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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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258 Ratings

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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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.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 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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev +2%
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 spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/red colour with a fair size frothy/creamy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some pretty good lacing and the head lasted for a few minutes time before it dissipated.

Smell - a grassiness, breads/grains, roasted malts

Taste & Mouth - There is a low to average amount of carbonation and the beer fees slightly watery. I can taste apples, corn syrup, light caramel, and breads/grains. The beer finishes with a faint bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Definitely the best beer in the Sleeman lineup. If there are no better beers available, this is a fairly decent choice. I'd drink it again.

spinrsx, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of case4816
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very clear golden brown in colour. Foamy head that dissipated very quickly with little lacing.

S- Roasted malts smell with some hints of toffee and molasses. Not very sweet smelling, though a little honey smell is there.

T- Fairly light malts with little flavour. Hints of sweetness come out after, but not much other flavour than that. A little molasses and sweetness, some bitterness, and that's about it.

D- Not a very good beer. Drinkable id it's all there is, but other than that I won't seek it out.

case4816, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was at an event and this was the best beer (Canadian and Coors Light were other choices) so decided to go for it since I haven't had a Sleeman Honey Brown in year or so. Pours an amber brown colour with thin off-white head without much lacing. Smells really sweet, like caramel and honey, without much else. Flavour is pretty muted, just sweetness comes through. No trace of any hops or bitterness. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, but wasn't bad. I had a couple, so drinkability can't be that bad, but I'll never get this unless I'm in a similar situation again.

kwjd, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Served in a pint glass. Clear amber brown. One finger creamy tan head. Good head retention. Good lacing.

Mild grapefruit and citrus malt notes in the smell. Mild smoky notes in the taste. A mild hop finish.

Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK. No major flaws in this nice fresh glass of draught, just not a lot to come back for.

scott451, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of rarbring
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color of the beer is light amber, a rather white head that leaves little lacing.

It actually smells of honey and some malty tones.

The taste is also sweet honey on a slice of bread, a slight acidity and some rather faint bitterness.

Medium carbonation, rather simple body.

Not really a high mark, a bit too light for being a Euro Dark Lager.

rarbring, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear, dark copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is mild and sweet, but overpowered by bready caramel malts.

T - Much like the scent, the flavour is mild, but the sweet caramel malts do come through. Touch of honey, and the finish is a much like a graham cracker.

M - Good carbonation, light bodied, and goes down quite smooth.

D - This one is easily drinkable, non-offensive, but not overly memorable. I would never turn one down, but there's plenty of other offerings within this style which offer more robust flavours.

andrenaline, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of BBP
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber brown with slight head that ran away almost before I could sip it. Fairly carbonated.

S- Honey butterscotch and malts.

T- Sweet malts. Caramel and honey notes. slight hops.

M- Fairly smooth and crisp. Average Carbonation.

D- A smoother Sleeman creation. Could down a few in no time.

The name pretty much sums it up. Honey Brown. Expect a sweeter beer with it's share of malt.

BBP, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into pint glass july8 2010

A clear light copper with plenty of bubbles feeding a thumbs width of head that quickly falls to a 1/4in film leaving a partial ring of lace

S more sweet malts then honey and some slight candied fruit

T much more honey but almost a fake kind of flavor that seems synthetic and unnatural

M thick for a macro and slight sticky on the lips

D nothing offensive but nothing worth bragging about, decent beer for a macro

every no and then I sip a honey brown at a bar that has nothing better up for grabs, sadly this would be most bars here in Calgary

wordemupg, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A brownish amber color pour with a small foamy offwhite head , short lasting , medium carbonation . Aroma of corn ,peanuts and and a hint of metallic hops . Flavor is lightly bitter with corn lager , nuts and very sweet honey , a bit too sweet for me . medium body, thin mouthfeel, with a short corny finish . Drinkable but not my cup of tea .

WakeandBake, May 22, 2010
Photo of mwa423
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a clear dark brown color with a slight haze. A beige finger and a half of head quickly disappeared but left a good lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is a mixture of macro lager, saaz hops, and honey. Not exactly a pleasant combination.

T - The taste is complex, but not in a good way. First you get hit by macro lager and saaz hops, then you get the honey sweetness and the aftertaste is simply just the skunky flavor of a bad euro lager.

