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 TheManiacalOne
2.59/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, grain and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character that are quickly followed by some malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, considering the style it’s a decent beer but overall it’s just mediocre.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.93/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bright golden color with moderate activity. Weak 1 finger head that last around 5 minutes, and having faint legs. Flavors of corn syrup, sweet grains, faint lemon and herbal hops. Highly sugary and syrupy, at least not too corny. Light body with prickly carbonation. Light and short finish of thick sugars and roasted barley. Overly accessible and bland. Okay freshness, doesn't feel too adjunct. Still it's watery and not enjoyable. Overall bad quality craft.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale yellow body with a tiny bit of head. Scent is minimal though some malt is present through it. Taste is not compelling, with a finish that's quite lacking. Not a favorite of mine.

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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 DenisKolkin
2.94/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. purchased from LCBO for around $2.35 CDN. Finally got around to doing a review on a beer I tried a bit more of when I was younger, but no so much lately when there's so much better stuff available. Previous rated 3.25/5.

Appearance - Decently rich golden color, very clear with nearly two fingers of fluffy and frothy white head. Moderate retention and even a bit of lacing left behind. Lower than average carbonation level based on appearance.

Smell - lagery yeast mainly relatively bland. Hard to discern from the macros although adjunct use smells less intrusive. A touch vegetative like macro lagers.

Taste - Slightly grainy, but actually seems a bit devoid of flavor. It's not terrible but as far a s cream ales go its underwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Big carbonation, relatively fizzy, slightly dry finish and a creamier than average feel. However comparatively it lacks the creaminess of other small craft brewers.

Overall - A (small) step up from domestic lagers, but only marginally better than the likes of Canadian and Blue which is pretty much what this beer is being targeted towards. Pass.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.24/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Oct. 15 2013. I've imbibed this one on a few occasions over the years, as I used to be an avid Sleeman drinker - but to be honest it has never really been one of my favourites. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow hue, generating nearly two fingers of puffy, soapy white head that fizzles away over the next minute or two. A thin cap and collar remain, with minimal lacing - this is a decent-looking macro ale. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell very good, with only some pale, grainy malts and corny notes to speak of. Not even a whiff of hops.

This isn't an interesting beer, but I'll be fair and admit that it's quite clean-tasting for what it is. Pale grain malts provide much of the flavour, although corn husk sweetness is also detectable. Mildly grassy toward the finish, with a pleasant dryness that is probably this one's saving grace. Light-bodied and pretty watery, with fizzy carbonation a few steps softer than most macro lagers. Quite quaffable in large quantities, and obviously brewed with that intent.

Final Grade: 3.24, a C+. Sleeman Cream Ale is a boring, utilitarian macro ale. I will drink this again at some point, but it's never going to be something I consume regularly. I'm starting to appreciate this one more in my old age - I used to be a Honey Brown guy, but this one is far less cloyingly sweet, with a cleaner flavour than the Original Draught. A passable macro at a decent price point; I like to stock up on cans of this when it goes on sale, as it's something mundane that I can leave in the fridge and offer to visitors that prefer 'the regular stuff'.

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Photo of bulldogops
2.52/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled from a Sleeman mix pack. 5%. A passable patio-macro beer and the price is right. Pale, clear, w/ a white head. Aroma is kind of corny/ vegetable-like. Has a light sweetness, light body, creamy, average carbonation. Inoffensive, but nothing worthy of real praise.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $2

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Skunk, bread, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and a skunkiness. There is also some grains/bread.

Overall - I would take the sleeman silvercreek over this. At least that was refreshing, this one just has too much skunkiness.

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Photo of BeerBateo
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Head/Shoulders: Poured into my usual root bear mug, a beautiful off white, 3 finger froth emerges & hangs around for a few minutes. A 1/4" rim is left as well as a thick film floating on top. There is some sticky lace in places.

Knees/Toes: Yellow-gold with a decent number of bubbles from down below.

Eyes/Ears: This is a good looking beer and doesn't make a sound.

Mouth/Nose: Slightly bitter, a bit of butter, could be better but smells so sweet. The aroma is similar to that of my hope chest. It is well rounded and has little after taste. Nice to drink even as its temperature rises.

Blanket: I'd like this beer with a feed of grouper while watching a game with my tomboys.

AKA: "She Man Cream Ale"

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Photo of Olek4374
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is obviously Sleeman's attempt at a craftier beer, but this is not their forte. They are a macro brewery that makes refeshing and easy drinking beers, so I doubt this will end well.

It pours a slightly lighter yellow than the O Draught with 3 fingers of cloudy head that dissipates rapidly. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and a little malty, but also a lot skunky courtesy of the clear bottle. Surprisingly enough, I never get the skunk with the O Draught and the Honey Brown, despite the fact that they are all served in clear bottles. Odd.

The taste is basically the O Draught if there were a more pronounced hoppy character to it. This is what the O Draught should have been in the first place. Apart from the extra hoppiness, it is virtually identical to O Draught in every regard.

