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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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170 Ratings

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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.

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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
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2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

WOW! Cream Ale (64) I thought I was going to get something that would totally amaze me. Hahahahahaha, was I mistaken. Honest guys, this is no rare beer by any means. It excels in nothing except 5% alcohol. I just got back from Panama and drank every Panamanian beer I could and would rate any of them better than this Canadian brew. Sorry if the truth hurts, but that's the way it is!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 21:59:42 | More by fizzy
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2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 14:28:53 | More by Ragingbull
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3.38/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 06:19:56 | More by PirateUlf73
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2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Golden hue with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly and leave little lacing.

Smell: A faint malt smell

Taste: Some malt flavors, but not much. No real hops flavor either.

Drinkability: Better than the standard mass produced beer, but not something that needs to be drank whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 17:23:17 | More by RievyRW
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2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this a part of a mix twelve pack that sleeman put out. It was a good deal and I liked the porter. This was one of my gateway brands into craft beer so they do have a place in my heart.

This beer really didn't have much greatness about it. I liked it the least of all in the mix pack. Mostly bland dark malt tones. Nothing all that pretty or tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 01:25:04 | More by gonzo46and2
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Cream Ale is a very sparkling, clear, light golden ale with a fuzzy white head that fades quickly and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is faint and of light grain, possibly some noble hops and a touch of paper. There is something a little corny and farty about it. It is light bodied, reasonably soft, and the finish is a bit gritty. There isn't really much flavor here. A little bit of bitterness picks up at the end. It's kind of like drinking water out of a glass that had a Pilsner in it earlier. There may be something a bit lemony in here, but I'm really groping for something here. It would be good for shotgunning or beer pong.
(rated Jan 4, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:43:47 | More by yesyouam
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3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simple is good with this one. Pours a medium light golden yellow with a thin white head and good carbonation. Aroma is subtle, creamy, and light with a slight malt nose. Mouthfeel is good and filling with a crisp finish. Flavor is very appealing. Easy simple and delicious, nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 20:21:38 | More by kinger
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3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this at the local beer store. came in a twelve pack with three other sleeman offerings. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. light gold color. clear with a one finger white head. nice lace.

malt nose. some hop aroma. maybe some adjuncts in there. no off odors.

sweet malt taste. a little hop presence. balanced for style. dry aftertaste.

light to mid body. good carbonation. seems to fit style description. not a lot of depth. i am new with cream ales. would not go out of my way to buy this. may buy another sampler 12er in the future though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:35:12 | More by ajmoody76
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 15:52:09 | More by beerthulhu
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1.85/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light amber with fast fading white head. Smell: alcohol and grains. Taste: grains, alcohol, slight tannin-ness. Mouthfeel: watery thin and harshly crisp with a slimy finish. Basically it tastes like a poor attempt at a cream ale, watery and too much alcohol upfront for 5%. Not even on the Genny Cream level.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 01:22:27 | More by babaracas
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2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A macro looking golden color with a fairly thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.
S- I couldn't pull much of a scent on this one. It kind of just smells like alcohol. Some distant grain scent.
T- I get a bit of vanilla taste in there. Mostly it is a continuation of the alcohol scent. Not really what I was expecting. Though I'm aware cream ales aren't known for hop character, I got no hop taste at all.
M- It feels light. It was a little excessive on carbation for me. It left my pallette a little dry as well.
D- I mean... it was very average. I suppose it's light enough that one could drink a couple. Not my favorite, not horrible. It wasn't what I was expecting. I would recommend it if offered by a friend or something, but not of high enough quality that I plan on purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 06:14:18 | More by jsprain1
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3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint. First selection from a twelve pack sampler.

Medium straw color with a light, bubbly head that settled to no cap with a little lacing ring.

Smell is malty, with a hop tinge. Hops smell citrus. Hints of cheese on the nose.

Taste is sour hops, like turned milk sour. Small malt flavor on the back with a hop bite and small diacetyl flavor that is more like broken butter or burned butter than straight butter.

Mouthfeel is average, not a "creamy" as I would have thought. Active carbonation with a light to medium body.

Drinkability is good of you dig the flavor.

Overall, tastes more like a bad farmhouse ale to me with the sour notes I get. Not terrible but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 22:36:45 | More by wheatyweiss
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is almost sweet, grass, hay some hops. Boring. $1.45 for a 340ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 00:23:21 | More by jdhilt
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1.18/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Crystal clear in appearance, perhaps from filtering and pasteurizing. Seriously, Indistinguishable from MGD except that its a little more orange, but head retention is the same, non-existent. The lacing is decent enough, but still white and foamy, not great for the style. Very unimpressed.

