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Creemore Springs UrBock - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bock beers gained notoriety in Munich back in 1612. All the Bavarian nobles were drinking fashionable northern ales known as Einbeck Bier. So Duke Maximillian I of Munich hired his own northern brewmaster, who created a lager similar in character but superior in taste. It won back the local aristocrats. Inspired by his entrepreneurial spirit we started brewing our own urBock – rich, ruby-hued beer with subtle, dark roasted flavours. It’s an aristocratic beer but rest assured, you needn’t be a Duke to enjoy it.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2001)
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Photo of evlu1441
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very deep, dark, and clear amber with about a cm of bubbly head on top.

The nose is very malty with notes of vanilla and some slightly fruity alcohol notes coming through in the background.

The taste is malty and surprisingly toasted with perhaps a tiny hint of coffee. It follows with some faint sweetness and light bitterness as the earthy notes develop.

Overall, this is a decent brew, though I don't know if I'd actively seek it out in the future.

evlu1441, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear dark amber brown, creamy tan head retained very well
S - minerally, toasty, and sweet malty aromas dominate
T - sweet and roasty malts, a mineral blood-like note, very light citrus hops on the finish
M - medium to slightly heavy, generally smooth and slightly sticky and just a touch of bitterness
O - a tasty full bodied bock, well rounded and smooth enough to be sessionable, well done

joemcgrath27, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish color with amber hues when against the light, big head is formed when served, a medium brown color head with small mixed bubbles, carbonation seems to be medium also just forming a light faded layer on top of the beer.

S: The aroma is not really clear some toasted malts can be sensed and that is it.

T: The flavor is a little better than the aroma but also very simple nothing elaborated or to remember, malted toasts with little quantity of hops.

M: As a lager this one has to has a medium body at the most be refreshing and actually it is, the problem is that there is not sweetness present as expected in a Buck or in a beer with high alcohol and the bitterness should be low and it is present in the end.

karait95, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

beerhunter13, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in colour with crystal clarity. Pours with a poorly retained cap of thick beige head that doesn't lace. Mild aroma has notes of baking bread, caramel, brown sugar, and raisins. Tastes sweet and malty up front with notes of toasted bread, honey, and raisins. A mild nutty character shows up midway through, along with some tangy plum. Finishes with sweet caramel and a light bitterness that shows some linger. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. It's kind of deceptive, the way this has a much fuller flavour than the aroma suggests. That's not a complaint though. It's more of a pleasant surprise. Lacks a little in richness.

mintjellie, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -17.1%

oldp0rt, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of MattPS
3/5  rDev -17.1%

MattPS, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for this one.

Appearance. Clear, deep brown-red with a small head.

Smell. Sweet malty caramel, fresh plums and brown sugar.

Taste. Big caramel malt. Lots of it. Pretty nice tasting too!

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Nothing complex here, just a nice malty beer that goes back easy. If I had another, it'd be gone too.

Rutager, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" tan head that dissipated quickly over brown liquid with good clarity.

S: Smells yeasty and somewhat metallic.

T: A very slight bitterness to it, it tastes like earthy hops, bread and a rich caramel malt.

M: Thin viscosity and medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A so-so offering from the Molson-owned Granville Island Brewing of the East.

DaftCaskBC, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +10.5%

bigox420, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - toes the line between amber and brown with ruby highlights. Off-white head has decent retention.

Smell - Light aromas of roasted malt and dark fruit and a slight metallic smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Light bodied, but a bit slick, and very strongly carbonated. Flavours of plum, lightly roasted malt, bread, and subtle bitterness.

, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasty malts, dark fruit, floral hops and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet roasty malt character, nutty and caramely notes, light spices and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/18/11

A brownish amber with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a thin tan film that hangs for a couple minuets leaving some random spots of lace

S bready roast with a slight nutty aspect with some brown sugar

T much stronger then the nose with some rye bread and hard toffee, faint molasses and much nuttier, booze is just barely detectable maybe some chocolate on the finish

M medium bodied that creams up a fair bit from the pinprick bubbles, nice nutty after taste lingers for quite a while

O didn't know what to expect and I didn't mid it at all, smells a little faint but its a minor complaint

pretty well suited for this cold ass "fall" afternoon -15 feels like Winter too me but I do live in Calgary, I might get board of a 6 pack but the 2 pint sized cans in the Creemore Winter mixer looking pretty good with some other offerings to mix things up

wordemupg, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO. This is the only major Creemore brew I have not yet tried (or reviewed), but I've enjoyed all of their other beers so I expect an enjoyable session ahead.

Pours a beautiful deep brown ruby-amber colour, with a modest-sized beige head that dissipates quickly leaving a creamy cap behind. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Generally pleasant aroma; lots of roasted biscuits and nutty malts, dark fruits, toffee and a bit of spice.

Rich-tasting, as I'd expect from a bock. Caramel sweetness with roasted malts form the backbone of the flavour. A pleasant, nutty feel to the malts, with some subdued spiciness and dark fruit notes as well. The herbal hops become more noticeable toward the finish, and leave an earthy, dark chocolate bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. The spring water used in all of this brewer's beers is apparent. Medium-bodied, with just the slightest bit of syrupy chew in the mouthfeel. Mild carbonation lends it a creamy, smooth nature.

