Sleeman Original Draught - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 161
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | 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 biegaman
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,776 characters)

Photo of decimator
2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5%

A - Poured a clear gold with a 2cm bubbly white head. Head was all gone in under a minute. No lacing.

S - Very light bread aroma with a hint of grass.

T - Light sweetness followed by water with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - Average and plain.

D - Drinkable but quite bland. (331 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
1.95/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber appearance with disappointingly light head. Smell is faint, but grassy and grainy.

Taste very hard to detect, a bit crisp and sweet with a hint of hops. Body is light with heavy carbonation. Aftertaste is dry but a bit bitter.

This beer is light and easy to drink, but so is water. This beer has no personality, kind of disappointed this came from Sleeman. Wouldn't recommend. (390 characters)

Photo of kwjd
2.28/5  rDev -18%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden color with very minimal head, and medium high carbonation.

S- Corn adjunct smell. Nothing new here.

T- Typical corn adjunct flavor. A bit more crisp than usual though. A small amount of citrus and floral notes.

M- Medium body with a fairly good carbonation.

D- Easy to down, but not too impressive by any means. Good economic choice though. (365 characters)

Photo of jpro
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
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 (527 characters)

Photo of prosper
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. (452 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
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! (363 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,035 characters)

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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
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. (575 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
3.14/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of JOaikido
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
2.29/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.28/5  rDev +18%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Viggo
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of bdjacoby
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of wjimson
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (463 characters)

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. (588 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
2.62/5  rDev -5.8%
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! (549 characters)

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Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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