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El Toro - Fullsteam Brewery

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
El Toro is a distinctly Southern, true-to-style American Cream Ale brewed with 100% North Carolina barley and corn grits.

Inspired by our home city of Durham, this clean, crisp, and bright beer is welcoming and unpretentious.

Sometimes all you want is a cold beer. This no-frills "beer beer" just happens to use all North Carolina-farmed grain.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010)
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adam_e

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

11-19-2012 21:03:35 | More by adam_e
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a light clear gold with a white lacing.

Bready malt nose is kind of subtle.

Bread-and-butter malt flavor with a slight hop note.

Med body with a fluffy carbonation.

I really liked this, very drinkable and great taste. Would definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 23:11:20 | More by Cylinsier
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NCHawkeye

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In all fairness I should first state that this is not a style of beer that I would normally drink. I like big hops and bold flavors in general.
Having said that I enjoyed this beer and can appreciate how sessionable it could be.
The slight malty sweetness and pleasing aroma make this beer very easy to drink.
If you are looking for a "gateway" beer to get your macro beer drinking friends to explore craft beer this would make an excellent choice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 22:25:47 | More by NCHawkeye
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler from Bottle Revolution served up at the NCSU v. Terps tailgate 2011-2012 season, reviewed from notes...

a: served in a standard pint, this cream ale is a pale honey golden in color, supporting a lasting coating of white head

s: the nose features pale malts and a suggestion of the corn grit bill that contributes a slight sweetness to the aroma, hops mild with touches of dried grass

m: carbonated to a light-moderate level, lighter on the palate but carrying a satisfying weight all the same, creamy

t: opens up with a nice clean pale malt body, really liking the use of grits as it adds a creamy sweetness to what would otherwise be a pretty standard flavor profile, making for a fuller flavor with notes of corn and bread, hops are mild with notes of grass

o: really like this one, and they did a great job of making something for all to enjoy - proof that not everything has to knock your socks off with flavor

Serving type: growler

04-08-2013 01:17:55 | More by blackie
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +18%

11-18-2011 00:33:54 | More by nmann08
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Transparent yellow color. Nice half inch white head. Not overly carbonated.

Smells light And airy. From the adjunct grains, it's brewed with NC corn grits. Slightly sweet and syrupy.

Taste is light and sweet. I cam feel the lager yeast. The grains have imparted that classic German lager smoothness that I love oh so much. Light body and vey drinkable. One he'll of a session beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 19:33:13 | More by VncentLIFE
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really starting to appreciate the subtle brilliance of this brewery. The initial impressions of this beer certainly aren't all that impressive, though. The color is a nice but common medium orange with a thin creamy head. The aroma isn't anything special, with a very wheat-like character predominating, and a little bit of a grassiness underneath.

I really start to like this beer, however, as I drink it. The flavor is largely earthy with that interesting wheat-like character again, but there is a sweetness that reminds me of creamed corn that becomes more and more evident as I slowly empty the glass. The tingly carbonation meshes very well with the flavor, making it part of the drinking experience rather than a distinct element.

In the end, I really enjoyed how the corn is integrated in a much different way than it is commonly found in mass-produced lagers. Like the other Fullsteam beers I have tried so far, it adds a bit of intrigue without becoming a gimmick. Overall, this isn't a mind-blowing beer, but it is different and enjoyable, and I will look forward to trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 03:04:57 | More by devilben02
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

06-02-2013 22:35:00 | More by Rhettroactive
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Jason_Quad


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-09-2012 20:24:21 | More by Jason_Quad
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OldSmaug

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

04-06-2014 01:49:34 | More by OldSmaug
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

03-04-2013 02:50:36 | More by BigGingDrinker
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herrburgess

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

08-25-2013 19:27:25 | More by herrburgess
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery on 3/3/12.

Pours a pale straw yellow with no head and obvious carbonation bubbles rising to the top. There is almost no smell; faint straw. The taste is identical to Corn Pops cereal; corn, light grain, husk. The mouthfeel is very light, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This would be a nice light beer for a hot day. It has more flavor than I would expect from this style. When I say it tastes like Corn Pops, I mean it. It's not as crisp as I had first expected and it's smooth, light body add to it's drinkability. I would probably have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 01:55:13 | More by tdm168
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap outside Foundation during Raleigh Wide Open served a pale orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts and a trace of earthy hops. The taste is quite interesting, with a uniqueness I have to assume is from the grits used in the mash. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. Fullsteam did a great job with this beer creating something the BMC drinker will enjoy that can still be appreciated by a craft beer enthusiast like me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 00:10:36 | More by atsprings
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-29-2012 21:28:58 | More by fehrminator
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-04-2013 02:03:37 | More by IPAchris
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-06-2014 22:17:10 | More by Duff27
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-03-2014 01:10:07 | More by MacQ32
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-06-2013 05:19:45 | More by kristougher
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

11-17-2011 23:25:26 | More by mklinger
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egrace84

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-01-2013 05:00:40 | More by egrace84
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-16-2011 01:19:07 | More by oline73
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.5%

08-05-2013 02:28:50 | More by mportnoy
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-15-2012 12:39:46 | More by ncstateplaya
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-23-2014 21:16:37 | More by JohnnyK
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El Toro from Fullsteam Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.