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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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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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 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 marksto
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

marksto, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

trevorwideman, Jul 07, 2007
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 BARFLYB
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz Tallboy into a pint glass
Creemore Springs Pilsner pours out of the can a dull golden color with some yellow shade towards the side. A inch of loose ecru colored foam came and went leaving nothing. Smell is pale pilsner malts, alot of them. Sweet smelling after some whiffs. Any hops have faded by now. Semi scent of extract. Taste is extract, corn, pale malt and sweet. Earthy hop taste that is old. Feel is a bit lackluster, I was expecting more carb from the can. Light bodied, yet not crisp enough to go down easily. I had one and now I am done.

BARFLYB, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with bubbly white head that dissipates to a very small layer leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Smells of mild grassy hops with some bready malt. Flavour isn't very big, but it is clean. Carbonation is good. A nice enough pilsner, but there are better options in Ontario (ie. King and Mill Street). Nothing wrong with this beer though, it just doesn't quite do it for me.

kwjd, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of andrewdanks
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

andrewdanks, May 31, 2014
Photo of zimm421
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

zimm421, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of coder
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

coder, May 06, 2012
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 Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Kmat10, May 27, 2013
Photo of BBP
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Very clear yellowish color. Slight head which receeded quickly.

S- Malty lead. Lemon and hops second.

T- Good blend of malt and hops as well as sweet and bitter. Found the taste improved the more I drank (takes a few sips to appreciate more). A little on the light side. A nice aftertaste with lemon and hops.

M- A bit light on the tongue. Fairly creamy though. Goes down smooth.

D- Quite drinkable. Fairly economic too. It'd be a great beer to share with friends, but I would choose something different if looking to impress somebody.

BBP, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

yancot, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of WeissBoy
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

WeissBoy, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of StrangerTides
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

StrangerTides, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

boszormeny, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of OttoBomb
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473ml can into a DogFish Head signature glass (January 6, 2011). The code "K191009:43" is stamped on the bottom of the can, which for Creemore Springs means this was packaged at 9:43am on the 19th of an unidentified month in 2010. I hate obscure packaging codes.

*Note on the Creemore Springs packaging codes. I was previously informed that the letter portion of the code was a direct correlation to the number of the month, (eg A=January, B=February), however I have come across several codes that are far too deep in the alphabet (beyond 12 letters), to relate to a specific month. I'm a bit confused by this, and quite frankly wish Creemore would come up with a more sane packaging date system.

I picked this up on a recent visit home to Canada.

Eyes: As expected from a pilsener, it pours a crystal clear pale golden color. A white foamy head form and dissipates kjust a bit too quickly, retention and lacing are minimal, but true to style.

Nose: Prominent grassy Saaz hops, with a surprising lemony, fruity profile.

Tongue: Follows the nose closely, a solid punch of sweet grassy/citrus noble hops, followed up by a modest bitter finish. True to style, but not overly impressive.

Mouth: Light, crisp, overall nice, while a bit heavy on the metallic, bitter finish. Carbonation could certainly use a bit of a boost.

Libation: This is a bigger beer than the 5.3% ABV would suggest. Flavorful and quite good, but there just doesn't seem to be enough balance of crispness and flavor to put it over the top.

OttoBomb, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of carbonation i the pour, fluffy white head and golden body.

Smells of grass and lemon. Some hoppiness to the taste, a little graininess and some rice flavours. Malts are subtle but present and citrus and floral notes.

Very clean and crisp tasting. Dry finish. A thirst quencher--pair with spicy sausage or Indian fare

Matt1516, Jun 27, 2011
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 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 DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale gold colour. A soapy white head fell quickly and didn't leave much behind on the glass. A thin collar did linger for a while, but disappeared quickly too. Mild aroma, sweet cereal and malts, grassy and spicy hops. Sturdy bitterness, mild citrus and grassy character. Sweet malts, a bit bready. Slightly minty in the finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, off-dry, a little too soft in texture and lacking crispness. Decent overall, but not exciting enough to search for again. The Creemore Kellerbier was much more impressive.

DrJay, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of paxkey
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale yellow with a ton of carbonation. poured in a samuel smith pint glass yields a large white head.

floral hops sweet malt on the nose. zesty citrussy. with some cracker malt.
tastes smooth and refreshing with a cracker malt middle finished with some hop bitterness and some more malt on the finish.

really fresh tasting. a good summer refresher.

paxkey, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of bryehn
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden colour with a frothy white head that falls to a collar within a few minutes without leaving any real lace behind.

Aroma of freshwater, grains and tangy hops. There is a citrus-like note as well. Not very complicated, but always smells clean.

The taste is malty with a slight roastiness, but not sweet. It has a significant bitterness and a faint lemon peel taste as it passes over the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a bit light on the carbonation, but offers an earthy creaminess. Starts off easy, but for me has an unfortunate sourness on the end.

I used to really like this beer, now not so much. It's a quality brew overall, but the other three from Creemore Springs are all better.

bryehn, Apr 05, 2011
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
Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.