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Sleeman Cream Ale - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

Sleeman Cream AleSleeman Cream Ale

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 18.37%

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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: cdkrenz on 10-28-2007)
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Photo of BARFLYB


2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A bottle into a pint glass.

Cream ale by sleeman pours out a gold color that well, looks gold with dark yellow tones. A whole lot of foam pops out of the bottle and explodes in the glass, semi stick once it dies down. Smell is pretty one sided with sweeeet malt/corm ect. No hops at this point. Taste while being totally boring and predictable, is also a bit volmit inducing, I made a face on 1st sips. A few more than I got the hang of it. Feel is medium, moderate carb, no bitterness, or aftertaste for that matter. One and done for me, and I got three more of these, jeez. Happy birthday to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:36:17 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a touch of skunkiness. Taste is crisp, lots of grains, earthy, very light hops, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 15:37:55 | More by tone77
Photo of timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a huge Sleeman fan, and I don't often buy this beer. However on a night out at a certain comedy establishment when this beer is on special, I definitely grab a few. Of all the Sleeman types available (Cream, Draught, Honey) this is definitely my favourite of the three. It's smoothe, I don't recall much of a nasty aftertaste, and it's refreshing. For a night out, that's what I'm looking for so it hits the spot nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 17:45:50 | More by timtwoface
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Finger-and-a-half of fizzy, white head. Looks like a lager. Almost no head retention, and no lacing.

S - Grassy, sweet cereal grains, a little musty. Some light malt, almost no hops. Not very appetizing.

T - Light, grassy malt, barley, cereal, and a light hop finish. Pretty crisp and clean, and at the same time very full feeling. Full feeling for what is basically an adjunct lager, that is. Faint fruitiness at times.

M - Smooth and crisp carbonation. Medium bodied. One of the stronger points here.

D - It's alright for what it is. Nothing special by any means. Simple, lager-like flavors, just a little better than the average macro-adjunct.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:04:20 | More by Converge
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - crystal clear yellow, tall white head after a bit of a rude pour, respectable retention with limited spot of lacing
S - very corny and leafy with a metallic twinge, nothing else breaks through
T - strong leafy flavour moves to a corn and grain malt base, definite astringent finish with some bitter citrus rind
M - initial carbonation kick quickly thins out to a thin an somewhat watery feel, metallic dry finish
O - the adjunct and hop presence are strongly accentuated, its not a bad brew, but it is generally average

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 04:15:53 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the first beers that I drank when I was first becoming a beer geek. I still have a fondness for Sleeman even though they are def not in favour here.

a-Pours a clear golden colour. Minimal head.

s-Some doughy/yeasty notes....light hop smells....some malty odours coming through.

t-Hoppy flavours followed by some malts....I found it more of a crisp bitter beer with a muted sweetness.

M-Solid mouth feel.

O-Now I find it to be a bit of a lawnmower beer. I still buy it from time to time. Decent beer...not the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:48:12 | More by Mit
Photo of Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer of my twenties, reviewed in my thirties...

Consumed under prime conditions: 85 degree day at the zoo (but in a plastic cup).

Smallish white head on a light copper body. Smells of light malt and corn.

Tastes like a premium macro, lots of corn filler, no hops and light bodied. Mouthfeel not bad...wasn't watery. Slightly sweet finish.

Inoffensive but bland.

At least there was less chance of skunking with draft than if served from a clear bottle.

My youth is betrayed

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 01:51:43 | More by Matt1516
Photo of Richter35

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from a can and poured into Sleeman-branded glass.

Appearance is that of your average golden ale, but a little more effervescent. Minimal head/lacing.

Smell has a strong, sweet malt base and faint hop presence.

Taste steps it up a bit. Apple, hops and bready malt tastes up front finshing on the dry side. Mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is refreshing.

Overall slightly above average beer that effectively combines extreme drinkability with a decent taste profile... all at a reasonable price.

Serving type: can

06-26-2011 22:34:29 | More by Richter35
Photo of brdc


2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on tap, given lack of better options, at a jazz jam in Toronto.
Very clear, and clean, light golden, white head.
No off flavors, but not a lot of aroma or flavors either. Biscuit, some fruit, and maybe I am looking too hard. Very very limited.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 21:34:46 | More by brdc
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I, for some reason, occasionally get the urge to support my hometown Japanese conglomerate-owned brewery and pick up a case of Sleeman if I'm going to a party. The general public sees most of their beers as fairly good; and in my experience they are certainly the most reliably decent of the three Canadian macro breweries. The cream ale has never been one of my favorites but I grabbed a tallboy can on a whim with a few other randoms a while back, so I'd like to give this another chance.

