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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,906 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 73
Gots: 177 | FT: 1
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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yesferro

Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

I received a can of this thanks to kplynch and RblWthACoz. I couldn't wait to try this oddball beer, I poured it in my hoegaarden glass and the smell hit me pretty hard, I think you could smell the watermelon on the other side of the room. The taste of it surprised me, I did not get the jolly rancher flavor, it's more like a watermelon rind taste to me. Goes down really smooth, not something I would drink a whole lot of but I can imagine this would be good on a really hot day. It is rather tart and refreshing.

10-06-2008 22:21:34 | More by yesferro
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

A= Pours a fizzy translucent yellow color with a small half finger head that falls fast and leaves no lacing on the glass. Really unimpressive for a wheat beer. The beer looks sort of sad as I stare at it with the bubbles coming up top to contribute to the absence of a head making their lives meaningless.

S= quite pungent I could smell it from a couple feet away after I poured it which is nice. Smells like a typical macro lager with candy flavored watermelon in it.... there's a touch of wheat in the smell just enough to make it smell like a wheat with watermelon. To be honest I've never smelled a watermelon like this tough. I've smelled lots of candy like this but no watermelon and I love watermelon.

T= Very similar to the smell. The taste is similar to a macro lager only with a nice wheat and watermelon touch. The wheat is just enough to make the middle of the sip crisp and refreshing and the finish a little citrusy. The watermelon is like candy of course only I don't notice it upon the initial sips only after I swallow do I notice the residual candy taste.

M= Low carbonation crisp and refreshing. Not bad at all. Actually sort of on point and fitting. I would say for a regular wheat it should be more carbonated and spritzy but this is fine.

D= Not a bad beer by any means and I will buy it again some summer day I'm sure but it's a little dissapointing for a wheat beer and the taste is very candyish. Not bad though.

01-16-2010 00:01:52 | More by jjanega08
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +11.2%

Slightly hazy light gold/straw colored body. Lots of carbonation. Crisp white head about two fingers thick. Recedes to a thin white lacing. Pretty decent for style. Head disappears completely.

Very light aroma of cracker like malt and a subtle watermelon (candyish) aroma. Like a wheat beer with a watermelon jolly rancher dropped in. Sweet cereal grains in the nose.

Remains a very refreshing beer with a great watermelon flavor (even if somewhat artificial) that is not overly sweet, and still slightly resembles beer. Pretty good execution. Light watermelon hints in the finish and aftertaste. Not dry, but pretty clean finish. Great level of carbonation. Medium bodied. Not excessive carbonation but definitely on the more appropriate side of full carbonation. Wheat malt comes through in the beginning. Clean, cracker like. Good flavor. Excellent.

I think this beer is great. With summertime arrived, this is a great beer for drinking by the water. Pretty approachable by everyone, and it treats the fruit wheat beer category right.

06-28-2013 16:09:51 | More by MusicaleMike
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patpbr

Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +11.2%

A - Poured a cloudy yellow with an inch of foamy head.
S - Noticed some malt and a little sweet
T - As expected you get watermelon, wheat and fruit.
M - Medium to light body with a tart finish
O - Its refreshing and interesting but I wouldn't want many.

04-22-2014 22:13:29 | More by patpbr
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klshanks

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 16 oz. pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy yellowish color. White head that fades quickly.

Aroma- similar to most American wheat beers theres a wheat aroma with a bit of yeasty smell, and a slight undertone of sweetness.

Taste- Pretty similar to what would be expected from the offering. A wheat beer with some watermelon flavor to it. I'm not blown away by the watermelon though, it almost tastes unripe. Not bad, but I had high hopes for this and it was a bit of a let down.

Mouthfeel- Again, good, not great. Not too thick and not too thin. I would like a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability- I could definitely drink a couple of these. I can see the flavor growing on me more after my second or third can.

Overall definitely worth trying. There are far worse fruit wheat beers out there.

09-25-2010 04:55:27 | More by klshanks
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from the 12oz can into a weizen glass. Body is a cloudy golden hue, topped by a bright white ring of creamy head. Aroma of wheat and lightly sweet fruit, along with a touch of adjunct malt. Palate is dominated by a nice, clean, mild wheat character up front. The fruitiness of this beer is nicely understated - only a hint of watermelon emerges towards the back of the mouth, and lingers only slightly on the finish. The body is pleasantly creamy, but still quite light and airy. A very refreshing beer on a warm summer evening.

08-29-2007 03:41:04 | More by ElGordo
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plaid75

New York

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat malt and a bitter green watermelon rind.

The taste consisted of an upfront bitter watermelon rind and a mild wheat spice.

