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 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 GodOfBeer
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this first in 2006 and it was amazing in every aspect, had it again in 2007 and it failed to please my senses. Nice dark red colour, nice head that disappears too fast, great malty, spicy raisin flavour and the smell I don't really remember but it was good. I would buy this one again. This beer is even better on tap.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep, amber brown. Thick head at first, that dissipates quickly, and slight lacing.

Smell is lightly malty, nothing exceptional.

Taste is malty, not strong. A nice amount of lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, not over carbonated, kind of just right.

Definitely a drinkable beer. The scent and taste are not strong, but the lingering aftertaste is quite pleasant. Overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of sstackho
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO. Pours a clear, dark copper with a big head due to a poor pour, but the head goes away pretty quickly. Little lacing. Reasonable malty aroma. Flavour is malt - and that's about it. Finishes a bit thin. I've not much of a bock fan, and this one doesn't get me any closer to changing my mind.

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Photo of bobsy
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at The C’est What? Fall Festival of Beers. Nice dark russet body with an effusive white head. Caramel malt in the nose and the flavour, with a fair bit of fruitiness and grain. Surprisingly thick consistency, with a creamy aftertaste. Quite a pleasant brew from Creemore.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle sent to me by pootz, poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a beautiful clear, deep blood-red with hints of orange. Almost 2 inches of tan head erupts off a vigorous pour, subsides quickly and leaves a bit of wet lacing. Carbonation is low and lazy. Aroma is deep and malty with some caramel sweetness and some breadiness. Hops impart a noble pepperiness and a pleasant herbal aroma.

First impression of the flavour is an almost overwhelming soapy note that I'm sure is just a lot of herbal hops, but comes off unpleasant. There's a slight metallic sharpness as well. It does get better though as the beer warms a little. Bready at first with some dark fruity flavours, a bit medicinal, like cough syrup in its delivery. A bit of pepper to give it some zip. Finish is earthy, potently herbal, hursky and crackery. Mouthfeel is medium-thick in body with a zippy carbonation. Drier than I expected it would be. Overall not a brutal effort, but the lack of balance in the actual flavour is a little offputting. Lots of individual elements, not enough harmony.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the colour of cherry cola, with very little foam. Smell is a bit sharp. Grain, dark and sour fruit(yet not citrus), and cut grass. Very good taste. Malty and sweet, with a bit of plum and cherry. Relatively thick, full mouthfeel. I like it, and will be buying it again. Not complex, but a good beer.

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Photo of pootz
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of the 2006 release.

Creemore's UrBock has a history of changing slightly year to year so I thought I'd share some tasting notes on this year's release:

This year's batch seems to have been thinned out a bit in body and there is less sweetness and more hops and black malt husk "char" in the finish. This finish combined with the thinner body is reminiscent of a schwarzbier

The look is similar in color to previous years...clear reddish cola color... but the cap is less prominent and reduces more quickly to a ring which leaves some weak lacing.

The main body is thinner to the palate than one expects in a dark bock (or previous releases) and more like a Munich dunkel...taste is well balanced, non cloying, grainy with some cocoa tones....gone are the dried fruit notes the earlier richer sweeter versions had ...there is a "sharpness" to this year's release that may be the result of the increased hopping and "char" astringency combining with what seems like more carbonation than in previous years.

This is still drinkable and clean but this year has a character that seems to lack a defined Bock identity...thinner than one expects in a dark bock....more like a dunkel-schwarzbier hybrid...I still bought a case

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Photo of cratez
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like dark beers and was excited to hear that Creemore Springs makes a bock (the fact that it's a seasonal is kinda cool too). Pours a dark ruby body. There's minimal head, but the colour makes it look thirst-quenching. Some grainy, brownish lacing sticks to the glass. Smells of bready malt, red wine, prunes, and alcohol. Taste has a bold malt character with an initial alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is pretty much what this beer is all about. Starts off with a moderately carbonated bite and goes down smooth. The aftertaste fades away quickly. This beer is nothing special but it's still drinkable. The higher alcohol content is reasonably well-hidden by a malty taste and crisp mouthfeel. Decent brew.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm probably one of the biggest advocates that there is for Creemore Springs' flagship brew, their premium lager (yes, i'll admit it - even after their buyout by Molson) - I've never before, however, had a chance to try their seasonal brew, Creemore Springs Traditional urBock. Well, let's change that, shall we.

