Sleeman Cream Ale | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Cream AleSleeman Cream Ale
Sleeman Cream AleSleeman Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American 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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Unfortunately for Sleemans' most recognized brand, it doesn't look like anything special. Gave this an aggressive pour, and the head starts out really good looking, but really quickly dissolves into a soap bubble layer, and only leaves behind small spotty lace patches. The color is a clear light golden color and there is ample carbonation rising in several distinct pillars.

S- Whoa this was really skunky smelling upon first pouring it into my glass, but like a wine, I gave it a little air and it subdued itself down a bit. Dry grainy, yet sweet malt dominates, with a mild fruitiness about it....perhaps Bosc pear....something a little more earthy. Also a little bit adjuncty, the finish doesn't really reveal any bitterness....just dryness.

T- The flavors are much better than the aroma lets on. The fruitiness is more citrus like and this blends with the light, sweet malt that becomes apparent, especially after the swallow. There is also a buttered bread flavor that hits me right on the sides of my tongue. The finish helps balance this all out with a distinctively mild hop bitterness. I do note that there is a bit of an corn adjunct that lingers awkwardly.

M- The smooth carbonation, which I guess should help in defining a cream ale, does provide a creamy texture, which was noticed in the flavoring. Clean with a bit of a strange unnatural sweetness that lingers puts a bit of a dent in this category.

D- It's not a bad beer by any means, but I probably won't go out of my way to drink this again....I wouldn't decline a bottle or pint given to me though. I can see this becoming too much after no more than a couple glasses of this and needing to move to something either more distinct or palate cleansing. Give it a try anyways, it won't kill you.

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2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - crystal clear yellow, tall white head after a bit of a rude pour, respectable retention with limited spot of lacing
S - very corny and leafy with a metallic twinge, nothing else breaks through
T - strong leafy flavour moves to a corn and grain malt base, definite astringent finish with some bitter citrus rind
M - initial carbonation kick quickly thins out to a thin an somewhat watery feel, metallic dry finish
O - the adjunct and hop presence are strongly accentuated, its not a bad brew, but it is generally average

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Photo of spinrsx
2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale gold colour with a large soapy white head. (aggressive pour) There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - corn syrup, slightly metallic, pale malts, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There really isn't much carbonation going on. Maybe it's to help the beer feel 'creamy' but it just comes across as watery. I can taste wheat, corn syrup, and a slight citrus bitterness. Not a whole lot of taste going here.. It finishes with a basic adjunct lager aftertaste,

Drink - Wow, this is really a subpar beer.. not sure how it has maintained its popularity over the years. I always see shelves full of it.. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

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Photo of BBP
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A pale gold color. Very little head. What head was there disappeared quickly.

S- Grain and corn. Weak hop smell.

T- Smooth and slightly creamy. Slight skunk and malt.

M- Very light. Mediun low carbonation. Only slightly creamy.

D- Fairly drinkable. Underwhelming, but would never offend me.

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Photo of Matt1516
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer of my twenties, reviewed in my thirties...

Consumed under prime conditions: 85 degree day at the zoo (but in a plastic cup).

Smallish white head on a light copper body. Smells of light malt and corn.

Tastes like a premium macro, lots of corn filler, no hops and light bodied. Mouthfeel not bad...wasn't watery. Slightly sweet finish.

Inoffensive but bland.

At least there was less chance of skunking with draft than if served from a clear bottle.

My youth is betrayed

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3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a huge Sleeman fan, and I don't often buy this beer. However on a night out at a certain comedy establishment when this beer is on special, I definitely grab a few. Of all the Sleeman types available (Cream, Draught, Honey) this is definitely my favourite of the three. It's smoothe, I don't recall much of a nasty aftertaste, and it's refreshing. For a night out, that's what I'm looking for so it hits the spot nicely.

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Sleeman Cream Ale from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.88 out of 5 with 97 ratings