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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 JOaikido
2.69/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341 ml clear bottle.

A- Golden colour that is clear (nu particles or cloudiness). Big effervescent bubbles. Decent white head that lasts well and sticks to the glass.

S- Pale malt. Green grapes. Hint of corn.

T- Somewhat watery. Flash of grassy hops (mild) with a faint lingering bitterness. Pale malt. Hint of corn. A touch of sour grape like in the smell.

MF- Watery, but at least it<s easy on the mouth, leaving it moist and neutral. Good level of carbonation.

D- Easy drinker. Ordinary macro type beer without any major flaws.

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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 drinkininthewood
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 341 ml clear bottle. Date on the side of the box> feb 11 2008

A- clear gold, with a moderate head that settles to an uneven layer of big bubbles. Little or no lace.

S- Is malty with some grainy, sweet honey notes as well.

T- Fairly sweet overall, corn, grains, little to no hops to speak of. Very mild flavor, nothing that really stands out.

M- is light in body with carbonation around moderate.

D- Summer session brew.

Overall nothing special here. But any flaws that this brew does have are cancelled out by how wicked refreshing and sessionable it is in the summertime.

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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 Viggo
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 bdjacoby
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A tiny white head, the beer itself is a typical urine colour. A little bit of lacing on the glass. Nothing spectacular. The Sleeman bottles are always nice..

S: Nothing? Maybe a faint corn smell, but almost underectable.

T: Again, almost nothing. A little bit bitter, and I don't taste the terrible aftertaste that others have encountered. Not terrible, but nothing special.

M: Decent carbonation. Goes down easy. Again, nothing to write home about.

D: It's not a terrible beer; it's completely mediocre. I'll drink it if it's there, or for lack of a better option, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

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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 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 Absumaster
2.62/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this om a patio and was not very impressed with this beer.

Color was golden and the head was thin.

Smell was good, a typical lager, malt and some hop, a faint grain smell.

Taste was OK at first, a good malty taste and good bitterness. But, oh my lord what is that aftertaste? It tastes like aspirine mixed with grass. Sort of noodle soup. Not so bad that I would spit it out immediatly, but every sip was ruined by this taste. Could this be the conditions the beer has been kept under? Let''s hope so! I am going to drink some water!

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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 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 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 CAMRAhardliner
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold, a touch darker than the average macro lager. The ivory head quickly reduces to a thin cap that doesnt dissappear. Webs of lacing trail the retreating miniscus. The aroma is limp in malt and hops and decidedly corny. This tastes better than the smell. Caramel malt and biscuits make an appearance, if a fleeting one. Hops are herbal and flowery and very low strength. The mouthfeel is full and well carbonated (not too harsh). The finish is light malt with an edge of bitter hops.

This is definitely a cut above Blue, Labatts, or Bud. It actually has a finish and discernable hop flavors. Still its pretty insipid and I wouldnt pay for it.

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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 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 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 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 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 elricorico
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively, this beer started out with a 2 inch head, but by the time I crossed the appartment, all that was left was a bit of sticky lacing. Very clear with a golden colour, the beer looks alright, but it's nothing special.

When the head was around, it had a big grassy smell, which I thought was fairly good. Now that the head is gone though, it appears to have taken most of the smell with it. Same aroma, much less intensity, costing it some points with me.

Taste is quite grainy. It has a dry finish that reminds me of a pilsner I've had(which one? I don't remember). A fairly sweet flavour that is reminiscent of corn. High end for macros, but probably not much better than average overall.

Mouthfeel is what I expected, high carbonation(the bubbles feel extra small for some reason) and a thin, slick body.

After working in the heat, this was nice, but nothing spectacular. I will drink a few more, because I was a sucker for the free glass.

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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 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 slitherySOB
2.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Is this one of Sleeman's limited edition beers? Like that awful porter? If so, I might stock up on this. It's not bad. Not good, but not bad. Pours a gold colour, with a small, half finger head. Which, does last. What a surprise. Smells bready, malty, and sweet. With no skunk smell I was expecting. Whew. Their is a bit of a corn husk smell, but not alot. Basically, their is a corn smell, but not that sickening corn syrup. Taste is bready and sweet. And simple. I doubt their are many, if any, hops used. But, it is a sweet, somewhat refreshing lager. A lawnmower beer. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated and watery. Reminded me of Perrier. Drinkable? Yes. I'll drink it again. I may even buy it again. But only if on sale.

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Photo of pootz
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored...hard pour gives you a white frothy cap that retains well with a fair lace left on the glass sides...skunky cabbage kind of smell malty but with a wierd a skunky Becks but vgital. Moderate to low carbonation. Smooth mouth feel but watery. Some biscuit malt..slightly sweet but also some veggies....attenuated hops...wet abrupt finish. Very forgettable.

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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 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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