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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
69
poor

258 Ratings
THE BROS
39
awful

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.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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Photo of Rob7421
5/5  rDev +70.1%

Rob7421, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of BCJoly
4.53/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I dont understand why it gets such a low mark here on BA. It has a very good tast goes down easy and could drink them all night long. Best served ice cold with a bit of slush.

smell: subtle, sweet, honey, faint hops.

look: golden amber, ok head that will go away after a minute

mouth feel: cold, wet, well carbonated.

taste: refreshing, honey, brown sugar, slight hops, good after taste

over all: simply awesome, doesn't taste like lager (better). I usually drink micro brewery beers, but this one is fine by me and my wife. This is a must try if your in Canada.

BCJoly, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of SylarHRG
4.5/5  rDev +53.1%

SylarHRG, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of bmosh99
4.25/5  rDev +44.6%

bmosh99, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.01/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark amber colour finishing with a nice foamy two-finger head which lasted throughout with fairly good lacing. The aroma is mostly that of honey and grainy malts. This is a sweet beer with a faint hint of hop bitterness and a medium level of body.

Mountainmanbrewing, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +36.1%

djcreepshow, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Cybr
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Cybr, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of jeffeljefe
4/5  rDev +36.1%

jeffeljefe, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Maiacetus
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Maiacetus, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Antikythera
3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown, fine cream coloured head

Smell: nondescript. Weird. Fizzy? A little honey.

Taste: the honey and caramel really come out in the flavour, over top of pale malt. Sweet without being candyish.

Mouthfeel: thin without being too watery. Refreshing but flavourful.

Overall: easy-drinking but more interesting than most budget beers.

Yeah, I love it. When I was younger the first beer I drank was probably Coors, and I was not impressed. SHB was the first beer I had that I thought was actually interesting, and I still have a soft spot for it. It's not boring but it's not pretentious either.

Antikythera, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is brownish golden yellow, some big bubbles for the head that fizz out fast. Smells of strong sweet honey and malts. Taste echoes the smell. Smooth with a honey hop tangyness thats a little rough at first and ends with a nice malt coating. Quite drinkable and flavored honey lager, better then most I've had. Has more solid body where as most others are kinda watery.

tavernjef, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of TheHammer
3.9/5  rDev +32.7%
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
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very suprised to see this beer on the shelves of a cheap, cut price store in Shropshire. No other Canadian beers to be seen.

This was a brown 341ml bottle and I poured it into a stemmed Corsendonk tulip glass.

Deep golden/amber colour, good white head. Looked like a Dort, except the head soon began to leave.

The aroma was sweet, toffee and honey mix, not overpowering, but there for all to smell.

Very pleasant drink, a little sweet for some maybe, but I liked it.

Overal I thought this OK, honey beers are becoming more common and this one was better than a few I've had the misfortune to try. I will have a few more if there are any left when I revisit the shop.

BlackHaddock, May 06, 2008
Photo of zerofear13
3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I agree with the very low scores. I had this beer on tap in Montreal and enjoyed it very much.

Brown, amber hue. Nice head, not very creamy, and not very good retention. Smelled of faint nuts and spices, and maybe a dash of honey. Great nutty taste and the sweetened malts were very good. I don't think I got an "artificial" sweetness out of it like many have claimed.

Pretty light-tasting beer. Not very complex like a brown ale or usual dark lager, but I think the honey effect is present and noticeable. Overall, a good beer. If I saw it on a menu, I'd definitely have another.

zerofear13, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of PorterPro125
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although I really enjoy all of the beers that Sleeman produces, this one really stands out from the pack.

A- A very nice, honey like reddish-brown hue. Quite enticing to say the least. It poured with a 1/2 finger head that dissipated fairly quick. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- The smell of this lager is very dark in nature. A little bit of roastiness with some bread notes mixed in.

T- Despite the fact that the bottle is completely clear, there is no skunky notes to be found here. The taste is bar none the best, most sessionable beer that Sleeman makes. It displays some beautiful brown sugar notes with a slight hop characteristic that makes it that much better. If you aren't into sweeter beers, I would shy away.

M- Very smooth beer with excellent carbonation. You know its good stuff when it doesn't feel like a soft drink in your mouth : P

O- If you seek a very well rounded session beer that pleases the palate, don't hesitate; pick this one up and chances are you won't be disappointed.

PorterPro125, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of beerdeity
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is minimal and laces poorly. The smell is inviting, with a fresh lively character. The taste is smooth, with a very noticable honey note. Mouthfell is well rounded, and lingers nicely. Very drinkable, over several hours. NOTE: Beer is sold in clear glass bottles, so freshness is paramount. Beer suffers terribly with age/light.

beerdeity, May 02, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

CWVegas, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

ppoitras, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of carach
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

carach, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of CrazyMike
3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown appearance with decent head that sticks around. Smell is vert sweet, picked up a hint of honey.

Picked up a syrupy brown sugar taste as well as caramel and grain. Thicker bodied with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and sweet.

Overall, not a bad dark beer. It is thick with lots of taste to go with it, a bit to sweet at times though. Would recommend over other sleeman beers.

CrazyMike, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a crystal clear amber tone with a fizzy, quickly diminishing off-white head; patchy lacing.

not getting a tone in the nose, mostly a caramel maltiness, maybe a muted hops presence loitering somewhere in the background.

flavor is a welcome improvement. sweet and toasty. notes of honey open up mid-palate. malt-forward but some hoppy undertones, especially in the finish. by no means is this memorable, but all in all it's a pleasant, unassuming, relatively tasty brew.

crisp, light/medium bodied mouthfeel. drink well; a good football-watching beer.

perrymarcus, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of cyrenaica
3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is great tasting beer. It pours an orangy red colour with a slight head. The aroma is nice and malty with a hint of honey. It works well on the cheeks with mild carbonation (unlike Sleeman Cream Ale which is way too fizzy). The taste is crisp and clear with hints of fruit and honey. Goes down well and tastes great with barbecued ribs.

cyrenaica, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of AlexDuMond
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can remember having this beer in Monteal New Years eve when I was 19. Overall I felt it was a pretty good beer but I think everyone here is missing a huge and hilarious characteristic of the beer...it smells exactly like weed. Like spot on, I really dont understand how no one else has commented about that.

S- Ganja

AlexDuMond, May 29, 2013
Photo of Jmgeorge11
3.64/5  rDev +23.8%

Jmgeorge11, Oct 02, 2014
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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.