Sleeman Silver Creek Lager | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Silver Creek LagerSleeman Silver Creek Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
sleeman.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sleeman Silver Creek Lager is brewed in our copper kettles for a traditional pilsner style. We gave it extra body to ensure you would enjoy extra smoothness.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
36
Avg:
2.6
pDev:
19.62%
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle. Haven't seen this one in a long time around here, now I find a single at a crappy little northern Alberta booze merchant. S'ok, except for this brewery's continuing insistence on using clear bottles.

This beer pours a super-clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of thinly foamy, wan dirty white head, which leaves damned little beyond a few temporary instances of specked lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of sour corn and rice mash, a hint of semi-coherent, presentable breadiness, and weak grassy, weedy hop simulacrums. The taste is thin, acrid corn grist, stale green apples, a hint of saltine cracker, and damned-near non-existent earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is kind of fizzy and somewhat metallic, the body on the light side, and not really worthy of any smoothness consideration. It finishes barely off-dry, the sour graininess and dead grassy 'hoppiness' making this nothing less than a straight-up gulper, for all the wrong reasons.

I don't know how this got promoted to the APL category - it has adjunct unpleasantness written all over it. Little to recommend it, and not worthy of a repeat.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden colored beer with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is quite skunky, which surprised me since I pick what I thought, was a fresh batch. Aroma is quite weak as expected. Taste is also quite weak with limited malt and again that skunky feel coming out. Still a mystery why they bother using a clear bottle.

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Photo of biegaman
2.48/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Regardless of the name on the label, virtually all of Sleeman's core brands look the same. Silver Creek Lager is no different: light yellow in colour, with an antiseptically clean complexion, and bubbles so plentiful yet entirely ineffective that they must be artificial (they can't sustain a proper head).

There's a certain characteristic that from day one I've noted in all Sleeman products; it's especially prominent in the aroma. It's been many years since I've last had an offering of theirs but I still feel confident I could pick them out in a lineup with other mass-produced domestic brand lagers.

Now I realize it must be the brand of corn syrup they use. This sweet, stenchy, skunky note has an industrial ring to it, a synthetic flavour that is markedly different from the wholesome, toasty graininess of actual malted barley. This taste is more like canned corn kernels and is unpleasant, even off-putting.

The one thing I hear in defense of large commercial breweries is that they're consistent; like McDonalds, their beer taste the same everywhere. You always know what you're getting. To replicate a fermented product like beer to the same standards time and time again on a massive scale isn't easy. This is true.

But who wants to make shitty beer? And who wants to drink shitty beer? I tasted my first Silver Creek Lager over a decade ago and it was just as insipid then as it is now. That's an impressive feat but not one I think worthy of commending. Consistency is a good attribute - quality is a better one.

The folks at Sleeman aren't dummies. They've left this recipe the same for good reason: it sells. This lager may be an injustice to the Czech and German ones that originally inspired it but, sorry to say, its bland, sweet, light-bodied and firmly carbonated qualities are exactly what most consumers look for.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz Bottle from the Marche Omni QC for $2

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Corn, apples, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, apples, and grains. There is also a slight amount of bread. It ends with a corn/grain aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely lots of adjunct flavour going on. Not something I'd buy again, but drinkable.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.79/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/2/14

A bright yellow liquid with plenty of bubbles but just a short lived thick film that leaves zero lace, looks pretty basic, about what I expected with a little more color

S slightly skunky, a little grass, lemon, apple juice and cracker, nothing special

T has some grassy hops but there's some skunk in there and some bleached paper, not quite offensive but leaves a little something to be desired

M thin but not quite watery, sorta just foams up and flattens out in your mouth, has a bit of a cardboard aftertaste

O it could be much worse but at the end of the day shes just another macro

I was expecting something rank but this was drinkable but nothing worth looking for and I wouldn't buy it again

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Photo of bylerteck
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of andrenaline
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden colour, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Sweet corn and bready malts, hints of grassy notes and a metallic finish.

T - Flavour is mild, sweet corn and grassy notes with a heavy bready flavour that lingers alongside a skunky finish.

M - Medium bodied, prickly and wet.

