El Sully
21st Amendment Brewery

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #4
Ranked #44,280
3.5 | pDev: 12.29%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
El SullyEl Sully
Notes: A crisp Mexican-style lager with light notes of spice from Northern Brewer hops.
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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 298
Photo of linzi
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light in both look and feel. Neither the smell nor the taste are overwhelming. Refreshing summer beer. Very drinkable! I would re-purchase.

I gave all 5 stars because of what it is -- it's a light, refreshing beer for a hot day. Is this a fancy craft ale? (Maybe secretly....) but really, this is just a chill, chill, beer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly thin body with average carbonation.
Aroma is malt,grain , citrus.
Taste is similar to aroma, not overly complex or strong but decent enough.
Dont know if I would seek this out but it's an okay summer beer

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Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A misunderstood style, so I'll see what I think based on my BJCP studying. Can code but can't figure out a date.

Pours a large fluffy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, a little lacing, crystal clear pale light almost watery color, should be much more amber

Nose is not too bad, very adjunct like though, raw doughy but light and missing most of any real characteristic, faint fruity note, no hops

Taste is better, cereal grains, doughy malts, grainy-sweet and medium sweetness, but a bit of adjunct like skunky-like flavor, it's not skunk but there's something in the background that reminds me of the skunky adjunct beers, a little syrupy like, just a touch of hop bitterness and grassy floral, as well as some corn like maize, more of that weird bitterness and husky like note lingering.

Mouth is lighter bod, medium-lighter carb, a little gritty astringent like

Overall, sigh, I know this is the Mexican variant of the original Vienna lager which has become more adjunct laden, cheap, light, etc, but I was hoping someone like 21st A would bring it back to more Vienna like style, but seems a lot more like the current Mexican lagers that are not very tasty. Although, it's not too bad.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a few specks of lacing.

S:. Corn, honey and grain, a bit of floral hop.

T:. Corn, honey, grain, a bit of floral hop.

F:. Light body, nicely cabonated

O:. Overall, a very solid Mexican lager.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow with white tinges and bubbles, decent carbonation. Smelled strongly of corn, grains, grass and lager yeast. Taste was surprisingly good, like actually. For an adjunct lager I have to score well, hit the traditional mexican lager flavors without becoming too macro adjunct. Feel is thin like appearance, but graininess on the finish helps

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hue; lively carbonation; thick, frothy white head. Herbal and grassy aroma. Nice flavor; mildly herbal with a very light malt backbone; fine complementary hop bitterness. Light body; crisp and mainly dry mouthfeel.

A nice, solid lager. Nothing special per se, yet quite drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I usually like it when craft brewers do macro styles. I'm not exactly sure why, since they are usually only somewhat better than quaffing a PBR or Natty Boh or other drinkable swill and often double the price. Maybe it's just the idea that these guys who make the good stuff also play beer league softball, mow their lawns, and barbecue outside in ninety five degree heat when their whole family thinks they're insane. Somehow, crap beer in the great equalizer and humanizer.

Anyhoo, this is yellow, clear beer with a head that does not linger. Nose is corny. The body is flat and the taste uninspiring. There is a moderate bread note in the aftertaste but that's reaching a bit. I like BFD and Beerito but this isn't one that stands out.

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Photo of jquay
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is lawnmower/poolside outdoors quaffing beer, nothing more or less. If you think a slightly sweet, corny, adjuncty beer fits that mold, then this is for you. If you are pouring it into a snifter, you have utterly missed the point. As to the philosophical question of why a craft brewer would create this, I would reply "because there is an obvious market for it", and it does actually fit the "my God its hot" beer drinking niche where I live. This (and OB Beerito) don't give me the instant 2 beer headache that macro examples of the style do, so I am assuming better ingredients and brewing technique are in play here.

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Photo of mkh895
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at the pool and drank out of a can so no idea in look, pour, color sorry I am not very good at the ratings system Very enjoyable when it is 105, nice flavor when cold and very refreshing. Sweetness to it with little aftertaste. When it warms up in the sun it is ok but not as refreshing

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at McGillicuddy's, Five Corners, Essex Junction, VT
The appearance was a semi-transparent copper to yellow color with a small cap of a little white foamy head. Barely any lace.
The aroma had some sweet corn, and a light earthy to grassy hop spice, but not much else.
The flavor was mainly sweet and trying to bring in the earthy to grassiness but that had a hard time trying to blend for balance. Mainly the sweet corn in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Mainly a sweet corn-like finish.
Overall, there's nothing off-putting about this, however, though I could find myself drinking a lot of this on hot days, I'd reach for again depending upon what else is offered.

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Photo of antaguilar
2.57/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Great look, great mouthfeel and carbonation. Packaging from 21st Amendment is spot on, too. However, there is a malty, corn-y, dull dry and bitter aftertaste that is unpleasant to the point of making me want to stop drinking. I really want this to be a slammer, but the taste is off and the smell has hints of it already. Bought six six packs to mix with tepache and it does not go well with that, or with lemonade.

