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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 Nightwing
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Poured from can. Cereal and hay aroma. Clear and golden with white head. Very light bitter taste. Light body, thin texture, lively carbonation, with an abrupt finish. Pretty average overall.

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Photo of ne0m00re
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/23/10- Had a 16 oz can of this.
A: Clear tangerine, one-finger white head with lacing.
S: Mild pale bread, cornbread, doughy, almost non-detectable hops.
T: Pale bread, not as much doughy, metallic hops are almost non-existent, creamy oats mouthfeel.
M: Frothy but only slightly, medium thickness. OK.
D: It's decent. There are a lot of better pilsners out there.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After try a few Canadian beers from the can, I must admit I was ready to judge this one by its cover. I'd tried a supposed "IPA" that was really just a lager, with hardly any hops to be tasted, so when I read "Pilsner" on the side of this can I got worried before even taking the first sip. Therefore when I did try the first sip I was pleasantly surprised. It does taste like a pilsner! Unfortunately after a few more sips the cloying sweetness sets in and the lack of hops becomes more noticeable. Overall it's pretty average. I had a hard time finishing it and actually ended up throwing half of it away.

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Photo of Antilochus
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO. 5.30% abv, 473mL can. No freshness date.

Appearance is golden (a few shades darker than straw), nice rocky head that settles with a collar and some bubbles. Some lace.

Aromas: nice floral hop bouquet on pour, diacetyl, lots of maltiness, smells fairly fresh. Very straightforward.

Moderate carbonation. Medium feel for a pilsner, nice grainy sweet palate. Some subtle bitterness on the tongue keeps it palatable. Salted butter. Sugary sweet caramel lager finish, not as crisp or dry as you would expect in a Czech pilsner. Some spice.

Too sweet for me, actually ended drainpouring the last little bit as it was cloying and syrupy.

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Photo of atr2605
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a yellow straw color with is clear with a white head with decent retention
S-both malt and hop aroma are light, very clean aroma
T-sweet malt matched with a green hoppy bitterness and finishes with grain on the palate
M-medium light bodied
O-not a bad brew, would have expected a bit more hops but still very clean and crisp

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can
5.3% ABV

I tried this beer on March 12, 2008 after purchasing from one of the local LCBO outlets. The poured a translucent gold colour with a generous head that quickly disippates. The aroma was very malty with some slight hoppish hints. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was very grainy, with very little bitterness.

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Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml can acquired in trade with Sammy - thanks!

Poured a medium golden-yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of graininess, wet grass, and I was getting some spiciness. Tastes of the same graininess and had a lighter sweetish finish.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big can from the State store in Charlottetown.
Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a good sized bubbly white head that lasts forever. Sweet grainy bready pilsner and faint spicy floral hops. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. A bit sweet but easy enough to drink, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of bobsy
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice traditional pilsner yellow, with a promising foamy head, which unfortunately quickly dies to a film. The aroma reminds me of lemon dish soap, but breaking is down further I might suggest it is a mix of lemon, grass and celery, which would be expected. Nonetheless, I don't find it particularly welcoming. The flavour is initially rich with this aroma, and the smooth texture helps to reinforce the idea of soapiness. Its not unpleasant, but again not something that I'm really looking for. Thankfully, after a while this settles down, and a sweet maltiness takes over for the rest of the ride. A nice level of floral hoppy bitterness lurks out the edges, helping to keep this pils nice and refreshing. No doubt I could drink another of these to quench my thirst on a hot day, but whether I would do so with so many other good brew available is unlikely.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey straw color. Nice carbonation. Clear. Disappointing head retention and zero lacing.

The aroma appears to have taken the day off and soapy lemons are filling in.

It tastes a bit like their lager, only Pilsenerized. Or perhaps that's my tastebuds playing tricks on me. Sweet bready malts are pit up against a grassy floral bitterness and the malt wins by a nose. I just feel it's a little shy on the bitterness and a little high on the sweetness. The finish isn't as dry as I would expect. And now that I'm nearing the end, it's a tad soapy.

The mouthfeel is oddly creamy, but I kind of like it.

With a billion (I counted) pilseners available to me at the LCBO I'm afraid this one is far down the list for me. As for what tradition this traditional pilsner is I can not say.

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Photo of marksto
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really like the Creemore traditional lager so looked forward to sampling this offering from the same brewery after a friend brought back a tall can from Canada. Unfortunately, this one was a disappointment.

Pours with a bright golden hue, clear, with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Most of the aroma features malt sweetness, hop character is subdued. That carries over to the flavor, malt sweetness dominates, with the hop flavor and bitterness are lacking for this style. A bready, sweetish flavor features a medium body and lager smoothness.