O - Mild flavoured, easy drinking, but reminiscent of any widely available macro. Needs a flavour boost, but still tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of papat444
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flashback #309

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Photo of bumchilly25
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Whatup14
1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of garymuchow
2.73/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had a couple of bottle of this and the aroma has varied some between the bottles. At its best some have had a nice European hoppy character (like Saaz). Others are kinda' flat and non-descript.
Water clear, bright white ehad. Active carbonation for your viewing pleasure, I guess. Gold yellow.
Malty clean with a fairly intense bitterness, esp. at finish.
This can be off-putting at times (but it varies) but at it's worse it's too intense and not enjoyable in taste.
Feel is clean, crisp with a biting carbonation of fine bubbles. Not too thin. This part is okay.
Standard N. Am. lager with a few better than average features, but too much variability between bottles.

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Photo of DaPan
1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of ElGallo
2.94/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ZachT
1.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Plain, boring, lifeless, dull, etc...

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle taken from a Sleeman Selections pack picked up at the LCBO; served well-chilled.

Pours a familiar golden-yellow colour, highly effervescent and topped with one finger of fizzy, sparkling white head. It disappears over the next minute or two, soon settling into a dense cap and collar. I don't have much to say about the aroma - it's a little grainy, with some sweet corn and wet hay. Pretty basic pale lager stuff; not really off-putting, but not all that inspiring, either.

And honestly, 'basic pale lager' pretty much says it all, as this is probably the least creative brew under the Sleeman banner that I have ever tasted (yes that includes the Original Draught). Pale, grainy malt sweetness forms the bulk of the flavour, with green apple skin and corn also contributing. Dry finish with a wisp of grass - like most of Sleeman's flagship beers the hops are basically an afterthought. Light-bodied and watery, with strong, fizzy carbonation appropriate for the style. Highly drinkable, and that is the only category where this beer excels.

Final Grade: 2.88, a C. Sleeman Silver Creek Lager is very forgettable, but I will grant it some faint praise by saying that I like it more than the Original Draught - this one has more of a Euro lager feel to it, unlike the OD which is too corny and sweet for my liking. While this is a passable lager that I could theoretically drink again, I doubt I'd spend money on it - there are just way too many quality imported lagers available at great prices these days for quasi-premium stuff like this to be worth repeated purchases. Most BAs should be able to pass on this one without missing anything.

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Photo of BigBry
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of four selections in the Sleeman Selections 12 pack.
Comes in the Sleeman signature clear bottle, green and silver neck label. Color is pale yellow, vigoroous pour gave an inch of white foam. Lots of carbonation keeps the head around and leaves some thin lace. Smell of wet grass with some sweet corn thrown in. Just a touch of "Sleeman clear bottle skunk" hiding in the background. Macro lager taste, corn, grainy, and alcohol come through. Overall very plain and average.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the start I have to say I wasn't very impressed with this, if nothing else, it seemed quite lacking. Pours out of it's trademark clear bottle a light, clear pale straw colour. There was pretty much no discernable aroma at all that I could pick out, it was laying pretty low under the radar. The flavour was of dandelion stems and medicinal herbs, with an astringent backlash of an aftertaste, surprising from the lack of aroma. I found it to have a slightly caustic mouthfeel, not very user friendly for a light lager. Can't say I'd order another one.

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Photo of ADR
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow and crystal clear. Frothy head of medium duration. Laces in incomplete rings, some drips. Vaguely malty aroma, slightly tea-like. Mouthfeel is light but carbonation is about right. The flavor is definitely wanting, Karo syrup sweetness with litttle hop. Slightly grassy late in the profile. Drinkable in that its close to tasteless, there are American macros that make more of a statement -- good or bad.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Electros
2.57/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TerryW
1.73/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Didn't enjoy this one at all - to the point that i didn't finish it. Too much corn, a hint of the skunk, unpleasantly fizzy. Golden yellow in colour, headless like the horseman. Grainy nose, thin bodied, bitter metallic finish.

Just not worth the bother across the board.

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Photo of Socialiste
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of GoHabsGo
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pootz
2.23/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle:

Been trying to avoid this one but buddy brings some over for the CFL game.

Pours a clear pale gold, small fast vanishing cap, heavy carbonation poor lacing.

Very faint odor of stale cereals and wet cardboard.

Taste is bland, more of a watery stale mealy taste rather than fresh sweet malt, hops are non existant, fast clean uneventful finish.

I may have gotten a stale dated bottle but frankly I can't find the interest to get another for a re-taste.

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