Creemore Springs Kellerbier
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #36
Ranked #14,690
3.91 | pDev: 12.02%
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Creemore Springs KellerbierCreemore Springs Kellerbier
Notes: Kellerbier is an unfiltered, medieval German beer known for its naturally cloudy appearance. Served straight from the brewmaster’s cellar, it was a true honour for special guests visiting a brewery to be offered a taste. These days we happily make it available to one and all. Our Kellerbier is wonderfully aromatic with a hint of citrus and spice imparted by German whole leaf hops. Not too many breweries make Kellerbier, but then, we've always done things a little differently.

30 IBU
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D-HopSupreme from Canada

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beige, hazy body, with a good amount of fluffy and creamy off-white head at the top. The scent is fairly light, with some noble hops and faint maltiness coming through. The taste has distinctly rich and spicy malts throughout it, with a pop of bitterness at the back of the palate from the hops. The feel is really smooth, with spot on carbonation levels. Might be too easy to drink...

Oct 24, 2016
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EricVonStein from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

clear golden amber colour with a couple inches of head that fizzes away.

sweet malts on the nose. fresh whole grain bread. grapes, light fruit.

malts at the front with the slight sweetness and green apple. in the middle it gains more depth with rye bread and grains. finish comes in with surprising hopy bitterness that was on the nose. Finish is nice and long with the malts coming through again. Warm alcohol on the back of the throat.

Body feels very light and smooth at first but changes after a few seconds in the mouth to gain body.

Overall pretty impressed. Very nice balance between malts and hops with nice grainy and fruit flavours. Drinks easy but plenty to enjoy in each sip. Worth seeking out if you enjoy a crisp balanced brew with enough complexity to hold your attention!

Jul 25, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic. packaged on april 9, 2015. enjoyed on may 8, 2015

a: hazy golden orange with three fingers of quickly-diminishing head from an aggressive pour

s: grass, apple, leafy-floral hops and hints of spices

t: really clean caramel-like malt flavours, followed by a prominent floral-spicy hop presence. smallest hints of lemony citrus fruits. finishes slightly sour with subtle malty-spicy flavours. really pleasant stuff

m: light-bodied with moderate carbonation. very fitting

o: a clean-drinking, very flavourful, easy-going beer

May 09, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Definitely what it should look like....that being cloudy and deep gold in color, with orange and red hues.....great amounts of suspended yeast contained in this one! The head is modest and dissipates quickly, which is what it should be. What remains is a large, singular and thin patch that hovers right in the middle of the liquid that centers some small lumbering columns of fizz rising up. Lacing is underwhelming too, with the little bit of patchwork on the side of my glass slipping back into the brew with fury! Decent looking enough overall.

S- Well balanced aromas of sweet malts and yeasty biscuit defining the general smell with the finish of fresh leafy hop bitterness that hits my nasal cavity with a ting. There is a buttercrust bread quality that keeps everything very smooth and mild overall, however, the aromas are clearly defined.

T- This is a very flavorful brew overall! The flavors follow the aromas closely in terms of balance......sweet caramel like malt is the foremost flavor, with hints of almond nuttiness, dry yeasty biscuit and Earthy and cleansing, albeit very mild, woodiness. The finish is clean yet distinct with subdued but noticeable leafy hop presence. There is a lingering dark, almost burnt toffee flavor that is quite enjoyable on the palate for several minutes.

M/O- This is a highly enjoyable beer that I have no problems with as a session brew, and/or this would make a very well rounded mealtime beverage. I find it to be medium, heading towards full bodied and with pleasant fine carbonation that lasts throughout the taste, helping to burst the overall flavors onto the palate. It certainly has a nice freshness to it that, as the definition of this style suggests, should be there. If this was available to me at the stores, I'd most certainly buy this on a regular basis. Great job Creemore!

Feb 05, 2015
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Nightwing from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from can. Some citrus hops aroma. Cloudy amber appearance with white head. Light bitter taste. Light body, oily texture, average carbonation. Overall a very nice and refreshing brew.

