The pour: Sleeman is dark gold (dare I say honey) color with a minimal head and medium carbonation. Leinenkugal’s is light, like a pilsner, and fizzes very happily. Good sized head. Winner = Sleeman’s.
The Nose: Sleeman has a subtle smell. More like a brown ale smell. No honey to be found. Leinie’s is light and ever so slightly sweet. No honey but closer… Winner = Lienie’s.
The Taste: Sleeman is slightly tart, crisp and clean. Lienie’s is smooth, and tastes more like an American lager. Neither have even a hint of honey that I can tell… Winner = Sleeman.
The Finish: Sleeman is not complex at all. It just kind of goes away quickly leaving you with a bit of an empty spot in your mind… Lienie’s leaves me with a coors or budweiser finish. Not complex at all, either. Winner = Sleeman.
While Sleeman took this one, Leinie’s beer isn’t bad. I wouldn’t buy it again, but if it were at a bar or if I were in their home town I would drink it. 🙂
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road