Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
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!
08-26-2006 07:35:08 | More by mynie
3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
07-04-2006 00:21:19 | More by trevorwideman
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
second re-tasting post Molson take over:
Still one of the better all malt lagers Ive 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 Molsons 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.
07-02-2006 22:33:51 | More by pootz
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-02-2006 20:28:34 | More by Frozensoul327
3.33/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
05-07-2006 16:26:57 | More by shamus
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
A - Clear gold. Small head but good lacing.
S - Lots of lemony citrus. Some grain as well.
T - Citrus, grain and grapefruit. Hop bitterness is unremarkable but nicely balanced with the other flavours.
M - Light body with mild carbonation.
D - Quite good. Easy drinking session beer. Much, much better fresh on tap.
02-27-2006 18:02:31 | More by allergictomacros
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
A very well-balanced amber lager, and very drinkable even for me -- I'm generally not a lager drinker.
Got this on tap at the Richmond Rogue in Toronto. Poured into a Creemore pint glass. A little over-chilled, almost no head at all. A nice golden-red colour.
Smell is nothing special -- malty, a lot of corn or other cheap adjuncts, a very slight hint of fruitiness.
Taste is quite pleasant, and I always like the mouthfeel of this beer -- smoother and creamier than commercial lagers, and one of the best of the region. Quite malty, but well-balanced like I said. A short-lasting but satisfyingly bitter aftertaste. A little bit of a cracker flavour, and maybe a little bit of red grape flavour in the very very back.
02-24-2006 01:57:08 | More by crwills
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
Perhaps I'm biased, but I love Creemore Springs Premium Lager. One could chalk this up to a number of things, amongst them Creemore being my first craft beer after I turned 19 and began to explore the untapped world of lagers and ales. Or, it could just be becaus Creemore Springs makes a great lager. For whatever reason, Creemore is my standard. The Bombshelter campus pub at the University of Waterloo sells the stuff at quite a nice price ($3.50 a pint... sorry, students only), and I also usually go for it when I'm in Markham, at Colonel Mustard's (of course, it is a bit harder to find in Windsor, my original hometown). I decided to purchase a 500mL single from the local LCBO. Why? Well, because I could.
Creemore Springs pours an absolutely delicious amber color with a significant amount of head that dies down relatively fast, but leaves a good amount of lacing. I suppose on some level I was impressed because I assumed that lager = straw/gold color. But that's not the case (nor is it necessarily the case elsewhere, but that's why preconceived notions tend to be wrong).
Smell is good, of malts and noticeable hops. Some grassy, floral notes, perhaps a little yeasty, caramel notes, with just a touch of 'skunk.' Some husky grains, floral notes, perhaps?
Taste is spectacular. Creemore is by far my favourite lager (it's common knowledge that I am generally no fan of lagers) based on the exceptionally delicious taste. Smooth, malty, creamy, with just a touch of hoppiness... shades of honey, perhaps, a bit yeasty, some floral notes. Initially sweet, but very balanced afterwards, with just a tad of lingering bitterness on the finish. What a taste! As good - or better - than the first time I tried this stuff in early September 2005, splitting a 12-pack with my roommate.
Mouthfeel is amazing. Carbonation is right on key - present, but subtle, and the brew itself has a substantial moderate body. Drinkability is also quite good. Were Creemore not so expensive, it would be my standard home session beer eight-to-ten months of the year. As it stands, it's still my brew of choice at bars where it's available.
Creemore Springs is, without a doubt, the best lager I've ever had in my somewhat brief stint as a beer advocate. Molson purchased Creemore last summer, yes (giving many craft beer fans the opportunity to bemoan the loss of 'the greatest Canadian craft beer'), but thankfully, the recipe appears to be untouched (I could have sworn that they used to really push the fact that Creemore was unpasteurized, although it doesn't appear on the bottle, but I can't be sure, especially as the taste has remained, to my tastebuds, identical). There's some debate about the shift in bottles from Creemore's old non-standards to the industry standard brown bottle, but on this I cannot comment (and I have my suspicions that it's mostly unsubstantiated). All I know is this sample tasted great, and that it tastes even better fresh on tap.
Creemore claims to be "proudly behind the times," and in this, I salute them.