The descriptor on the can says their brewmaster visited Czechlosovakia to study and replicate the true Czech pilsners. Sorry to say he missed the mark. This one needs lots more hop character and depth to make a true Czech pils. Not recommended.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can sent to me by pootz and cracked open on a lovely hot afternoon. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Almost two inches of head erupts, but dies quickly on the pour, not much of a lace to speak of. Lazy mild carbontion. Body is a darker yellow, nice and golden with a bit of chill haze. A bit of nutty malt and grassy hop in the aroma, a little bit of apple juice. All that is ruined by an almost overwhelming soapiness in the aroma, is this for drinking? Perhaps I should lather up with it?

Taste is a bit better, but that soapiness is still lingering a bit. Nice grassy, peppery hop profile though, and there's a slight nuttiness to the grainy malt that I like as well. Bitterness is clean and complimentary, not overwhelming. Body isn't too light or anything, and it slides down pretty easy. Dry finish. Carbonation is just right for the style. If it wasn't for that unpleasant soapy note in the aroma and in the taste, this would probably be above average for me, but as it stands, it's just another pilsner.

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Photo of ludachris
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear and shiny pilsner gold with one and a half fingers of white head showing itself after an aggresive pour. Decent retention and a good amount of lace. Strong carbonation is visible.

Stingy grassy hops, light biscuit malt, a bit of lemon, and cooked vegetables make up the nose.

Raw grass with a bit of a lemony twist dominates the taste with pale and watery biscuity malts in the back.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat wet, and lacks the carbonation expected for the style. Easy to put down, but what pilsner isn't?

Overall, an average pilsner but the poorest of Creemore's offerings in my opinion. If I could describe this beer in one word it would be lacking; lacking in smell, taste, and mouthfeel. This one might be a bit more enjoyable than some of the other Euro imports of the same style at the LCBO, but you don't have to look far for a better offering.

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Photo of kjyost
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The last of the Creemore four for me to try...

Pours a pale golden that is reminiscent of ripe & ready to be combined wheat. Head though is minimal, descends quickly and quite unimpressive with no lacing... The aroma of the beer is a lightly bready malt with some hop aroma. Enjoyable, though a little light for my liking. The body of the beer comes across well though. Balanced with light hop spiciness and a good crisp malt. An enjoyable quaff on a hot day. Later in the session a slight vegetal flavour lingers on the palate, which is off-putting. Interesting, though not a beer I would precipitate towards again...

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz Tallboy into a pint glass
Creemore Springs Pilsner pours out of the can a dull golden color with some yellow shade towards the side. A inch of loose ecru colored foam came and went leaving nothing. Smell is pale pilsner malts, alot of them. Sweet smelling after some whiffs. Any hops have faded by now. Semi scent of extract. Taste is extract, corn, pale malt and sweet. Earthy hop taste that is old. Feel is a bit lackluster, I was expecting more carb from the can. Light bodied, yet not crisp enough to go down easily. I had one and now I am done.

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Photo of BBP
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Very clear yellowish color. Slight head which receeded quickly.

S- Malty lead. Lemon and hops second.

T- Good blend of malt and hops as well as sweet and bitter. Found the taste improved the more I drank (takes a few sips to appreciate more). A little on the light side. A nice aftertaste with lemon and hops.

M- A bit light on the tongue. Fairly creamy though. Goes down smooth.

D- Quite drinkable. Fairly economic too. It'd be a great beer to share with friends, but I would choose something different if looking to impress somebody.

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Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with bubbly white head that dissipates to a very small layer leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Smells of mild grassy hops with some bready malt. Flavour isn't very big, but it is clean. Carbonation is good. A nice enough pilsner, but there are better options in Ontario (ie. King and Mill Street). Nothing wrong with this beer though, it just doesn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a thumb of head. Head dissipates relatively quickly leaving small islands and a noticeable amount of lacing.

S - Scent was rather light on this one, bitter lemongrass, with a wheaty grassiness overpowering the scent. Alcohol was also noticeable on the nose.

T - Grassy and bready malts with a bit of bitter lemon hops noticeable on the aftertaste. The bitterness lingered in the throat.

M - Nicely balanced, smooth and sessionable.

D - A tasty pilsener, but nothing overly memorable. Easily drinkable and non-offensive, but don't look to this one for any unique or stand-out flavours.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of carbonation i the pour, fluffy white head and golden body.

Smells of grass and lemon. Some hoppiness to the taste, a little graininess and some rice flavours. Malts are subtle but present and citrus and floral notes.

Very clean and crisp tasting. Dry finish. A thirst quencher--pair with spicy sausage or Indian fare

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473ml can into a DogFish Head signature glass (January 6, 2011). The code "K191009:43" is stamped on the bottom of the can, which for Creemore Springs means this was packaged at 9:43am on the 19th of an unidentified month in 2010. I hate obscure packaging codes.

