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Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs Traditional PilsnerCreemore Springs Traditional Pilsner

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 152
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 05-22-2007

Pilsner was first made back in 1842 by the Bohemians. They used special pale malt and an abundance of hops to create a delicious, golden beer. Up here at Creemore Springs we fire-brew our pilsner the same traditional way, using only four natural ingredients starting with our own clear flowing spring water. It’s eminently drinkable, and always refreshing. Classic yet unique; it’s our fresh take on a traditional Czech pilsner.

26 IBU
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Photo of tomfriedrich
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Pilsner is my favourite kind of beer. But I also like heavier north American lagers, (like Creemore!) This is a pilsner from that perspective, and it's good! It has a good pilsner bite, but full of flavour. This is one of my favourite beers, anywhere.

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Photo of RyanBelle
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew. There is very little room for improvement on this one...it even tops the creemore lager!

500ml can poured into an extra heavy pub glass

A - Dark golden colour, and it even "looks" flavorful. Beautiful bubbly carbonation done perfect, and very sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Appealing. That sweet corn grain/wheat and slight hop tang that makes this beer just so well balanced.

M - Substantial and robust at a heavily hopped 5.3% abv. Right where it needs to be.

T - The highlight is the taste. It's malty, hoppy, and pure tasting with no horrible notes of alcohol shining through, but rather complimenting the brew. It's probably one of the best beer's I've ever had and, certainly, unexpectedly. I knew creemore was good, but this is fantastic...

Overall...you must try this one. Cheers!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, a new beer from Creemore, didnt they originally describe their Lager as a Czech Pilsner/Pilsner Urquell clone?

Beer geekery aside, this Pilsner pours a deep brassy gold with a crackly shortlived head and a nice bit of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is firstly biscuity doughy malt, some husk and rye spiciness which is overcome by sea air saaz hop bit as the beer warms. The taste is boldly hoppy, on the top end of the scale of pilsners Ive tried, but restrained compared to Prima Pils. The malt balast is firm and crackey. Bitterness builds in the finish but is always rounded and approachable. The mouthfeel is medium light with an understated carbonation level.

This is the archetypal summer beer. Its not heavy or challenging or overly complex, just a simple, well hopped, refreshing lager with no insipidness or defects.

Does it unseat King Pilsner as the scientifically validated best pilsner in Ontario (in my opinion)? I think it may.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into my Pilsner-Urquell glass...

A - Medium golden body, with a white head that is very frothy at first and then comes down to a thick foamy ring. Okay head retention and lacing.

S - White bread, grass, flowers, light citrus notes. A little bit of caramel. Smells much like the authentic Czech pilsners, so it's very nice.

T - Bready, quite hoppy (with some grassy, spicy notes), with a little bit of citrus and caramel. Finishes bready, slightly sweet, and quite floral.

M - Medium body. Very nice level of carbonation (fairly high yet not over the top). Very crisp and refreshing. As with all Creemore beers, this one has a very smooth, almost creamy texture to it.

O - I'm glad that Creemore still brew beer their own way, even after they were bought out by Molson Coors. Creemore's Pilsner is a very close match to the authentic Czech pilsners and is leagues ahead of the macro lagers of the parent company. Without doubt, this is one of the best Canadian pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Poured with a golden/yellow colour and a two finger eggshell head. Minor visible carbonation. Bright. Bubble bath head retention with a good retention and some lacing. Looks proper.

S - A little noble hop. Biscuits, grass, and some citrus.

T - Same but with more noble hop. Quite tasty.

M - Good medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Slight bitter finish.

O/D - Fairly solid. Creemore never disapoints. They make to style lagers that are always easy to drink and make every sip enjoyable. A well put together pils.

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Photo of leaddog
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden straw yellow. Pours with a thin creamy head and bubbles are present.

Smell- Citrus and pine needles. Very sweet aroma.

Taste- Pine needle aroma present in taste. Easy drinkability with this one. Quite mild on the bitterness which is pleasant. Has a dry finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite smooth and easy to drink.

Overall- A nice refreshing pilsner from Creemore Springs. The mildness of the hops contributes to its easy drinkability.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with tons of carbonation and a thick creamy head. Very crisp looking...

