Well dear reader and beeraphiles, I don't know about you, but I'm of mixed opinions when it comes to cream beers.

They can be terribly delicious, but perhaps too creamy, and "un-beer-like" to coin a phrase.

I'm not quite sure what to think, but given the number of times I've gone to bars (and that's a big number!), and the number of times I have not ordered cream beers despite their availability, I guess I'm not a huge fan.

But! For your benefit and enlightenment, I don't fret away from...well, most beers. So, I have ventured into the world of this cream ale, brought to you by our friends at Sleeman.

Sleeman pushes itself and its Canadian history, placing two prominent Canadian symbols on the can: a beaver, and a maple leaf. AH! Joke's on you though...they're now owned by the Japanese! I have no problem with this, I'm just letting you know that not unlike the Transformers(C) some things are more than meets the eye!

Onwards we go!

Sleeman Cream Ale is a slightly dark gold, apple juice coloured beer, and in this case, canned. Upon first sniff, ah! Light! Aromatic! Creamy! Indeed, almost like cream soda! Well isn't this promising!

WHOA! WAIT! Not so fast there...taste time!

*glug glug glug* Hmm. Deceptive!! The taste is not as light tasting as the nose might have you think, with a noticeable dryness and definite hoppiness. And most importantly: where's the cream! I mean, don't get me wrong, it IS a smoothish beer, but definitely not smooth AND creamy.

The aftertaste is a little lighter, but hops still linger about.

Well then, I'll never! Duped again! Not unlike the Pomegranate Wheat Beer I first reviewed, the nose delivers one thing, while the taste delivers something else. This ale is not bad, but certainly nothing to OOH or AHH over.

But as always, I leave it to your taste buds to decide...because tasting is half the battle.

**1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$2.15 (US$1.97).


LCBO #73361
Beer, Ale
5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 2
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Sleeman Brewing & Malting Co.

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