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Creemore Springs Kellerbier | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs KellerbierCreemore Springs Kellerbier

Brewed by:
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

Added by Sammy on 06-23-2009

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

473ml, nice light copper-shaded can, with lots of old-world brewing cellar imagery, procured at some LCBO or another in the greater Toronto metro area in my past few weeks of on-site work, and Ontario beer scene play.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, muddled medium orange apricot amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, moderately foamy ecru head, which leaves some random climbing arches of broken webbed lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of sharply biscuity, grainy caramel malt, a bit of burnt white toast, and somewhat bitter earthy, floral and grassy hops. The taste is more crisp, lightly toasted bready malt, mild biscuity crackers, sassy yet still subdued citrus and apple notes, and leafy, grassy hops, all of which mellow a bit as it warms.

The carbonation is moderately peppy, the body a solid, sturdy, yet forgiving medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a touch of beginner's creaminess, all in the face of the combined malt and hop edginess. It finishes fairly dry, with a certain saltine cracker leaning.

A rather enjoyable old-school lager, made right in rural Ontario, if under the auspices of Big Beer, but they've apparently been set free of any purported shackles for this one - it's pleasantly crisp (oh shit, I may have said that already), fresh, and substantially heady. Too bad I only have the one, but chances are Molson's Canada-wide distribution network will soon address that minor detail.

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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 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 smcolw
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.

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

Tasting notes from 7/6/10

Poured in to pint glass

A - Golden orange, slightly cloudy with 2 fingers of thick bubbly head.

S - Crisp bready malts with a slight citrus nose and a touch of bitter hops to balance it out.

T - Slight bitter hop bite up front with some subtle citrus notes. A nice crisp bready malt backbone with a slight bitter hoppy finish. An excellent beer.

M - Light body, slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

D - A nice beer. One that I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 473ml can into a pint glass, can dated April 22. Smell is hoppy when I popped the tab, and pours a dark orange/golden red with a few fingers of head, dwindling to a thin layer with minimal, but chunky lacing. Again, smell is hoppy and slightly spicy. Taste is quite good too, not too bitter (although it finishes pretty bitter), floral hops, earthy malts and some spice again. Pretty organic feeling on the whole. Carbonation is a bit high, and has quite a dry aftertaste. Drinkability is great, glad I've stocked up on these cans!

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost appearing as if it were conceived in sanguine, Creemore's Kellerbier sits a lucid honey tone flushed in flaming copper-amber highlights. It is transparent but by no means clear; leaving the beer unfiltered not only results in the added advantage of being more vitamin-rich but also a naturally cloudy complexion as well.

Kellerbiers have notoriously low carbonation because they are left "ungespundet", meaning much of the carbon dioxide created in fermentation is allowed to escape. Notwithstanding, this head initially ballooned up a full three fingers before ultimately disappearing; soapy, sparkly vestiges of its vertical prowess remain marked along the height of the glass.

Despite being dry-hopped with whole-leaf tetnang and saaz hops - in supposed "generous" amounts no less - this aroma isn't terribly aromatic and certainly nothing like boastful of its contents. Still, take thoughtful breaths and your nasal passage is bound to fill with the fragrant, earthy, floral, near-spicy bouquet of two of Europe's finest hops varieties.

The generous dry-hoping is wholly apparent in the taste as well. That crudely earthy, leafy and pungent characteristic of the Noble hops is finely articulated, accenting a particularly fruity and floral mark on the beer. The fruitiness is pleasantly abundant for a lager and is likely assisted by a select, fruit-endowed house yeast.

On the malty side of things, there is a boat-load worth of grainy, biscuity, lightly toasty, caramel-braised Munich malt. It is hefty, chewy almost, but not too filling. It offers hints of apple and plenty of biscuity flavour. There are constant reminders of caramel and a light nutty, toasty sensation. What is the German word for "quaffable"? I better learn that one!

I'd still like to go to Franconia but it's nice now that I don't have to cash in any air miles to find delicious, well-made Kellerbier. By sticking to traditional guidelines, using whole leaf hops and leaving the beer unfiltered and unpasteurized, Creemore's done everything right. From delivery boy to brewmaster, this beer makes a genius out of the whole brewery.

