Creemore Springs Premium Lager | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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401 Ratings
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 wordemupg
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a creemore lager glass. Light amber, about a half inch of head that receded quickly into a ring.

Lovely nose: biscuit, pale malts and a bit of hop character

A smooth, flavorful brew. The bready malts hit up front before giving way to a tart hoppy bitterness. A touch of caramel as well.

Well carbonated, medium body. Finish is astringent, a good thirst quencher.

Just a stand up brew; my default draught choice. If you're looking for a solid Canadian red, look no further!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creemore Springs produces a nice light lager whose flavour is perfectly balanced.

A - Pours a nice copper colour, visibly carbonated with about a cm of head which quickly dissipated leaving small islands. No real lacing.

S - Almost a bit of a toffee scent off the top, with a noticable malt presence. Slight wheaty scent as well.

T - A bit of a bitter hop flavour off the top with a caramel malty aftertaste. Good balance, not too strong, not too weak.

M - Pretty light on the pallette, with a pretty high carbonation. A nice light feel though, which is exactly what I was looking for today!

D - Very drinkable. Can easily enjoy several of these at a time.

Overall I really like this Lager. Creemore produces a delicious beer which is perfect for when you're lounging on a sunny afternoon or vegging on the couch. The mellow flavour makes this beer very drinkable...

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer to grace my new Sam Adams glass, an old standby session and stalwart of the Ontario micro scene; despite being bought by Molsons, Creemore springs lager.

A crystal clear liquid of a light honey amber nature fill the glass. Thick, frothy cream coloured head rests, well supported by the unique glass, above the brew. Eventually this dwindles to nothing after about ¾ consumption.

A crisp effervescence is prevalent, though not quite as strong as some lagers. Wet grass and grain come up first and nod towards the lager style. Honey and apricot jam on crackers round out the scents.

Light hopping adds a round bitterness slightly herbal, grainy malt and honey are the main flavours. Everything is clean nothing complex or hidden here, just well balanced refreshing flavours. Unfortunately I detected a bit of papery oxidization none the less it was miniscule.

It's great to see that despite being owned by a macro this brewery were allowed to stick to their guns. A great local lager and, thanks to Molsons, wildly available in mainstream bars making it one of my go to bar drafts.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Pint can poured directly into my Allagash tulip glass.

Appearance is dark amber/orange and clear. Two finger pillowy white head with below average retention. Pale breadiness is the first aroma to hit. Some richer caramel and a slight astrigency follow closely behind. The flavor profile follows the same lines. Pale bready malts upfront with some caramel sweetness not far behind. Strong astrigency follows. The hop bitterness is a bit too overpowering compared to the malt in my opinion. The mouthfeel is light bodied, slighty oily, and crisp. Drinkability is way above average. The low ABV, clean finish, and light flavors really contribute to this.

Overall, a nice, enjoyable, light amber lager with some nicely layered flavors. An enjoyable interpretation of the style.

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Photo of eat
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear golden yellow with a tight, frothy bright-white head. Good initial retention (head disappears) and some lacing. Nice looking lager.

Wheat, yeast, honey. Simple, light and refreshing smell, if a bit weak.

Weak taste. Not offensive, just not too present. Faint taste of wheat, a bit of sweetness and an almost imperceptible touch of hops. Clean finish. Very smooth.

Decent feel. Medium body and carbonation.

Not a bad beer, though I'm certainly a long way away from the days when I thought this was the best beer I had ever tried. This beer is obviously meant to be drinkable, and it is. I pretty much only buy this beer when Tankhouse isn't available (Tankhouse and Creemore being the two drinkable beers you'll find either of at any given drinking establishment in Toronto) but am glad to have it to fall back on...since there's not much else to count on here in Ontario.

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

Beer for a glass. From a can.

Clear amber/orange with a ring of white head and spots of lace. Smell is light fruity hops, citrus, strong tangerine aroma, bready malts, fresh yeast as well. Taste is toasted biscuit, caramel, grassy and herbal hops, mildly citric, with a big punch of whole wheat cracker in the aftertaste, like Triscuits without the salt. It's hard to describe, but there's an 'off' emptiness in the flavour that takes this beer down a notch from Brooklyn Lager (the natural comparison). Mouthfeel is delicate and silky, medium carbonation, balanced malt/hop finish. Good session beer, more complex than your average lager. Respected by craft drinkers, accessible to macro lovers. A Canadian classic.

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Photo of berley31
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that very quickly turned into a thin film. Body is a dark golden color, with a very slight haze.

S: Nice aroma of light malt, with traces of caramel and maybe even some nuttiness to it.

T: Flavor is mostly sweet with light malt and caramel, and a short duration. Very refreshing finish.

