Sleeman Original Draught | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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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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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of joeattwater
5/5  rDev +76.7%
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 Chris_Mireault
4.25/5  rDev +50.2%

Photo of Katzj78
4.23/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. It's Canadian eh!

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Photo of bmacaskill
4.03/5  rDev +42.4%
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 bigox420
4/5  rDev +41.3%

Photo of Nikolai070
3.96/5  rDev +39.9%
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 Crisleroen
3.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer for that price...

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Photo of Holdon5600
3.74/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDrinker24
3.69/5  rDev +30.4%
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 +30%
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 mcarsonjames
3.66/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mindsquall
3.55/5  rDev +25.4%
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 Tpop1005
3.55/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peterthepiper
3.53/5  rDev +24.7%
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 MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of 307x
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Wingshotpigs
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Boo-urns
3.47/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of uno99
3.43/5  rDev +21.2%
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 Isaac420L
3.43/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LiamLP
3.41/5  rDev +20.5%
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 mark_mla
3.4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Favourite Sleeman offering

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