Pours a pale, translucent golden-orange colour with a two-finger head that dies down into a soapy white film on the surface, with some lacing on the sides. Doesn't look particularly heavily carbonated. Smell has some citrus and light sweetness with an adjunct twinge. It looks better than I remember but that smell is definitely familiar.

Taste isn't anything notable but it's by no means offensive. Light malt sweetness, lemony citrus, a little bit of a hop presence, but an adjunct aftertaste kind of blocks it out. A little light-bodied but still creamy. Moderate-to-low carbonation gently prickles the tongue, while the soapy head and creamy nature of the beer give it a rather pleasing mouthfeel.

This is the first time I've had a can of this, and it's also the first time I remember not feeling a little disappointed. Low expectations? Or maybe the clear bottles just skunk it up? Maybe it's because there aren't 5 more that I need to drink? This beer is OK, but when it comes to macro flagship beers that can be a pretty good endorsement. Like most high-end macros, it is brewed for drinkability and non-offensiveness rather than adventurous flavours. If you go in with realistic expectations, this can be a satisfying patio beer.

Serving type: can

05-20-2011 07:35:03 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of ne0m00re


1.75/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

05/16/11- Review of a 341 mL bottle, which was pretty old to be honest.
A: Very clear golden with a good creamy white head and lacing.
S: Skunked (big surprise... maybe they shouldn't package these in clear glass). Sharp cooked corn, creamy, buttery... I'll admit I probably should have drank this earlier, but this is a train wreck.
T: Corn, like canned corn, creamy wheat, some sweet yeast character.
M: Crisp, creamy and frothy.
O: Ugh. I didn't drainpour, but the others I'll just use for cooking.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:51:10 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Unfortunately for Sleemans' most recognized brand, it doesn't look like anything special. Gave this an aggressive pour, and the head starts out really good looking, but really quickly dissolves into a soap bubble layer, and only leaves behind small spotty lace patches. The color is a clear light golden color and there is ample carbonation rising in several distinct pillars.

S- Whoa this was really skunky smelling upon first pouring it into my glass, but like a wine, I gave it a little air and it subdued itself down a bit. Dry grainy, yet sweet malt dominates, with a mild fruitiness about it....perhaps Bosc pear....something a little more earthy. Also a little bit adjuncty, the finish doesn't really reveal any bitterness....just dryness.

T- The flavors are much better than the aroma lets on. The fruitiness is more citrus like and this blends with the light, sweet malt that becomes apparent, especially after the swallow. There is also a buttered bread flavor that hits me right on the sides of my tongue. The finish helps balance this all out with a distinctively mild hop bitterness. I do note that there is a bit of an corn adjunct that lingers awkwardly.

M- The smooth carbonation, which I guess should help in defining a cream ale, does provide a creamy texture, which was noticed in the flavoring. Clean with a bit of a strange unnatural sweetness that lingers puts a bit of a dent in this category.

D- It's not a bad beer by any means, but I probably won't go out of my way to drink this again....I wouldn't decline a bottle or pint given to me though. I can see this becoming too much after no more than a couple glasses of this and needing to move to something either more distinct or palate cleansing. Give it a try anyways, it won't kill you.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:07:06 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber appearance with decent head. Smell has lots of malt and sweetness, picked up some grain.

Taste is very malty with a hint of grain, picked up a citrus taste as well. Very creamy and crisp. Light-moderate bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is malty.

Overall, not a bad cream ale. The texture, malt and lightness seem to go together. Check this out if you want a simple introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:56:15 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5%

A - Poured a clear yellow gold with a 2cm head white bubbly head that reduced to a thin layer a bubbles. A bit of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Light malt sweetness with a light citrus and a hint of adjunct (corn?).

T - Light sweetness, a bit of tang in the middle and a hint of metallic bitterness in the finish.

M - Average, slightly crisp finish and no aftertaste.

D - Decent but easily forgettable. Just another Canadian macro "Ale".

Serving type: can

12-20-2010 03:02:17 | More by decimator
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale gold colour with a large soapy white head. (aggressive pour) There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - corn syrup, slightly metallic, pale malts, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There really isn't much carbonation going on. Maybe it's to help the beer feel 'creamy' but it just comes across as watery. I can taste wheat, corn syrup, and a slight citrus bitterness. Not a whole lot of taste going here.. It finishes with a basic adjunct lager aftertaste,

Drink - Wow, this is really a subpar beer.. not sure how it has maintained its popularity over the years. I always see shelves full of it.. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 22:30:47 | More by spinrsx
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A pale gold color. Very little head. What head was there disappeared quickly.

