Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs Traditional PilsnerCreemore Springs Traditional Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pilsner was first made back in 1842 by the Bohemians. They used special pale malt and an abundance of hops to create a delicious, golden beer. Up here at Creemore Springs we fire-brew our pilsner the same traditional way, using only four natural ingredients starting with our own clear flowing spring water. It’s eminently drinkable, and always refreshing. Classic yet unique; it’s our fresh take on a traditional Czech pilsner.

26 IBU

Added by CAMRAhardliner on 05-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
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Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml can acquired in trade with Sammy - thanks!

Poured a medium golden-yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of graininess, wet grass, and I was getting some spiciness. Tastes of the same graininess and had a lighter sweetish finish.

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Photo of ZachT
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, medium white head settled at a consistent covering
S - leafy and resiny hops, grainy, ripe fruit, mild metallic
T - much like the nose with a bit of a musty quality, along with more tart and slightly sour flavours lingering
M - light with a decent carbonation kick, tangy and dry, but finishing a little watery
O - has some of the crisp qualities of a classic pilsner along with some unique fruity and musty qualities, not the best example of the style but unique and drinkable enough to warrant a purchase

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-amber colour, completely translucent. Topped with a thin half-finger white head with low retention; only a collar of lacing remains after a minute's time. Very few bubbles make their way to the surface, indicating a fairly low level of carbonation. Smell is subdued; all I could make out were some pale malts with a twinge of grass and tangy sweetness. Not stunning, but I don't think pilseners are known for their complex aromas anyway (also, I smoke a lot so my opinions in this category can probably be safely ignored). The lack of much hop presence in the odour is a bit troubling, but I trust this brewery enough to not be discouraged by it.

Pale, slightly sweet, bready/biscuit malts are the first flavour I notice, but this is overtaken by a grassy, hay-like hop profile in the finish, consistent with the label's claims of liberal Czech hop usage. Slightly bitter/dry in the finish. The flavour is very much "low-key" - subtle and well-balanced, with neither the hops nor malts being particularly intense or dominant over the other. It's a nice combination. Feels light-to-medium-light bodied in the mouth, with fairly low carbonation. Very clean tasting; as with all of this brewer's concoctions, the spring water really does seem to make a difference.

I've always been an 'occasional pilsener' guy, this not being one of my favourite styles, but I still appreciate a solid pils and this is one of the better examples I've had in recent memory. Clean-tasting, crisp, with all of the flavour notes you'd expect from a Czech-style pils. Not my favourite Creemore offering, but a worthy pick regardless, and likely a new brew to throw into the rotation if I'm in a pils mood.

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Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473 ml can, Special 20th Anniversary Release, Thanks Pootz for this suprise. The temperature is +30 outside, perfect time for a cold one.
Pours a deep gold color with a tight white head. Foam recedes, but never disappears leaving a thin cap and this stings of lace. Some malt aroma with just enough floral hops. Clean tasting brew, nice mix of malt and hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, light yet creamy, dry finish. It is almost easier to describe what isn't there - no adjunct sweetness, no sour finish, no big carbonation bubbles for that bloated feeling. The more I drink the more I like. A very good beer, lots of flavor, without one aspect being overpowering.

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Photo of bobsy
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice traditional pilsner yellow, with a promising foamy head, which unfortunately quickly dies to a film. The aroma reminds me of lemon dish soap, but breaking is down further I might suggest it is a mix of lemon, grass and celery, which would be expected. Nonetheless, I don't find it particularly welcoming. The flavour is initially rich with this aroma, and the smooth texture helps to reinforce the idea of soapiness. Its not unpleasant, but again not something that I'm really looking for. Thankfully, after a while this settles down, and a sweet maltiness takes over for the rest of the ride. A nice level of floral hoppy bitterness lurks out the edges, helping to keep this pils nice and refreshing. No doubt I could drink another of these to quench my thirst on a hot day, but whether I would do so with so many other good brew available is unlikely.

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Photo of Danielr26
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml can. Pours out a crystal clear gold, tall foamy white head with good retention.

Clean crisp grains at first, although a little bit of veg as well.

The flavour is clean, earthy grains followed by grassy, spicy hops, some sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, crisp carbonation.

An okay pils, falling someplace between a German and Bohemian pils. I hate to say it but this is more crisp straight out of the can, although the appearance is nice enough to pour into a glass every time just for that. I like it, but it's a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of zimm421
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Electros
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear pale/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grains, grassy hops and citrucy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet gainy malt taste to it with grassy hops bringing a nice bitterness and has a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Great for a warm sunny day.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing this beer. 473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.80 CDN.

Appearance - rich golden color, with bubbles aplenty and a finger and a half of frothy white head. Good retention time and some trace elements of lacing left around the rim of the glass. Crystal clear too.

Smell - grainy aroma with a small dose of grass and flower blend. Nothing unusual but with a Czech Pilsner, would you really expect there to be? Also sweet bready aromatics.

Taste - breach and yeasty as compared to others in the style and a fairly sharp crispness to the bread and grain flavours. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and slightly dry finish.

Overall - a well crafted Czech Pilsner that is worth repeating and stacks up well against some of the German and Czech representations of the style.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Squire123
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

473ml can dated 3 weeks from racking

A rough pour from the can reveals a bright crystal clear lager with a rocky sticky 2 finger white cap...this modest retention but leaves a surface lace that clings to the glass.

Aroma: Pungent biscuit malts fill the room as soon as the can opens...in the glass there is a grainy-bready note with the muted aromas of boiled saaz pellets (same hops as in their lager). The floral spicy "traditional" pilsner nose is lacking on this one...but the ample bready malt tones are not unwelcome just a tad unbalanced for a "traditional" pils.

Flavor Profile: Big chewy bisquit malts dominate the flavor in the front side...light sweetness and a light herbal balance...mid palate the hops become more bitter and there are more medicinal bittering from the hops, light, barely detectable floral note....Finish is crisp, drying and hoppy with the sharp "bite: that is the signature of Creemore beers from their hard water.

Actually a good Urquell "approximation" on par with King's but with less defined soft mouth feel because of the hard water and undecocted mash.

Still a good stab at a Urquell clone....but one has to wonder at this price and with the availability of Urquell or Budvar why would you prefer a pale approximation?


The answer is this is fresher and even if it is deficient in several factors as a "tradtional" Czech pils, a fresh impersonator is better than a stale or over dated authentic import.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a decent head that fades to lacing. Light grain aroma with a trace of lemon. Crisp, clean taste with a mild trace of lemon and a good bitter finish. Fairlt light body that is creamy and smooth. A very enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Good for kicking back after a long day.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, a new beer from Creemore, didnt they originally describe their Lager as a Czech Pilsner/Pilsner Urquell clone?

Beer geekery aside, this Pilsner pours a deep brassy gold with a crackly shortlived head and a nice bit of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is firstly biscuity doughy malt, some husk and rye spiciness which is overcome by sea air saaz hop bit as the beer warms. The taste is boldly hoppy, on the top end of the scale of pilsners Ive tried, but restrained compared to Prima Pils. The malt balast is firm and crackey. Bitterness builds in the finish but is always rounded and approachable. The mouthfeel is medium light with an understated carbonation level.

This is the archetypal summer beer. Its not heavy or challenging or overly complex, just a simple, well hopped, refreshing lager with no insipidness or defects.

Does it unseat King Pilsner as the scientifically validated best pilsner in Ontario (in my opinion)? I think it may.

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Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
3.52 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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