Sleeman Honey Brown Lager | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Honey Brown LagerSleeman Honey Brown Lager

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smooth Sleeman Honey Brown Lager is brewed in the tradition of cottage breweries at the turn of the century. Some might think the tradition is outdated; we just think we got it right the first time.

Added by canadianbarman on 08-22-2001

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Photo of riversider76
3.51/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a thin white head.Good retention,and a pretty decent lacing. Nose is of honey and malt. Body is medium with some carbonation.Taste is of honey up front with a bitter sweet fruity finish.Decent balance. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I agree with the very low scores. I had this beer on tap in Montreal and enjoyed it very much.

Brown, amber hue. Nice head, not very creamy, and not very good retention. Smelled of faint nuts and spices, and maybe a dash of honey. Great nutty taste and the sweetened malts were very good. I don't think I got an "artificial" sweetness out of it like many have claimed.

Pretty light-tasting beer. Not very complex like a brown ale or usual dark lager, but I think the honey effect is present and noticeable. Overall, a good beer. If I saw it on a menu, I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 11.5 oz bottle purchased singly from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
"Beer with natural honey added" on the bottle neck sticker...
Pours a light-to-medium brown hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded and left behind a generous amount of lacing...
Mild, malty aroma with slight hints of clovers and honey...
Taste had a strong malt-backbone with nuances of candied sugars, honey, caramel, and vanilla...
Good mouthfeel with an ultra-easy level of drinkability...
Not too bad...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep honey-copper color with a dirty white head that was thin and scarce and quickly diminished. Visible carbonation was very light and soft.

S: The nose brought forth some light honey malt and was fairly sweet.

T: The initial flavor was dry caramel, honey toast, and a hint of apple cider. There was some sweet caramel and a flowering bitterness of hops that balanced the initial sweetness quite nicely in the finish accompanied by some dry alcohol rounding things out. Overall nothing to write home about but a decent example per style none the less.

M: medium, syrupy, and smooth with a very soft carbonation.

D: A sweet toasted lager with slightly above average drinkability.

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Photo of Antilochus
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle. Fridge temp. 5.00% abv, 341mL. Into a wine tumbler.

Reddish brown body, no head. A bit of a white bubbly collar.

Grainy nose. No honey here that I can get, but perhaps a bit sweet. Noble hop spice. A bit sour.

Full palate. Inoffensive flavours, finishes sweet with spice. A bit fake. Perhaps a bit of honey. Not overly complex, that is for sure.

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Photo of mwilbur
1.06/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale tan-yellow with very thin white head that quickly disappears.
S: Malt, caramel...and skunk. Bad.
T: Very bad. Hint of malt. Mostly just tastes bad though.
M: Acidic, thin, and watery. Terrible.
D: Not drinkable. Unbelievably bad. Stay have several thousand other beers that taste better to spend you money on. Don't be a fool like me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very suprised to see this beer on the shelves of a cheap, cut price store in Shropshire. No other Canadian beers to be seen.

This was a brown 341ml bottle and I poured it into a stemmed Corsendonk tulip glass.

Deep golden/amber colour, good white head. Looked like a Dort, except the head soon began to leave.

The aroma was sweet, toffee and honey mix, not overpowering, but there for all to smell.

Very pleasant drink, a little sweet for some maybe, but I liked it.

Overal I thought this OK, honey beers are becoming more common and this one was better than a few I've had the misfortune to try. I will have a few more if there are any left when I revisit the shop.

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Photo of Spikester
3.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recently tried a few different Sleeman's products. This was the best of the group. It is an unusual type for me, a honey lager.
Poured a handsome honey-amber color with a sweet malty aroma. Nice amount of white head and some lacings.
Taste is sweet but not unbearably so. A suprisingly tasty well balanced lager. A pretty good hop level for a lager. It would be a good beer for someone who finds the bigger hop styles unpleasant.

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Photo of botham
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap poured into a pub glass. pours a crystal clear amber color with a single finger of off white loose head.

aroma is of a sweet malt character with notes of caramel and munich malts and a tart honey base. a fruit note of apple is in the background.

taste is malty, with caramel and munich malts and a sweet base of honey. a subtle apple note is present here as well.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild bite from CO2 and a mild finish of residual caramel.

drinkability is good. this is an easy going brew with just enough honey. smooth and mildly complex. decent.

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Photo of dirtyoldtown53
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very drinkable, smooth with a bit of honey sweetness. Haven't been drinking it as much lately, because of cost. It's above average in my opinion, but lacks a bit of unique character. Sleeman definitely brews better beers than most bigger Canadian companies, but on a student's budget I haven't had the opportunity to try some of its other brews.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bouteille transparente de 341ml.

cette bière a belle couleur ambre foncée, mousse blanche passablement fugace. elle possède un nez marqué par le miel, aussi de sucre et de malt, bouche ronde avec un petit coté de miel non pas désagréable. finale courte. pourrait finir par écœuré à la longue.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.36/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brownish,copper kinda color with a decent tan head that dissipates fairly quick and very mild lacing.
Smells sweet caramel and a tinge of hay,not much else.
Taste is kinda sweet toffee,maybe buttery,malty and musty.
Medium mouthfeel that goes down not bad but leaves a musty aftertaste behind. Not to my liking.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A friend went to Canada to visit family and brought me back one of these. I think it was suppose to be a testament to the quality of Canadian beer. The brown slightly bubble body with the weak head didn't impress me much, although I've seen worse. The smell was almost nonexistent, especially for a honey induced brew. The taste of a brown with a slight honey flavor was light but present. Very light, watery mouthfeel. Drinkable, yes. It goes down quite easily, but the lack of flavor and the wateriness would make me think twice and possibly choose something else if pressed to try another.

