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

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Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first craft beer I had way back when. I remember the bottles looking really cool but I guess they don't do bottles anymore. It's always a good choice at bars that only serve Molson stuff.

A - Pours darkish gold with a little carbonation and a loose, white, one finger head. Bright.

S - Grassy, earthy hops. Some citrus. Bready. There might be some lemon in there too. Not a strong, inviting aroma, but good. No lacing and just a small film of retention.

T - More citrus, grassy hop and a good malty character to balance it well. Oh so smooth. Some caramel maybe. Definately fruity and grassy. Such a quality lager every single time. It doesn't grab you by the balls with flavour, but hell, it's a very solid lager.

M - Good carbonation lightish-medium body with a combo of sweet malt and a light touch of hops in the finish.

O/D - A very well put together lager from Creemore. Just like every other beer they make, this is just very well done.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with have inch frothy head and moderate carbonation. Smell is very malty and nutty. This thing is packed with nutty flavor and slightly bitter. Goes down extremely smooth. This beer is frickin' awesome and wish I could get my hands on some more, but unfortunately won't be heading to Canada in the near future.

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber with a finger of solid, foamy white head.

Smell - bread, malt and herbal hops.

Taste - rich and malty, bready, and enough gently bitter hops to balance it out.

Light bodied and refreshing, but still flavourful and complex enough to satisfy a beer lover. Since Molson bought this brewery it is often available alongside the usual Molson lineup in places that don't serve craft beer.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice looking lager! It pours a medium amber colour with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation streaming up to the trap.

The aroma is somewhat subdued. Somewhat nutty but very clean.

The taste is delightful! Very full and rounded. Starts out slightly sweet, and then becomes rich and malty. There is a touch of hop bitterness and a very slight caramel finish. Fantastic. Through all that it remains refreshing.

Overall, this is a great lager! I'd get a 6 pack of this any time.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from April:

Purchased in Niagara Falls as part of a sampler:

A-fairly typical lager, maybe a bit of red in there

S-good, there's some nice depth and balance here, very interesting spice

T-also very good, it seems to have more depth than a typical lager

M-ok, nothing too outrageously over the top

O-good, a nice surprise, especially for under $2.00 for a 500ml

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Photo of spree92
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden yellow beer taut had no head but somehow left pretty good lacing. A little skunk aroma and not much else. The carbonation was sharp in the mouth. Tastes of honey and malts also appeared. A very light bodied beer, pretty ordinary. For having paid $9 in an airport, it was one of the more appealing choices.

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Photo of papat444
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this with my supper, baked spinach ziti.

Poured from a 473ml. can. Lot A2511112:00 (canned Jan. 25, 2011).

Appearance: Massive 3-4 finger head, very white with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Crisp and nutty. Very shy though gets a bit better as it warms.

Taste: Nut-like with not much grain. I get hints of fruit in there and a small bitterness as it warms. Very malt-like with not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation and a nice full body, for the style.

Drinkability: Glides down the throat effortlessly. I could have this every now and again.

Overall: A nice flavorful lager that manages to keep it simple yet interesting.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: : It has a nice amber/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of matls, hops with citrucy and caramely notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice malty and slightly bitter hop taste to it with nice hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a moderate carbonation with a very nice balance of sweet malts and bitterness coming from the hops.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth, easy to go down, drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall great lager.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (December 24, 2010). The code "M1510 14:34" is stamped on the rear label, which for Creemore Springs means this was packaged at 2:34pm on the 15th of an unidentified month in 2010. I hate obscure packaging codes.

*Note on the Creemore Springs packaging codes. I was previously informed that the letter portion of the code was a direct correlation to the number of the month, (eg A=January, B=February), however I have come across several codes that are far too deep in the alphabet (beyond 12 letters), to relate to a specific month. I'm a bit confused by this, and quite frankly wish Creemore would come up with a more sane packaging date system.

I used to enjoy this beer prior to the Molson purchase in 2005, but have not had it since then due to my relocation to Illinois in 2002. Back then, it came in 500ml bottles and was easily my go-to lager. It was always quite good and I'm hoping the new owners haven't neutered the quality.

Eyes: Pours a light brown color with hues of copper. The white, bubbly head is acceptable doesn't particularly impress.

Nose: Subtle malts, with an interesting hop profile. Caramel makes a statement also.

Tongue: Happily it tastes exactly as I remember it. A significant malt presence has undertones of toasted bread, a mild caramel sweetness, and just enough hops to tie it all together. Since this is now a Molson offering I paid special attention to detecting the presence of adjuncts, and thankfully there aren't any.

Mouth: Extremely smooth, crisp, and light body, high scores here.

Libation: This is one of the better macro lagers available. This is especially flavorful and refreshing despite a complex flavor. I'm glad to see the Molson buyout hasn't ruined what was and still is a great beer. When compared to other lagers of a similar price, they simply do not compare.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Apperance - beer pours a dark clear amber colour with a good amount of carbonation. There was a nice white head that was full of air pockets. There wasnt much lacing occuring.

