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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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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 05-22-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is in no way a traditional pilsner, only in a very broad sense. Good malty aroma. It was so-so lagerish up front, and decent bitterness on back like a maibock hits me. Drinkable with some creamy mouthfeel, and overall, probably because so fresh and new, a decent refreshing and positive surprise beer. I would send it as a hitchhiker, but not worth especially trading for. Dry aftertaste.

Sammy, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 13, 2007
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.

biboergosum, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

BARFLYB, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

biegaman, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  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.

Viggo, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

DrJay, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml can into a pint glass. Canned on November 8, 2011.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a pretty white head that fades to a think film; some remnants of head. Nose is grassy and mildly floral. Some grainy bread, general sweetness and vague characteristics that remind me of their Kellerbier. Taste is sweet and grainy, some corn bread with some light hopping. Somewhat sweet finish. Light bitterness that remains for a short while. Carbonation is a tad low, with a bit of crispiness that I think could have been more pronounced with a better carbonation level. Medium body however. Certainly not difficult to finish by any stretch, but not something I'd actively seek out. Decent nonetheless.

liamt07, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

PEIhop, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden bronze with a white head, decent retention & initial lacing.

S: Steelie/metallic minerals, slightly floral, strange hint of sulfur.

T: Some residual sugar imparts a light caramel flavour, but there is a good bitterness for balance. Metallic hop flavour rounded out with a little grassyness.

M: There's a nice creamy body, but a little too much residual sugar for my taste. Finish could be a little more dry/crisp. Slightly heavy, malty body (good for the style), with carbonation pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: Very approachable & balanced, but a little too much sweetness for me.

Derek, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of johnnnniee
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

johnnnniee, Jul 18, 2014
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

wordemupg, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

spinrsx, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

tbeckett, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

IPAchris, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

hopdog, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thinking how much I liked the lager and the keller bier, I expected a little more out of the pils mostly more hops and a bigger flavour profile. Not a bad beer but nothing to make me put my can of Konig or Bitburger down. Still nice to find in a great new mixed pack.

canucklehead, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

andrenaline, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

bobsy, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

IronDjinn, Jul 19, 2010
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.

kwjd, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

schopenhauerale, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -15%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale blonde colour, ring of white head, no lace to speak of really. Smell is malty, biscuit like with some of that Creemore yeastiness, fairly earthy notes that give way into some grassy and floral hops, quite clean overall. Taste is malty with a light graham cracker sweetness, earthy and dry hops, floral with a light but assertive bitterness with a yeastiness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium prickly carbonation, smooth creamy feel, medium body and like most Creemore beers has a good mouthfeel. Not bad but not the best for the style, could have another of these down the road.

peensteen, Apr 17, 2012
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Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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