Creemore Springs UrBock | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs UrBockCreemore Springs UrBock

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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 CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Im not much of a bock fan, but this beer was awesome. This is the best bock style beer Ive ever had.

Its packaged in a nice 341ml bottle with an raised ring around the neck with the words 'Creemore Springs Brewery Limited". It pours from its billygoat clad bottle a brilliant reddish brown. Very bright red glints dance in a sea of dark copper. The head is big and creamy at first but quickly reduces to a tan miniscus. Lacing is good.

The aroma is winey and grainy, with lots of fruityness and malt sweetness. Theres also some roasted malt bitterness and hop leaf in the nose. the taste is malty and incredibly rich. The malt character lean away from dark fruit or christmas pudding (which I dont like that much) and more towards grainy bready flavors. Theres a slight dark malt bitterness which melds incredibly with a herbal, floral hop character. The finish is dryish with residual malt sweetness battling with hop bitterness for my attention. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full of textured busy carbonation. Alcohol is warming and compliments the other flavors throughout.

This is one incredible bock. Its not overly sweet like I find so many others of the style. It has great balance and an incredibly nuanced malt character. This beer is a must try, especially if you arent big on bocks.

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Photo of Beers
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After pouring the off-white head subsides into minimal lacing, yet keeps hanging around in the background never quite disappearing. Has the nice color of a slightly reddish root beer.

Smells of bready malts. No discernible hop aroma. Hints of caramel.

First taste is a rush of malts. Very creamy carbonation. Subsides into a balanced caramel malty bitterness. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation is great in this beer. I've quite enjoyed this beer. Malt malt malt. OH, and caramel

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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 funkengruven
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark red almost brown with a very small head that didn't last very long. Smell is good, fresh barley malt. This stuff tastes great, a caramel body with a mildly bitter finish, it's carbonation is pretty strong but not overbearing as to make it hard to swallow This stuff is dangerously easy to drink. Apparently this won't be around long, so i hope to enjoy this until the end of the season comes along.

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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 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 bryehn
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely nut brown colour with ruby tones. Forms a sizable tan coloured head when poured that dissipates in a few minutes but leaves some nice lacing and a small collar.

I get a deep malt aroma with brown sugar or syrup and toast notes, along with just a hint of spice and the fresh water aroma Creemore Springs beers are known for.

There is a certain tang to the initial mouthfeel, despite a seemingly low carbonation level. It then takes on creamy traits, but never feels thick like other dark beers. For a strong beer, urBock from Creemore Springs is almost a little too easy to drink.

The taste itself is rich and malty with hints of biscuit and fruit. I found an unexpected (this is my first Bock) bitterness to the finish with a very mild syrupy aftertaste on the back end.

This beer also has some nice warming qualities, making it a great seasonal choice. Another quality product from a great brewery and frankly one I'd enjoy year-round if it were available.

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Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown translucent amber, with a reasonably thick off white head. A layer of head retains pretty well, and leaves substantial lacing.

S: Thick and sweet, with toffee, brown sugar, and caramel tones.

T: Like the nose, but balanced with a bit of hops on the finish. A pretty nice blend of flavors.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

D: Balanced enough that it drinks quite easily.

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Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated L29/05, I presume that's Dec 29, 2005. It's supposedly delivered fresh weekly, and I picked this up from a refridgerated section of an LCBO.

This is an old friend of mine, which use to be my winter staple. I'm not sure if it's not as good as it use to be, or if my palate has simply evolved.

Owned by Molson, it's now found in a standard twist-off bottle. The old plastic cap was kind of dumb (though good for homebrew), but I did really like the old metal capped, non-twist top bottle, with the Creemore banner around the neck.

A: Ruby-brown, with an off-white head, that desparately tries to cling to the glass.

S: Caramel, malty sweetness, with a little grain.

T: This one's all about the malt (caramel, bread, with a little nut). A little more grainy, dark-fruit/prune than I remember (with a little burnt flavour as well).

M: Body is on the heavy side of moderate, carbonation is slightly less than moderate (and lower than it has previously been).

D: VERY drinkable. This one can be trouble!

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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 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 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 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 the42ndtourist
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thought - wow, this is pretty dark. A nice tan head, thick and sticky even after it fades to a lace.
The smell is a noseful of malt. The taste, lots of malt, and a fair measure of hops as well. Not the usual taste of the style, but a very nice beer anyways. Good and thick, aftertaste clings to the mouth.
I like it!. I was certainly surprised to see this when I ducked into the LCBO for a minute. Cheers to Creemore!

That was the 2002 edition.

Now, 2004: my first thought, pulling the bottle out of the sixpack, was actually surprise at how light it was. Which makes rereading my prior review a little amusing (to me). Red-Gold honey, a limited head. It's quite crisp, with hop bite battling the bocky malt sweetness all the way through. It's rather refreshing when you put it up against all the heavy bocks around this time of year.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will complete my reviews for Creemore! I hated their Pilsener, which is good as it is a limited edition. Like their lager, and after trying two of these this afternoon I like their bock too. So here's my review. 6.00% abv, 341mL twist bottle. On the back - B2508. Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Dark mahogany body, nice off-white tan-ish head. Gobs of lace. Red accents. Fantastic.

Decent bock nose. Caramel, raisin. A bit vinous. Peach and apricot. Very fruity! Alcohol is a bit forward for 6% abv.

Moderately chewy body, noted carbonation. Palate is exceptionally balanced. Resinous raw hoppiness. Nuts, toast. Apricots and peach again. A bit acidic and sour, maybe because of the lack of pasteurization? The box was dusty at the Beer Store... bah. Super drinkable and refreshing, a great spring beer!

