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Sleeman Original Draught | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
sleeman.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,581
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
192
pDev:
18.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
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 spycow
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Phyl21ca
1.8/5  rDev -36.4%
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 ofÂ… 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 olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Erik-P
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NickThePyro
2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of spinrsx
2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Alright, low expectation here... The beer pours a clear gold colour with a large frothy bright white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - a grassiness, pale malts, corn syrup, breads/grains.

Taste & Mouth - The beer could benefit from a little more carbonation, it comes across as slightly watery. AT first I can taste breads/grains, followed by a corn syrup sweetness. There is a very slight bitterness and the beer finishes with a less than memorable adjunct lager aftertaste.

Drink - I used to think this was a good beer.. Not sure what was wrong with me. I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 biegaman
2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sleeman Draught is slightly more golden than your average industrial lager. Otherwise, however, it's pretty standard fare: flush highlights, made possible in part by a heavily sanitizing filtration process, and visibly carbonated due to the tonic water-like bubbling. It's only pratfall is the total lack of head: flat-surfaced lager is much less enticing.

The aroma seems slightly light-struck but possesses a distant, curiously appealing sweetness that almost loosely resembles cotton candy. Every time I've had this beer I remark the same thing. For all I know it's corn syrup, but I find it oddly agreeable (at least in contrast to the rough and cloying, corn-y adjunct notes that round out the profile).

I remember Sleeman Draught being much more approachable when consumed directly from the bottle or can and not, as I have done this time, poured into a glass and allowed substantial time to un-chill. This flavour is not only thin, but also quite cloying and borderline unpalatable. It tastes like cereal grains that have been marinated in corn syrup.

The cotton candy sweetness mentioned earlier is much less prominent in the mouthfeel than I remember. And the corn syrup sweetness - which is most unfavorable - seems amplified. It might be that my palate has changed over the years. Or it could be that Sleeman's has diluted the recipe down even further. Either way, this ain't cutting it for me anymore.

Just as I find it puzzling, contradictory and downright stupid to name and market a bottled beer as 'draught' so too am I stupefied that this product actually meets some peoples' standards when it comes to a refreshing, gratifying lager. To my tastes this is anything but. Then again, emasculated, adulterated, insipid, mass-market lagers aren't my thing.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Viggo
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold/yellow, fluffy white head forms, sticks around, some lacing, doesn't look too bad. Smell is sweet, some citrus and floral, bit of corn, honey, some grass, who knew Sleemans could be half decent when not destroyed in a clear bottle. Taste is weird, kind of fruity, almost medicinal, very sweet minty flavour, corn, weak finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Smell is okay but the flavour is pretty weird.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bumchilly25
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Whatup14
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3/5  rDev +6%
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.

RJT

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Photo of Jeffo
2.66/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the local LCBO.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick two finger white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear and is amber or golden poppy yellow in color. Low end carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin film, which remains to the end, and leaves some lacing down the glass. A little above average for the style.

SMELL: A relatively weak nose. There's some toasted malt, but little else. A bit of skunk makes an appearance as it warms.

TASTE: Not much at all up front. The aftertaste is mild and long lasting, and includes some pale malt, touches of honey, and some mild floral hops. Decent here, but needs at least something up front.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Not bad; better than average for the style.

OVERALL: Decent brew for a hot summer's day. Doesn't offend at all, but unfortunately doesn't inspire either. An intial flavor would help this one out.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Kmat10
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DaPan
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kwjd
2.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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 sirsteve42
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of ZachT
3.3/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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