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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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of bmosh99
5/5  rDev +76.7%

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +50.2%
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 +41.3%
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 canoehornpoint
3.94/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

better than average and the best of the sleeman line. this still seems a bit mainstream. not much hop taste, not much hop nose.

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Photo of Boston71
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of redmosquito
3.74/5  rDev +32.2%
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 +30.7%
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 +30.7%
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 +30%
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 +28.3%
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 +26.5%
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 +25.4%
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 Boo-urns
3.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev +24%
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 jcubz
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.48/5  rDev +23%
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 +22.3%
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 +21.9%
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 +21.2%
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 +21.2%
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 +20.1%
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 +20.1%
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 +18.4%
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 +18.4%
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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Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
2.83 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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