Sleeman Light | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman LightSleeman Light

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
When an increasing number of Canadians began asking for a light premium beer that didn't compromise on its premium taste, Sleeman answered. And that answer was Sleeman light.

Added by DoctorStrangiato on 02-14-2009

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Photo of spycow
2.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of biboergosum
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at Original Joe's in downtown Edmonton west.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just soapy bone-white head, which dissipates quickly, leaving very little in the way of lace in its wake.

It smells of faint pale grainy malt, acetone, watery corn grits, and somewhat acrid weedy and skunky hops. The taste is more very light pale graininess, cold corn on the cob, a suggestion of wan acidic orchard fruit, a metallic stoniness, and somewhat stanky and weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, what with its probing frothiness, the body a veritable lightweight, but not really all that thin, with an adequate smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with some barely-there and unaware graininess.

Nothing special, but perfectly adequate and thirst quenching enough, I suppose, for sitting on a patio in September, when it's sunny and 32 degrees outside (that's Celsius, not Fahrenheit, although I can understand any misconceptions here). Not great, yeah, but there's so much worse available elsewhere, in this unfortunately successful style.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of corn/rice. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of corn/rice, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and decent body.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.07/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, corn, hint of caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, grains, and and corn. There is also a bit of a caramel sweetness that gives this beer cream ale flavour. It ends with a grainy/corn aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

Overall – Probably the best light beer on the market. It's not exactly packed with taste, but it's got more than coors/bud/etc. I can also get a case for around 20$ in Quebec which is pretty reasonable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.06/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- I drank this because it was gifted to me and a tick is a tick. Light straw yellow with a fizzy minimal white cap that left before i got to know it. no lace.

S- Sleeman Premium light smells like Pepé Le Pew, very skunky just like the regular version. Maybe some malts in here and very faded hops. All I really get is the skunked smell.

T- Well, the taste is slightly skunked as well but not as much as the regular version, hence, this being the light version. Grains and just a notion of hop presence. Some bready malts as well.

M- Thin and light but alot of active carbonation is heard and felt. Goes down very easy and would be better without pepe.

D- Not really, I finished my bottle because I was parched and needed some liquid but I would not willingly buy this for myself, or bring it to a party. I want to try this in Canada to see if there is a difference.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sleeman Light might as well be called Sleeman Bright, and might as well come with a lampshade. I like seeing beaming colour in a light lager - it makes me optimistic it hasn't been diluted of all its character. And untarnished clarity is always a good sign too.

There's no disguising the fact that light beers are intentionally emasculated versions of classic European-style lagers. Usually this neutering amounts to a beer that is in every way "precisely wrong" but the odd time a brewery will find a way of getting it "vaguely right", which is much preferable but also much rarer. This may be one of those few successes...

Most brewers consider "light" lagers to absolve them from having to add any flavour and basically give them carte blanche to dilute the beer with as many adjuncts as they please. Make no mistake: many of the world's worst beers are light (or "lite") lagers. And don't think that this is just coming from personal opinion - it's a cold hard fact. Check the reviews.

And it's easily evidenced by the plethora of light lagers on the market that reek of foul, cheap fermentables, sully the palate with cloying chemicals, have no colour or character less the off-putting flavours that arise from prioritizing profits over integrity. This beer, while not exonerated of all wrong doing, does not offend. And that is a big improvement.

I might as well admit that I like the taste, provided it's served on the cooler side. There isn't much flavour perceived, no, but it is agreeable and has an authentically grainy quality about it. The aroma is neutral and, like the body, is devoid of anything perceptibly synthetic. It has a very clean mouthfeel too and qualifies as refreshing in my books.

The impossible has happened: I've found a light lager that I actually don't mind drinking. It may not be something I'd willingly pay for, but I find Sleeman Light quite approachable, certainly much more so than most other offerings in this style. If I had only the limited selection of commercial lagers at my disposal, this would be a brainless choice.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass july8 2010

A clear pale golden with decent carbonation and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S mild grassy hops and some corn

T not far from the smell, nothing special but nothing offensive

M thin and lots of bubbles about what I expect from a light macro

D pretty easy to drink at the end of the day, no problems just a basic light lager

I picked up some single Sleeman cans just for a try and they were better than I thought they would be. I did think they would be awful so when they turned out average I was pretty pleased.

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Photo of Viggo
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, don't ask why I'm drinking this.

Pours a crystal clear light orange, some golden highlights, big and fizzy white head forms, quickly bubbles away down to a thin ring and layer around the glass, a few lace spots stick. Smell is alright, sweet and corny, light floral, touch of citrus, honey, a bit bready and crackery, not a lot of character but smells alright for the style. Taste is similar, just a touch of malt character, honey, corn syrup, bread, mildly floral, just about zero aftertaste, pretty drinkable. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. No real off flavours, for a light lager this could certainly be worse.

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Photo of papat444
1.93/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: An eggshell white head with a bright, clear, very pale yellow body.

Smell: Aroma of cereal and corn. Not too bad.

Taste: Like diluted beer mixed with stale cereals and a tinge of sweet fruit.

Mouthfeel: Flaccid, dull, lifeless.

Overall: Pretty awful taste-wise. Not even refreshing.

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Photo of Whatup14
1.25/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
2/5  rDev -26.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.43/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Light has a thick, creamy, white head, a clear, deep gold appearance, bubble streams, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. Aroma is of sweet malts, and the flavor is of a bit of notebook paper, some sweet white bread, and a dash of yeast. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Sleeman Light finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of ZachT
2.04/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

You do not drink this beer for flavour

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Photo of oldp0rt
1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2/5  rDev -26.2%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.25/5  rDev -17%

Photo of TerryW
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of generallee
2.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.64/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light bronze, not the pale yellow color I expected. The head quickly recedes but leaves a respectable trail of lace webs behind. Wet straw and some distant grass clippings and vegetal notes make up the nose. The flavor on the sweet side, with a watery, flaccid malt profile and no hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is about as watery as you'd expect, very light and languidly carbonated. The finish ends before it really even starts.

This beer is very mediocre. Its not unpleasant to drink but it doesnt hold a candle to the better light beers like Sam Adams and Walkerville, where there is at least some hop and malt interplay.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw with a brittle white head. Nose is sweet with some grass, apple and and honey tones. Light, watery flavour and mouthfeel. A bit of husky grain, apple and very mild bitterness in the finish dissipates quickly. Easy drinking of course - there's not much to this, but certainly not the least flavourful light beer around. Passable.

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Photo of boszormeny
2/5  rDev -26.2%

Photo of Cycle69
2.56/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -26.2%

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Sleeman Light from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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