Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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86
very good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
96
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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

5.00% abv, 473mL can purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO. No apparent freshness date on the can. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is rich amber, nice solid foamy off-white 1" head even in this wine glass and a small pour. Lots of lace, this looks beautiful! No retention though, ends up looking syrupy in the glass.

Aromas aren't bad, citric hop bouquet, some bready malt, caramel, some sharp soapiness though. Not too much metal for a can either.

Mouthfeel is pretty substantial for a lager, nice refreshing carbonation bite. Pretty bitter palate, not as sweet as I was expecting but with lots of maltiness, rye bread, sponge toffee.

I was expecting something much worse than this after I drain-poured their Traditional Pilsner. Given that you can find Creemore at a lot of mainstream bars this wouldn't be a bad choice.

Photo of jaz58
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer from Ontario. When I poured it a wonderful clear amber lager filled the glass with a thick head that disippated somewhat quickly. The nose was fresh with subtle hints of yeast.

The mouthfeel was very good. Well rounded. It coated your mouth and then the hops washed it away leaving no aftertaste.

A very good tasting beer. Very satisfying. A good lager to enjoy a sandwich with or your favorite pasta with a cream sauce.

Photo of bobsy
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.

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

Amber brown lager with a full 3/4 inch head. Smells malty and sour.

The malt profile is less than expected. In some ways this is like a Labatt blue, but has a bit more taste and hops to it. Hallertau may have offer the sour dull bitterness to this beer. The mouthfeel is fine: its light enough to be drinkable.

This is a drinkable "malty" lager. There are maltier lagers or ales, but this is alright.

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

Had a pint of this on-tap at the Moe's at the Montreal airport between flights.

A- OK initial head that settles a little quickly. A very nice coppery amber colour.

S- herbal hops. Some sweet pale malt aroma.

T- Decent level of hops. The bitterness is neutral. Some grass and grai notes. Slightly sweet overall from malt. Decent overall.

MF- OK medium bodied beer. Refreshing. A bit of bite from the carbonation.

D- Quite easy to drink. Better than the Heineken or Rickard's also on tap at the bar. A good "basic" beer when wanting some flavour but no big surprises.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

20oz on tap
5% abv
I tried this beer on August 24, 2007 at Kelsey's in Milton. The beer was a beautiful coppery colour with a one finger head. The aroma was very faint to non-existant. Disappointing to say the least. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was mild, a little malty and a little bitter. I may try this beer again.

Photo of WaveRebel51
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of Lagers, so I was hesitant to try this. But once I tried it, I liked it. The appearance is nice -- a clear pinkish-orange and with a thin, frothy foam head. The taste doesn't overwhelm the palate. It's difficult to describe the taste in detail, other than to say it was crisp and clean. This beer is definitely worth a try.

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

A good beer if you are a visitor to Canada. This one is definitely worth a try.

Appearance- A wonderful dark gold color almost orange amber.

Smell- You can tell there are hops in this which is unusual for most of the ones I have tried from this area.

Taste- Hops goodness with kind of a grassy pasture taste.

Mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability- Smooth and easy to drink and can really compliment a hearty to medium meal.

Photo of FiguredMaple
2.05/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For years, this was one of my favourites.
Over the past year or so, I have had it sporadically either in the pint bottle, regular bottle, or on tap.

Something has changed and I am truly disappointed.
Creemore used to be a dedicated beer company that was determined to deliver fresh beer to all of its suppliers. If the product were not consumed within 6 weeks, they would go out and collect all the unsold beer, and replace it with fresh stock. They even introduced a distinct and unique shaped bottle with sloping shoulders that was designed to produce a no-glug pour. Now they use a regular generic brown bottle with a twist off cap.

The flavour has changed as well. Over the past year or so, the carbonation has increased, and the mouth feel has thinned.

Now it seems to be a blend of the original Creemore and Molson Canadian, actually more like a Molson Canadian with a hint of Creemore in it. This is typical of how a large mass-producing giant takes on a smaller craft beer and streamlines the recipe and process to maximize profits. Just my 2 cents.

Photo of dherling
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a copper orange color with a bubbly off white head, thick, then faded to a thin film in under a minute. The nose, ummm.... let's see. I guess, something, right? Maybe some faint malt. I could be lieing though. Now, on to the taste. Ok, some toasty malt, not much, and it dissapears quickly, but it was there. Has a slight bitter hoppy finish as well. Light bodies with medium carbonation. Very clean finish. Nothing great here, but nothing offensive.

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

Thanks to beerpanther for this offering.

