Sleeman Original Draught - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 166
Avg: 2.8
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bmacaskill on 05-02-2005

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.
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Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.8/5  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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle into a pint glass. Thank you mom, for the tick.

Sleeman pours out your standard yellowish gold color with some faint bubbles that don't get to a cap, or even nothing. By the time i was dome pouring, nothing to speak of. Smell is pale malt, adjuncts, spent grain and sweetness. Taste is pretty much the same, I get some caramel, with faint old earthy hops. No bitterness though. Malt presides. Grain comes forth with warming, drink it up. Feel is a bit above light bodied, For a pale beer, the body won't do. The crispness is not present as the carb is minimal and the taste aint all there. No aftertaste to speak of, that's a plus. The ABV is minimal, but so is the taste. On a rainy day in Canada if I ever get up there I will revisit this and blend in.

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Photo of biegaman
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sleeman Draught is slightly more golden than your average industrial lager. Otherwise, however, it's pretty standard fare: flush highlights, made possible in part by a heavily sanitizing filtration process, and visibly carbonated due to the tonic water-like bubbling. It's only pratfall is the total lack of head: flat-surfaced lager is much less enticing.

The aroma seems slightly light-struck but possesses a distant, curiously appealing sweetness that almost loosely resembles cotton candy. Every time I've had this beer I remark the same thing. For all I know it's corn syrup, but I find it oddly agreeable (at least in contrast to the rough and cloying, corn-y adjunct notes that round out the profile).

I remember Sleeman Draught being much more approachable when consumed directly from the bottle or can and not, as I have done this time, poured into a glass and allowed substantial time to un-chill. This flavour is not only thin, but also quite cloying and borderline unpalatable. It tastes like cereal grains that have been marinated in corn syrup.

The cotton candy sweetness mentioned earlier is much less prominent in the mouthfeel than I remember. And the corn syrup sweetness - which is most unfavorable - seems amplified. It might be that my palate has changed over the years. Or it could be that Sleeman's has diluted the recipe down even further. Either way, this ain't cutting it for me anymore.

Just as I find it puzzling, contradictory and downright stupid to name and market a bottled beer as 'draught' so too am I stupefied that this product actually meets some peoples' standards when it comes to a refreshing, gratifying lager. To my tastes this is anything but. Then again, emasculated, adulterated, insipid, mass-market lagers aren't my thing.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass july8 2010

A clear golden yellow with loads of carbonation floating up to a fast falling thumbs width of head that left a patch of lace

S sweet grains and a little candied corn

T not far form the smell but with a slight metallic taste, nothing offensive but nothing great either

M thin with enough carbonation to keep it average

D easy to drink, not a load of flavor but fairly refreshing

pretty average beer but nothing offensive, I may drink it when I'm at a bar with only macro taps

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Photo of Viggo
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold/yellow, fluffy white head forms, sticks around, some lacing, doesn't look too bad. Smell is sweet, some citrus and floral, bit of corn, honey, some grass, who knew Sleemans could be half decent when not destroyed in a clear bottle. Taste is weird, kind of fruity, almost medicinal, very sweet minty flavour, corn, weak finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Smell is okay but the flavour is pretty weird.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Alright, low expectation here... The beer pours a clear gold colour with a large frothy bright white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - a grassiness, pale malts, corn syrup, breads/grains.

Taste & Mouth - The beer could benefit from a little more carbonation, it comes across as slightly watery. AT first I can taste breads/grains, followed by a corn syrup sweetness. There is a very slight bitterness and the beer finishes with a less than memorable adjunct lager aftertaste.

Drink - I used to think this was a good beer.. Not sure what was wrong with me. I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another of a bunch of unremarkable beers I had on a recent visit to Toronto. Not too much to say about it. It's pale in color, not much in the way of aroma. Flavor is not bad but not great either. There are other fizzy yellow beers I'd have instead of this one but I guess I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of kwjd
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the local LCBO.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick two finger white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear and is amber or golden poppy yellow in color. Low end carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin film, which remains to the end, and leaves some lacing down the glass. A little above average for the style.

