Creemore Springs Kellerbier | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

Creemore Springs KellerbierCreemore Springs Kellerbier
187 Ratings
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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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of scott451
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of galluch
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jimctin
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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 paxkey
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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 DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 473-ml can into a Creemore Springs glass.

Appearance - deep gold colour with a fluffy beige head to start, dissipates to a thin foam within a couple minutes. Beer is slightly cloudy but in an even way.

Smell - nice barley malt with a fresh, earthy tone. Crisp hop aromas very pleasant.

Taste - a good flavour, yet very well balanced. Some crispness at the end, very wet, with the hops keeping the taste very light on the palate despite the generous malt flavour.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and well-rounded.

Drinkability - easy to go to town on these however the price is quite steep. The quality is very good though which has caused this to prominently occupy a space in my fridge.

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Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy copper/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready/caramely malts, grassy and citrucy hops with some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice bready feel to it with nice grassy hops. There are also some citrucy and caramely notes with a slight spiciness in the back.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, orange amber with a bit of visible sediment and carbonation, forming a large, fluffy off-white head with fair retention. It diminishes to a thin but even cap of foam and leaves a fair bit of spotty lacing.

S: Floral, citric (namely orange), and very herbal hops are sharp and fresh, mingling with the strong, slightly spicy yeast aroma to give an earthy character to the nose, like damp wood and topsoil. Biscuit and Munich-like malts, toasty and slightly sweet, round things out.

T: The malts and hops are initially the familiar German lager formula of richly malty and slightly sweet Munich malts plus floral hops, but with a bit of toastiness to the malts and prominent yeast overtones that last through the entire flavour profile. Partway through the sip, the malts transition to biscuity tastes - assertively toasty with hints of toffee - and the citric hops come through to provide an astringent, slightly fruity yet sour counterpoint that works well with the mellow, slightly spicy yeast overtones.

M: Medium-bodied with typically crisp, pinprick lager carbonation that keeps the beer refreshing despite a heavy, complex taste. The yeast gives a lot of smoothness and keeps the astringent hops from feeling too sharply bitter without diminishing their prominence; the balance is altogether excellent and the finish fairly clean.

D: I don't have any other Kellerbiers to refer to, but this seems to be a good example of an exceptionally interesting and rare style of lager. It's easily drinkable but has a full, complex flavour profile; an oddity in the best possible way.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Rijtjeshuis
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in footed pilsner glass.

LOOK (4/5) Very nice. A dark gold with some orange colour, just cloudy enough to give it a really interesting gradient in the glass. Cloudy, but not truly opaque like a witbier. Poured with a voluminous, creamy head that stuck around for the first few sips, and left a generous lacing on the glass.

SMELL (4/5) This beer really puts the aromatic hops front and center along with the dry smell typical of lagers. The scent finishes with a rich creamy spiciness, with some hints of citrus.

FLAVOUR (4/5) Very light and delicate and quite dry. The spiciness and citrus flavors finish along with some nice dryness. The late introduction of aromatic hops is quite evident as this brew doesn't finish with a particularly bitter end.

FEEL (4.5/5) The mouthfeel was extremely pleasant and was, to me, the highlight of this beer. The unfiltered-ness had clearly contributed a nice full body (which also sustained the head). To be fair, I'm used to thinner lagers and prefer a fuller bodied beer. The light flavor and full body were nicely balanced indeed!

DRINK (4.5/5) I really quite enjoyed this one. At the first sip, I immediately regretted picking up only one immediately before the liquor store closed! Although it has a full body, I think the light flavors would also make this an ideal session beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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%
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 Stocean1
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head from a 500ml can - pleasing light apple cider colour - head quickly subsided - little to no patchiness

S - strong malt and grass smell which I found pleasing with some floral notes

tasted much the same as the smell - pleasantly bitter with plenty of grassy hops but not overpowering - a little spicy

A nice mouthfeel - a little tingling on the tongue with little carbonation - very easy drinking

O - my favorite from Creemore - very tasty for my only stab at this style - reminds me a little bit of a full flavored IPA

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Photo of Ardon
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time trying this style. No idea if it is stylistically correct, but I definitely will have to check out more in this vein. Cloudy amber/orange with a nice head with good retention. Smell is a little subdued. Beautifully refreshing smooth mouthfeel. I often have a problem with hoppy lagers in that they come across a bit heavy, more ale like, but this is refreshing, just what I look for in lagers. Delicious biscuity walnut malt flavour mixed with a delicate but obvious hop character, dry but not very bitter. Quite enjoyed this, and if it was a bit cheaper, would be my go to everyday drinker.

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Creemore Springs Kellerbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 187 ratings
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