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Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Jdante, Sep 03, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

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, Nov 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

ToddMopps, Jun 15, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

heebes, Sep 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

MattPS, Aug 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Pmicdee, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

FEUO, Oct 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

deonreds, Oct 24, 2013
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3.12/5  rDev -12.8%

bad2arwing, Tuesday at 02:28 AM
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3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear deep copper with a patchy shortlived head. The aroma is of light bread and some fruitiness. In the taste lightly roasted malts mix with a bit of stayed leafy, herbal hops and some cooked vegetable flavors in the back. A nearly cloying sweetness builds in the finish. Hop bitterness is very low throughout, with a bit of lemon showing with warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium to light carbonation.

An okay beer, but pretty lacking in complexity and a bit too sweet.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 28, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 473ml can into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Dark copper color with a finger thick head that diminishes to a small ring of lace around the glass.
S- Malt sweetness, candied nuts, mild aromas of grassy hops are present also.
T- Caramel malt, fresh raisin bread, nuts, touch of dark fruit, hops are light and grassy but balance the malt backbone effectively. The finish is dry and lingers somewhat.
M- German altbiers and altbiers in general are a style im not too familiar with but i would say the body is below medium and a touch on the watery side, carbonation was ok.
D- A beer with enough flavor to keep you interested beyond one or two.

Overall a decent beer but not my favorite from Creemore. I like the UrBock better. Still a highly drinkable beer nonetheless.

drinkininthewood, Oct 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

djcreepshow, Nov 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

kelvarnsen, Oct 01, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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

BGDrock, Oct 13, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

TheHammer, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

beerhunter13, Sep 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ThinkAgain, Oct 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

philmen, Aug 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

500MLperWeek, Aug 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from LCBO for $2.85 CDN poured into a pint glass

Appearance - dark amber in color with one half fingers of head that dissipates quickly, virtually no lacing left in the glass.

Smell- Biscuity malts are faint but at hand. Slight apple scent is present when beer is cold but transitions to a breadier smell as beer warms.

Taste- Roasted corn and roasted malts transitioning into earthy notes on the finish and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with medium-light body and decent carbonation, dry on the back end.

Overall- First Altbier I've tried happens to be pretty tasty and look forward to trying others in a similar style.

DenisKolkin, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

baylz, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

HATS4BATS, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

CRObighit2, Apr 25, 2014
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Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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