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Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Cream Ale (64*)Sleeman Cream Ale (64*)

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by George Sleeman in the late 1800s, Sleeman Cream Ale was the first brand produced by the two Guelph breweries, and still remains our most recognized brand.

Added by John on 10-26-2001

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Among the cream ales out there that I've had, this is one of the best and most pleasing.Comes in a clear bottle with no label on the body of the bottle just a tag like strip on the neck, kinda cool to see such a unique bottle. Has a raised little etching of a maple leaf with a beaver in front of it. Do those Canadians have to have a maple leaf on every beer or what? I'm surprised at this point they haven't tried brewing something with maple leaves in it, not just maple syrup.

Color is golden yellow, sort of hazy. Smells sweet and light of maltyness and a hint of hops and vanilla. Taste generally the same as the smell. Fairly light, good body though, with a nice sweet malt and notes of slight hop and vanilla. Very smooth, crisp, and clean, coats the tongue and mouth with creamy sweetness. Not bitter in the least. I couldn't stop drinking this stuff. Highly drinkable with a burger and fries or for picnics and outdoor backyard BBQ's. Very good Cream Ale.

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Photo of Portertime
4/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never seen this brewery at the store I work at, Total Wine in Fort Myers, FL, but I was certainly up for trying something different. I poured the beer into a Coca-Cola glass and noted it's golden color. The smell is mildly of strawberries. It has sort of a creamy, low carbonation, fruity taste that finishes ever so slightly bitter. I purchased a sample pack that included the IPA, porter, and pale ale which I all have yet to try and review. IF you ever come across this beer, it's worth a taste.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.74/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden yellow with a pure white head that left some lacing. Clean aroma with a slight sweet malt and floral hop, and mild bready yeast as it warmed. The flavor is also clean, no skunk even with the clear bottle. There is a nice malt flavor hear, not dominated by sweetness, and not dried out with adjuncts. The beer is smooth with a light, but noticable body, and a quick finish. This is a well done cream ale that is ideal for a summer barbecue.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

In the late 1800s, George Sleeman brought this beer to life--it's not your typical ale. Cream Ales are sometimes seen as a hybrid: fermented like an ale but matured like a lager.

Crystal-clear pale golden color shows some active carbonation, with decent head retention as some white lace sticks to the glass. Smells a touch husky with a light biscuit aroma, very clean nose. Big on smoothness. A refreshing crispness rolls off the tongue. Dry malt flavor to start; mild cooked corn as well. A minimal hop bitterness is enough to balance things, and there is a refined grassy hop flavor in the middle to end. Clean, grainy flavor throughout. Finishes very dry, with hints of barley husk and corn.

It is what it is: pedestrian for the beer geek, perhaps, but comparable to the slew of retro Lagers that are available now. Within the American Cream Ale style, this one ranks high. We envision a heaping plate of chili cheese nachos with fried jalapeño rings--or just a few cold ones on a hot summer day.

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Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger creamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was sweet and malty. Picked up a hint of vanilla extract.

The taste was what you would expect from a cream ale. Sweet malt notes with hints of vanilla and spice, yet very light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy. Good carbonation.

A very drinkable beer and an excellent example of the style. Essentially a much smoother Genny Cream Ale.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single from the LCBO for $2.00 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Beautiful bouquet. Sweet and earthy

T- Nice but light. Not a great body but has a nice earthy taste to it.

M- Crisp

O- Nice little brew. Drank 23 of a 24pk back in the 90s then the next morning had the farts that nearly killed one guy at the cottage. Silent and deadly little burner that cleared the room and made one guy barf his guts out. What a weekend LOL

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with..... Chicken pot pie


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Photo of ahking
3.63/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is pure gold. Aroma is sickly sweet but its not bad (if that makes any sense). Flavor is of sweet bread with hints of caramel. Fair amount of adjuncts lighten the body and round out the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and round. Very refreshing and drinkable. However, if you are in the mood for a beer with any amount of hops, move on. This is nearing on a macro-brew, but still quality (for now...stay true Sleeman's!!).

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Photo of mave
3.58/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

first time i had this ale thought it was quite good, the ale was served in a frosted glass, the cream ale held a head through out the glass, smell very light, mouthfeel thin for a cream ale,drinkability after a couple would have like too have a couple more but no the wife, you know.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice cream ale that is full bodied and very well balanced..The colour is a very light golden hue and extremely clear. The taste is its finer point in that it is very rewarding, refreshing, crisp and clean. The only drawback of this particular brew is its total lack of head shortly after being poured....
Go Sleeman's....ya got a winner here!!!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?"

