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 malcontent
2.87/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost transparent and I'm tempted to rank it lower but I can't remember having a cream ale any time recently so I'm not totally sure what they look like. This reminds me more of cream soda. Hardly any head to speak of. Still, I DO love the embossed bottle.

Slight, sweet smell although after that I'm picking up NOTHING.

Man, I wish this brewery spent as much time on their beer as they do on their bottles; nondescript malt taste with slight hop bitterness on the finish. Some biscuity qualities but not much else going on here.

I guess there must be something good about this beer and it's the mouthfeel; right balance of carbonation and body making it fairly drinkable if you don't want to have to think about your beer. I must stress, there is nothing about this beer that is bad/unpleasant per se, however I'm having difficulty coming up with anything good either. One and done.

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

A bottle of this mysteriously showed up in my beer fridge. Pours a golden color with virtually no head or lacing. Smell is like apple cider, no skunkiness detected. The apple cider follows through with the flavor as well, except it has a sour note to it. Tastes more like a sour hard cider though there is a touch of sweetness that sails in on the tail. Not something I would buy in the future, in fact this is one of the worst beers I've had in some time. The last inch or so was a drain pour.

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

The pour was a clear golden with a bright white foamy head the settles to a respectable lace. Aroma was to be expected with light malt corn. Flavor was also expected with the same light malt and corn. However, I was also picking up some sweet almost fruity flavors that I didn't exactly know what to make of. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both average for this style. Overall, I would go far out of my way to get a bottle of this brew, but it is worth a try to further science. I would like help with ID'ing the sweet flavors.

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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 Rudgers73
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


When I go to Canada I see this stuff advertised all over the place. It costs about the same as decent macros. I don't understand why.

This is a beer that our college bar used to get in bulk for "barrel night". I'll explain quickly: You hand Stan a buck, reach into a barrel with a little flap door, feel around, and pull a beer out. You don't want to get a sleeman...

This beer seems like it is close to having a little potential. It isn't bad except it is just SO THIN.

The color looks like decent beer--with water in it.
The taste tastes like decent beer--with water in it.
The mouthfeel feels like-- well, you get the point.

All of the sleeman's beers that I have tried are just the same, watered down.

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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 klewis
1.42/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: pours a straw color with a fizzy head. A significant amount of carbonation rises continually to the surface.

S: Putrid smell. Awful vegetal aroma - something like a mixture of corn and peas - combined with vomit and diapers. I've never had a beer that smelled worse.

T: Light and bland adjunct malt flavor. Somewhat sweet.

M: Light bodied with fizzy carbonation.

D: Awful. I need a Bud or Corona or something to chase this one. Yuck.

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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 Absumaster
2.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this beer at a restaurant where this was one of the beers that came closest to a draft beer. What did I know?? This sounds like a really smooth beer.

The color was just like a lager, very bright golden, with a good head, that died after several minutes.

Smell was like German lager, some sulfur and bitterness, a full bodied beer.

Taste was absolutely not creamy. I don't know where this name came from. It is just a 'normal' blond beer and not even a very good one. It is mild, hoppy and has some malt in there. If it would be catagorized as a blond, I would rate it higher. Too bad!

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Photo of nlmartin
2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is fizzy yellow. The beer has a one finger thick white head. The head has poor retention.

Smell: Grassy hops combine with a corn sweet smell. The beer has a faint metallic smell.

Taste: Thin malty corn flavor leads the taste. The beer has lightly bittering earthy hops. The beer has a slight astringency noted.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is light bodied. The beer is well carbonated. Frankly I dont like it. The beer is easy to drink. This probably wouldnt be bad lawnmower beer on a hot day. I think I will try a different beer next time.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
1.47/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Wow, this is one of the most putrid beers I’ve ever had. It stinks of bad fruit and must. Tastes bland and skunky, even on tap. Extremely watery and almost painful to drink.

