Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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3.73/5 rDev +30.9%
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.
09-27-2010 18:55:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.55/5 rDev -10.5%
12oz clear glass bottle, not to worry the six-pack holder was a cardboard box as to not let the light in. No freshness date.
Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden brew, thin lacing a bit disappointing.
Smell: Mild fusel alcohol, a big grainy other than that clean to the nose.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Semi-harsh crispness with an unnatural creamy slick mouth feel and I swear there is a cream flavour in there. Perhaps a vanilla flavour off of the alcohol odd. Hops lack any solid presence, more alcohol and the end of the wave of fusel alcohol in the finish.
Notes: Too harsh for me. A bit boring as well there is no need to back to this one for me.
08-25-2003 01:54:04 | More by Jason
2/5 rDev -29.8%
This was really a letdown, the buyer at a new store that opened up near my house big-dealed this to me...I had never heard of the brewery so I thought i'd give it a shot. Got this and thier porter, both were atrocious. This pretty much has the same flavor profile as a typical macro adjunct lager, I realize that some of this is part of the style but there is nothing here which would make it worthwhile to drink this rather than a Bud, Coors, or the like. avoid.
BTW, I'm not sure what the difference is between this being the " cream ale 64" and the regular cream ale.
01-09-2006 01:28:31 | More by masikon
3.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Clear medium gold color with a 1/4 inch pale head of very slight duration. A pretty distinct caramel and brown sugar malty sweet aroma, hinting at either malt complexity or cloying properties. The flavor doesn't cash in on the aroma one way or the other -- cane sugar and a slight sense of flowery honey. Medium carbonation and very little hop sense to balance. Drinkable enough< I suppose, but the sugar water in the hummingbird feeder might be almost as satisfying. Still, as a Cream Ale, an OK beer here...
06-22-2003 11:41:06 | More by ADR
2.48/5 rDev -13%
Duped again. Actually, this beer wasn't undrinkable, but it was worth no where near $7 a sixer. To my surprise it's brewed by the same folk who brew Old Milwaukee in the great white north.
Totally clear yellow with an awfull head. Smells of grains and minerals. Taste is mostly just crappy malts, with a hint of sourness and minerals. The mouthfeel is pretty much just foamy water. Overall I am dissapointed, mostly because I had high hopes. It is drinkable, but not enjoyable.
04-04-2006 03:28:53 | More by zjungleist
2.85/5 rDev 0%
Ok because of creamy taste/mouthfeel but nowhere near a Creemore. Dry, crisp. Better than mediocre national brands, of which Sleeman is now #3. Oily taste with cream, like a latte. Ok pour. Dried out my mouth. Mates ranked it about the same or a tad higher.
12-10-2003 16:55:18 | More by Sammy
2.83/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Crystal clear dark yellow brew with a 1/2 finger head of white foam that leaves some really nice lace.
S - Pilsner-like crisp and acrid nose. Smells quite a bit like an adjunct-laden macro lager to me.
T - Tastes much better than it smells. Crisp apple and other fruits. Saltine cracker malt taste, with a healthy dose of hops toward the end.
M - Extremely dry and carbonated. Almost full bodied which seems strange to me for such a light colored beer...is that why it's called cream ale?
D - Pretty good. This isn't really anything special, but it's really refreshing and drinkable.
01-22-2007 17:51:31 | More by pmcadamis
3.33/5 rDev +16.8%
I'm not sure what the difference between Sleeman Cream Ale and Sleeman Cream Ale 64 is except that one is in the standard Sleeman clear bottle, and the other is in brown glass. It pours the expected clear golden body and creamy white head. Retention and lacing are average. Aroma is average. The taste is average. In fact, nothing seems to stand out at all about this beer. It has a very generic malt and hop flavor that could just as well be almost any American-style lager. There is an edge to it, however, and perhaps that's because it's an ale - and if it is, it's one really clean ale for sure! There is more bitterness to it, I'll give it that, but it's still below pilsner levels. I guess it does have some drinkability to it though, if you look at it as being unoffensive and quaffable. Still, it's kind of boring and, overall, unremarkable.
12-21-2006 22:10:30 | More by NeroFiddled
3.38/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
03-28-2009 06:19:56 | More by PirateUlf73
2.98/5 rDev +4.6%
Sleeman Cream Ale: From a Sleeman sampler pack, picked up on the other side of the border. Pours a big white head, that disappears very quickly, and leaves a little bit on the sides. The color is a fairly deep golden, the beer itself is clear.
