Sleeman Amber Ale | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Amber AleSleeman Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 05-19-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
3.07/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice color...dark amber with a red hue mixed into it. The head is eggshell colored, starts off foamy and with a couple of peaks, slowly dissipating to about a half inch thick layer. Lacing is very nice as well, with oblong shapes sticking to the glass in unison. Carbonation appears to be of the finer variety, rising slowly in lots of columns.

S- Dry roasty grain blends in with sweet malt to create a somewhat "stale" aroma. If I try hard, I do notice a molasses smell that is hidden and cowers in the corner, not wanting to really be noticed. The finish doesn't scream bitter either...the hops must be hiding in the same place with the aforementioned molasses.

T- Slightly malty, slightly fruity about sums this one up. Overall, it is a mellow, almost bland flavor. There is a slight taste of roasted barley grains but it fades quickly. No real bittering finish to speak of either.

M- Kind of thin bodied and crisp for an amber ale....more like a dark lager if you ask me. The carbonation is also higher than I'd like to have, but at least it doesn't scrub the palate clean. Average at best.

O- Like many of the Sleeman lineup, this is an average brew overall. I have to say that drinkability wise, it would do the job and doesn't offend me at all, but I wish there was a little more to this beer. Decent if you want something more than a least there is some flavor here and could hold up as something to drink over an evening...might get a little boring though. Still, give this one a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of niangelo
3.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a local pub. Once again, thank the Lord for the local smoking ban, now I can review beer in public. Poured into a curvy Boddington's pint glass, with a satisfyingly creamy 1-finger head that stuck around for most of the drink, and left lacing like high-altitude cirrus clouds on the glass wall. Visuals are a bit hard to pin down in a dark bar, but it's got a nice deep amber teak-furniture look. Smells of darks malts, a little caramel. Mouthfeel is average, with an acceptable smoothness and some good carbonation. Taste is on the money for a good amber - nice full-bodie malt, lingering hop snap, and a nice presiding woodsiness with some caramel, cherry and toasted notes. Very satisfying, and totally superior to Sleeman's other popular brews; the below-average Honey Brown and abysmal Cream Ale. I'll buy this again, and I hope more bars start carrying this on tap instead of poorer Sleeman brews that are golden.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of bashiba
2.06/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light amber with a touch of off white head.

Smell was limited to a thin little bit of grain.

Taste has just a hint of thin malt flavor with a very minor touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

I could finish it, but won't be seeking out another anytime soon.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's definitely a nice enough looking beer. Hmmm, how many times has that been the famous last words of one of my lower scoring reviews. But this time around I feel that Sleeman has damn nearly perfected the middle of the road when it comes to this new Amber ale. Appearance is a rich ruddy deep copper hue, crystal clear, and a decent creamy white head on the pour. It looks very appealing. But the aroma, as usual, is faint. Light caramel malt tones, a sweet middle, and I'm almost convinced that I can discern a whisper of hops in there, but it's like one of those things that you catch out of the corner of your eye, and then is gone when you turn to look. Was it ever really there? Flavour, as usual, is mild. Light and watery up front, it eventually gains some malt sweetness. After a while I can even pick up a bit of hops on the aftertaste, it lingers but doesn't leave much of a presence. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but that is a trademark of Sleeman's. Overall it is inoffensive and an easy drinker, what flavour is actually present is enjoyable enough, especially if malt sweetness is your thing. However for an amber ale the hops are greatly lacking for this attempt at the style by Sleeman, almost as painfully absent as they are in Big Rock's watered down version of an IPA. The lack of hops is more noticable than what is actually in there. This Amber ale is the best I've had from Sleeman so far, but still the middle of the road in general, I expect a hell of a lot more from a company that recently purchased Unibroue.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.94/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A-off white head that has some staying power, reddish-brown body, very clear

S-band-aid, antiseptic, some Saaz like hop at the end

T-sweet, fruity front, bitter almost fruit pit like at the end

M-light, thin but highly carbonated

D-Canada makes some great varieties of this beer. I am not sure I would put this in that category. It seems to have a very processed taste to it. Find a good Quebec version of this style for the real thing. You won't regret it.

