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Sleeman Original Draught - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Original DraughtSleeman Original Draught

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BA SCORE
66
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Original Draught combines Sleeman's premium brewing heritage with the freshness and sociability of traditional draught beer. This unpasteurized lager goes down well in the company of friends.

(Beer added by: bmacaskill on 05-02-2005)
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

djcreepshow, Dec 03, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of wjimson
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on sale at a beerstore where the selection was minimal. Golden colour beer peaks through a clear and slightly frosted bottle, looking good so far. Smell is decent and minimal, not bad. Slightly malty and very clean taste. A very rounded aftertaste that is slightly sour but not at all bitter, whcih reminds me of the cream ale also in the Sleemans line-up. Its not bad as a session beer. I would imagine this one to be very drinkable on a hot summer day.

wjimson, Dec 31, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint. A morbidly lovely day of meeting up on a sunny rooftop patio, with recently let-go colleagues. Beers all around, and keep 'em damned well comin'!

This beer arrives to the table in a standard American pint glass, and appears a crystal clear, pale golden colour, with two skinny fingers of thinly foamy, soapy off-white head, which leaves a surprising amount of snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of slightly sweet pale grain, creamed corn, stale orchard fruit, and slightly floral, even more so skunky, weedy hops. The taste is sweet, generic white grainy malt, a bit of nail polish remover, and lightly funky grassy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is on the low, inoffensive side, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of thin in any sort of smoothness it might aspire to. It finishes off-dry, somewhat acridly bitter, and still way too skunky.

A bit too mild on the real beer flavour, what with all that chemical skunk bullshit. However, I see now how this kind of thing can fly, and even turn into a stupidly decent quaff on a bright warm day, emotions being duly distracted. Otherwise, I imagine this to be rather putrid offering in a more sober kind of light of day.

biboergosum, May 26, 2009
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special, a little lace. Paler golden colour, nothing to breathe in, metallic drying lager. Drinakble though. On sweet side, and agree that its cheaper sweetners like corn and dextrose isnetad of good malting. Are Mr. Sleeman's days numbered as the head and he is in the end game?

Sammy, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of jcubz
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Beerdrinker21
3.68/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this beer from the Beer Store at a price around the $34 mark. I chose this beer so I could try something new then my normal Labatt Blue beer.

A: A medium golden color with a nice foamy head that disappears rather quickly. A few noticeable carbonation bubbles , but nothing that affects the look of the beer.

S: Upon opening, has a malty smell that finishes off with a slight hint of sweet pine. Pleasant enough to get my taste-buds excited, but not anywhere near an excellent smell.

T: Balanced flavours, but more on the malty side. Has a familiar taste, but also it's own bit of sweetness attached. After the beer warmed up a bit, it still maintained a decent quality, but the alcohol was more prominent.

M: Light, but strong amounts of carbonation. Has a nice smoothness to the mouth and throat when pouring in mouth. Slightly higher then normal tingling on the tongue; (probably due to the high carbonation)

OVERALL: Excellent beer for the price. I am on my 6th beer now and will continue to drink more of this. It seems to be made for a nice, hot summer day on the patio with some friends. Will recommend this beer to people if they are looking for a quality beer with a low price tag.

Beerdrinker21, Jul 04, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - clear golden, finger of white head held at a thin covering
S - mostly corny adjunct, light grassiness, some wheat
T - very faint hops and pale malt, adjunct, a fairly standard mass produced down the throat type taste
M - light with good carbonation, fairly thin with some dryness
O - its a run of the mill pour it down your throat as fast as you can american lager, not a lot going on

joemcgrath27, Sep 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively, this beer started out with a 2 inch head, but by the time I crossed the appartment, all that was left was a bit of sticky lacing. Very clear with a golden colour, the beer looks alright, but it's nothing special.

When the head was around, it had a big grassy smell, which I thought was fairly good. Now that the head is gone though, it appears to have taken most of the smell with it. Same aroma, much less intensity, costing it some points with me.

Taste is quite grainy. It has a dry finish that reminds me of a pilsner I've had(which one? I don't remember). A fairly sweet flavour that is reminiscent of corn. High end for macros, but probably not much better than average overall.

Mouthfeel is what I expected, high carbonation(the bubbles feel extra small for some reason) and a thin, slick body.

After working in the heat, this was nice, but nothing spectacular. I will drink a few more, because I was a sucker for the free glass.

elricorico, Aug 04, 2005
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This is darker than an adjunct laden lager....more of a nice clear golden color. There is lots of ginger ale like bubbles rising to the top...some slow, some quick. The head is very disappointing, starting out about an inch thick and a solid white shade, but it was noisy and literally fizzled out within 10-15 seconds...it doesn't leave much in it's place either. Lacing is virtually non existent as well. Not a very good looking beer anyways....

S- The aroma is pretty much what Sleeman says it is....just a mild version of it. It does have some floral aroma to it and the hop bitterness is present. Beyond this though, there is some malt richness and nothing else of note....maybe a little bit of dry prairie grass or something.

