Creemore Springs Kellerbier | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs KellerbierCreemore Springs Kellerbier

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Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Ontario, Canada

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

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Photo of hidk09
2.01/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this year's new batch from LCBO on May 8, 2010. I was excited to say the least. For some reason, last year's peach/apricot bouquet is gone, as well as the bready undertone. Carbonation is markedly increased as well. Now it just tastes a lot like Creemore Lager now except at a higher price. Disappointed.

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Photo of paxkey
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up a creemore collection pack. comes with 2 of these 2 lager and 2 pilsener.
reviewed the lager before and found it poor. was probably just the batch though as i remember it tasting better from a prior taste.

poured in a duvel glass. giant frothy beige head. beer is cloudy, orange caramel color.

floral hops, sweet malts, sugary in the nose.

tastes bitter with a prominent biscuit backbone. reminds me of a lot of bad beers..tusker comes to mind. cheap common malt profile with better hops makes it barely better than the rest.

not a big fan of this stuff.

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Photo of
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.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly murky and cloudy, a golden yellow.

The label says that this beer is generously hopped..the nose doesn't give any indication of that. Black pepper spice, yeast and cloves do come through.

Not too sure what to make of the taste. The unfiltered yeast certainly contributes spice but where are the hops the packaging talks about? Good bitterness though, and well balanced. Drinkable but pretty mediocre for me. Overpriced and I'm dissapointed.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty crisp, hard carbonation

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
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.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a lot of head that settles finally to a soapy appearence that doesn't quite cover the top of the liquid. Some of the head is left sticking to the sides of the glass. Slightly hazy in appearence with very little noticable bubbles of carbonation rising to the surface.

S - Piney, almost evergreen in it's hop scent. Smells of fresh needles from the tree.

T - A very slight citrus taste. Hops bitterness slightly in the back of the mouth and throat. Lingers a bit but doesn't really stick around. No aftertaste.

M - A tad thin/watery but it is refreshing. More of a hot summer day beer then me having this as a thunderstorm passes right now.

D - Easy to drink. First time I have even heard of this style so I don't fully know how to compare it. The style discription doen't really help prepare me for this beer. So I fell that giving it a high or low grade would be unfair.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Back in the GWN, picked this up citing the "Generously Hopped" proclamation, well I'll be the judge of that, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top it doesn't smell too hoppy. Smells a little malty, earthy. Pours to a cloudy pale orange with a foamy creamy head. On the taste this brew kicks into gear. Nice naturally fresh taste with a good bitterness throughout. This style and this beer seems similar to an IPA but with a little bit thinner backbone and a more earthy hop with a flatter bite. The taste is yeasty due to the lack of filtering and slightly fruity with hints of banana. Carbonation seems high but doesn't detract from flavor. This is a tasty brew and far from run of the mill.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a cloudy copper orange colour with a huge foamy white head. I can't see a whole lot of carbonation. There is a slim amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smell - hops and citrus zest, floral/pine notes, and a pepper spice mix.

Taste & Mouth - there is an average amount of carbonation, hops up front and a pepper spice taste in the middle. Also a slight honey and fruit sweetness mixed in before a dry refreshing finish.

Drink - A decent effort from Creemore Springs. Not the best beer I've ever had, but one that I would probably buy again.

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Photo of ghisty
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.

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Photo of ericj551
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.

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Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Cloudy orangey golden colour. Minimal head.

s-Much more bitter this time around. Some yeast and hops coming through.

t-Tangy bitterness from the hops. Very refreshing. Not a lot of maltiness coming through even as the beer warmed up.

m-Normal for 5% beer.

d-Very drinkable. I found them best when they were chilled but allowed to sit for about 10 min out of the fridge.

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Photo of nokes
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a coppery amber with decent off-white head. It died back mostly, but left lacing down the glass. Nice looking beer, no question.

Smells yeasty and malty. Maybe a bit earthy, even. I like it.

I was actually a bit disappointed in the flavour. Don't get me was quite good, but it looked and smelled so good, I was hoping for more. It seemed a bit muted compared with what the nose was telling me. Maybe I should appreciate the subtlety, but it's not quite working for me.

Maybe the biggest reason is the mouthfeel. Perhaps I got an off-can or something, but the carbonation is almost entirely non-existent, and it feels like it needs it. The taste is good, but it feels flat and unsupported without the carbonation and the medium mouthfeel ends up feeling a bit heavy.

I'm a big fan of the Creemore premium lager, and based on other reviews here, I'm tempted to try this again at a later date.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a bright lightly hazy copper color lager with a large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with floral undertones and some clean crisp hops. Taste is a well balanced mix between some floral malt with notes dry caramel and a light green hoppy finish. Body was quite full with good carbonation. Very well done though additional hops would have benefited this beer as well as slightly less filtration.

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Photo of Nightwing
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.

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Photo of leaddog
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a Creemore variety 6 pack, comes in a 473 ml copper coloured can. Pours out a cloudy copper hue, with a spongy, rocky off-white head.

Crisp toasty grains on the nose, with a little bit of caramel, and a hint of citrus and funk.

Toasty grains up front in the flavour, mild citrus in the middle, with a green, leafy hop finish.

Light mouthfeel, smooth texture, low carbonation.

On the lighter, cleaner side for a Kellerbier, Creemore does it some justice.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
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.

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

Courtesy of wfeddern, in CANbif

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...

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

Pours from the can a hazy amber color with a small tan head that quickly fades.

Smell is of toasty sweet buscuit with slight floral hop notes.

Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of a bitter edge. A moderate, slightly silky mouthfeel leads to a slightly bitter-sweet finish.

Drinkability is great, and if I am going to be drinking a nice robust lager, then this is what I want.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I hope it remains easy to find, as I could see getting it quite a bit given the selection in these parts.

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Photo of DaveBar
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
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.

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

Creemore's Kellerbier had been released initially to a small group and it's fame spread fairly quickly. The rest of us waited for it's arrival as part of a larger distribution and when it came I snatched an 8 pack quickly. To be honest, for an unfiltered lager I was expecting it to be a bit more cloudy - but given that it's from a semi macro I guess it's understandable.

kellerbier has a nice color. An orangey golden bronze, slightly cloudy with a good looking head,that unfortunately and uncharacteristically given the other reviews, faded away to nothing. My beer actually looks a little like Iron Brew right now!

The smell is a little bit like orange soda with a hint of peaches.

The taste is light, a little hoppy with hints of orange and pear.

Mouthfeel is a tiny bit overcarbonated for my tastes but not bad overall. I find the beer refreshing and it goes down quickly.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with a rocky, coarse head. Nose is caramel, herbal hops and rough graininess. Dry and fairly bitter with lots of nuttiness and hint of anise. Raw toasted graininess and the bare hint of citrus round out the flavours. A bit of a slick body with a sharp carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creemore Springs release party at Victory Cafe. Very very fresh. Had this on tap, will be released in cans...just as now-unfiltered. Peachy cloudy appearance with long lasting white generous head, leaving lace traces. Yeasty and spicey and malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, the yeast cushions but above average carbonation offsets this and prevents a full two pints from being consumed, still very drinkable. Significant hops, including dry hopping, I like the unfiltered taste. Drying finsh. Bang on style, it hits the ontario market between the eyes, and just as Creemore brought craft back in Ontario about 20 years back, this will be a paradigm shifter.

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