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Sleeman Original Draught - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Original DraughtSleeman Original Draught

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of prosper

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

dark yellow/light gold.

Not much smell. Some caramelly sweet malt, whiff of DMS or some other sulfury yeast product.

Taste - sweet, not enough hop bitterness to balance. No hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - too much carbonation, and the body is a little to heavy for this sort of beer.

Not so drinkeable - too sweet, not bitter enough to leave you with a clean palate and wanting another sip.

Sleeman makes some decent beers, but this ain't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:01:47 | More by prosper
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 341ml- Pours a transparent, spakling gold body, with a frothy and long lived white head. Some lacing. Aromas are almost non existant- Some yeast, mild malty aromas, grassy. Taste is subtle in every way. Semi-sweet, bread, trace hops. Just a note to Sleeman that this is not the "coldest tasting" beer on the market. In fact, cold is not a taste! :) Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 15:26:18 | More by mrmanning
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2009 18:55:54 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Jeffo


2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 11:15:01 | More by Jeffo
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 23:14:22 | More by biboergosum
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 473-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - gold-coloured beer with mostly vanishing head. Excellent lacing for this style and slight head retention to keep it interesting.

Smell - malty, cideresque bouquet with fresh cooked veggies and cut grass.

Taste - barley malt all the way over subtle alcohol taste. Tart and refreshing finish, some corn and adjunct flavours in there as well.

Mouthfeel - smooth and balanced. There's a nice crispness to this brew.

Drinkability - good choice for an afternoon beer, OK to consume in quantity provided you pace yourself.

Serving type: can

04-05-2009 21:04:12 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:10:18 | More by NightINgale
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341 ml clear bottle.

A- Golden colour that is clear (nu particles or cloudiness). Big effervescent bubbles. Decent white head that lasts well and sticks to the glass.

S- Pale malt. Green grapes. Hint of corn.

T- Somewhat watery. Flash of grassy hops (mild) with a faint lingering bitterness. Pale malt. Hint of corn. A touch of sour grape like in the smell.

MF- Watery, but at least it<s easy on the mouth, leaving it moist and neutral. Good level of carbonation.

D- Easy drinker. Ordinary macro type beer without any major flaws.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 01:30:26 | More by JOaikido
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on April 5, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipated to small off-white islands. The aroma was very grassy, with little other discernable aromas. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and amply carbonated. The flavour was more of the grassy malt flavour.

Serving type: can

05-13-2008 04:24:08 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 341 ml clear bottle. Date on the side of the box> feb 11 2008

A- clear gold, with a moderate head that settles to an uneven layer of big bubbles. Little or no lace.

S- Is malty with some grainy, sweet honey notes as well.

T- Fairly sweet overall, corn, grains, little to no hops to speak of. Very mild flavor, nothing that really stands out.

M- is light in body with carbonation around moderate.

D- Summer session brew.

Overall nothing special here. But any flaws that this brew does have are cancelled out by how wicked refreshing and sessionable it is in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 13:47:43 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml clear bottle poured in a plastic cup. Thanks to my buddy Shawn for the brew.

1/4 inch white head on the pour recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Golden yellow and clear in the bottle.

Aroma is pretty mild. Sweet with some corn and floral in the background.

Sweetness continues through into the flavour. Sweetness leads the way throughout. Some floral/petrol notes to balance after the carbonation run. Aftertaste fades quickly.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated for a macro lager.

Pretty much mild and inoffensive. No great flaws, but nothing to make you go wow. Reminds me a little of MGD. I would actually drink this again, but it's not my favourite.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 20:52:36 | More by Noxious26
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-09-2007 02:24:27 | More by Viggo
Photo of bdjacoby

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A tiny white head, the beer itself is a typical urine colour. A little bit of lacing on the glass. Nothing spectacular. The Sleeman bottles are always nice..

S: Nothing? Maybe a faint corn smell, but almost underectable.

T: Again, almost nothing. A little bit bitter, and I don't taste the terrible aftertaste that others have encountered. Not terrible, but nothing special.

M: Decent carbonation. Goes down easy. Again, nothing to write home about.

D: It's not a terrible beer; it's completely mediocre. I'll drink it if it's there, or for lack of a better option, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 17:57:10 | More by bdjacoby
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 16:26:03 | More by wjimson
Photo of cooncat


2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 17:51:41 | More by cooncat
Photo of Absumaster


2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 19:42:44 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2006 01:44:29 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sleeman is my beer-nerd guilty pleasure; a brewery that produces sub-par beers that I just can't stop myself from loving. Perhaps it's their history, or perhaps it's that I was virtually raised on Sleeman, I've definitely got a soft-spot in my heart. Their beautifully crafted bottles are a joy to look at, and their brews are decent - worthy of an afternoon by the pool... So let's see how the latest full-time addition to the Sleeman line-up stands.

