El Toro
Fullsteam Brewery

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Cream Ale
3.49 | pDev: 14.33%
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
El ToroEl Toro
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14%

Apr 23, 2014
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ProstMasterson from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
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

May 20, 2015
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blackie from Oregon

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Apr 08, 2013
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atsprings from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Aug 01, 2010
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Aug 09, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Nov 18, 2011
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fehrminator from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 29, 2012
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

May 29, 2012
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ncstateplaya from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14%

May 15, 2012
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devilben02 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Oct 25, 2010
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mklinger from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Nov 17, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Jun 02, 2013
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ecmoon3 from South Carolina

3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aug 29, 2015
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lillitnn92 from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Nov 20, 2014
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 19, 2015
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oline73 from Maryland

3/5  rDev -14%

Nov 16, 2011
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herrburgess from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Aug 25, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Oct 24, 2010
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Jan 06, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Jan 03, 2014
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rramsey from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 11, 2015
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jaswilson2 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 05, 2015
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Mar 06, 2012
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 11, 2015
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Dec 10, 2011
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 53 ratings