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Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 152
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 152
Photo of RyanBelle
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
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! (827 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden colour with a frothy white head that falls to a collar within a few minutes without leaving any real lace behind.

Aroma of freshwater, grains and tangy hops. There is a citrus-like note as well. Not very complicated, but always smells clean.

The taste is malty with a slight roastiness, but not sweet. It has a significant bitterness and a faint lemon peel taste as it passes over the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a bit light on the carbonation, but offers an earthy creaminess. Starts off easy, but for me has an unfortunate sourness on the end.

I used to really like this beer, now not so much. It's a quality brew overall, but the other three from Creemore Springs are all better. (703 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,528 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
2.79/5  rDev -21%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden colour with a large foamy and fizzy white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing. There is some good lacing and the head lasted for a couple of minutes.

Smell - the beer has a grassy smell mixed with breads/grains and yeast. There are also some lemon zest notes and some hops. The smell is very clean and fresh.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a great mouth feel, lots of carbonation. Most noticeable in the taste department are the hops and a lemon zest bitterness. Also some grassiness and some breads/grains. I'd compare this to a scaled down Prima Pils.

Drink - An above average beer that is worth a try. I'd be happy to drink this (or any other Creemore beer) again and again. (765 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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! (429 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a decent head that fades to lacing. Light grain aroma with a trace of lemon. Crisp, clean taste with a mild trace of lemon and a good bitter finish. Fairlt light body that is creamy and smooth. A very enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Good for kicking back after a long day. (309 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.07/5  rDev -13%
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... (619 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (539 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of sahdaquist
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (809 characters)

Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creemore Springs Pilsner pours a light copper gold with a foamy head. The aroma is grainy, a bit of DMS. Some sweet pilsner malt pokes through, along with a hint of herbal hops. The flavor is more grainy pale malt, slightly tannic with some cooked corn. There is an assertive bitterness and some herbal lemony hop flavor that leads into a dry finish. I was expect this to be about as much of pilsner as Miller Lite, so I was happily surprised. (443 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Creemore-branded lager glass. Medium golden hue, about a half-inch of head that dissolves into a thin ring. A few patches of lacing.

Nose is malty, with notes of biscuit and lemony hops.

Taste is quite similar: starts off with a malty kick before transitioning to leafy hops. Finishes slightly bitter. Some yeast or biscuit as well, which makes this one all Creemore.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery, moderate sting to the carbonation.

Not bad, certainly quite drinkable, but my least favorite of the Creemore brews. Definitely needs to be more assertive. Still, I'll happily drink this one over other local lagers, but there's more robust examples of the Czech style to be had. (696 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been trying to branch out my beer drinking into pale ales, ales, lagers and pilsners....Too many Belgian and QUebec beers of late!

Here goes:

Poured a golden straw color with a nice quickly dissolving foam, reminiscent of a slightly over carbonated beer. However, smells appealing. malty and grassy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I musst admit, i actually really like this. Dense but not thick, sweet and balanced. A slight hint of lemon honey. Grassy hops without an overpowering bitterness. Certainly could drink many many of these on a nice summer day.

I think its my favorite Beer of Creemore thus far. Nice work. (615 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can, procured from an LCBO during my work trip to T.O. over the last 3 weeks. Ok, three periods of potentially the biggest hockey game in recent memory before me, so three Canadian beers it is, one at each intermission. The puck is yet to be dropped, so off we go.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with two skinny fingers of thinly foamy, and prominently bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little beyond a few random specks of islet lace around the glass as it kind of hastily departs.

It smells of mildly biscuity, grainy cereal malt, a soft, blended drupe fruitiness, some faint mineral water stoniness, and earthy, weakly leafy hops. The taste is more warm, bready, lightly biscuity, and breakfast cereal-friendly malt, an ethereal hint of aerosol black pepper, and another dose of underwhelmingly banal earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is generally on the low side, with a barely capable support role, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so in the way of the smooth. It finishes off-dry, clean, wanly crisp, and hoppy, I suppose, but a shadow of what one might expect from the standard bearers of the style.

A drinkable enough Canadian-made pilsener, sure, but our expectations are so abysmally low (thank you, Pil!) that we get all giddy about stuff like this, when it is hardly all that adherent to the real Bohemian style. Sigh, oh well, one period in and the score is 1-0 Canada. Woot on that account, at least. (1,464 characters)

Photo of nokes
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pilsener from a 473ml can. Very clear yellow-to-gold with a two-finger dense-soap head that hung on not too badly and left lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles, not too many, not too few.

Smells clean and grassy. More malty smell as it warmed.

Tastes very simple, but not bland. A bit o malt, and then mild bitter. It's good. I'm not blown away, but it's good.

I like the mouthfeel. It's not watery, which helps the simplicity to work. Not really creamy but somehow reminiscent of that. It has presence enough to carry it. The carbonation is just right, and it feels good in the mouth.

This is quite drinkable. I remember liking other Pilseners more, but I certainly remember liking still other Pilseners quite a bit less.

I'd drink it again. It was a nice warm sunny September day, with cicadas buzzing and all that, so it worked. I won't go looking for it, though. (895 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (2,172 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This newest addition to the creemore lineup is by far the best. The pour releases an almost copper body, with a head that is frothy, and long lived. Good lace here as well. The aroma is chalk full of floral sazz and dripping with fresh hay and grass, with some good grainy rye notes. Czech sipcy hops fill the mouth with flavour, floral flavours follow. Fresh cut grass, greens, hay, a touch of lemon zest. Very crisp fizzy finish, lots of fresh hops, good bitterness in the finish. I'd say this is a fine classic example. Some of these ratings seem to be bashing the pilsner style instead of embracing a very well made one. (624 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (793 characters)

Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.