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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Honey Brown LagerSleeman Honey Brown Lager

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BA SCORE
69
poor

252 Ratings
THE BROS
38
awful

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 20%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smooth Sleeman Honey Brown Lager is brewed in the tradition of cottage breweries at the turn of the century. Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 08-22-2001)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.9/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear bottle, which is always a welcome change, even if it can potentially harm the beer. Dark Amber Color that is very clear, I can see my fingerprints on the other side of the glass. White frothy head, but dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing behind, but seems to leave small dots of honey on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Sweet caramel smell with a bit of underlying honey and malt. Sadly not quite as pronounced as I'd like it to be, which is really a shame.

Taste - Sweet as expected, and unsurprisingly similar to the smell, although honey taste is a bit more pronounced. Finishes off with a slight, subtle spice taste at the end. If it had a little more kick, while avoiding more of an aftertaste, it'd be perfect.

Mouthfeel - Needs a little bit more carbonation and leaves something of a sweet toffee like aftertaste, although there is something a little bit off that I can't describe. Thankfully it is quite subdued and refreshing.

Drinkability - Medium bodied, not particularly heavy, but not so light I'd be inclined to guzzle it. This beer is great with a meal, or as a after dinner treat, or to have one or two with the boys, but as an all night option, I'd be hesitant.

Final Thoughts - Seriously, I just wish I could concentrate this beer slightly more. If the scent was a bit stronger, and the flavor more pronounced it would certainly get a better rating. That being said, I'd gladly pick up more of this stuff or order it at a restaurant with my meal.

TheHammer, Feb 16, 2009
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1.43/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12oz clear glass bottle, not to worry the six-pack holder was a cardboard box as to not let the light in.

Appearance: Deep tawny copper, close enough to brown. Thin but sticky lace.

Smell: Big cloying sweetness … not appealing at all.

Taste: Bit of smooth crispness, cloying sweetness gets to be a bit unbearable. Hops are minimal and the sweetness tastes fake. Lame maltiness … sweetness all over the place.

Notes: Please beer god take be away from this beer … perhaps a good beer to cook with, a sweet dark beer to balance out a pot of chili or beef stew. As for drinking it … no thanks, never again.

Jason, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can. The beer pours a light amber color with with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee without too much else. The flavor is toffee with a light amount of bitterness and flavor from some grassy hops. Still, this is a very malt-forward beer, Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Running low on cold beer in the house, and the Thanksgiving weekend totally destroyed the stocks at my local liquor store. This was an old high-school favourite of mine, and it was one of the few cold six packs left. So there you go.

Poured into a little Hoegaarden bucket. The very definition of amber, with a sticky 1/2 inch head that dissolves into a little ring.

Nose is sweet and one dimensional, no hops or grain to speak of. Just...honey brown. Maybe a bit of molasses or brown sugar.

Tastes about the same. Overly sweet, not the faintest trace of hops or anything interesting, as if the brewmaster forgot to add them in the brewing process. Finish is just diminished sweetness. Thin bodied, sharp cola carbonation.

Now, having said all this, I don't tend to mind sweetness as a general rule, and I would probably drink this instead of a lot of macro Euro lagers. Also, I'm about 20 minutes from the brewery, so this is a brew that tends to show up a lot at parties, so it's in my best interest to cultivate a taste for it. Fortunately, I rarely get stuck in this situation, and when I do, I drink it as cold as possible straight from the bottle.

In summary, unless you like overly sweet, overly carbonated honey lagers, avoid this.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

chickenm, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

LDuke, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear pale brown color, billowy head that stays at 1/2 inch for a while. Caramel aroma, a little hay smell. Light and sweet, a little buttery with minimum hop impact. Could really use some more overall oomph, its watery enough to be pretty much done by the back of the mouth. A little impression of overcooked celery. Drinkable, I suppose, its a little more subtle than some honey brews in heavy sweetness.

ADR, Aug 24, 2002
Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +35.6%

djcreepshow, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

355ml can. For what seems like forever and a day, this beer has been my go-to when faced with nothing but the big boys on tap at the finer establishments around town who show PPV Oiler games. Now it's go-time in inland BC, after a day on the slopes.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper-amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, bubbly, and surprisingly creamy dirty white head, which leaves some broad strokes of uneven coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sweet grainy pale malt, caramelized rice, a bit of heather honey, and mildly astringent plastic. The taste starts with a slight floral hoppiness, followed by an almost overwrought tinged caramel malt sweetness, emboldened by some extra dextrin or other cheap sugars, a straightforward, plain-ass honey sweetness, and some lightly sour notes - hop or lingering graininess-borne, it's hard to say.

