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Sleeman Original Draught - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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67
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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 18.41%
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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1.25/5  rDev -54.9%

KK5150, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of NovT
1.7/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

tall can, poured into a pint glass

a yellow... 1/2" head at first, disappeared almost immediately, no lacing to speak of.
s watery-apple
t slightly sweet, bready finish, mostly flavourless
m quite thin
o not really worth buying beer for. Might be nice cold on a hot summer's day, but, then again, so is water.

NovT, Jun 12, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of valianes
1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
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
Photo of CharlyNovember
1.88/5  rDev -32.1%
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 rodenbach99
1.93/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a can. Drank it just for the review. Nice clear golden coulour. No head or very this white head. No distinct odour are perceptible. Grainy on the mouth, difficult to taste the hops. Very thin mouthfell. Undistingable from other canadian lager.

rodenbach99, Nov 28, 2010
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Jotora, Sep 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Krakpoff, Sep 19, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Pmicdee, Sep 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

KStark, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of bulldogops
2.03/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle. 5%. Not my favourite, and would require a lime or some other fruitiness to be drinkable. Nice clear light to medium yellow color, white to off-white head. Mild sweetness and a very light bitterness, and softly carbonated. Too much grass and adjuncty-acetyl mess on the palate to be praised.

bulldogops, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of cooncat
2.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This 12 oz. clear long neck was part of a 12 bottle sampler.

The pour produced a very light golden color, with a thin white short lived head. Minimal lacing evident, but it sheets to the bottom of the glass. Minimal nose with a citrus note; very light. There's not much flavor to comment on; no outstanding maltiness or hop flavors. Think macro brews and corn. The mouthfeel is very thin, almost like you're drinking one of those 'low carb' brews. Bottom line, a most unremarkable brew, which is in line with their other offerings, sad to say. Personally, I can't recommend this brew.

cooncat, Nov 12, 2006
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2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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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2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a clear bottle into a pint glass... clear straw yellow with lots of tiny bubbles effervescing to the surface; snow-white one finger head that recedes quickly. Smells of soggy Fritos, perhaps dipped in sugar water. Taste is of light corn with a super sweet finish. Mouthfeel is light - medium. Drinkability... no.

jpro, Aug 08, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

sirsteve42, Oct 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Socialiste, May 13, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

DerekM, Jul 11, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

LoveBeerNo7, Nov 15, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden colour with thin, bubbly white head. Smells slightly grassy, some bready pale malts. Flavour is a bit sweet, no bitterness that I can detect. Carbonation level is fine, though maybe a tad over-carbonated for my taste. I have no desire to have this beer again. There are other Sleeman products that I like much better than this.

kwjd, Oct 11, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

mjacquard, Jul 25, 2014
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Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.