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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.

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 152
Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-amber colour, completely translucent. Topped with a thin half-finger white head with low retention; only a collar of lacing remains after a minute's time. Very few bubbles make their way to the surface, indicating a fairly low level of carbonation. Smell is subdued; all I could make out were some pale malts with a twinge of grass and tangy sweetness. Not stunning, but I don't think pilseners are known for their complex aromas anyway (also, I smoke a lot so my opinions in this category can probably be safely ignored). The lack of much hop presence in the odour is a bit troubling, but I trust this brewery enough to not be discouraged by it.

Pale, slightly sweet, bready/biscuit malts are the first flavour I notice, but this is overtaken by a grassy, hay-like hop profile in the finish, consistent with the label's claims of liberal Czech hop usage. Slightly bitter/dry in the finish. The flavour is very much "low-key" - subtle and well-balanced, with neither the hops nor malts being particularly intense or dominant over the other. It's a nice combination. Feels light-to-medium-light bodied in the mouth, with fairly low carbonation. Very clean tasting; as with all of this brewer's concoctions, the spring water really does seem to make a difference.

I've always been an 'occasional pilsener' guy, this not being one of my favourite styles, but I still appreciate a solid pils and this is one of the better examples I've had in recent memory. Clean-tasting, crisp, with all of the flavour notes you'd expect from a Czech-style pils. Not my favourite Creemore offering, but a worthy pick regardless, and likely a new brew to throw into the rotation if I'm in a pils mood.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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 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 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 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 DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing this beer. 473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.80 CDN.

Appearance - rich golden color, with bubbles aplenty and a finger and a half of frothy white head. Good retention time and some trace elements of lacing left around the rim of the glass. Crystal clear too.

Smell - grainy aroma with a small dose of grass and flower blend. Nothing unusual but with a Czech Pilsner, would you really expect there to be? Also sweet bready aromatics.

Taste - breach and yeasty as compared to others in the style and a fairly sharp crispness to the bread and grain flavours. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and slightly dry finish.

Overall - a well crafted Czech Pilsner that is worth repeating and stacks up well against some of the German and Czech representations of the style.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 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 ericj551
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't remember if I got this one in a trade or if I bought it at the LCBO. Well it's not due to expire for another month, so I guess I better take care of it now.

Appearance: Poured with a solid thumb and a half of head that moderately retains and laces quite well. The body of the beer is a golden yellow mix with orange highlights and boasts solid carbonation. However it does come off as a little bit hazy.

Smell: Definite herb and grassy pilsner hop presence dominating the nose, but not excessively. The background is a bit of a warm bread kind of smell with the barest touch of malt.

Taste: Starts with a bread like tastes with an almost chewy texture, at which point the hops pretty much take over but are thankfully held in check. The hops themselves are mainly grassy with herbal and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: As I stated earlier, the beer has a bit of a chewy texture, which is good while the beer is going down, but not so good after it is finished. The hop aftertaste is subdued but lingers for a little bit too long. The carbonation however is spot on.

Drinkability: The texture of the beer, really prevents it from being pounded back and I wouldn't say it is the most refreshing beer around but it's decent. The real advantage is that this beer goes down smoothly and is very light on the gut.

Final Thoughts: Well, it's certainly better then their urBock but still not as good as their lager. A decent beer to have with your buddies during poker night or if you were by the pool and didn't want to get smashed. A good beer, worth a shot but stick to buying individual cans, not a whole pack.

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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 crwills
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a pilsner fan, generally, but I grabbed a couple of tall cans of this from the LCBO just to try it out. For a pilsner, it's not bad! Nice, slightly darker-than-average colour with a solid white head (poured into a pilsner glass). Mild but pleasant malty aroma with a bit of a spritzy lemon/spice note to it. Taste is pleasantly hoppy but subtle, with very little of that pilsner funk/skunk/"beery" taste that I dislike. Nice mouthfeel, although a little more carbonation than I usually like in a beer in general. Drinkable, and would be great to have a few of these outside, grilling chicken or something on a sunny day.

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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 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 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 CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a nice snow-white head. Settles to a film and leaves spotty lacings through the whole beer.

Very nice aroma, spot-on for the style. A firm barley background but with wonderfully aromatic grass seed hops giving real character.

Grassy hops with a slight barnyard flavour jump forward and settle into a very subtle bitterness. The malt sort of lets the beer down, too sweet. It's almost in vienna lager territory. I'd prefer a lighter malt.

I prefer the Creemore lager to this. The hop presence is there, but the heavy malt character takes something away.

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Photo of cratez
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Creemore Springs' second best beer in my opinion (after the Kellerbier). A pleasant and drinkable Czech-style Pils.

Appearance: deep golden yellow body with a thin white head and generous, grainy lacing.

Smell: grassy hops, yeast, and cereal grains. There's a nice floral fruitiness to the aroma.

Taste: sweet malt, wheat cracker, and a balanced hop bitterness. A mild tartness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: soft silky body and a dry finish. Very smooth.

Overall: a solid natural and unfiltered pilsner. I honestly expected it to be a dud, as I was unimpressed with the brewery's bock. But this is some fine stuff. Well done, Creemore.

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