Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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Reviews by Olek4374:
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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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
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
Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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