Smells like a pilsener with hints of honey and a sweet citrus tang.

A very tasty pilsener, nice and malty, citrusy, sweet and finishes dry with a slight grassy hop finish.

Very refreshing beer and the mouthfeel is wonderful, nicely carbonated and very creamy. I like this better than their lager, but they are both great beers!

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear gold appearance with soft white frothy head. Medium carbonation.

Smell - Creamy malt with a faint hop and mild butter to anticipate.

Taste - Well-rounded maltiness with a little bit of the prickly pilsner hops. European influence is subtle but noticable.

Mouthfeel - Basically very easy tasting at the beginning and then it gives way to fairly active carbonation. If it was softer and smoother at the end it would be better.

Drinkability - Easy to enjoy several of these in almost any season.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into pint glass june30 2010

A golden yellow with mild carbonation feeding a fast falling two finger head that left some patches of lace

S some lemon, cereal, grassy hops and more sweet grains

T close to the smell but even more dry cereal and enough hops to balance things out a bit

M crisp and refreshing with plenty of bubbles

D easy drinking with out doubt, went down pretty quick and I would drink this again

this is a well rounded beer and I have no complaints worth mentioning, drink it if you get the chance

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Photo of sahdaquist
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with little head and a surprising amount of carbonation, with the carbonation settling instantly and the head dissolving into a ring of foam within a couple of minutes.

Smells a bit fruity (oddly enough), though it's more of a sweet, fire roasted wheat (if such a thing exists), wet bread combo. Smells great.

Very clear, delicious golden yellow colour.

Surprisingly creamy once you actually take a sip, and it hits the palate from all over. Very flavourful, almost spicy, though a bit (JUST a bit) weak on the hops for my liking. Still, this beer goes down very easily.

I purchased this in an 8-pack of 473 mL cans, and I'd definitely do it again. Not a beer to show off to friends or treat yourself with, but definitely nice to share (and to have in your fridge). And it's perfect for the summer!

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Photo of kevinlater
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. the can had a late january or early february code printed on it but i don't remember the exact date. enjoyed on february 23, 2015

a: ultra clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head. typical boring pilsner look

s: strong pilsner malt aroma up front -- sweet bready grains and honey. slight floral touches from the hops as well. also a slight sulphuric note that i get from most creemore beers

t: follows the nose. delicious and strong crackery-bready-grainy pilsner malt right away. these flavours fade out somewhat quickly, giving way to a bitter & slightly floral hop presence

m: semi-lively carbonation and a light-but-not-watery mouthfeel. dry finish

o: a flavourful, easy-going pilsner. love it

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Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473 ml can, Special 20th Anniversary Release, Thanks Pootz for this suprise. The temperature is +30 outside, perfect time for a cold one.
Pours a deep gold color with a tight white head. Foam recedes, but never disappears leaving a thin cap and this stings of lace. Some malt aroma with just enough floral hops. Clean tasting brew, nice mix of malt and hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, light yet creamy, dry finish. It is almost easier to describe what isn't there - no adjunct sweetness, no sour finish, no big carbonation bubbles for that bloated feeling. The more I drink the more I like. A very good beer, lots of flavor, without one aspect being overpowering.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. A bit darker than expected. Head is a solid inch of stick foam.

S - Slightly metallic, floral hops up front, but with a solid malt backing.

T - Interesting. Slight grapefuity-ness in the hops with a long lingering bitterness. There's a light, almost tannic astringency and a husky grainy feel.

M - Not heavy, not really light either. Substantial might be a good word, but a little prickly on the carbonation.

D - I like this a lot, good flavour yet still refreshing.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle- ours light golden, frothy head that goes quickly. Nose- bready malts and some hop spicyness. Taste- toasty bready malts, peppery saaz hops add a flowery finish. Finishes dry with mineral and herbal zing. Nice stuff actually and perfect on the deck quaffing.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to biegaman for this brew in a trade. Pours light in color. Head settles quickly. Not much hops in smell. The brew is smooth but has a slight hops taste. Very drinkable. I would like a bit more hops in my pilsners but this is pretty good.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a golden yellow color pils with a nice foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt with some nice floral notes provided by the hops. Taste is also dominated by some notes of sweet malt with some nice hoppy floral notes. Very refreshing overall while respecting the style guideline.

