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 cdkrenz
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$7.49/Six Pack
JR Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - There is alot of action in this pour making it very inviting. It has a 1.5 inch thickness to it's shiny white head. What holds this characteristic towards average is the color of Ale 64*. It doesn't shine like other good cream ales.

Smell - It has a good malty scent to it but it is just too slight. I like a good noseful when I take a big whiff.

Taste - There is a malty flavor backed up with a hoppy finish. There is a creamyness to this beer that helps the malt and hops come together.

Mouthfeel - I can't say the beer is smooth but I does have a creative coarseness to it that's not bad. Still, not what I hope for in a cream ale.

~ I will relax and enjoy drinking this beer. However, I can't see myself pitching another $7.50 towards our northern neighbor just to get a beer that has a cool bottle and 5% alcohol. Sorry.

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Photo of rm0312
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received a six pack of bottles through my beer club. Poured a pale amber without much of a lasting head. Aroma and flavor were average at best...feels like a light lager with little finish. This is not an impressive ale and not one I’d purchase on my own (ended up giving two of them away).

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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 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 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 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 dstc
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a decent white head that leaves a small trail of lace behind. Not picking up much while smelling. Seems very light and maybe a little metallic. Taste is light to moderate and there is definitely that metallic hint there. Feels bubbly and tingly with some weight to it. Average beer, definitely not the best cream ale I've had. In my opinion it's just an average to above average beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.76/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear dark yellow brew with a 1/2 finger head of white foam that leaves some really nice lace.

S - Pilsner-like crisp and acrid nose. Smells quite a bit like an adjunct-laden macro lager to me.

T - Tastes much better than it smells. Crisp apple and other fruits. Saltine cracker malt taste, with a healthy dose of hops toward the end.

M - Extremely dry and carbonated. Almost full bodied which seems strange to me for such a light colored that why it's called cream ale?

D - Pretty good. This isn't really anything special, but it's really refreshing and drinkable.

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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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Sleeman Cream Ale (64*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
2.83 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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