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Creemore Springs Kellerbier | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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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 peensteen
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Matt1516
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass, it served up with one inch of head that didn't quickly dissipate.

The appearance was quite cloudy, as intended, it's labelled as an unfiltered "cellar beer".

The mouthfeel was average, and the first thing you taste is yeastiness and the hops.

Some people have called it a summer beer because of the citrusy notes, you also can detect some banana esthers. However, I don't mind drinking this brew even in our cold, Quebec winters.

The finish is dry with a note of bitterness.

Contrasted with their other offerings, this is a runner-up to Ur-Bock but ahead of their on-tap lager and bottled pilsener.

Definitely something I'll pick up again when I'm in Toronto.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can poured into a Duvel tulip. Can left over from the summer, let's see how it lasted.

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber with 4 fingers of fluffy white-ish head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells yeasty, metallic and sour but not in a bad way!

T: Tastes a little sour/tart but still some nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation.

D: A great summer beer that has held up well but is now a little out of season.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creemore's summer seasonal.

A nice hazy amber body greats me in the glass, looking very enticing. This is topped by a large porous cream coloured head with decent retention.

Sweet flower blossom and lemon rind aromas prevail throughout. Cutting through this are mild sulphurous notes and wet leaves. Fruity aromas of white grape and golden raisin round out the bouquet.

The taste is an interesting mix of pale malt flavours one comes to expect of a lager and vibrant hop bitterness. It's very lively and fresh tasting, almost juicy. Fresh chlorophyll notes mingle with some mild yeast flavours.
The body is medium light with a fairly high level of carbonation.

A very refreshing ad flavourful beer though.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drastically different from can versus keg. Both versions are very enjoyable, I'd even say "sessionable", but canned product is clearer and less yeasty.

Delightful combination of sweet palate with a crisp & dry finish. Not as malty as many of the Kellerbiers popular in Bavaria, but the only example of it's kind that I know of in Ontario.

I was terrified that Molson-Coors would destroy Creemore, but so far they have resisted any obvious drastic changes. Long may they remain as they currently brew!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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 grac1970
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of papat444
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BeerNemesis
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creemore Springs Kellerbier | On-tap @ the brewery | 5.0% ABV | Sept. 2010

Brewer: Creemore Springs Brewery
Style: Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier
Glass: Pint

Cloudy, pale pinkish-orange like a peach.

Yeasty, spicy, malty

Very hoppy with a light malt backbone. Enjoyable and fresh.

Un-filtered and un-pasteurized. Light-bodied with carbonation that kicks.

Very drinkable, though not necessarily as flavorful as I would like.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe, since it's an unusual style.

Served: September 4, 2010

Price = Gratis at the brewery.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - About a finger's worth of a white foamy head forms while pouring, almost immediately settles down to a small ring around the surface. A nice coppery-orange colour that is pretty cloudy. it has a nice effect. A decent amount of carbonation is evident after pouring, it bubbles for quite a while after pouring.

S - Hops and citrus are the most prominent smells. Has a smell that has you suspecting that this may be on the bitter side, however it still smells sweet as well. A nicely balanced smell all around.

T - Upon tasting it I can certainly taste the hops, however they are much more tame and subdued than I had hoped. The hops give the beer a nice edge while drinking it, but the moment that you let the beer settle in your mouth it changes to a sweeter taste and the malt becomes much more pronounced. Other flavours begin to emerge in the aftertaste, primarily orange and a biscuity taste. The finish is a little sweet for my liking.

M - The mouthfeel is decent. Despite the cloudiness and malt it doesn't taste too heavy. It is nice how the drink doesn't become jaded while you're drinking it, it keeps its hoppy edge throughout the temperature differences as you drink it and you still get that nice transitional flavour between the initial hops to the citrus and malt that follows it.

D - I could down a few of these no problem, they go down rather smoothly and offer a nice kick in the taste. It was nice to have a few drinks of this beer and then let it linger for a few minutes to absorb the changing flavour characteristics. For that I give it a good score on drinkability.

I personally believe that the hops could have been much stronger and it still would have held a more pleasant taste, but that is subjective. As it stands, the beer was nice to drink and is certainly a refreshing change from the more malt-heavy beers that seem to be so common here in Ontario.

I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of BBP
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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 DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 decimator
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy orange-copper colour with a thick tan bubbly head. Head reduce to a bubbly cap. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Sweet malts, herbs, flowers and a hint of fruit.