Not sure how fresh this is but this is by far the best of Creemore's brews.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I grabbed a pack of this limited offer. While I probably won't run out to grab another, I will definitely pick up another 6-pack of the next vintage. This is a smooth and easy drinking bock.

I'd like to see a best before date on these fragile brews (unpasturized). I'm starting to wonder if these are last-year's stock... what time of the year are they released? I'm assuming this is the fresh stuff since they advertise it as a beer to "celebrate the festive winter season" which is fast approaching...

It pours dark brown with a medium dense head which recedes quickly with little to no lacing. Against the light it has a nice copper-red hue. The aroma is quite mild but noticeably malty sweet with caramel and bread.

It starts with a light syrupy texture to introduce the malty flavours and finishes with low hop and bitterness that's reminiscent of the Creemore lager flavour. It's relatively smooth with the low carbonation that is on par for this style. While there is no outstanding character (other than malt) the beer is very well balanced and makes for a nice seasonal session beer.

Worth a try.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice one finger, creamy head that is slowly going down. Amber/ruby body. Bright with low carbonation. Some decent lacing sticks around as I work my way through this and a nice little cap of head sticks around too.

S - Good amount of hops in the aroma. Rich malts show up in the form of breadiness or toffee. Possibly some molassess or burnt sugar also.

T - Malts champ through in a big way here. Toffee-ish flavour is there with molassess again. Possibly a fruitcake element. It's all malt but pretty nice.

M - Creamy, not lot's of carbonation but just enough is there. Body is pretty light. A nice little bitter finish is just barely noticable.

D - This is a nice cold weather lager. A nice malty brew. I could have a few on a cold evening like tonight. Nothing really screams 'don't drink me' with this one. I've had the UrBock from Creemore a few times before and it's always been a decent brew.

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

341ml single bottle, from the remainder bin at Toronto's Queens Quay LCBO location, a week or so ago now.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with two flabby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy pale beige head, which leaves a small ring of coral atoll lace around the glass as it rather lazily abates.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, a further biscuity breadiness, well-bruised red apples, and some sassy earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is zingy biscuity caramel malt, warm toffee, a certain hard water flintiness, indistinct dark orchard fruity notes, thin brown sugar, and more tame weedy, leafy, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate, and well supportive in its roundabout frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and a little testy (but in a good way) in its generally successful attempt at smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, with a still edgy, sweet 'n crackery caramelized maltiness.

Overall, this is a pretty decent, well-made, and flavourful ode to those bocks of veritable Germanic heritage - big and malty, and with an uptick in ABV that provides but a wee soupcon of palatal warming. All from a consistently impressive brewery, whose buy/sell-out (depends on yer viewpoint, don't it?) a number of years ago doesn't seem to have had all that much of an effect on the quality herein, amirite?

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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 Reinheitsgebot71
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This marks review number 51 for me, more than half way to 100 reviews and more than half way out of acolyte on the BA nomenclature.

Creemore's seasonal offering; I never understood why they released this around winter and not spring since it's a bock, oh well.

A very attractive clear ruby amber liquid sits here in my Smitchwicks glass, the closest thing to a bock glass I have. On top of this is a smooth tan head with decent retention. Minimal amounts of lacing cling to the glass.

Bursts of caramel and apricot are the first thing noticed. Brown sugar, cocoa and golden raisins add dimension to the malt aromas. Green apple esters lurk in the background manifesting amongst the bubbly effervescence.

A smooth sweetness slides across the palate, raisins, caramel covered apples, brown sugar syrup and hints of chocolate provide for a complex and rich malt profile. Biscuit flavours control up the rich malt sugars, keeping things from becoming cloying. Balancing hops provide just the right amount of bitterness to keep round things out. The lager yeast has done its job keeping flavours clean and in perspective.
The body is creamy and rich while still having that light lager feel one expects.

This is a great brew and I'm glad Creemore have kept it up though I reiterate my lamentation on its lack of availability come spring.

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

Pours a mahogany red/brown, large off-white head forms, goes away rather quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Smells sweet, grassy, earthy, some citrus notes are present. Tastes pretty rich and malty, some sweetness, some floral hoppiness to the end and a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is medium full, very smooth, this one has been sitting around for a while to mellow, it gains a nice roasty/hoppy character. Decent brew for Ontario.

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

A huge fan of Creemore's lager and pilsner, and with a winter storm a brewin' I figured the urBock was in order. Nice to see the traditional goat emblem on the bottle.

Pours an amber-chocolate hue, leaves about an inch of offwhite head, which has nicely receded to a ring encircling the glass. Lots of foamy lacing. Looks like a root beer, oddly enough.

The nose is malt and caramel, with possibly a bit of raisins in the back. Not bad.

The taste is quite nice, if a little muted. Nice and malty, with notes of toffee, caramel and sweet white wine. A lingering pepper finish, and this is where I detect a slight warming alcohol sensation. The flavours work well, but could have been more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is on the lower carbonation, slightly thinner than I'd like.

Glad I picked this one up; I've been passing it by at the LCBO for too long. It's not my favorite Creemore brew, as it could have been a bit more hearty, but it's quite tasty and is going down well.

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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 peensteen
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish ruby copper colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, good amount of lace. Smell is malty and nutty, good portion of that creemore yeastiness, caramel and toffee notes. Taste is similar to the nose nutty with a big malty profile, light alcohol, mildly bitter, really pleasant finish of caramel and toffee, lightly sweet finish. Med carbonation, lightly creamy, medium body. Quite nice overall, I enjoy this quite a bit even though its probably not the best stylistically.

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