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Sleeman Light - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman LightSleeman Light

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 27.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
When an increasing number of Canadians began asking for a light premium beer that didn't compromise on its premium taste, Sleeman answered. And that answer was Sleeman light.

(Beer added by: DoctorStrangiato on 02-14-2009)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

This pint appears a clear pale golden colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which dissipates quickly, leaving no lace in its wake. It smells of faint white grain and somewhat acrid grassy hops. The taste is more very light white grain, an essence of acidic fruit, and metallic, weedy hops. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body is lightweight, but not thin, and it finishes dry, with some barely-there graininess.

Nothing special, but perfectly adequate and thirst quenching for sitting on a patio in September, when it's sunny and 32 degrees outside (that's Celsius, not Fahrenheit, although I can understand any misconceptions).

09-23-2009 23:21:56 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BARFLYB


2.05/5  rDev -25.5%

Drank from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- I drank this because it was gifted to me and a tick is a tick. Light straw yellow with a fizzy minimal white cap that left before i got to know it. no lace.

S- Sleeman Premium light smells like Pepé Le Pew, very skunky just like the regular version. Maybe some malts in here and very faded hops. All I really get is the skunked smell.

T- Well, the taste is slightly skunked as well but not as much as the regular version, hence, this being the light version. Grains and just a notion of hop presence. Some bready malts as well.

M- Thin and light but alot of active carbonation is heard and felt. Goes down very easy and would be better without pepe.

D- Not really, I finished my bottle because I was parched and needed some liquid but I would not willingly buy this for myself, or bring it to a party. I want to try this in Canada to see if there is a difference.

07-01-2012 01:34:05 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +23.6%

Sleeman Light might as well be called Sleeman Bright, and might as well come with a lampshade. I like seeing beaming colour in a light lager - it makes me optimistic it hasn't been diluted of all its character. And untarnished clarity is always a good sign too.

There's no disguising the fact that light beers are intentionally emasculated versions of classic European-style lagers. Usually this neutering amounts to a beer that is in every way "precisely wrong" but the odd time a brewery will find a way of getting it "vaguely right", which is much preferable but also much rarer. This may be one of those few successes...

Most brewers consider "light" lagers to absolve them from having to add any flavour and basically give them carte blanche to dilute the beer with as many adjuncts as they please. Make no mistake: many of the world's worst beers are light (or "lite") lagers. And don't think that this is just coming from personal opinion - it's a cold hard fact. Check the reviews.

And it's easily evidenced by the plethora of light lagers on the market that reek of foul, cheap fermentables, sully the palate with cloying chemicals, have no colour or character less the off-putting flavours that arise from prioritizing profits over integrity. This beer, while not exonerated of all wrong doing, does not offend. And that is a big improvement.

I might as well admit that I like the taste, provided it's served on the cooler side. There isn't much flavour perceived, no, but it is agreeable and has an authentically grainy quality about it. The aroma is neutral and, like the body, is devoid of anything perceptibly synthetic. It has a very clean mouthfeel too and qualifies as refreshing in my books.

The impossible has happened: I've found a light lager that I actually don't mind drinking. It may not be something I'd willingly pay for, but I find Sleeman Light quite approachable, certainly much more so than most other offerings in this style. If I had only the limited selection of commercial lagers at my disposal, this would be a brainless choice.

02-09-2011 00:05:20 | More by biegaman
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +13.8%

500 ml can, don't ask why I'm drinking this.

Pours a crystal clear light orange, some golden highlights, big and fizzy white head forms, quickly bubbles away down to a thin ring and layer around the glass, a few lace spots stick. Smell is alright, sweet and corny, light floral, touch of citrus, honey, a bit bready and crackery, not a lot of character but smells alright for the style. Taste is similar, just a touch of malt character, honey, corn syrup, bread, mildly floral, just about zero aftertaste, pretty drinkable. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. No real off flavours, for a light lager this could certainly be worse.

07-26-2009 21:12:25 | More by Viggo
Photo of Tone


3.43/5  rDev +24.7%

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of corn/rice. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of corn/rice, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and decent body.

10-11-2012 13:33:53 | More by Tone
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +12.7%

500ml can poured into pint glass july8 2010

A clear pale golden with decent carbonation and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S mild grassy hops and some corn

T not far from the smell, nothing special but nothing offensive

M thin and lots of bubbles about what I expect from a light macro

D pretty easy to drink at the end of the day, no problems just a basic light lager

I picked up some single Sleeman cans just for a try and they were better than I thought they would be. I did think they would be awful so when they turned out average I was pretty pleased.

