Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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4/5 rDev +13.3%
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!
06-21-2010 04:08:13 | More by sahdaquist
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-15-2010 01:25:13 | More by ericj551
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
05-11-2010 19:57:45 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
05-10-2010 00:14:39 | More by decimator
3.03/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
03-23-2010 22:15:15 | More by ludachris
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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!
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.
03-03-2010 00:28:13 | More by jbonapar
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-02-2010 00:40:07 | More by biboergosum
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-20-2009 02:44:51 | More by nokes
3.3/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
08-05-2009 22:16:01 | More by biegaman
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
08-02-2009 16:06:37 | More by mrmanning
3/5 rDev -15%
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.
07-31-2009 02:00:37 | More by MeisterBurger
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-27-2009 02:13:33 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.6/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-17-2009 22:45:06 | More by mintjellie
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
07-13-2009 17:03:05 | More by TheHammer
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-02-2009 18:34:08 | More by CanuckRover
2.95/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
01-19-2009 00:36:58 | More by hopdog
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-28-2008 22:02:08 | More by cratez
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
08-24-2008 19:47:05 | More by oakbluff
3/5 rDev -15%
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.
05-12-2008 03:56:06 | More by cyrenaica
2.78/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
03-04-2008 05:09:07 | More by Antilochus
3/5 rDev -15%
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.
02-28-2008 14:38:08 | More by bobsy
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
11-13-2007 20:46:56 | More by Phyl21ca
3.03/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
10-21-2007 23:15:42 | More by marksto
2.8/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
09-23-2007 04:44:51 | More by JayTheFinn
British Columbia (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-09-2007 22:35:37 | More by Derek
Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
80 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.