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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 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 Phyl21ca
1.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a pale golden color lager with a very small amount of head and not much retention. Aroma of… well not much aroma except maybe a bit of corn. Taste is bland with again some hint of corn, some sweetness and absolutely no aftertaste. Another bland offering from this great (yeah) Canadian brewer.

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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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Photo of rodenbach99
1.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a can. Drank it just for the review. Nice clear golden coulour. No head or very this white head. No distinct odour are perceptible. Grainy on the mouth, difficult to taste the hops. Very thin mouthfell. Undistingable from other canadian lager.

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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 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 cooncat
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This 12 oz. clear long neck was part of a 12 bottle sampler.

The pour produced a very light golden color, with a thin white short lived head. Minimal lacing evident, but it sheets to the bottom of the glass. Minimal nose with a citrus note; very light. There's not much flavor to comment on; no outstanding maltiness or hop flavors. Think macro brews and corn. The mouthfeel is very thin, almost like you're drinking one of those 'low carb' brews. Bottom line, a most unremarkable brew, which is in line with their other offerings, sad to say. Personally, I can't recommend this brew.

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Photo of jpro
2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a clear bottle into a pint glass... clear straw yellow with lots of tiny bubbles effervescing to the surface; snow-white one finger head that recedes quickly. Smells of soggy Fritos, perhaps dipped in sugar water. Taste is of light corn with a super sweet finish. Mouthfeel is light - medium. Drinkability... no.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It appears that Sleeman has thrown its gauntlet into the Canadian summer beer market with the release of their Original Draught. I admit, I get a bit apprehensive with draught labeled lagers, from experience they seem like the watered down dregs of the main run kegs accompanied by an aggressive advertising campaign. Let's see if Sleeman has taken a higher road in this case.

As with most of their beers, this is a decent looking lager, a bright clear gold with a very thin froth of head, not much retention in that respect. Things take a bit of a dive with the aroma. The nose possesses some sweet malt with almost a sugary character to it, trying to mask out a bit of corn and boiled cabbage that lingers in the background. I admit that the first sip bodes good prospects, but things regress after that. Sugary sweet malt and corn, with a nearly sour finish accompanied by the essence of overcooked veggies. The aftertaste lingers on two levels, that of an underlying sugary sweetness, and the bitter sourness of the finish. The mouthfeel is the standard Sleeman lightly abrasive carbonation and watery body. As with most beers of this style and nature, I take it that this was meant to be drank straight out of the bottle ice cold, used solely for the function of being a hot summer weather thirst quencher. It appears to me that they have gone out of their way to boost the sweetness level of this lager, perhaps a healthy dose of extra dextrose to appeal to a younger and cross-gendered market of summer drinkers. For those out there in search of a new lawnmower or barbecue beer, you have one more option on the market now. Definitely not the worst draught beer I've sampled, but it doesn't bring that style above the rest of the flotsam either.

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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 fisherman34
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold in colour with a fairly average amount of carbonation. An unpasturized beer in a can??? Hmmmm... It’s got some nice honey malt aroma, which conflicts with the other dominant aromatic note: a kind of veggie hop thing that reminds me of an all-spalt homebrew that my homebrew club made for our hop varietals tasting event. The flavor is somewhat akin to their honey brown lager, only with less of a nutty taste, and more of a solvent chemical note. The cloying finish of the honey brown is also still apparent in this beer. This is not one of their better efforts.

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Photo of kwjd
2.28/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden colour with thin, bubbly white head. Smells slightly grassy, some bready pale malts. Flavour is a bit sweet, no bitterness that I can detect. Carbonation level is fine, though maybe a tad over-carbonated for my taste. I have no desire to have this beer again. There are other Sleeman products that I like much better than this.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.29/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on April 5, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipated to small off-white islands. The aroma was very grassy, with little other discernable aromas. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and amply carbonated. The flavour was more of the grassy malt flavour.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, what am I drinking? Maybe it was all the rich italian food and the GI IPA earlier, but I can't really taste much. Looks okay: gold colour, fair white head. Smell is not impressive: sort of like stale water used to boil veggies. Taste is bland, corn mash -uninspired, watery and not that great.

I didn't want to spend the money ona six pack of this, so I bought a single. I really should have grabbed one of my dad's after all and saved myself the two dollars.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer I wouldn't normally buy a 12 of, but the girfriend's dad had some on hand at Christmas....

Poured into a Mug, Big Frothy head, lots of carbonation and and a pale clear yellow.... Just like an MGD, or any other Macro Lager. The nose has a corn skunkiness and smells soapy...

The taste is just not good... all cheap vegetable malts, a bit sweet, not much in the way of bitterness, just a rancid corn mash skunkiness...oh Sleeman's, what have you done here? This is as bad as any other cheap American Macro-Lager... Oh well, I didn't buy it... Mouthfeel is good and carbonated, sticks to the throat, but I can't get over the taste...

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Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special, a little lace. Paler golden colour, nothing to breathe in, metallic drying lager. Drinakble though. On sweet side, and agree that its cheaper sweetners like corn and dextrose isnetad of good malting. Are Mr. Sleeman's days numbered as the head and he is in the end game?

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Photo of mrmanning
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 341ml- Pours a transparent, spakling gold body, with a frothy and long lived white head. Some lacing. Aromas are almost non existant- Some yeast, mild malty aromas, grassy. Taste is subtle in every way. Semi-sweet, bread, trace hops. Just a note to Sleeman that this is not the "coldest tasting" beer on the market. In fact, cold is not a taste! :) Cheers!

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Photo of BigBry
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the gold can, clear with a golden color, one inch bright white foam. Left fair amount of thin sticky lacing. The beer looks OK, but it's nothing special. Smell is quite grassy and grainy, typical of a lager. Taste is similar, grainy and somewhat sweet. It has a dry finish. Mouthfeel is alright, lots of carbonation. Alright beer, but nothing that makes you say "wow".

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber appearance with disappointingly light head. Smell is faint, but grassy and grainy.

Taste very hard to detect, a bit crisp and sweet with a hint of hops. Body is light with heavy carbonation. Aftertaste is dry but a bit bitter.

This beer is light and easy to drink, but so is water. This beer has no personality, kind of disappointed this came from Sleeman. Wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of prosper
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

dark yellow/light gold.

Not much smell. Some caramelly sweet malt, whiff of DMS or some other sulfury yeast product.

Taste - sweet, not enough hop bitterness to balance. No hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - too much carbonation, and the body is a little to heavy for this sort of beer.

Not so drinkeable - too sweet, not bitter enough to leave you with a clean palate and wanting another sip.

Sleeman makes some decent beers, but this ain't one of them.

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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 jayc333
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden yellow with a finger of white head. Many tiny bubbles rapidly raise to the top. The head stays around for a while before becoming a lace. Pretty good look for a Macro.

Standard smelling with all the well known ingredients in there (corn, hops, etc). Still, nothing wrong with this ones smell.

Very bland tasting. The characteristics of the smell are barely in there, and it finishes with hardly any aftertaste.

Far too over-carbonated mouthfeel. Very thin on the palate, and goes down relatively easy.

Probably one of the better Sleeman beers, but still nothing special. Maybe something I'd consider on a hot summer day, because its reasonably priced and isn't anything horrible.

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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 joemcgrath27
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - clear golden, finger of white head held at a thin covering
S - mostly corny adjunct, light grassiness, some wheat
T - very faint hops and pale malt, adjunct, a fairly standard mass produced down the throat type taste
M - light with good carbonation, fairly thin with some dryness
O - its a run of the mill pour it down your throat as fast as you can american lager, not a lot going on

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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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