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Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 08-05-2012)
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Reviews by bryehn:
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a deep, clear amber colour with a large white head that gets retained as a thick cap without leaving much lacing.

Carries smells of honey-sweetened, toasted malts, yeast, a berry-like fruit tone, tree nuts and a hint of chocolate, along with the brewery’s signature mineral water aroma.

The taste is led by a deep toasted malt flavour, with nutty and earthy accents. Slight sourness in the finish before a wallop of bitterness.

Full-bodied with light, but fine carbonation. Thick with yeast tone on the tongue, which lingers throughout the otherwise dry aftertaste.

Despite being the first ale from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited, this Altbier has a familiarity the brewery’s fans will appreciate. For my taste it could use a bit more of a malt punch to balance the bitterness, but this is a very solid effort that I will be sure to try again while it’s available.

08-24-2012 18:57:09 | More by bryehn
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-25-2012 23:06:48 | More by beerhunter13
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-20-2012 00:45:44 | More by JohnnyBarman
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

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

10-13-2012 01:50:52 | More by BGDrock
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

11-05-2012 04:10:22 | More by djcreepshow
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

09-07-2012 04:10:26 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

09-05-2012 22:12:47 | More by mintjellie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7%

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.

08-05-2012 19:24:19 | More by Sammy
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phirleh

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-04-2013 13:19:13 | More by phirleh
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -26.5%

Can.

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.

09-16-2012 20:48:49 | More by heebes
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Jdante


1/5  rDev -72.1%

09-03-2012 04:18:31 | More by Jdante
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

11-22-2012 21:28:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

12-27-2012 01:32:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-29-2013 00:45:14 | More by ThinkAgain
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

09-02-2012 04:21:40 | More by irishkyle21
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Hoagie

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

12-30-2013 13:43:59 | More by Hoagie
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-04-2013 17:10:06 | More by CurtisD
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

08-21-2012 23:51:06 | More by spinrsx
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Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-25-2014 21:21:22 | More by Subliminal64
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-24-2012 22:16:19 | More by RedAleMan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

08-08-2012 20:42:17 | More by liamt07
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2014 14:46:26 | More by mattsander
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philmen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-28-2012 00:35:59 | More by philmen
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

473 mL can from the LCBO. Never had an altbier before, but at this point I'm fairly confident in Creemore's ability to brew solid beer. Trying this one out was a no-brainer.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, topped with just over one finger of smooth, foamy eggshell white-coloured head. It lasts for a few minutes before subsiding into a thin cap, with a coat of lacing smeared onto the sides of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, with toasted biscuity malts being a prominent feature, along with some caramel, grains, hay and a faint hint of nuts. Fairly enticing so far.

The flavour isn't all that complex, but it's undeniably pleasant, with enough nuances to raise my eyebrow. Bready malts, brown sugar and toasted biscuits form the backbone, with a distinct nuttiness to the flavour. This is balanced toward the finish by a robust hop profile, which is grassy, floral and slightly earthy in nature, with just a hint of baker's chocolate. Bittersweet aftertaste that doesn't stick to the palate long. Light-bodied, with mild carbonation that gives this stuff a silky-smooth mouthfeel, and contributes strongly to the absurdly high drinkability.

Extraordinarily smooth-tasting, with a superb balance between the malt and hops - this is easily one of Creemore's top offerings. Certainly gives their kellerbier (my personal favourite from this brewer) a run for its money. It wasn't surprising to find out that this collaboration involved one of the most renowned altbier brewers in Deutschland, because it's absolutely phenomenal stuff.

Final Grade: 3.93, an excellent B+. Creemore Springs' Altbier makes for yet another fantastic offering to add to their portfolio. Despite their acquisition by one of the nation's macro giants, this brewery keeps chugging along and producing some of Ontario's most widely-available, consistently solid beer. This is well worth adding to their seasonal lineup, assuming it doesn't displace their (also excellent) kellerbier. This is a great summer/autumn refresher that is well worth sampling.

08-26-2012 05:12:46 | More by thehyperduck
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500MLperWeek


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-30-2012 03:21:43 | More by 500MLperWeek
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Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.