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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not a bad brew, I like when craft breweries do this kind of thing, taking a page out of the BMC book. I certainly like this a lot better than anything those big guys make, but its a pretty average beer even if it is a craft one. yellow and clear in color, but it looks flat, and there is no head on it at all. unimpressive for sure. it smells alright though, a little corny sweet maybe, but pretty standard. two row barley and just a slight bittering hop presence. the flavor is fresh, which I like a lot, mild cereals and a little sweetness like the nose suggests. grassy hop on the finish, something of the European persuasion there, and even though its woefully under carbonated, I find it refreshing because of how light it is. more bubbles would be ideal, but the light body and low alcohol make it real easy drinking, a good segue into or out of a session of heavier beers. good not great, which is my general consensus on 21st amendment overall so far in my experience. nothing has really floored me, but none of it has been bad...

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 6/4/16.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, and slight frosted corn flake flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of djrn2
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is somewhat hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lots of specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose along with notes of grainy malts and hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste is a near mirror image to the smell, and the corn adjuncts contribute subtle bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount o carbonation.
O: While easy to drink, this beer tastes a lot maltier compared to others in the style and doesn't seem to be watered down in any such way.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with a nice head forming; decent retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Cereal grains and corn ; hint of lemon

Taste: Crisp and clean opening with the corn making an appearance with the sweeter malt bill that builds, through the middle, along with grassy and lemony tones; the sweetness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent stab at the style but not something that floats my boat

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint medium yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with a light aroma of corn adjuncts and light aromas of grassy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a light flavor of corn adjuncts and just the slightly hint of corn sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy + spicy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a clean finish.

O: A pretty decent take on the Mexican style adjunct lager with a light refreshing body and flavor. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol makes this one sessionable and it would pair nicely with some Mexican/spicy food.

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

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 smithj4
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 woodychandler
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I CAN usually work up some enthusiasm when I see a new CANned beer from a craft brewery, but when 21st Amendment releases an AAL, I CAN only shrug my shoulders and wonder why. These kinds of beers hearken back to the beginning of The CANQuest (tm) and represent a though opening slog.

From the CAN: "You are closer to him right now than most people will ever have the good fortune to be."; "Cerveceria 21st Amendment"; "Hecho en San Leandro". Depicted: a serape.

I acCANplished the Crack! without any difficulty & I decided to go with a heavy Glug to make up for previous let-downs. This raised two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity & again, I was questioning their effort. Nose held the sweetish smell of a lager, but it was tainted. If it was corn, they held back on it because I could not perceive it as strongly as in many AALs. Mouthfeel was thin, kind of watery. The taste was grassy with a faint presence of corn. It was not as prevalent as in many beers in the style, but so what? Why bother when there are so many macro examples readily available. The finish was semi-dry, but the lingering taste was unfortunately of corn.

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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 billab914
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEER88
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
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 VeganUndead
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The more I try of this particular style, it seems I enjoy the ones that seem to be rated lower. Wondering if that is because they tend to be a bit more diminished in flavor, and I'm not looking for an overly spiced lager. Recommended

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

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El Sully from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 278 ratings