Pours a perfect amber color with a one finger cream colored head. Dissipates rather quickly leaving only a thin skim on top. Toasted grains with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Slight fruit hop presence. A tad buttery also.

Sweet malt flavors with hints of caramel. Toasted grains are a bit lighter than in the nose. Buttery. Floral hop presence, but this one is all malt here. Carbonation is a bit too high and sucked the wind out of the flavors. medium bodied with a toasted grain aftertaste. A nice lager from our friends from the north.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoyed this one<<<<

Served from a 473ml Tall can

A- Very nice copper/gold color, nice thick creamy head that stays for a while before disappearing to lace around the glass.

S- malty sweet, cant really notice the hops, smells a little burnt/roasted, but generally very sweet.

T- solid flavor, everything ties in very nicely. Malts, floral hops, a little bread/grain, hints of caramel>> very nice

M- great. Not too carbonated, very smooth going down.

D- not bad, not bad at all.

Overall i love drinking this beer with a nice pot roast or something, it pairs excellently with lots of types of food ( salmon worked really well ). Great, all natural, probably one of the best lager beers in Canada.

Photo of shivtim
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in Windsor. It's clear brown/red with a small foam head that fades quickly. Decent amount of bubbles. Nose is grains and corn, not the best but it smells like a lager. Taste is similar to the nose, a musty grain/corn blend with slight hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is average or just below. Same for drinkability. Not a bad beer, it's just bland.

Photo of nekronos
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, sweet and drinkable, good thick and white great foam. NICe colour between gold and sunny. The taste is not tiring, reminds me a little the Polish lagers but it has its own Canadian character. I like this kind of lagers, they do not taste like crap.

Photo of mynie
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!

Photo of trevorwideman
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I never tried this before Molson took over this brewery. Sampled June 9th, 2006 at the Fox and Fiddle on Bloor in Toronto.

Came in a pint glass with a big fluffy head, brown/copper in colour, like a English Pale Ale. Mild carbonation and a slight lacing. Smell is less impressive with a mild hop presence and an unpleasant soapiness.

Taste is just plain awkward. I think I know what they're trying to do with this one, and the hop presence scores it some points, but the malt is nearly non-existent, unless that sour adjuncty soapiness is supposed to be it. Mouth is sticky with a zippy carbonation, dry. This is drinkable and more unique than a lot of lagers out there, but in my opinion it's pretty poorly executed. Unfortunate.

Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

second re-tasting post Molson take over:

Still one of the better all malt lagers I’ve tasted and certainly still among the best in Ontario but no longer a "super premium" lager IMHO....it has definately suffered "dumbing down" in the flavor profile since Molson’s bought it and I am readjusting my scoring accordingly....

500ml bottles are gone and it now comes in a high tech 1/2 liter can. Plain looking labeling, no freshness date or lot code. ...

Pours a golden-orange, high effervescence in the pour leaves a smallish chunky cap that leaves within a couple of swallows and forms a nice lace and ring.

A fairly well pronounced grainy nose with a slight floral aroma....gone is the toasty-sweet imported malt tones!

Medium body ..malt spine is slightly deminished ( flat) and the sandy mouthfeel has a mild fluid character to it now.

Sharp ale-like bite at the front but then the grainy-bready tastes balance the citrus hopped taste with athat produces a sandy mouth feel then the finish is crisp medium dry with the bready after taste somewhat deminished from the Pre-Molson days.

Still a good brew....an all grain/malt amber lager with some ale traits....ale-like in "bite" like a steam beer. Very well balanced but the last few months the malt profile seems to be a bit flat....like cheaper, paler,lesser quality domestic malts have been substituted for the imported grains used in the original recipe. ...and YES, Molson hasn't changed the formula....but they are using a different ( cheaper?) flat tasting malt.>

>>This is sad because I liked this beer and have bought it for years but there are now several better premium micro lagers with richer import malts and fresher taste these days.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather nice All-Malt Lager. Pours out to a deep orange gold color with a lively head of white foam that stays consistantly dense and large. Rings of lace are present. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of rich roasted caramel malts and wheaty grains mixed with a touch of wood. Nice. Taste is well rounded and very enjoyable; caramel malts, light wood notes, smooth rich grain, a touch of earth, the slightest nip of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but not overly carbonated (almost not enough carbonation, honestly). Drinkability is north of average. A well made lager. Recommended.

Photo of shamus
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has a nice amber colour with a reasonable head. It wasn't too fragrant to my nose but wasn't offensive either. I was drinking it slightly warm which seemed to bring out the malt tones. There was something almost woody in the flavour that was kind of nice. Not much to say on the hops side but this is a lager.
Overall an acceptable beer but nothing to go out of the way for.

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