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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,723 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,723
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.78%
Wants: 66
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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Gobzilla

California

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky straw yellow in color with yellow highlights and a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely was able to sniff out some watermelon notes with lots of sweetness I'm guessing is from the grains and wheat but slight citrus notes.

T: the watermelon character pretty much dominated the palate as well with juice like qualities but with more sweetness from the grains and wheat. Kind of reminded me of the watermelon bubblicious bubble gum.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a watermelon fruity, sweet, grainy, mild citrusy finish.

D: overall it did drink real easy, not overly sweet and could really enjoy some of these on a hot summer day poolside. It was a decent fruit style beer.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 18:22:11 | More by Gobzilla
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright yellow colored liquid. A half an inch of white head topped this for a minute before fading. Almost no carbonation rising bubbles to note.

Watermelon is definitely the strongest aroma in the beer. A hint of wheat hit the nose first before being overpowered by the fruit. No hint of hops in the scent.

Watermelon is quite strong on the tongue. Wheat is also very prominent. A very faint bitterness and a plastic aftertaste finish up each sip.

Decent thickness, and a slight carbonation tingle. The off tastes cling without leaving watermelon flavors.

An OK brew. Works by itself on a hot summer day. A good beer to quench your thirst. Worthy a try for fruit lovers, and getting easier to find.

Serving type: can

05-27-2009 06:44:36 | More by RedChrome
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for throwing a can of this my way. Poured into my Chimay chalice a cloudy yellow color with about a finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin layer. Smells of crisp wheat and watermelon candy. Upon my first sip, yeah there's watermelon in here. Having a hard time figuring out whether watermelon extract or watermelon puree/pulp is used is this brew. Not sure you'd get this type of Jolly Rancher flavor from real watermelon pulp. Regardless, this tastes just as the label states which to me, is a good thing since I am a fan of watermelon. Mouthfeel is slightly lacking with bothe body and carbonation coming in a notch below medium. If this was more accessible, I'd have it on hand all the time from spring till fall.

Serving type: can

01-13-2009 04:47:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
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sophisticated

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I garnished this with a watermelon slice. This was my 4th of July beer of choice. I had never heard of 21st Amendment Brewery before; this was my first beer from them.

A) straw-colored, in between yellow and amber. Thin white head disappeared quickly, no lacing.

S) mild - wheat, lemon, watermelon

T) Like it smelled, but stronger on the watermelon. But not overpowering.

MF) Fairly crisp, a little thin feeling

D) Very high. Pleasant taste, low-ish (average) ABV, refreshing. Easy to down several of these in a sitting.

Overall, kind of boring but a good summer session beer.

Serving type: can

07-05-2009 16:23:48 | More by sophisticated
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corey0212

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this interesting brew from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!

Pours a nice cloudy lemon yellow color, decent sized white head fades somewhat quickly, leaves a handful of small patches of lace on the glass. Lots of wheat in the nose, some lemon, but really no trace of watermelon at all....until the first taste. Wow! That's some serious watermelon taste, sort of like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, tart citrus, slight grainy taste. Crisp and refreshing, slightly drying/puckering sweetness. Certainly something different for me, and while it's not something I'd want to drink all the time, I can see this being a good time at a summer BBQ.

Serving type: can

09-14-2008 20:37:18 | More by corey0212
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can $1.99 Hazy yellow color, looks murky with a pillowtop head. Smells faintly of watermelon and wheat. The flavor was heavy watermelon juice, so much so that it almost felt artificially flavored but I liked it anyway. For me this would be a good hot weather beer but not a session beer since I wouldn't want more than one.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 13:24:24 | More by ArrogantB
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden straw with a thick foamy head that sticks around with a lot of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Smell of light fruit, perhaps watermelon, light honey. Taste is very light, I was honestly expecting more watermelon than wheat, but there is still a faint note having a light graininess to it. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. It's not a bad wheat, nice and light and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 02:17:13 | More by Bookseeb
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IntriqKen

California

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok this was a surprise. Somehow it just didn't sound appealing at all to me so I've avoided trying it until now.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dirty lemon yellow in the glass with a smallish white head that melts quickly leaving little lace, if any.

