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Sleeman Original DraughtSleeman Original Draught

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Original Draught combines Sleeman's premium brewing heritage with the freshness and sociability of traditional draught beer. This unpasteurized lager goes down well in the company of friends.

Added by bmacaskill on 05-02-2005

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sleeman Original Draft has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, yeasty malt, with a touch of honey. Taste is of sweet malt, white bread crust, a touch of honey, and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfee is light to medium, and Sleeman Original Draft finishes crisp and easy going.


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Photo of joeattwater
5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allow me wax poetic about the golden drink of the gods that is Sleeman's Original Draught. Though never released from the confines of it's aluminum prison, it was clear that Midas himself had bestowed his touch upon each and every ounce of this Canadian jewel. Had I freed the precious liquid and allowed it to grace a vessel (though none short of the Holy Grail would seem fit), I'm sure it would not be out of place in museums across the globe. Cascades of flavor bombarded me upon first smell, and I was transported to a higher level of being, a clearness of conscience and mind previously unobtainable by gurus and holy men alike. When I took a sip...I left my body. I was watching from above, so great was the ecstasy that my mortal self would have surely shattered had my mind not exited to relieve the strain. Each subsequent sip only magnified the pleasure, and I was sure I was sucking on the marrow of the earth itself, the universe brewed and then stored in cylindrical bone. To say that Sleeman is a transcendent experience would fall short of the truth, and do injustice to what could only be expressed as the single greatest moment that has existed since the dawn of time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stotch
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a goblet glass.

L: Pours a clear golden colour with a tiny white head which is gone within 15 seconds. Meh.

S: Corn dominates along with a pleasant malty sweetness. There's a staleness to it though which is typical of macro lagers.

T: Sweet corn, bready malt and some honey. Don't taste any hops at all.

F: Light body with high carbonation. No surprises here.

O: Drinking it from a glass doesn't do it any favours, but this is more of a drink-it-from-the bottle beer and for that purpose it does the trick for me. When I'm at The Beer Store I either get this or Moosehead, whichever is a better deal at the time. Certainly worth the slight price increase compared to other domestics like Canadian, Budweiser or Coors Light.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
2.59/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This beer pours a clear gold color with 2 fingers of white head that fade leaving absolutely nouthing,

Aroma - as much as I hate too admit it skunk takes over followed by honey, lager freshness, some light hops.

Taste -Honey, pale malts, lager spring water taste, some light floraly hops.

Feel - Light feel, almost like water. slightly pricky carbonation.

overall - This is a decent AAL, It would be better if it didn't have skunk flavor to it, I kinda wish they put it in a clear bottle. Oh well.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bright pale straw color with moderate activity. Slightly foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of corn, wet cardboard, sweet grains, faint caramel and herbal spices. Tons of sugar and low bitterness. Slick full body with extra prickly carbonation. Light finish, a little bready, short lingering corn and adjunct caramel sweetness. Flat and bland. Overly syrupy and feels adjunct. Badly flavored. Overall a crappy craft.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
2.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's kind of a funny story how I came to have three of these in my possession. I was at a party, and I had to leave my bag at somebodies house as my friends and I were going to hit up a bar. I had almost a full mickie of vodka in my bag, which was stolen at some point during the night. I'm guessing whoever took the vodka felt bad, and left three of these in my bag to replace it. Not really an even trade if you ask me! None the less, I figured I might as well review one of them.

Appearance: Dark gold, almost amber like colour. I decided to pour it aggressively as I'm drinking it out of a pint glass, and even then I only got about a quarter finger of head. Looks like fizzy apple juice. Obviously no lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting a touch of sweetness on the front end. Mild floral hops on the back end. Slightly malty as well. Largely devoid of the graininess that is usually found in macro lagers, which is nice.

taste: Touch of sweetness. Very mild hop character. Slightly metallic. Sours a bit as it warms. Corn makes the expected appearance as well. Nothing too offensive about it.