SMELL: A relatively weak nose. There's some toasted malt, but little else. A bit of skunk makes an appearance as it warms.

TASTE: Not much at all up front. The aftertaste is mild and long lasting, and includes some pale malt, touches of honey, and some mild floral hops. Decent here, but needs at least something up front.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Not bad; better than average for the style.

OVERALL: Decent brew for a hot summer's day. Doesn't offend at all, but unfortunately doesn't inspire either. An intial flavor would help this one out.

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Photo of BigBry
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the gold can, clear with a golden color, one inch bright white foam. Left fair amount of thin sticky lacing. The beer looks OK, but it's nothing special. Smell is quite grassy and grainy, typical of a lager. Taste is similar, grainy and somewhat sweet. It has a dry finish. Mouthfeel is alright, lots of carbonation. Alright beer, but nothing that makes you say "wow".

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.14/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.62/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep golden, lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 4 fingers of off white foamy head with little retention, clear filtered.

S: Malt, some wet dog, some metallic quality, a little herbal quality, some dry hay.

T: Malt forward, some dough near the end, little if any bitterness

M: Light and a little watery, very little carbonation, dry finish.

O: My Alpha Mater beer. Never had it during University, its a distinct marker of where craft beer was 20 years ago in Guelph. I could see it as an alternative to a Molson Canadian for some as its less bitter.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of Absumaster
2.62/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this om a patio and was not very impressed with this beer.

Color was golden and the head was thin.

Smell was good, a typical lager, malt and some hop, a faint grain smell.

Taste was OK at first, a good malty taste and good bitterness. But, oh my lord what is that aftertaste? It tastes like aspirine mixed with grass. Sort of noodle soup. Not so bad that I would spit it out immediatly, but every sip was ruined by this taste. Could this be the conditions the beer has been kept under? Let''s hope so! I am going to drink some water!

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Photo of SebD
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of corn, bready grains and not much else.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready/grainy malt taste to it with corn and a slight hop presence. Typical macro taste.

Mouthfeel: It has an average carbonation with a watery and thin feel to it.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavours and aromas.

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Photo of pootz
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored...hard pour gives you a white frothy cap that retains well with a fair lace left on the glass sides...skunky cabbage kind of smell malty but with a wierd a skunky Becks but vgital. Moderate to low carbonation. Smooth mouth feel but watery. Some biscuit malt..slightly sweet but also some veggies....attenuated hops...wet abrupt finish. Very forgettable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must admit this is one of those beers whose popularity among the general public I never really understood. Many of my friends swore by it in college. Even before I started regularly trying styles of beer besides adjunct lagers, I always thought it was indistinguishable from most macros, excepting the clear bottles and higher price. It has been about 6 years since I last had this, and I'm still not willing to spend the money on a six-pack to review it, but a tallboy can should do the trick.

Translucent gold colour and lots of bubbles, looks a little darker than your average macro lager. A puffy white head looks promising at first, but ultimately disappoints and fades to virtually nothing before a minute is up. Smell is decent; sweetgrass, grains and corniness.

I can't taste anything at first because the carbonation is too distracting, but afterwards the taste of corn syrup begins to rear its head. It could be barley malt, but whatever malt it is, it has a corny feel to it. There is a slight floral quality, and a combination of adjunct and hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is high.

This isn't a drainpour, but it's not something I intend to purchase again. If I am going to drink beer that has corny adjunct flavors, I would rather spend half as much and get some Brewhouse or Lakeport, which are only marginally less-refined. Maybe I'm biased - I've never really liked the flavor of candy corn. It's a truly vile candy, and this beer emulates its flavour suspiciously well, for a style that claims to use no adjunct.