M/D - Mouthfeel is week and punctuated by the different flavors, all of which you want to choke down as fast as possible. This will be a hard one to get through, thus the low drinkability.

mwa423, May 07, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love all the tallboys in the Great White North. Picked up a 16 oz at the local LCBO. Poured into a handy glass yields a well, honey brown, imagine that, color. Nice head at first but fades quickly. Taste is sweet as expected. It starts with honey sweetness upfront then moves into a brown sugar-like sweetness matched with very slight bitterness. The finish stays sweet but fades to a tarty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, good carbonation then even a flavor fizzy finish. This is a very highly drinkable brew. Not sure about the style it is listed as, I don't think it is, but I like it. Goes great with many foods, Korean barbecue to name one.Better a little warmer than cold.

mooseisloose, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of ericj551
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sleeman Honey Brown pours a light amber orange with a thing head. There is some sweetness in the aroma as well as some skunkiness. There is a hint of caramel toffee in the flavor and some sweetness, but it finishes dry and muddled. The body is on the heavier side. I would say this could be a slight step above your average macro, if it wasn't a bit skunked.

ericj551, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Richter35
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
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 tjd112
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
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

tjd112, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of ludachris
2/5  rDev -32%
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.

ludachris, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, orangey/red body with a thin and watery looking head. Aroma is sweet, and slightly hoppy, with a hint of honey. Taste is a little bit of honey, but could be more. More hops and water than honey to be honest. Smooth and refreshing.

mrmanning, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Kooz
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brownish-orange color, thick head (even from a mild pour) dissipates quickly. No discernible smell.

Tastes okay. Not terrific, but okay. Nice aftertaste of caramel. A little too bitter up front.

This is a fairly innocuous beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but would not hesitate to have it with dinner.

Kooz, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad. Had one with lunch at the Secret Garden in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Looked pretty good, a nice caramel / amber color with a decent size white head. Average retention and a little lacing.

Smell wasn't much. Tasted ok, sweet caramel malt with a little bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was a hair thin but nice and crisp and no skunkiness or aftertaste.

Drinkability was pretty good to wash down food or as a session beer. Nothing great but not bad either.

JayQue, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473mL can poured into pint glass. No freshness date to be found.

Pours a clear caramel colour that's a bit on the orange/red side. Head is quite generous and foamy to start, and a small ring retains well.

Smell is virtually non-existant. Mildly sweet in a refined sugar sort of way.

Taste is a bland sweet malt that's sort of caramel-like, with a similarly bland leafy hop before the sweet finish. Plays chicken with cloying, but just manages to restrain itself.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, plenty of stickiness (but not syrupy) and balancing carbonation fizz. Probably the best part of the beer.

It's drinkable enough, I guess. I've shared pitchers of the stuff with friends before, and it's not terrible as an accompaniment to pub food. Don't pay too much attention and it goes down the hatch easily.

nighthawk, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of decimator
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

473ml poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden brown colour with a 1.25" foamy white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma has lots of sweetness (like caramel & sugar) and malts. Not really picking up honey per say. Hint of hops in the background.

T - Tastes similar to the aroma. Sweetness up front and a hint of hops in the finish. It's a bit one dimensional though. It improves somewhat as the beer warms up.

M - Good carbonation and stickiness that I'd expect from a sweeter brew.

D - It's drinkable. I don't mind it. I can only drink a couple though before I get bored of it.

It's not a bad beer for a Canadian macro. A bit one dimensional but a pleasant change from the typical blond Lagers.

decimator, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of funkengruven
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 24 of this, having not drank this beer in quite some time (give or take 9-10 years) I felt it was time to give it another go, and here it is.

This beer has a nice look to it, it pours a deep amber, lots of thick white head, and a bunch of sticky lace that rides the glass well. Smell is sweet, malty, a hint of some metal in there. Flavor is also quite sweet and malty, a touch of bitterness, it's not that bad actually. Mouthfeel contains some medium carbonation and a sweet aftertaste that carries for a little while. Drinkability is not all that bad however it is quite a sweet brew, best drank with bold food.

For being what it is, a mainstream Canadian mass produced beer, it fits the bill nicely, and it's not all that bad. I'd say worth a try if you've never had it.

funkengruven, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of RyanBelle
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Half-Liter can poured into a Czech-Style Pilsener Glass.

This beer is not my cup of tea. Here is why:

A - The only redeeming factor on this is the way it looks. Nice brown color makes you think you are in for something special, perhaps even inspiring and the head sticks around for a few minutes even...read on

S - Bland and sweet. Nothing to rant about at all.

T - Bland until the end when the sweetness takes over to a degree where you know a hangover is in store after drinking more than one of these. The sweetness is very artificial and I sense no honey...I'm thinking more like Sweet-N-Low artificial sweetener to mask the taste of this super plain macro-lager with no personality whatsoever. I would never try this beer again unless it was free, and only one, to avoid a hangover. It has no toasted notes, no bready notes, no citrus notes...but it could be nice on a hot day in small quantities (so could any other macro-lager?).

M - Higher carbonation, but no taste. It's a very simple beer with no real character to it at all in the mouth. It goes in and goes out...doesn't make me anything special of it in between unfortunately.

D - I'll drink one and be dissapointed but will not have a second one in my system until it is free, and again, only in small quantities to avoid the hangover from the supposed "sugar" content.

Notes: Skip this one, in the name of better beers with flavor that deserve your time and energy.

RyanBelle, Sep 01, 2009
Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.