Feel: very very light. High carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Meh, Its okay. I'd say the 68 BA score is accurate. Better than a lot of other North American lagers out there, and easy to drink. Nothing else to say really.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a 22oz draft pour in Ontario that was almost clear golden like a watered down American Lager, except higher alcohol. Not very well balanced and the finish left something to be desired. It went well with 5 alarm spicy food but that might be the watered down carbonation.

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Photo of LiamLP
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Overall, a very mediocre beer. The taste is a tad sweeter than most other draught lagers, and the carbonation is about ideal for a beer by my tastes. A decent purchase for the lower price tag.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle

a: a dark yellow, somewhat towards a light caramel colour

s: has a kind of nice sweet bready corny malt smell, not much else though

t: the aforementioned sweet malt flavours with a lack of hops

m: fizzy and light but not watery

o: surprisingly above average? far from well-rounded (lacking hops), but i found it pleasant to drink as the malt flavours were nice

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Photo of Skullkeg
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A medium golden colour with no head whatsoever. At first pour it had soda pop type carbonation.

S: Apple, stale corn an a very typical adjunct lager smell. It smells bad. Jolly rancher and sweet piercing on the nose.

T: Balanced only in the sense that everything is equally bad. Adjunct taste, very dry and thin but also bit of cream corn sweetness in the finish. It is what it is. I can think of at least a dozen beers that this beer tastes like. I can also recommend at least 5 adjunct lagers I would choose to pound back over this. Keep it cold and you may be able to stomach this. It is just a typical adjunct lager. The draught moniker is pure marketing. This is not a good tasting beer.

M: Thin, and weak. Highly carbonated which may work in its favour.

OVERALL: You get what you pay for. It is sad how badly Sleeman has fallen. Even their flagship cream ale has tarnished itself over the years. It is a poor beer with huge of flavours of apple and a funky sweetness that prevents this from even being a serviceable lawnmower beer.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It takes time to get use to it of that special beer. Why I said special because it take at least 5 or 6 to get use to that finish of the beer.

The smell of it is really nice. You have that corny smell.

The taste of it is less stronger than the smell. It was more on a watery side. I do prefer the smell over the taste but it was an enjoyable beer to drink for me. You won t notice that 5% ABV if it was a bit more stronger I would give a higher grading.

So overall, would I recommend it? Yes, nice refreshing beer. Nothing spectacular but if you are in Canada and you find it on special, go grab a pack.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint on tap at a Calgary pub. Arrived a light amber hue with perhaps an inch or so of white head that quickly broke and disappeared. Aroma is a pronounced malty sweetness and not much else, maybe the barest tinge of sour fruit is detectable if you really focus. This could be one of the sweetest beers I have yet to consume ... One almost wants to taste some astringent husks or something to mitigate this. Even my wife, who is not a beer drinker, described this as tasting "like a cooler". The doughy malts recall cheap white bread and the rest of the flavor comes off like someone dissolve some sweet-tart fruit candies into an otherwise bland base (or perhaps think artificially flavored cherry gum). Savage carbonation, thin watery body with a vaguely buttery mouthfeel. Nil hop aroma or flavor. The finish is cleaner, although the sweetness continues to linger. Alternating between cidery and vinous, this is clearly a "young" beer with acetylaldhyde placed front and centre to entice mainstream drinkers, the good old Budweiser trick put to use in a brew that is supposed to be a tier above an adjunct lager. No thanks.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Re-reviewing this brew. Bottle found from my Mom's fridge. Not sure how long it's been there, but it looks ok. Served cold into a Murphy's pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden color, lots of bubbles and topped by a half finger of foam which dissipates away to almost nothing in short order.

Smell - Some faint grassy aromas and maybe some graininess. Not a lot here, but nothing cringe-worthy.

taste - Like the nose, there's some faint graininess and then... well.... nothing. Very inoffensive, but lacking flavor by any standard.