Light, clean aroma, with hints of grains. The taste is unremarkable. Somewhat grainy, with slightly sweet malts present only deep into the quaff. Long lasting biscuity aftertaste. Some minimal hopping, actually significantly less than I had anticipated. The so called creaminess of this beer is very much absent, at least to me. Spectacular in its ordinariness.
06-01-2003 15:20:49 | More by jackndan
1.48/5 rDev -48.1%
Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Wow, this is one of the most putrid beers Ive ever had. It stinks of bad fruit and must. Tastes bland and skunky, even on tap. Extremely watery and almost painful to drink.
08-05-2006 18:32:29 | More by CharlesDarwin
2.65/5 rDev -7%
Pours yellow orage and fairly clear. The head is creamy white, and only about a centimetre thick to start. It does leave lacing and seems to have a bit of staying power though.
The smell is grassy, grainy and a little flowery. Quite garden like in a way. Deep in is a bit of skunkiness. Overall effect is not great.
First impression in the mouth is that there is a bit of a sweet creamy flavour to it. This is a bit shortlived, not really lasting past the front of the toungue. It is followed up by a mix of grains and faint skunk. Cream comes back a little in the aftertaste, but faintly. It has some redeeming qualities, but isn't great.
The mouthfeel is lager like. Not quite watery, but fizzy and light.
This one is drinkable, but again, not worth picking up.
05-26-2006 02:06:56 | More by elricorico
British Columbia (Canada)
2.85/5 rDev 0%
Mine just ses Cream Ale in a clear bottle the 64* is in a dark bottle,what the difference is ...i dunno...but it pours a hazy cloudy yellow with a 1 finger white head and very little lacing.
Smell is kinda musty, grainy and flat,no freshness to it
Taste is also flat with high carbonation and bitterness to it,goes down quite well though,better cold than what the temp. they reccomend.
Mouthfeel is heavy and light creamy at the same time
Overall, ..well... i guess ice cold it's not to bad,probably one of the better Sleeman's....it's worth a try.
09-09-2007 22:49:33 | More by GrimmReaper
3.33/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
06-22-2008 15:52:09 | More by beerthulhu
1.02/5 rDev -64.2%
Bottle: Poured a light yellow ale with a thin white bubbly head thats disappearing way too fast. I can already smell skunk has a poured the beer. The taste is quite weak with a mix of light malt and a weak creamy feeling. This is truly a bad beer (could be a bad bottle but what do people expect with clear bottle!!!).
09-27-2004 17:13:32 | More by Phyl21ca
2.98/5 rDev +4.6%
Serving Type: 12 oz bottle
Appearance: Poured a golden yellow w/ a 2 finger head. Lovely lacing the whole time drinking
Smell: A bit grainy...a touch of corn. Average
Taste: Crisp, a touch grainy and a touch of corn.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, a little to thin
Drinkability: Worth a try...it's a lot like a light lager. Not bad
09-12-2007 00:13:16 | More by livingregret
3.33/5 rDev +16.8%
Poured from a 11.5oz brown bottle, with the Sleeman logo raised on the front. No paper labels makes it cooler friendly. :)
Pours a clear auburn, with an eggshell white head that leaves an even webbing. Extremely active, the carbonation never ceases. The secret to cold fusion may be contained inside. :o
Upon pouring, big vapors of alcohol & sugar hit me. Even sitting 2-3 feet away didn't stop the spread of the fog.
The taste starts off tart & sweet, with just a dash of greens, all spread over a slice of Wonder Bread.
Very lean, tolerant, & quenching. Watered down? Sure, but there is flavor here.
06-05-2007 03:38:57 | More by PEBKAC
3.33/5 rDev +16.8%
Sleeman's cream ale poured a golden colour, with the slightest bit of haze. The head was nicely creamy and dense. A little lacing was left on my glass.
Very little aroma -- a bit of sweet, a bit of malt. The taste was very mild, with a bit of sweet, and (you guessed it!) a bit of malt. Nobody will be offended or surprised by this one. It is pleasant tasting, it's just extraordinarly mild.
In the mouth, it's a cream ale. Smooth, creamy, light, and refreshing. This is very drinkable, though unremarkable. I didn't find it overly filling, but then I just had the one bottle.
05-22-2003 21:43:00 | More by Garin
Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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