M: Light-bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: It would be extremely easy to put back several of these babies. This is a lager with a lot of flavor, and a lot of character. Easily one of the better lagers I've had.

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Photo of Tee76
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never even heard of this beer until on a trip to Canada a friend brought it to my attention and i'm glad he did.

Damn tasty and evenly balanced, hard to even began to describe the taste excepts that it's smooth and creamy, it's one of a kind.It's medium bodied and lightly carbonated.An exceptional beer all around that's a pleasure to drink.Would love to try this on Tap.

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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 ecoastman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkability - Very drinkable and I think I prefer this over most lagers (including the macro Euro lagers that this beer has to compete with in our Ontario stores). This score is for the can but I think the draft is even better.

Appearance - A clear dark gold that appears to pour thick when cold. A medium head that recedes quickly but maintains a thin layer through good carbonation. Some lacing.

Smell - Clean sweet malt with bread. Very light on the hops.

Taste - Nice malty start leading into light diactyl butterscotch notes. Finishes with very faint earthy hops and low bitterness. A good product for this style which generally doesn't get much respect.

Mouthfeel - smooth and lightly creamy. The diacetyl provides some slickness into the finish. A nice medium level of carbonation.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer. Always try to ger my hands on some when i'm up north. A must try!In my opionion its just a great, simple straight forward,good tasting brew! Wish it was more available to us here in the states.But it definetly makes a trip to the falls well worth the time.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lovely orange, slightly cloudy body with a rich off-white head. Impressive lacing and good head retention for a lager. Loads of bubbles at first, but very little moments later.

S: Quite floral, with some distinct hoppiness. Also fruity (maybe apple or pear, notes) and very malty. Very appetising.

T: Very tasty and well-balanced, this beer pleases the drinker in many ways. Some hoppy bitterness, so scarce in adjunct lagers, some pleasant sweetness, some fruity notes (apple, orange), and, finally a very solid malt base.

M: Light-to-medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very pleasant on the palate and tongue.

D: Outstandingly drinkable. Even more so on tap.

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Photo of uno99
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a can

A: a picture of this beer should be in the dictionary. its a very classic looking lager. golden. fairly opaque. nice lacing and frothy head. the way a quality lager should appear.

S: Malty and balanced. very light on the nose until you breath in while taking a sip. very inviting.

T: A perfectly balanced lager. This is an easy drinker that tastes like you'd immagine your grandfathers beer would taste like. very fuity malts but not too sweet. a bitter end to your swallow.

M: Again perfect for the style

D: This could be my favorite summer session beer. its so inexpensive and readily available too. extra points there for that.

This is "Nectar of the Gods" status for this style. truly world class, and brewed in my neck of the woods which is bonus for me!

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is at the top of it's category in my opinion. What a fantastic beer from Creemore, Ontario (A Canadian beer!).

A - Golden yellow but not straw coloured, it's almost like a work of art to look at and it makes you want to drink it all right away in one gulp. Beautiful super-thin patchy white lacing indicates it's high quality. Beauty.

S - Doesn't have much to offer, yet the taste department makes up for that. What is there is pleasant though, and nothing like a macro-lager's smell.

T- Exemplary. This is how a Pale Lager should taste. Full of floral notes, the slight citrus kick, super refreshing but never watery, and the single best slightly-sweet aftertaste I have ever experienced from any beer, ever. This beer literally reinvents itself in the glass as it shows off more flavors that I could even bother to list here.

M - Great smooth mouthfeel with the perfect balance of carbonation bubbles, foam, and delicious golden lager.

D - All night long, every night, forever if I could (suppose I can, but there is so many more beers to try!)

This beer is a must-try for any lover of the Pale Lager style. Full of flavor and it's slightly high price is worth every penny.

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

473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark gold with a hint of amber. Good foamy head but it didn't last too long.

S - Sweet malts and some hops. My first thought: It smells like beer.

T - Good balance between the sweets malts and bitter hops. The mild bitter aftertaste has a bit of lasting power.

M - Very nice. Good carbonation, smooth and crisp with some creaminess and some stickiness.

D - Flavourful and easy to drink. Has become one of the staples in my fridge.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the LCBO

From a bottle into a Mug

APPEARANCE: A two finger thinner looking white head quickly recedes to a decent foam cap. Carrot orange in color with medium carbonation and is perfectly clear. Some film stays to the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Not bad at all.

SMELL: A mild nose of pale malts, floral hops, and some bread and biscuit elements. A touch of citrus fruit rounds out the background as well.

TASTE: Pale malts and some sweet honey up front. Biscuit and bread in there with a slight green fruit sweetness as well as apples and grapes perhaps. Some floral hops with a slight bitterness to finish it off. Strong and long lasting aftertaste is nice and enjoyable. An exceptional lager taste profile, and quite refreshing.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, a little light weight as well. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a nice touch of dryness on the palate.