02-11-2006 21:21:53 | More by headlessparrot
4.6/5 rDev +20.7%
Delightfuly wonderful, Looks nice, smells nice, tastes great, nice and smooth and extremely drinkable. I can't believe i've overlooked this beer so many times in the past. By far my favorite example of this style. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
02-10-2006 21:49:37 | More by funkengruven
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Bright orange in color and hazy in appearance, the body is topped by a small white head that quickly fades. A mild and lighlty sweet maltiness, some nut perhaps and a gentle bitterness and maybe a touch of tart citrus in the finish. Nutty and fruity in the nose. Light-medium in body, lightly carbonated and is one smooth and easy drinking beer on the palate. Not too bad, but inconsistent, from place to place, this beer may be sensitive to age or batch type?
01-31-2006 00:02:49 | More by stoutman
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
A slightly above average lager. Nothing more, nothing less. Light golden with a billowy head of pure white foam. Decent lacing and retention. Aromas of husky grains, light malts, and where are the hops here buddy!? This one is definately light on the hops! Taste is malty with some nice bready notes and some husky frito-lay grain notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and semi-dry. Finish is corny, and adjunct flavored. If this is all malt, i'm a bit confused. Drinkability remains decent. A Canadian standard if nothing else, but to me it tastes like an American macro...
07-23-2005 06:57:47 | More by francisweizen
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Purchased at the LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Pours a deep gold, almost copper color, nice head, full, carbonation is nice at a medium-low level. Beautiful lace on glass as the head disipates. Slight fruitiness in the nose, odd for a lager, still not offensive. Flavor is malt, slight, but nice for style and balanced. Body is crisp and lager like, nice beer.
06-18-2005 16:55:33 | More by jimbotrost
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
This is one of my favourite Canadian beers. A buddy of mine works for the brewery and recently gave me a personal and educational tour of their operations which ended, of course, with a draught of freshly brewed beer.
The only quibble I have with Creemore Springs is that it can be a bit too sweet and not something I would like to drink, like a hefeweizen or pils, in great quantities in one session. It's the kind of beer that goes down well in moderation and over the course of a quiet conversation with a friend or while sitting alone reading or listening to music.
The brewery has recently been swallowed up by Molson as, I suspect, a microbrewery showcase. I hope the guys in the suits leave well enough alone and not make any undue changes.
06-17-2005 01:25:28 | More by mwrseeley
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
05-30-2005 01:54:13 | More by Viggo
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
500ml brown embossed bottle with screw top. Thanks Cars for bring this back from Ont.
Poured a copper golden color, thin white head that left little lace on the glass. It had a crisp and clean aroma, wet grass with some hops on top. Strong, full flavour with some malt sweetness (almost honey-like), well balanced with floral/hop bitterness. Clean, dry finish. Smooth and easy to drink.
02-13-2005 19:21:27 | More by BigBry
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
Creemore Lager is a nice, but not outstanding beer that pours a dark tan with not much head to speak of. What head there is, howver, stays around a surprisingly long time.
It's a classic lager so there's not much to say about it: It smells like hops and tastes like hops.
It's a good session beer and I've been finding that it's a good intermediate step for weaning friends away from Coor's and Bud and onto real beers.
11-29-2004 04:18:22 | More by chunkylover53
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
A really nicely done lager - one of the freshest-tasting bottled beers I've run across. Good balance of hops with a touch of honey in the malt. Had a nice, homey quality that reminded me of the best homebrewed lagers I've had - no scrimping on the production. A standout in a category in which it is hard to stand out.
09-20-2004 20:59:51 | More by Brent
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
"Was this given to me as a joke?"
OK, give me a little break -- the bottle looks like a midget forty with a damn screw top, and Putnam's been pushing lagers on me. So it seemed possible that, since it came out of a box with mostly unappealling mass-produced wannabes, he was playing a joke.
Well, in some senses, the joke's still on me. Because I was a dumbass. This is GOOD.
This is a lager? Estery, honey-filled fruity aromatics dominate the nose with hints of flowers, citrus, and fresh sweetbread. Malt liquor meets the backroad farmer's market.
With the entrancing bouquet and the thick, natural brown color, all doubt turned to expectation. Maple syrup. Breakfast meats. Honey. This is great lager beer. Very sweet but not overwhelmingly so. Subtle and nuanced, this one can be allowed to warm, the changes being something to be appreciated. Excellent stuff.
