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Creemore Springs Premium Lager | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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3.83/5
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407 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Ontario, Canada
creemoresprings.com

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.

Our unique lager has a brilliant copper colour, overtones of sweet caramel malt and an appealing, well-balanced floral hop character. It's fire-brewed using the best ingredients and our own spring water.

24 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 10-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,745
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
407
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
74
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superior than in the bottle, had served right (not-too-cold ) at safari Club. More balanced, malty without being as sweet and as creamy and as carbonated. Good by itself, or before food or with the meal. Cane sugar stays with the Belgiums and mint with other Onatrio challengers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a little heavier than a lot of these lagers, sturdy, like canada itself. this was a bit more beer than i needed with a heavy italian pasta dinner, i felt full pretty quickly, but in a beer by itself context, this is great being a little more substantial. bright brass colored brew, a short but lasting white head, and a very fresh aroma that features the lager yeast quite prominently. the malt base is nice, some light crystal in here with the pale barley, cracker and baked notes, and a touch of sweetness not often found in these types of beers. the yeast is great, old worldy and flavorful, and its fermented this very cleanly, and despite the little bit of sweet still in here, the finish is brisk and the beer has excellent carbonation to keep it moving. short of refreshing i think, but i like a good hearty lager still at a session abv. this is my first beer from these guys, and it stands out to me as distinct from a lot of other pale lagers, especially in this part of the world. enjoyable glass of beer, four season drink for sure!

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. I'm seeing this on tap more and more around town in unexpected places - quelle surprise, eh?

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly caked off-white head, which leaves a bit of ocean spray lace around the glass as it hastily abates.

It smells of nicely biscuity and crackery pale grainy malt, a touch of semi-sweet toasted caramel, a subtle apple and pear fruitiness, and earthy, leafy, and faintly floral hops. The taste is more toasted pale and caramel malt, a lessened buttered biscuit character, ethereal applesauce fruit notes, and tame leafy, earthy, and kind of weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a small frothiness throughout, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the persisting toasted old-school, fruity malts and understated noble hops clinging to each other as that last torch song plays itself out.

A generally agreeable, somewhat robust, and overall tasty old-school lager. I get a weird sense of wholeness with this one, something even beyond the obvious eschewing of adjuncts - there's still pride here, the kind that stubbornly persists after a family member does something unpleasant or just plain-ass silly.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourred a dark amber brew with almost no head (that was alittle bit disapointing). Taste is very refreshing and sweet with great taste of hops. Very german type of lager. Would drink this again anytime.

As for some of the comments about this being pricey... well quality must be paid!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big off white-light tan head slowly settles down above a clear bright copper golden colored beer.

Lightly roasted caramel malt aroma with some wood or spice hints making an appearance.

Nice lightly roasted caramel malt taste with a slight hops coming through as well.

Light dryish aftertaste with some of the caramel grain tastes sticking around with this light-medium bodied beer.

A pretty good beer, makes me think it's what amber bock would taste like if AB tried to make good beers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at King Edward's Arms in Markham, ON

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow to amber in color with light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light white head that reduces to patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is pretty light. I get some pale and some grainy malts along with some very mild citrus hops.

T: The taste follows the smell and is very well balanced - not overly sweet and not overly bitter. There is a pale and grainy malt presence up front with a pleasant and enjoyable light citrus bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and refreshing, a totally sessionable beer and one I might get on my next visit up here to the great white north. Very well balanced with a light but enjoyable flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at a random airport bar in Montreal.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, nice lacing, crystal clear orange honey colored beer.

Nose has decent lager aromas, plenty of pilsner like malts and some toasty reddish munich like malts, plenty of lager fruits much more than I thought, and a bit of of herbal grassy hops which come out more and more as I nose.

Taste starts light and crisp but plenty of toasty pilsner malts, light cracked straw, light munich red malts, bit fruity, hint of grains and wet straw. Light lager fruit flavors with a nice crispness. Hops again bring a bit of herbal flavors, a bit more grassy and earthy them the nose let on to believe, with a nice 30 or so ibu punch. A bit of creamy like malts and hint of caramel round off the flavors. Finish is quite dry with light lingering bitterness and touch of grassy hops, with but more crisp lager fruits, and hints of malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied nice for a lager, good carb.

Overall nice, maltier than most base lagers but then again this is a premium I guess. Nice malts, herbal hops actually blend in well, and the lager flavors come through nicely despite the bigger malt profile and herbal hops, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/23/2016 at Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada served in a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of fruit and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better alternatives within the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Imagine blending a mass-produced flavorless American lager and a decently made run-of-the-mill American Pale Ale. Most of the elements max out at average and some, like the mouthfeel, fit truly into the macro category.

Little to no head. Very light color (straw) and clear. The smell is mild but well-balanced. The flavor is basically of the palest malt and a bit of raw grain. The finish was a nice peppy hop. The aforementioned body was very thin and the extremely high carbonation didn't help.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can into a pint glass. Thanks korguy123 for this one!

A: Pours an extremely clear orange. Upon pouring there was a sizeable head, but it dissipated quickly and left no hint of lacing or foam.

