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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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69
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240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.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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nortmand

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 21:46:29 | More by nortmand
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes. Consumed during trip to Calgary from 9/27 - 10/1. Purchased expecting somthing similar to JW Dundees Honey Brown. I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Poured for me into a pint glass, this beer is amber in color with a thin off-white head. Left minimal lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt, aroma of caramel and slightly sweet, but no honey.

Taste: Tastey with a good malt backbone and some hops, but mostly malt. Slight sweetness to it. I did find it somehat like the JW Dundees, but not exactly, which is good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, just enough carbonation, so as to keep it not overly light and bubbly.

Drinkability: A good beer that is easily sessionable. I wouldn't mind having more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2005 05:05:38 | More by BigRedN
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GClarkage

California

3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/14/05- Had on tap at Angus MacToogle's Pub in Invermere, British Columbia.

Presentation- 20oz pint pour from the tap into a pint glass.

Appearance- Amber pour with a nice 3/4 inch creamy head. Quite nice lacing as well.

Smell- Smell...what smell? This guy was almost scentless. Maybe a touch of dark malt and a bit of sweet honey...if that.

Taste- Medium dark malt flavor with a touch of honey extract. Has a bit of that macro flavor.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonated than expected. Goes down fairly smooth.

Drinkability- Not great, but it served it's purpose. Wen't decent with the shepards pie I had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2005 01:53:46 | More by GClarkage
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jayc333

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange copper with a 2 finger head. The head ended up turning minimal, but left behind good lacing. Doesn't appear to be too carbonated.

Smells extra sweet, and maybe a tad citrusy.

Tastes of sweet honey...thats about it. Bare in mind it is a honey lager.

Mouthfeel was perfect for this style. Very limited carbonation, and a thin, but not too thin feel on the palate.

Definatly my favourite Sleeman beer. Perhaps I'd even say my favourite honey lager or ale. I recommend this as a good, and not too expensive session beer.

Serving type: can

08-28-2005 02:45:58 | More by jayc333
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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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Tang07

California

3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The honey ale looked very appealing when it was handed to me. It is a nice amber/brown color, and a nice thick head on it.

The smell is a bit sweet and malty.

The taste is a bit too sweet for my taste, but it was by no means bad, just not to my taste.

The brew has body and a great mouth feel. Others I was with liked more than me and continued drinking it.

The head never died and laced the glass all the way to the bottom

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2005 04:55:36 | More by Tang07
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft, not comfortable with clear bottles. Amber colored, small white head, thin lace left on glass. Smell of floral and sweet honey, hops is there but not overpowering. Taste is well balanced between the sweetness of malt and honey, and hoppiness. Nice sweet/bitter combination. Continued carbonation gives a smooth finish and appropriate mouthfeel. Bit of a metalic aftertaste I find in all Sleeman products. Overall a pretty good beer. Personally prefer Big Rock Honey Brown for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2004 20:39:31 | More by BigBry
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What I would call the essence of an average beer.

Poured out a "beer" colour, with some minor red tones and a sweet nose. The flavour was mainly..."generic beer" flavour with a strong sweet tinge to it and some vague, vague rememberence of honey in it somewhere. The mouth was light and bubbly, as I would expect for a beer like this, while the drinkability was middle of the road as well.

The thing about this beer is that it does nothing particularly wrong, or particularly right. I wouldn't be offended to have one given to me, but I wouldn't ever seek it out either.

I ended up having one of these while I was in Montreal, and the other choices at the place I was eating were such luminaries as Molson EX and Labatt...which I would take this over any day. That said, the best thing I can say about Sleeman's is that they saved Unibroue, my favourite brewer, though if this is any indication of the product bearing their own name, well, I certainly won't be seeking it out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 01:49:14 | More by CortexBomb
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer decamps the clear 330ml bottle a luminous copper color with a medium sized head that frothy and light tan in color, the left over lace a thin veil upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean with the start sweet and nicely malted, top is light in its feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic and the hops apropos to the style, a crisp refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 23:12:11 | More by Gusler
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On an easy pour this lager poured out a clear copper topped by 2 fingers of off-white head. Moderate lacing ring down the glass was noted.

The nose is straightfoward and gives small indications of both the malt and light hops. The flavor is a tad sweet with minor balance from the hops. There is a slightly astringent aftertaste noted. The body is medium and lacks crispness. Overall it is an average lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 16:14:32 | More by AtLagerHeads
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necoadam

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured out a copper/bronze color with a nice amount of head that stays with you a while. Smell was quite weak. Very light with some caramel and buttery tones coming through but again, very light. Taste was so-so. A little bit of malts showing through but it was quite a bit on the sweet side. A little too much sweetness in this brew. Aftertaste was just plain watery with nothing going on afterwards. Has a very thin body to it, which would drive up drinkablility somewhat for having some flavors, but the sweetness is too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 20:34:23 | More by necoadam
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baiser

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, with red highlights. Off white head, with bad retention.

Smelled sweet, a small amount of toastiness.

