Creemore Springs Collaboration Altbier | Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Creemore Springs Collaboration AltbierCreemore Springs Collaboration Altbier

Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Ontario, Canada

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a goal of celebrating Creemore’s 25th anniversary in a big way, Creemore Brewmaster Gordon Fuller and head brewer Bryan Egan travelled to Düsseldorf in early 2012, to immerse themselves in German brewing culture. Learning trade secrets from the brewers at Zum Schlüssel allowed them to create a unique and special variety of their own Altbier at home in Canada. Follow their journey on our blog.

28 IBU

Added by Sammy on 08-05-2012

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Photo of boosemon
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hoagie
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Kremlock
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark copper colour. (colour of medium maple sirup) Poors a nice 1/2 inch head then settles to about 1/4 inch. Lacing is medium on the glace.

S: Rich malt/caramel scent. hops are low yet present enough. Hints of pepper are present in the hops yet the malt balances it with sweetness

T: Caramel flavours are present in the malt with a quick bitterness and dryness. Some bread is present, almost like a french toast.

M: Dryness beginning to end with a well balance bitterness to malt. (higher bitterness to malt as per style). Medium bodies and well carbonated.

O: This is an amazing collaboration beer and a great beer. The Germans should be proud that Canadians have brewed a great Altbier.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of phirleh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a clear brown color alt with a large foamy head with good retention and some alight lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with chewy biscuit malt is quite great. Taste is a great mix between some dry caramel malt with light roasted nuts and chewy gain. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Pretty bang on to style, great drinkability and very enjoyable.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Subliminal64
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of korguy123
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25th Anniversary Collaboration release.

A- Crystal clear almond brown pour. Short lived two finger foamy white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Roasted malt, almonds, nice floral hops and a touch of chocolate in the back end.

T- Floral hops and sweet roasted malts are both up front and melding together. The sweetness continues and opens to chocolate, coffee and bakery fresh desserts.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- It's nice to see something new coming out of Creemore. They do things well and aren't ones to push boundaries or experiment and I enjoy the subtleties of their beers.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber red colour, one finger of white head, lots of lace here. Smell is rich and malty, nutty toffee, caramel, lightly yeasty with a bit of floral hop present too. Taste is malty with rich caramel flavours, toffee with more grainy malts, a bit of earthy hops mid palate, starts off sweet but finishes slightly dry. Medium carbonation, medium body, a little dry and prickly at points. Defintley a nice altbier, I enjoyed the extra hops in this one and one of the more enjoyable brews for a style I'm not crazy about.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper colour, brilliant clarity. Poorly retained beige head doesn't lace. Malty aroma of bread, toasted grain, and nuts with floral hop notes. Flavour is malt forward toasted biscuit and nutty notes, followed by a firm leafy bitterness in the finish. Flavourful but but very balanced. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Creemore have stuck to their roots making European-inspired beers while doing something fairly different for the Ontario market. They've also made a delicious beer. Prost!

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of decimator
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear copper with amber hues. 1cm off-white head quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing.

S - Roasted malts upfront, brown sugar, floral, hint of fruit, grass.

T - Toasted bread, caramel, fruity sourness, hint of spice, a bit nutty, mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, a bit syrupy, tangy, light yet lingering hop aftertaste.

O - Pretty good beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO. Never had an altbier before, but at this point I'm fairly confident in Creemore's ability to brew solid beer.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, topped with just over one finger of smooth, foamy eggshell white-coloured head. It lasts for a few minutes before subsiding into a thin cap, with a coat of lacing smeared onto the sides of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, with toasted biscuity malts being a prominent feature, along with some caramel, grains, hay and a faint hint of nuts. Fairly enticing so far.

The flavour isn't all that complex, but it's undeniably pleasant, with enough nuances to raise my eyebrow. Bready malts, brown sugar and toasted biscuits form the backbone, with a distinct nuttiness to the flavour. This is balanced toward the finish by a robust hop profile, which is grassy, floral and slightly earthy in nature, with just a hint of baker's chocolate. Bittersweet aftertaste that doesn't stick to the palate long. Light-bodied, with mild carbonation that gives this stuff a silky-smooth mouthfeel, and contributes strongly to the absurdly high drinkability. Extraordinarily smooth tasting.

