Creemore Springs UrBock | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

Creemore Springs UrBockCreemore Springs UrBock
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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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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(2003 version) Brown colour. Like their premium lager but instead of cream, the unique bock taste and some sweetness and slight fruit. Unpasteurized is a problem. I can see why Creemore doesn't expand their lineup. Ok session brew and with Chinese food as light complexion.

(2004 version) More German-like quality with less carbonation noticeable. Sweet, nicer brown colour. Same overall rating.
(2005 version on tap) smooth, creamy, dry. A variation of the creemore cream.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap - Copper brew with a small head. Malty aroma with a medium body. Taste is very creamy which I approved with small traced of burnt malt. Not the best of bock but still a great beer that should be made available all year long. The Creemore brewery is starting to impress me with two great german inspired brew (lager and bock).

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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 feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent amber/bronze color, with a slim layer of off-white foam that vanishes assuredly in time. Aroma, big malt, dark fruit, raisins, plum, prunes, very caramelly, pungent and just this side of cloying.
Taste: powerful impact on the palate, brash entry on the tastebuds, sloshing around in the mouth all manner of rich, dark flavors, complex sweetness, and more than can be easily assessed. Gets pretty dry at the end, crisp, snappy, but there's something disagreeable in the flavor, it's just too, too much. Nothing wrong with it, just too busy, and not smooth enough to please, a little too troublesome to rank high in drinkability, and rate favorably for flavor. Good texture, though, nice, slick, substantial mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium, tasty, sweet finish.
Good bock, and halfway through I'm warming up to it a bit more, but my statements above still stand. Not what I'd pick first out of a bock line-up, but good in it's own right.

Thanks to Northyorksammy!

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Photo of liamt07
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, canned on date J23 (September 23). In a pint glass.

Pours a rusty red, with a few fingers of thick and creamy eggshell head. Leaves some lace and retains its head well. Nose has some earthy hops, light grain, and a general sense of the malt sweetness. Nothing exciting here, and the taste proves this. Some of the hops upfront, light toffee and caramel notes, and some graininess. Alcohol isn't disguised, and that a disappointment at relatively low ABV. However, its got a decent creamy mouthfeel. Not a ton of flavour going for this one, simple and straightforward. Medium drinkability.

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Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 biegaman
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tawny brush fire with equal parts gold, amber, and ruby-brown. All tones are exhibited to their fullest when viewed with a bright source of light directly behind. A light haze has settled, the beer remains spotlessly clear albeit with transparency a little distorted in parts of deeper shading. There is zero sign of carbonation and big points are lost due to an utterly flat surface. The top is barren without even the slightest indication of outline.

If I wanted cornmeal I'd make polenta, and I'm sure that would turn out much more tasty anyhow. Bocks should smell malty - there's no arguing that. I don't want to hear any if, ands, or buts about it from Molson's or Creemore. This bock smells much more like frozen microwaved corn niblets dabbled with malt extract than they do toasted grains lathered with rich caramel. I appreciate the effort to sweeten it but I can tell it's not authentic.

The taste can't seem to shake off the adjuncts and extracts neither. It offers not even a hint of dried fruit nor candied fruit, no desserts, no chocolate, no caramel or spice nor toasted breads. It's like a macro lager infused with cheap caramel syrup. Good thing I'm not German or I would be incredibly insulted. The ingredients used are clearly cheap and the brewer responsible clearly has either no pride or no understanding of the style.

This isn't anything like a dark, strong, malty beer - it's much more like a heavily filtered, adjunct ridden lager blended with cheap extract flavouring. This is flat, stale, and cloying. It tastes syrupy and possesses no roast or caramelization. This could possibly make something of a cross over beer for macro lager drinkers but for anyone already exposed to good craft beer I'd recommend passing this one over.

There's still half a glass left in front of me and I'm not at all anxious to finish it. I didn't notice too much of a difference when Creemore was bought out by Molson's but I will say this: the once decent UrBock is now nothing more than another macro kitsch imposture peddled as a small scale take on a rich, distinct style. Whether that's a change in my tastes or a change in the production I can't say. What I do know: I won't be revisiting.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - The beer pours a clear light brown colour with an average size creamy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some excellent lacing down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, malts, caramel, brown sugar

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and feels lightly flat on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of malts and brown sugar with and a roasted/toasted nut flavour. The beer finishes with a malty aftertaste.

Drink - I'm not sure if I just got the end of a keg or something, but the beer wasn't nearly as good as it is from a can. Still an above average beer though; I'm rarely disappointed with Creemore products.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 bylerteck
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 DrJay
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, medium brown colour with deep coppery red highlights topped by a thin, light tan head. Rich malty aroma with some caramel sweetness that reminds me of some British ales. Some graininess and a light floral hop smell. Creamy, malty flavour that's balanced towards sweetness. Little bitterness or hop flavour with the graininess coming through here as well. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation composed of very fine bubbles that meld well with the body. There's also a bit of stickiness that remains on the palate. Not a bad beer at all... I just hope Molson/Coors decides to keep this one.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +8.2%
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 Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a somewhat murky brown; the head is modest in size, the lace fair and clings in sheets to the glass. Nose is malt, caramel, somewhat sweet as in ripe fruit. Start is lightly malt sweet, the top is middling, the finish is piddlingly acidic, and puny in the hops arena, dry aftertaste. Not a bad drinking beer, just a little "Wimpy" on the hops, but then I'm a "Hop Head".

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Photo of papat444
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a trip to Ottawa last month. Shared with my wife over ziti, fresh homemade bread and salad.

Poured from a 473ml. can, canned Jan. 13, 2011 (code A131110:45).

Appearance: An ecru colored frothy head with body more clear than opaque that has a stark ruby red color. Retention is very good.

Smell: Grainy with malt and some sweetness as it warms. Too discreet.

Taste: At first, not much. A mineral-like feel with some spices and a tea-like presence maybe? Lots of malt with a caramel flavor and as it warms, i get get some candied sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very lively and a full-bodied feel. Spot-on and quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: Easy to enjoy and no impediment. I may seek it out again.

Overall: I started out not really liking it but warmed up to it. Still, i wasn't really impressed with it per se.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of peensteen
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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