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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 281
Avg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 08-22-2001

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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.
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Photo of BCJoly
4.46/5  rDev +49.2%
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.

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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.02/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.92/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

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Photo of Antikythera
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.77/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.77/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of beerdeity
3.74/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexDuMond
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
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

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.71/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.58/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recommended by the guy behind the counter at the shop.

Appearance: Attractive amber/honey in color, with a one finger head. Little lacing.

Smell: Light malt aroma, with hints of brown bread and honey. Aroma falls a little "flat."

Taste: Calls toast with honey to mind. Overly sweet, but not as bad as the reviews on BA would indicate. Underhopped, but this is obviously a malt-focused beer so no one should be surprised.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sweetness does become cloying half way through the glass. Not for hopheads, but if you're looking for an easy-drinking malt-focused beer, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of aychbomb
3.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: deep amber/copper color creamy head with little retention.

smell: malty, toffee like, mild hop aroma, almost flowery. (clover?)

taste: moderatly malty, slightly toffee like. (again clover? is there actually honey in this honey brown lager, i'd be interested in finding out for shure) lightly hopped.

mouth feel: smooth, medium bodied, little carbonization, sweet finish

drinkability: nice, smooth, tasty althoe to sweet for a lager. (imo)


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Photo of Noxious26
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml clear bottle poured in a dimpled mug. I like the relief on the bottle of a beaver and maple leaf as well as just the neck label, but I still don't understand the clear bottle. I guess it's just their gimmick on the Canadian market.

Pours out a nice clear brown-copper colour with some carbonation streams. Head foams up nicely to 1/2 inch on the pour, but quickly disappears to just a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma is mild, but predominantly sweet. A bit of malt, caramel and honey in the background.

Taste is very sweet. Very sweet malt at the start with honey coming in after the carbonation rush. Undertones of floral hops to go with a mild malt bitterness at the finish. Practically no aftertaste, just a little mild malt bitterness.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Leaves a bit of a sticky feeling after the swallow.

You have to like sweet beers to really enjoy this one, but overall it's not bad. Smooth without any harsh qualities, this beer is meant for mass consumption. The best of the Sleeman products that I've tried. Also the best Honey Brown in Canada, or atleast better than Rickard's and Big Rock.

EDIT: Tried again May long weekend 07. Thanks to Mike & Jen for the brew. I stand by my statement that this is the best honey brown on the market, and the best Sleeman's brew.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a draft at boston's pizza in niagara falls this past weekend. Color was a transparent light brown with a small white head. Flavor was of sweet and light malts with a slight honey taste. Nice medium body with light carbonation. Good pizza beer.
My only other run in with a 'honey beer' was JW dundee's honey brown and this is no comparison. Much better, mainly due to its milder honey flavors that are by no means overpowering.

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Photo of nortmand
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Gap Wines, Belfast..

Poured a nice deep coppery colour. Creamy head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to light layer. Barely any carbonation... some faint sticky lacing...

Aroma - Quite sweet caramel malts, a little toasted bread, spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some figs), honey, some biscuity notes, pretty nutty, some leathery traces, some graininess / corn notes, peppery...

Taste – Nice caramel maltiness, strong nutty sweetness, fruity (definite orange notes, figs), nice toasted breadiness, some light corn notes, spicy hops just cut through the sweetness, some grassiness, creamy vanilla..

Feel - Pretty smooth... light / medium bodied... Pretty drinkable although the sweet malts might be too much for some...

Overall - A decent lager... nothing groundbreaking but probably worth a try...

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Photo of riversider76
3.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a thin white head.Good retention,and a pretty decent lacing. Nose is of honey and malt. Body is medium with some carbonation.Taste is of honey up front with a bitter sweet fruity finish.Decent balance. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-brown, slightly off-white head; not much retention, but it initially leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet amora with an underlying spicyness.

T: Modest bitterness allows the sweetness to come through. Slighty nutty, with a pleasant spicyness (Willamette?).

M: Moderate body; residual sugars have a hint of syrupyness.

D: Easily approachable, but too sweet for me to session.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the offerings at Ric's in Calgary...

Pours a medium copper brown, mostly translucent with a large frothy head. Moderate lacing. Smells pretty sweet, malty, and slightly floral. Taste is good, not much complexity, but the balance between the sweetness, malts, and hops is pretty good to provide a very easy drinker. I downed the first one rather quickly.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's clear and bronze in color. A small but sturdy head of fluffiness stays for a while. I found the aroma a bit skunky with a touch of caramel sweetness. Not much skunkiness in the taste though, and the sweetness sticks out. I found it rather refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Spikester
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recently tried a few different Sleeman's products. This was the best of the group. It is an unusual type for me, a honey lager.
Poured a handsome honey-amber color with a sweet malty aroma. Nice amount of white head and some lacings.
Taste is sweet but not unbearably so. A suprisingly tasty well balanced lager. A pretty good hop level for a lager. It would be a good beer for someone who finds the bigger hop styles unpleasant.

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Photo of tjd112
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
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

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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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