Creemore Springs UrBock | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs UrBockCreemore Springs UrBock

Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Ontario, Canada

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bock beers gained notoriety in Munich back in 1612. All the Bavarian nobles were drinking fashionable northern ales known as Einbeck Bier. So Duke Maximillian I of Munich hired his own northern brewmaster, who created a lager similar in character but superior in taste. It won back the local aristocrats. Inspired by his entrepreneurial spirit we started brewing our own urBock – rich, ruby-hued beer with subtle, dark roasted flavours. It’s an aristocratic beer but rest assured, you needn’t be a Duke to enjoy it.

28 IBU

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2001

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Photo of Chris_r2112
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*From notes taken on Feb 8, 2016.

Look: About a finger and a half of head. Ruby brownish colour. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not too much going on. Slightly malty, cherries, light notes of chocolate.

Taste: You instantly get a nice hint of cherries and other dark fruits, but it has no staying power, except for very subtle bitterness. Very short finish, which detracts from the overall taste. Slightly disappointed, considering I'm a fan of the brewery.

Feel: Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Average-slightly below average offering from an otherwise solid brewery.

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Photo of VincentGR
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer strarts with a clear ruby-brown color with medium creamy looking head retention that fades into a ring and patches. When it gets close to your nose, it as a nice roasty malt and slightly fruity smell. The alcool is subtle but present. Have a sip and you will feel a very refreshing and smooth carbonation. The first sweet roasted dark/caramel malt and nut taste will leave a slight bitterness.

Overall, this beer comes with a sweet roasty caramel smell and taste that is very welcome with the tickness of the carbonation. Very balance and sublte for the style, but definetly enjoyable as a group rather then a single beer.


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Photo of Bunman3
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Umm - OK. I think the best beers in this style have a depth that this particular offering lacks. It looks fine, but the head disappears in a hurry. The smell is very thin - faint hints of caramel. Taste-wise, the flavor is rich enough but lacking complexity. I would not rush out to find this, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can into nonic pint. "A3015" on the bottom of the can, which probably means a canning/brewing/packaging date of january 30, 2015

a: a transparent, deep copper-ruby topped with three fingers of light brown head

s: apple, grainy lager smell, caramel, toast. good aroma, a bit subdued

t: follows the nose. maybe even some dark cherries too

m: mild carbonation, light-to-medium body. good stuff

o: a nice dark lager packed with tasty dark malt flavours

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Photo of timgman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Spanking delish.
Nice crisp urbock baby!
No utterance of can tinge, (pored from a can)...
I do dare say, It's been some time since I've had one and need to get more in stock for winter !!!!!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.85 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Pretty good. Pours with a nice 1" head that tapers to a film within a minute. Very dark

S- A bit lacking. Definitely caramel scents

T- Ok. A bit bitter from the roasted malt. Ok hops.

M- Light yet heavy LOL. Weird but good. Not creamy but not dry.

O- Pretty good. Not special but pretty good. Will buy if I see it on tap

Food Pairing

This interesting little beer pairs well with... Pumpkin pie! The cinnamon really comes out with this beer.


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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473 mL can into a pint glass.

I don't know if this particular can had undergone some unsettling beforehand (it was in my fridge for a couple days at least), but when I poured it out, it had an insane amount of head, and I couldn't even finish pouring the entire contents of the can before some of it spilled out. Needless to say, more than 4 fingers of head at first, and it took a minute or two to settle to a 2-finger head. Body was a dim, amber brown.

Smell was quite inviting. Sweet, but still tangy and grainy. Fruity, perhaps like prunes or raisins. A bit of a soapy scent in there (unfortunately).

Taste was great, right from the first sips. Just the right balance (according to my tastes) between bitter and sweet. No metallic taste, either up front or in the aftertaste. Midway between light and rich.

Moderate to strong carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium dark ruby brown, a solid dense tan head, shows good retention, good clarity and lacing. 4
S- kilned roasty malts, some apple/caramel, nuttiness, earthy bitterness. Lemon, piney aromas. 3.75
T- toasty caramel, pear, candy apple, brown sugar through the finish, malt with some lemony yeast, full bodied malt, earthy (lightly peppery) bitterness. Mostly bready caramel malts, good balance, standard. Then some chocolate emerges as it warms, along with some light woody/tobacco 3.5
M- moderate bodied, light carbonation, a bit sweet and malty, clean bready malt finish then dry.
A good balanced malty bock beer, bit on the sweet side and not a lot of complexity, but works as a fairly tasty session beer, would have again, but not something I found all that interesting. Warms nicely.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can picked up from LCBO poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Nice dark ruby / garnet color sits below 2.5 fingers of creamy white head that sticks around for a bit. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

Smell - Not tons here, mostly bready and biscuity malts. Maybe a few mixed nuts thrown in as well. Some vague sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste - Like it smells, except that the sweetness in those doesn't translate in the taste, and the taste is slightly bitter afterwards.

