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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
69
poor

239 Ratings
THE BROS
38
awful

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.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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mwilbur

Minnesota

1.05/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale tan-yellow with very thin white head that quickly disappears.
S: Malt, caramel...and skunk. Bad.
T: Very bad. Hint of malt. Mostly just tastes bad though.
M: Acidic, thin, and watery. Terrible.
D: Not drinkable. Unbelievably bad. Stay away...you have several thousand other beers that taste better to spend you money on. Don't be a fool like me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 22:05:54 | More by mwilbur
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sirsteve42

New York

1.25/5  rDev -57.8%

10-29-2013 03:31:17 | More by sirsteve42
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.43/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 04:50:03 | More by Jason
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

10-16-2013 20:18:56 | More by valianes
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The definition of swill is this beer. Their was neither taste nor smell that I could detect. Expecting a skunk smell due to the clear bottle, I practically snorted the bottle trying to detect any scent whatsoever. Nothing. Tasted like water. In shock, I kept looking at the bottle to see if I were drinking Aquafina by mistake. The appearance was alright. Attractive maple leaf gold. It's only winning attribute.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 08:24:47 | More by slitherySOB
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cambabeer

Florida

1.63/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a joke. This beer is not worth buying, thankfully I was given it. I guess the color is alright, ruby and golden, but the head is nonexistent. Smells like bad cream soda left out in the sun that someone poured bud light into. Taste is watery, way to sweet, and then at the end there's a little taste of malt and hops that give you a slight clue that what you're drinking is supposed to be beer. Don't buy this, please.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 07:11:43 | More by cambabeer
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Dolanmcduk

Alberta (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Sleeman has really increased the amount of advertising here in Canada, and many fellow Canucks seem to believe this is a fancy beer probably because of the clear bottles...right?

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Comes out of the gate with a big building head. Doesn't hang around long, leaves a ring with a couple nebulae. Dark amber, doesn't look as clear as it should. Lots of carbonation.

S- Mealy, gassy, a syrupy sweetness.

T- Watery brown sugar/corn, subsides quickly to a slightly off bitterness, not a positive bitterness, dry and metallic.

M- Fizz, fizz, fizz, as much fizz as good old Dr. Pib. As the beer sits it gains the slightest amount of weight, at that point your teeth are thankful for something that isn't giving them the Oxyclean once-over.

O- I recall in my younger days Sleeman being better, but all of their beers had this strangeness to them you can't quite put your finger on.
My only reason for reconnecting with this beer was someone gave it to me for raking the leaves our adjoining boulevard. I do not recommend this beer at all.

gooby pls

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 02:05:59 | More by Dolanmcduk
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

01-17-2014 00:27:54 | More by Jotora
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

09-19-2013 01:39:47 | More by Krakpoff
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

05-05-2012 09:48:37 | More by Wordslinger
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Odri

Quebec (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

06-07-2013 01:59:05 | More by Odri
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.4%

01-16-2012 18:45:56 | More by irishkyle21
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Brent

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thin and muddy in appearance and taste. There was sweetness, but none really seemed to come from the malt. Not well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2001 21:04:14 | More by Brent
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sadly, this is the last beer in my fridge. I figured I'd finish it off before I haul in the next load.

Pours a deep golden/light amber with a 1 finger white head. Decent retention, but minimal lacing. Lively amount of carbonation is clearly visible.

Strong scent of overly sweet honey and caramel in the nose with a touch of grain, buttery malt and a metallic presence.

Artificial honey and caramel right upfront that only becomes more pronounced as the beer warms; almost to the point of cloying. A hint of grain, grassy hops and metallic character cap off the finish. The few flavours that are going on here are less than decent.

Mouthfeel is light, very wet and completely unbalanced. This sucker is going down the drain.

It's sad to think that I use to like this stuff. The last time I had it was Thanksgiving and I had to pour it in the grass when no one was looking. Too sweet, awful mouthfeel and extremely overpriced. If you can, stay away, but if not, don't judge Canadian beers based off of this.

Serving type: can

12-02-2009 02:20:18 | More by ludachris
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.4%

05-19-2013 18:29:18 | More by rale
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

2/5  rDev -32.4%

01-17-2012 14:45:34 | More by Kahlerbock
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2/5  rDev -32.4%

10-15-2012 22:03:07 | More by OriolesFan1008
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.4%

03-15-2012 14:22:55 | More by oldp0rt
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lampkins

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer pours a small foamy head. Smell of beer is skunky and does not smell the greatest.

Could not taste the honey in the ale and first impression was that I was drinking a watered down new castle brown ale. The taste did not change from first sip to the last. As hard as I tried I could not discern the honey taste in the ale.

Tried another bottle and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. However, this did not change the blah taste of the beer.

This beer might be more appealing to those drinkers who like Miller and Bud.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 07:27:30 | More by lampkins
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.4%

11-30-2011 21:17:29 | More by kelvarnsen
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.4%

02-13-2013 22:06:11 | More by DaPan
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sleeman Honey Brown Lager/Euro Dark Lager into a pint glass.

The liquid appears light brown, maybe a few shades tanner than that, the build looks light and the bubbles are big and off white with a semi tan look, dies down no lace. Smell is caramel forward and sweet smelling with some grainy background. Taste is grain up front with caramel backing with what I would call sweetners, that's all I really get. Feel is a step up from other sleeman beers and matches the style, a light crisp carb but smooth beer none the less. Drinkability is low because, well, it's pretty one sided.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:47:24 | More by BARFLYB
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium orange with a sparse number of fine floaters. Thanks to the clear glass, labelless bottle, I was able to tell that much when I pulled it out of the fridge. The smallish head of orange-tinted beige is fair-to-middlin' looking and persists for a reasonable amount of time. While there isn't a whole lotta lace, some manages to stick.

The nose is weak. It's minimally grain-like with a fruity overlay, but I'm reaching even then. There are no off-aromas because there's barely any aroma at all.

My first impression is 'nasty'. My second impression is a little more kind and is more along the lines of 'odd and artifically sweetened'. It turns out that honey, like the name suggests, is the natural flavor listed on the neck label. Why not just say 'brewed with honey' and leave it at that? In any case, the beer tastes like artificial caramel flavor and artificial honey flavor were added in significant quantities.

Honey Brown Lager is insufficiently malted, as evidenced by a thinner than thin mouthfeel. Why use malt when you can give your beer flavor by adding extraneous crap that's less expensive? Something else besides honey is in here, I'll bet. I know what honey-flavored beer tastes like and this ain't it. It's actually not that sweet and favors bitter by the time the finish rolls around.

The finish is brief (a blessing) and brings nothing new or interesting to the table. As noted, the mouthfeel is irredeemably light with a cheaply carbonated feel. At least it doesn't allow the flavor to sink in, but rather washes it away as soon as the beer is swallowed.

Sleeman Honey Brown Lager is my first Sleeman beer. I'm less than impressed. A brown lager (Euro dark lager?) flavored with honey sounds like a good idea, but this rendition leaves a lot to be desired. Rarely have I sampled a beer that tastes as artificially flavored as this one does. No thank you.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 22:58:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A puffy white fizzy head that quickly shrinks, leaving a little lace. Underneath is a clear amber beer.

The aroma is sharp and sour, and very odd.

The flavour is grainy and bready, with a bit of honey funkiness. It tastes.. stale or something. Weird.

At least it goes down without a fight. Man. Is all this Sleeman stuff such junk? Three in a row!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 01:42:07 | More by Garin
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -24%

05-13-2014 20:30:35 | More by Socialiste
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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.