Smells like a weak glass of white wine, perhaps a white zinfandel. I'm not trying to be mean to this brew, but that's really all I get. No hops, though I suppose the very light fruitiness is from them, but you wouldn't know them from white wine so...Also I may, it's really hard to tell, get a hint of some European hops, though they would have to be a lot lighter than Saaz. Also not impressed, hardly recognizable as beer.

A little sweet, like apple juice. Not even cider for this one, the taste is non-existent. Once again, I feel bad saying all this, but I'm just telling it like it is.

Mouthfeel is dry and mildly bitter and mildly sweet. I really want to stress mild here. Seriously, like a weak white wine, almost exactly. At least it feels like something.

I find no redeeming qualities in this beer. It's a light beer, a light beer that costs $10 a six pack. I know I'm sounding like a broken record with this one, but I would rather have an MGD, which I consider having superior carbonation and at least tastes and smells like a weak pilsner, not a glass of white wine. I won't spill it out, oh no, since I could use it to wash dishes, water the plants, or at the very least its like 5% abv water, which almost sounds like fun...almost.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 04:22:32 | More by tapman
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2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden yellow brew. The looks of this beer are easy to forget.

Smell was light and grainy. So far I'm not seeing much difference between this and the big name breweries.

Taste was similar, grainy and... wait a minute... creamy? I thought it was just the name. It was interesting though. Something to make you think a bit at least.

The feel didn't seem to match the taste well, though I have no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:35:32 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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2.28/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a very light yellow, with a thick head. Smell was light, but had a distinct "dustiness" to it, rather unflattering. Taste was completely unremarkable. Nothing there, really. Left a slight coat in my mouth. I felt there really wasn't anything exciting about it at all. Not terrible, just boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 22:26:22 | More by ibashmuck
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1.8/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Second beer from a Sleeman sample pack. 330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pale clear straw color with a fizzy and puny white head that holds in exactly the way the Miami Dolphins defense doesn't. A little bit of fairly sticky lacing, but that's the sole redeeming quality of the appearance of this beer.

Aroma is adjunct-laden and just a hint of musky hoppiness.

The flavor is sweet rice and just a tiny hint of pale roasted malts. A bit of skunkiness. All in all, bad.

The mouthfeel finishes in sort of the same way as a cream soda, which is sort of expected. But it's thin, watery, and bubbly. I think this is the beer Stone had in mind for its "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" slogan. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 02:41:11 | More by Phocion
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Quebec (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml. clear bottle

A: wheat blond colour dark for a blond ale, chimical white head
S: skunky nose probably due to the clear bottle, no malt
T: thin mouth with a little malt.
D: this product is a deception 'cause it's the flag bearer of Sleeman Brewery

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 21:12:24 | More by rodenbach99
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2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. This is a really interesting beer. Not that WOW interesting but that where is everything, interesting. There is barley an aroma...just a bit of sweetness. Taste is almost nonexistent. Honestly the most memorable thing is the carbonation. Quite a bit of it. It kind of tasted like a toned down version of beer mixed with alka seltzer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 04:29:39 | More by hwwty4
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2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't impressed with this beer. Not too good of smell to it. Nothing strong, just a regular beer. The taste wasn't stong to it and was slightly bitter. I think it was a couple months past it's prime. I wasn't impressed and the people I drank with weren't impressed either. Average to subaverage beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 18:38:32 | More by DackAchan
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a sturdy head that shards the pint glass with lace

Smell: Husky with undertones of corn

Taste: Starts out crisp and clean and ends that way, too, with a touch of husky bitterness at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: If you want a beer without much taste then this one is for you, but then again, I don't expect much flavor out of a cream ale

Purchased from beergeek.biz

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 19:03:01 | More by brentk56
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2.4/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm... I'm perplexed. There's not much to say about this one. After three pours, I'm still not getting it.

Pours a clear golden yellow, a bit on the orangey side. Aroma... a very light scent of apple, maybe pear? I barely smell anything, and I'm swirling this thing into a vortex. Taste... very light. Reminds me of a lightly-flavored cider, like Ace Pear. There's almost no taste.

What keeps me from passing it off on my BMC-drinking friends is the body and silkiness. There's just something to it that makes me keep drinking it.

Overall, it's better than the BMC gray water. It's a good thirst-quencher.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 05:18:14 | More by StarSAELS
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2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) pours a light orange color with a thick white head from a brown 11.5 ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy and has that green apple type smell which is quite prominent. The flavor also has that same green apple thing. It's quite grainy, with a little touch of bitterness toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:55:48 | More by Drew966
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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 try...it's a lot like a light lager. Not bad

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:13:16 | More by livingregret
Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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