Sleeman Cream Ale | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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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.

Added by cdkrenz on 10-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - gold colour with a 1-inch head that cools off to a thin layer of bubbles in no time. Produces little spots of lace as consumed.

Smell - sweet corn similar to that of an adjunct with a cooked vegetable smell over steady, clean malt aromas. A little skunkiness noted as well, typical of the Sleeman folks.

Taste - good flavours of malt and hops throughout with a pretty clean, crisp finish. Far better from the can than the bottle.

Mouthfeel - pretty neutral in terms of mouthfeel, less active than the bottle. I'd also mention it doesn't have that seltzer-ish feel that I thought the glass counterpart provided.

Drinkability - nothing wrong with this one, on a hot night with a cheeseburger and fries. That's what I had mine with.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Canadian beer geek friend says this is a respectable session bier so he brought me a couple of 473 ml cans. Let's see what we have here... Pours a clear light golden body with an impressive vanilla head that retains well and leaves lots of splotchy lace.

Not much going on with the aroma. Vague grassy hops and some corn syrupy malts.

Spritzy carbonation and a very light body makes for easy drinkability.

Taste doesn't have a lot of flavor. Faint grassy hops, cooked corn, corn syrup, and a creamy maltiness. Finishes clean.

Inoffensively drinkable.

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Photo of talbotjf99
2.74/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of magictrokini
2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tap @ the Irish pub inside New York/New York. And no, not even the vibe of Vegas could save this one. Yellow pour with a moderate white head. Grain, bread, and some straw in the aroma. Metallic and tart taste. Whatever. This made me order a PBR. For shame

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Photo of ahugenerd
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kelvarus
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Came in a silver/red can. Has nice golden almost amber colour. Has a decent head to start but quickly dissipates. Laced my glass rather well.

Smell - Grain like smell with a hint of some fruit (can't quite place which fruit)

Taste - Starts off with a slight creaminess but nothing spectacular. Changes to a bitter tasting grain but goes down smoothly but is quite dry as well on the finish

Mouthfeel -Kind of dry feel in the mouth. Don't feel the creaminess after a few seconds. Carbonation seems average.

Drinkability - It does start off smooth and creamy but the grain taste and dryness of it does seem to be its biggest drawbacks.

Overall I'd say a good beer to buy on a hot summer day or out bbq. Sitting around at home with a few friends over to watch movies or play games, this is a good average beer to throw at them. Wouldn't recommend it for much else.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle. Yet another misbegotten clear bottle - this form over function thing has got to pass.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, thinly caked bone white head, which leaves some unexpectedly profligate branched lace around the glass as it quick settles.

It smells of rather acridly semi-sweet corn mash malt, a hint of decently veritable pale malt, uncooked rice, with a further understated stinky veggie essence. The taste is pithy white grain, a bit of mild pale malt, and dead grass, skunky hops. Simply underwhelming, fer sure.

The carbonation is fairly invasive, though it fades soon enough, the body mostly on the lee side of middleweight, and rather plainly and pallidly smooth. It finishes off-dry, still skunky, and fairly dry.

This is neither creamy nor ale-like, really, at all. More like a typical BMC incursion into the craft beer world with their undeveloped sense of how things beyond lager-land can be, 'drinkability' be damned.

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Photo of traumaqueen
2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of JimR
3/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Richter35
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from a can and poured into Sleeman-branded glass.

Appearance is that of your average golden ale, but a little more effervescent. Minimal head/lacing.

Smell has a strong, sweet malt base and faint hop presence.

Taste steps it up a bit. Apple, hops and bready malt tastes up front finshing on the dry side. Mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is refreshing.

Overall slightly above average beer that effectively combines extreme drinkability with a decent taste profile... all at a reasonable price.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a touch of skunkiness. Taste is crisp, lots of grains, earthy, very light hops, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
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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Photo of Merlin68
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A- A light yellow with LOTS of carbonation and two fingers ot bubbly white head. Completely transparent.

S - Light grainy nose with no hop prescence whatsoever. A hint of sweetness. Overall not much going on.

T - Faint grains. Not much else going on. Has the somewhat "skunky" taste that often accompanies European lagers.

M - Not very creamy at all. Slightly creamy compared to an average lager, but certainly not to the extent of many other cream ales.

D - A decent beer but overall I prefer most of the major macros to this.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of civicm87
2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of mwilbur
1.7/5  rDev -41%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale yellow with thin white head that quickly disappears. Very urine-like.
S: Like bad Heineken.
T: Actually, slightly better than the aroma. Like semi-bad Heineken. Sweet sugar-water finish.
M: Thin, watery. Not bad, but certainly less than average.
D: OK...I confess...I bought the variety pack because it came in a nice wooden crate...I wish I hadn't. This is the best beer of the bunch, which isn't saying much. So, far I would stay away from this brewery all together. Other than being a sweet tasting beer, there's not much to this cream ale.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of GABrew
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of NorthernSails
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ne0m00re
1.76/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

05/16/11- Review of a 341 mL bottle, which was pretty old to be honest.
A: Very clear golden with a good creamy white head and lacing.
S: Skunked (big surprise... maybe they shouldn't package these in clear glass). Sharp cooked corn, creamy, buttery... I'll admit I probably should have drank this earlier, but this is a train wreck.
T: Corn, like canned corn, creamy wheat, some sweet yeast character.
M: Crisp, creamy and frothy.
O: Ugh. I didn't drainpour, but the others I'll just use for cooking.

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