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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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3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

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2/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.44/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.92/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kevofficiel
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint on tap at a Calgary pub. Arrived a light amber hue with perhaps an inch or so of white head that quickly broke and disappeared. Aroma is a pronounced malty sweetness and not much else, maybe the barest tinge of sour fruit is detectable if you really focus. This could be one of the sweetest beers I have yet to consume ... One almost wants to taste some astringent husks or something to mitigate this. Even my wife, who is not a beer drinker, described this as tasting "like a cooler". The doughy malts recall cheap white bread and the rest of the flavor comes off like someone dissolve some sweet-tart fruit candies into an otherwise bland base (or perhaps think artificially flavored cherry gum). Savage carbonation, thin watery body with a vaguely buttery mouthfeel. Nil hop aroma or flavor. The finish is cleaner, although the sweetness continues to linger. Alternating between cidery and vinous, this is clearly a "young" beer with acetylaldhyde placed front and centre to entice mainstream drinkers, the good old Budweiser trick put to use in a brew that is supposed to be a tier above an adjunct lager. No thanks.

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2.85/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Re-reviewing this brew. Bottle found from my Mom's fridge. Not sure how long it's been there, but it looks ok. Served cold into a Murphy's pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden color, lots of bubbles and topped by a half finger of foam which dissipates away to almost nothing in short order.

Smell - Some faint grassy aromas and maybe some graininess. Not a lot here, but nothing cringe-worthy.

taste - Like the nose, there's some faint graininess and then... well.... nothing. Very inoffensive, but lacking flavor by any standard.

Mouthfeel - reasonably well carbonated, gives it a decent crisp feel. Fairly light body and non-descript finish.

Overall - Well worse beer exists and this isn't bad if you've just been doing yard work or some sort of workout. Otherwise, pay an extra dollar or two for a case and get something with a little more flavor.

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3/5  rDev +6%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

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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2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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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2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DamageCase76
2.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev +6%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of bulldogops
2.03/5  rDev -28.3%
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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3/5  rDev +6%

Sleeman Original Draught from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.83 out of 5 with 192 ratings
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