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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

250 Ratings
THE BROS
38
awful

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.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 mwilbur
1.05/5  rDev -64.4%

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.

mwilbur, May 13, 2008
Photo of sirsteve42
1.25/5  rDev -57.6%

sirsteve42, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Jason
1.43/5  rDev -51.5%

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 Taratony
1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

Taratony, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of valianes
1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of slitherySOB
1.6/5  rDev -45.8%

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.

slitherySOB, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of cambabeer
1.63/5  rDev -44.7%

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.

cambabeer, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Dolanmcduk
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

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

Dolanmcduk, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Jotora
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Jotora, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Krakpoff
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Krakpoff, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of JasonThaler
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Wordslinger
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
Photo of Odri
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Odri, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
1.96/5  rDev -33.6%

PrendUnVerreDeBiere, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -32.2%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Brent
2/5  rDev -32.2%

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

Brent, Aug 22, 2001
Photo of ludachris
2/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

ludachris, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of rale
2/5  rDev -32.2%

rale, May 19, 2013
Photo of Kahlerbock
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Kahlerbock, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
2/5  rDev -32.2%

OriolesFan1008, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -32.2%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of lampkins
2/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

lampkins, May 01, 2003
Photo of kelvarnsen
2/5  rDev -32.2%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of DaPan
2/5  rDev -32.2%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.