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Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DenisKolkin
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creemore Altbier is a glossy toffee-amber colour and retains little head. My finger on the other side is easily discernible but hopelessly distorted due to the deep tone. Still, the beer manages impressive and highly aesthetic highlights. Swirling hastens head production but retention, unfortunately, is hopeless.

The aroma of rich, nutty, softly roasted malt is every bit as denotative of German culture as accordion-led polkas and sausages. This is a Canadian beer, of course, but it clearly utilizes top-notch German variety malts and, as the name reveals, came about with a little help from a German expert (Zum Schlüssel).

The beer gains high marks for purity of expression; the flavour features chewy, biscuity maltiness - and plenty of it - plain and simple. While there are some soft, bittersweet, herbal flower petal-like notes, the taste is characterized by its rich nutty-sweet graininess. It is highly approachable but still substantial.

Nutty, biscuity malts not only start the flavour but also conclude it; the aftertaste rides that sweetish, caramel malt wave for some time. The finish, however, is also where bitterness suddenly becomes a more concrete notion as earthy hops mount a silent takeover. Until then that bitterness is masked by the rich malt character.

I look forward to the day when a glass of Altbier is as popular as a latte and traditional brewhouses are as plentiful as Starbucks. That's the norm in Germany, though it is still a long way off here in Canada. Creemore Springs Altbier, however, is a step in the right direction. Here's hoping more breweries follow.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of drinkininthewood
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TheHammer
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark copper colour. (colour of medium maple sirup) Poors a nice 1/2 inch head then settles to about 1/4 inch. Lacing is medium on the glace.

S: Rich malt/caramel scent. hops are low yet present enough. Hints of pepper are present in the hops yet the malt balances it with sweetness

T: Caramel flavours are present in the malt with a quick bitterness and dryness. Some bread is present, almost like a french toast.

M: Dryness beginning to end with a well balance bitterness to malt. (higher bitterness to malt as per style). Medium bodies and well carbonated.

O: This is an amazing collaboration beer and a great beer. The Germans should be proud that Canadians have brewed a great Altbier.

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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

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of heebes
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.

Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.