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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 20%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.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 GClarkage
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of jayc333
3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.15/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of Tang07
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of BigBry
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of CortexBomb
3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of necoadam
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of baiser
3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Gump
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of canadianbarman
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of vwahaszee
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of stegmakk
2.3/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of WesWes
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of proc
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Garin
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%
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!

Photo of Ellbert
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of steelreign
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of rabidawg
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
1.43/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

Photo of lipschitz
3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 341ml Clear bottle, embossed with Sleeman’s logo (A beaver in front of a maple leaf) and the proclamation “Est. 1834”

Pours medium, to light copper colour, with minimal head. The nose is mainly sweet honey, surrounded by faint caramel malts. Taste is on the sweet side, as the syrupy malts blend with a slight, drying, hop bitterness and an overall buttery mouthfeel.
A little on the bland side, but sometimes you are not looking to get kicked in the head with bold flavours in the middle of the summer. The honey sweetness is well balanced here, making it a decent session candidate. The sweetness might start to infringe on the overall enjoyment of this beer after 4 or 5 – but 2 hit the spot perfectly.

Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.