Creemore Springs Kellerbier | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Sammy on 06-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a top shelf Canadian beer. I love it

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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you open an Ontario lager, expectations are usually low. The best that can be said of most of them is that they are a step up from the mediocre mass-market brands, though sometimes that is only the teensiest of steps. Now Creemore steps into the fray with a new offering that blows most of its rivals out of the water.

In 2005 brewing juggernaut Molson bought the Creemore Springs brewery to gain a foothold in the 'super-premium' market. Creemore's products have always been solid, but never exceptional, and 'super-premium' only in branding. Its pils is passable, urbock okay, and premium lager decent for what it is (currently the 2nd highest rated American Pale). Fortunately, the folks at Creemore do have some creative leeway, and how they managed to persuade the Molson accountants to allow them to make a keller bier I will never know, but we should be thankful they did.

The beer pours the colour of unfiltered peach juice, which reveals amber tones and a vague outline of my wife on the other side of the glass (while its unfiltered its by no means as hazy as a wheat beer). A good two fingers of white head set up camp, and gradually diminish, but never leave the party, casting off remnants on the glass. Fruity, floral and fragrant the aroma sure is enticing me with its mixture of ripe peaches and pears and its spicy notes. Extending to the flavour, these elements craft a delightfully drinkable beer. Upfront there's a great hop bite, which reasserts itself in the finish. What struck me about the hopping is that it seemed to arrive on the scene quickly, and then finish quickly and crisply without lingering in an IPA manner, and I think this is commendable in the type of beer a lager is trying to be. The malts provide an extensive fruitiness, with peaches (again), ripe apple and a touch of berry. Flower and herb garden flavours also abound, with floral elements, mixing with a touch of earth and some spiciness. The mouthfeel is an area that I feel this beer really excels. It has far greater texture than most lagers I've come across so far, revealing a depth only matched by cask conditioning. Like its carbonation, it is medium-light and restrained, but never watery and always satisfying. You could session this until you fell over.

So it takes Creemore, backed by the financial might of Molson, to show Ontario craft brewers how to make a lager with flavour. Now where do their beers fall? In the past they've been able to say they were superior in quality and flavour to their macro rivals, but now they've been surpassed, and have fallen into the no-man's land between two camps, having neither a big marketing machine, nor a lager worthy of note. Sammy may be right, this could be a paradigm shifter.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange with a nice pillowy white head. Minimal carbonation.

S - Mango and other juicy sorts of fruit show up. Small hints of banana, grapefruit and pine are there too. Really nice aroma on this.

T - The fruitiness is there but less so. You can tell this has a nice malt backbone to go along with its hops. Really crisp, clean finish. Not alot of bitterness but enough to make you take notice.

M - Medium bodied. Lot's of carbonation. Smooth and crisp finish.

D - Really high. Enough flavour to keep a night interesting and a low enough ABV to session it. Carbonation might get to ya.

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4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass - not sure if this is appropriate to style, but whatever...

A - Well, the beer is a murky orange brown with a white head that recedes too quickly and doesn't lace. By far the most disappointing part of this beer.

S - What a fantastic beer. For a lager is has one of the most complex nose I have ever experienced. It first smaccks you with homemade bread and yeast then migrates towards a cut lawn smell then to the spicy hop then a bit of sweet malt comes through and much later some floral notes play into the nose. Delectable.

T - An odd beer. Initially it is quite non-descript, but as it warms it becomes incredibly enjoyable. It feels viscous and creamy in the mouth with a lingering bitterness and a spicy hop that plays with the beer's thick, though not sweet, malt body. If this beer had begun this way we would be talking a 4.5 or 5.0. Man, am I ever digging this beer.

M - Thick with light carbonation. Lingers. Yum.

D - Gimme, gimme, gimme :)

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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Well chilled it pours an opaque peach. A large, billowy white head forms, but settles quickly. Lacings are slippery, little retention.

Surprisingly light aroma. Yeast gives off a fruity, almost orange, aroma. Very little in the way of hops on the nose.

Combination of lively carbonation and hops brings forward a first hit of the subdued bitterness and characteristic earthiness of the noble hops. Hops coat the mouth, but nonetheless give way to biscuity malt with just the slightest sweetness. The beer finishes with a characteristic Creemore metallic twang from the yeast and a touch of apricot fruit. Leaves a grassy bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Goes down smooth with a nice amount of carbonation, though I would have preferred a touch less. I also could have done with some chewier malt.

A winner from Creemore. These people clearly love beer, despite their infamous owners.

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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange haze with gold edges. The frothy off white head recedes quite quickly but leaves plenty of lace patches on the glass. The aroma is citrusy with a yeasty background. Herbal hop aromas also please my nostrils. The taste is full of lemon and pink grapefruit flavors with all sorts of herbal flavors in the mix as well. Black pepper comes to mind first. Fruity elements show with warmth (yeast?). Doughy malts provide abundant balance to the hops. The finish is wonderfully long and hoppy, I can taste the euro hops for a long time. The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but exceedingly smooth, medium bodied.