--The Beatles

Crystalline amber with multiple bubble streams feeding an attractive crown of cream colored foam that sports a sticky, large-bubbled upper surface. Given that, it's no surprise that there's a healthy amount of sticky, bubbly lace. I certainly can't complain about the way this cream ale looks.

I can, however, complain about the way it smells. If blinded, I would have said 'macro lager' nine times out of ten. Make that ten times out of ten. The beer is grain-like with a moderately musky hoppiness that doesn't belong. I wonder if it'll taste more style accurate than it smells.

While things are better on the palate, I'm still not doing handstands. However, I have to say that 64* is one of Sleeman's best; at least of the small handful of their offerings that I've had so far. I'm still reminded of a robust macro lager (a macro ale maybe) more than a true cream ale. See Anderson Valley's excellent Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema for what I think a cream ale should taste like.

Lightly sweetened grain is the focal point. Actually, as it warms, I'm beginning to feel pretty good about Sleeman Cream Ale. If the thought of a sweetish, maltier than usual, hoppier than usual Pabst Blue Ribbon is your idea of a good time, give this one a whirl. A decent tongue smack of German hops (a guess) is what pulls this beer out of the realm of the strictly ordinary.

The mouthfeel gets the job done with ease. It's medium in heft for the style and is semi-firm rather than semi-creamy. In that respect, it matches the flavor profile very well. A decent amount of carbonation keeps things moving smartly along.

To be honest, I didn't expect much from Sleeman Cream Ale (64*). I can hardly be blamed, though, since these guys have burned me in the past. The brewery's website states that the intention was 'to combine the refreshing taste of a German lager with the distinctive taste of an English ale...'. Mission accomplished. This is a surprisingly worthy warm weather beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.48/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. A solid yellowy gold with a smallish. but somehow constant head.

S - Slightly skunky, with a malty backbone.

T - Decent hop character. Not really a strong hop of course, but what's there is actually pretty nice.

M - Solid, medium mouthfeel. Carbonation isn't too biting.

D - Sure, why not. Pleasantly surprised for a cream ale. Basically, I don't expect much from the style so compared to expectations, this was excellent. Certainly the best cream ale I've had.

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Photo of bmacaskill
3.46/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sleeman's built itself on cream ale, and they've not done half-bad.

OK, to be honest, they probably built themselves on glitz and by-talk, but that would have been the *first* time: back in 1860-whatever.

This time around, a Sleeman descendant grabbed the ol' cream ale recipe (or so we're told) and tried again:

Plusses: nice creamy taste (hey! sue me -- they called it cream ale for a reason), clear bottle, great marketing.

Minusses: here in Canada this beer has been beaten to death. Of course, there are worse thing to have happened to a "cottage brewer"... they're just too popular! Cream Ale is sweet (and too sweet), smooth, and almost hop-free.

So is that bad? No, not really. Just old.

Nevertheless: one-and-a-half thumbs up. Sure beats Molson Canadian.

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Photo of proc
3.45/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good "drinking" beer and one that could easily qualify for the term "session beer".

Pours out to a slightly dark, golden color in the glass with a slight, white head. Aroma is that of grain, bread and a very, faint yeast smell. The taste is good, with a slight sweetness present. The mouthfeel is very good, with a nice creaminess following through on the swallow.

Cream Ales are an underrated style. I'd like to see more local brewers try their hand at brewing this style. Sleeman products have just recently started to show up in force in the Motown area. I look forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. That word describes this brew best. Smooth flavor and very refreshing. Strong notes of corn and a hint of hops. Short lived head and medium carbonation. Had some of this over in Canada and was pleased to find it's now available state side. Worth the price (about 7.50 a sixer) and a marked step up from what one would expect from Canadian beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stoutman
3.43/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mild and slightly musty aroma of malt, with light hops. Pours a clear bubbly light gold with a small diminishing off-white head. Flavor is decent. Creamy and smooth, it starts off mild and bland and ends with a faint hop or bitter ? note. There’s nothing bad about it but there’s nothing particularly good about it either. Slightly above average at best.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.4/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can from family party.

A: Dark golden ale, decent head with no retention or lacing.

S: Not bad for a macro ream ale. Some malt.

T: Mild grainy malt flavor. Creamy and inoffensive.

M: Creamy, as expected, no hop/carbonation bite at all.