Aug 28, 2014
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ghisty from Canada

3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours and orangey haze, one finger head, didnt expect a foamy mountain or anything, given that the style is more suited to a short head, obviously unfiltered, pretty cloudy,
orangey , almost golden brown.

very faint. doesnt have a nose to speak of really, but no nose is better than a foul one.
slight hint of grain, but it dissipates much like the head, very quickly.

this is where it gets interesting, its sharp, and malty, not bitter what so ever
until the after taste , which is nice and bitter, and short enough to keep me wanting it.
has a hint of vegetable, maybe carrot, but not over powering, very tastey.
not over stated in any way.

sharp, as the taste, but not overly so. very lightly carbbed, which is unexpected.
no rising bubbles or anything.. very light. very drinkable.

me and the unfiltered beer have a mixed history, i dislike alot of beers in this style , but i respect creemore, and have greatly enjoyed their other offerings. I purchased a sampler type box of three sorts of creemore, this is the only i havent tried and Iam already a big fan of the pilsner , and the pretty average lager didnt leave any lasting impressions, but i recall it being quaffable, and not at all off putting, just lacking charectar maybe.. anyway, not sure if they sell this keller seperate from the sampler, as I've never seen it. but it was the deciding factor for me, creemore is a great brewer, my only complaint is that its slightly "simple". the pilsner is the best of the offerings, but given a couple of others to experiment with, my thoughts may change in this. this keller is great, and though Im new to the style, I like it alot.

Jul 10, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.80 CDN. Been looking for this awhile every since I had the hacker-pschorr kellerbier, and enjoyed greatly. Served well chilled into pint glass.

Appearance - bright clear orange hued beer. Significant amount of visible bubbles. Wonderous frothy 2 finger head with good retention time and tons of sticky lacing. Really attractive.

Smell - earthy aroma with a coarse grain smell. Pleasant and slightly dank but like with my other limited experience with this style of beer, hard to nail down aromas.

Taste - earthy flavour, some some slightly sweet melon-esque flavour. Peppery on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth feel and moderately dry finish, but just coarse enough to give it a substantial presence. Medium - low carbonation.

Overall - a really nice beer in the style that is bright and lively. Good full flavour and well rounded. A repeat purchase.

Jun 26, 2014
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BuckyBeerBeaver from Canada

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Creemore Springs is a microbrewery located in Creemore, Ontario, which opened for business in 1987.The brewery is known for avoiding the use of preservatives during its brewing process with no pasteurization afterwards. Water used in the production process comes exclusively from an artesian well which is trucked from the source to the brewery daily. Creemore Springs was acquired by Molson on April 22, 2005. In 2009, Creemore Springs applied for planning permission to expand its plant by 60% in order to triple their brewing capacity to 150,000 hectolitres per year, but as of March 2011 the plan was being opposed by some local residents who planned to take their case to the Ontario Municipal Board.

On this occasion we tried their Kellerbier in a 473 ml can. Kellerbier is 5.0% alcohol by volume and is brewed in small batches using a direct fired kettle, with German whole leaf hops added late in the process. Kellerbier poured a cloudy amber colour (it is an unfiltered beer) with just over one centimeter of off-white head that did not dissipate quickly. There was very little lacing down the glass. The best characteristic of this beer for me was the aroma, floral hops and yeast with a bit of spice...very nice. The mouth feel was neither thin nor creamy, with some tingling on the tongue from the carbonation. Kellerbier's taste was pretty much as advertised by the aroma, starting with the hops and a slightly yeasty flavour, finishing with a moderate, dry bitterness. I would certainly drink this beer again.

As a quick aside I love the brewery's motto: "Proudly 100 years behind the times". If only we could buy its Kellerbier at 100 year old prices!

Apr 17, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for just under $3.00. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opened well. Poured with an excellent golden hue. Unfiltered cloudy.

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok. Nothing special. Slight citrus and roasted malt. Grapefruit

M- Very good. Nice balance between creamy and carbonation

O- Pretty good. Appearance and mouth feel really bring this one up

Food Pairing

This nice little beer paired well with... cured meat and cheese.

Apr 07, 2014
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head that seems to have a tint of yellow to it, recedes really slowly above a thick farmers honey golden copper colored beer.