This is a fantastic lager. Only my second example of the style but very enjoyable. The good balance of hops, malt and yeast make it extremely quaffable. One of the best Ontario beers Ive tried.

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

On tap:

Taps a roily dark amber with a 2 finger eocky cap rhat lasts moderately but laces well. Soft carbonation.

Aroma is pungent with bread dough, strian leafy hop ans some mustiness

Flavour is well balanced between brady toasty malts and styrian hop bite, wet finish, increased bittering.

Very fresh, flavorful, satisfying and clean. The kegged version is more like a keller with less carbonation than the canned version.

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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.

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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.

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4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe I will add this to my top 5 favs!

A - golden/amber, minimal carbonation bubbles. It almost appeared cloudy but not in a bad way. Too much head when pouring into pint glass. The head had a good caramel colour that eventually settled down nicely.

S - quite nice actually, subtle, not overpowering - a bit of a sweet pleasant smell with a hint of citrus

T - a nice blend of citrus and something like a caramel taste - very pleasant and smooth, complimented with with a tiny hint of tart mixed with bitter at the end. The sweet and tart was almost a perfect blend.

M - very smooth, not watery and not too heavy. Quite refreshing. The citrus tart taste lingered a bit longer than the other tastes I believe giving it a bit of a dryness.

D - easy and smooth going down, nice and refreshing. I would have quite enjoyed a bigger glass of this! Definitely one to stay on my list of wants!

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a very slight haze and tiny yeast globules floating about (not nearly as hazy as some of the one's you'll find vom fass). Not much head retention, but it leaves a nice lace.

S: Much more lager character than their other brews (slightly sulfury), definitely some saaz hops here (steelie mineral, grassy & floral), some light peppery spicing & biscuity malt.

T: The Pilsner malt is akin to a Bohemian pilsner... great stuff! I'm not a big fan of the Saaz, so I appreciate the hint of peppery tettnanger on the finish (for my tastes, it's too bad they didn't go completely Germanic and use Hallertau, Spalt or Perle instead of the Saaz). Balanced slightly to the bitter side. There's still a little carapils-like sweetness that you wouldn't find in the father-land.

M: Exceptionally smooth, moderate body that's lightly carbonated as the style dictates. Off-dry finish.

D: A very good drinker.

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark mango orange with a solid consistent head. Little carbonation is visible through the translucent body. A slim cloud moved around inside it as if had something that hadn't fully dissolved in it, but eventually settled.

S- Hops and citrus hit the nose first. Blended with malts very well. Potent but not overpowering.

T- Hops and bready malt hit you first. Subtle spiciness as it goes down as well as in the aftertaste. Slight orange/lemon taste. Not super hoppy, but quite significantly hoppy.

M- Smooth on the tongue and goes down easily. Fair enough carbonation to notice, but not abrasive on the tongue.

D- Very sessionable. Considerably hoppy for a beer around here. Plan to drink again.

Another good beer from Creemore springs.

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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber-brown, topped with one finger of creamy, whitish-tan-coloured head. Good retention; bumpy patches of lacing and a thick collar remain in place for much of the session. Looks good, and the smell doesn't disappoint either - citrusy hops and yeast dominate with some underlying malt sweetness. Leads me to believe the label is not lying about this beer being generously hopped - not that past experience gives me any reason to doubt them.

Biscuity/breaded malts are the first flavour I pick up, with some lemon/herbal hops as well. Slightly yeasty with some subtle fruitiness. The hops continue into the pleasantly bitter, dry finish, which lasts on the tongue long after swallowing, which is a good way to get me to keep drinking. Medium-bodied; a little creamy. Very smooth-drinking, with an average carbonation level.

This is the only kellerbier I've ever had, so I can't really comment on how true-to-style this is - but I knows what I likes, and I like this a lot. Creemore never disappoints, this is a very tasty beer. Nice balance between bitter hoppiness and biscuity sweet malt. Like their premium lager, I could drink this stuff every day and not get sick of it. Totally worth a try, you won't be disappointed.

[Updated Jun 12 2016]

Available in 625 mL bottles this season, which I feel was a bad move. This bottle was dated Apr 28 2016, and is drinking very nicely. Creemore Kellerbier is still a damn fine beer (and arguably Creemore's best product overall), but two tallboys for ~$6.00 was a better deal than a near-bomber for $6.00 - so if the tallboys are gone for good, I will probably be buying this less frequently. Format gripes aside, this remains a reliable summer quaffer - if for some reason you have never tried this, definitely give it a go soon.

Final Grade: 4.28, a solid A-.

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