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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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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-22-2007 22:21:51 | More by pootz
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-08-2013 22:06:22 | More by WillAndSarah
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

08-31-2012 02:26:01 | More by CurtisD
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-21-2011 02:44:19 | More by RedAleMan
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-24-2013 02:56:34 | More by Erik-P
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-30-2013 19:58:32 | More by McBastard
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spiritof86

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

08-01-2012 02:15:57 | More by spiritof86
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-24-2014 03:43:16 | More by Shadman
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mjacquard

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-05-2012 23:35:21 | More by mjacquard
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-10-2014 22:39:12 | More by hunterjames
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-23-2013 18:26:13 | More by Exeter
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-13-2012 03:31:52 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-09-2014 21:30:21 | More by Bf_89
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-08-2012 02:20:47 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-21-2013 22:39:40 | More by KStark
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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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headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-27-2007 19:34:40 | More by headlessparrot
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 01:00:30 | More by thehyperduck
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 6 24 12

Crystal clear golden pour, two finger snow white, creamy head that won't quit. Lacing is excellent.

Sweet biscuits, a bright floral presence from the hops and the pilsner malts add a nice clean aroma.

Pilsner malts add a nice sweetness while the hops are floral and earthy. Light on the taste but that's typical for the style.

Light body, great carbonation, very refreshing.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 15:26:27 | More by korguy123
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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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ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-17-2013 21:40:42 | More by ghisty
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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
80 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.