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 BubbleChamber
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Manthon
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jason_cs
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 2GOOFY
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickSMpls
2.94/5  rDev -15%
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 -47.1%
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 Abe_Froman
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbl_delta
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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 OtisCampbell007
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msscott1973
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 kitekid
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HermitDan
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 csnyder83
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of argock
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Kardinal Hall (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-gold with 1-finger of off-white foamy head which faded quickly and left a wisp of lacing at most.

S: Slight corn aroma up front with crackery pils maltiness and minimal herbal hop character in the aroma

T: Very light on flavor, I would not order this again. A bit of pils malt bread/cracker but mostly low flavor, a little corn in the finish. Clean and no off-flavors.

M: Moderately crisp with light body and moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Bland and pretty boring. I thought it would be a step up from Corona et al but it is maybe a half-step up at best. The style is limited I understand.

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Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice start at 21st amendment

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter, the can is a gift from my brother Brian, thank you! CAnt go wrong with a beer called el sully to be consumed by a Sully, right?
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with a fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm foaming up and fading to a wispy island and no edge layer. Some lazy streams of carbonation rise to the surface of the glass.
The aroma is sweet bready malt and a bit of corn sugar. Fairly mild nose on this one.
The first sip reveals a light body with slightly watery texture and very fine and tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy and should for the style.
Flavor is sweet grainy malt with a bit of corn husk note and some grassy hops that linger a bit on the finish. The beer is clean simple and straightforward. Easy drinking and lower ABV make for a good combo on a hot day.

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Photo of lastmango
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

El Sully from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 272 ratings