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Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

Sleeman Cream Ale (64*)Sleeman Cream Ale (64*)

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.37%

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Created by George Sleeman in the late 1800s, Sleeman Cream Ale was the first brand produced by the two Guelph breweries, and still remains our most recognized brand.

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Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Oct. 15 2013. I've imbibed this one on a few occasions over the years, as I used to be an avid Sleeman drinker - but to be honest it has never really been one of my favourites. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow hue, generating nearly two fingers of puffy, soapy white head that fizzles away over the next minute or two. A thin cap and collar remain, with minimal lacing - this is a decent-looking macro ale. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell very good, with only some pale, grainy malts and corny notes to speak of. Not even a whiff of hops.

This isn't an interesting beer, but I'll be fair and admit that it's quite clean-tasting for what it is. Pale grain malts provide much of the flavour, although corn husk sweetness is also detectable. Mildly grassy toward the finish, with a pleasant dryness that is probably this one's saving grace. Light-bodied and pretty watery, with fizzy carbonation a few steps softer than most macro lagers. Quite quaffable in large quantities, and obviously brewed with that intent.

Final Grade: 3.25, a C+. Sleeman Cream Ale is a boring, utilitarian macro ale. I will drink this again at some point, but it's never going to be something I consume regularly. I'm starting to appreciate this one more in my old age - I used to be a Honey Brown guy, but this one is far less cloyingly sweet, with a cleaner flavour than the Original Draught. A passable macro at a decent price point; I like to stock up on cans of this when it goes on sale, as it's something mundane that I can leave in the fridge and offer to visitors that prefer 'the regular stuff'.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 04:12:20 | More by thehyperduck
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Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled from a Sleeman mix pack. 5%. A passable patio-macro beer and the price is right. Pale, clear, w/ a white head. Aroma is kind of corny/ vegetable-like. Has a light sweetness, light body, creamy, average carbonation. Inoffensive, but nothing worthy of real praise.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:35:15 | More by bulldogops
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Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $2

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Skunk, bread, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and a skunkiness. There is also some grains/bread.

Overall - I would take the sleeman silvercreek over this. At least that was refreshing, this one just has too much skunkiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 01:33:39 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Head/Shoulders: Poured into my usual root bear mug, a beautiful off white, 3 finger froth emerges & hangs around for a few minutes. A 1/4" rim is left as well as a thick film floating on top. There is some sticky lace in places.

Knees/Toes: Yellow-gold with a decent number of bubbles from down below.

Eyes/Ears: This is a good looking beer and doesn't make a sound.

Mouth/Nose: Slightly bitter, a bit of butter, could be better but smells so sweet. The aroma is similar to that of my hope chest. It is well rounded and has little after taste. Nice to drink even as its temperature rises.

Blanket: I'd like this beer with a feed of grouper while watching a game with my tomboys.

AKA: "She Man Cream Ale"

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 03:22:55 | More by BeerBateo
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Alberta (Canada)

3.11/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is obviously Sleeman's attempt at a craftier beer, but this is not their forte. They are a macro brewery that makes refeshing and easy drinking beers, so I doubt this will end well.

It pours a slightly lighter yellow than the O Draught with 3 fingers of cloudy head that dissipates rapidly. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and a little malty, but also a lot skunky courtesy of the clear bottle. Surprisingly enough, I never get the skunk with the O Draught and the Honey Brown, despite the fact that they are all served in clear bottles. Odd.

The taste is basically the O Draught if there were a more pronounced hoppy character to it. This is what the O Draught should have been in the first place. Apart from the extra hoppiness, it is virtually identical to O Draught in every regard.

Aftertaste is, not surprisingly, a little more bitter but still very refreshing like all the Sleeman beers are. This ranks a little higher than the Original Sleeman, but It's a bit of a downgrade because this is a pretty poor cream ale - but a good pale lager. They should just market it as that.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:59:37 | More by Olek4374
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Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden colour, finger of head, little retention and no real lacing.

S - Grainy bready malts, leafy greens, sweet corn and buttery bread.

T - Sweet corn dominates, classic macro lager notes, bready malts, burnt butter, toasted grains and a sweet leafy note lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Pass go, collect and move on... Nothing worthy here from a flavour profile, but it's an easy drinking macro brew that's disguised as a craft ale. Don't be fooled.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 02:28:14 | More by andrenaline
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New York

2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a golden color with a white head that fades pretty quick
S-malty with no hop presence
T-creamy malt dominates with hops providing nice balance without contributing flavor
M-medium bodied and creamy
O-what I kind of expected. Not a great cream ale but hit the main aspects.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:26:02 | More by atr2605
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Hong Kong

3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear bottle, embossed glass with the Canadian maple leaf, the name of the brewery and the name of the beer. Red printed label with more info on the neck.

