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

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

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-18-2005)
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Photo of Brent
2.25/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Brent, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of masikon
2/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

masikon, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of maxpower
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5 oz thick brown bottle pours a clear dark golden color with a small creamy white head that leaves little lacing in my glass. Grainy, soapy aroma, light grainy, honey flavors, almost no flavor at all. Medium bodied with a slick and coating mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness.

maxpower, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

341ml clear bottle poured in a dimpled mug. I like the relief on the bottle of a beaver and maple leaf as well as just the neck label, but I still don't understand the clear bottle. I guess it's just their gimmick on the Canadian market.

Clear, gold colour. Off-white head is 1/2 inch at the pour buy disappears almost immediately leaving just a thin ring around the edge. Some sporadic thin lacing.

The aroma is mild, but mostly corn with a little grainy background.

Taste is corn and grain at the start with a mild candy corn finish. There is a harsh chemical/floral accent to the finish which carries over to dominate the aftertaste. Not to my liking.

Light bodied and fizzy mouthfeel.

I really think they should rename it as an Adjunct Ale instead of Cream Ale. Move along, nothing to see here.

EDIT: Tried one of these again recently (thanx to my friend Shawn for the brew) and I think it was definitely better. Still not great, but not as harsh as in the past.

Noxious26, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of stoutman
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mild and slightly musty aroma of malt, with light hops. Pours a clear bubbly light gold with a small diminishing off-white head. Flavor is decent. Creamy and smooth, it starts off mild and bland and ends with a faint hop or bitter ? note. There’s nothing bad about it but there’s nothing particularly good about it either. Slightly above average at best.

stoutman, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of jettjon
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber clear with some precipitating carbonation. Large, foamy white head that lingers is unfortunately the best part of this beer. Unimpressive nose of light hops with some citrus, typical of a macro lager. Flavor is not bad but not good; mild malts and hops predominate. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not much. Mouthfeel is watery and fairly bubbly, but anything but “creamy.” Above average drinkability; this is a typical “lawn mowing” beer. Marginally better than your typical macro lager.

jettjon, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Ahhdball
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A small head beige, color is rich gold.

Not much aroma. Perhaps some wheat and hop.

Notes of caramel. Excellent body, mild hops with citrus. Crisp.

Smooth, rich, and creamy.Very nice, drinkable beer. Worth a try. Don't let it get warm. It definitely needs to stay cold.

Ahhdball, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid beer to begin a session. Looks medium straw in color and pours a white cap of loose bubbles that hold for a little while. Smells modestly sweet and vegetable like. Faint yeastiness and earthyness. tastes lightly sweet and corn like. Follows up with a powdery sweetness like powdered sugar. Feels slightly slick and buttery to the palate. Light body that remains consistent through the finishes. Finishes also crisp and fresh.

BEERchitect, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light golden amber, thin off-white lace of head. Sweet, grainy malt aroma, some floral hops as well. Sweet maltiness, almost like marshmallows, dominates the flavour. Mild bitterness and medium length, sweet finish. Slightly creamy texture. One of Sleeman's better offerings and a good beer to transition friends away from industrial lagers.

DrJay, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of Puddleglum
3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is very similar to Little Kings Cream Ale which I always thought was a made up style. Apparently it's not. It is very grainy in aroma and flavor and has the same oily mouthfeel as the aforementioned cream ale along with the creamy aftertaste. There are no fireworks here and it is not incredibly drinkable either. I would certainly drink it again if my choices were extremely limited.

Puddleglum, May 16, 2005
Photo of tatterdash
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

tatterdash, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
1.65/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The word "Sleeman" just sounds dirty for some reason. Pours a clear light gold color with a thin white head that was gone quickly. Very little lacing. The aroma is lightly skunky and sweet at the same time. Light-bodied and kind of fizzy with a nondescript flavor. Bland hops and vague sweetness here and there is about it. The finish is clean, bubbly and faintly sweet. Doesn’t do much for me.