T- A general sweet profile...richer than a lager using corn or something. The hops are mildly detectable on the finish and there is a slightly syrupy aftertaste. Overall, an un-amusing flavor but it definitely isn't offensive...probably better than a lot of standard lagers out there.

M- Crisp carbonation gives this medium bodied lager some character in this department. Not much else to say here....nothing special but again, nothing that bothers me.

D- I'm gonna say that for the premium price that Sleeman usually gets, I don't think it's worth any more than the next macro...however it is super easy to down several of these!. That said, it's an average beer for the most part that's going to do the job...maybe just a slight notch above the norm. I'd drink this again if available on tap or if offered but probably won't go looking for it. Oh well!

ChrisCage, Mar 31, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a fluffy white head - clear golden colour, little retention or lacing

S- grassy, malt, metallic

T - grassy, malt, corn, grainy, a little metallic bitter after taste

M - light body,plenty of carbonation, a little dry, bit definitely refreshing

O - drinkable but nothing special to report here

Stocean1, Aug 26, 2011
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1.78/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a pale golden color lager with a very small amount of head and not much retention. Aroma of… well not much aroma except maybe a bit of corn. Taste is bland with again some hint of corn, some sweetness and absolutely no aftertaste. Another bland offering from this great (yeah) Canadian brewer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 26, 2005
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

TimeLincoln, Mar 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

ThinkAgain, Mar 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
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2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It appears that Sleeman has thrown its gauntlet into the Canadian summer beer market with the release of their Original Draught. I admit, I get a bit apprehensive with draught labeled lagers, from experience they seem like the watered down dregs of the main run kegs accompanied by an aggressive advertising campaign. Let's see if Sleeman has taken a higher road in this case.

As with most of their beers, this is a decent looking lager, a bright clear gold with a very thin froth of head, not much retention in that respect. Things take a bit of a dive with the aroma. The nose possesses some sweet malt with almost a sugary character to it, trying to mask out a bit of corn and boiled cabbage that lingers in the background. I admit that the first sip bodes good prospects, but things regress after that. Sugary sweet malt and corn, with a nearly sour finish accompanied by the essence of overcooked veggies. The aftertaste lingers on two levels, that of an underlying sugary sweetness, and the bitter sourness of the finish. The mouthfeel is the standard Sleeman lightly abrasive carbonation and watery body. As with most beers of this style and nature, I take it that this was meant to be drank straight out of the bottle ice cold, used solely for the function of being a hot summer weather thirst quencher. It appears to me that they have gone out of their way to boost the sweetness level of this lager, perhaps a healthy dose of extra dextrose to appeal to a younger and cross-gendered market of summer drinkers. For those out there in search of a new lawnmower or barbecue beer, you have one more option on the market now. Definitely not the worst draught beer I've sampled, but it doesn't bring that style above the rest of the flotsam either.

IronDjinn, May 22, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

CurtisD, Feb 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Noelito76, Oct 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

DaveR514, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of CharlyNovember
1.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I remember enjoying a Sleeman's Original Draught quite a while ago... Now, I can't quite remember why.

A: It looks half decent for a lager, I'll give it that. It's a nice, very slightly amber tinted yellow, a tad darker than your average macro lager (and quite a bit darker than say, a Coors or a Bud). A finger of head, barely any retention, no lacing.

S: Very light on the scent.. an average adjunct lager smell, although more subdued than most.

T: Almost non-existent! No hops, no malts, slightly chemical. Absolutely no finish. Suspiciously watery for a non-light lager..

M: Light carbonation, extremely thin and watery.

I swear, there's more flavour in my tap water. I can say without a doubt that this is the most boring macro lager I think I've ever had. This is so flavourless, so watery and so thin that I think I'd be terrified to see what Sleeman Light or Clear is all about.
However, this is a fantastic beer if you're planning on getting tuned, drinking a bunch and perhaps showing some friends how you down a pint 3 seconds flat (don't worry, there's nothing worth savoring anyways).

Did they change this beer?? I haven't drank it in quite a while, but I remember it being sweeter and more robust, it also used to be more expensive... hmm.
In any case, if you're in the mood for a cheap mass-produced brew, drink a Canadian... even a Coors Light trumps this.

CharlyNovember, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of DamageCase76
2.54/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle came from a 12 pack I bought for my father in law. I have not had one in a while so I gave it another shot. Poured into a beer clean Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A) Pale copper, no head retention, no lacing.

S) No hops, more corn and apples than anything, but very faint.

T) Not assertive in the flavour either. Get a lot more of that red apple character. My first sip made me think I poured some apple juice.

M) Was decent, did not taste as overly carbonated as some of the other mass brands do.

O) Not too much going on, a beer for people who don't like flavour in their beer (of which there are many!). It wasn't horrible... just too bland for my taste. The DMS was a bit of a fault though, giving it that corn aroma. I actually kind of liked the apple, reminded me of an ale a bit that way.

DamageCase76, Apr 26, 2014
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2.44/5  rDev -12.2%

snowcrash, Sep 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

CMUbrew, Mar 10, 2012
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Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
66 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.