Tasted sweet with a small amount of hop bitterness. Some graininess. An average tasting beer, nothing special. Crisp, light bodied. Very one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 21:42:58 | More by baiser
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Gump

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Here's a review for all of the Sleeman beers that I have tasted.
Very grainy and proud on the tongue. Perfect light golden color and strong "beer" taste. Smells like beer, tastes like beer. Nothing really stands out to make this a special drink, and unfortunately all styles are very similar. I include the cream ale, honey brown lager, silver creek lager and original dark into this review.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 05:01:20 | More by Gump
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

--Came in a clear 341 ml bottle. No freshness date found. Not much for labeling, but that is standard for Sleeman.
--Poured a amber in color with a nice white head that turned into some minor lacing. Average bubbling from the bottom.
When I first tryed this beer I thought it was amazing. Then my eyes were opened to the wide world of beer and now I find this beer to be just average...and that is bieng generous. I am not sure if my bottle went bad or not but it did have a skunky smell and slightly skunky taste to it. I probably will drink it again, I am not sure why, maybe for nostalgic reasons.
Thx

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 04:07:33 | More by canadianbarman
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a perfect amber colour with an off white head about a quarter inch thick. the head leaves some slight rings of lace. there are some straight up malt aromas going on...ghost like grassiness too. there is nothing bad about the taste, but there isn't anything too the taste...some slightly sweetened maltiness...i think i can detect some bit 'o honey involved, but i'm not sure. smooth crisp mouthfeel and a medium light body. a bit of bitterness in the finish. while not a great beer...it's drinkable and i could find nothing terribly wrong with it besides the boring and bland flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 23:57:03 | More by budgood1
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vwahaszee

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a pint of this in a bar. It did not have much head, and what it had left after a little bit, leaving the beer just sitting there. A little honey in the smell, but nothing special there. The taste was sweet, with a light mouthfeel. Not much carbonation, just a slight honey taste in the beer. I did find it pretty easy to drink, although the name makes the beer sound better than it is.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2004 22:18:33 | More by vwahaszee
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stegmakk

New York

2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured light amber but with a nice head and lacing. That is the best part of the beer.
Aroma was faint. Slight sweet malt nose.
Taste was slight metallic. No honey whatsoever. Some sweet malt. Not very good. And I know Shoreline keeps a good clean line, so I would assume it is the beer.
Mouthfeel was water like.
Drinkability LOW.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2004 01:03:24 | More by stegmakk
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WesWes

New York

2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white lace head. The aroma is weak and skunky. It has a lager scent, but I cannot detect any honey or crystal malt smell. The taste average at best. It has a Budweiser type taste. It is skunky, but with a slight malt underlining. It is bitter and has a mild hop flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with massive carbonation. It drinks decent, but this is one that I'm sure to never buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 23:39:37 | More by WesWes
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proc

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a dark yellowish brown in the glass with a decent head. The aroma is not good and gives off the skunk smell associated with light struck beer. However, once you get past the smell the taste is actually quite good. There is a malty sweetness with a light hop finish that in no way would you think present based on the aroma. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 02:27:24 | More by proc
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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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Ellbert

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance was very clear and light. The color was orange/amber but completely see through.

Smell was of malt mostly... subtle hop aroma.

Taste was again, mostly malt but subtle hop flavor. It was very light.

Mouthfeel was very thin and lacking.

Very drinkable... The taste was ok and the alcohol is low so it would be easy to drink more than one of these. However I don't think I would want to.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 01:22:51 | More by Ellbert
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although I do like the logo embossed on Sleeman's bottles, their use of clear bottles still leaves me with an unsettling feeling. Still, this honey brown lager pours out a light copper in appearance, minimum head that retracts into a thin ring around the top. Aroma is quite nice, sweet malt, some caramel, mild hops, and a floral honey tone. Flavour is an unbalanced dog and pony show of dry malt, sickly sweet honey and herbal hops that just do not play nice with each other. I'd really like to blame that on the clear bottle, although I know it's not the prime scapegoat in this case. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

I used to be able to drink a fair amount of these in a sitting, but it doesn't sit well on my palate anymore. It was the best of what Sleeman's put out in my opinion, and yet that doesn't seem to say much anymore. But it still far better than the honey brown lager that Big Rock recently concocted. That isn't saying much either.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 19:05:22 | More by IronDjinn
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steelreign

New York

3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Typical tawny brown pour with smallish off white head. Much carbonation, as rivulets of bubbles incessantly make their way to the top. Aroma is only average, with some roasted malt and slight hop notes. Nothing exciting in the taste, some caramel malt, slight roasted flavor....decent mouthfeel. I guess you can do alot worse than this one, but for me, this is pretty pedestrian by comparison to what I usually go for.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 15:38:56 | More by steelreign
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown lager with a subtle taste of honey. Regular head for that type of lager. Probably the best product from Sleeman but I still don't approve of the clear bottle. Lack of spice and aftertaste in this beer. The malt is also very sweet, almost like a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 15:46:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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rabidawg

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent appearance, with a darker than normal golden color. Similar carbonation to Sleeman's other beers that I've had (Original Dark and Cream Ale, from the sampler pack). Again, minimal lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet, with some floral notes. Noticeable hops, unlike some other Sleeman brews.

Taste: The best of the sampler pack, imho, although it's still not far above average, if at all. The "honey" sweetness is a bit much, although it is balanced by a decent dryness. Finishes well, and doesn't set up camp in your mouth like the Original Dark did.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 20:46:44 | More by rabidawg
Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.