. Good rich flavor overall!

M- Actually this doesn't feel as thin as I thought it looked. The carbonation is fine, allowing for a creamy, buttery flow to the liquid. I'd say this has more of a medium body than not but really lets enjoy due to the lack of edge that bubbles can provide with a lager.

D- Good session beer! I would say this is one of the best lagers I've had and would recommend this to anyone wanting something with some substance. I'd say this would be a good beer for an evening with company!

ChrisCage, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangey-yellow with a nice white head on-tap with lots of carbonation.

Smells sweet, grassy, subtle hops.

Tastes refreshing, grassy, biscuity malts, some sweet citrus, very nice, better than the bottled version.

Carbonated mouthfeel, this beer fills you up fast on tap though, other than that, a very good lager.

GodOfBeer, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of hopdog
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

hopdog, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother and I split a can of this from LCBO on Lundy's Lane earlier this evening on our current mini vacation in Niagara Falls Ontario. Poured into a clear glass we have in our hotel room. Pours a clear, light to medium amber color. Head is maybe 1/3 inch when poured. Settles to a thing surface layer and thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Not too much lacing. The smell of hops is certainly present, along with some sweet malt. The taste is the same, fairly hoppy body up fron, follwed by some fairly sweet caramel malt. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moerate carbonation. Easy to drink, in the way well crafted beer should be.

Eric

neenerzig, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Keg here in London with some medium rare prime rib..

Better mouthfeel and more of a soft carbonation on tap than the bottle version. The flavours compliment seemed more pronounced when the beer began to warm. Happy to have ordered it.

EatsTacos, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of matt7215
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can from the LCBO

pours deep golden with a lasting white head.

aromas of hops, and hops, some malt and finishing with hops. the most recent time i enjoyed this there was a very noticeable grapefruit nose and this over the always solid malt body of this ontario classic.

the flavour is solid and malt forward. clean toffee malt body with a big hoppy finish.

if you starving for a hop fix in the single serving format and you havnt tried this one recently you should revisit it.

highly recomended and try to find as fresh as possible.

matt7215, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Had this one at the Toronto airport by process of elimination (Heineken, Coors Light, Rickards Red, or Molson Canadian). Poured a caramel body, with some golden highlights - looks quite nice. Minimal head bubbles away quickly. Constant carbonation. Surprisingly sticky lacing.

Smell: Not a huge nose with this one. Has an earthy maltiness to it - maybe some metal?

Taste: Quick nice - and very refreshing. Brew is well balanced, with a nice creamy malt profile - moving towards some piney hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied - and quite crisp bite to the tongue. Smooth brew here.

Drinkability: A sigh of relief that there's going to be a beer I can have here at the airport (travel here about once a week). Very smooth, refreshing, and a quite tasty lager here.

bigkahunas4, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of mizzoueng
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at "The Keg" in Ottawa, ON and at the Ottawa Int'l airport. A solid lager, seemed more like a Pilsner. Nice mouthfeel and very crisp and refreshing, no noticeable hops though. Had on tap at The Keg and the bottle version was actually much better.

mizzoueng, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why I've never gotten around to Creemore before now.

Not much of a head after a fairly aggresive pour, no lacings whatsoever. Appearance is redeemed by a very nice colour, amber, pretty.

Light, floral hops on the nose, a little more character than a macro. Some bready malt.

A decent enough malt backbone, caramel, for the style. Hops are also relatively falvourful, floral like the aroma. A slight bitterness in the finish with some unfortunate chalkiness.

Too much carbonation, bit of a tonic water character. Easy-drinking.

Not great, not horrible. This is a mediocre NA lager.

Re-review: After trying this again I think I was unfair the first time around. This is a very nice lager with some flavourful caramel malt and a nice crisp hop finish.

CanuckRover, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of sweethome
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap after a round of golf...yes, it was the perfect time for a well balanced lager. This delivered.

Deep amber color with a medium head of off- white. Delivered nice lacing.

Nose is of toast - white bread toast. Initial flavors follow the nose - toasted malts, nice balancing mid mouth as some bitterness pulls through. Pleanty of flavor, nice balance.

Delivers the style quite well. I could enjoy 2-3 of thes on a warm day....

sweethome, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, May 23, 2008
Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.