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Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 35
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 WaveRebel51
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

WaveRebel51, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

MTNboy, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of FiguredMaple
2.05/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

FiguredMaple, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

dherling, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

bjohnson, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

drinkininthewood, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of shivtim
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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.

shivtim, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of nekronos
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

nekronos, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

mynie, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

trevorwideman, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

pootz, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Frozensoul327, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of shamus
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

shamus, May 07, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

allergictomacros, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

crwills, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of headlessparrot
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

headlessparrot, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

funkengruven, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of stoutman
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

stoutman, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

francisweizen, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jimbotrost, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of mwrseeley
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mwrseeley, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Viggo, May 30, 2005
Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BigBry, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of chunkylover53
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

chunkylover53, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brent, Sep 20, 2004
Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
86 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.