Wow. Opened the bottle and was blasted with lager funk. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Even my wife could smell it across the room. Not happy.

The taste was surprisingly decent, like an English Pale Ale. No sign of that nasty nose on the tongue. I've never had a beer that smelled as bad and tasted fine.

Good mouth feel.

Just don't burp, you'll get than nasty funk again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 12:50:04 | More by tonton
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3.73/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

In the late 1800s, George Sleeman brought this beer to life--it's not your typical ale. Cream Ales are sometimes seen as a hybrid: fermented like an ale but matured like a lager.

Crystal-clear pale golden color shows some active carbonation, with decent head retention as some white lace sticks to the glass. Smells a touch husky with a light biscuit aroma, very clean nose. Big on smoothness. A refreshing crispness rolls off the tongue. Dry malt flavor to start; mild cooked corn as well. A minimal hop bitterness is enough to balance things, and there is a refined grassy hop flavor in the middle to end. Clean, grainy flavor throughout. Finishes very dry, with hints of barley husk and corn.

It is what it is: pedestrian for the beer geek, perhaps, but comparable to the slew of retro Lagers that are available now. Within the American Cream Ale style, this one ranks high. We envision a heaping plate of chili cheese nachos with fried jalapeño rings--or just a few cold ones on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:55:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
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2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

WOW! Cream Ale (64) I thought I was going to get something that would totally amaze me. Hahahahahaha, was I mistaken. Honest guys, this is no rare beer by any means. It excels in nothing except 5% alcohol. I just got back from Panama and drank every Panamanian beer I could and would rate any of them better than this Canadian brew. Sorry if the truth hurts, but that's the way it is!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 21:59:42 | More by fizzy
Photo of Ragingbull


2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gold color with a wispy head and light prickle. The nose is like malted snow. My wife described it as a scent that reminded her of the VFW on bingo night. Creamy attack and a bold flavor of cream. It is a very macrobrew-esque offering except that perhaps it is a little bit more "bold" than many macrobrews.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 14:28:53 | More by Ragingbull
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3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Very clear golden-yellow color with a fizzy white head that dissipated rather within a minute.

S: Aromas of light, pale malt and a touch of hops. Not a very strong nose.

T: Somewhat assertive graininess and a subtle fruity character. Hop character is noticed as a slightly grassy bitterness. Crisp and quite refreshing.

M: Lighter body and plenty of carbonation. The finish was pretty clean and a little dry.

D: This would make a pretty good warm-weather beer.

A pretty refreshing beer that would do much better on a hot day than any other time. Nothing spectacular, but a decent session beer that I certainly would not turn away.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 06:19:56 | More by PirateUlf73
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2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Golden hue with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly and leave little lacing.

Smell: A faint malt smell

Taste: Some malt flavors, but not much. No real hops flavor either.

Drinkability: Better than the standard mass produced beer, but not something that needs to be drank whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 17:23:17 | More by RievyRW
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2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this a part of a mix twelve pack that sleeman put out. It was a good deal and I liked the porter. This was one of my gateway brands into craft beer so they do have a place in my heart.

This beer really didn't have much greatness about it. I liked it the least of all in the mix pack. Mostly bland dark malt tones. Nothing all that pretty or tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 01:25:04 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of yesyouam

New York

2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Cream Ale is a very sparkling, clear, light golden ale with a fuzzy white head that fades quickly and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is faint and of light grain, possibly some noble hops and a touch of paper. There is something a little corny and farty about it. It is light bodied, reasonably soft, and the finish is a bit gritty. There isn't really much flavor here. A little bit of bitterness picks up at the end. It's kind of like drinking water out of a glass that had a Pilsner in it earlier. There may be something a bit lemony in here, but I'm really groping for something here. It would be good for shotgunning or beer pong.
(rated Jan 4, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:43:47 | More by yesyouam
Photo of kinger


3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simple is good with this one. Pours a medium light golden yellow with a thin white head and good carbonation. Aroma is subtle, creamy, and light with a slight malt nose. Mouthfeel is good and filling with a crisp finish. Flavor is very appealing. Easy simple and delicious, nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 20:21:38 | More by kinger
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3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this at the local beer store. came in a twelve pack with three other sleeman offerings. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. light gold color. clear with a one finger white head. nice lace.

malt nose. some hop aroma. maybe some adjuncts in there. no off odors.

sweet malt taste. a little hop presence. balanced for style. dry aftertaste.

light to mid body. good carbonation. seems to fit style description. not a lot of depth. i am new with cream ales. would not go out of my way to buy this. may buy another sampler 12er in the future though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:35:12 | More by ajmoody76
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright golden-orange with a slight, dull white capping that quickly succumbed to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: The nose was simple and sweet, fresh sweet oranges and citrus.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and creamy oranges, bright citrus and a sweet malting backing things up. The flavor was sweet, crisp, fresh and citrusy with some dry oranges on the fade and finish.