D: Very easy to drink. Creamy but not too sweet. Good beer to travel with.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.4/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of bottles of Sleeman Cream Ale 64 at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale gold/yellow color and is clear. A foamy one-finger snow-white head forms, and dissipates slowly to a ring around the side of the glass. The head produces moderate lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell is fairly strong and herbal. There are hop scents, pine notes and some spices.

The taste is fairly sweet, with fruity and herbal spice flavors, and a mildly bitter hop finish. Again there are some herbal flavors.

The mouth feel is light, clean and crisp. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, and would be good any time, especially on a hot day. I’m not much on the style, but this one seems like a good representation. I would probably have it again.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Very clear golden-yellow color with a fizzy white head that dissipated rather within a minute.

S: Aromas of light, pale malt and a touch of hops. Not a very strong nose.

T: Somewhat assertive graininess and a subtle fruity character. Hop character is noticed as a slightly grassy bitterness. Crisp and quite refreshing.

M: Lighter body and plenty of carbonation. The finish was pretty clean and a little dry.

D: This would make a pretty good warm-weather beer.

A pretty refreshing beer that would do much better on a hot day than any other time. Nothing spectacular, but a decent session beer that I certainly would not turn away.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a white head that vanishes quickly, very little lace. Aroma was a bit floral and a bit of alcohol, the second Sleeman product I have noticed this. Taste was a sweet front, and a fair amount of hops in the finish, nothing terrible, in fact, rather good. Mouthfeel was a little creamy (duh!), and the ABV was well hidden in the taste. This is a good swilling beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Garin
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sleeman's cream ale poured a golden colour, with the slightest bit of haze. The head was nicely creamy and dense. A little lacing was left on my glass.

Very little aroma -- a bit of sweet, a bit of malt. The taste was very mild, with a bit of sweet, and (you guessed it!) a bit of malt. Nobody will be offended or surprised by this one. It is pleasant tasting, it's just extraordinarly mild.

In the mouth, it's a cream ale. Smooth, creamy, light, and refreshing. This is very drinkable, though unremarkable. I didn't find it overly filling, but then I just had the one bottle.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a rep from the brewery came into work today and gave us a few samples of this and the pre-prohabition porter (2004). I liked the story he told of how the brewery was closed for 50 years as punnishment for selling beer to al capone.

but the brew had a nice head poured a brillent golden color. the aroma was mildly hoppy with a light malt in the background.
the flavor had a good bitterness, more then i would expect from a beer this color, but the flavor drops off almost as fast as you swallow it.

it would not be my first choice in a beer but if i had to pick over most american dom or canadian lagers i would choise this for sure. it lacked the after taste that i hate in those beers. the corn flavor.

the clear bottle is a mistake imo

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what the difference between Sleeman Cream Ale and Sleeman Cream Ale 64 is except that one is in the standard Sleeman clear bottle, and the other is in brown glass. It pours the expected clear golden body and creamy white head. Retention and lacing are average. Aroma is average. The taste is average. In fact, nothing seems to stand out at all about this beer. It has a very generic malt and hop flavor that could just as well be almost any American-style lager. There is an edge to it, however, and perhaps that's because it's an ale - and if it is, it's one really clean ale for sure! There is more bitterness to it, I'll give it that, but it's still below pilsner levels. I guess it does have some drinkability to it though, if you look at it as being unoffensive and quaffable. Still, it's kind of boring and, overall, unremarkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright golden-orange with a slight, dull white capping that quickly succumbed to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: The nose was simple and sweet, fresh sweet oranges and citrus.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and creamy oranges, bright citrus and a sweet malting backing things up. The flavor was sweet, crisp, fresh and citrusy with some dry oranges on the fade and finish.

M: The mouthful was light with a subtle creaminess, and was decent enough.

D: Nice drinkability, sweet, and worth a try.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad ale, this light amber brew came with a thin off-white head and minmal lace. The nose is light a gives mostly a malt sense with a small hint of hops. The flavor is pleasant if not overly impressive. The feel is creamy and medium with a strong, crisp finish and ending dryness. Drinkable and enjoyable, though better are certainly available.

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Photo of shirfan
3.28/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An odd brew...it has just a little more character than the typical canadian lagers, and is more lager-like than ale.

Pours standard golden with an average white head. A faintly burnt chemical aroma.

Has a rough, husky grain profile; I'm having a hard time deciding if there are adjuncts, or if this is just coarse by design. Starts sweet and buttery with some cooked vegetable tones, slides to the back of the tongue, finishes with a small amount of bitter, yet flavorless hops.

I was expecting a craft-brewed taste, but got something that just marginally tops Labatt or Molson. Underwhelming.

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