Sleeman Clear
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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American Light Lager
Ranked #232
Ranked #47,694
1.76 | pDev: 40.34%
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 87
Photo of jayc333
2.66/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with 2 inches of frothy, white head. Very lively carbonation present. The head disipates rapid, but not too rapid into a ring around the edges.

Smells like a typical macro. Maybe a little less strong.

Tastes like a beer flavoured Perrier. No aftertaste.

Actually quite smooth mouthfeel. Goes down pretty easy.

This beer would be passable if it just had a stronger taste. I only recommend this if you desperatly want to lose weight without cutting out beer, or it's slim pickings on a hot day. I'll give it a higher drinkability score because the mouthfeel is so damn smooth.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Main highlight of the beer sadly is the appearance. Dull yellow with very poor head. The smell is almost non existant although picked up a hint of hops.

Taste, very light, very light body and very little detectable taste. Swished it around, tried to savor it, but nothing. It was like over carbonated rancid water. What made this beer more atrocious then other light beers is the after taste. Bitter and spicy, something that does not go good with water.

For it's price, this beer definatly isn't worth it. Even for light beer standards this is bad.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.06/5  rDev +73.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sleeman clear pours a crystal-clear, tan-accented, straw colored body beneath an average head of bright white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The color is slightly unusual, and I kind of like that.

The nose is skunky but also reveals some herbal character and a note of raw, wet, cereal grain.

In the mouth it's delicately crisp with a medium body and fine-bubbled, median carbonation that allows it to fade smoothly away from the palate.

The herbal, grassy, and delicately spicy hops meld quite well with the straw-like grainy malt; and it's nicely balanced with an underlying bitterness that dries it in the finish.

I'm not sure why it's named "clear", as Sleeman has used clear bottles before. The clear glass, however, definitely contributes to the skunkiness of the beer. Whether that's good or bad I can't say. It's technically a defect, but some drinkers prefer it and mistakenly believe it has a "European" flavor and aroma. Maybe that's what they were going for.

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Photo of Mindsquall
1.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Put simply, this beer is horrible. The best way, and likely the easiest way to describe it is to imagine a nasty lager; pour half of it out and replace what’s missing with a mineral water, like Perrier or San Pelegrino. Instantly you have what is called Sleeman Clear. Clearly disgusting. Avoid this swill.

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Photo of tatterdash
2.47/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the bar across from my house, it reminded me of my redneck hometown. Deciding I was in the mood for torturing myself I ordered a Sleeman Clear, and possibly the fact it wasn't as terrible as I have heard my torture was even more fulfilling. Pours a clear light golden, with a white head... I think... I barely got a chance to see it. Smell was a faint hops and cooked vegetables, with a touch of alcohol... Taste was a sweet front, with some hops creeping in half-heartly, not much of anything really. Mouthfeel was very thin, not as carbonated as I was expecting, but it was very watery. Again, not as horrible as I was expecting, but still... ick.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.18/5  rDev -33%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well one thing is for sure: The beer is definitely clear. Light yellow-gold color with a thin and immediately gone white head. No lacing at all. The aroma is corny and a tad skunked. Soda-water body without much going on flavor-wise except some corn and off-flavored hops. The finish is clean and flavorless. I hope the other Sleeman beers are better than this.

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Photo of ADR
2.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very pale yellow, transparent in the extreme. A slight skin forms as a head, but its gone in twenty seconds. Laces in thin rings at mid glass. Aroma is lightly sweet, almost brown sugar. Body is thin and seltzery, to much carbonation. Hops sense is practically non-existant, malt is basic and slightly sappy but is conteracted by fizzy bubbles and a deconstructed finish. There's nothing to this beer to make me want to drink it again, but there's not the chemical qualities I get from some of the low carb and lighter Lagers.

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Photo of DrJay
1.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very clear pale gold colour with absolutely no head. Very fizzy when pouring. Sour aroma, very reminiscent of wine, a bit sulfury. Bland flavour, kind of like soda water, that finishes quite salty. Light bit of sweetness and DMS with no hop balance. Highly carbonated with a very light, watery body.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a light yellow beer with no head or aroma or even taste. I don’t really know what to say about this one that wasn’t said before. It’s not beer but more like water with some beer tasting products included. This is a trend that will last for a year before disappearing, which should be a good thing really.

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Photo of pootz
1.28/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A straw colored cardboard- beer flavored soadie pop. Weak in color, taste or true beer character...this is a sodie pop swig fer the kiddies...leave it on the shelf and buy a light pisner if you're that carb obsessed...These kind of compromises for calories are rarely worth it.