For all the "cool" beer being brewed in the states, no one I know of has made a simple lager this perfect.
08-26-2004 00:58:18 | More by marburg
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
IMO, one of the best Canadian lagers around. Pours a golden, orange colour, with a nice white head and sticky strings of lacing around the glass.
Nose is very floral, and slightly citrusy.
Taste starts sweet and fruity. Then some floral hop flavour. After taste is grainy and dry.
A solid beer. Very tasty, and truly a different lager that has many ale like qualities.
08-22-2004 15:54:46 | More by baiser
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
My first Creemore Springs Lager in 9 years, thanks to the intervention of northyorksammy. I used to love this stuff back then even when I was clueless enough to still drink it straight out of the bottle.
Pours out of its 500 ml brown bottle a deep ruddy golden colour, very little carbonation, and only a splash of fizz for a head. So this is what it actually looks like! (I wouldn't know from past experience...) The aroma possesses a clean sweet and biscuity malt profile, with light floral and herbal hops. I can even pick up slight caramel as well. Well-balanced and rounded flavour, the malt and hops act in unison, mild grains and some toasted malt cheek-to-cheek with the crisp flowery hops. Very refreshing stuff. The mouthfeel is light to sip, but has a decent body when rolled across the palate. If I lived in Ontario this stuff would be my old reliable, there would always be at least one bottle of this stuff in my fridge. I used to look back fondly about this stuff, and it is good to know that it's still the great beer I remember it as. My favorite Canadian lager along with Yukon Brewing's Chilkoot.
08-12-2004 02:51:35 | More by IronDjinn
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Screw-off (I've been called that before) bottle. Purchased on a whim at one of the liquor stores in Toronto.
Poured an interesting (and unexpected) clear copper in color. Head was thick and long-lasting. Nice patchwork of lace on the glass. Nose is also interesting. Mix of juicy fruit, floral hops, and a touch of malty sweetness. Flavor is up-front sweet and is mixed nicely by hoppy influence. Finish is dry. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I was quite pleasantly surprised at this, given my recent run-ins with the Molson offerings that I'd tried whilst in Canada. Great summer beer. I'd gladly drink more of this.
08-01-2004 15:17:58 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-27-2004 21:40:06 | More by DrJay
3.15/5 rDev -17.3%
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...
05-24-2004 05:48:42 | More by feloniousmonk
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Nice coloured beer, but next to no head. Kinda sad to see. Some lace does cling to the glass. Clean, good, quality lager smell. The simple beer smell, without the cheap beer smell. Slight hop aroma, some grass, and bready, almost chewy malt. Taste is similar, with a slightly stronger floral sensation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel that is very suitable for this beer. Light bodied and simple. Drinkable, yeah. It's got enough taste to be drinkable, without the complexity to make it amazing. This is a simple beer. And that is what I like. More importantly, that is what I respect about this beer.
05-15-2004 18:36:31 | More by slitherySOB
4.58/5 rDev +20.2%
and so this is a beer of many things for me: Lives, lifestyles, memories, highs .lows, friendships, homes. I've been drinking this beer for 10+ years and it is this beer that I owe to givng me the key to unlocking and appreciating quality brewing. but I don't want to give the impression that this is a purely emotional review. Lager is not my favorite style, but this is an exception. and even though I live in the land of lager(as in yuengling) this is a wonderufl drinkable beer, quality made. this is the one and only regular beer from this brewery and is mostly drunk in the province. Luckily, I still have friends that are wonderful enough to smuggle some of this to me south of the border.
so the review- the color of this beer is exceptional, wonderful amber bronze color a clarity and wispy full white head that speaks of good clear canadian water. Even in a bottle a bit aged, the head stands up well. Aroma strongly of fresh-baked bread with a hint of alchohol. this fresh-baked bread taste permeates the drinkability. Straightforward, strong flavor of malt, flavor starts clear and strong and finshes with a full mouthfeel with a hint of sweetness. the fresh falvor asserts itself but fades gradually through the sip(or gulp), leaving a a clean sensation at the finish. Pure, unadulturated Canadian quality in a glass. highly recommended for all levels of beer drinking appreciation. worth hunting for if you can find some, best recommendation is to visit T.O. Ontario. either way its win-win for me, as your loss is my gain and my pleasure again and again. This is truly a sublime beer.
05-05-2004 01:26:58 | More by sublimesipping
Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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