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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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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 Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.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 vwahaszee
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

vwahaszee, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of stegmakk
2.3/5  rDev -22%

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.

stegmakk, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

WesWes, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of proc
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

proc, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of Garin
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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!

Garin, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Ellbert
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

Ellbert, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

IronDjinn, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of steelreign
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

steelreign, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

rabidawg, Aug 11, 2003
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 lipschitz
3.48/5  rDev +18%

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.

lipschitz, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of jackndan
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%

Sleeman’s Honey Brown Lager: nice enough looking brew. Deep amber, but not much head, and what there was tended to disappear quickly. The aroma was almost absent, as far as I could tell. Each of the Sleeman beers I’ve had are fairly unremarkable as far as taste goes, they seem to be very bland. No off tastes, no skunk, but not bad, but not good.

This one is surprise, surprise, and surprise! Bland. It has a standard lager taste, and what honey it has is notable only in the smoothness it imparts to the mouthfeel, and a hint in the aftertaste.

jackndan, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours without much head leaving little lace. Clear amber with light carbonation. Nose is distinctly skunky which is disappointing, I'm expecting a little bit of honey. Taste does have some sweetness with a brief hoppy finish. FWIW it is better than a JW Dundee - has more body.

jdhilt, May 24, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%

A very good Honey Lager, much better than JW's honey brown IMO and it should be! This comes in an elegant looking clear bottle, and it pours a nice amber-ish brown colour with a minimal head. This smells of lager and honey, and it tastes like more of the same, with the honey becoming more and more apparant with every sip that you take! This has a nice crisp and almost dry mouthfeel and a decent drinkability as well.
Not a bad honey brown, if I do say so myself...

francisweizen, May 05, 2003
Photo of beerdeity
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%

The head is minimal and laces poorly. The smell is inviting, with a fresh lively character. The taste is smooth, with a very noticable honey note. Mouthfell is well rounded, and lingers nicely. Very drinkable, over several hours. NOTE: Beer is sold in clear glass bottles, so freshness is paramount. Beer suffers terribly with age/light.

beerdeity, May 02, 2003
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 AudioGilz
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

It's clear and bronze in color. A small but sturdy head of fluffiness stays for a while. I found the aroma a bit skunky with a touch of caramel sweetness. Not much skunkiness in the taste though, and the sweetness sticks out. I found it rather refreshing and drinkable.

AudioGilz, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev +33.2%

Color is brownish golden yellow, some big bubbles for the head that fizz out fast. Smells of strong sweet honey and malts. Taste echoes the smell. Smooth with a honey hop tangyness thats a little rough at first and ends with a nice malt coating. Quite drinkable and flavored honey lager, better then most I've had. Has more solid body where as most others are kinda watery.

tavernjef, Mar 22, 2003
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 Shiloh
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%

Very deep golden hue, approaching amber with a limited head that disappears to a wide island lace and a medium body.
Aroma was a tad skunky. The taste was of a nice light honey and non lingering...a little to sweet for me which cuts back on drinkability....

Shiloh, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
3.55/5  rDev +20.3%

Had a draft at boston's pizza in niagara falls this past weekend. Color was a transparent light brown with a small white head. Flavor was of sweet and light malts with a slight honey taste. Nice medium body with light carbonation. Good pizza beer.
My only other run in with a 'honey beer' was JW dundee's honey brown and this is no comparison. Much better, mainly due to its milder honey flavors that are by no means overpowering.

allboutbierge, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%

This beer is a clear bronze color. A well retained beige head tops it off. A little mustiness and graininess on the nose. The taste is pretty bland. No bad off flavors or anything, just plain ass bland. It wouldn't be hard to throw some of these back, but water would work nicely as a substitute for this. Maybe I pick up a little bit of honey and the crispness that goes along with it. Some faint maltiness. Buy something else. There's a lot better than this out there.

Bighuge, Aug 27, 2002
Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%

Clear pale brown color, billowy head that stays at 1/2 inch for a while. Caramel aroma, a little hay smell. Light and sweet, a little buttery with minimum hop impact. Could really use some more overall oomph, its watery enough to be pretty much done by the back of the mouth. A little impression of overcooked celery. Drinkable, I suppose, its a little more subtle than some honey brews in heavy sweetness.

ADR, Aug 24, 2002
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
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Sleeman Honey Brown Lager from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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