It's a little high on the carbonation side, though mostly just frothy, the body an adequate medium weight, buoyed as it is by the murky sugars, and generally smooth. It finishes rather sweet, the generic honey and touched caramel malt providing all one needs to know here.

A more or less innocuous, everyman example of the 'honey' beer phenomenon in Canada and parts farther removed. It's easy to put back a few of these, sure, but at some point one becomes aware of this particular sort of acquiescence to blandly-made universal offerings.

biboergosum, Jan 16, 2009
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

CWVegas, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of kdoc8
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before - it comes in stylin' clear glass bottle with raised images of Canadian paraphanelia - beavers and maple leaves and all that. It didn't really have a head, the color was golden-brown. The smell was faintly like sweet malt but it's very faint. The taste isn't much of anything actually - just light and tasteless. It's not my first Sleeman's choice - I'd probably choose their Cream Ale over this one.

kdoc8, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of STEEL1980
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

STEEL1980, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of jackndan
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sleeman’s Honey Brown Lager: nice enough looking brew. Deep amber, but not much head, and what there was tended to disappear quickly. The aroma was almost absent, as far as I could tell. Each of the Sleeman beers I’ve had are fairly unremarkable as far as taste goes, they seem to be very bland. No off tastes, no skunk, but not bad, but not good.

This one is surprise, surprise, and surprise! Bland. It has a standard lager taste, and what honey it has is notable only in the smoothness it imparts to the mouthfeel, and a hint in the aftertaste.

jackndan, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of nortmand
3.55/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above-average beer actually not too bad, maybe others are drinking skunked bottles.

Amber pour with a white head, no lacing.

Smells like sweetgrass, a hint of chlorine at the end.

Sweet honey flavor with the barest hint of roastiness on the edge.

Nicely carbonated, not too thin mouthfeel. Pretty good "just drinking" beer.

nortmand, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

have had this on a few occasions over the years but mostly just at pubs getting shitfaced
A - clear bronze, off white shiny head with decent retention, some lacing
S - corn adjunct, grains, light brown sugar, not as expected
T - corn graininess up front with a strong syrupy sweetness that lingers along with some metallic, nothing special about it
M - medium weight with a solid carbonation kick, sticky sweet for a second but quickly moves to a bitter finish
O - for a run of the mill mass consumption brand its decent, but a pretty average honey brown all told

joemcgrath27, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Richter35
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick tan white head. Colour is honey-brown [really] and looks decent.

Smell is like any other lager. Nothing special.

Taste is slightly above average. Minimal bitterness, with more malty goodness than your typical light/pale lager. Some biscuit tastes, more reminiscent of a brown ale. Pretty good for a high-volume Canadian offering.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer is light to medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. Nice beer on a hot day, but not something I'd serve if I wanted to impress. Just average.

Richter35, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of souvenirs
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can bought at a liquor store in Port Moody on the way to Sasamat Lake. I ended up bringing it home and drinking it at the end of the day, out of the fridge and poured into a glass. This is probably the kind of beer that's appropriate to drink in the sun on a hot day.

A: Clear dark amber with lots of head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: Maltier than I would have expected for a macrobrew lager. Sweet. I definitely pick up the honey.
T: Not bad. I'm not sure why the ratings are as low as they are. I've had much, much worse beer!! This is better than drinkable. I certainly wouldn't seek it out, but it's really not that bad. Malty and fairly sweet.
F: Watery. Could definitely stand to be crisper, too.
O: The one thing that's really off on this beer is the mouthfeel. Other than that, it's much better than I expected.

souvenirs, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of tjd112
3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Why Sleeman would put this in a clear bottle is beyond me!!!

Appearance - Pours a hard amber with lots of head, but little lacing

Smell/Taste - Like honey and caramel, with some bready malts

Mouthfeel - A little uneven and watery

Drinkability - Only if the bar didn't have many other options

Overall - an average beer

tjd112, Dec 16, 2009
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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.