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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 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 bmacaskill
4.03/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reader's Digest version: golden Canadian lager. A great beer in its class. Priced as a premium but deservedly so in the "Original/Genuine Draft/Draught" range

The essence:

Deep golden yellow. Somewhat lacy head. Moderate bubbles.

Of all the "Original/Genuine Draft/Draught" beers I've had, this is easily the best. I guessed and classed it as all-malt vs. adjunct. Sleeman's site doesn't have any info on this beer yet. It's pretty new -- I hadn't seen it before 01-May-2005.

Mild-but-pleasant nose. Slightly sweet with (very) slightly malty finish. Not hoppy at all, but that's characteristic of this style. Very pleasant aftertaste. Very clean tasting, *very* drinkable, yet full-flavoured (again, given the class of beer). I'd take one bottle of Original Draught over 12 Molson Canadian (well, under some circumstances, I guess ;-).

Very easy drinker. Definitely a repeater, and worth a taste.

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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 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 DoctorStrangiato
3.68/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 473-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - gold-coloured beer with mostly vanishing head. Excellent lacing for this style and slight head retention to keep it interesting.

Smell - malty, cideresque bouquet with fresh cooked veggies and cut grass.

Taste - barley malt all the way over subtle alcohol taste. Tart and refreshing finish, some corn and adjunct flavours in there as well.

Mouthfeel - smooth and balanced. There's a nice crispness to this brew.

Drinkability - good choice for an afternoon beer, OK to consume in quantity provided you pace yourself.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was given one of these during a promotion at a local pub.

This beer came to me with the head already subsided, but it appeared to be a yellowy-orange, not too too bad. Smelled like a standard macro, hints of corn and something else I couldn't quite identify. Taste was actually not bad at all, Surprisingly it was refreshing, and surprisingly smooth. Fairly drinkable, typical of other beers of this calibre, decent session beer, good on a hot day.

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Photo of peterthepiper
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I managed to test a bottle of this "draught" beer today at a local liquor store. The color was a yellow-amber with a small, quickly diminishing, white head. Surprisingly, the nose was more complex than that of the standard Sleeman offering.

Upon tasting, the beer maintained it's relative complexity, with slight floral and fruity notes. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel was disappointing, due to a fairly high carbonation. As a previous reviewer mentioned, it was similar in feel to Perrier, or maybe closer to Sanpellegrino. This seems to be typical of lagers like this.

Regardless, this is a refreshing summer beer that would be welcome in my fridge, despite my usual dislike of lagers.

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Photo of uno99
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery.

Served from the fridge into a Stella glass.

A: A light honey kissed straw color with a foamy white head. Head dissipates quickly after the first sip and leaves a little bit of clingy lacing.

S: Very neutral scent. Slight hops, and some bread. Not bad at all.

T: A little fuller than the average macro but only slightly. Nicely balanced and no off flavors. Im sure if I let this warm a bit however some of the adjunct properties may come into play.

M: light but not too watery. carbonation is quite high, but I suppose that is to style. lots of burps!

Overall: Could be the best Sleeman offering. Not a bad lager, but not a standout.

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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 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 Frozensoul327
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fair offering from Sleeman. Pours out to a medium golden yellow color with a short lived white foam head. No lacing, and a medium level of carbonation. Aromas of buttery malts are most noted, but traces of grass, bread and yeast are also present. Taste is decent; buttery malts, a touch of crisp granny smith apples, a touch of hops. Mouthfeel was acceptable, but had no distinguishing characteristics to speak of. Drinkability is fine. Not bad for an all malt lager. Worth a try.

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Photo of wjimson
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on sale at a beerstore where the selection was minimal. Golden colour beer peaks through a clear and slightly frosted bottle, looking good so far. Smell is decent and minimal, not bad. Slightly malty and very clean taste. A very rounded aftertaste that is slightly sour but not at all bitter, whcih reminds me of the cream ale also in the Sleemans line-up. Its not bad as a session beer. I would imagine this one to be very drinkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sleeman is my beer-nerd guilty pleasure; a brewery that produces sub-par beers that I just can't stop myself from loving. Perhaps it's their history, or perhaps it's that I was virtually raised on Sleeman, I've definitely got a soft-spot in my heart. Their beautifully crafted bottles are a joy to look at, and their brews are decent - worthy of an afternoon by the pool... So let's see how the latest full-time addition to the Sleeman line-up stands.

Part of the recent 'draft in a bottle' trend, Sleeman scores its highest marks by spelling it d-r-a-u-g-h-t... and for sticking with the traditional Sleeman bottle that is - despite the risk of sun damage - quite beautiful. Of course, surprisingly, I've never had a sun-damaged Sleeman beer, so they must be doing something right. It pours into my pint glass - perhaps surprisingly - with a fair bit more colour than your standard adjunct lager. This boy's an almost amber aura that's nice to see in a macro lager. Additionally, it's head is sizeable, and though it doesn't last long, it leaves decent lacing and maintains faint rings long after dispersal. Not bad.

Smell is what you'd expect of a Sleeman brew. Whoever classified this as all-malt is a little off (unless they know something I don't). The dominant odour is that unusual trademark Sleeman cooked vegetable odour (cabbage? carrots?) that actually sounds more unpleasant than it is (though don't get me wrong, it's not a selling point). Beyond that is a surprising malt and hop presence lacking in their other brews, though I can't really say more. Faint adjunct-y notes are well-disguised.

Taste is... well, crisp and clean - marketing buzzwords, for sure, but it's true. Very refreshing after a long day. Beyond that, there's the return of the Sleeman cooked-veggies, though it's offset by a faint grassy hoppiness. Virtually no aftertaste, though it finishes relatively dry. Nothing special, or really noteworthy, but it's tasty in a sadomasochistic kind of way, I suppose.

