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El Toro - Fullsteam Brewery

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery visit their website
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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Lob

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

02-24-2012 19:56:36 | More by Lob
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Vatnos

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

06-10-2014 19:59:45 | More by Vatnos
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RyanAU

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

04-06-2014 14:36:25 | More by RyanAU
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commune


2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

06-13-2012 00:17:15 | More by commune
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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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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-15-2014 03:57:58 | More by kvgomps
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mdfb79

New York

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Buddy traveled down to NC and brought back 6 growlers from Fullsteam.

a - Pours a very transparent golden color with one inch of white head and no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bready malts, spices, and

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, and light fruit.

m - Light body and no carbonation. Little bit flat.

d - A little bit creamy, but not that great of a beer. Wouldn't seek out again, but looking forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2010 00:23:51 | More by mdfb79
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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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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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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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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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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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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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El Toro from Fullsteam Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.