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Maclay's Traditional Pale Ale - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Maclay's Traditional Pale AleMaclay's Traditional Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
63
poor

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 24.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bestuurder on 08-04-2005)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown bottle with a nice blue and silver label. Comments on thistle brewery and Sleeman brewing. I suspect this to make the beer seem more Scottish. Crystal clear pale gold color with few signs of carbonation. Maybe one finger of head that did not sustain whatsoever and I see white particles in the beer. Not a good start.

Smell - Corn is by far the most dominant smell here, I am catching some wheat and hops in the background though. Pretty plain and standard stuff. All in all could use some more character but not bad, it's just generic.

Taste - Starts off a bit watery, but then turns to a nice corn and wheat flavor with a slight touch of hops at the end. Not much is really going on here though, it's pretty generic in taste. This beer was clearly designed to be hammered back. It is worth noting, the beer doesn't taste chemical laden as with many cheap beers of this nature.

Mouthfeel - Despite of weak head and no signs of it, the carbonation is quite good. Aftertaste is there and lingers a bit but it is subdued. However, I seem to get some film feeling at the back of my tongue after a while. That and I would have liked a little bit of head.

Drinkability - My dad loves this stuff and I see why. I could drink this stuff all night or on a hot and sunny day. It's cool, refreshing and goes down easy and as a "buck a beer" it deserves something of a free pass in this department. Light on the stomach too.

Final Thoughts - All in all, probably one of the best "buck a beers" out there. It's clearly a buck a beer for a reason, as nothing about this beer is going to knock your socks off. However it's surprisingly drinkable, surprisingly cheap and if you are on a budget a welcome alternative to Laker, Lakeport or Lucky. I don't usually buy buck a beers anymore, and the generic and often chemical taste stops me from coming back, but I would recommend it to anyone whose on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:55:24 | More by TheHammer
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3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having sampled many Maclays Alloa Ales from the Thistle brewery in Alloa before it closed I was eager to sample some of the Canadian brewed efforts brewed under licence by Sleemans. I contacted Maclays (Now Maclay Inns) in Alloa and they sent me four cans. I have to say they are not anything like the Maclays Alloa brewed ales and more like a typical Canadian style beer.

Quite gassy, extremely pale and with some after taste. Not bad as an everyday budget range beer and is certainly drinkable but cannot compare with the original Maclays ales from the Thistle Brewery in Alloa (Scotland).

Certainly not the same as a traditional Scottish style IPA.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smallish white head slow recedes above a clear bright washed out golden colored beer.

Light sour grain malts aroma with a light soapiness to it.

Light grains come through in a lightly sour and lightly bitter tasting beer.

A light dry aftertaste without much taste to it with this light bodied beer.

Not to much going on with this beer, might find a home on a beerpong table if the price is right.

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New Brunswick (Canada)

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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread/grains, corn syrup, malts, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn syrup, breads/grains and just a hint of malt. There is also an odd vegetable like taste to it. It ends with a grainy aftertaste with a bit of a spiciness.

Overall - There are much better options in the cheap beer category. This one had an odd taste to it that i couldn't put my finger on. I wouldn't buy this one again.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 13:35:15 | More by spinrsx
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO. Had it before, but not in a few years.

Pours a familiar golden-straw colour, with slightly more than a finger of pearl-white, fizzy head that is mostly gone within a few minutes. It's pale alright, but looks more like a lager to me. The aroma is grainy, with definite adjunct tones and some grassy hops.

Other than the fact that it is very mild, it has very little in common with legitimate EPAs. Grainy malts, with some corny/rice sweetness. Light apple juice fruitiness. Some weak, grassy hop notes toward the end. Clean finish without much aftertaste. Very watery and light-bodied, standard macro levels of carbonation but plenty drinkable.

When I was attending university (in Guelph, where Sleeman brands are popular - perhaps with logical reason because they always seem fresher there), I lived in a house with three friends and each of us would take turns buying 24s that we consumed collectively. Each of us had our favourite brands, and by the end of the semester, one side of the dining room was filled to the ceiling with cases of James Ready, Sleeman Honey Brown, Moosehead, and of course Maclays. We hauled the wall of bottles in and traded the deposit money for a couple more 24s of the same brands... and some Fosters, because we wanted to try something more exotic, I guess?

