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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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 185
Photo of notdan
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -2.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -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 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 kjyost
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -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 pootz
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +5.9%
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 +4.1%
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 -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 TerryW
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent beer across the board. Orange with a slight haze and a large head on pouring. The head settles quickly to a thin film and surrenders only a minimal amount of lace.

A distinctive beer with a lot of things happening. Grassy hops, minerals, fruitiness, earthy malt. Very solid, quite interesting. If you like hops, you'll enjoy this. Not an extreme hop style, just straight up enjoyable.

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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 ritzkiss
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

473ml can from a 8pack at the LCBO, seasonal release.

Pours a hazed coppery peach color with a finger or two of foam that dies to a thin layer and never takes off, no lacing.

A hint of sulfur jumps out on the nose which is otherwise a little light, a touch of saaz grassiness, a little mineral, just a hint of pepper.

This has got to be the best lager coming out of Ontario, hands above their other stuff. Hints of peach (more in some cans), a biscuity malt, minerals and sulfur, peppery finish, a touch of lemon, a touch of sweetness but a really nice bittering which is grassy and a touch minerally. Wow, for a lager this stuff really has a nice hop bite. Nice dry pinching finish, really quenching.

Smooth drinking, clean, not too carbonated but still sparkles a little. Could easily sit down and drink the 8pack, this is what summer needs. Never rated a non-bock lager this high.... Just do damn drinkable.

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

The unfiltered look is obvious. Creemore's Kellerbier is a hazy copper-amber with a good cover of off-white head and some pretty nice lacing.

Smells like a lot of yeast to start, though it quickly fades into a better balance. Along with all the yeast is some sharp, astringent citrus, candy-like malt, a little bread and earthy German hops. Pretty nice actually.

This is definitely the more flavourful of the three Creemore products I've had. Lots of earthy German hops present. Quite well-balanced, with just enough bready malt for support. The sweetness found in the nose isn't really showing here, which is a good thing. This is a bitter, earthy brew. A subtle fruitiness shows up as a nice extra bit of complexity. The finish isn't as drying as you'd expect, given all the hops.

I'm really surprised by the feel. For a lager the feel is great but for a lager from Ontario, this stuff is pretty fantastic. Creamy medium-full body with a moderate-to-high carbonation. I'm digging it.

I've only had one other Kellerbier and feel that the drinkability here is comparable. This is easily the best of the Creemore's I've had but possibly the least drinkable. It's a little too bitter to want to session, though you could if you're into the bitterness. This is a well-made beer and I'd be happy to drink this again. Would probably be pretty great on tap, if that exists.

Edit: I had to up the drinkability here, since it seems I've been drinking more of this than probably any other beer this summer and it definitely sessions well. Not too bitter; this stuff is damn tasty. One of the few beers Ontario can boast of.

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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 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 JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a blustery cold day - perfect for a hearty lager!

Poured into Creemore branded lager glass. Amber orange hue. Only slightly opaque, but the effect is there. Patches of lacing, a thin ring of head.

Nose is quite inviting. Leafy hops, tea, honey and a bit of malt.

A smooth, tart little brew. Not nearly as hoppy as last year's batch, but still a decent hop character. Malt and tea, a touch of bread or biscuits there as well. Dry finish.

Decent carbonation, slight creamy feel.

Another fine brew from Creemore; quite enjoyable this time of year. Not really a session brew - defionitely one to take some time with and enjoy.

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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 machinesquad
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orangey-gold haziness. An inch worth of head on initial pour, decent retention.

Aroma: Fresh bread with slight herb (rosemary/thyme).

Taste: Smooth and little carbonation. Strong maltiness - much less hops than first offering of the beer last fall. Dry finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: No bloating from drinking. Could easily tip these back.

Final thoughts: Not as hoppy or as hazy as I remember the first batch being; however, still very enjoyable. I'm not sure if that's due to the fact that this can was drank within the first week of it being offered and the previous one was towards the tail end of the previous offering.

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

Received this from MeisterBurger. I've had the Creemore Springs lagers before and thought that they were ok, but heard that this year's Kellerbier was a surprise hit.

Pours a hazy orange copper color with a finger of thick white head. Head retention is very good, but very little lacing down the glass.

Scent is some crisp hops with some floral tones mixed with some caramel malts. Some yeast is also detectable.

Taste is smooth. Low in carbonation. Some floral hops up front with some nice malt flavor at the back. Very balanced between the two. Slightly dry finish.

As my first Kellerbier I am pretty happy with how this went. Certainly one of Creemore Spring's better lagers.

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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 fisherman34
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned sample via northyorksammy. Pale orange in colour with a bit of haze and medium carbonation. Aromas of mild citrus, herbal hops, pale malts, and yeast. Great herbal hop flavors dominate the palate, supported by tea buscuit like malts, sublte yeast notes, and a hint of tart orchard fruit. Fairly dry and very refreshing on the finish. Well balanced. I could drink lots of this.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one a while back from the LCBO on Fennell Ave in Hamilton. I've been meaning to review it for a while, if only so that I've reviewed all of Creemore's excellent beers.

Appearance: Poured with a thumb and a half of head that laced masterfully and retained quite well too. Not much carbonation to be found in the body which is a cloudy orange color. Definite sediment in this one, although to be expected and it is kept in very small particles.

Smell: I'm getting a nice bready malt that is backed by mixed citrus hops and an also spruce like scent. I'm also catching the barest whiffs of black pepper, cloves and of all things, dill. Took a bit of warming to come out though.

Taste: Starts with a the nice sweet bread malt that lets the grapefruit and lemon hops take over quite nicely and ends with a nice spiciness that serves to reign in the bitterness. All in all a very nice experience, which I think would be better if the hops were tweaked a little bit.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a bit of a strange double hit of flavor from the bitter hops followed by the spice. It isn't exactly the smoothest transition in the world. Other then that, the carbonation is solid, save perhaps not coming out at the right times. Also, on the plus side, it goes down easy and it leaves only the barest on intriguing spice aftertaste, which certainly helps its case.

Drinkability: Really, the spiciness somewhat hampers this beers drinkability somewhat. However, it's crisp and refreshing with no gas or bloating issues. This beer would be enjoyable for any season save perhaps winter.

Final Thoughts: As my first Kellerbier I was impressed, but can also see the lack of mainstream appeal this style offers. It is a bit oddball, but it's good none the less. I could see this going good with seafood or sausage but really, this beer is a treat beer for the enthusiast, simply put. Worth a shot, that's for sure.

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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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