The mouthfeel was light and dry.

Overall a decent summer wheat ale. Not what I was expecting out of a watermelon beer.

06-24-2009 21:14:53 | More by plaid75
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mjaskula

New York

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Served in a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw color with a white head that reduces to a very thin layer, but never disappears.

Aroma is very much a wheat, but sweeter. You can smell a fruitiness, but I'm not sure i would have said 'watermelon' if i didn't know. The taste is very fresh and unique and mild. There are flavors of wheat and fruit, but it seems to be more of the rind than the sweet fruit. It is much more clearly watermelon. It's highly carbonated, but easy drinking. A great summer beer.

07-08-2009 00:03:52 | More by mjaskula
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

I don't know when or where I've heard about this particular beer, but at the time I thought it could be a good thing.

Surprised to see it in a card board box.

I can't tell if there's a hue of pink in my glass or not.
A scant ring of lace.

Nice aroma. Real fruit. But very faint.
Tangy bready yeast. Summer in a glass. Moderate carbonation. I think I detect some melon rind.
A lighter body, refreshing.

Almost good enough for a 12 pack.
Possibly the perfect accompaniment to fried chicken.

12-13-2009 05:57:22 | More by Dotcubed
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Something also on trade...this one a fruit, which I normally don't get a chance to try much. Pours a cloudy pilsey yellow with almost no head, and little lacing. Smells sweet, and green, and floral. Taste is interesting, different from many other fruit beers, surely some watermelon, but only hints. An interesting approach to a fruit beer and one that I was happy to try. Easy drinking, and not bitter and light. Carbonation is only low-moderate. Fun to try!

11-19-2012 00:58:20 | More by Bitter_Echo
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czfreeman

California

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Picked up a six pack on this lovely San Fran early summer day.
Pours a hazy pale wheat color. Fizzes out soon.
Smells of watermelon rind, citrus, some sour wheat, biscuit.
Very light. The watermelon come through in the flavor in and provides an almost creamy like texture, which is cut by the sharp carbonation. Not picking up much hope, but a acidic, citrusy, pale wheat brew. One might go so far as to say this could be almost like a Berliner Weisse with a shot of watermelon rather than the traditional woodruff.
Not quite as complex as I had hoped, but refreshing and perfect hot-day-in the sun brew.

04-23-2012 20:39:40 | More by czfreeman
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ngeunit1

California

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

A - Pours a clear golden color with a finger of crisp white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind no lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of fruit watermelon esters and a bit of wheat and grain. There is just a touch of yeast in the background. Not overly aromatic.

T - Starts off with a bit of sweet and slightly tart watermelon flavor. Tastes like fairly fresh watermelon. There is just a bit of grain alongside to balance. Through the middle, the grain steps up a bit and just a bit of yeast comes through. The finish is a mix of watermelon and wheat flavors that linger just a bit.

M - Close to light bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp, but just a bit thin and watery.

D - Very drinkable. The watermelon flavor is very nice, but it just needed a bit more flavor and body. Felt refreshing, but just a bit empty.

08-09-2011 06:26:57 | More by ngeunit1
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Served in a pint glass, on-tap at Devil's Den in Philly

Pours a light yellowstraw color, with a medium white head that goes away quickly

There is watermelon in the nose! Fantastic! Not too sweet or fruity, some wheat and malt too. Had this as a gimmick, now interested in the beer.

Easy drinker - the fruit is subtle, - but there, not dominating but obvious.

Thin, a bit watery, but OK, great on a warm day

One was enough for me, no problems at all, just all I wanted.

10-18-2009 00:05:16 | More by mhatters
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Appearance:
Looks like a hazy coors, little head/retention. No lacing.

Smell:
A little tart/sour citrus with a touch of watermelon. Not 4 loko, but still a noticeable fruitiness. Smells a little like Mac and cheese...

Taste:
The watermelon is as prominent as is the wheat. A touch of tartness, but mainly the watermelon comes through strongly.

Mouthfeel:
Fairly light bodied beer that has inadequate carbonation by the end. It does have an interesting, watermelon-like aftertaste.

Overall:
This is totally not a mid-winter drink but I'd probably appreciate it on the beach in the summer. A little bit too light of a wheat beer but it's not terrible either.

12-16-2011 02:07:17 | More by ThePorterSorter
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JRed

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Hazy light golden in body with fading white head. Smells of weak watermelon, wheat and light floral notes. Tastes of light floral, wheat, watermelon in the background, some light grains and a dry ending. Having the watermelon as an undertone makes for a refreshing session. Medium carbonation with light body. Cloying mouthfeel. Perfect for MDW down the shore.