Maclays might technically be an ale, but they really shouldn't advertise it without putting an asterisk beside the word. For a buck-a-beer, it's reasonably good value though and if I were comparing this to other macros I'd have to give it at least a C+. If you are looking for comparables, think Lakeport.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 05:24:39 | More by thehyperduck
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale as piss after drinking a couple litres of water and about the same colour too. Lots of visible carbonation, though it doesn't produce any head to speak of. The one finger of airy white head disappears in all of three seconds.

Smells astringent and mostly of dough. Some hop-like scent is present, though I can't be certain it is actually hops.

Taste is of faint apple juice, grainy adjuncts and a dull bitterness. Moderately drying finish with lingering grain.

Body is as light as the colour. Carbonation reminds me of Pepsi.

This is really below average stuff here. Usually these cheap beers at least have decent drinkability. If you're looking for cheap macro beer, Labatt 50 kicks Maclays ass. Even Canadian or Blue might be better than this foul sh*t. They're trying to pass this off as a pale ale??? I can barely consider this beer. 2's across the board, pretty much sums up my thoughts on this beer: not impressed. What more can you expect from Sleeman?

Serving type: can

02-20-2011 19:45:14 | More by eat
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I saw this at the LCBO in Ontario and I didn't know what it was. The can seems to imply this if from Scotland, but upon looking closer it is from Sleeman. Pours a clear straw yellow colour with thick white head. Easily the lightest colour for an English pale ale I've ever seen. Smells metallic with some grainy malt. I don't really think this is a pale ale. No real bitterness, some metallic tinge in the aftertaste. Very high carbonation, way too much for the style and even too much to be enjoyable not thinking about the style. I won't buy this again.

Serving type: can

01-21-2011 00:58:39 | More by kwjd
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear light gold. Minimal head.

S- Industrial tin smell. Almost an artificial malt aroma.

T- Smooth and malty, however the malt taste tasted so far from natural, almost as if they used some Five minute malt mix. Uninspirational hops as well. More on the sweet side.

M- Good and smooth, but dry afterfeel.

D- Went down easily. Could down a few in no time. If I had a low low budget, I'd drink more of it.

Serving type: can

08-27-2010 00:34:55 | More by BBP
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability - very easy to drink but I wouldn't go back for another if there was something else new to try. A good lawn mower beer that's better than an average macro (but then again I guess these guys are a macro...).

I must say that I'm not impressed with what appears to be false advertising. Sleeman needs to explain themselves...did they buy a Scotish company? Or did they all get combined when Sleeman was bought out? Screw it - I won't be buying this again anyway. I'm going to penalize them for "appearance"...just out of spite.

Appearance - crystal clear amber yellow with good carbonation to provide a decent head. No lacing.

Smell - very mild buttery malt but with corn nuts. Now I'm hungry. Corn nuts are good - just not in my beer.

Taste - nothing remarkable but nothing offensive. Some graininess. This is going to get a high drinkability score but there's nothing exciting here.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery and smooth to start. Some courseness in the finish due to the higher carbonation.

Serving type: can

10-01-2009 01:04:08 | More by ecoastman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I admit that I didn't exactly pay that much attention when buying this can - the Scottish insignia and overall design reeled me in.

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with a few fingers of thin soapy white head. It smells of white grain, and skunky hops. The taste is white grain, a bit of sweet corn, a kind of almost bitter marzipan, and grassy, slightly skunky hops. The bubbles are a bit too much, and interfere with taste perception at first. The body is decently weighted, with a small amount of creaminess. It finishes dry, and clammy, but no skunky aftertaste.

Not a bad brew, definitely on par with the typical Sleeman offerings. But how is this not false advertising? Does the 'Thistle Brewery' actually exist, and was it established in 1830 in Scotland? What a load of advertising crap.

Serving type: can

09-11-2009 22:26:18 | More by biboergosum
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Maclay's Traditional Pale Ale from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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