Mouthfeel - Fairly rich and smooth, medium carbonation. There is a thirst quenching nature about this beer, but at no point does it feel overly watery.

Overall - A tasty bock, I'm glad I tried, however it was a slight letdown after viewing the beer before trying it. Still another good entry from one of Ontario's best and most prolific craft brewers.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly translucent dark mahogany with a pillowy light tan head (basically off-white). Looks real nice.

Aroma: Nutty toffee and that slight tinge of lager yeast. Not super aromatic but a sweet aroma overall.

Taste: Not quite what I was expecting at first sip but still a good flavor. It's not as sweet as the aroma suggests which works in its favor here. Starts with light earthy/grassy hop presence that mixes well with a pilsen/amber malt flavor. Midway through you get that blast of lager yeast which balances out the sweetness from the malt. The finish is bright and smooth. Aftertaste of echoing lager yeast with a lingering bitterness (very low probably 20-30 IBUs). At 6% ABV it never tastes watery but still doesn't excel very far in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel: A tad below medium in body with somewhat aggressive carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I've only had one other offering from Creemore Springs (their Kellerbier) which I enjoyed as well. They brew proof that lagers aren't just for BMC drinkers. Would I drink it again? Sure, but I'd be more interested in trying their other offerings.

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Photo of AddyCanuck
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review but I've had this beer multiple times.

A - Pours a clear bronzish red color. The head is a light tan and is about an inch thick. but, it quickly goes away and leaves nothing behind. No lacing of any sort.

S - Never really picked up anything unique. Has a faint malt smell to it.

T - Very subtle but deep caramel flavour. Has a nice roasted nuts taste that is permanent throughout each sip. Bitterness hits you at the end. Lingering after taste.

M - Medium body. Refreshing feel to it.

O - One of my go to beers. I enjoy the bitterness it leaves you with. A great beer for after a long day of school and studying.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glace.

A: Hazelnut/caramel brown colour. Pours a 1/4 inch head that is off white then drops to a thin layer.

S: Deep caramel/toffee flavours, hints of smokiness, hints of hops,

T: There is a nice sweetness that starts off, then a warming feeling comes in and finishes with a dry feeling. Caramel flavours present, hop bitterness is right on with a bit of hop flavour at the end.

M: Med body, great carbonation.

O: This is a great Bock. I look forward to this time of year every year to be able to have a few of these.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another shout out to my BA bro joemcgrath27 for sending this my way. You know the selection of your local LCBO sucks when you have to get an Ontario beer shipped to you from Alberta...

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red colour, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Nice bready malt, bistuit notes, caramelized sugar and a hint of musty wheat.

T - The caramel malts come through nicely, hint of leafy hops alongside the bready biscuit notes and some sweet brown sugar lingers. Loads of flavour in a rather unsuspecting bottle.

M - Medium, smooth and wet. An easy drinker indeed.

O - A great example of the style, loads of flavour, easy drinking and at 6% a nice ale for a cloudy autumn day... Or in my case a rainy spring afternoon. I would toss back a 6-er of this no problem.

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Photo of korguy123
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into tall glass.

A- Dark maple syrup brown pour with thin off white head that is short lived. Very little lacing.

S- Subtle brown sugar and maple syrup. Dark stone fruits, caramel and toffee. Slight floral presence from the hops.

T- Stone fruits, including figs, dates and a slight cherry presence. Caramel and brown sugar. There is a earthy aftertaste.

M- Light bodied, chewy with a good carbonation.

O- Creemore puts out a quality brew, this one is by far my favorite.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very deep, dark, and clear amber with about a cm of bubbly head on top.

The nose is very malty with notes of vanilla and some slightly fruity alcohol notes coming through in the background.

The taste is malty and surprisingly toasted with perhaps a tiny hint of coffee. It follows with some faint sweetness and light bitterness as the earthy notes develop.

Overall, this is a decent brew, though I don't know if I'd actively seek it out in the future.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear dark amber brown, creamy tan head retained very well
S - minerally, toasty, and sweet malty aromas dominate
T - sweet and roasty malts, a mineral blood-like note, very light citrus hops on the finish
M - medium to slightly heavy, generally smooth and slightly sticky and just a touch of bitterness
O - a tasty full bodied bock, well rounded and smooth enough to be sessionable, well done

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Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish color with amber hues when against the light, big head is formed when served, a medium brown color head with small mixed bubbles, carbonation seems to be medium also just forming a light faded layer on top of the beer.

S: The aroma is not really clear some toasted malts can be sensed and that is it.

T: The flavor is a little better than the aroma but also very simple nothing elaborated or to remember, malted toasts with little quantity of hops.

