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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 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 DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +5.6%
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 +7.4%
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 -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 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 Rijtjeshuis
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +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 Stocean1
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +1.3%
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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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 Matt1516
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 -3.1%
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 +2.3%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 +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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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 BeerNemesis
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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%
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%
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 -14.8%
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 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 decimator
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Creemore Springs Kellerbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
3.91 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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