4% alc./vol., 341 ml bottle
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. – http://www.sleeman.com/
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Sleeman Clear is a “low-carb” beer. Carbohydrates are, as the name suggests, mixtures of carbon and the stuff in water, hydrogen and oxygen. In the right combination, these chemicals make up sugar, starch, and fibre. I think we’re talking about sugar here…I have yet to try a high-fibre beer. Carbs are energy, so reducing the carbs both reduces the food energy and the nutritional value of a food or a beer. Sleeman Clear has only 2.5 g of carbohydrates and 90 calories, whereas a typical beer has 12 g carbohydrates and 150 calories (varying greatly by brand and style). So for one-fifth the sugar, do I get one-fifth the flavour? Sadly, yes. This is beer-flavoured fizzy water. Type 2 diabetics can drink it, but if you’re in good health and at the appropriate weight you should drink something else. Like a beer, maybe.