Of course, the most dissapointing thing about the Molson takeover is the fact that Creemore is now using standard brown bottles, as opposed to the unique shape that previously seemed to define the symbology of the brew. But alas, I poured this beer aggressively, and was still only left without a finger of head that dissappeared inside of thirty seconds (although with a considerable amount of - admittedly, a little runny - lacing). The brew itself has a reddish amber glow to it, especially around the edges, with the body being a just barely transluncent brownish-black. Not bad, though I'll admit my relative ignorance with regards to the style.

Smell seems faintly skunky, even though the expiration date is long off and the beer was well-stored in a closed six-pack carton. Seems faintly winey, almost sour, some vague fruit notes, strong barley malts and hops. Faint caramel, perhaps. The slightest hint of some sort of chocolate, maybe? A lot of really faint odours here that are present, but hard to detect and even harder to distinguish. Still, not bad at all.

Taste is quite malty - bready, grainy on the tongue. A slight bitterness throughout that mingles a little bit with the less dominant herby-floral-y hops. Some roasted malts... slightly caramel-y, nutty, burnt, maybe. Finishes dry, with a battle between the malts and hops for attention on the tastebuds. Reminds me a little of Wychwood's Fiddler's Elbow - though somewhat better (and this is decidedly not an English Pale Ale, but that was the closest comparison i could come up with in my mind). There's nothing totally special here, but definitely a respectable taste that would be beyond the palate of many beginners (it should, however, be pointed out that it fails to live up to the standard of Creemore's Premium Lager, which is by far one of my favourite brews).

Mouthfeel is not bad. The carbonation is perhaps a little sharp on the tongue - but then, I'm picky about my carbonation levels. Medium body, though it seems to 'thin' out and become a tad watery as it sits on your tongue. Drinkability is something I'm not so sure about. I suppose there's a reason that this is a seasonal brew - higher alcohol to warm you and a slightly more complex taste to catch your interest during the winter months. However, I could still realistically see myself having two or three in an extended sitting with friends over a roaring fire, or maybe a game of euchre.

Creemore Springs' urBock is a respectable brew that fails to amaze, but also doesnt dissapoint. Taste is interesting enough to appeal to a beer advocate, and even if it's nothing superbly special, it's also something I'll look forward to around the Christmas season. Worth a try, I say - but only after you've tried Creemore's excellent lager first.

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

Another nice looking beer. A clear, dark red, fairly solid all the way through. Not much of a head, but I didn't let it warm up enough. Lots of lacing.

Tangy aroma, definitely some grains, a bit of dark, sour fruit. Sharp hoppiness as it warms, and a bit of alcohol presence.

Taste is actually quite malty, and much sweeter than the smell would indicate. Some riper fruits in there, but not as dark as the aroma, again. Some sugarcane or caramel presence, and very mild toasted malts.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. Very mild aftertaste with no off notes. Quite drinkable, and I'm not sure which of Creemore's two main offerings I like better (although I think I'd still lean toward the other one).

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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 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 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 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 DrJay
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Goldorak
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark copper, but a bit more on the grainy brown side. The head is patchy and mocha.

Smell: I'm pretty sure I detected some Saaz in there, or a piney, spicy equivalent. Some caramel as well.

Taste: Relatively light carbonation and taste, roasty caramel and maybe a bit buttery, mouthfeel is superior to most lagers at first, but dies off quickly.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very darm amber beer, who goes into the color of the wine, with no head, only a little head. Smells of caramel and malt nothing else. The taste is very smooth, maltish, flavors of roasted coffee(espresso) caramel and alcohol. A taste of chocolate is also perceivable at much, pretty sweet of a seasonal.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This tasty brew pours a dark brownish red with very little head.
It smells like malt and hops, and tastes just like it smells.
Mouthfeel is bit on the watery side, but not bad.

Overall, this is a nice beer that will help take a bit of the chill off of the winter months.

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

2004 edition. Poured a reddish copper colour, with a nice creamy head. A layer of foam lasted through the bottle.

Aroma of sweetish cherries and caramel. Taste was a complex mix of sweet fruit, alcohol...Hard to pinpoint. Has a bite to it. Bitterness comes out at the end and adds good balance. Finishes dry. Medium bodied, very smooth. Had a sort of cough medicine flavour to it towards the end.

Quite a tasty bock, but bocks are just not my favourite.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Creemore Springs UrBock from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
3.62 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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