Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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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
2.55/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2003 01:54:04 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
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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