Aroma is very grainy with just a hint...merely a breath of watermellow sometimes apparent in the finish. And you are right, Ev, cheddar cheese.

Taste is very drying grains with a touch of white pepper and a hint of watermellon on the end...more than in the aroma, but still just a hint. There is a slight bitterness from beginning to end as you swallow until it has completely cleared the mouth, then lightly sweet watermellon.

Full bodied (another surprise) mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

Very refreshing, although it still tastes 'synthetic' to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:19:50 | More by IntriqKen
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden straw (almost a pear juice color without the yeast stirred up) with a fair size bright white head that didn’t stick around for long nor did it leave any lace. The cool looking tasty crack can is a plus.

S: Melon fruit sweetness on a pretty clean wheat beer. Not a lot going on, but pretty good in the umph department.

T: While the aroma was just general melon, the flavor is very clearly watermelon. Interesting to have such a relatively delicate flavor come through so clear. As watermelon recedes a grainy sweetness emerges that is really the only major malt character note of the wheat beer. There is also a muted hint of yeast, a soft bit of tartness, and a touch of grassy hops at the end.

M: Medium light body with CO2 more toward upper end of average – yet in a soft, nicely textured way. More refreshing than quenching or crisp, and that really works for the flavor.

D: A summer refresher for sure. A light fruit flavor on a light and muted wheat beer. A really well done fruit beer overall. And, is there another watermelon wheat out there? Sure, it is a bit one-sided and even gimmicky, but every time I try one of these I am struck by how distinctly it does taste of watermelon.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 16:54:41 | More by SickGnar
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sukwonee

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good looking beer. Cloudy yellow body with one finger head, little lacing.

S: Not much here. Wheat and some spice. I cannot detect any watermelon

T: Watermelon does come through, but tastes quite artificial. It's not necessarily a bad thing. It kind of tastes like watermelon candy. You can also taste the wheat, malt, and some pepper or spice.

M: Light body (could be a tad bit thicker), and a bit flat, imo.

O: Refreshing. Decent summer beer, but that's about it.

Serving type: can

07-04-2012 20:13:32 | More by sukwonee
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by wavers1 -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw, moderate haze, with a slim sudsy white head. Surprised to see this beer isn't pink; this is a good thing.

Smell -- Pale malt, wheat, mild watermelon, grassy hops, quite a bit of yeast. Not especially aromatic, but what is there is pleasant.

Taste -- Overall the flavor profile is that of a pale wheat ale: pale malt and husky wheat, clover and grassy hops, mild honey sweetness. And along comes the mildest of watermelon sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- I'm giving this beer the benefit of the doubt. I'm currently in Oktoberfest mode, but I can easily imagine this beer being *perfect* at a cookout in July. Very glad to find the watermelon sweetness was very understated and remained in balance with the rest of the beer.

Unless you hate watermelon or wheat, I would strongly suggest giving this one a shot even though it didn't meet all of my expectations.

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 00:48:30 | More by yeahnatenelson
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tnip23 gave me a can of this to try. Thanks Troy.

A - Poured a clear, golden yellow body...a small, white head formed quickly then disappeared just as quick...there is a very thin ring left behind...light lacing

S - There is only a slight watermelon presence in the nose...wheat malt can be picked up as well

T - The watermelon really jumps out in the flavor...there is a lot upfront but it tastes like concentrate (just like the can says)...and it lends a slightly juicy aspect to the body...the wheat malt is pushed back and finishes the beer with semi-sweet watermelon flavors

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing...semi-sweet finish is nice

O - Watermelon Wheat is a nice summer beer and it deviates from the normal fruit beers with the addition of watermelon...and besides you can't be it being in a can

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 12:23:28 | More by thain709
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tchenery

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to weizen glass. The beer looks 'bud light' yellow. There are plenty of bubbles constantly throughout the beer giving it a consistent head of 1/8 of an inch or so.

There is a hint of watermelon on the nose. Malt smells also come through though. The taste of the beer is very light and crisp. The watermelon is not overpowering but does enhance the flavor. It leaves you with a bit of a dry mouthfeel on the end.

This would be a great hot weather beer. I personally think it's awesome that more good beer is going in cans. Lots of things are enhanced here: portability, coozie usage, conversation, etc. Plus you can take them on a boat without worrying about breaking glass.