M: The mouthful was light with a subtle creaminess, and was decent enough.

D: Nice drinkability, sweet, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 15:52:09 | More by beerthulhu
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1.85/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light amber with fast fading white head. Smell: alcohol and grains. Taste: grains, alcohol, slight tannin-ness. Mouthfeel: watery thin and harshly crisp with a slimy finish. Basically it tastes like a poor attempt at a cream ale, watery and too much alcohol upfront for 5%. Not even on the Genny Cream level.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 01:22:27 | More by babaracas
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2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A macro looking golden color with a fairly thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.
S- I couldn't pull much of a scent on this one. It kind of just smells like alcohol. Some distant grain scent.
T- I get a bit of vanilla taste in there. Mostly it is a continuation of the alcohol scent. Not really what I was expecting. Though I'm aware cream ales aren't known for hop character, I got no hop taste at all.
M- It feels light. It was a little excessive on carbation for me. It left my pallette a little dry as well.
D- I mean... it was very average. I suppose it's light enough that one could drink a couple. Not my favorite, not horrible. It wasn't what I was expecting. I would recommend it if offered by a friend or something, but not of high enough quality that I plan on purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 06:14:18 | More by jsprain1
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3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint. First selection from a twelve pack sampler.

Medium straw color with a light, bubbly head that settled to no cap with a little lacing ring.

Smell is malty, with a hop tinge. Hops smell citrus. Hints of cheese on the nose.

Taste is sour hops, like turned milk sour. Small malt flavor on the back with a hop bite and small diacetyl flavor that is more like broken butter or burned butter than straight butter.

Mouthfeel is average, not a "creamy" as I would have thought. Active carbonation with a light to medium body.

Drinkability is good of you dig the flavor.

Overall, tastes more like a bad farmhouse ale to me with the sour notes I get. Not terrible but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 22:36:45 | More by wheatyweiss
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New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is almost sweet, grass, hay some hops. Boring. $1.45 for a 340ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 00:23:21 | More by jdhilt
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1.18/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Crystal clear in appearance, perhaps from filtering and pasteurizing. Seriously, Indistinguishable from MGD except that its a little more orange, but head retention is the same, non-existent. The lacing is decent enough, but still white and foamy, not great for the style. Very unimpressed.

Smells like a weak glass of white wine, perhaps a white zinfandel. I'm not trying to be mean to this brew, but that's really all I get. No hops, though I suppose the very light fruitiness is from them, but you wouldn't know them from white wine so...Also I may, it's really hard to tell, get a hint of some European hops, though they would have to be a lot lighter than Saaz. Also not impressed, hardly recognizable as beer.

A little sweet, like apple juice. Not even cider for this one, the taste is non-existent. Once again, I feel bad saying all this, but I'm just telling it like it is.

Mouthfeel is dry and mildly bitter and mildly sweet. I really want to stress mild here. Seriously, like a weak white wine, almost exactly. At least it feels like something.

I find no redeeming qualities in this beer. It's a light beer, a light beer that costs $10 a six pack. I know I'm sounding like a broken record with this one, but I would rather have an MGD, which I consider having superior carbonation and at least tastes and smells like a weak pilsner, not a glass of white wine. I won't spill it out, oh no, since I could use it to wash dishes, water the plants, or at the very least its like 5% abv water, which almost sounds like fun...almost.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 04:22:32 | More by tapman
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2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden yellow brew. The looks of this beer are easy to forget.

Smell was light and grainy. So far I'm not seeing much difference between this and the big name breweries.

Taste was similar, grainy and... wait a minute... creamy? I thought it was just the name. It was interesting though. Something to make you think a bit at least.

The feel didn't seem to match the taste well, though I have no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:35:32 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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2.28/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a very light yellow, with a thick head. Smell was light, but had a distinct "dustiness" to it, rather unflattering. Taste was completely unremarkable. Nothing there, really. Left a slight coat in my mouth. I felt there really wasn't anything exciting about it at all. Not terrible, just boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 22:26:22 | More by ibashmuck
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Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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