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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 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 kjyost
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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 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 sahdaquist
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

sahdaquist, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

ericj551, May 15, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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 decimator
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

decimator, May 10, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

ludachris, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of jbonapar
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

jbonapar, Mar 03, 2010
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 nokes
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

nokes, Sep 20, 2009
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 mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

mrmanning, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

MeisterBurger, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

SkinnyElvis, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

mintjellie, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

TheHammer, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

CanuckRover, May 02, 2009
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 cratez
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

cratez, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

oakbluff, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Antilochus, Mar 04, 2008
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
Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
80 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.