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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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Reviews: 77
Hads: 152
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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.

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 152
Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is in no way a traditional pilsner, only in a very broad sense. Good malty aroma. It was so-so lagerish up front, and decent bitterness on back like a maibock hits me. Drinkable with some creamy mouthfeel, and overall, probably because so fresh and new, a decent refreshing and positive surprise beer. I would send it as a hitchhiker, but not worth especially trading for. Dry aftertaste.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of cratez
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml can into a pint glass. Canned on November 8, 2011.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a pretty white head that fades to a think film; some remnants of head. Nose is grassy and mildly floral. Some grainy bread, general sweetness and vague characteristics that remind me of their Kellerbier. Taste is sweet and grainy, some corn bread with some light hopping. Somewhat sweet finish. Light bitterness that remains for a short while. Carbonation is a tad low, with a bit of crispiness that I think could have been more pronounced with a better carbonation level. Medium body however. Certainly not difficult to finish by any stretch, but not something I'd actively seek out. Decent nonetheless.

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Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear pale/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grains, grassy hops and citrucy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet gainy malt taste to it with grassy hops bringing a nice bitterness and has a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Great for a warm sunny day.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing this beer. 473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.80 CDN.

Appearance - rich golden color, with bubbles aplenty and a finger and a half of frothy white head. Good retention time and some trace elements of lacing left around the rim of the glass. Crystal clear too.

Smell - grainy aroma with a small dose of grass and flower blend. Nothing unusual but with a Czech Pilsner, would you really expect there to be? Also sweet bready aromatics.

Taste - breach and yeasty as compared to others in the style and a fairly sharp crispness to the bread and grain flavours. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and slightly dry finish.

Overall - a well crafted Czech Pilsner that is worth repeating and stacks up well against some of the German and Czech representations of the style.

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Photo of papat444
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought this over to me from Ontario.

Poured from a 473ml. can, canned April 3, 012 (Lot D0312).

Appearance: A gold-orange body beneath a white head with some spidery lacing and thick chunks remaining.

Smell: A bit of mineral, grassy and lots of corn (the good, fresh kind).

Taste: Minerals mixed with a bit of sea salt with some tropical fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness and malt meld well together without one taking over the other.

Overall: A very refreshing pils that has a bit of snap

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Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, medium white head settled at a consistent covering
S - leafy and resiny hops, grainy, ripe fruit, mild metallic
T - much like the nose with a bit of a musty quality, along with more tart and slightly sour flavours lingering
M - light with a decent carbonation kick, tangy and dry, but finishing a little watery
O - has some of the crisp qualities of a classic pilsner along with some unique fruity and musty qualities, not the best example of the style but unique and drinkable enough to warrant a purchase

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thinking how much I liked the lager and the keller bier, I expected a little more out of the pils mostly more hops and a bigger flavour profile. Not a bad beer but nothing to make me put my can of Konig or Bitburger down. Still nice to find in a great new mixed pack.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden colour with a large foamy and fizzy white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing. There is some good lacing and the head lasted for a couple of minutes.

Smell - the beer has a grassy smell mixed with breads/grains and yeast. There are also some lemon zest notes and some hops. The smell is very clean and fresh.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a great mouth feel, lots of carbonation. Most noticeable in the taste department are the hops and a lemon zest bitterness. Also some grassiness and some breads/grains. I'd compare this to a scaled down Prima Pils.

Drink - An above average beer that is worth a try. I'd be happy to drink this (or any other Creemore beer) again and again.

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Photo of
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Yellow-orange with a frothy inch of white head that quickly fades to almost nothing.
Aroma is lemon, earth, grass, and sweet bready malt.
Flavour is very clean, sweet malt and complex grassy hops, a touch of fruity lemon. Very little bitterness, but enough hops flavour to balance the sweet malt.

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Photo of peensteen
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale blonde colour, ring of white head, no lace to speak of really. Smell is malty, biscuit like with some of that Creemore yeastiness, fairly earthy notes that give way into some grassy and floral hops, quite clean overall. Taste is malty with a light graham cracker sweetness, earthy and dry hops, floral with a light but assertive bitterness with a yeastiness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium prickly carbonation, smooth creamy feel, medium body and like most Creemore beers has a good mouthfeel. Not bad but not the best for the style, could have another of these down the road.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.51/5  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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a decent head that fades to lacing. Light grain aroma with a trace of lemon. Crisp, clean taste with a mild trace of lemon and a good bitter finish. Fairlt light body that is creamy and smooth. A very enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Good for kicking back after a long day.

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Photo of crwills
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.48/5  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.

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Photo of nokes
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.