Mouthfeel - reasonably well carbonated, gives it a decent crisp feel. Fairly light body and non-descript finish.

Overall - Well worse beer exists and this isn't bad if you've just been doing yard work or some sort of workout. Otherwise, pay an extra dollar or two for a case and get something with a little more flavor.

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Photo of Beerdrinker21
3.69/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this beer from the Beer Store at a price around the $34 mark. I chose this beer so I could try something new then my normal Labatt Blue beer.

A: A medium golden color with a nice foamy head that disappears rather quickly. A few noticeable carbonation bubbles , but nothing that affects the look of the beer.

S: Upon opening, has a malty smell that finishes off with a slight hint of sweet pine. Pleasant enough to get my taste-buds excited, but not anywhere near an excellent smell.

T: Balanced flavours, but more on the malty side. Has a familiar taste, but also it's own bit of sweetness attached. After the beer warmed up a bit, it still maintained a decent quality, but the alcohol was more prominent.

M: Light, but strong amounts of carbonation. Has a nice smoothness to the mouth and throat when pouring in mouth. Slightly higher then normal tingling on the tongue; (probably due to the high carbonation)

OVERALL: Excellent beer for the price. I am on my 6th beer now and will continue to drink more of this. It seems to be made for a nice, hot summer day on the patio with some friends. Will recommend this beer to people if they are looking for a quality beer with a low price tag.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.62/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep golden, lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 4 fingers of off white foamy head with little retention, clear filtered.

S: Malt, some wet dog, some metallic quality, a little herbal quality, some dry hay.

T: Malt forward, some dough near the end, little if any bitterness

M: Light and a little watery, very little carbonation, dry finish.

O: My Alpha Mater beer. Never had it during University, its a distinct marker of where craft beer was 20 years ago in Guelph. I could see it as an alternative to a Molson Canadian for some as its less bitter.

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Photo of DamageCase76
2.54/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle came from a 12 pack I bought for my father in law. I have not had one in a while so I gave it another shot. Poured into a beer clean Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A) Pale copper, no head retention, no lacing.

S) No hops, more corn and apples than anything, but very faint.

T) Not assertive in the flavour either. Get a lot more of that red apple character. My first sip made me think I poured some apple juice.

M) Was decent, did not taste as overly carbonated as some of the other mass brands do.

O) Not too much going on, a beer for people who don't like flavour in their beer (of which there are many!). It wasn't horrible... just too bland for my taste. The DMS was a bit of a fault though, giving it that corn aroma. I actually kind of liked the apple, reminded me of an ale a bit that way.

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Photo of bulldogops
2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle. 5%. Not my favourite, and would require a lime or some other fruitiness to be drinkable. Nice clear light to medium yellow color, white to off-white head. Mild sweetness and a very light bitterness, and softly carbonated. Too much grass and adjuncty-acetyl mess on the palate to be praised.

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Photo of Nikolai070
3.96/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Buddy of mine brought me one after work one day and I was really surprised. Easy drinking beer perfect for summer. Excellent taste with a smooth finish. Bubbly for a beer with so much flavour and no aftertaste to speak of. Color isn't a huge deal for me but is appealing nonetheless. One of those beers you can drink all night.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.01/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bought a trifecta of sleeman beers - the main ones - so I'll try to do proper reviews of them. i've had them before and they are very drinkable beers, but reasonably well done.

First on the hit list is the O Draught. It pours a dark yellow and is almost orange, but not as orange as the Honey Brown. The head is approximately two fingers in height and dissipates very rapidly. It's a good clean smell - mostly just malty but there is not a large hit of adjuncts, which is nice. The taste is simple - a little bubbly on the tongue with some malty goodness and virtually no aftertaste of any sort. It would have been nice if the brewers had introduced some hoppy bitterness to give it a more exciting taste - but I think they were only going for a well made lawnmower beer, and I have to think they have created a good one. If you're looking for an introduction to Canadian pale lagers, look past Molson and Labatt and grab this instead.

