El Toro | Fullsteam Brewery

El ToroEl Toro
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El ToroEl Toro

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by atsprings on 07-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Cylinsier:
Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ProstMasterson
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crisp and clean, well done offering for style. Perfect for the summer

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap at the brewery into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear pale yellow color with zero head. The aroma is faint grain and corn. The taste is very weak flavored corn meal. An average beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ecmoon3
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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

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Photo of devilben02
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of NateDyk47
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of a flight at Fullsteam Brewery.

Look: light golden color, thin white head, no lacing
Smell: buttered bread? & corn
Taste: sweet & creamy, but overall taste is a little more on the mild side than I would've liked
Feel: creamy & smooth, light body & carbonation

Overall: pleasant & easy to drink, but I probably wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of Vatnos
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of JohnWilliam
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Amedlin18
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kristougher
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of adam_e
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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El Toro from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 34% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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