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Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

473ml can dated 3 weeks from racking

A rough pour from the can reveals a bright crystal clear lager with a rocky sticky 2 finger white cap...this modest retention but leaves a surface lace that clings to the glass.

Aroma: Pungent biscuit malts fill the room as soon as the can opens...in the glass there is a grainy-bready note with the muted aromas of boiled saaz pellets (same hops as in their lager). The floral spicy "traditional" pilsner nose is lacking on this one...but the ample bready malt tones are not unwelcome just a tad unbalanced for a "traditional" pils.

Flavor Profile: Big chewy bisquit malts dominate the flavor in the front side...light sweetness and a light herbal balance...mid palate the hops become more bitter and there are more medicinal bittering from the hops, light, barely detectable floral note....Finish is crisp, drying and hoppy with the sharp "bite: that is the signature of Creemore beers from their hard water.

Actually a good Urquell "approximation" on par with King's but with less defined soft mouth feel because of the hard water and undecocted mash.

Still a good stab at a Urquell clone....but one has to wonder at this price and with the availability of Urquell or Budvar why would you prefer a pale approximation?

The answer is this is fresher and even if it is deficient in several factors as a "tradtional" Czech pils, a fresh impersonator is better than a stale or over dated authentic import.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yum. Good stuff from the folks at Creemore. What I love about this beer is its bite. It has a beautiful golden colour, topped by a bit of white head that quickly disappears. The joy of this beer, however, it the flavour. It has a wonderful, malt and cracker backbone that finishes with extremely substantial hop notes. It's not for the faint of heart - a complex and enjoyable Pilsener!

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Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 6 24 12

Crystal clear golden pour, two finger snow white, creamy head that won't quit. Lacing is excellent.

Sweet biscuits, a bright floral presence from the hops and the pilsner malts add a nice clean aroma.

Pilsner malts add a nice sweetness while the hops are floral and earthy. Light on the taste but that's typical for the style.

Light body, great carbonation, very refreshing.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creemore Springs Premium Lager is one of my go to beers that comes in cans. I am glad to see they have added another. I just wonder why they decided to go with another lager/pilsener type beer. Oh well still a good beer.

Pours with a decent sized head that leaves behind some good lacing before fading away. Has a clear gold colour.

Smells of malts, saaz hops, sweet and some earthy notes as well. Does not remind me of a true pilsener but still captivating.

The palate is sweet, malty with some a well balanced hop profile. Dry and bitter finish. A great take on a Czech Pilsener.

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Photo of Viggo
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Creemore. Not expecting too much from it.

Pours a clear golden, one finger white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and grassy, citrus, cereal, sugar, bit of spicy hopping, not too bad. Taste is sweet and malty, very bready cereal character, citrus, bit of floral, grainy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkable, pretty decent drink, has some nice character.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Creemore/Molson has decided to introduce a new limited edition beer - surprise, surprise, it's another lager. This time, a traditional pilsner. The catch, of course, is that it's only available from the LCBO in 473mL cans (and, we can presume, for a limited time). My first question is why, of all beers, Creemore just had to make another pils. My second question is "how does it stack up to the glut of pils' already on the Ontario beer market (namely King and Brick's attempts at the style).

Let's start with the pour. Creemore Traditional Pils pours from the can in much the same way that King Pils does - slightly hazy, darker gold - Creemore's is probably a touch darker, but this could be a result of fridge haze as much as anything else. It's capped by two nice fingers of thick, lively head that's curiously audible from a couple of feet away. It recedes, but slowly, and only down to one finger, though it leaves impressive gobs of thick lacing. Nice for a pilsner, fairly standard for the style.

Smell isn't as distinguished as the King or J.R. Brickman pilsners, but what is there is quite nice. There is a distant apple note that's detectable even with the glass a few feet away, but a deep sniff reveals what you might expect (only in somewhat more limited quantities) - dry biscuity malt, Saaz hops, grass, hay, cereal grain. Maybe even a touch of toasted malt. Not as assertive as others in the style bracket, but I must admit that it has a sort of mildness that's graceful and tempting.

