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

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

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184 Ratings

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 10-26-2001

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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Reviews by masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a golden amber with minimal head that faded pretty quick. Light carbonation, thin lacing.

The smell was astringent grain and corn. A typical cream ale smell.

The taste is a dissapointment. A little grain and corn flavor, not much malt or sweetness to it. The good cream ale flavor of creamy maltiness is lost in the background.

The mouthfeel is poor. Very astringent and bitter aftertaste that lingers.

This is an ok beer on drinkability. There's nothing really awful about it, but there's nothing great about it either.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of masikon
2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ADR
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of zjungleist
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 that why it's called cream ale?

D - Pretty good. This isn't really anything special, but it's really refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.35/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of jackndan
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
1.47/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Wow, this is one of the most putrid beers I’ve ever had. It stinks of bad fruit and must. Tastes bland and skunky, even on tap. Extremely watery and almost painful to drink.

Photo of elricorico
2.66/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 worth a try.

Photo of DaveBar
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single from the LCBO for $2.00 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Beautiful bouquet. Sweet and earthy

T- Nice but light. Not a great body but has a nice earthy taste to it.

M- Crisp

O- Nice little brew. Drank 23 of a 24pk back in the 90s then the next morning had the farts that nearly killed one guy at the cottage. Silent and deadly little burner that cleared the room and made one guy barf his guts out. What a weekend LOL

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with..... Chicken pot pie


Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.03/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a light yellow ale with a thin white bubbly head that’s 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!!!).

Photo of livingregret
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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's a lot like a light lager. Not bad

Photo of PEBKAC
3.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Garin
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tatterdash
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a white head that vanishes quickly, very little lace. Aroma was a bit floral and a bit of alcohol, the second Sleeman product I have noticed this. Taste was a sweet front, and a fair amount of hops in the finish, nothing terrible, in fact, rather good. Mouthfeel was a little creamy (duh!), and the ABV was well hidden in the taste. This is a good swilling beer, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Ragingbull
2.66/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Brent
2.28/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another in the series of beers brewed from a nearly forgotten little black book of pre-prohibition family recipies (do you sense my skepticism?) Without doing a side-by-side, I couldn't be sure, but I really don't know that this is much different, if any, from the regular production cream ale. A bit tinny and tired, with poorly melded flavors. The end result is both harsh and boring.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One thing about Sleeman's is that they make their beer average and consistent. The Cream Ale, being one of their flagship beers, holds true to this. Pours out of the classic clear embossed bottle (why clear guys?) a clear bright golden hue, snap, pop, fizzle for a head which immediately disappears. Grainy malt on the nose with the slightest hint of hops. Flavour is malty crisp, with a small finish of hops, pretty straight forward, nothing unique or spectacular about it. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily, although I could handle this as a session beer, even if it wouldn't particularly be close to my top choice as one. But it's pretty good as an average beer posing as a cream ale .

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after is escape from the 330ml clear bottle resides in my glass a crystal clear gold with a smallish bright white semi-creamy head after is dissolution, the lace forms a thin veil to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt; fresh with the start sweet and the grain profile light, top is thin. Finish is modestly carbonated and the hops run of the mill, a drinkable and refreshing beer and to me that means a lot.

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