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Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs Collaboration AltbierCreemore Springs Collaboration Altbier

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 24.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 08-05-2012

With a goal of celebrating Creemore’s 25th anniversary in a big way, Creemore Brewmaster Gordon Fuller and head brewer Bryan Egan travelled to Düsseldorf in early 2012, to immerse themselves in German brewing culture. Learning trade secrets from the brewers at Zum Schlüssel allowed them to create a unique and special variety of their own Altbier at home in Canada. Follow their journey on our blog.

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 80
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured with nearly two fingers of head that retained at half a finger for some time and produced a solid amount of lace. The body of the beer is a dark amber/brown that boasts ample carbonation. A bit more lacing would have earned the five.

Smell: This is my first Altbier and I guess they aren't kidding when they say this is a balanced beer. Dry apple and pepper yeast is battling it out with equally dry citrus hops and a sold wet sweet caramel malt. This battle while interested however seems subdue itself, although warming helps, mainly the side of the yeast though.

Taste: Starts with a peppery and nutty taste that doesn't really accent the sweet molasses malt very well, however it does appear to pull back a bit and allow fruity apple and nut touch forward a slight bit before it fights on equal terms with dry floral and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Not a big fan here, the transistioning seems abrupt and seems to linger on the end for far too long, on far too much of a dry note. The carbonation doesn't appear to help out the middle of the beer either, although it is ample. The aftertaste is dry, peppery and cloys a bit too much.

Drinkability: Out the gate it did very well, it was interested, balanced and flavourful but as the beer went on it became drier and drier and that really hamstrung the experience. It was medium bodied, and sat down well.

Final Thoughts: I don't think Altbier is my cup of tea. As with my love for english brown ales, my preference for brown beer is malt over nuttiness and certainly over dryness. If you like a dry beer, but don't like the high bitterness of excessive hops, this beer is for you. I hate to say it, but it's my first disappointment from Creemore Springs, but I can't really hold it against them as at the very least, they continue to push the envelope by brewing this under represented style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single can from the Conestoga LCBO. I remember not one week ago saying that I haven't seen anything new from Creemore. Then I see this. Frankly, I'm a little scared right now...

Poured into a Creemore glass. Caramel-light chestnut in colour with ruby highlights. Clear, with a half inch of head that fizzles out into a thin ring.

Nose is sweet syrupy caramel, dark bread, a touch of roasted malt.

Nice altbier, and that's saying something for me, because it's not one of my favorite styles. Good caramel sweetness, nice toasty bread, a bit of roasted grain, and a slightly astringent hop bitterness.

Thinner bodied, mild carbonation.

Another good brew from Creemore, certainly a great project for their anniversary year. As a KW resident, I really hope this brew makes it to some of the Oktoberfest events as I can see myself drinking this again and again.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear; maple syrup brown/red; good frothy head

Aroma: toasted malt, caramel; very light

Taste & Mouthfeel: toffee, burnt caramel (not too sweet) , but overall flavour is mild; dry finish is of resin; body is medium-light, almost thin; description mentions nutty flavour, and can get a sense of that - chestnuts

Overall: resin flavour begins to dominate over time but that prevents it from getting tired; dry rustic flavour is great, but too light

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can. Nice to see Creemore Springs releasing more (a relative term) exotic offerings, to help combat those who would usurp their throne as Ontario's, if not Canada's finest purveyor of tasty all-malt lagers (and now, one ale). Thanks to the rep for leaving (forgetting?) a scout sample for me to stumble (literally and figuratively) across.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of silken, puffy foamy off-white head, which leaves some random scattered tendril lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of softly sweet biscuit and caramel malts, a mild nuttiness, and floral, musty hops. The taste is fairly reflective of the promise of the aroma with a grainy, somewhat bready malt, subtle earthy nut character, a bit of understated orchard fruitiness, and dusty, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a wee bit fizzy, but generally behaves itself, the body on the low side of medium weight, and smooth enough, as a slight metallic edges takes something away from that. It finishes mostly dry, the grainy, biscuit character mostly spent of sweetness, and the zingy leafy hops pulling up their socks well enough.

A hoppy altbier? Sure, why the hell not - and thankfully not very adherent to west coast 'standards' in that regard. Anyway, a decent, balanced tipple, and a nice sideshow for this brewery, very helpful in showing we far flung customers that they haven't lost their old-world Deutsche moxie since, well, you know.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper colour, brilliant clarity. Poorly retained beige head doesn't lace. Malty aroma of bread, toasted grain, and nuts with floral hop notes. Flavour is malt forward toasted biscuit and nutty notes, followed by a firm leafy bitterness in the finish. Flavourful but but very balanced. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Creemore have stuck to their roots making European-inspired beers while doing something fairly different for the Ontario market. They've also made a delicious beer. Prost!

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Beer Academy. Hop forward altbier. Not exactly what I expected from the style, yet a very drinkable and reasonably tasty beer.Some ace, slightly amber colour. Average mouthfeel. Me thinks this will be a hit. Collaboration with Zum Schlussel, reputed the greatest alt brewers.Good drinkability in the can as well.

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Photo of phirleh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of LanceH
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heebes
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Pours a clear dark brown with large foamy bubbly head, cream coloured. Nose is very nondescript. I literally almost get nothing out of it. With deep breaths through the nose, the faintest malt, grain, perhaps creamy. Taste is actually quite similar; next to nothing. Just malty: bread, bland caramel, some grain, water. Mouthfeel is light.
Overall a highly unimpressive beer, leaves a malty aftertaste and drinks like a macro (seeing as its Molson owned). Disapointed, let down.

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Photo of Jdante
1/5  rDev -72.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a clear brown color alt with a large foamy head with good retention and some alight lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with chewy biscuit malt is quite great. Taste is a great mix between some dry caramel malt with light roasted nuts and chewy gain. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Pretty bang on to style, great drinkability and very enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this can.

A - Medium amber with a big orange glow and one finger of dirty white head.

S/T - A good sweetness with bready and caramel notes present. There is also a light hop presence and some floral notes.

M - Light body. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O - This was a nice easy drinker. Thanks again Matt!

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Photo of MattCampbell
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Hoagie
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.70$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, toffee/caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, malts, and toffee/caramel. There is also something along the lines of chocolate and a nuttiness. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty decent I guess.. but nothing exciting. It's been a while since I've had an altbier so I don't have much to compare it with style wise. It's worth trying but I'd have one of their other varieties before this one next time.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from The Beer Academy, 473ml into a tulip.

Brown in colour with a white head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has earthy and woody malt notes, bready and some grain character. Perhaps a hint of sulphur with warmth. Taste is again earthy and woody, but in moderation. More graininess, light sweetness. Moderately drying finish, with some grassy hops. A bit of mineral character. Medium feel , decent carbonation. A nice, drinkable but not outstanding altbier.

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Photo of mattsander
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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