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Creemore Springs UrBock | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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155 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,935
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
155
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
17
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mousel
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryW
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red-brown pour with only a small bit of a head. Sparse, spotty lace only.

Quite sweet smell of malt and fruit. Solid hit of malt on the tongue. Sweet up front, but settles into gently bitter hops with dry, lingering bitter finish. Carbonation is about right, so overall this feels quite good to drink. Taste is real simple, nothing particularly complex.

Solid, unsensational beer, good with a meal. Suitable for introducing neophytes to something a little different.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh my, my first Creemore Springs in almost a decade. I think I had last sampled their Urbock in 1996, before I even knew what a Bock beer actually was. Chances are I probably drank it straight from the bottle as well (dumbass....).

This time around is a bottle of their 2003 Seasonal Specialty courtesy of the ever-generous and insightful northyorksammy. I think this is the first time I've ever seen a Creemore Springs product in a 341 ml bottle. The typeface on the label distinctly reminds me of the font that Big Rock uses for their own labels, but I like the design and lay-out nonetheless, simple but it works.

This is a looker of a beer, a seductive clear chestnut hue with a quick splash of beige head. Spiced fruit on the nose, burnt malt that comes across sweet as well, with a trace of alcohol. The flavour occurs in layers: dried fruit and spice at first with a full-bodied mouthfeel, which then drops to a bold roasted malt presence in the middle, and then melds into a grassy hop finish which is more oily on the palate, blended with a sweet caramel accent. The flavours and textures take you around the block a few times, and it's a pleasant trip each time. Complex enough to keep me interested, but not something I could drink on a regular basis. Good thing it's a seasonal.

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Photo of Long813
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Pint Glass

A: Dark brownish-red body and two fingers of off white creamy foam. Decent retention and thick lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, biscuits. Nothing else I can note. Nice mixture between the aromas.

T: Caramel, toffee, biscuits, dark fruits, something else I cannot quite label. Again, nice mixture but nothing amazing for me.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. This is very smooth and creamy with a slight bitter-carbonated feel. Quite pleasant.

D: This is my firdt bock and I'm not that impressed with it thus far. It was nothing unique or defining for me. Hope to have better ones in the future. Nothing off putting - it's good to see some drinkable canadian crafts in the LCBO.

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Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO can poured into a pint glass.

Dark, blackish-ruby amber and perfectly clear, with a cupuccino coloured head. Malty aroma and very malt-heavy in the flavour (as one would expect). Roasted grains with caramelized sweetness, but overall pleasantly dry. More of an alcohol burn on the finish than I'd typically expect from 6% ABV.

Although bock is not my favourite style, I view this as a decent example of it i.e. similar to many pints enjoyed in Germany. Very glad Molson's continues to let Creemore brew without interference...

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Photo of kwjd
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown colour with off white head. Some lacing down the glass. Smells of toasted malt, caramel and grassy hops. Flavour has a punch of bitterness that I didn't expect, with lots of sweetness. Medium bodied carbonation. I like all of creemore's offerings.

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Photo of StormAles
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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 SebD
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 cam477
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdaschaf
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to korguy123 for this awesome pint can!

A: Pours a clear chestnut brown color with ruby highlights. White colored head. Retention and lacing are lacking.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, and some bready yeast.

T: Very nutty with caramel flavor mixed in. There is a little bit of spice and a toasted malt flavor as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, its good, easy drinking, but seemed to be a little on the flat side.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Enjoy

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Little head, and, what there was disappeared quickly. Other than that, no complaints.
A good entry in the bock category.

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Photo of eat
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from ritzkiss, thanks! Pours a blanket of cream-white head. Retention and lacing could be better. The body is a dark copper/amber, clear against light. Nice colour.

The nose is lots of bready yeast, wheat, some roasty malt, caramel, touch of dark spice, a bit astringent, a little iron. Not too bad.

The flavour is lots of whole wheat, with toasted malt, the same dark spices found in the smell and some earthy, bitter noble hops linger on the finish (probably my favorite part of this brew). Fairly balanced. Not too exciting but not too bad a bock either.

The feel is nothing special, keeping in line with everything else. Slightly-watery medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

This beer is alright but seems to have a certain macro quality to it. Maybe I'm just imagining things but I feel it tastes like it would have been better made in smaller batches or with less filtration or something. I'm no brewer, I can't say what the culprit is. It's kind of riding just above average on all counts. In any case, it's a fairly drinkable bock, although not one I'll be buying again. Thanks for the sample, Eric!

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Photo of Stocean1
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers into a pint glass with decent retention - a nut brown colour - some lacing and semi-clear

Smell is malt, nut, sweet biscuit, floral hops

Taste follows the nose with a hint of dark fruit and some pepper

Mouthfeel is light medium body with some carbonation, semi-dry and somewhat bitter, has a minerla twang

Overall another decent brew from creemore, like the kellerbier this is not my stle yet I found it very drinkable

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Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark clear amber with good carbonation, and a head that lasts, but is noticably thin. Good lacing.

S- Bits of grains, grassiness, dark malts,

T- Grassy hops and grains up front, then soon after caramel malt, and toasted malts take over. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Not too much of either for my likings though. A tad on the light side. Definitely didn't offend me though.

M- Very smooth, but a bit thin and watery. Carbonation redeems it by making it feel bigger than it is.

D- Easy to drink, but has a bit too much grassy flavor for me. If I had the option, I'd go with Creemore's Lager, or Kellerbier first. All of these are good options, though, and I consider Creemore Springs to be one of the better breweries in Ontario for having products that are consistently above what else is available here.

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Creemore Springs UrBock from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 155 ratings
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