Dogbrick, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of redmosquito
3.78/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden yellow with a pure white head that left some lacing. Clean aroma with a slight sweet malt and floral hop, and mild bready yeast as it warmed. The flavor is also clean, no skunk even with the clear bottle. There is a nice malt flavor hear, not dominated by sweetness, and not dried out with adjuncts. The beer is smooth with a light, but noticable body, and a quick finish. This is a well done cream ale that is ideal for a summer barbecue.

redmosquito, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a rep from the brewery came into work today and gave us a few samples of this and the pre-prohabition porter (2004). I liked the story he told of how the brewery was closed for 50 years as punnishment for selling beer to al capone.

but the brew had a nice head poured a brillent golden color. the aroma was mildly hoppy with a light malt in the background.
the flavor had a good bitterness, more then i would expect from a beer this color, but the flavor drops off almost as fast as you swallow it.

it would not be my first choice in a beer but if i had to pick over most american dom or canadian lagers i would choise this for sure. it lacked the after taste that i hate in those beers. the corn flavor.

the clear bottle is a mistake imo

plaztikjezuz, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear glod with a nice 2 finger head and ok lace. A timid aroma of sweet malt that is mixed with some riciness. As a cream ale its OK. Not bad flavor for such a macro, but not super flavorful. A nice sweet malt flavor that has a bit of rice added, followed by a decent hop bitterness that balances OK. Finishes dry. A very drinkable beer but not one if you are looking for something better than average. As a macro cream ale its OK, but there are much better ones out there.

sabrills70, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Prince of Wales Hotel lounge in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Appearance: A brassy golden color with a thin white head. Sticky lacings cascade down the glass throughout the session.

Smell: Wet paper. Didn't know what that smell was until I discovered this beer. I've seen it used before but couldn't understand how anyone could use it as a descriptor. Well...I got it! And this was the beer that got it for me!

Taste: Tonic water. Seriously, I've had tonic water that was more complex than this. Very biting and bland.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy but didn't have much taste to it so it left me feeling very empty.

Drinkability: Easy and boring.

Am I missing all the good beer in Canada???

mattcrill, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of Skidz
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very pale gold and sits golden amber in the glass with a very small white head that disappears quickly.

Smells sweet and malty, lightly dry with some hopping. Nothing great, pretty boring, only some light traces of apples on the nose.

Taste is based entirely around malt. Not too sweet, some honey showing through, and bitterness quickly comes in. Very basic flavors with hardly any dignifying qualities.

Mouthfeel is light with pumped up carbonation. Punishing in the mouth and hard to keep in for too long.

A cheap beer to drink with little in terms of satisfaction. Why drink at all?

Skidz, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sweet clean malt nose. Very carbonated light gold tranparent look in the pint glass. Airy pale white head on the pour.. this head dissapates quickly. Plainish flat malt taste on the tongue. There is some sweetness there but no other complexity. Slight cardboard (oxidized) finish. Medium mouth. Not a future purchase again for Frank...

frank4sail, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Gusler, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.02/5  rDev -64.2%
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!!!).

Phyl21ca, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of necoadam
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At first taste, I thought I was drinking a bud for a second. Had to look twice at the top label to make sure I'm drinking the right stuff here. Anyway, pours out a pale gold color with some carbonation visible. Smell consisted of sweet caramel with some slight hops in the background. Or I hope those were hops. Taste wasn't all that great. Some cream can be tasted, but for the most part it was quite clean to my disappointment. Light body. Still have one more bottle left, so I guess I'll have to suck it up and drink it. But a cream ale? Please, go pick up some Rogue cream ale and see what a real cream ale is supposed to be.

necoadam, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of Gump
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Here's a review for all of the Sleeman beers that I have tasted.
Very grainy and proud on the tongue. Perfect light golden color and strong "beer" taste. Smells like beer, tastes like beer. Nothing really stands out to make this a special drink, and unfortunately all styles are very similar. I include the cream ale, honey brown lager, silver creek lager and original dark into this review.

Gump, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

masterbruewer, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of budgood1
1.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours out a very light straw colour...huge white head and lots of lace...again, looks nice in a glass. more adjuct aroma in the nose...cooked corn and some earthy grassiness. i'm not sure what a cream ale is supposed to taste like in all it's glory, but i'm not too terribly impressed by this. if cream ale and cream corn are one and the same...this one hits its mark perfectly. the body is medium with a creamy smooth mouthfeel that leads to a slightly crisp finish. it's tastes like miller high life...i'm not kidding...i don't mind my high life tasting like a cream ale....but i don't expect my cream ales to taste like a cheap macro lager.

these sleeman's offerings are totally lame. don't even waste your time on these adjunct ridden, syrupy sweet "beers".

budgood1, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. That word describes this brew best. Smooth flavor and very refreshing. Strong notes of corn and a hint of hops. Short lived head and medium carbonation. Had some of this over in Canada and was pleased to find it's now available state side. Worth the price (about 7.50 a sixer) and a marked step up from what one would expect from Canadian beers. Highly recommended.

Frozensoul327, Jun 05, 2004
Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
68 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.