Sleeman Cream Ale - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Cream AleSleeman Cream Ale

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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: cdkrenz on 10-28-2007

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.
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Reviews by TheTrevor:
Photo of TheTrevor
2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Canadian beer geek friend says this is a respectable session bier so he brought me a couple of 473 ml cans. Let's see what we have here... Pours a clear light golden body with an impressive vanilla head that retains well and leaves lots of splotchy lace.

Not much going on with the aroma. Vague grassy hops and some corn syrupy malts.

Spritzy carbonation and a very light body makes for easy drinkability.

Taste doesn't have a lot of flavor. Faint grassy hops, cooked corn, corn syrup, and a creamy maltiness. Finishes clean.

Inoffensively drinkable.

Photo of magictrokini
2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tap @ the Irish pub inside New York/New York. And no, not even the vibe of Vegas could save this one. Yellow pour with a moderate white head. Grain, bread, and some straw in the aroma. Metallic and tart taste. Whatever. This made me order a PBR. For shame

Photo of kelvarus
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Came in a silver/red can. Has nice golden almost amber colour. Has a decent head to start but quickly dissipates. Laced my glass rather well.

Smell - Grain like smell with a hint of some fruit (can't quite place which fruit)

Taste - Starts off with a slight creaminess but nothing spectacular. Changes to a bitter tasting grain but goes down smoothly but is quite dry as well on the finish

Mouthfeel -Kind of dry feel in the mouth. Don't feel the creaminess after a few seconds. Carbonation seems average.

Drinkability - It does start off smooth and creamy but the grain taste and dryness of it does seem to be its biggest drawbacks.

Overall I'd say a good beer to buy on a hot summer day or out bbq. Sitting around at home with a few friends over to watch movies or play games, this is a good average beer to throw at them. Wouldn't recommend it for much else.

Photo of biboergosum
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle. Yet another misbegotten clear bottle - this form over function thing has got to pass.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, thinly caked bone white head, which leaves some unexpectedly profligate branched lace around the glass as it quick settles.

It smells of rather acridly semi-sweet corn mash malt, a hint of decently veritable pale malt, uncooked rice, with a further understated stinky veggie essence. The taste is pithy white grain, a bit of mild pale malt, and dead grass, skunky hops. Simply underwhelming, fer sure.

The carbonation is fairly invasive, though it fades soon enough, the body mostly on the lee side of middleweight, and rather plainly and pallidly smooth. It finishes off-dry, still skunky, and fairly dry.

This is neither creamy nor ale-like, really, at all. More like a typical BMC incursion into the craft beer world with their undeveloped sense of how things beyond lager-land can be, 'drinkability' be damned.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of Richter35
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
1.7/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale yellow with thin white head that quickly disappears. Very urine-like.
S: Like bad Heineken.
T: Actually, slightly better than the aroma. Like semi-bad Heineken. Sweet sugar-water finish.
M: Thin, watery. Not bad, but certainly less than average.
D: OK...I confess...I bought the variety pack because it came in a nice wooden crate...I wish I hadn't. This is the best beer of the bunch, which isn't saying much. So, far I would stay away from this brewery all together. Other than being a sweet tasting beer, there's not much to this cream ale.

Photo of ne0m00re
1.76/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
2.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of mrmanning
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - gold colour with a 1-inch head that cools off to a thin layer of bubbles in no time. Produces little spots of lace as consumed.

Smell - sweet corn similar to that of an adjunct with a cooked vegetable smell over steady, clean malt aromas. A little skunkiness noted as well, typical of the Sleeman folks.

Taste - good flavours of malt and hops throughout with a pretty clean, crisp finish. Far better from the can than the bottle.

Mouthfeel - pretty neutral in terms of mouthfeel, less active than the bottle. I'd also mention it doesn't have that seltzer-ish feel that I thought the glass counterpart provided.

Drinkability - nothing wrong with this one, on a hot night with a cheeseburger and fries. That's what I had mine with.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of kevofficiel
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It says it's a retiring beer, but here in canada it's still selling.

So the look of it: nothing too particular. Light golden color, with lots of carbonation.

The smell of it. It smells similar than the silver creek. It is corny

The taste of it. Corny with a bit of hops. Taste very similar than the Silver Creek again. I did enjoy that beer while watching a hockey game.

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes, this is a good beer overall. But the my favorite Sleeman would be the Silver Creek. It is more smooth than this one. But I still did enjoy it during a good hockey game

Photo of soju6
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Greggy
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a fluffy 1 finger head into my pint glass. The body is light golden with no sediment. Decent lacing is present.

S- Floral hopiness, sweet malts, graininess, astringent like adjuncts.

T- Starts pretty big mouthfeel then moves into notes of floral malt and hops, with a citrus in the finish. Not bad.. not great.

M- Spritzy carbonation. decent mouthfeel. smooth.

D- This isn't as terrible as I often make it out to be. To be honest, I would maybe have it again. I've seen it as cheap as $3.99/6pack before, so for what it is, I could drink it, but would rather have pbr for light beer.

Photo of BBP
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.46/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear deep golden color with moderate white creamy head. Poor retention and virtually no lacing.

Smell has a nice fruit-malty character.

Taste has a nice upfront maltiness, followed by a bit too harsh dry bitterness.

Left a dry sensation in the mouth along with a bit of fruitiness.

Not a bad beer, drinkable.. If you can get it cheap, its worth it.

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Sleeman Cream Ale from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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