Brewed by Sleeman Brewing & Malting Co. (Sapporo)
Style: Cream Ale
Guelph, Canada


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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Remarkably smooth for a full-flavoured beer. Our founderís intention was to combine the refreshing taste of a German lager with the distinctive taste of an English Ale without blending the two.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
Just opting for something tonight, so I brought home a case of this. Itís not because I am particularly fond of Sleemanís, but more for the name of the style. I have a very fond memory of drinking some absolutely delicious cream ale once at a restaurant my brother snuck me into while I was 16. Maybe it was because I wasnít such a beer snob back in the paleolithic period, but even so, the memory of that golden nectar lives on. It wasn;t Sleemanís, I know that for sure; some small local brewery made it, though damned if I can recall it. Anyway. Sleemanís. Clear bottle, clear beer, looks like it had already been drank once. Pours with a very short-lived head. Aroma is basic sweet, bready, megabrew beer smell. Taste is also quite light, a bit of balance there with some hops, finishes with a lightly bready flavour that isnít as bad as a lot of megabrew. Not exactly a stellar beer, but Iíd not be against having some on a hot day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2013
I used to like this beer, in a different life. I wasnít so impressed now, after so many years. Maybe it hasnít changed, but compared to the usual crap, this was much better than anything mainstream. It does smell like a lager - actually an average Pilsener, and it has the mouthful of an ale, with a bit of maltiness and biscuit behind a lager bitterness. Strange, but not too bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wiradon (2) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013 does not count
Delicious Canadian beer. Slightly bitter but weíll rounded. Hay, nuts, toast, caramel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ljthiessen (1138) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
I wanted to like this beer, but alas. The aroma isnít much to speak of, but the flavour hits you - sweet with a sour edge, noticeable corn and cereal notes, perhaps a little malty. Nothing inherently bad, but it simply isnít good. The sourness really throws it off - and itís not necessarily a skunky sour.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
downy_dav69 (60) - Ladysmith, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
341 ml. bottle from Sleeman selections pack, thanks Kent! Pours a pale yellow- light gold colour- instant carbonation, very bubbly. Head disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma: straw, corn, malt, grass- weak aroma altogether. Taste: malt, corn, butter, bread, caramel, minimal hops, cherry. Palate: grains, butter, oily body- and an oily mouthfeel as well. Besides the creamy texture and oily palate, this lager is nothing but creamy club soda disguised as beer. Bland, weak, and watery; but what else can you expect from a macrobrewery trying to take a shot at cream ales?

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
kidmartinek (4687) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Crack the cap and smell the snunk 2 feet away. Ships in a clear bottle to Hong Kong so its no wonder. Smells like hot corn oil. Yellow in color with a white head. Taste is like honeycomb cereal. Finish is sweet and velvety. Good for breakfast, I guess. Actually better for a drainpour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PhillyCraft (5892) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle as a gift, believe me, I wouldnít be buying this shit with a gun to my head. Death would surely be better. Poured hazy orange puke with bright white head, no lacing. Nose of stale lager, stale corn, german gross malt, and bread. Taste is bitterness and some more gross malt. Gross.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
schedia (14) - - MAY 28, 2013
341 ml. bottle. Pours clear and golden with small white head that does not keep long. Bready aroma with a hint of hops, apples,citrus, grass. The sweetness of corn and or rice is certainly apparent in the taste. With medium carbonation, leaves a relative clean palate. A thin beer, very light for a cream Ale. Nothing special

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
GoufCustom (1651) - HONG KONG - MAY 20, 2013

341 ml clear bottle bought at CitySuper in New Town Plaza, Shatin.

Clear golden yellow colour; Very thin head and residual white foam which last for about 20 seconds; Near zero lacing with lively carbonation; Smell of light skunk, thin malt, sweet corn, syrup, and grass. Thankfully the skunk died out pretty fast after 1 minutes; Mid to light sweet taste of light malt, with sweet corn, strong rice, light bread, club soda, lemon, sugar syrup, citrus and light grass; Med to light body, watery palate; Taste is flat and thin American blond ale taste, not creamy at all, with strong corn and rice plus a dash of syrup in the middle. Oh dearÖ Hoppiness is fairly light grassy nose, light citrus and straw taste, plus barely detectable bitterness. Light sweet finish; Slightly dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: During my time in Canada, Guelph was a really small town, and macro-wise Sleeman was a nobody when compared to Molson and Labatt, so I wonder why Sapporo bought it upÖ back to the brew: its cheapo clear bottle and skunk nose gave me the poor impression, and the grainy sweet corn syrupy taste certainly enhance the brandís lowly reputation. Other than that, itís pretty much true to the style, nothing outstanding and quite a easy drinking. It comes to this shore at imported price, and sure enough it doesnít worth the money.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
Pale yellow pour. Blah. Creamed corn. Too sweet. To be expected, I guess.

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