Lightly sweet grain malt and light grasses in the aroma of the unfiltered Kellerbier.

Lighter sort of sweet malt grain taste with a touch of some bitterness probably from the hops coming through.

A lightly dryish aftertaste that harbors just a bit of the sweet tastes with it with this medium bodied offering.

This beer has some sweetness to it but not enough to be overbearing or unpleasant and even though this isn't my favorite style of beer this was quite drinkable.

Sep 20, 2013
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal:

Cloudy amber; ample head that leaves ring lace.

Earthy and malty aroma. Some farm to the nose.

Sweet berry-like malt up front. Good white pepper hop in the swallow. Complex full body with a low carbonation.

Jun 04, 2013
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IdeaSpeeder from Canada

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into stein.

Appearance - A very pretty Beer. Pours with 2 fingers of bright white head that fades pretty quickly, leaving behind a low to moderate amount of lacing. The beer itself is a cloudy golden orange colour. That doesn't do it justice, but it's really quite a unique colour.

Smell - Mostly bread and orange peel. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste - Like many lagers, its quite bready. There is also some light orange peel, coriander and a faint grassy hop taste. Towards the finish there is a distinctive alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special really. Medium-high carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - 3.25/5 Sidenote: This was difficult to review as I've never encountered this style of beer. Would love to find more of the same though.

May 26, 2013
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slitherySOB from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours cloudy copper with a huge white head that sticks lacing to the glass. Scent is minimal. Primarily dominated by yeast, with a faint hint of malt. Tastes much better than it smells. Lemons, caramel, grassy hops, bready malts. Very sweet, spicy and sour. Mouthfeel is a bit above medium body. It has the smoothness of an ale with the crispness of a lager. Overall, a good session beer.

Mar 27, 2013
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JamesMN from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a tumbler. Never had this particular style of lager before.

Appearance: Golden/bronze hue that is slightly hazy with visible effervescence. Foamy white head.

Aroma: Obvious yeast presence in the nose (it is unfiltered after all). Subtle malt and earthy hop presence. But hard to smell much past the yeast.

Taste: Those German whole leaf hops are tasty! Wasn't sure what to expect given the aroma, but this is definitely a flavorful lager. The hop character is an earthy spice that pairs very well with the chosen grains (I'm not sure what grain it is, but this has the same background flavor as many beers by Surly Brewing). Good Munich and Pilsen malt flavor. I'm not usually a big fan of lagers but this one is surprisingly robust. It walks the line between an ale and a lager, taking the good aspects of both styles. There is a crisp finish that is refreshing on the palate. It must be mentioned that not only is the 5% abv no where to be found, it drinks like something much more robust than its modest alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: The smoothness of an ale with the crisp finish of a lager. Just above medium bodied and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Creemore Springs catchphrase on the can is "A hundred years behind the times" which suits this style perfectly. You can feel the history of the style and why it was saved for the elite. Would I drink it again? Yes, and would like to try more from this brewery.

Oct 03, 2012
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jrenihan from Canada

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a cloudy copper with a moderately sized white head. Good retention. Decent lacing.

The beer really falls down for me in the smell department. I get almost nothing at all. A bit of yeast and a bit of light bready malt. MInimal.

Taste, thankfully, has more happening. Contains lemon, yeast, some light caramel malt and grassy hops. I get a very slight funkiness from the yeast, which is nice. Sort of a mix of bitter, sweet and sour, it that makes any sense.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit bready.

Overall, better than I expected! Very refreshing.

Sep 13, 2012
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leaddog from Canada

3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light amber with a finger width of bubbly, foamy white head. A bit foggy.

Smell - Light hops, sweet apples, grass, grains. A bit musty.

Taste - Light leafy hops along with citrus, yeast and spices. Finishes bitter. Quite pleasant flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Nice to see Creemore Springs expand to a different style. I found the smell to be quite offputting, which made me nervous for the taste. Nice spice, yeast and hop flavours. Would like to see other Canadian brewers take a turn on this style.