Mouthfeel is decent. Thankfully lacks the super-carbonation of most macros and isn't as watery, either. Two small victories. Faintly oily, though... perhaps a side effect of Sleeman's adjuncts? Drinkability, though, is off the charts. This is really a good brew for a hot afternoon when you're just tired and need to refresh. At the risk of being a BA outcast, I've drank Sleeman Original Draught from the bottle many times, usually sitting out on the front porch or after a long hot day. And once you've had one, you do really sort of crave another (again, in a sadomasochistic kind of way).

In any event, Sleeman Original Draught is worth a shot, I'd say - but I'll also admit to being terribly biased. I like Sleeman. I've always liked Sleeman - to the point where that cooked veggie flavour is something I crave. I guess I'm a little crazy, but I don't much care.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml clear bottle poured in a plastic cup. Thanks to my buddy Shawn for the brew.

1/4 inch white head on the pour recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Golden yellow and clear in the bottle.

Aroma is pretty mild. Sweet with some corn and floral in the background.

Sweetness continues through into the flavour. Sweetness leads the way throughout. Some floral/petrol notes to balance after the carbonation run. Aftertaste fades quickly.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated for a macro lager.

Pretty much mild and inoffensive. No great flaws, but nothing to make you go wow. Reminds me a little of MGD. I would actually drink this again, but it's not my favourite.

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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 ChrisCage
3.14/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- This is darker than an adjunct laden lager....more of a nice clear golden color. There is lots of ginger ale like bubbles rising to the top...some slow, some quick. The head is very disappointing, starting out about an inch thick and a solid white shade, but it was noisy and literally fizzled out within 10-15 doesn't leave much in it's place either. Lacing is virtually non existent as well. Not a very good looking beer anyways....

S- The aroma is pretty much what Sleeman says it is....just a mild version of it. It does have some floral aroma to it and the hop bitterness is present. Beyond this though, there is some malt richness and nothing else of note....maybe a little bit of dry prairie grass or something.

T- A general sweet profile...richer than a lager using corn or something. The hops are mildly detectable on the finish and there is a slightly syrupy aftertaste. Overall, an un-amusing flavor but it definitely isn't offensive...probably better than a lot of standard lagers out there.

M- Crisp carbonation gives this medium bodied lager some character in this department. Not much else to say here....nothing special but again, nothing that bothers me.

D- I'm gonna say that for the premium price that Sleeman usually gets, I don't think it's worth any more than the next macro...however it is super easy to down several of these!. That said, it's an average beer for the most part that's going to do the job...maybe just a slight notch above the norm. I'd drink this again if available on tap or if offered but probably won't go looking for it. Oh well!

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Photo of NightINgale
3.14/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden colour, slightly darker than most similar lagers tend to be. The head is foamy and dissipates quickly. Nothing special overall.

S: Green grapes, hops, malts. A very floral sort of smell.

T: Quite hoppy, with notes of green grapes, which make it somewhat distinctive. The maltiness is decent.

M: The carbonation is a bit too strong. Sweet, maybe even a bit too sweet. Quite decent overall.

D: Not very good. It goes down quite rough because of the high levels of carbonation. The finish is on the dry side.

Not the best out of the Sleeman family, all the while it is not the worst. Could be a good session beer for some people.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass july8 2010

A clear golden yellow with loads of carbonation floating up to a fast falling thumbs width of head that left a patch of lace

S sweet grains and a little candied corn

T not far form the smell but with a slight metallic taste, nothing offensive but nothing great either

M thin with enough carbonation to keep it average

D easy to drink, not a load of flavor but fairly refreshing

pretty average beer but nothing offensive, I may drink it when I'm at a bar with only macro taps

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with an inch of loose foam. Drops quickly.

S - Nose is some lemon and metal. Light graininess.

T - Somewhat sweet, with a bit of lemon and husk. A bit of acid up front, and very mild finish.

M - Sharp carbonation, little bit slick, but mostly light body.

D - Not bad, fairly clean. As expected pretty basic fizzy yellow beer.

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Photo of BBP
3.09/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden color with very minimal head, and medium high carbonation.

S- Corn adjunct smell. Nothing new here.

T- Typical corn adjunct flavor. A bit more crisp than usual though. A small amount of citrus and floral notes.

M- Medium body with a fairly good carbonation.

D- Easy to down, but not too impressive by any means. Good economic choice though.

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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 Otterburn
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

straight from the clear bottle

small white head foam

low carbonation

clear body

smell classic blond brew, nothing special

taste is the one of a blond beer. medium /small body. classic blond, refreshing and easy to drink.

mouthfeel»»: fine carbonation, and smooth texture

enjoy this one without guilt. une blonde classic

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint. A morbidly lovely day of meeting up on a sunny rooftop patio, with recently let-go colleagues. Beers all around, and keep 'em damned well comin'!

This beer arrives to the table in a standard American pint glass, and appears a crystal clear, pale golden colour, with two skinny fingers of thinly foamy, soapy off-white head, which leaves a surprising amount of snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of slightly sweet pale grain, creamed corn, stale orchard fruit, and slightly floral, even more so skunky, weedy hops. The taste is sweet, generic white grainy malt, a bit of nail polish remover, and lightly funky grassy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is on the low, inoffensive side, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of thin in any sort of smoothness it might aspire to. It finishes off-dry, somewhat acridly bitter, and still way too skunky.

A bit too mild on the real beer flavour, what with all that chemical skunk bullshit. However, I see now how this kind of thing can fly, and even turn into a stupidly decent quaff on a bright warm day, emotions being duly distracted. Otherwise, I imagine this to be rather putrid offering in a more sober kind of light of day.

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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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