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Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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 peensteen
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

schnarr84, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of BigBry
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

BigBry, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, medium white head settled at a consistent covering
S - leafy and resiny hops, grainy, ripe fruit, mild metallic
T - much like the nose with a bit of a musty quality, along with more tart and slightly sour flavours lingering
M - light with a decent carbonation kick, tangy and dry, but finishing a little watery
O - has some of the crisp qualities of a classic pilsner along with some unique fruity and musty qualities, not the best example of the style but unique and drinkable enough to warrant a purchase

joemcgrath27, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of pootz
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

pootz, May 22, 2007
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

soju6, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought this over to me from Ontario.

Poured from a 473ml. can, canned April 3, 012 (Lot D0312).

Appearance: A gold-orange body beneath a white head with some spidery lacing and thick chunks remaining.

Smell: A bit of mineral, grassy and lots of corn (the good, fresh kind).

Taste: Minerals mixed with a bit of sea salt with some tropical fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness and malt meld well together without one taking over the other.

Overall: A very refreshing pils that has a bit of snap

papat444, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Kmat10, May 27, 2013
Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

allergictomacros, May 29, 2007
Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear pale/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grains, grassy hops and citrucy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet gainy malt taste to it with grassy hops bringing a nice bitterness and has a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Great for a warm sunny day.

SebD, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, May 22, 2007
Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +13%

sirsteve42, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3/5  rDev -15.3%

hopsolutely, May 13, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of kjyost
3.08/5  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...

kjyost, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

JohnnyBarman, May 11, 2010
Photo of ZachT
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

thehyperduck, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

irishkyle21, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Erik-P, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

yancot, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

KStark, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -15.3%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

NightINgale, May 20, 2012
Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.