I'll definitely reach for this one again in July and August.

Serving type: can

05-15-2010 20:06:27 | More by tchenery
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Very cloudy dark yellow color with a very fizzy head which is typical of most of the wheat beers I've tried. However the head does stick around for quite a while before fizzing out into nothing

Smell - Wheat, lemon, yeasts and a slight sweet and grassy aroma. Hate to say it but I'm not getting any watermelon smells here, smells like a grassy wheat beer really

Taste - There's the watermelon taste! And it's quite rich sweet and it mixes well with the lemon and wheat flavors. It's not perfect but it's pretty good!

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. It does feel nice and crispy on the palate, perfect for drinking on a hot day.

Overall - Yeah, it's a novelty wheat beer and I'm not exactly a huge fan of wheat beers but it's a nice crisy beer. The initial smell makes it seem rather bland while the flavor proves that there it does have something worthwhile to offer.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 00:50:20 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can into hardywood tulip. canned on 03/26/12.

A: hazy pale yellow. tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen lazily rising towards the surface. head is bright white and quickly dies to a rim of retention. no lacing.

S: lemon. watermelon. wheat.

T: watermelon jolly ranchers right off the bat. a lingering vanilla-like sweetness. finish is almost non-existent with maybe a tiny touch of sugary sweetness.

M: low/average carbonation on a very light body.

D: this would certainly make for some tasty outside summer drinking beer. i would also imagine that it works well with a watermelon summer salad. the watermelon flavor is neat, but wouldnt hate for some more body to back it.

Serving type: can

05-08-2012 01:13:01 | More by Jimmys
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katan

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at home base into a pils glass.

A- pours a hazy golden color. Light white head formation. No bubbling, appears lightly carbonated.

S- I guess I should have had this ahead of the ipa. The smell is very light, with just a hint of watermelon.

T- starts off lightly sweet, with just a hair of watermelon. Gets more bitter and dry mid stream. Finishes with the husky shell of a watermelon, very earthy.

M- Good body to the beer, creamy and thick. Carbonation is present, but not overbearing. Finishes with a sweet film.

D- very drinkable. Abv is manageable. Not filling. Flavors are just a bit off for long sessioning.

Maybe this just isn't my style, as I won't miss having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 02:23:13 | More by katan
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Cyrano41

Virginia

3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I don't think I would have every decided to try watermelon beer if there were no outside influences. But, I had just read an online article about coming down off your manly beer perch and trying fruit beers. In total wine, a reasonably attractive woman saw me looking at the can and commented that it was very good with a winning smile. These forces combined with my uncontrollable urge to try something new or different everytime I'm faced with the Wall Of Beer (and yes, it should be capitialized) lead me to setting down on the couch to watch Disney Channel with my family with a pale yellow, fizzy conncoction smelling like one of the kids dropped a jolly rancher in my beer. After the first drink, I smiled and examinied my glass again. Hazy yellow, thin head with two scents; a good wheat and candy watermelon. I smiled wider and handed the glass to my wife. "What does that taste like to you?" I was thinking that no way should a good beer and watermelon work together....but it did! My better half took a tenitive sip, "Cherry?" I'm still not sure how she got that. Bigger swallow, "watermelon!" I don't think the normal review would give this beer it's due. Long and short of it is, it tastes good! Low enough ABV to qualify as sessionable, light enough to allow drinking a few and with enough flavor that you want to. Now, I will say that it may be too sweet for some people to session, but give it a try.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 15:50:29 | More by Cyrano41
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light straw color. (Served with a wedge of watermelon on the glass at the brew pub).

Watermelon, citrus, yeasty, pink grapefruit, toasted white bread, grassy.

Soft round notes of cereal, citrus and yeast on the palate. Fairly four-square with a clean, lactic finish.

Medium- bodied with a slightly watery texture.

Refreshing with the watermelon, but fairly simple and needing a little more texture.

(Tasted from sampler at the brew pub).

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 01:21:08 | More by Libationguy
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a lemony color, a fizzy but short lived cap of white on top.

Aroma - light graininess, a trace of general sweetness but not attributable to any particular fruit.