Stick to the cheaper Mexican lagers.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mild grain aroma, with a touch of sweetness. Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a thin white head. Light body, with a little malt sweetness, and a touch of corn. Overall, a nice lawnmower beer that works on a warm evening.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden, with a nice white head and a little lace.

Aroma: Corny malts, typical of style.

Taste: Adjunct malty, grainy and with a hint of fruitiness. Dry finish. A drinkable Mexican lager but nothing to pursue, either.

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Photo of jenrhart
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Although this beer is not a robust Mexican Lager, there are few things to complain about. Sure, the flavor is light, but completely unoffensive, the aromas are there, although only lightly. A light refreshing beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Man is this a slammer. I like it.
Sulfur, corn, pale malt and lager yeast. Clean and fresh. Hard time catching hops in the aroma.
Bright white head. Mostly clear yellow.
Mostly clean malt with nice drying on the finish. Do pick up some hops leaving a green grassy taste, but very light. Ample carbonic bite. Hop flavor seems to grow as it opens up.
Light to a little bigger. Full carbonation with both bite and softness in feel.
As I said before. This is a slammer and a good one at that.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a thick white head that dissipates almost immediately but leaves a little lacing on the glass from start to finish. The aroma is corn and crackers. Flavor is sweet with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A decent lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 3/14/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, corn, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a delicious Mexican style adjunct pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and never watery feeling for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich pils malt and grainy corn flavors; with nice earthy hop presence and balance for the style. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of lbond
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3


ABV 4.8%

This beer is basically a nicer Corona or Modelo. It's light and drinks like a mexican beer, but I honestly would say that it certainly is not worth the price upgrade over basic Mexican style beers. And I would probably get myself Negra Modelo anyways if I was craving a mexican.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear, bright, light golden color with two fingers of fluffy and dense bright white head that slowly faded into a rocky film that left chunks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Crisp crackery malt nose with notes of pale crackery grains, light corn, and straw, mixed with spicy, clean, peppery hops.
T: Bready, crackery, crisp, grain and straw flavors balanced by a earthy, spicy, peppery, and slightly herbal hop notes. I get a kiss of subtle fruit sweetness, corn, and crisp lager yeast.
M: Light body, crisp, clean and drying mouthfeel, with soft and splashy carbonation and a creamy finish.
O: Exceptionally drinkable with a great balance of crisp grainy/corn flavors and spicy hops. Very refreshing, might be my new go to light lager.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess compared to some of the macro options when you're dining on Mexican food, this can hold its own. Pours a slightly darker than the usual yellow and clear macro option I spoke of. Holds a sturdier head too, this one manages to hold up at about the 1/4" line, white in color. A familiar aroma of the mixture of barley, corn and yeast, reminds me of Miller Brewing aromas in downtown Milwaukee that would waft through the area back in the day.

Taste is a light hopped, light bodied, light yeast lager. AAL for sure. Seemed to have almost a Vienna lager like malt contribution. Hops in the smallest way possible but yet able to be there without a massive search party. On one hand, they set the bar so low it is easy to overcome. I guess this is like made for the guy too cool for a Pacifico or maybe the one who wants to feel crafty about it.

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Photo of BubbleChamber
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw colored. Nose is mildly lemony and malty, perhaps with a bit of vegetable adjunct aroma. Head dissipates to about 1 finger then to nothing over next few minutes. Taste is of crackery malt, rather sweet, in contrast to the nose. Not much hops noticeable. Quaffable, preferably with Mexican/spicy food, but not complex in any way. —Reviewed 2017/09/10

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Photo of NickSMpls
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bright clear pale straw color, light head and scant lacing. We expect a very mild lager and got one. Little nose, slightly sweet and just a hint of malt. It's a great one to have after a hot afternoon's work, or cold from the ice chest after getting back to camp from a long hike. Nothing great here. There are better all malt lagers around for the same price.

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Photo of AgentMunky
1.83/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Willi Becher glass. Stamped "Cold Spring, MN CQP12 0923" even though the can says "Hecho en San Leandro"
Clear, pale yellow with a couple of bubbles. Scant heads fades fast.
Smells like a cheap, crappy lager, à la Bud or Corona. Sweet and corny.
Tastes lake a cheap, crappy lager, à la PBR. Sweet, malty, lightly carbonated, and broadly palatable though specifically objectionable.
I don't know why a brewery like 21st Amendment would intentionally make this beer or sell it at this price. Avoid!

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the can. Tastes of bread, corn, and crackers. Kind of sweet - in fact, too sweet for my tastes. Mouthfeel is fairly light; carbonation is medium. Kind of like a craft-brewed Corona. Exactly as advertised, but what's the point??
It's a shame to waste brewery capacity on this dreck. Bring back Hop Crisis instead!!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass no idea about canned on date.

A: not much of a head but what was there was white interns to a film. The body itself is a bright gold and yellow in with excellent clarity.

S:smells creamy malty with a little bit of corn with light doughiness.

T: light maltiness a touch of sweetness a little grain and corn flavor.

M: Light crisp good carbonation this beer is super easy to drink.

O: I don't know why ppl shit on this style this is just Budweiser done better with a little more depths and character and a little fresher.

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El Sully from 21st Amendment Brewery
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