Creemore Springs UrBock | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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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
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MattPS
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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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Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of
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 RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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Photo of Stocean1
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 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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Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 papat444
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer received from liamt07. Cheers!

Dark amber color beer crowned with a creamy beige head. The head sticks well to the glass. Nice looking beer. Caramel malts in the nose. Front is caramel malts, strong... however in the back I get some hops notes. Woody. Taste, wow I would have guess more intensity here. Malty as a good bock. However, it is too simple in the taste to really appreciate this one. Would greatly gain in being more complex in the taste. Not bad however. Easy to drink. Refreshing. Warms.

Another good offering from Creemore.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Matt1516
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wish this wasn't a seasonal (maybe that's part of the charm).

Poured from can into proprietary pint glass. Nut brown appearance with fluffy two finger plus head that lasts and leaves a lot of lovely lace.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Tastes of sweet malts, caramel and brown sugar. It has a light taste to it and leaves a bitter, dry finish.

Very drinkable-if I could change one thing, I wish it was a wee bit heavier.

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

I picked this up at the LCBO while on a business trip. It poured a clear, light brown/orangey/maroon into a nondescript hotel rocks glass. Suitable offwhite head.

I smell sweet malt, honey, with a little floral.

The malt is caramelly and biscuity. I get a slight coffee bitterness on the finish - nice balance.

Thin to medium body with light carbonation.

I like this smooth dark lager, and would definitely have another. Not the best bock I've had, but not the worst either.

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

Poured from a 473ml can into a DogFish Head signature glass (January 6, 2011). The code "J231012:56" is stamped on the bottom of the can, which for Creemore Springs means this was packaged at 12:56pm on the 23rd of an unidentified month in 2010. I hate obscure packaging codes.

*Note on the Creemore Springs packaging codes. I was previously informed that the letter portion of the code was a direct correlation to the number of the month, (eg A=January, B=February), however I have come across several codes that are far too deep in the alphabet (beyond 12 letters), to relate to a specific month. I'm a bit confused by this, and quite frankly wish Creemore would come up with a more sane packaging date system.

I picked this up on a recent visit home to Canada with a few other

Eyes: Pours a clear, darkish amber/copper color with zero haze. Head formation is nice with tiny ecru foam, but retention and lacing are moderate. Not surprising for a Bock.

Nose: Strong malt/bread/yeasty aroma, with a fruity undertone.

Tongue: Some caramel, biscuit, and mild raisins. Quite a bitter aftertaste. A nice mixture overall, but nothing mind blowing.

Mouth: Carbonation is light but appropriate. It's creamy, but maybe just a bit too thin.

Libation: I must admit this seems to have a undertone of Creemore's best offering, their Premium Lager. This is a nice, flavorful Bock with some interesting aspects. Drinkable? Yes. Memorable? No.

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Photo of liamt07
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Creemore Springs UrBock from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
3.62 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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