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Photo of Derek
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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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 wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml can downed july 22 2009

A nice color, cloudy golden orange hue, nice white head with little lace

S fruity with some mild hops apple and peach perhaps

T nice kind of peachy not what i thought it would be but very nice. not what i think of when i drink a lager surprised but in a very good way

M/D mellow, little carbonation went well with the sun finished it before i finished typing these few words. what dose that tell you

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Photo of bylerteck
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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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a soapy cap of white foam. Head retention was average, but it left a lot of clumpy lace on the glass. Malty aroma, bready with some caramel, lemon citrus hops, a bit floral and toasty, slightly spicy. Dry, biscuity malt up front with solid but balanced bitterness. Nice malt flavours, bready and toasty, some caramel sweetness follows. Hop flavours were earthy, lemony and floral with lingering peppery spice. Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation, quite smooth. I was quite impressed with the amount of flavour and character jammed into this beer. Very tasty.

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

473 ml can, from LCBO.

Pours a very lightly hazed dark orange, some copper highlights, nice and thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring, some lace chunks stick to the glass. Smell is nice, very malty, signature Creemore breadiness, some toasty malts and caramel, earthy, some floral, nice light citrus hops, grassy, lightly solvent, but smells good. Taste is similar, dry and toasty up front, bready, caramel sweetness through the middle, very grassy hops, some citrus and floral, touch of fruit in the finish, almost a little tannic and grapey, nice dry finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, just right. Nice lager with some great character. Looking forward to the hoppier batch 2.

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Photo of papat444
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to bobsy for this one. Shared with my wife with our supper, seafood paste.

Poured from a 473ml. can, canned on April 22, 2010.

Appearance: Abundant head, a bit too much foam for my liking but that's the only sticking point as the retention is pretty good with great lacing all above a slightly hazy orange body.

Smell: Having trouble coaxing out an aroma but i do get a mix of yeast and lemon.

Taste: Hops still play a part though it's more in the background. A nice subdued bitterness that is different than your usual fare. A bit of mineral in the flavor but without the harshness. The yeast lends a nice aromatic touch and i get more citrus as it warms. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Strong body through and through though it tails off slightly in the finish.

Drinkability: Definitely a smooth and easy drinking beer. I see myself getting this again.

Overall: Recommended and my only regret is that it waited so long in my fridge before i grabbed it.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Leafy green hops and a caramel malt backbone. Musty in nature with a bit of bready wheat as well.

T - Much like the scent with the leafy green hops dominating alongside a peppery spice and followed by a bready caramel malt. The bitterness is subdued and a touch of citrus is also noticeable.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Certainly a refreshing ale, and fitting of the style. The flavours are bold enough to be memorable, but mild enough to keep you coming back for more.

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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 kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy orange colour with a thick white head. The head dissipated quickly without too much lacing. Smell is of grassy hops. As soon as it was poured I think I was getting a bit of sulfur, but this was much more muted after 30 seconds. Taste has a light bitterness of the hops, with some sweet bready malts. Quite smooth carbonation level. I could easily drink several of these in a row. I think I enjoyed last year's batch more, but maybe I'm remembering wrong. I still enjoy it and will buy it through the summer.

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Photo of canucklehead
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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Photo of peensteen
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep copper colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, lace around the top edges of the glass. Smell is of bitter hop, a certain dry presence is there, nice malt backbone, floral, zesty citrus. Taste is of caramel, hops, citrus, grapefruit, peach, good bitterness nice malty finish. Light to medium weight, medium carbonation, full body. Enjoyable and refreshing, very drinkable, always enjoy seeing this come around.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy copper orange, tall white head dissipated slowly leaving consistent sticky lacing
S - grassy and herbal with bready grains and caramel, hints of lemon zest, and a light metallic hint
T - more pronounced herbal must hop quality, fresh cut grass along with bready and light sweet malt, flavours a little subdued but very clean and balanced
M - medium body with bright carbonation, a hint of unfiltered breadiness moves to a crisp clean slightly bitter finish
O - generally impressed with this offering, it is extremely easy drinking and well balanced, very enjoyable on this hot summer day

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Photo of bobsy
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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Photo of thehyperduck
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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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 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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Creemore Springs Kellerbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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