[Updated Jan. 16 2014]

I picked up another can of this for some reason, and consumed it fresh out of the fridge at a very cold temperature. Sleeman Original Draught actually isn't too bad when served in such a manner, but that's mostly because the coldness numbs your taste buds, masking some of the cardboard and corniness. My father enjoys this beer so I've had it plenty of times in the past, but I just really don't like the stuff all that much. I'd take most of the major Canadian macro lagers over this stuff, but I'll amend my earlier statement and say it's still preferable to most of the cheaper, 'value brand' lagers.

Final Grade: 2.71, a C-.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with an inch of loose foam. Drops quickly.

S - Nose is some lemon and metal. Light graininess.

T - Somewhat sweet, with a bit of lemon and husk. A bit of acid up front, and very mild finish.

M - Sharp carbonation, little bit slick, but mostly light body.

D - Not bad, fairly clean. As expected pretty basic fizzy yellow beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fair offering from Sleeman. Pours out to a medium golden yellow color with a short lived white foam head. No lacing, and a medium level of carbonation. Aromas of buttery malts are most noted, but traces of grass, bread and yeast are also present. Taste is decent; buttery malts, a touch of crisp granny smith apples, a touch of hops. Mouthfeel was acceptable, but had no distinguishing characteristics to speak of. Drinkability is fine. Not bad for an all malt lager. Worth a try.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, what am I drinking? Maybe it was all the rich italian food and the GI IPA earlier, but I can't really taste much. Looks okay: gold colour, fair white head. Smell is not impressive: sort of like stale water used to boil veggies. Taste is bland, corn mash -uninspired, watery and not that great.

I didn't want to spend the money ona six pack of this, so I bought a single. I really should have grabbed one of my dad's after all and saved myself the two dollars.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold, a touch darker than the average macro lager. The ivory head quickly reduces to a thin cap that doesnt dissappear. Webs of lacing trail the retreating miniscus. The aroma is limp in malt and hops and decidedly corny. This tastes better than the smell. Caramel malt and biscuits make an appearance, if a fleeting one. Hops are herbal and flowery and very low strength. The mouthfeel is full and well carbonated (not too harsh). The finish is light malt with an edge of bitter hops.

This is definitely a cut above Blue, Labatts, or Bud. It actually has a finish and discernable hop flavors. Still its pretty insipid and I wouldnt pay for it.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint on tap at a Calgary pub. Arrived a light amber hue with perhaps an inch or so of white head that quickly broke and disappeared. Aroma is a pronounced malty sweetness and not much else, maybe the barest tinge of sour fruit is detectable if you really focus. This could be one of the sweetest beers I have yet to consume ... One almost wants to taste some astringent husks or something to mitigate this. Even my wife, who is not a beer drinker, described this as tasting "like a cooler". The doughy malts recall cheap white bread and the rest of the flavor comes off like someone dissolve some sweet-tart fruit candies into an otherwise bland base (or perhaps think artificially flavored cherry gum). Savage carbonation, thin watery body with a vaguely buttery mouthfeel. Nil hop aroma or flavor. The finish is cleaner, although the sweetness continues to linger. Alternating between cidery and vinous, this is clearly a "young" beer with acetylaldhyde placed front and centre to entice mainstream drinkers, the good old Budweiser trick put to use in a brew that is supposed to be a tier above an adjunct lager. No thanks.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.14/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden colour, slightly darker than most similar lagers tend to be. The head is foamy and dissipates quickly. Nothing special overall.

S: Green grapes, hops, malts. A very floral sort of smell.

T: Quite hoppy, with notes of green grapes, which make it somewhat distinctive. The maltiness is decent.

M: The carbonation is a bit too strong. Sweet, maybe even a bit too sweet. Quite decent overall.

D: Not very good. It goes down quite rough because of the high levels of carbonation. The finish is on the dry side.

Not the best out of the Sleeman family, all the while it is not the worst. Could be a good session beer for some people.

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Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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