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Photo of livingregret
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 12 Oz Bottle

Appearance: A light brown colour w/ little to no head to speak of. Lacing is there which helps a little

Smell: Malts and honey. Some nuts mixed in too

Taste: Sweet malt w/ a touch of honey and spice. Was pretty decent

Mouthfeel: Smooth and Crisp, went down easy

Drinkability: Good enough on a hot day and goes great w/ BBQ. I couldn't see myself pounding these down...but good enough to enjoy

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer actually fares better than most Sleeman products. Not that it's a great beer, but it avoids any critical errors that would kill the beer. Opens with a bright copper / oragne hue, highly carbonated, and leaves a decent foamstand with lacing. The aromas release a part-malt, part-grain flavor, that indicated lightness of both. Mild hops ride in the background, along with a light butter scent. Flavors show the balance of grain and malt that the aromas show, albeit light. Light, earthy, metalic hop flavors and bittering hardly offset the grains / sweetness. Feels light and partly scrubbed to the palate, leaving a light diacetyl on the toung. Finishes quite grainly, and lightly grain-astringent. Basically ordinary and un-eventful. I'll be happy to drink a free one in the future, but not likely pay for another.

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Photo of kguyty
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Canadian offering in quite some time... here goes...

Pours a nice nutty brown/caramel color. The off-white head quickly foams up, then disappears. The smell is of honey, and is sweet. The taste is also sweet, with a little spice from the hops. The body is light, with a little carbonation. This is a good beer that is fairly drinkable, but it is nothing special.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sleeman's Honey Brown Lager 77* pours a big stiff head over a clear amber
brew. Carbonation is steady and active, and there's good lacing left in the
glass as the brew goes down. The nose is a bit of barley malt and lager yeast.
The flavor is mildly toasty malt up front, with a bit of an herbal hop finish. The
mouthfeel is crisp and a bit dry. There's nothing about this brew that transports
me, but on the other hand it's your good basic session or picnic brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a caramel/brown color with a foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of honey and nut.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt. It had some subtle hops spice. There was also a touch of honey flavor.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This wasn't bad. It just didn't grab me with a lot of flavor. Not the best offering from Sleeman.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is great tasting beer. It pours an orangy red colour with a slight head. The aroma is nice and malty with a hint of honey. It works well on the cheeks with mild carbonation (unlike Sleeman Cream Ale which is way too fizzy). The taste is crisp and clear with hints of fruit and honey. Goes down well and tastes great with barbecued ribs.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the offerings at Ric's in Calgary...

Pours a medium copper brown, mostly translucent with a large frothy head. Moderate lacing. Smells pretty sweet, malty, and slightly floral. Taste is good, not much complexity, but the balance between the sweetness, malts, and hops is pretty good to provide a very easy drinker. I downed the first one rather quickly.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served from a 341ml twist off bottle

A- bronze in color, off white head disappears in seconds leaving lace.

S- sweet, grainy, a little spicy(hops)

T- sweet, grains, malt, roastyness, slightly spicy flavor from the hops, a little earthy, the lightest hint of honey.

M- light bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly sweet mouthfeel.

D- Thanks to the light bodied it is fairly drinkable if you dont mind drinking sweeter tasting brews.

Overall i enjoyed this one and for a honey lager its not too bad. I might pick it up again sometime, i dont think ill be going out of my way to get it though. If offered drink up!

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-brown, slightly off-white head; not much retention, but it initially leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet amora with an underlying spicyness.

T: Modest bitterness allows the sweetness to come through. Slighty nutty, with a pleasant spicyness (Willamette?).

M: Moderate body; residual sugars have a hint of syrupyness.

D: Easily approachable, but too sweet for me to session.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before - it comes in stylin' clear glass bottle with raised images of Canadian paraphanelia - beavers and maple leaves and all that. It didn't really have a head, the color was golden-brown. The smell was faintly like sweet malt but it's very faint. The taste isn't much of anything actually - just light and tasteless. It's not my first Sleeman's choice - I'd probably choose their Cream Ale over this one.

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Photo of pootz
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle snagged from the "singles" bargain bin at the LCBO.

Poured a light amber lager in the stein with a decent 2 finger head . Poor cap retention but the surface foam laces the glass well.

Aroma is better than most Sleeman least you can smell some bready sweet grains in this with a light wisp of hay.

Nice chew of malt up front, fair body, some sweetness, some bready toastiness , some woody-herbal tones from hops...mmmm decent...and that damnable Sleeman signature corn dextrin taste show up to ruin the finsh.

This was a decent take on a Vienna lager until that corny dextrine sweetness showed up ( no honey to speak of) ... too bad, they had something going here.

Having put this off because I never felt compelled to buy a 12 just to taste this bland brewers full line, I am somewhat surprised this beer came so close to being a real vienna lager then crashing and burning so badly in the final bad. We need a good Vienna around here, but this isn’t it....

BTWI I have no idea why the site would list this as a dunkel when it is so obviously trying to imitate(badly) a Vienna. Style dyslexia?

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Photo of biegaman
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fairly attractive colour, deep brown with lighter yellow highlights a top and ruby amber underneath. A fine level of suds for head. Some macro starchy aroma but with a touch of sweetness. Flavour contains a surprising amount of brown malts with a touch of 'cola' taste to them. No depth however. Odd copper metallic taste. Past that ounce of nice flavour there is nothing but adjuncts. Still drinks fairly clean, little aftertaste.
No mistaking it, this is macro and far from quality craft brewing - but I still prefer it to MolBatt.

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