A solid bock, quite tasty and neither boozy nor watery, though it could stand to be a bit heavier. Much like their pilsener, it is definitely to style but not exactly a standout in the category. I will keep this one in mind during the coming winter months.

[Updated April 1 2014]

Another can. I'd say this is the best widely-available bock in this province, and given the distributor, probably much of the country - easily beating out the cheaper Euro imports. If you are in the market for a strong, malty, approachable lager, Creemore UrBock is a good bet at a great price. This one is sweet, but not too sweet; with a nice bitter finish to counter the malts. Creemore is an underrated brewery - there are few others in this country who have mastered the lager like they have.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+.

thehyperduck, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Kartoffeln
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, reddish-amber brown with some visible carbonation a sizeable, fluffy beige head. Decent retention, dissipating to a thin film and leaving some lacing.

S: Munich and biscuity malts, loads of sweet dark fruit aromas of fresh black cherries and candied figs, and hints of nuts, spices, and toffee. Faint herbal hops.

T: Follows the nose closely. Sweet Munich and biscuit malts mingle with fresh dark fruits, especially black cherries, and brown spices (cinnamon and a hint like nutmeg). Light roasted malt and nut notes towards the finish, with faint, woodsy hops.

M: Medium-bodied with smooth, mild carbonation and just enough hoppy and roasty bitterness to balance the flavour profile and give a clean, dry finish.

D: A good, to-style Bock that isn't very complex, but still plenty tasty and drinkable.

Kartoffeln, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers into a pint glass with decent retention - a nut brown colour - some lacing and semi-clear

Smell is malt, nut, sweet biscuit, floral hops

Taste follows the nose with a hint of dark fruit and some pepper

Mouthfeel is light medium body with some carbonation, semi-dry and somewhat bitter, has a minerla twang

Overall another decent brew from creemore, like the kellerbier this is not my stle yet I found it very drinkable

Stocean1, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish ruby copper colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, good amount of lace. Smell is malty and nutty, good portion of that creemore yeastiness, caramel and toffee notes. Taste is similar to the nose nutty with a big malty profile, light alcohol, mildly bitter, really pleasant finish of caramel and toffee, lightly sweet finish. Med carbonation, lightly creamy, medium body. Quite nice overall, I enjoy this quite a bit even though its probably not the best stylistically.

peensteen, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO can poured into a pint glass.

Dark, blackish-ruby amber and perfectly clear, with a cupuccino coloured head. Malty aroma and very malt-heavy in the flavour (as one would expect). Roasted grains with caramelized sweetness, but overall pleasantly dry. More of an alcohol burn on the finish than I'd typically expect from 6% ABV.

Although bock is not my favourite style, I view this as a decent example of it i.e. similar to many pints enjoyed in Germany. Very glad Molson's continues to let Creemore brew without interference...

hopsolutely, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a trip to Ottawa last month. Shared with my wife over ziti, fresh homemade bread and salad.

Poured from a 473ml. can, canned Jan. 13, 2011 (code A131110:45).

Appearance: An ecru colored frothy head with body more clear than opaque that has a stark ruby red color. Retention is very good.

Smell: Grainy with malt and some sweetness as it warms. Too discreet.

Taste: At first, not much. A mineral-like feel with some spices and a tea-like presence maybe? Lots of malt with a caramel flavor and as it warms, i get get some candied sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very lively and a full-bodied feel. Spot-on and quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: Easy to enjoy and no impediment. I may seek it out again.

Overall: I started out not really liking it but warmed up to it. Still, i wasn't really impressed with it per se.

papat444, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer received from liamt07. Cheers!

Dark amber color beer crowned with a creamy beige head. The head sticks well to the glass. Nice looking beer. Caramel malts in the nose. Front is caramel malts, strong... however in the back I get some hops notes. Woody. Taste, wow I would have guess more intensity here. Malty as a good bock. However, it is too simple in the taste to really appreciate this one. Would greatly gain in being more complex in the taste. Not bad however. Easy to drink. Refreshing. Warms.

Another good offering from Creemore.

ZorPrime, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to korguy123 for this awesome pint can!

A: Pours a clear chestnut brown color with ruby highlights. White colored head. Retention and lacing are lacking.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, and some bready yeast.

T: Very nutty with caramel flavor mixed in. There is a little bit of spice and a toasted malt flavor as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, its good, easy drinking, but seemed to be a little on the flat side.

mdaschaf, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wish this wasn't a seasonal (maybe that's part of the charm).

Poured from can into proprietary pint glass. Nut brown appearance with fluffy two finger plus head that lasts and leaves a lot of lovely lace.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Tastes of sweet malts, caramel and brown sugar. It has a light taste to it and leaves a bitter, dry finish.

Very drinkable-if I could change one thing, I wish it was a wee bit heavier.

Matt1516, Feb 05, 2011
Creemore Springs UrBock from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.