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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
Brewed by:
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 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 uno99
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery.

Served from the fridge into a Stella glass.

A: A light honey kissed straw color with a foamy white head. Head dissipates quickly after the first sip and leaves a little bit of clingy lacing.

S: Very neutral scent. Slight hops, and some bread. Not bad at all.

T: A little fuller than the average macro but only slightly. Nicely balanced and no off flavors. Im sure if I let this warm a bit however some of the adjunct properties may come into play.

M: light but not too watery. carbonation is quite high, but I suppose that is to style. lots of burps!

Overall: Could be the best Sleeman offering. Not a bad lager, but not a standout.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This is darker than an adjunct laden lager....more of a nice clear golden color. There is lots of ginger ale like bubbles rising to the top...some slow, some quick. The head is very disappointing, starting out about an inch thick and a solid white shade, but it was noisy and literally fizzled out within 10-15 seconds...it doesn't leave much in it's place either. Lacing is virtually non existent as well. Not a very good looking beer anyways....

S- The aroma is pretty much what Sleeman says it is....just a mild version of it. It does have some floral aroma to it and the hop bitterness is present. Beyond this though, there is some malt richness and nothing else of note....maybe a little bit of dry prairie grass or something.

T- A general sweet profile...richer than a lager using corn or something. The hops are mildly detectable on the finish and there is a slightly syrupy aftertaste. Overall, an un-amusing flavor but it definitely isn't offensive...probably better than a lot of standard lagers out there.

M- Crisp carbonation gives this medium bodied lager some character in this department. Not much else to say here....nothing special but again, nothing that bothers me.

D- I'm gonna say that for the premium price that Sleeman usually gets, I don't think it's worth any more than the next macro...however it is super easy to down several of these!. That said, it's an average beer for the most part that's going to do the job...maybe just a slight notch above the norm. I'd drink this again if available on tap or if offered but probably won't go looking for it. Oh well!

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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 decimator
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of rodenbach99
1.95/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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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 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 BBP
3.09/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of jpro
2.13/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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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 prosper
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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!

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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 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 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 DoctorStrangiato
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

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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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Photo of JOaikido
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.29/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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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 bdjacoby
2.81/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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