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Sleeman Original Draught - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Original DraughtSleeman Original Draught

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Ratings: 137
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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Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -12.9%

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...

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +29.5%

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.

11-27-2005 00:24:17 | More by funkengruven
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -36%

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.

10-26-2005 20:07:00 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

10-18-2005 17:09:42 | More by fisherman34
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

08-04-2005 22:41:47 | More by elricorico
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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?

07-22-2005 22:59:14 | More by Sammy
Photo of peterthepiper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +28.8%

I managed to test a bottle of this "draught" beer today at a local liquor store. The color was a yellow-amber with a small, quickly diminishing, white head. Surprisingly, the nose was more complex than that of the standard Sleeman offering.

Upon tasting, the beer maintained it's relative complexity, with slight floral and fruity notes. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel was disappointing, due to a fairly high carbonation. As a previous reviewer mentioned, it was similar in feel to Perrier, or maybe closer to Sanpellegrino. This seems to be typical of lagers like this.

Regardless, this is a refreshing summer beer that would be welcome in my fridge, despite my usual dislike of lagers.

07-09-2005 05:22:53 | More by peterthepiper
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +3.6%

Is this one of Sleeman's limited edition beers? Like that awful porter? If so, I might stock up on this. It's not bad. Not good, but not bad. Pours a gold colour, with a small, half finger head. Which, does last. What a surprise. Smells bready, malty, and sweet. With no skunk smell I was expecting. Whew. Their is a bit of a corn husk smell, but not alot. Basically, their is a corn smell, but not that sickening corn syrup. Taste is bready and sweet. And simple. I doubt their are many, if any, hops used. But, it is a sweet, somewhat refreshing lager. A lawnmower beer. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated and watery. Reminded me of Perrier. Drinkable? Yes. I'll drink it again. I may even buy it again. But only if on sale.

07-07-2005 23:38:41 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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 odor....like 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.

06-04-2005 21:44:39 | More by pootz
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

06-02-2005 05:42:51 | More by BDTyre
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

05-22-2005 16:01:40 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of bmacaskill

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +45.7%

Reader's Digest version: golden Canadian lager. A great beer in its class. Priced as a premium but deservedly so in the "Original/Genuine Draft/Draught" range

The essence:

Deep golden yellow. Somewhat lacy head. Moderate bubbles.

Of all the "Original/Genuine Draft/Draught" beers I've had, this is easily the best. I guessed and classed it as all-malt vs. adjunct. Sleeman's site doesn't have any info on this beer yet. It's pretty new -- I hadn't seen it before 01-May-2005.

Mild-but-pleasant nose. Slightly sweet with (very) slightly malty finish. Not hoppy at all, but that's characteristic of this style. Very pleasant aftertaste. Very clean tasting, *very* drinkable, yet full-flavoured (again, given the class of beer). I'd take one bottle of Original Draught over 12 Molson Canadian (well, under some circumstances, I guess ;-).

Very easy drinker. Definitely a repeater, and worth a taste.

05-02-2005 22:51:35 | More by bmacaskill
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Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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