Sleeman Bock - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 09-25-2009

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Pours brownish gold with an off-white head. The aroma is very sweet with some caramel and toffee. The flavor is malty sweetness with quite a bit of malt and finished with some earthy hops. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. A little too watery in my opinion.

Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of thick, foamy, light beige head, which leaves consistent webbed lace around the glass in its retreat. It smells of caramel malt, and floral, tangy hops. The taste is caramel malt, some edgy toffee, and weedy, floral hops. The carbonation is low, the body is medium weight, a bit oily, and smooth, and it finishes sweet, and somewhat skunky.

A sweeter version of a regular Sleeman's offering, this becoming apparent at the disappointing finish.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grainy toasty malt appears on occasion. Alcohol as beer warms. Light watery body.

6 packs were on sale at the TBs so I figured what the hell let's try their offering out.

The beer pours clear amber/copper with a thick almost creamy off white head. This has a reasonable retention, though eventually it diminishes into a thin cakey film.

The Smell is of corn syrup and a bit of caramel. Fruity esters creep in notably apple. A mild skunk aroma creeps in; but who cares clear bottles look so cool.

A creamy malt flourish from the first sip seems promising with it quickly fades to a cloying artificial sweetness. The hops don't fare much better, providing some balance albeit very one dimensional, most likely due to the fact that they are from extract. Toasty notes do manifest here and there but sadly can't save the sinking ship. Grainy adjunct flavours also appear.
A thin watery body that can best be described as easy drinking.

Well they tried and for a macro brewer this really isn't too terrible. Just don't have any hopes of it resembling much more than a sweeter darker Sleeman original draught.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.45/5  rDev +15%

A- This has a coppery tone to it and is clear in general, with a slight chill haze. There isn't much of a head upon pouring, but what remains, sticks around, however thin and filmy it is. It seems to be well carbonated, with plenty of steadily rising columns of fizz. Lacing is actually very reasonable, with many small patches of foam clinging to the side of the glass....these do eventually slide back into the brew, leaving behind a watery patchwork of liquid in its wake.

S- Strong malt aromas are dominant....quite caramel like and perhaps a dose of milk chocolate; cozy and inviting! There is a slightly boozy quality on the nose as well to help finish this one out....there is very little in terms of hop bitterness to be found.

T- Well the alcohol shows itself rather quickly, followed immediately by the hop bitterness, which was lacking earlier. The sweetness of the malt is much more subdued than I would have thought, and takes on much more of a roasted barley/Earthy flavor. The flavors, and in particular, the bittering hops, linger for some time on the palate.

M- Somewhat creamy on the palate, yet this is fully carbonated! I find this to have an oily presence that coats my mouth as well and helps to keep the flavors around beyond the swallow. Body is medium-light.

O- Overall, this is a drinkable beer, that I find gets better as time passes. While not my favorite, there is some flavor, some body and decent aromas. I think Sleeman is on the right track and can have a very decent Bock with some further refinement.....just a little on the rough side, but I've had worse!

Photo of Nightwing
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from bottle. Caramel aroma. Appearance is a clear amber with off-white head. A light bitter taste. Medium body, creamy texture, and average carbonation. Overall it is ok, better than many of the other mass produced beers.

Photo of smithza9
2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has this beer on tap at "The Pour House" in Windsor, Ontario. It was in a stein that I was able to keep after drinking the beer. It has a light golden color and foamy white head. It has a very average taste, especially for a bock. Its very light in the mouth and not as drinkable as other bocks I've had.


Photo of ludachris
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from my last trade with TheHammer. Thanks pal.

Pours a glowing honey amber when held up to the light. 1 finger of off white head quickly recedes leaving touches of wet, suddy lace.

Caramel, molasses, light oak, buttery malts, raisons, and a dose of grassy hops in the nose which becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms.

Sweetness of the molasses, caramel, and raison notes roughly mixed with the buttery oak and tingly grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light, watery and can definitely use a better balance. Quaffable, but not that much of a joy to quaff.

Overall, a seemingly less than average bock. A better balance and a bit more flavor is needed. The grassy hop finish really takes away from the overall sweetness of the beer. Like the other Sleeman products I've had, I didn't really enjoy this one and won't be buying in the future.

Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottles at Chancey Smiths and at home- Deep but clear auburn, with a frothed beige cap. Nose of caramel malts, toasty oak, some treacle tart, toffee. Tastes sweet, of caramel malts and toasty toffee. A bit woody and earthy. A good dose of hops follows the sweetness and leads to a marked bitter finish. Good overall.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

341 mL bottle from the LCBO which came as part of a Sleeman Selections six-pack; bottled April 2 2014. I'm definitely curious to try Sleeman's interpretation of a bock, as I've developed a bit of a fondness for this style (and its variants) over the past few months. Served well-chilled, and poured into a mug.

Pours a lovely ruby-amber colour, topped with one finger of off-white froth that steadily recedes into a dense, creamy cap and collar. Looks fine, and the aroma is definitely to-style but generally muted - grainy malts, caramel and golden raisin notes come through as it warms.

Quite malty, with a pronounced caramel sweetness maintaining its presence throughout the sip. A little fruity at first, with suggestions of the raisins mentioned previously, but toward the finish it takes on a more herbal, grassy note. Presumably derived from the hops, it provides some much-needed bitterness at the finish. The caramel finally weakens and fades in the aftertaste, which is a little tinny. Light-bodied; kind of thin and a little watery, with moderate carbonation that is suitable for the style. This is quite easy to drink for 6%, but that's mostly due to the fact that there's nothing to this one at all, offensive or enticing.

Final Grade: 3.1, a C+. Nothing about Sleeman Bock is really standing out for me. It's a relatively clean-tasting, strong macro lager that I might drink again in a pinch, but probably wouldn't seek out. I like this more than the other two beers in this particular sampler, but that's not really saying much because the IPA and Silver Creek Lager are both forgettable. This one is at least decent, serviceable, and enjoyable to drink - so I guess, give it a shot. Or don't. Whatever.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - copper coloured brew with thin head. No lacing, just a small ring of bubbles.

Smell - caramel, a very light malt with a slightly creamy aroma.

Taste - Bock tastes a little thicker flavour but with a sweetness that isn't up my alley. I do appreciate the piney hop flavour that does come in toward the end.

Mouthfeel - all over the map, from an intense initial feeling to a watery effect halfway through. The best moments the beer has is as it fades away.

Drinkability - for the taste there are better brews that are 6%. Not my first choice.

Photo of cfrancis
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fairly impressed with this one. Most of the Sleeman catalogue is less than interesting. Aroma is caramel and sweet malt. Taste is crisp caramel with an earthy malt aftertaste. I'm actually glad I picked up a 6 of this. I'll enjoy this again. There are better bocks out there but this is a very good one for the price.

Photo of Grunewald
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 341ml bottle can into a tulip glass. It pours deep amber with an off-white head that laces sparsely.

S - plum, candy and sweet malt

T - table syrup with very light roasted/wood/metallic notes in the finish

M - low carbonation, medium-thick body and a neutral finish

D - tastes like table syrup. The flavors in the finish are the only ones of interest but they are so light that they might as well not exist.

Photo of KevinSP
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from LCBO in summer sampler pack.
Nice deep amber colour and good 1 finger foam and light lacing. A steady stream of bubbles throughout. Relatively crisp on the mouth with a lingering on the sides and back of the tongue.
Not as strong of a bock as I was expecting but enjoyed as a lighter, refreshing version. Would not go out of my way to purchase again but would never turn one down either.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange with a nice creamy white head, this is a good looking beer.

Not much too the smell, some caramel, malts, corn adjuncts, citrusy hops.

Tastes like it smells, kind of sweet with some corny, hoppy aftertaste, definately some corn in here.

Pretty watery and weak mouthfeel, but somewhat drinkable.

Overall for a big brewery like this it isn't terrible, but I would never have it again.

Photo of prosper
2.74/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold. Decent off-white head.

Not much smell. Slight DMS, some noble hops, and a tart sort of malt flavour. Nothing to write home about.

Taste is about the same. Just no character to this beer at all. Decent bittering and a nice noble hop zing up front, but that quickly fades to a slightly tart malt flavour, laced with veggie DMS. Slight caramelly sweetness. Really, there's nothing special here.

Mouthfeel - medium. Slightly watery. Again, nothing to recommend about it.

Drinkability - meh, it's bland and inoffensive. Boring. You don't miss it when it's gone.

Overall, it sort of reminds me of Boston Lager from sam adams, just not quite as good overall, and notably vegetal.

Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov24 2009

A clear copper with a thumbs worth of fast falling head that a few patches of lace

S molasses with some caramel

T same as above but with a sour apple aftertaste

M thin with decent carbonation

D not the best example of this style but not bad for one of the big name brewers

I expect very little from Sleeman and they seldom disappoint

Photo of pootz
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from the brewery.

Pours a orange-amber lager in the glass with a respectable 1 finger white cap, fair retention and lacing.

Light aromas of caramel and cereals a light woody mustiness.

Thinnish body, with a modest caramel malt spine.

The herbal-woodyness of the Hallertaus is hidden below the malt profile until they show up in the quick lightly drying finish. Not cloying, malty, with a slightly dry finish

- has bock characteristics but a tad thin for the style. Very approachable and sessionable but this is not what I look for in a bock. I like strength, but this makes a nice sipping heller bock with nachos.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Brewed with pale and Munich malts and imported Hallertau hops." I never thought I'd see the day where Sleeman lists the ingredients on one of its beers. Times, they are a changing.

Pours from the clear bottle a muted copper color. The gigantic head has good retention and leaves plenty of lace ridges on the glass. The aroma is of caramel and plums and malt sugars. The taste is a bit unbalanced and lacking in malt complexity. Behind the wall of sweetness are some raisin and christmas pudding notes. A bit of caramel and crackers also shows up. Hops impart almost no flavor or bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and very lightly carbonated, unlike most lagers. The finish is sweetish, verging on being vinous with a healthy alcohol twang (especially for the modest ABV).

A pretty decent bock, much not robust enough in the malt department.

Photo of Shadman
2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I used to think Sleeman was cutting edge...something different from Molson or Labatt's and face it...the clear cottle with the beaver & the maple leaf was fresh in it's day, but...

Clearest/palest Bock I've seen in a while. Only redemption is the decent head and lacing.

Aroma for a Sleeman product is decent. I actually got some of the aforementioned toffee & caramel along with some molasses and a bit of alcohol vapour.

Sweet malt, with a hint of the vaunted caramel malt mixed with a heathly dose of adjuncts. Finish attempts @ being drying, but the Imfamous Sleeman metallic twang kills any redeeming factors.

Over carbonated beer combined with aforementioned metallic twang = less than stellar mouthfeel.

Maybe an entry level beer for those who have a phobia for any beer that is darker than macro/adjunct lager amber...but another miss for Sleeman/Sapporo

Photo of TheHammer
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked it up at the beer store, says it is a limited batch but I suspect this batch isn't going to be that limited. Anyways onto the beer.

Appearance: Produced a finger and a half of head, that modestly laced and retained. The body is a deep and clear copper with signs of solid carbonation. For a Bock beer though it is fairly pale.

Smell: A decent blend of grape, plum, molasses and toffee with the barest hint of hops in the background. It certainly could be stronger, could be more complex and show a bit more malt but it's all around solid.

Taste: Starts with a mild caramel malt that gives way to a nice arrangement of raisins and plums with a light wood backing that is then disrupted by earthly hops with a metallic overtone that drags the beer down.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste of the beer returns to the sweet fruit, grape and plum, but the metallic bitterness also lingers in the back of the tongue taking away from it. Carbonation is fairly solid, and it could transition between flavors a bit more smoothly.

Drinkability: Well it is a refreshing beer, light and easy on the gut and the carbonation is fair. That metallic tone needs to go though, as it makes the otherwise smooth beer only passable.

Final Thoughts: Well, I can't say this was worth the six pack of it I bought, but it wasn't bad for a one off. I'd say it would be a good dinner beer, but that metallic presence is what makes this a slightly above average beer instead of a good beer. Worth one shot, but not much more.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I saw a stray bottle of this on a shelf in the LCBO and figured, what the hell? How bad could it be for two bucks?

Pours a clear caramel color with a thin film of head. Enough retention and lacing to keep me from complaining.

Has a decent enough aroma, all malty and caramely with some raisin coming out as it warms and some grassy hops.

The taste is a little sour at first with a crisp, almost refreshing effervescence. A little biscuity with a tinny bitterness that washes away any trace of sweetness. Oddly it smells far, far sweeter than it tastes. Inoffensive, watered down...boring. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Not horrible but not exactly the absolute best use of two dollars either.

Sleeman Bock from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.