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 slitherySOB
3.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a can while on a fishing trip. Cans are much more convenient in the outdoors. Anyways, I brought my glass so I can pour it while at lunch. WOW!!! Sleeman from a can smells good. Very smooth and malty scents are marching up my nose before I even tilt the can. Ahh, now in the glass. Hmm, good head, amber colour. Similar to the bottle version. Taste. Huh? Where is the taste? I can smell malt, why can't I taste it. This was bland. Perhaps it was a bad can. I don't know. Mouthfeel. Their was a mouthfeel? It was too unoffensive to leave a mouthfeel. I give it a higher drinkability rating because it is drinkable like diet sprite. The bottled version was better. I honestly hope I just had a bad can.

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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 AudioGilz
3.28/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like Sleeman's unique bottles but I wish they weren't clear. This beer is a crystal clear golden with a small but thick head. Touches of grain and sweet malts in the aroma, pretty reserved though. There's nothing special and exciting about the flavor, but it's definitely a very crisp and refreshing experience. It's a great alternative to the macros and very easy to drink.

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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 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 zerk
3.21/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good head and nice lace on an otherwise unimpressive beer. Not bad, mind you, just nothing out of the ordinary. Not very complex, but very smooth. Typical Canadian yeasty aftertaste.

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