Sleeman Clear | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sleeman brought you the first low-carb beer in Canada with Sleeman Clear. With only 2.5 g of carbohydrates and 90 calories, this one goes down nicely.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-14-2003

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Photo of IanG
3.36/5  rDev +86.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You have to rate this beer within it’s category. It’s a low cal, low carb, light beer. In that category, the main thing I would look for is taste/calories vs. alcohol content. Compared to other in its category, i.e: Bud Light, Miller Light, I think it holds up very well (although maybe not with the same type of marketing). The taste is crisp, carbonated, without a terrible aftertaste; although it does taste a little chemically/processed at the end of the draw. All in all, although it may get labeled as kind of lame for being ‘low carb’, I thinks it a fine beer in its category. If you want to drink a six pack watching a hockey game on a weeknight, get a good buzz, and not pay for the calories, it’s a decent choice!

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Photo of Iamjeff6
1.34/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of ikidunot
2.62/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Trosevear
1.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

L: Piss

S: See above

T: Just the same

F: Way to much carbination

O: Not very good at all but I drank it cuz that's all I had :( It only tastes alright when super cold.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
1.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of beermanalmighty
3.75/5  rDev +108.3%

it was very smooth taste. I found that it didn't have any after taste. the beer was very smooth and not bitter, at all. I had a medium week buzz after two beers, witch is all I drank. this beer is very good and I recommend it.

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Photo of coder
2.75/5  rDev +52.8%

It is true what the other reviewers wrote when comparing Sleeman's Clear to what is expected of a great beer. This beer, however, is designed to be low carb (2.5g) and low calorie (90) and not meant to be rated against a great beer. If you compare Sleeman's Clear against others in it's weight class, it is one of the better beers and is quite reasonably priced in Ontario, where I am from and where it is brewed. It is a long hockey season... good beers have 10x the carbs and 3x the calories at least... we want to be able to move off the couch next spring. Cheers

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Photo of Cycle69
2.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of slackt
1.19/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of JasonThaler
1.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mjacquard
1.25/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev +52.8%

Photo of Bf_89
2.1/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev +94.4%

Photo of valianes
1/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
2.75/5  rDev +52.8%

Photo of ZachT
1.32/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A watered-down version of Sleeman original

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Photo of Pmicdee
2.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of andrenaline
1.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.3/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

473 mL can from TBS; packaged June 14 2013. Now labelled as 'Sleeman Clear 2.0', although as far as I can tell nothing about the recipe seems to have changed from the earlier iteration. When considering all of the (formerly) Canadian macros, I generally place Sleeman a notch above the other two - but Sleeman Clear is a turd that has been floating in the punchbowl for at least 10 years now, and I can only assume that there is a very good reason for its score being so low. Served ice cold.

An aggressive pour reveals a pale straw yellow-coloured liquid, topped with one finger of fizzy white head that wastes no time while fizzling itself out of existence. Nothing remains on the surface; it basically looks like apple juice. The aroma is bland, but it manages to avoid outright unpleasantness by being so weak and limp that it's barely even noticeable in the first place. A faint wisp of corn husks, damp grains and apples are the only real descriptors I can manage. For a light lager, it's not that bad, I guess, but it leaves much to be desired.

Not much to report in the taste department either - not very grainy, but corn grist is a strong contributor, and that cardboard flavour I often find in cheap/light/ice beers is fairly noticeable. Dry finish that really reminds me of club soda, in that it has no discernible features whatsoever beyond being carbonated. Thin and very watery, with firm carbonation that provides this beer with a solid bite. It's easy enough to drink quickly, and I can't think of any compelling reasons to take your time with it.

Final Grade: 2.3, a to-be-avoided D grade. Sleeman may find that it will take more than a '2.0' slapped onto the label to convince those that were less-than-impressed with the 'alpha' version of Sleeman Clear that this purported upgrade is worth a try. Let's be frank - this is a brew that I have seen (exclusive) light beer drinkers turn their nose up at on several occasions. This is not a very good light beer, being even more watery and flavourless than old staples like Bud/Coors Light. If you hate the taste of beer but still want to drink it for some reason, Sleeman Clear is your brew; otherwise, stick with one of the more well known light macros. Hell, Sleeman Light is orders of magnitude better than this.

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Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WeizenMike
1.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yes, it is a pretty awful and flavourless "beer"... but what really can you expect for under 100 calories. It tastes like water but honestly I still think it tastes better than coors, canadian or bud light because at least it doesn't taste like skunk water

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Photo of EBeckett3
1.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
1/5  rDev -44.4%

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Sleeman Clear from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 1.8 out of 5 with 86 ratings