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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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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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 biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 liamt07
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this can.

A - Medium amber with a big orange glow and one finger of dirty white head.

S/T - A good sweetness with bready and caramel notes present. There is also a light hop presence and some floral notes.

M - Light body. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O - This was a nice easy drinker. Thanks again Matt!

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.70$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, toffee/caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, malts, and toffee/caramel. There is also something along the lines of chocolate and a nuttiness. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty decent I guess.. but nothing exciting. It's been a while since I've had an altbier so I don't have much to compare it with style wise. It's worth trying but I'd have one of their other varieties before this one next time.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creemore Altbier is a glossy toffee-amber colour and retains little head. My finger on the other side is easily discernible but hopelessly distorted due to the deep tone. Still, the beer manages impressive and highly aesthetic highlights. Swirling hastens head production but retention, unfortunately, is hopeless.

The aroma of rich, nutty, softly roasted malt is every bit as denotative of German culture as accordion-led polkas and sausages. This is a Canadian beer, of course, but it clearly utilizes top-notch German variety malts and, as the name reveals, came about with a little help from a German expert (Zum Schlüssel).

The beer gains high marks for purity of expression; the flavour features chewy, biscuity maltiness - and plenty of it - plain and simple. While there are some soft, bittersweet, herbal flower petal-like notes, the taste is characterized by its rich nutty-sweet graininess. It is highly approachable but still substantial.

Nutty, biscuity malts not only start the flavour but also conclude it; the aftertaste rides that sweetish, caramel malt wave for some time. The finish, however, is also where bitterness suddenly becomes a more concrete notion as earthy hops mount a silent takeover. Until then that bitterness is masked by the rich malt character.

I look forward to the day when a glass of Altbier is as popular as a latte and traditional brewhouses are as plentiful as Starbucks. That's the norm in Germany, though it is still a long way off here in Canada. Creemore Springs Altbier, however, is a step in the right direction. Here's hoping more breweries follow.

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Photo of DrJay
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear and coppery with a short cap of fine bubbles. Solid sheets of lace covered the glass. Floral hop aroma, toffee and biscuit malt, slight lemon, a hint of smoke. Same character in the flavour, but with moderate bitterness. Nicely balanced with lingering lemon. Light bodied, average carbonation, decent texture. Pretty good, pleasant to drink.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of deonreds
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 taxandbeerguy
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from LCBO for $2.85 CDN poured into a pint glass

Appearance - dark amber in color with one half fingers of head that dissipates quickly, virtually no lacing left in the glass.

Smell- Biscuity malts are faint but at hand. Slight apple scent is present when beer is cold but transitions to a breadier smell as beer warms.

Taste- Roasted corn and roasted malts transitioning into earthy notes on the finish and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with medium-light body and decent carbonation, dry on the back end.

Overall- First Altbier I've tried happens to be pretty tasty and look forward to trying others in a similar style.

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Photo of TerryW
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very, very plain. Looks awesome, though. Nice copper colour and an impressive looking head. After that, no real excitement.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a lovely beer. One of my favourite memories of Dusseldorf was visiting a pub in the city's core. We had spent the afternoon watching street performers and headed into a hole in the wall. I clearly remember the barman toting a wooden cask of beer up the stairs from the cellar - our Dutch host explained that we were trying Alt, and I was completely awestruck. I digress... Creemore has come up with a winner here. It is dark, rich, sweet and incredibly smooth. If you can find this beer, I highly recommend you try it!

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear deep copper with a patchy shortlived head. The aroma is of light bread and some fruitiness. In the taste lightly roasted malts mix with a bit of stayed leafy, herbal hops and some cooked vegetable flavors in the back. A nearly cloying sweetness builds in the finish. Hop bitterness is very low throughout, with a bit of lemon showing with warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium to light carbonation.

An okay beer, but pretty lacking in complexity and a bit too sweet.

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Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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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