Creemore Springs UrBock | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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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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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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Photo of TerryW
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Squat amber 11.5 oz bottle. Freshness date of 07/03. Received as part of a beer trade with AKSmokedPoter (who has done a great job of getting new beer styles to me as part of his membership in something like 183 different "beer of the month" clubs).

Appearance: Deep clear copper with a tan-colored head that settles nicely to a thin layer. Nice lacing of the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet on the nose. A pleasant mixture of sweet caramel and fruity aromas.

Taste: A little too sweet for me. I was hoping for a little more balanced beer, but it's certainly not bad. Easy to drink with a fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thinly smooth and creamy. Not much body, perhaps dur to low carbonation?

Drinkability: Above average. Nothing in this beer to remember it by, but not a burden on the palate. Having read the description of the style, I guess I expected more of a hop influence (being the hop-head that I am).

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

Not my style of choice in beer, but is certainly acceptable in all the BA categories......taste is a little to sweet for me, yet this brew has qualities that you know must be appreciated by those who care for this particular style....
I guess what I am trying to say here is that this brew has all the qualities of a fine product, but needs to be critiqued by a more knowledgeable person than I......

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Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just assumed that this would be a darker, more bold & flavouful beer than it's sister Creemore Springs lager. Well, it was darker but.......that's as far as it goes.

The look, smell and taste of this beer left me looking for something more. It lacked a distinct flavour. A signature of its own. Maybe my opinion is skewed in part because of my love for Creemore Springs Lager. One sip of the lager, whether you're in Canada or half way across the world, and YOU KNOW it's Creemore Lager. That is the distinct impression left by that beer. But the urBock......i don't know. i was underwhelmed. This is NOT a bad beer. It is however quite ordinary.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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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