El Sully | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp Mexican-style lager with light notes of spice from Northern Brewer hops.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-24-2015

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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by scottfrie:
Photo of scottfrie
4.44/5  rDev +28.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
1.83/5  rDev -47.1%
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 Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 18/12pack ($ 0.125/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Can BB 2/12/16 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma of disulfide and some light hops; disulfide lasts, hops disappears
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body – Straw, clear, some effervescence
Flavor – semi-sweet, corn, a lot of disulfide; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4
Disclaimer: This is an AAL and when judged against AAL characteristics is quite a good example. As far as a drinking beer, it sucks.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/8/17.
Had one last night after a burnout road trip, then again today after a hot day scraping paint. Had it plain yesterday, actually added a lime slice on a whim today.
This is exactly what is advertised, a Mexican Adjunct Lager. Missing are some of the poorer notes you get with Corona, El Sol etc.
On a hot day I really liked starting my beer session with this. If I was stuck at a party where all other options where standard BMC and real Mexican Adjunct Lager I would stick with this and like it.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, enjoy by dating on the bottom

Pours clear, white head quickly departing

Faint light malt on the sniff

For what they are going for (Corona) I like this stuff, well done, fresh, crisp, snappy...good beer for a hot day, with some spicy, hot, umami or whatever kinda food you like

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Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grass, grain, and light lime. Solid sessionable lager. Although I prefer other 21st Amendment beers more, this is quite good for the style.

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Photo of ledouge
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asuburbanman
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very light and drinkable. I had it in the 21st variety back and it is really very different from the other beers in the pack. If I could get a case for summer I think it would be a great beer for the beach. The can design is pretty great as well.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Lemon with sweeter corn notes and mild hops.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of light hops and corn.

Overall: Great light beer, refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of pat61
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

El Sully pours brilliant straw (SRM 2) with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/2" moderately persistent foam cap. It offers mild aromas of apple, light grains and some spicy hops. The flavors are mild and unobtrusive with faint apple, light grains, a hint of corn, light hop spice and a mild hop bitterness. There is a light tart bite on the finish from the carbonation. El Sully is crisp, clean, refreshing and fully carbonated. A beer to mow your lawn with.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer21
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from 05/17/17

Appearance - Poured from the can, clear and bright yellow in color with a white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds across the top and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing, just a few small spots.

Smell - Sweet with notes of bread and corn with a hint of earthy bitterness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweetness of bread and corn with just a hint of bitterness that's almost citrusy in flavor; fair grassy bitterness develops as the brew warms. Finish is fairly clean with faint, lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively carbonation. Crisp, easy drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good Vienna Mexican style lager, but not much in the way of flavor (though not much expected). Good summertime brew, but I'd probably chose something with a bit more to it.

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Photo of dertyd
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

21st Amendment Brewery "El Sully"
12 fl. oz. can without freshness dating
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Someone noted a while back that there seem to be a lot of craft brewers doing "Mexican" beers lately. I hadn't really noticed that although there were a few examples that popped into my head, but here's one from 21st Amendment so who knows? Haha! Looking at the label it reads "Hecho en San Leandro" but on the bottom of the can it reads "Cold Spring, MN CQN01 1023". Decent looking artwork though. Wait, it also says right on the label "BREWED & CANNED BY 21ST AMENDMENT BREWERY, SAN LEANDRO, CA... maybe I'm wrong but I thought it was contract brewed in Minnesota. Oh well. So, OK, it pours a clear deep gold body beneath an average-sized head of fizzy bright white that disappears almost immediately leaving no lacing behind. Hmmmm, I guess they got that part right, assuming that this is a Corona rip-off and not a Vienna-style lager, although it's too light in color for that. The aroma is clean, and offers sweetish malt and a light touch of grass and spiciness - that's at least something new. The flavor follows and I find it too sweet, even as a Corona knock-off. There's obviously some adjunct in use, but there is something to the maltiness that's pleasant. It's not grainy, but maybe cereal-like, and wide... not quite rich, but with some character. It's a little sticky in the finish but it's not cloying, and I've drank about half of it by now. Still no lacing, not even tiny specks. Oh well. The body is medium with a distinct dextrinous side to it - read as "sugary". Standard carbonation. All in all pretty boring stuff. So back to the question of whether "Mexican-style" beers are becoming a thing with craft brewers, I guess the answer is yes - but why? I mean, this isn't really even that much better than some of the sweetish budget beers on the market, and I just can't see paying the price for it just because it comes out of a craft brewery. On top of that, I'd imagine that there are hypocritical fools drinking this while dissing Corona at the same time. Unbelievable.

3/3/3/3/3.25 = 3.05

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent has biscuit flare. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was nice biscuit base. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good sessionable beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear, straw color with absolutely no head after a few seconds, doesn't look good at all. Aroma is sweet and grainy, you can tell it has adjuncts in it. Taste starts also sweet and grainy, a slight tartness and gets balanced with some hop bitterness in the finish. Body is quite light and fizzy. Overall it's pretty clean but the sweetness makes it a bit hard to swallow.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's a clean crushable pilsner with both hints of corn and spicy Euro hops in the aroma. The flavor is light and bready. It veers toward a macro adjunct, but stops before picking up any unpleasant notes. It's a simple, but expertly brewed lager, very similar to Full Sail's Session. I'd buy a sixer for a sunny picnic.

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El Sully from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 279 ratings