Taste is good, but fairly one-dimensional. In that one-dimension, however, I think it might just have King Pilsner beat. Crisp, pretty refreshing, but finishes bitter enough that you know you're drinking a pils. Taste is initially dry, biscuity malt (with maybe just a touch of some toasted malt), but the hops gradually assert themselves (though only mildly) - grass, hay, some faint floral-ness. Cereal grain. Grows bitter on the finish, but goes down smoothly enough that it will be an easy summer drinker. A dry aftertaste, with distant notes of apples. Good, but not as complex as other pilsners. Not super well-balanced - the hops just won't be assertive enough for many BAs - but hard to dismiss nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is generally nice - not as carbonated as King or the J.R. Brickman pils; nice and moderate. Body is substantial without being heavy, but does have a faint sort of oiliness that's hard to describe (something that I've noticed in other Molson brews, oddly enough). And drinkability is high. Because it's not quite as bitter as some of the other markers for the style, it's perhaps more suited for heavier consumption - as a lawnmower beer, perhaps, or a with-the-friends sipper.

All in all, Creemore's Traditional Pilsner lacks the complexity of the other major Ontario pilsners. But its simplicity is also its strength - what is here is quite tasty, and I would take it over King Pilsner almost any day. Creemore's flagship lager has certainly gone downhill in the past year, but this is a nice reminder of the brewery's potential. If only they'd try their hands at a stout or even a wheat beer.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clear, pale straw hue in the glass with a hint of amber but light coloured. I found the head a bit soapy at first with large bubbles that lingered, eventually left with a ring of froth around the glass and a few clear spots here and there. The carbonation was good with a bit of staying power. An aroma of freshly cut grass and a touch of balsa wood. Smooth and a touch foamy in the mouth with pronounced hops, dry. A touch of spice in the finish surprized me. Balanced bitterness; overall I'm impressed for this style of brew, but then again, I started out as a Pilsner drinker years ago so I may be embellishing a little.

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Photo of ghisty
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

a bronzey coppery gold, poured into a normal american pint glass. not a pile of carb, but good head. about 1/2 an inch , decent retention, we'll see about lacing.
(yep. theres lace..but its just a little bit)

heavy on the grains. but with a pile of hops to match. very good nose.

as i said in appearance the carb isnt over powering , but just present enough to be there. starts off hoppy. pretty sharp. slight hint of the slightly higher abv. nothing to be afraid of tho, a pretty decent pilsner for a "domestic" in a czech style. as the can's images promise. and equal balance of grains and hops. leveled out with a malt base.
easily drinkable. and pretty damn good.

has a sharp start. which is expected of the style. retains is hoppyness throughout, unlike some lower end pilsners that fade and get flat feeling near the half mark this offering has sharp side right down to the last drop. a good selling point for myself.

I like this. it's got more charecter than alot of pilsners that attempt to match the style, it has one factor that i really like..the fact that it isnt over foamy..some pilsner goes a bit overboard on the head..but this is subtle.its like a softer version of stiegl. but retaining all of it's best charectaristics.if available i'd say dont pass this one up if you are a fan of the style. and based on my other reviews its probably obvious im a pilsner jock. and this makes the grade..there are others who i prefer over it..but its definatly great. try one today. matches great with spicey foods.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special 20th Anniversary Release (May-Oct)

Served from a 473 tall can into a pint glass.

A- Very nice pour. Nice deep gold in color with a beautiful head that proceeds to lace excellently around you're glass. Lots of big bubbles.

S- Lots of malt in the aroma but not overpowering with hints of floral hops noticeable.

T- Very malty with lots of good mineral flavors and nice hop bitterness that provides excellent balance with nice dry finish.

M- Even though its very smooth and creamy its still pretty light in body with nice carbonation.

D- very good easy drinking beer that has lots of delicious flavor.

Overall even if its not a traditional pilsner, its still right up there with some of my favorite pilsners. The big advantage this beer has is that it tastes so fresh. Recommended.

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Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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