Part of the recent 'draft in a bottle' trend, Sleeman scores its highest marks by spelling it d-r-a-u-g-h-t... and for sticking with the traditional Sleeman bottle that is - despite the risk of sun damage - quite beautiful. Of course, surprisingly, I've never had a sun-damaged Sleeman beer, so they must be doing something right. It pours into my pint glass - perhaps surprisingly - with a fair bit more colour than your standard adjunct lager. This boy's an almost amber aura that's nice to see in a macro lager. Additionally, it's head is sizeable, and though it doesn't last long, it leaves decent lacing and maintains faint rings long after dispersal. Not bad.

Smell is what you'd expect of a Sleeman brew. Whoever classified this as all-malt is a little off (unless they know something I don't). The dominant odour is that unusual trademark Sleeman cooked vegetable odour (cabbage? carrots?) that actually sounds more unpleasant than it is (though don't get me wrong, it's not a selling point). Beyond that is a surprising malt and hop presence lacking in their other brews, though I can't really say more. Faint adjunct-y notes are well-disguised.

Taste is... well, crisp and clean - marketing buzzwords, for sure, but it's true. Very refreshing after a long day. Beyond that, there's the return of the Sleeman cooked-veggies, though it's offset by a faint grassy hoppiness. Virtually no aftertaste, though it finishes relatively dry. Nothing special, or really noteworthy, but it's tasty in a sadomasochistic kind of way, I suppose.

Mouthfeel is decent. Thankfully lacks the super-carbonation of most macros and isn't as watery, either. Two small victories. Faintly oily, though... perhaps a side effect of Sleeman's adjuncts? Drinkability, though, is off the charts. This is really a good brew for a hot afternoon when you're just tired and need to refresh. At the risk of being a BA outcast, I've drank Sleeman Original Draught from the bottle many times, usually sitting out on the front porch or after a long hot day. And once you've had one, you do really sort of crave another (again, in a sadomasochistic kind of way).

In any event, Sleeman Original Draught is worth a shot, I'd say - but I'll also admit to being terribly biased. I like Sleeman. I've always liked Sleeman - to the point where that cooked veggie flavour is something I crave. I guess I'm a little crazy, but I don't much care.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 03:23:42 | More by headlessparrot
Photo of jayc333

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden yellow with a finger of white head. Many tiny bubbles rapidly raise to the top. The head stays around for a while before becoming a lace. Pretty good look for a Macro.

Standard smelling with all the well known ingredients in there (corn, hops, etc). Still, nothing wrong with this ones smell.

Very bland tasting. The characteristics of the smell are barely in there, and it finishes with hardly any aftertaste.

Far too over-carbonated mouthfeel. Very thin on the palate, and goes down relatively easy.

Probably one of the better Sleeman beers, but still nothing special. Maybe something I'd consider on a hot summer day, because its reasonably priced and isn't anything horrible.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 01:26:46 | More by jayc333
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 02:17:45 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
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".

Serving type: can

02-06-2006 05:27:43 | More by BigBry
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer I wouldn't normally buy a 12 of, but the girfriend's dad had some on hand at Christmas....

Poured into a Mug, Big Frothy head, lots of carbonation and and a pale clear yellow.... Just like an MGD, or any other Macro Lager. The nose has a corn skunkiness and smells soapy...

The taste is just not good... all cheap vegetable malts, a bit sweet, not much in the way of bitterness, just a rancid corn mash skunkiness...oh Sleeman's, what have you done here? This is as bad as any other cheap American Macro-Lager... Oh well, I didn't buy it... Mouthfeel is good and carbonated, sticks to the throat, but I can't get over the taste...

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 19:03:55 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was given one of these during a promotion at a local pub.

This beer came to me with the head already subsided, but it appeared to be a yellowy-orange, not too too bad. Smelled like a standard macro, hints of corn and something else I couldn't quite identify. Taste was actually not bad at all, Surprisingly it was refreshing, and surprisingly smooth. Fairly drinkable, typical of other beers of this calibre, decent session beer, good on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 00:24:17 | More by funkengruven
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 20:07:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold in colour with a fairly average amount of carbonation. An unpasturized beer in a can??? Hmmmm... It’s got some nice honey malt aroma, which conflicts with the other dominant aromatic note: a kind of veggie hop thing that reminds me of an all-spalt homebrew that my homebrew club made for our hop varietals tasting event. The flavor is somewhat akin to their honey brown lager, only with less of a nutty taste, and more of a solvent chemical note. The cloying finish of the honey brown is also still apparent in this beer. This is not one of their better efforts.

Serving type: can

10-18-2005 17:09:42 | More by fisherman34
Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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