Taste - light grain, definite watermelon flavor, on the lighter side. A certain snap afterwards of hop or some other light sourness, not real sure what it is. Ends cleanly enough, again with little focus on the sweet and more on the fruit, pretty nice balance.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp, what you would expect from a fruity wheat.

Drinkability - no problem knocking these back. It gets the full gamut of reviews from the fire pit crowd.

Serving type: can

06-12-2010 06:08:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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HeightsEats

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an odd beer, but they pull off the watermelon-wheat combination fairly well. The yeast is clearly American rather than European, so the yeastiness is subtle and not very complex. The aroma is fruitier than the flavor, which is a fairly typical American Wheat with just a hint of upfront sweetness and sourness in the aftertaste. The watermelon is natural tasting but almost closer to watermelon peel (which I've had pickled) than fresh watermelon.

This would be a very drinkable and refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 00:59:03 | More by HeightsEats
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden adjunct lager looking with a thin white head that reduces to a thin veil and leaves no lace.

S-Light watermelon rind and a bit of sweetness.

T-Light wheat malt biscuit sweetness with the bitter backing of watermelon rind. Nothing extraordinary here.

M-Light bodied, crisp and refreshing...the best feature of this one. A good summer quencher.

D-A decent brew...nothing wrong with it but nothing exciting either. Kinda boring with a bit f watermelon rnd bitterness making it different. Too bad...I have been looking forward to this one for a long time....we have a better watermelon beer right here in south central PA.

Serving type: can

07-10-2009 02:10:45 | More by Deuane
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albern

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What's not to like about this beer. It is loaded with carbonation, it's a slightly pale golden color, not much head, with a nose that has plenty of lemony floral characteristics, and yes, I think I get a whiff of the watermelon too. Thre is a slightly prickly mouthfeel from the wheat, which adds a bit of texture to what would otherwise be a pretty water fare. The beer is refreshing. The taste is more of a sweet fruity concoction but there is a definite watermelon presence throughout. Watermelon is not a strongly flavored fruit, unlike a strawberry or blueberry, and I think that is true as an adjunct in beer as well. The watermelon is not overpowering, more subtle and well blended with the other fruit flavors. There is no real aftertaste to the beer. It's light, it's fun, what's not to like.

Serving type: can

12-20-2009 13:10:04 | More by albern
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m1ked

California

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have heard of this mythical beer. I even travelled to the brewery to try some. It was before baseball even started, so no luck. So I finally encountered some just in time for Labor Day.

A- Poured right from the can into my pint glass. A hazy light yellow tan with barely a head to even mention. Looks like a headless hef.

S- Sweet maltiness with a touch a sour fruit. Actually green applely to me. Not much there besides that. I probably would not guess watermelon as the fruit o smell.

T- Definetly get the sweet malts, and the distinct tanginess with what must be the watermelon. It has a citrus character to it. Like a hef with a lemon in it. Then, the more I taste it, the more I recognize the watermelon, and the more I like it.

M- This is an easy drinking beer. Medium bodied with nice carbonation in there that complements the citrus I taste.

D- I feel good about drinking this beer because it is my first experience with any watermelon beer, I love summer, I love drinking beer in the summer, and this beer is refreshing. Definetly not on my session list, but I like it.

Serving type: can

09-02-2008 03:07:18 | More by m1ked
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can

Pours a pale hazy yellow color with a medium sized white head. Toasty wheat in the nose with the slightest hint of berry and spice. Interesting in flavor for the watermelon note doesnt strike the tongue until the finish. The Jolly Rancher like fruit flavor, to me, is actually quite a breath of fresh air in the world of fruit flavored wheat beers. Good drinkability, very interesting and inventive, an undeniably unique beer whether you love it of hate it. I would have this again, but not in any large quantity.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 21:54:49 | More by ATPete
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can from trade:

Pours a hazey straw colored wheat ale in the flute. 2 finger rocky cap doesn't last well but laces the glass moderately. Lively artificial carbonation.

Aroma is quite pleasant: wheaty biscuit tones with fruits and musty melon. Light bodied, peppery mouth feel. Tastes almost like it smells but the melon is more detectable, yet not offensively overpowering or synthetic. Finish is dry, clean crisp.

Great little summer sipper. I like it and I usually don't like fruit beer.

Serving type: can

05-27-2010 23:34:07 | More by pootz
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
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