07-09-2010 17:04:41 | More by wordemupg
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +12%

355ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, corn, hint of caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, grains, and and corn. There is also a bit of a caramel sweetness that gives this beer cream ale flavour. It ends with a grainy/corn aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

Overall – Probably the best light beer on the market. It's not exactly packed with taste, but it's got more than coors/bud/etc. I can also get a case for around 20$ in Quebec which is pretty reasonable.

11-07-2011 16:43:56 | More by spinrsx
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

03-15-2012 14:23:07 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.3%

01-19-2012 06:00:38 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

1.85/5  rDev -32.7%

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: An eggshell white head with a bright, clear, very pale yellow body.

Smell: Aroma of cereal and corn. Not too bad.

Taste: Like diluted beer mixed with stale cereals and a tinge of sweet fruit.

Mouthfeel: Flaccid, dull, lifeless.

Overall: Pretty awful taste-wise. Not even refreshing.

09-10-2012 11:30:03 | More by papat444
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +9.1%

Clear straw with a brittle white head. Nose is sweet with some grass, apple and and honey tones. Light, watery flavour and mouthfeel. A bit of husky grain, apple and very mild bitterness in the finish dissipates quickly. Easy drinking of course - there's not much to this, but certainly not the least flavourful light beer around. Passable.

09-01-2009 14:46:20 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a light bronze, not the pale yellow color I expected. The head quickly recedes but leaves a respectable trail of lace webs behind. Wet straw and some distant grass clippings and vegetal notes make up the nose. The flavor on the sweet side, with a watery, flaccid malt profile and no hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is about as watery as you'd expect, very light and languidly carbonated. The finish ends before it really even starts.

This beer is very mediocre. Its not unpleasant to drink but it doesnt hold a candle to the better light beers like Sam Adams and Walkerville, where there is at least some hop and malt interplay.

06-11-2009 04:44:39 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.3%

03-30-2012 03:36:29 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-20-2013 18:21:52 | More by TerryW
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.3%

01-16-2012 18:48:08 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

10-10-2013 03:49:41 | More by ZachT
Photo of RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev 0%

04-06-2013 01:10:33 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.3%

04-28-2012 13:23:44 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-15-2013 16:30:32 | More by TheBeeraholic
Photo of Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

1.25/5  rDev -54.5%

04-17-2013 15:01:05 | More by Whatup14
Photo of DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

01-11-2014 15:20:00 | More by DamageCase76
Photo of boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.3%

12-05-2013 00:44:02 | More by boszormeny
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

07-12-2013 21:12:53 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.3%

08-26-2013 01:22:50 | More by cam477
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +29.1%

I got this one at the liquor store. Being one of my more preferred macro breweries, I thought I'd give their light a shot.

Appearance: Poured with a nice thumb and a half of frothy head that retained surprisingly decently and even gave me a little bit of lacing. The beer itself is a gold, and not leaning towards yellow like most light beers. Excellent clarity and signs of solid carbonation and slow bubbles consistently rise from the body.

Smell: A lot more then most light beers put out, as grassy malts can be picked up without the need for warming. I'm catching the barest notes of mixed grains in the background as well. Still, it is clearly subdued, which given the style, should be no surprise.

Taste: Well, it is a light beer, so the entire experience is a bit watered down but that is to be expected. It starts with sweeter grassy malt, that permeates the beer until the end where a slight touch of bitterness that I'm not sure if hops or something else is causing. I do like how the grassy taste, doesn't linger and is subdued enough to actually be enjoyable. A bit boring and average, yes but you could do worse.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is really what gives this beer a chance. It seems to kick in the mouth to allow the beer's taste to make more then a token appearance. Very smooth, as should be expected and no aftertaste to speak of.

Drinkability: It's a light beer, so needless to say this is where the beer shines. No stomach issues, a lack of aftertaste and a superbly refreshing experience lets this beer score high here. I would have no trouble pounding back a case of this stuff. The only thing I have to take away is that this beer may leave you belching a bit with the carbonation.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much the best light beer I've had thusfar. The thing I also like about this beer, is that it doesn't taste like it is just a watered down version of their Lager, Sleeman Draught. It seems to be a brew unto itself, and it pretty much does everything that a light beer can. Do yourself a favor, if you enjoy the occasional Coors or Bud Light during a hot day, pickup a six pack of this stuff instead.

07-17-2009 02:19:15 | More by TheHammer
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Sleeman Light from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
68 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.