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 Sammy
2.85/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok because of creamy taste/mouthfeel but nowhere near a Creemore. Dry, crisp. Better than mediocre national brands, of which Sleeman is now #3. Oily taste with cream, like a latte. Ok pour. Dried out my mouth. Mates ranked it about the same or a tad higher.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid beer to begin a session. Looks medium straw in color and pours a white cap of loose bubbles that hold for a little while. Smells modestly sweet and vegetable like. Faint yeastiness and earthyness. tastes lightly sweet and corn like. Follows up with a powdery sweetness like powdered sugar. Feels slightly slick and buttery to the palate. Light body that remains consistent through the finishes. Finishes also crisp and fresh.

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Photo of brentk56
3.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a sturdy head that shards the pint glass with lace

Smell: Husky with undertones of corn

Taste: Starts out crisp and clean and ends that way, too, with a touch of husky bitterness at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: If you want a beer without much taste then this one is for you, but then again, I don't expect much flavor out of a cream ale

Purchased from

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.03/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a light yellow ale with a thin white bubbly head that’s disappearing way too fast. I can already smell skunk has a poured the beer. The taste is quite weak with a mix of light malt and a weak creamy feeling. This is truly a bad beer (could be a bad bottle but what do people expect with clear bottle!!!).

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Photo of zeff80
2.97/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. There was no lace and very little carbonation.

S - It smelled of grains and sweet malt.

T - It tasted of malt and was bittersweet. There was a very minimal amount of hop spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This isn't bad. It seems to be fairly standard for the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +16.6%
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 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 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 Jason
2.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz clear glass bottle, not to worry the six-pack holder was a cardboard box as to not let the light in. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden brew, thin lacing … a bit disappointing.

Smell: Mild fusel alcohol, a big grainy … other than that clean to the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Semi-harsh crispness with an unnatural creamy slick mouth feel and I swear there is a cream flavour in there. Perhaps a vanilla flavour off of the alcohol … odd. Hops lack any solid presence, more alcohol and the end of the wave of fusel alcohol in the finish.

Notes: Too harsh for me. A bit boring as well … there is no need to back to this one for me.

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Photo of jwc215
2.91/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with nice clarity. A thin white head leaves a touch of trailing lace.

The smell is sweet. Some cooked veggies and malt.

The taste is of sweet, grainy malt. Some cooked veggies, as in the smell. There's a subtle metallic tinge, especially as it warms. There's a touch of hop bitterness to control the sweetness in the finish. Soft, mild taste.

The feel is spritzy with a light, though not overy watery, taste. Somewhat coating, but honestly I couldn't tell if I just drank an ale or a lager. A step above a macro-lager, but not much more.

Drinkable, but forgettable. Certainly not worth the import price. If I were in Canada, where it is, presumably, cheaper, it could pass as a mindless "session" brew.

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Photo of Gavage
2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: arrived in a pint glass looking weak - a very light yellow color with a 1/2" head that fell immediately to some surface bubbles.

Smell: a dull sweetness lingers from the glass.

Taste: mildly sweet, some hints of sweet pear, and little bitterness. Overall the flavor profile is weak and unimpressive.

Mouthfeel: the only redeeming quality in this beer. Smooth from start to finish. Clean finish. Lighter in body.

Drinkabilty: not impressed with this. There are many better cream ales, most likely served at your local brewpub.

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent that is a bit sweet along with a dry aroma. The taste is average also. It has a very dry flavor that boasts of pale malts and adjuncts. It's a bit sweet on the way down, but finishes dry and musty. The mouthfeel is terrible. It is a low bodied beer with loads of carbonation. This is a beer for the scrap heap. It needs more malt content and a little less carbonation.

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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 Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

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 jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is almost sweet, grass, hay some hops. Boring. $1.45 for a 340ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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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 scruffwhor
2.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A very seltzery head with no retention or film or ring. Color is a pale blonde with some alright lacing. This looks more like a pilsner than a cream ale. More like a lager than an ale!!

Smell- Smells like a lager that tried in vain to be some kind of ale, maybe cream. Maybe some cream soda aroma if the soda was diluted with seltzer water, heavily.

Taste- Very light hint of watery cream. Some alright carbonation hint at the light malting in this beer.

Mouthfeel- Very light for any so called ale I've had. This was not a good intro into cream ales. But I'll continue to try.

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Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light golden amber, thin off-white lace of head. Sweet, grainy malt aroma, some floral hops as well. Sweet maltiness, almost like marshmallows, dominates the flavour. Mild bitterness and medium length, sweet finish. Slightly creamy texture. One of Sleeman's better offerings and a good beer to transition friends away from industrial lagers.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Between the Bluffs Beer Fest. Served with a little head and less lace. Beery bittersweet aroma with traces of hops and malt and definite corn. Yellow color. Bland, but thirst quenching, so some hop. A little body. Well carbonated. Clean. Easy drinking. Slightly bitter finish

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Photo of mynie
2.43/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a decent dark gold with a head that jumps up and then dies.

Smells like adjunct malt, pleasant fruit, and saccharin sweetness. Hell, I like TaB, so it's not entirely bad. It's not just what I would call a good beer smell.

Tastes very much the same: like a slightly above average macro pilsner that has the same aftetaste as old diet soda. The intense sweetness gets more and more palatable as the beer goes on, but it never reaches the level of "average."

Well, if nothing else, this sure as heck is a cream ale: the body is great. Too bad it's too darn sweet to kick back more than one at a time.

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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 Gusler
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after is escape from the 330ml clear bottle resides in my glass a crystal clear gold with a smallish bright white semi-creamy head after is dissolution, the lace forms a thin veil to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt; fresh with the start sweet and the grain profile light, top is thin. Finish is modestly carbonated and the hops run of the mill, a drinkable and refreshing beer and to me that means a lot.

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Photo of papat444
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dogbrick
1.65/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The word "Sleeman" just sounds dirty for some reason. Pours a clear light gold color with a thin white head that was gone quickly. Very little lacing. The aroma is lightly skunky and sweet at the same time. Light-bodied and kind of fizzy with a nondescript flavor. Bland hops and vague sweetness here and there is about it. The finish is clean, bubbly and faintly sweet. Doesn’t do much for me.

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