Aftertaste is, not surprisingly, a little more bitter but still very refreshing like all the Sleeman beers are. This ranks a little higher than the Original Sleeman, but It's a bit of a downgrade because this is a pretty poor cream ale - but a good pale lager. They should just market it as that.

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

A - Clear golden colour, finger of head, little retention and no real lacing.

S - Grainy bready malts, leafy greens, sweet corn and buttery bread.

T - Sweet corn dominates, classic macro lager notes, bready malts, burnt butter, toasted grains and a sweet leafy note lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Pass go, collect and move on... Nothing worthy here from a flavour profile, but it's an easy drinking macro brew that's disguised as a craft ale. Don't be fooled.

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Photo of atr2605
2.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a golden color with a white head that fades pretty quick
S-malty with no hop presence
T-creamy malt dominates with hops providing nice balance without contributing flavor
M-medium bodied and creamy
O-what I kind of expected. Not a great cream ale but hit the main aspects.

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Photo of tonton
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear bottle, embossed glass with the Canadian maple leaf, the name of the brewery and the name of the beer. Red printed label with more info on the neck.

Wow. Opened the bottle and was blasted with lager funk. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Even my wife could smell it across the room. Not happy.

The taste was surprisingly decent, like an English Pale Ale. No sign of that nasty nose on the tongue. I've never had a beer that smelled as bad and tasted fine.

Good mouth feel.

Just don't burp, you'll get than nasty funk again.

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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 fizzy
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

WOW! Cream Ale (64) I thought I was going to get something that would totally amaze me. Hahahahahaha, was I mistaken. Honest guys, this is no rare beer by any means. It excels in nothing except 5% alcohol. I just got back from Panama and drank every Panamanian beer I could and would rate any of them better than this Canadian brew. Sorry if the truth hurts, but that's the way it is!

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.66/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gold color with a wispy head and light prickle. The nose is like malted snow. My wife described it as a scent that reminded her of the VFW on bingo night. Creamy attack and a bold flavor of cream. It is a very macrobrew-esque offering except that perhaps it is a little bit more "bold" than many macrobrews.

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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 RievyRW
2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Golden hue with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly and leave little lacing.

Smell: A faint malt smell

Taste: Some malt flavors, but not much. No real hops flavor either.

Drinkability: Better than the standard mass produced beer, but not something that needs to be drank whenever possible.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
2.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this a part of a mix twelve pack that sleeman put out. It was a good deal and I liked the porter. This was one of my gateway brands into craft beer so they do have a place in my heart.

This beer really didn't have much greatness about it. I liked it the least of all in the mix pack. Mostly bland dark malt tones. Nothing all that pretty or tasty.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Cream Ale is a very sparkling, clear, light golden ale with a fuzzy white head that fades quickly and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is faint and of light grain, possibly some noble hops and a touch of paper. There is something a little corny and farty about it. It is light bodied, reasonably soft, and the finish is a bit gritty. There isn't really much flavor here. A little bit of bitterness picks up at the end. It's kind of like drinking water out of a glass that had a Pilsner in it earlier. There may be something a bit lemony in here, but I'm really groping for something here. It would be good for shotgunning or beer pong.
(rated Jan 4, 2008)

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Photo of kinger
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simple is good with this one. Pours a medium light golden yellow with a thin white head and good carbonation. Aroma is subtle, creamy, and light with a slight malt nose. Mouthfeel is good and filling with a crisp finish. Flavor is very appealing. Easy simple and delicious, nice beer.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this at the local beer store. came in a twelve pack with three other sleeman offerings. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. light gold color. clear with a one finger white head. nice lace.

malt nose. some hop aroma. maybe some adjuncts in there. no off odors.

sweet malt taste. a little hop presence. balanced for style. dry aftertaste.

light to mid body. good carbonation. seems to fit style description. not a lot of depth. i am new with cream ales. would not go out of my way to buy this. may buy another sampler 12er in the future though.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev +16.6%
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 babaracas
1.9/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light amber with fast fading white head. Smell: alcohol and grains. Taste: grains, alcohol, slight tannin-ness. Mouthfeel: watery thin and harshly crisp with a slimy finish. Basically it tastes like a poor attempt at a cream ale, watery and too much alcohol upfront for 5%. Not even on the Genny Cream level.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A macro looking golden color with a fairly thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.
S- I couldn't pull much of a scent on this one. It kind of just smells like alcohol. Some distant grain scent.
T- I get a bit of vanilla taste in there. Mostly it is a continuation of the alcohol scent. Not really what I was expecting. Though I'm aware cream ales aren't known for hop character, I got no hop taste at all.
M- It feels light. It was a little excessive on carbation for me. It left my pallette a little dry as well.
D- I mean... it was very average. I suppose it's light enough that one could drink a couple. Not my favorite, not horrible. It wasn't what I was expecting. I would recommend it if offered by a friend or something, but not of high enough quality that I plan on purchasing again.

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