*Note on the Creemore Springs packaging codes. I was previously informed that the letter portion of the code was a direct correlation to the number of the month, (eg A=January, B=February), however I have come across several codes that are far too deep in the alphabet (beyond 12 letters), to relate to a specific month. I'm a bit confused by this, and quite frankly wish Creemore would come up with a more sane packaging date system.

I picked this up on a recent visit home to Canada.

Eyes: As expected from a pilsener, it pours a crystal clear pale golden color. A white foamy head form and dissipates kjust a bit too quickly, retention and lacing are minimal, but true to style.

Nose: Prominent grassy Saaz hops, with a surprising lemony, fruity profile.

Tongue: Follows the nose closely, a solid punch of sweet grassy/citrus noble hops, followed up by a modest bitter finish. True to style, but not overly impressive.

Mouth: Light, crisp, overall nice, while a bit heavy on the metallic, bitter finish. Carbonation could certainly use a bit of a boost.

Libation: This is a bigger beer than the 5.3% ABV would suggest. Flavorful and quite good, but there just doesn't seem to be enough balance of crispness and flavor to put it over the top.

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Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very uninspired, albeit commonplace, tone of yellow that is brought to life only by the unimpeded march of bubbles which, in military fashion, walk with deliberation in their skyward ascension. It's an odd sight these bubbles given that its head was quickly exhausted. The colour doesn't catch my eye - there isn't much glitter or shine, although the clarity is certainly spotless enough to afford some.

Because of the prevalence of bastardized mass-produced offerings in this style, people often forget the fact that true pilsners are actually very hoppy beers; Creemore's example isn't likely to remind anyone. I was hopeful of finding a little spice, a lot of grassiness, in what should have been a fragrantly hop-filled bouquet. Instead I'm finding unclad pale malts and a tinge of corn. This is most definitely not to be considered aromatic.

Nor would the taste be defined as overly scrumptious. Pilsners don't always have to be delicious - they can suffice to just be quenching - but they often are. The leafy, grassy, earthiness that is distinctive of Czech Saaz hops is distinguishably tasty and their base of bready, sweet malts is always incredibly palatable. Here, there is a trace of floral hoppiness but it's easily overlooked - and the malts can't make up the difference.

It may not be a case of bad meat, but rather the meat being badly prepared. For one, the water seems too hard for a Czech pilsner. I trust the brewery treated their water but notwithstanding, it seems much better suited to an English pale ale. It is quite possible that the incessantly high carbonation is responsible for that impression; this barrage of artificial, almost painfully stinging bubbles should best be toned down.

You won't find the world's best pilsner in Creemore, Ontario - that is a matter of fact. Whether you'll find a dreadfully mediocre, frankly underachieving pilsner or a commendable, higher-than-average one is a matter of opinion. My personal opinion would side with the former although I don't wish to give the impression this is a bad beer, not by any means. As unexceptional this is as a pilsner, it's by no means inferior for a conventional lager.

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Photo of decimator
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden yellow colour with a white head that disappeared in a couple minutes. Lacing is minimal.

S - Grassy hops, some malt sweetness and a bit of citrus.

T - A mild sweetness at first, a hint of citrus and then it's the bitterness from the hops.

M - Average carbonation. Not quite as crisp as I'd expect for a Pilsner. Leaves a bit of a sticky bitterness in the mouth.

D - Goes down pretty quick. Not my favourite Pilsner but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of DrJay
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale gold colour. A soapy white head fell quickly and didn't leave much behind on the glass. A thin collar did linger for a while, but disappeared quickly too. Mild aroma, sweet cereal and malts, grassy and spicy hops. Sturdy bitterness, mild citrus and grassy character. Sweet malts, a bit bready. Slightly minty in the finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, off-dry, a little too soft in texture and lacking crispness. Decent overall, but not exciting enough to search for again. The Creemore Kellerbier was much more impressive.

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Photo of paxkey
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale yellow with a ton of carbonation. poured in a samuel smith pint glass yields a large white head.

floral hops sweet malt on the nose. zesty citrussy. with some cracker malt.
tastes smooth and refreshing with a cracker malt middle finished with some hop bitterness and some more malt on the finish.

really fresh tasting. a good summer refresher.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml can. Pours out a crystal clear gold, tall foamy white head with good retention.

Clean crisp grains at first, although a little bit of veg as well.

The flavour is clean, earthy grains followed by grassy, spicy hops, some sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, crisp carbonation.

An okay pils, falling someplace between a German and Bohemian pils. I hate to say it but this is more crisp straight out of the can, although the appearance is nice enough to pour into a glass every time just for that. I like it, but it's a little rough around the edges.

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Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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