El Sully
21st Amendment Brewery

El SullyEl Sully
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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #6
Ranked #47,690
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.
Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 312 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TedHead from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a standard fizzy gold with a fluffy head. It smells more like real barely grain than other Mexican lagers by quite a bit. The taste follows the smell and is surprisingly full with a slightly corny taste a nice bitterness to keep it from being sweet. This one is a serious crusher and I can't say it any other way. Overall a very good adjunct lager.

Jun 02, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw yellow body with a bubby white head. Smell is floral hops, slightly citrus, lots of malt grain. The taste is a slightly sweet grainy delight with just a touch of bright hops. It's well balanced and refreshing. This delivered exactly what i'm looking for, a subtle and simple Mexican lager. It has the simple profile of an adjunct but you can tell all the ingredients are top notch quality. A true session lager.

May 14, 2021
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elNopalero from California

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m surprised i haven’t reviewed this before.

This is an easy drinker. Most recently, i had it from the can. Slightly sweetish, light enough. Decent.

Jul 02, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Gregg
Price: n/a
Purchased: n/a; Received Nov. 12, 2019
Consumed: Nov. 19, 2019
Reviewed as: American Pale Lager
Misc.: No canned on date

Thanks, Gregg!

Got this and a bunch of other beers from Gregg. Most of them weren’t that fresh, especially the IPAs. This one didn’t have a canned on date, but wasn’t as worried because of the style. Had four of these in the last week or so, giving them a 3.5 on Untappd and writing after the first one, “Good for now. Smell is much better than the taste.” We’ll see if I agree after a review.

Poured a golden clear color with six fingers of rocky white head. Could see a few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass at normal speeds. Outstanding lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled cereal grain, pear, bread, corn, grass and buttered white bread. A little better out of the can. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted a little better today than the smell (unlike the first time I tried it). Got cereal grain, pear, grass, buttered white bread, corn and honey. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A good beer overall. Not sure I would ever pay for one again though. (Overall - 3.50)

3.65 | 83 | B

Dec 31, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow color with a minimal white head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma. Taste is crisp, like a traditional lager. Mouth feel is thin.

Sep 11, 2019
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linzi from California

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.

Aug 06, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Jun 11, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

May 28, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

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.

May 05, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

Mar 28, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Feb 12, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Oct 17, 2018
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jquay from Georgia

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.

Jul 14, 2018
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mkh895 from Arizona

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

Jul 08, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

May 29, 2018
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antaguilar from California

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.

May 29, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

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.

May 06, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

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.

Apr 25, 2018
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jenrhart from Minnesota

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.

Mar 10, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

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.

Feb 23, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Feb 21, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

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.

Dec 23, 2017
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lbond from California

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.

Nov 15, 2017
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scottfrie from California

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.

Oct 14, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Sep 11, 2017
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 312 ratings