Creemore Springs Premium Lager | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs Premium LagerCreemore Springs Premium Lager

Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lager is made the world over, but Creemore Springs Premium Lager is one of a kind. In all our travels, we've never found another like it. From the start, we've fire-brewed our flagship beer to be unique. It’s always made with the best ingredients and a strict adherence to traditional brewing methods. It’s just different up here, and so is our lager.

24 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 10-05-2001

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Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 394
Photo of FiguredMaple
2.06/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For years, this was one of my favourites.
Over the past year or so, I have had it sporadically either in the pint bottle, regular bottle, or on tap.

Something has changed and I am truly disappointed.
Creemore used to be a dedicated beer company that was determined to deliver fresh beer to all of its suppliers. If the product were not consumed within 6 weeks, they would go out and collect all the unsold beer, and replace it with fresh stock. They even introduced a distinct and unique shaped bottle with sloping shoulders that was designed to produce a no-glug pour. Now they use a regular generic brown bottle with a twist off cap.

The flavour has changed as well. Over the past year or so, the carbonation has increased, and the mouth feel has thinned.

Now it seems to be a blend of the original Creemore and Molson Canadian, actually more like a Molson Canadian with a hint of Creemore in it. This is typical of how a large mass-producing giant takes on a smaller craft beer and streamlines the recipe and process to maximize profits. Just my 2 cents.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.26/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a huge Amber/Red Lager fan, so it's hard for me to give this beer an unbiased review. That being said, I'd say it was just below average for it's style. It was average in appearance and mouthfeel, but totally "musty" in taste. That's the most notable quality about this beer that I can mention. I had a couple, but it's not one that I'd buy again.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

20oz on tap
5% abv
I tried this beer on August 24, 2007 at Kelsey's in Milton. The beer was a beautiful coppery colour with a one finger head. The aroma was very faint to non-existant. Disappointing to say the least. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was mild, a little malty and a little bitter. I may try this beer again.

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Photo of paxkey
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a perfect amber. 2 finger white head.
great aroma. belgian yeast. bread biscuit cake honey.
more on the nose gives off some honeysuckle, old sock. hoppy release in the carbonation.
head is gone. corn notes in the aroma.
once the head is gone most of the nose goes with it.
great midpalate, bitter refreshing carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.
but the aftertaste is dissapointing. tastes like a macro. cardboard stale corn.

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Photo of shivtim
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in Windsor. It's clear brown/red with a small foam head that fades quickly. Decent amount of bubbles. Nose is grains and corn, not the best but it smells like a lager. Taste is similar to the nose, a musty grain/corn blend with slight hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is average or just below. Same for drinkability. Not a bad beer, it's just bland.

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Photo of beersareonme
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This used to be an excellent, well crafted brew from a wonderful little microbrewery. Since Molson-Coors bought them out, this has changed. Now they will deny it, but this beer is different since the changeover. It doesn't taste fresh and has that macro-brew feel and taste to it. I won't buy it again.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: red tinted gold.
S: lots of citrus (grapefruit), pine, but also kind of stale
T: simple, plain, clean, some bitterness, light, little hop aroma
M: full, medium carbonation, fine.
O: nothing really memorable. A nice beer but certainly forgettable.

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Photo of ne0m00re
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

08/10/10- Had a 473 mL can of this.
A: Pale golden with a pale thin film.
S: Pale malt, almost corn-like. Not much else besides pleasant bread.
T: Thinner bread that lingers. Slight rye/crusty character. Not bad, just not exceptional.
M: Thin, frothy carbonation.
D: OK.

Did anyone else realize that this is in the same style category as Brooklyn and Old Scratch? This comes off more like a macro lager, or maybe in the same ballpark as Yuengling. I feel like I'm in crazy town reading other reviews. I would definitely not recommend this, even for the style.

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Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hop, hint of grass, and corn/rice. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. The beer would also seem to fit nicely into the Light Lager category. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of corn/rice, slight pale malt, and slight hops. Overall, weak appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of BeerBateo
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Head: Whirlpool scumbubbles w/slight yellow tinge. 3 fingers high.
Shoulders: 5/8" rim, no lace, eventually sported a dime sized film on top~right in the middle.
Knees: Clear as clear can be.
Toes: Yes, nice bubbles from the bottom of the mug.
Eyes: Very rich in color... much like transparent burnt cheese.
Ears: I hear a rainy day on the ocean.
Mouth/Tongue: Feels stingy & thick with medium carb/bitter, ick. I taste a birch bark canoe.
Nose: I can smell the bitterness like in a rubber tire tube.

Overall: The best thing about this beer is the cheese. I love melted cheddar cheese (even
slightly burnt)! I rename this beer "Morecheese Please".

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another in a long list of unremarkable beers that I had on a recent trip to Toronto. Nothing wrong with it, just nothing that stands out.