M: As a lager this one has to has a medium body at the most be refreshing and actually it is, the problem is that there is not sweetness present as expected in a Buck or in a beer with high alcohol and the bitterness should be low and it is present in the end.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in colour with crystal clarity. Pours with a poorly retained cap of thick beige head that doesn't lace. Mild aroma has notes of baking bread, caramel, brown sugar, and raisins. Tastes sweet and malty up front with notes of toasted bread, honey, and raisins. A mild nutty character shows up midway through, along with some tangy plum. Finishes with sweet caramel and a light bitterness that shows some linger. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. It's kind of deceptive, the way this has a much fuller flavour than the aroma suggests. That's not a complaint though. It's more of a pleasant surprise. Lacks a little in richness.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for this one.

Appearance. Clear, deep brown-red with a small head.

Smell. Sweet malty caramel, fresh plums and brown sugar.

Taste. Big caramel malt. Lots of it. Pretty nice tasting too!

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Nothing complex here, just a nice malty beer that goes back easy. If I had another, it'd be gone too.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" tan head that dissipated quickly over brown liquid with good clarity.

S: Smells yeasty and somewhat metallic.

T: A very slight bitterness to it, it tastes like earthy hops, bread and a rich caramel malt.

M: Thin viscosity and medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A so-so offering from the Molson-owned Granville Island Brewing of the East.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - toes the line between amber and brown with ruby highlights. Off-white head has decent retention.

Smell - Light aromas of roasted malt and dark fruit and a slight metallic smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Light bodied, but a bit slick, and very strongly carbonated. Flavours of plum, lightly roasted malt, bread, and subtle bitterness.

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Photo of SebD
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasty malts, dark fruit, floral hops and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet roasty malt character, nutty and caramely notes, light spices and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/18/11

A brownish amber with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a thin tan film that hangs for a couple minuets leaving some random spots of lace

S bready roast with a slight nutty aspect with some brown sugar

T much stronger then the nose with some rye bread and hard toffee, faint molasses and much nuttier, booze is just barely detectable maybe some chocolate on the finish

M medium bodied that creams up a fair bit from the pinprick bubbles, nice nutty after taste lingers for quite a while

O didn't know what to expect and I didn't mid it at all, smells a little faint but its a minor complaint

pretty well suited for this cold ass "fall" afternoon -15 feels like Winter too me but I do live in Calgary, I might get board of a 6 pack but the 2 pint sized cans in the Creemore Winter mixer looking pretty good with some other offerings to mix things up

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO. This is the only major Creemore brew I have not yet tried (or reviewed), but I've enjoyed all of their other beers so I expect an enjoyable session ahead.

Pours a beautiful deep brown ruby-amber colour, with a modest-sized beige head that dissipates quickly leaving a creamy cap behind. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Generally pleasant aroma; lots of roasted biscuits and nutty malts, dark fruits, toffee and a bit of spice.

Rich-tasting, as I'd expect from a bock. Caramel sweetness with roasted malts form the backbone of the flavour. A pleasant, nutty feel to the malts, with some subdued spiciness and dark fruit notes as well. The herbal hops become more noticeable toward the finish, and leave an earthy, dark chocolate bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. The spring water used in all of this brewer's beers is apparent. Medium-bodied, with just the slightest bit of syrupy chew in the mouthfeel. Mild carbonation lends it a creamy, smooth nature.

A solid bock, quite tasty and neither boozy nor watery, though it could stand to be a bit heavier. Much like their pilsener, it is definitely to style but not exactly a standout in the category. I will keep this one in mind during the coming winter months.

[Updated April 1 2014]

Another can. I'd say this is the best widely-available bock in this province, and given the distributor, probably much of the country - easily beating out the cheaper Euro imports. If you are in the market for a strong, malty, approachable lager, Creemore UrBock is a good bet at a great price. This one is sweet, but not too sweet; with a nice bitter finish to counter the malts. Creemore is an underrated brewery - there are few others in this country who have mastered the lager like they have.

Final Grade: 3.82, a B+.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, reddish-amber brown with some visible carbonation a sizeable, fluffy beige head. Decent retention, dissipating to a thin film and leaving some lacing.

S: Munich and biscuity malts, loads of sweet dark fruit aromas of fresh black cherries and candied figs, and hints of nuts, spices, and toffee. Faint herbal hops.

T: Follows the nose closely. Sweet Munich and biscuit malts mingle with fresh dark fruits, especially black cherries, and brown spices (cinnamon and a hint like nutmeg). Light roasted malt and nut notes towards the finish, with faint, woodsy hops.

M: Medium-bodied with smooth, mild carbonation and just enough hoppy and roasty bitterness to balance the flavour profile and give a clean, dry finish.

D: A good, to-style Bock that isn't very complex, but still plenty tasty and drinkable.

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