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Photo of yen157
1.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Super-clear liquid topped of with a collar that is only slightly reminiscent of beer. Liquid is pallid and looks like a very, very weak iced tea and water mix. Watery, grainy mess in the mouth, but nothing all that offensive. Just a tad less carbonated than seltzer. Awful.

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Photo of CBFanWish
1.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Sleeman has taken the Atkins diet craze by the horns with Sleeman Clear. It posesses just 4.5 carbs and targets the trendy diet with little accuracy.
When you first pour your Clear into your glass you will notice how absolutly clear it is. There is no false advertiing here. It's pale yellow colour is crystal clear with absolutly no head what so ever. There is light dose of carbonation. that gives it a bit of a ginger le look, only the carbonation is much lighter than the carbonation in your Schwepp's.
The aroma was completely lacking. I couldn't smell any malt, hops, or even adjuncts, for that matter. It was like smelling nothing at all. This leads us to the taste, which was the same as the smell. There was nothing but corbonated water with a touch of colour.
This is why the beer industry is looked down upon by so many people. The quality of beer is only going downhill in the world of the macro brewery. The chasing of a buck has lead to caving in to trends that really have little staying power.
This is why we, as BeerAdvocates, do what we do. To ensure the quality of better beer and to show the world why products such as Sleeman Clear are inferior.
Anyway, enough with my little rant.
Sleeman shows its true colours with a beer that is lacking any clour at all. It's uninspired and does not desrve the right to have 'Craft Brewery' on it's label. Please don't waste your money on ths beer. You will feel dirty when you are done.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Geez, I feel like a bum giving this a decent review after all the poor ones below. Medium golden color, little carbonation, little flavor. Only minor hints of hops and corn can be detected, and it pours out to a nearly flat head. I am a huge fan of Sleeman Cream Ale, so i can't slam this brew all that much. I don't think it's all that bad, but the price is way too high (8.00 a six pack). I would recommend it for those on the low carb diet, other wise get the Regular Cream Ale.

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Photo of Rastacouere
1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It pours a clear limpid yellow NOT necessarily NOT alike toilet water after relieving one's bladder. Aroma is reminiscent of a prodigious baby skunk with obvious defense potential. The taste is another story though, it's a complex mixture from the most distinct and unattainable sources of waters from 8 specific islands hidden to humanity until John Sleeman had a dream which revealed him the tremendous potential of their sacred water. Stuff of legend. Welcome to the top 10!

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Photo of Sammy
2.22/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Low carb beer. Very different, Dry, little taste. A light sample of hops. Good for cooking, passable for drinking on a hot day instead of a soda. Very light color, almost water with a bit of foam and bubbles. Premium price - I guess if you have a serious weight problem or illness.

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Photo of TerryW
1.33/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, it comes in a beer bottle, but that's about as close as it comes to being beer.

Utterly insipid stuff. Pale, barely coloured liquid. No head, no lace. Not much by way of smell either. Just the barest hint of hops.

Unpleasant to drink. Completely filtered to death, very watery, tasteless, chemical-like mouth feel.

I was at a bar where they were doing a promo and giving the stuff away. We had a half-dozen of these beers sitting untouched on the table.

Low carbs, low calories, low score. Who the hell said beer was for athletes anyways? Not recommended. Kind of a shame as Sleeman's usually does a better job.

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Photo of Popsinc
1.28/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is the closest thing i've ever had to carbonated water!

Extremely pale yellow colour. Plenty of carbonation. NO detectable aromoas, smells, tastes or nuances. NOTHING. Like i said, carbonated water.

If someone wanted low-carbs, why would you even bother with beer? It's like someone going to McDonald's and ordering something off of the "healthy choice" menu. If you really want to be healthy, don't go to McDonald's. Well, if you're really THAT concerned about carbs, DON'T DRNK BEER!

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Photo of beckerboots
1.75/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Sleeman has made a admirable attempt to corner a round waist market. Unfortunately at 2.5 grams of carbs and only 90 some calories its only niche is the Atkins Diet crew. The only semblence of beer stops when you crack it open. Granted the colour is bearable, but carbs to beer is like sauce to ribs. One step above near beer, but only a baby step.

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Photo of bmacaskill
1.39/5  rDev -21%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sleeman's Clear is the first Canadian entry in what I understand to be a big market is the U.S.: low-carb beers.

Sleemans is low-cal, low-alcohol, low-carb (2.5g) and barely tastes like beer.

When my wife brought it home, I honestly expected it to be clear in colour. It's not -- it's a very light yellow -- but the resemblance to beer ends there. It tastes like Bud watered down, it's not very fizzy, and it's expensive.

I think I'll stick to water on my off days.

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Sleeman Clear from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 56 out of 100 with 87 ratings