S- Grain and corn. Weak hop smell.

T- Smooth and slightly creamy. Slight skunk and malt.

M- Very light. Mediun low carbonation. Only slightly creamy.

D- Fairly drinkable. Underwhelming, but would never offend me.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:38:28 | More by BBP
Photo of soju6


2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellowcolor, with a good head that fades slowly to a decent lace.

S: Light grain aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T: clean with a touch of lemon and a mild bitter finish.

F; light body with good carbonation. somewhat refreshing.

Not a bad beer, non-offensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 13:52:27 | More by soju6
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A- A light yellow with LOTS of carbonation and two fingers ot bubbly white head. Completely transparent.

S - Light grainy nose with no hop prescence whatsoever. A hint of sweetness. Overall not much going on.

T - Faint grains. Not much else going on. Has the somewhat "skunky" taste that often accompanies European lagers.

M - Not very creamy at all. Slightly creamy compared to an average lager, but certainly not to the extent of many other cream ales.

D - A decent beer but overall I prefer most of the major macros to this.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 23:54:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of prosper

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very clear. Pours with a decent head. Not too much smell, light malts, very faint. Taste is pretty good - it's crisp and clean, and it's got a gratifying hop bitterness holding things together. Nicely balanced. I didn't notice any flaws. Overall - it's crisp and quenching and highly drinkeable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 03:58:29 | More by prosper
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured yellow and fizzy with a thin head. The smell is mostly corn with very little hop presence. The taste is straight up corn adjunct followed by an unpleasant sourness. The mouthfeel is a bit watery with some decent carbonation, but the taste definitely hurts the drinkability. An underwhelming version of a style that should be more popular.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 04:40:09 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of mooseisloose


3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love the Canadian brews, nothing less than 5%, why
waste your time on anything less? Popping the top reveals a super adjunct smell almost as if there is a pot of sweet corn on the boil. Pours to a pure golden colour with a creamy lily white head. Upon tasting the taste is very fresh and sweet, much better than a typical adjunct macro, and much better than the smell led on. The light dry malt is accented by a slightly fruity hoppiness. This is definitely a beer to be imbibed. This is an any temperature outside, it tastes good brew. Almost seems like the hoppiness has a bit of spices. For the style this kicks ass.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:57:29 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of OttoBomb


3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 14 oz. Coca-Cola (tulip) glass (December 22, 2009).

Eyes: Golden with just under a finger of head. Some minor lacing a the glass empties.

Nose: Soft malt, hay, grains, no real hop presence.

Tongue: Some smooth malt falor up front, but it gives a skunky, adjunct taste ever so subtly afterward. Palatable for what it is.

Mouth: Light, smooth and creamy.

Libation: This was my first Sleeman in over 15 yars, I recall it being a quality brew with some great falor. That has evidently changed and I was extremely dissappointed. It's actually quite good for what a mass produced style beer, but not hat it used to be. For the price and taste, you'd be able to serve this at a generic gathering of Bud/Miller drinkers and they'd probably like it a lot. It's a good, clean, smooth beer with no rough edges, but nothing interesting to offer either.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 08:15:53 | More by OttoBomb
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Body is sparkling gold. Head is frothy and white, and doesn't last terribly long. Aroma is mild hops, yeasty a bit, very faint and non descript. taste is bready, slightly hoppy, and just a little better than bad. Watery finish, no aftertaste to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 15:27:49 | More by mrmanning
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 bottle poured into pint glass sept5 2009

A crystal clear golden yellow with a two finger head with good retention and decent lace

S sweet grains with some grass and faint lemon, well it's all faint here there is not much going on

T again pretty faint, i taste what i smell with a hint of skunk.

M pretty thin for a cream ale, its not water but i would not say it's creamy

D average at best looks better then it is.

I got this one in a mixed beer bag where I work. I know it's a survivor from a fall and has been sitting on our breaks shelf under light for a few months. The clear bottle makes me wonder if this would taste better from a keg never exposed to light. I doubt I'ill ever know seeing how I've never seen it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 17:25:49 | More by wordemupg
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear gold with an inch of decent weight, sticky foam. Nose is soft lemon, light fruit and earthy chalk. Somewhat fruity flavour with a bit of graininess and a buttery touch. Light lemon and mild metallic and lightly bitter finish. Sharp carbonation and light body. Fairly bland, but drinkable and sessionable. Refreshing.

Serving type: can

09-05-2009 01:42:38 | More by allergictomacros
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Sleeman Cream Ale from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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