T - Starts with sweet bread malts which are quickly followed by the bitter & herbal hops. Hops leave a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Pretty tasty beer.

M - Good carbonation, creamy, some stickiness, a light tang, and a crisp finish.

D - I can't get enough of this one. This is one good beer. This has become my favourite from Creemore.

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Photo of notdan
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how popular this beer seems to have become. I'm house sitting for some family friends in Manotick, Ontario this weekend (hell of a way to spend the long weekend...) and even the LCBO here in way rural Ottawa has it.

Pours a hazy, medium orange/amber with a fairly dense white head that receded to a thin film over the beer. I am not witnessing any lacing to speak of.

Sitting on the back porch, the wind grabs away some of the smell but I get lots of floral hops, some mild fruitiness, and a touch of biscuit. Great stuff.

The first thing that registers is a nice biscuity malt profile, but that quickly transitions into lots of floral/herbal hops. The taste finished smoothly and lingers with some sweet citrus, a hint of green apple maybe, and a persistent hop bitterness. Very nice balance.

The carbonation is a tad high, but you still get a nice thick creamy mouthfeel.

It makes me sad this isn't a year-round beer, but it is indeed great for summer. Extremely drinkable and definitely my favourite Creemore beer. Hoping Molson lets them make more, full-flavoured beers like this one.

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Photo of IllNate
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Liamt07 on this one!

A - Poured 1 figer width of head, fell down to a nice webbing. Very cloudy, but can says Kellerbiers are supposed to be cloudy (BA confirms this). Pretty standard copper/amber colour.

S - Bready malts, with an indistinct hop aroma coming through. Mostly malt in the nose though.

T - Hop forward. Really notice the hop bitterness and flavor, strange it didn't show up in the nose very much. The bready malt is there though for sure.

M - Creamy, smooth. Hop bitterness. Very nice feel.

D - Pretty good. Nothing outstanding.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this and wanted to try it. This one is quite nice, poured dark cloudy amber and a bunch of lace and white head. Smell is strong, some hops, malt, lots of malt, this is also prominent in the flavor. Bold malt to start and grain and hops in the finish. Suprisingly smooth and drinkable, this is something I could drink often.

Definitely worth keeping in my fridge. A good find.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 kjyost
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of Beervis
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 pootz
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of MattyV
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber-orange into a nonic pint glass, 1 finger off-white head left spotty lacing. A few small yeast particles were floating around in suspension, but was just softly hazy for the most part, quite nice looking.

Smells mostly of grassy, herbal hops, with maybe a slight hint of spice. Aroma becomes much more pronounced as it warms slightly.

Tastes of bready, biscuit-like malt followed by a solid sharp hit of the herbal hoppiness evident in the nose, that leaves a pleasant bitterness that lingers for just long enough. Much much more flavourful than most other Canadian lagers I've tried recently.

Medium-bodied, lively carbonation gives this a nice and refreshing feel, a perfect option for this warmer weather when looking for a thirst quenching pint that also packs a whole lot of flavour.

Given that I missed out on this one last year, I was looking forward to it this year that much more. It didn't disappoint, I have been steadily working through a few 8-packs, and will likely pick up a few more while still available at the local LC.

Hopefully other Ontario brewers will take notice of this beer and realize that lagers don't have to be apple juice-like in colour and water-like in flavour. This was a pleasant surprise that I have been enjoying immensely. Cheers!

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Photo of cratez
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can from the Southdale & Wonderland LCBO in London, ON. Purchased a 12 pack since I knew this would sell out instantly (and it did).
A: hazy unfiltered dark amber with subtle golden hues. One finger of foamy, off-white head and drapes of lacing on the lager glass.
S & T: peach, orange rind, nectarine, and toasted, bready, biscuit-like malts. Big citric hop flavour on the back end, a little juicy and resinous, maybe some tangerine as well. Moderate bitterness with a yeasty, wheat cracker aftertaste (powdery, doughy), similar to the brewery's flagship. So fresh & tasty it's ridiculous. Am I drinking a lager or ESB?
M: crisp, tangy, low carbonation, dry and malted finish. Lighter side of medium body makes this an ultra easy drinker.
D: goes down like water. Sessionable, citrusy, aromatic, inviting. Newbies expecting an IPA should not drink or rate this beer. It is exceptional FOR THE STYLE, not if you compare it to Surly Furious. A superb and quaffable keller bier, I'm glad I got my hands on a half case before it disappeared.

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Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Creemore Springs Kellerbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 187 ratings
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