Creemore Springs' Altbier makes for yet another fantastic offering to add to their portfolio. Despite their acquisition by one of the nation's macro giants, this brewery keeps chugging along and producing some of Ontario's most widely-available, consistently solid beer. This is well worth adding to their seasonal lineup, assuming it doesn't displace their (also excellent) kellerbier. This is a great summer/autumn refresher that is well worth sampling.

[Updated Oct 25 2015]

Another tallboy from the LCBO; this brew has been upgraded from a sporadically-available special edition into a regular fall seasonal. With a few more altbiers now under my belt, I still feel that this is a pretty solid German brown, but it doesn't get me excited. Still one of Creemore's better products, but at $3.00 a can, I'll probably only be buying this one occasionally.

Final Grade: 3.88, a B+.

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Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5% ABV. 473 mL can. Pours a nice off-white head of foam, leaves a good lacing. Fair bit of carbonation and colour is a rich mahogany brown, slightly ruddy.

Smell has plenty of malt, with some stewed fruit and hazelnut notes. Pleasant, inviting though a bit restrained.

On the palate, beer shows a pretty solid profile. It has a full syrupy maltiness, more of the pleasantly spiced 'stewed' character, with slight caramel, pineapple, and a light citrus touch. Complexitty becomes more apparent as it warms. Hops presence is quite mild, but contributes nicely on the end. Finish is dry, slightly grassy, mild hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, refreshing malty feel. Very sessionable. Carbonation is quite understated, mostly just an initial bite.

Easy-drinking, well-made traditional altbier. Good flavour and complexity. Malts tend to dominate the palate a bit I find, but it works together. Not a common style to come across in Ontario, so a solid effort that is worth trying.

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Photo of badandy
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light brown, excellent clarity, attractive colour. Poor head retention and minimal lacing. Head it not particularly creamy and dissipated in less than a minute

S: Deep, rich toasted malt tones. Nutty. Earthy. No hop profile in aroma, though I imagine this is typical for the style (not familiar with Altbier). Intriguing.

T: Toasty with a hint of smoke. Pleasing bitterness, quite dry. Aroma hops are hidden by the malt. I'd like to see some later hop additions to balance the bitterness. Fairly clean finish, but leaves some residuals on the palate.

M: Medium body. Nothing notable.

A very drinkable beer. I feel like this would pair nicely with a rich pasta dish. I'm interested to try another Altbier! Would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a half inch of creamy foam on a gentle pour.

S - Nose is malty-sweet, hints of lemon, husky grain. hint of cocoa.

T - Dry and grainy with a bit of lemon hop. Light toastiness

M - Smooth with a moderate zip.

D - Very easy drinking, dry balanced brew. Good patio sipper. Unlikely to find this on the average patio though.

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can. Nice to see Creemore Springs releasing more (a relative term) exotic offerings, to help combat those who would usurp their throne as Ontario's, if not Canada's finest purveyor of tasty all-malt lagers (and now, one ale). Thanks to the rep for leaving (forgetting?) a scout sample for me to stumble (literally and figuratively) across.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of silken, puffy foamy off-white head, which leaves some random scattered tendril lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of softly sweet biscuit and caramel malts, a mild nuttiness, and floral, musty hops. The taste is fairly reflective of the promise of the aroma with a grainy, somewhat bready malt, subtle earthy nut character, a bit of understated orchard fruitiness, and dusty, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a wee bit fizzy, but generally behaves itself, the body on the low side of medium weight, and smooth enough, as a slight metallic edges takes something away from that. It finishes mostly dry, the grainy, biscuit character mostly spent of sweetness, and the zingy leafy hops pulling up their socks well enough.

A hoppy altbier? Sure, why the hell not - and thankfully not very adherent to west coast 'standards' in that regard. Anyway, a decent, balanced tipple, and a nice sideshow for this brewery, very helpful in showing we far flung customers that they haven't lost their old-world Deutsche moxie since, well, you know.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Beer Academy. Hop forward altbier. Not exactly what I expected from the style, yet a very drinkable and reasonably tasty beer.Some ace, slightly amber colour. Average mouthfeel. Me thinks this will be a hit. Collaboration with Zum Schlussel, reputed the greatest alt brewers.Good drinkability in the can as well.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from The Beer Academy, 473ml into a tulip.

Brown in colour with a white head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has earthy and woody malt notes, bready and some grain character. Perhaps a hint of sulphur with warmth. Taste is again earthy and woody, but in moderation. More graininess, light sweetness. Moderately drying finish, with some grassy hops. A bit of mineral character. Medium feel , decent carbonation. A nice, drinkable but not outstanding altbier.

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