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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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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2009 22:16:01 | More by biegaman
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-02-2009 16:06:37 | More by mrmanning
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 02:00:37 | More by MeisterBurger
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

07-27-2009 02:13:33 | More by SkinnyElvis
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2009 22:45:06 | More by mintjellie
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2009 17:03:05 | More by TheHammer
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-02-2009 18:34:08 | More by CanuckRover
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2009 00:36:58 | More by hopdog
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-28-2008 22:02:08 | More by cratez
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:47:05 | More by oakbluff
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2008 03:56:06 | More by cyrenaica
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2008 05:09:07 | More by Antilochus
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-28-2008 14:38:08 | More by bobsy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2007 20:46:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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marksto

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-21-2007 23:15:42 | More by marksto
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JayTheFinn

California

2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-23-2007 04:44:51 | More by JayTheFinn
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-09-2007 22:35:37 | More by Derek
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2007 01:00:05 | More by ThatWineGuy
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2007 04:03:50 | More by JustinBathurst
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-15-2007 15:49:45 | More by crwills
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

08-07-2007 02:51:42 | More by irishkyle21
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2007 19:24:19 | More by trevorwideman
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2007 14:41:21 | More by BigBry
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Creemore. Not expecting too much from it.

Pours a clear golden, one finger white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and grassy, citrus, cereal, sugar, bit of spicy hopping, not too bad. Taste is sweet and malty, very bready cereal character, citrus, bit of floral, grainy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkable, pretty decent drink, has some nice character.

Serving type: can

06-10-2007 05:07:46 | More by Viggo
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2007 01:21:17 | More by drinkininthewood
Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.