Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs Traditional PilsnerCreemore Springs Traditional Pilsner

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
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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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 77
Photo of cyrenaica
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow gold with a fluffy white two finger head. Sporadic lace is left behind as the head recedes.

Smells mildly of bread and grassy/floral hops. While mild, the aroma is still easy to pick out due to its cleanliness and simplicity.

Grassy hops and biscuit malt on the palate. A little bit buttery. Bitterness is mild. It's a little sweet for a pils. Hops assert themselves a little more as the beer warms.

Between light and medium bodied with carbonation levels approaching moderate. I wouldn't say no if offered, but there's better pils to be had in Ontario.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.01/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Photo of bryehn
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of decimator
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of kevinlater
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. the can had a late january or early february code printed on it but i don't remember the exact date. enjoyed on february 23, 2015

a: ultra clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head. typical boring pilsner look

s: strong pilsner malt aroma up front -- sweet bready grains and honey. slight floral touches from the hops as well. also a slight sulphuric note that i get from most creemore beers

t: follows the nose. delicious and strong crackery-bready-grainy pilsner malt right away. these flavours fade out somewhat quickly, giving way to a bitter & slightly floral hop presence

m: semi-lively carbonation and a light-but-not-watery mouthfeel. dry finish

o: a flavourful, easy-going pilsner. love it

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to biegaman for this brew in a trade. Pours light in color. Head settles quickly. Not much hops in smell. The brew is smooth but has a slight hops taste. Very drinkable. I would like a bit more hops in my pilsners but this is pretty good.

Cheers.

Photo of JayTheFinn
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of Antilochus
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear gold appearance with soft white frothy head. Medium carbonation.

Smell - Creamy malt with a faint hop and mild butter to anticipate.

Taste - Well-rounded maltiness with a little bit of the prickly pilsner hops. European influence is subtle but noticable.

Mouthfeel - Basically very easy tasting at the beginning and then it gives way to fairly active carbonation. If it was softer and smoother at the end it would be better.

Drinkability - Easy to enjoy several of these in almost any season.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special 20th Anniversary Release (May-Oct)

Served from a 473 tall can into a pint glass.

A- Very nice pour. Nice deep gold in color with a beautiful head that proceeds to lace excellently around you're glass. Lots of big bubbles.

S- Lots of malt in the aroma but not overpowering with hints of floral hops noticeable.

T- Very malty with lots of good mineral flavors and nice hop bitterness that provides excellent balance with nice dry finish.

M- Even though its very smooth and creamy its still pretty light in body with nice carbonation.

D- very good easy drinking beer that has lots of delicious flavor.

Overall even if its not a traditional pilsner, its still right up there with some of my favorite pilsners. The big advantage this beer has is that it tastes so fresh. Recommended.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with big head that disappears fairly quick.

It certainly smells like a pilsner--cut grass, celery, lemon. Big on the hops.

Crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Taste is a well-balanced bitterness, grapefruit, and a drop of honey. Very drinkable and very surprising. I had pretty well assumed that this would be a bomb, considering the Molson purchase. I'm glad to see that it hasn't yet affected the output of the brewery. That said, it doesn't really go out of its way to justify being a special edition or whatever it is. It's just a pilsner.

Photo of jbonapar
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of paxkey
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Matt1516
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Photo of marksto
3.01/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 473ml Can poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden/straw coloured with 2 fingers of bright white foamy head which dissipates fairly quickly. A small bit of carbonation is visible. Next to no lacing i left behind.

Smell - Sweet grains are most predominant. I also detect some wet grass and a faint 'hoppy' smell.

Taste - Lot's of grains here as well. Pilsner malt features in a big way. Hop bitterness is light but balances nicely with the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel - Clean and crisp and exceptionally dry finish. Lot's of carbonation and light body.

Photo of nokes
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of RyanBelle
4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
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!

Photo of Nightwing
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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.

Photo of ghisty
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-appearance:
a bronzey coppery gold, poured into a normal american pint glass. not a pile of carb, but good head. about 1/2 an inch , decent retention, we'll see about lacing.
(yep. theres lace..but its just a little bit)

-smell:
heavy on the grains. but with a pile of hops to match. very good nose.

-taste:
as i said in appearance the carb isnt over powering , but just present enough to be there. starts off hoppy. pretty sharp. slight hint of the slightly higher abv. nothing to be afraid of tho, a pretty decent pilsner for a "domestic" in a czech style. as the can's images promise. and equal balance of grains and hops. leveled out with a malt base.
easily drinkable. and pretty damn good.

-mouthfeel:
has a sharp start. which is expected of the style. retains is hoppyness throughout, unlike some lower end pilsners that fade and get flat feeling near the half mark this offering has sharp side right down to the last drop. a good selling point for myself.

-overall:
I like this. it's got more charecter than alot of pilsners that attempt to match the style, it has one factor that i really like..the fact that it isnt over foamy..some pilsner goes a bit overboard on the head..but this is subtle.its like a softer version of stiegl. but retaining all of it's best charectaristics.if available i'd say dont pass this one up if you are a fan of the style. and based on my other reviews its probably obvious im a pilsner jock. and this makes the grade..there are others who i prefer over it..but its definatly great. try one today. matches great with spicey foods.

Photo of tomfriedrich
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Pilsner is my favourite kind of beer. But I also like heavier north American lagers, (like Creemore!) This is a pilsner from that perspective, and it's good! It has a good pilsner bite, but full of flavour. This is one of my favourite beers, anywhere.

Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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