Smell - I can smell honey/caramel, hops and a hint of citrus.

Taste - This is where the caramel over took the honey, good caramel and hop based beer. I found this be be very smooth and little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - the added levels of carbonation brings forward a roasted caramel/nut taste. Very enjoyable and smooth. There is some added bitterness to this beer as well.

Drinkability - In my opinion, another solid tasting and strong beer, very good to have in the fridge at home for friends and family!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best "macro" lager that Canada has to offer!

As a fan long before Molson's took over, I am pleasantly surprised by how little has changed since they joined the proverbial big leagues. Still a beautifully clear amber, with a moderate aroma but a refreshingly easily drinkable beer. Complex enough and balanced enough to be a very easy Session Ale.

Clearly no "hop bomb", but acceptable to people of many different ale or lager tastes, and it's increased availability is a pleasnt surprise. Unfortunately I thought Molson's would destroy it on contact, but they appear to be exceding my expectations - well done!

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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 spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap in Kitchener Ontario.

S= nice interesting scent, slightly smoky malty, maybe sour apple.

T= robust malty flavor with balanced hops bitters, slight tartness that is different than most, some light soured-apple notes. Almost some flavor that would remind me of some wines, oddly.

M= lightly tart, rich malts, with hops bitters in balance.

D= very drinkable, recommended, went well with pasta dishes.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer received from liamt07 in a recent trade.

Beer is copper color. Head is white and sticks quite well to the glass for a lager. Nice carbonation too. In the aroma I get only caramel malts. Nothing too complex, but still good. Wow the taste is very good. Tons of malts, slightly honey feeling. Caramel too. A very tasty lager. Medium body and so easy to drink. Refreshing and tasty. Wow. One of the best, if not the best lager I've had.

Cheers liamt07!

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Photo of Richter35
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-orange hue. Head slightly tinted with the same colour and quickly dissipated. Looks good.

Smell is very sweet, with bready malts and quality hops. Some caramel. Doesn't quite represent what this beer has to offer, yet is still satisfying.

Taste is fresh, like it was brewed half an hour ago. Bitter and sweetness presented in a way that is more often found in some of the best English Ales. Aftertase holds a bit of honey on the tip of the tongue. So simple in it's taste profile; this is clearly what sets this lager apart from other micro lagers.

Mouthfeel is that of a typical lager. It's light, fizzy and refreshing and is very drinkable.

Perhaps more expensive than some other regional beers, but is one of few that is deserving of the term "world class". Can be served at your backyard BBQ or fancy dinner parties.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 bierenutz
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with a smallish head and minimal lacing about the glass.
S-Bready malts with a light pleasant hop aroma.
T=Earthy oakey malty flavor with minimal bite from the hops. The afternotes are smokey and lasting in a pleasant way.
M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Very nice lager. It has nice body and texture and very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creemore Springs Premium Lager | on-tap @ the brewery | 5.0% ABV | Sept. 2010

Brewer: Creemore Springs Brewery
Style: American Amber / Red Lager
Glass: Pint

Sparkling wheat

Fresher than the bottled variant. It smells strongly of pale malts and dried grass.

Taste + Mouthfeel:
On-tap, it has a more vibrant taste. The purity of the water seems to come through a bit more. That is to say, the lager has the generally consistency of sparkling water, and it's especially fresh.

Nice, very drinkable.

Would I get it again?:
If I were in the town of Creemore, I'd get it.

Served: September 4, 2010

Price = Gratis

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Photo of BBP
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Copper like new pennies. Thin but frothy head.

S- Hops and yeast. Not overpowering, but pleasant.

T- Sweet but light malts with breadiness. Hint of hops but very subtle. Clean tasting. Very balanced.

M- This was my favorite part about the beer. It felt perfect. One of the few beers that I enjoy holding above my tongue just for the feeling.

D- Very good beer. Surprised I didn't know about it. Will likely become a regular. Not too pricey

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Photo of kwjd
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden pale colour with nice white head. Smell has a lot of hops for the style, with sweet fruity malt too. Bitterness is there, but it won't put the macro drinkers off here. Very smooth carbonation level. Clean drinking lager that I tend to drink when sharing pitchers with friends.

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Photo of soju6
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber color with a white head that fades to some lacing.

S: Clean aroma with hint of citrus and grain.

T: Light malt and citrus flavor, crisp with a mild bitter finish. Refreshing.

F: Fairly light body quite smooth and goes down easy. Well balanced.

D: Very drinkable. Good for more than one any time. One of my favorite Canadian beers.

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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 biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 jpro
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny gold with a fluffy, white head - leaves some specks of lace. Aroma is dominated by biscuity malts, and a bit grainy - a touch of musty hops in the background. Taste is pretty impressive... a doughy / biscuit maltiness with a well balanced, light hop bitterness - very surprised with this one. Mouthfeel is a hint above light, and it finishes a touch dry. Very drinkable brew - I'd gladly have it again!

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Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
3.81 out of 5 based on 404 ratings.
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