S: The aroma is light with some subtle hops and a nice malt presence. Also get a caramel component.

T: A really nice bready malt flavor, accentuated by caramel and toffee. A little bit of hoppiness mixed in as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. A pretty good lager, extremely easy to drink. Something I would definitely grab for my fridge if it were available.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473 mL can purchased in Niagara Falls at The Beer Store.

Thick creamy white head, some lacing action going on here. Light bready biscuity malt aroma with some herbal hop in the back. Very crisp and very smooth with a fluffy light body. Very clean with a thick layer of herbal hop that throws down a flavorful bitterness. Dried grass and doughy biscuits from the malt. Finishes semi-dry with a lot of lingering hop and malt flavor.

Very well balanced with both the malt and hops reaching high compares to most North American lagers. This would be my mainstay or fallback beer if it was readily available to me, seek this one out.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not bad but not much flavor or nose to it. An easy drinking lager but nothing to write home about or seek out; does the job at random bars without craft offerings while in Montreal.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought a 473ml can back from Canada. The beer poured a clear amber/orange with white head and some lacing. The smell has subtle hops, with slight tangerine like citrus as well as malt. Taste had sweet malt, like caramel, some hops are present that give it a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

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Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
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 jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thin head that becomes a wisp.

The smell is of grain with earthy/herbal hops and a slight touch of bready yeast.

On the taste, the grain mixes with a touch of floral hop bitterness to blend well.

It has a nice taste and a refreshingly crisp finish.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking, enjoyable lager!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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 liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was a time when this was one of my summer staples (and their UrBock was my winter beer).

They called it a Bohemian Pilsner, though I wonder if that has changed now that they actually offer a Pilsner? The style is certainly unique. I think it's more of a Munich Helles.

They use a German yeast, Czech hops & local malts. So I guess "American Pale Lager" is a reasonable descriptor.

Before the Molson take-over it was more coursely filtered, which allowed a little more flavour to come through (the draft in particular just doesn't have the same flavour).

A: Golden-bronze with a slightly off-white head. Thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Metallic minerals, steelie, grassy, grainy bread & hints of toffee & fruit.

T: Steelie minerals, grassy, light toffee, bread & hints or fruit. Good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a hint of residual sweetness, with a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass at a NHL game

Appearance - the beer poured a light brown colour with an average size foamy/fizzy off white head that stuck around for a few minutes. There was an average amount of carbonation.

Smell - hops, toasted/roasted nuts, caramel and malts

Taste & Mouth - Having had this beer on draft, and from a bottle, I think the can was missing out slightly in the mouthfeel department. The beer seemed a little under carbonated. The most noticeable flavours are the malts and a roasted nut flavour. There is also some light hops and a brown sugar sweetness. The beer finishes with bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - I'm happy to see this beer popping up everywhere. It is one of my favourite Ontario beers and it appears as though it is really making a name for itself. I wasn't happy with the 11$ price tag at the hockey game; but at least I wasn't limited to a Molson Canadian.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creemore Springs has an aesthetic copper colour and impressively spotless clarity. While it shimmers with sheeny, golden highlights there is enough depth in this tone to think there will be a good deal of malty flavour. Its head has all but evaporated, before I could even start typing this in fact, and its bare surface detracts from the beer's good looks.

The aroma is distinct with fruity (seemingly ale-yeast) esters, a slight nuttiness and a lot of specialty malt character (bready, toasty, biscuity). There's perhaps a smidgen of citrus as well, likely the tinge of an assertive hopping. The maltiness stops way short of a caramelly character but it does contain a good degree of sweetness. Above all, it's distinctive.

Creemore's slogan sums it up well: 'good old fashioned, pure, natural beer'. The taste is clean and wholesome, a hefty maltiness with flavours of toasty bread crusts, a slight toffee sweetness, not a trace of adjuncts and a dab of hoppiness. This is a rare instance where the stated use of 'pure spring water' is not only believable, but very perceivable too.

The beer's smooth, soft, clean water fits the beer's profile well; its bitterness is delicate and quick to concede and the maltiness is cushion-y and doughie tasting. It has a velvety mouthfeel that is malleable over the palate; the chunky bready maltiness seems to melt and give way to fleecy notes of toffee and plenty of balmy fruity yeast esters.

Creemore is an iconic brewery in Ontario and it earned that reputation with good reason. Its flagship lager - one of the few "premium" lagers to actually use the word in its true sense - is flavourful, clean, distinctive and pleasurably drinkable. It is a magnificent example of unpasteurized, uncompromising, small-batch beer if there ever was one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into matching Creemore glass may3 2010

A clear golden amber with lots of bubbles of all size feeding a decent thumbs width of head that quickly falls to a 1/4in film that leaves speckles lace

S a little peach with some sweet malts and a little honey

T not far from the nose but I pick up on some dry cereal and some hops come out

M full for a lager with carbonation to make it feel even thicker

D a solid beer all around that I've always liked, I only wish it was warmer outside

I'm happy to see this on tap in a few bars in Calgary, a much better beer compared most of the macros (even though it's owned by Molson)

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Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 407 ratings
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