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Photo of BigBry
3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the four selections in the Sleeman Selections 12 pack. Distinctive clear Sleeman bottle, red neck label. Pours a clear orange/yellow color. Nice creamy white head, although it is a fairly short stack of foam, there is good stability and nice lace. The smell is grainy with a bit of earthy, floral grass in it. The flavor has some sweetness. There is the typical grains and a slight touch of skunk from the clear bottle. A tiny hint of metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy, but still kind of thin and watery. Good, but not great. All Sleeman products are slightly better than Molson/Labatt offerings. Overall score is still 'not recommended', there are lots of better cream ales out there.

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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 thelagerheads
3.06/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has been pointed out by my drinking buddy that I taste coffee and chocolate in every dark brew and high alcohol aftertaste and sour squid and balsamic vingear or some such foreign thing to beer in every thing we drink. I guess this might be true but I could have sworn that with this beer I tasted the grapey-grapey-grape of Grolsch in here and something akin to Michelob without the grimy feel of a lobotomy. My heart said that a Cream Ale (having never tasted one) would taste like a milkshake or as my friend suggested, a creme soda, but it tastes more like a typical mass-produced beer but minus the playing deck of cards looking label and a heart (as small as it is) that at least tries to sing.

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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 elricorico
2.66/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow orage and fairly clear. The head is creamy white, and only about a centimetre thick to start. It does leave lacing and seems to have a bit of staying power though.

The smell is grassy, grainy and a little flowery. Quite garden like in a way. Deep in is a bit of skunkiness. Overall effect is not great.

First impression in the mouth is that there is a bit of a sweet creamy flavour to it. This is a bit shortlived, not really lasting past the front of the toungue. It is followed up by a mix of grains and faint skunk. Cream comes back a little in the aftertaste, but faintly. It has some redeeming qualities, but isn't great.

The mouthfeel is lager like. Not quite watery, but fizzy and light.

This one is drinkable, but again, not worth picking up.

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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 hoppymeal
2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours yellow to light gold. Sweet corn & rice smells mix with a sour? smell. Taste is starchy sweetness with a little skunkiness. A hint of bitterness and alcohol at the finish. As it warms the starchy sweetness is more pronounced. Very little body to speak of.

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Photo of zjungleist
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Duped again. Actually, this beer wasn't undrinkable, but it was worth no where near $7 a sixer. To my surprise it's brewed by the same folk who brew Old Milwaukee in the great white north.

Totally clear yellow with an awfull head. Smells of grains and minerals. Taste is mostly just crappy malts, with a hint of sourness and minerals. The mouthfeel is pretty much just foamy water. Overall I am dissapointed, mostly because I had high hopes. It is drinkable, but not enjoyable.

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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 whynot44
3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice coppery gold color with a modest fluffy white head that doesn't stick around long.

The aroma is grainy, grassy and vaguely metallic.

The taste is similar, tastes of light malt, corn and grass. It starts very slightly sweet and finishes with a grassy metallic tang. Somewhat more taste than some macro brew lagers but not really remarkable.

Still, it drinks fairly easily and could appeal to some.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow straw color with a minimum white soapy head. The smell is a bit funky, through that you get hints of rye and grain, small amount of lemon. The taste is light and smooth, it is light refreshing, I expected more. If to pair with food I found it nice with a good Chicken Caesar salad. Clean and drinkable in hot sticky summer heat.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.17/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm..maybe this isn't what I expected. I realized Sleeman's wasn't really a tiny microbrewery with ancient secret recipes but I thought it would be better looking than this. I picked up a duty free case of the old cream ale in an infamous road trip to Toronto a few years ago and thought it was drinkable.
The appearance is remarkably average, medium straw color, lots of carbonation, no head, and as sterile and transparant looking as a fishtank. Nose contains some decent hop characteristic but also hides hints of adjuncts.
Taste is bitter and has tangible hop evidence but also has rice, or perhaps corn (or both) on board. Mouthfeel is nothing special.
Not a beer I'll look for in twelve packs in the future, methinks. Still, the taste partially redeems this beer although it's still resides in ordinary city.

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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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