El Sully | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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 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

Photo of RBorsato
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Commandophile
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of terrysjag
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can

Clear yellow in color, white head. Grainy corn aroma. Clean flavor, very mild tasting and drinking. Thin bodied

Overall probably about the best you'd expect from an adjunct lager..

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Photo of MattMorin
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of basaywhat
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours a clear straw with a thin off white head. Aroma of bread. Sweet bready flavors. Light bodied with a crisp finish. Not a bad example of the style.

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El Sully from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 261 ratings