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Photo of BigBry
3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of four choices in the Sleeman Selections 12 pack. Familiar Sleeman clear bottle with cream colored neck label.
Appearance is a deep copper color, sparkling clear, with a nice sized creamy white head. The smell is light caramel malt, quite sweet. Taste is good, but not overly flavourful. Malty sweetness, caramel. Tiny touch of lingering metallic aftertaste. No real hop tastes like some better ambers. Mouthfeel is smooth but fairly thin. Easy to drink, and enjoyable, just don't be expecting too much.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - copper-amber colour with a fast-disappearing off-white head. Has diminished to a thin layer of surface bubbles within minutes.

Smell - thin, musty malts with lightly roasted barley overtones. A whiff of hops beneath.

Taste - well-balanced malt flavour with a watery cider-like finish. No real aftertastes but just a thin hoppy fade.

Mouthfeel - very even, inoffensive, a little watery but pretty smooth.

Drinkability - just not very interesting. A few of these would be a point of indifference.

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Photo of bumchilly25
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Noxious26
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml clear bottle poured in a dimpled mug. I like the relief on the bottle of a beaver and maple leaf as well as just the neck label, but I still don't understand the clear bottle. I guess it's just their gimmick on the Canadian market.

Foamy cream coloured head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Amber (Brown-red) colour and clear. Halfway through the glass some thin lacing develops.

Very mild aroma. There are barely detectable traces of malt with woody-nutty highlights. I'd call it pleasant if it wasn't so bloody faint.

Nice smooth mild malt flavour throughout. Light hops and woody-nutty highlights at the finish and in the aftertaste. Light sweetness at the start. Has a bit of a bitter, inside of a pecan shell (part that isn't the meat of the nut) flavour that bleeds from the malt as it warms.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

There really isn't anything wrong with this ale, but nothing jumps out at me either. Plain, but smooth and solid. One of the better Sleemans offerings I've had to date.

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Photo of a_mcqueen89
4.11/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viggo
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown/orange, big off white head forms, some minor lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, some grains, slight skunk, citrus. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and roasted grains, very malty, some citrus and floral hops, roasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thought it'd be nice to sample a domestic while visiting Canada...wish I had thought a little longer.

Appearance wise, nothing spectacular. It was the right hue, not off-colored, so it gets a three for looking pretty once poured in the glass.

Not much of a nose, really, bordering on musty, and no discernable bouquet – an immediate tip-off of what was to come.

The company line is that this beer is “brewed to be full-flavoured…yet with a surprising refreshing finish.”

Sadly, this beer had the feel and taste of almost flat soda – not pleasant in a soda, but a definite no-no for a beer. I kept sipping at it thinking – hoping, really – for that subtle, surprise finish, but in the end, it basically fell flat.

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Photo of pootz
2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


POurs a clear amber color,weak heading, weak lace, no off tastes or aromas.

Weak mouth feel, some fruits and stale malt presence over attenuated hopping,... fast finish... clean and fizzy.

A dollar beer tarted up in a premium package...but not premium taste.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.41/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sleeman's beers represent what is wrong with the so called Canadian micro movement. No real flavour and no real style. That being said I don't mind this beer. It pours a really nice light chestnut and the head ain't bad. Not much nose but the flavours are kind of malty with real backbone( for Sleemans). Geez, I could probably see myself ordering this on tap which puts Sleemans one step above Canadian fake micro.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass, dark amber brown copper colour, Pours with a cola-fizz head that doesn't stick around long, no lacing and looks very flat right off the bat. Smell has that slight adjunct smell that comes with most of Sleeman's brews, a light maltiness, and a distinct Hop character that makes me think this one might not be all that bad. Really not much revealing in the nose though....

Taste is very sweet and full of caramel roasted malts. Hops are present, but not as much as in the nose, and I find this more than a little bit on the cloyingly sweet side. Thin bodied in the mouth, and too fizzy as well. I really don't find this beer very appealing and way too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.61/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice tan head on a clear brown body, decent duration to the foam. Not bad look, but unfortunately the best part of this dud. Faint caramel malt aroma bothers me. Worse, the taste was thin and fairly flavorless. The texture is nice and smooth, but this lacks defining character. It needs a serious infusion of malt, something to make this a bold beer, perhaps some good fruit. Right now, this is fairly tepid.

Pass on this. Not a total zero, but not good.

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Photo of Tang07
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am visiting Canada for a while and this is one of my first tastes.

Not bad. I will get back to it. I enjoyed the pint.

It has an amber hue, a slightly sweet smell and a slightly bitter hoppy taste. I'm not normally a fan of amber ales, but I like this one.

It went down very easy and was quite refresh on a brisk day.

It had a nice tan head and laced the glass quite nicely.

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Photo of DaPan
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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