OVERALL: A great pale lager beer; one of the best in Canadian beer stores. Light and refreshing, perfect for a warm summer day, coupled with an exceptional taste profile for the style. Very enjoyable and drinkable, this is one I'll keep around during the warmer months of the year. Recommended.

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Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a small creamy light tan head that leaves a few scraps of lace on the glass. The nose is toasted grain and caramel with a touch of grassy hops. Pretty tasty, kind of the "Boston Lager" of Canada, nice and clean with biscuity malt and herbal hop notes. Medium light bodied and mildly carbonated. Easily the best non Unibroue Canadian beer I've had. A good lager.

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

Sample- 500 Ml bottle- Dark amber coloured body, very nice! Aromas of some malt, and hops in the background. I also got a whiff of fruit(?). Taste is hoppy, fresh, and a tad sweet of malts. A very distinctive taste in my opinion. It went down very easily.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear pale copper a finger of off-white head. Some nice lace is left behind as the head recedes. Decent retention.

Biscuit/bread malt aroma with grassy/herbal hops in the background. Really mild caramel.

Biscuit and caramel flavour hits you immediately followed by a herbal hops in the finish. Bitterness between mild and moderate, just enough to give the malt some balance. Very clean, simple taste.

Fuller bodied than your typical macro lager. Carbonation just shy of moderate lightens it up a little. Clean, simple, and very easy to drink. A solid lager.

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Photo of ericj551
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creemore Springs pours a light copper, a bit darker than your average macro lager. The aroma is slightly grainy with a hint of caramel sweetness and slightly herbal hops. The flavor shows a similar profile, just a bit of malt sweetness and a nice but mild hop flavor. Overall the beer is nice and refreshing after a run and a swim.

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Photo of seand
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a pitcher at Boston pizza.

A: Poured a light clear amber, with a couple fingers of creamy white head. Pretty good lacing, decent retention.

S: Mild light sweetness, a little bit of hoppyness in the background.

T: Much like the the smell. Mild, almost caramel sweetness, followed by a bit of bitterness. It's nice, no overbearing flavors.

M: Quite carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sticky.

D: Can drink a lot of this, reasonable ABV, though it can be a bit filling.

This is a great session beer - the best widely available Ontario beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice 14-ounce draught of Creemore Springs Premium Lager at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Appearance - light amber colour with minimal head, thick foamy surface bubbles with foamy lace around the top 1/4 of the glass.

Smell - clean, fresh scent of barley malt, lemongrass and soft buttery bread. Slight citric nose as well.

Taste - outstanding flavours of deep malt yet balanced with a fresh, buoyant crispness of light vegetables. Nice round flavour profile and excellent balance of hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - this would be the most carbonated version of the product to date, definitely active in the mouth. The activity does amplify the flavours nicely but it would be just a little smoother if toned down a bit.

Drinkability - very easy to drink many of these. Cold and refreshing, natural flavours, goes down easy.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only thing resembling craft beer at the airport, so I sat down at the bar and had a couple while waiting for an arrival and watching Game 7 of the NHL Finals.

Pours a pale straw yellow with a faint line of head - pretty typical lager look, maybe a shade darker.

Pretty typical lager smell too. Faint grains and a hint of a yeasty/bready note.

Taste ups it a bit. Some generic esters, a hint of apples, a slight bready tinge, a faint herbaceous hops note in the finish. Some pale malts as the beer warms. Crisp and clean.

Active carbonation, about par for the style. Definitely drinkable but still just too light and with too many vague flavors for me to pick it up unless it's the only choice.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recall this from a while back - maybe during my Buffalo days...or maybe a trip or 2 to Toronto earlier. At Graffiti's in Kensington Market this seemed to be the offering I hit up the most. Served in an imperial pint glass, it poured a deep dark honey color with a bit of butterscotch/caramel tinge. Head was a solid finger with decent retention and a little bit of lacing as a kicker.

The nose on this is very clean as expected - maybe a little bit of Saaz and some noble hops but everything is quite light - even the mild grain profile with only a little bit of caramel.

The caramel and the light malt roast begin to emerge on the palate pretty nicely but the carbonation keeps this from being overly heavy. It has a very very very light noble hop profile with a little bit of a piney/balsa wood dryness.

Nothing offensive on the palate - again, it's very light and although of moderate levels there's a bit of Beautiful Chemistry going on. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts; the individual elements may not be impressive on a stand-alone basis but the package is well put-together.

Definitely sessionable. Drinks very lightly, is quite clean, and finishes off as such. Great beer at Graffiti's to catch a show there.

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Creemore Springs Premium Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
3.81 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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