Appearance was a light red/copper. Somewhat low carbonation.

Aroma was almost non existent. Not bad. Just nothing outstanding.

Flavor as well, not outstanding. Nothing bad. More malt than hops.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has gone downhill in the last few years. Even when fresh it tastes no better than a red/amber macro. There's no way this is in the same league as Brooklyn Lager.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a clear amber. Pretty fucking bland to be honest. I was pretty disappointed with this beer. Considering the overall rating it has locally. Definately overrated. After taste was annoying, and after two pints I actually quit drinking that night. Pretty disappointing.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is a very nice looking Pilsener. It pours a clear amber color with a bubbly off white head.
Aroma: The aroma is slightly malty.
Overall Comments: This is a pretty decent pilsener. I am not usually a fan of this style, but this was pretty well done.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow lager notes, but nothing more than average. In the taste, a small caramel like roast in an average lager. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel and small hop notes in the aftertaste. Not bad, but nothing more than average.

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Photo of sliverX
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

presented with a light copper pint with a filmy white head that left decent lacing
the smell was very off putting as it was very musty/moldy kind of thing going on (bad lines??)
the taste was like a sweeter maltier version of a macro
mouthfeel was medium bodied with lots of carbonation
drinkability nothing special in my opinion but if faced with this or a macro I'll take this
Had on tap at the Loose Moose in Toronto

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I never tried this before Molson took over this brewery. Sampled June 9th, 2006 at the Fox and Fiddle on Bloor in Toronto.

Came in a pint glass with a big fluffy head, brown/copper in colour, like a English Pale Ale. Mild carbonation and a slight lacing. Smell is less impressive with a mild hop presence and an unpleasant soapiness.

Taste is just plain awkward. I think I know what they're trying to do with this one, and the hop presence scores it some points, but the malt is nearly non-existent, unless that sour adjuncty soapiness is supposed to be it. Mouth is sticky with a zippy carbonation, dry. This is drinkable and more unique than a lot of lagers out there, but in my opinion it's pretty poorly executed. Unfortunate.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--This beer poured a nice light amber color. It had a nice crisp smell to it as well.
--The taste was not bad but nothing to write home about.
--Overall this was a nice beer. It is priced as a premium here in Canada, which might deter me from drinking again. But you know what they say...never say never!

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Photo of dherling
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a copper orange color with a bubbly off white head, thick, then faded to a thin film in under a minute. The nose, ummm.... let's see. I guess, something, right? Maybe some faint malt. I could be lieing though. Now, on to the taste. Ok, some toasty malt, not much, and it dissapears quickly, but it was there. Has a slight bitter hoppy finish as well. Light bodies with medium carbonation. Very clean finish. Nothing great here, but nothing offensive.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, twist-off bottle, time to give my church key a rest!

Clear amber color, decent layer of bubbly white foam.

Aroma, fresh, open, airy, and otherwise vapid.

taste: hmmm, eh, blah, and, otherwise, ordinary, some malt peeks through in the end, and shows some sweetness...not too terrible, after all, but not much else.
Not bad, but not all that ...well... anything...

light body, small texture, tiny finish...
inoffensive, though...

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little worried about this one at first. I remember back in the day when my friends and I were drinking beers by the truckload we were going back and forth between Labatt Wildcat, LGD, Homebrews & Labatt Ice as our favorites and what we considered 'good beers', we came upon some of this and could barely get it down. Just knowing it was beer and had alcohol in it probably was what kept us from pouring it out.

It pours a very nice amber slightly orange colour that is quite unique. A small and quickly disappearing head but hey thats normal. A sweet tasting malty beer, I didn't detect too much hoppy bitterness.

Defeintely better the second time around.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer, very full and dark amber in colour. Well balanced leaning slightly towards the hops with a lingering after taste. Est 1987, when this beer gets some seniority, it may be a classic.

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Photo of hopdog
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottles acquired in trades with beerhugger & boutip (thanks!). Can't remember the last beer I had with this type of twist off top (similar to the tops on 40oz malt liquor bottles).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus and light spices. Tastes of pretty much the same. Thinner and creamy body.

Notes from: 7/29/05

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Creemore Lager is a nice, but not outstanding beer that pours a dark tan with not much head to speak of. What head there is, howver, stays around a surprisingly long time.

It's a classic lager so there's not much to say about it: It smells like hops and tastes like hops.

It's a good session beer and I've been finding that it's a good intermediate step for weaning friends away from Coor's and Bud and onto real beers.

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Photo of shamus
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has a nice amber colour with a reasonable head. It wasn't too fragrant to my nose but wasn't offensive either. I was drinking it slightly warm which seemed to bring out the malt tones. There was something almost woody in the flavour that was kind of nice. Not much to say on the hops side but this is a lager.
Overall an acceptable beer but nothing to go out of the way for.

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