Sep 09, 2012
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canucklehead from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get this into BC in either cans of in six packs as I loved the slightly brewery funk that came from the nose and the way the beer seemed to open up with warmth ( not usual for most lagers). I found grassy notes and citrus notes depending on what sip I was taking. A very inventive beer from Creemore.

Sep 02, 2012
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korguy123 from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into tumbler. Fresh mix six pack from the brewery.

A- Hazy sunset coloured pour. Finger width snow white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Floral hops, oranges, some sweet malts and a handful of grass.

T- Sweet candy like characters, oranges, floral hops and a nice biscuit flavour.

M- Light body, great carbonation.

Aug 24, 2012
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mick303 from Canada

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large head of foam, takes time to go down and leaves a good amount of lacing and film. Beer is an orange amber and quite cloudy, with a good carbonation.

Aroma holds some fruitiness, detect grapefruit. The yeast is also detectable. Very fresh, malt is pronounced, bit of grainy breadiness.

Taste is quite dry, and some more grapefruity sweetness. Carbonation isn't too present. Achieves a solid balance here, somewhat creamy and very refreshing. Hops play a pretty minor part but give a light cinnamon spice.

Mouthfeel is medium and quite yeasty. Bit of a watery feel, and a bit weird.

Pretty good beer here, an interesting style and quite refreshing. Nice sweetness that doesn't get too cloying. Worth trying, different and interesting.

Jul 08, 2012
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NV9 from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light gold colour with an inch of foam that stays.

Smell of citrus fruits and floral aroma

Citrus taste at front, lots of hops and a strong spice taste on the finish. Overall tastes are balanced and work very well together.

Finishes dry with a little bit of bitterness and above average carbonation.

Overall, medium/light body, but full of flavour, a very good, drinkable beer for the summer.

Jun 25, 2012
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ericj551 from Canada

3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creemore Springs Kellerbier pours a fairly bright gold with a slight haze. The aroma is mostly light malt with a bit of sulfur, I would guess it was slightly lightstruck if it wasn't from a can. There are some nice light herbal hops in the aroma as well. The flavor is moderately sweet with a nice mild herbal hoppiness, and a bit of powdery yeast. A little more sulfar pops up, but it isn't strong enough to be unpleasant.

Jun 21, 2012
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Caudalie from Canada

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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A: Nice amber color, with light foam head

S: Pretty delicate but nice, with straw, and some floral subtle hops

T: refreshing, light but balanced, and without any off aromas

M: Smooth and refreshing

O: Not a memorable brew, but still well made and refreshing. A great summertime cold one for lawnmower...

May 28, 2012
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scott451 from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A two finger off white head on a hazy apricot. Lots of lacing.

Fresh citrus hop and floral malt smells. Fruity and clean malt tastes. Slightly sour. A very mild hop twist at the end.

Fairly light body and carbonation. A refreshing balance. Smooth texture. Very fresh and fruity tasting for a fairly dry beer. A bit simple but very nice. One of my favourite finds of 2011. I hope to see it again but it is sadly becoming harder to find.

Jan 31, 2012
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks darker than the authentic German kellerbiers but still looks nice. Cloudy orange body with a fairly thin but lasting white head.

S - Smells grassy and floral, with a little hint of citrus (lemon, for the most part). Some caramel and bread to back up the hops.

T - Flowers, grass, lemon, caramel, and biscuits; this beer is by no means bland. As in all Creemore Springs beers, I'm getting a slight rubber-like quality to the taste, but that's not a bad thing. Fairly strong hop edge to it. Balanced bitterness and sweetness. Tastes close enough to the authentic German kellerbiers.

M - Medium-bodied. After a while this beer develops some dryness, which may affect the drinkability. Other than that, this beer is smooth, drinkable, and fairly refreshing. It definitely isn't too carbonated, which is always nice in lagers.

O - Solid, like all the beers I've had from Creemore. Worthy to be considered a good example of its style.

Dec 05, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy honey orange with a big, creamy head. Leaves some decent lacing as it recedes.

Smell - floral and herbal hops, some faint malt sweetness.

Taste - Light fruity hops flavours and a clean amlt profile. Nothing that really stands out, but not bad.

Sep 18, 2011
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