It's just an ordinary pale lager. Standard stuff, but yknow.. well done.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.72/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold, ligt bubbles off the body very thin white head that barely rose to 1/10".

Smell: I would rate it lower but it doesn't stink and that's the only reason why. Smells like nothing.

Taste: Light malt and hops, little rice feel to it that makes it very easy to drink.

Mouth: medium carbonation, exceptionally smooth.

Overall: Not a bad brew, I know it's not meant to be great but it is just right especially right after meal. Salud!

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle into a pint glass. Thank you mom, for the tick.

Sleeman pours out your standard yellowish gold color with some faint bubbles that don't get to a cap, or even nothing. By the time i was dome pouring, nothing to speak of. Smell is pale malt, adjuncts, spent grain and sweetness. Taste is pretty much the same, I get some caramel, with faint old earthy hops. No bitterness though. Malt presides. Grain comes forth with warming, drink it up. Feel is a bit above light bodied, For a pale beer, the body won't do. The crispness is not present as the carb is minimal and the taste aint all there. No aftertaste to speak of, that's a plus. The ABV is minimal, but so is the taste. On a rainy day in Canada if I ever get up there I will revisit this and blend in.

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Photo of NovT
1.7/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

tall can, poured into a pint glass

a yellow... 1/2" head at first, disappeared almost immediately, no lacing to speak of.
s watery-apple
t slightly sweet, bready finish, mostly flavourless
m quite thin
o not really worth buying beer for. Might be nice cold on a hot summer's day, but, then again, so is water.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Before I branched out into the microbrew scene, this one a beer that I had considered "exotic". My, how times - and opinions - have changed.

That said, as a more mainstream lager, I can enjoy it - you just know what you're getting into. It's clean, it's crisp, it goes down well, it just doesn't have much in the way of extra deliciousness that really sets it apart from the others in the pack.

I've had it over the years and have never been disappointed; this was my beer on tap of choice on St. Patrick's Day when they added the green dye. At least it really looked pretty!

Not bad by any stretch, but if you're looking for something interesting, move along past this one.

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Photo of thisismyname
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473mL can poured into a glass

This has always been one of my favourite domestic brews. I've never really figured out why though. Let's see what we can do...

Pours a clear dark golden hue. The head fades quickly but it left a goofy-looking dotted pattern in my glass.

Very faint aroma of grains and malt.

Taste follows the nose with absolutely no aftertaste. Some corn is present. Has a roasted quality that most other Canadian lagers sorely lack. Highly chuggable and rather tasty for a domestic.

Moderate, agreeable carbonation. Goes down like water.

Overall, drinkable and yummy. CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!

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Photo of CharlyNovember
1.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I remember enjoying a Sleeman's Original Draught quite a while ago... Now, I can't quite remember why.

A: It looks half decent for a lager, I'll give it that. It's a nice, very slightly amber tinted yellow, a tad darker than your average macro lager (and quite a bit darker than say, a Coors or a Bud). A finger of head, barely any retention, no lacing.

S: Very light on the scent.. an average adjunct lager smell, although more subdued than most.

T: Almost non-existent! No hops, no malts, slightly chemical. Absolutely no finish. Suspiciously watery for a non-light lager..

M: Light carbonation, extremely thin and watery.

I swear, there's more flavour in my tap water. I can say without a doubt that this is the most boring macro lager I think I've ever had. This is so flavourless, so watery and so thin that I think I'd be terrified to see what Sleeman Light or Clear is all about.
However, this is a fantastic beer if you're planning on getting tuned, drinking a bunch and perhaps showing some friends how you down a pint 3 seconds flat (don't worry, there's nothing worth savoring anyways).

Did they change this beer?? I haven't drank it in quite a while, but I remember it being sweeter and more robust, it also used to be more expensive... hmm.
In any case, if you're in the mood for a cheap mass-produced brew, drink a Canadian... even a Coors Light trumps this.

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