05-30-2011 03:14:04 | More by JRed
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Sandtownchuck


3.64/5  rDev +10.6%

08-25-2014 00:53:12 | More by Sandtownchuck
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Wortman1998

New York

3.64/5  rDev +10.6%

08-27-2014 12:44:02 | More by Wortman1998
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells like watermelon with some wheat. Taste like it smells, wheat and watermelon, though not overpowering, good balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is an interesting and quality brew.

12-01-2009 00:13:23 | More by tone77
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Bottom of can says Enjoy By 06/30/14. Damn cardboard six-pack packaging...

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color very similar to the way cider looks with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. No lacing to speak of.

S- Weak wheat beer smell. Hint of generic watermelon.

T- Starts out with that standard light wheat taste and then comes the watermelon that's very apparent but also somewhat subtle. The watermelon is a bit artificial tasting but luckily it's not too sweet so it remains manageable. Easy to drink, almost too easy. Watermelon aftertaste is OK.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This beer serves its purpose as an innocuous, inoffensive wheat beer with some watermelon flavoring thrown in to make it a bit different. It's a quaffer, great for music festivals and sporting events where you just want something semi-refreshing and accessible to gulp and share with friends. Especially good for the non-beer-loving females. In the overall scheme of things though, there are much better things to be drank out there.

06-11-2014 01:40:13 | More by Immortale25
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

A - Pours up cloudy gold with a quickly dissipating white head that disappears completely

S - Has slight cider aroma. Not what I was expecting.

T - Starts with a very subtle grain flavor, and finished with a faint watermelon taste lingering in my mouth.

M - Surprisingly full bodied.

D - Very drinkable, not too cloying.

08-14-2008 00:50:04 | More by hiikeeba
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

First had: can from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Interesting idea, and I've seen it around enough to the point where I had to pick up a can.

Poured clear golden into a tumbler. Big white foamy head that dissipated after a few minutes to just a thin layer. Aroma (first impression) was stale and unimpressive, and I started having doubts that I picked up a bad beer. Then I took a sip. Watermelon!!! Very distinct, very fruity, but not overbearing or sickeningly sweet, and truly watermelon. Very light and smooth, no acidic harshness that often pervades wheat beers. Light body, easily drinkable. Great summertime beer. I want more.

05-04-2011 19:44:49 | More by Rifugium
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flexabull

California

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a light gold color, a little cloudy, with a faint white head.

Aromas are nice, light watermelon, cream, and candied sugars.

This kind of tastes like a watermelon jolly rancher. Though the watermelon flavors aren't overly strong. There is some creaminess, sugars, and some wheat spices.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, surprisingly fuller than I thought it would be.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit of a novelty, and that wore off towards the end of the can. But it's light, tasty, and would be pretty nice for the summer time. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way to get this.

02-16-2009 21:43:18 | More by flexabull
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utopiajane

New York

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours hazy and yellow with a stream of bubbles rising to meet a fat white had of foam that leaves patchy lace as it falls. Nose is a nice wheat with a bit of sweetness on it. The watermelon is a touch of floral and almost a backnote on the nose. There is a bit of hop grass and it too is sweet. That is blending nicely with the flaked wheat. Taste is good. It's perky and has a thinner side of medium mouthfeel. You could even call it light. A crackery malt crispness , a nice malt dryness and a little bit of natural wheat sweetness. Nothing honey like or rich. The watermelon in the drink is light and floral but unmistakably watermelon and the hops grass meets a touch of spice to intrigue the palate a bit. The finish is balanced and there is a slight hop bitter and a light little aftertaste from malt. There is a juicy citric quality that does not meet any definition of a fruit and that keeps the beer balanced and tart in the drink.

I darn like it.

07-14-2014 18:12:03 | More by utopiajane
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sakana


3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

I'm reviewing this based on memory, so please bear with me, as I do not have tasting notes.

It was a hot night at the bar, and I was in the mood for something light and refreshing to chase away the cloying heat of the place. this pale yet flavorful beer was thoroughly enjoyable and was just what the doctor ordered to chase away the uncomfortable warmth of the place.

This was not the first watermelon wheat beer I had consumed, there was another I had enjoyed the previous summer that drew me to choose this instead of one of the other available options. Don't expect it totaste strongly of watermelon - I only moticed melon flavors in the aftertaste, as up front you mostly we treated to a light, wheaty flavor.

Definitely a nice treat for a hot day, and now that I know that I can get it in cans, it'll likely come with me to the next BBQ I attend.

07-16-2012 21:27:01 | More by sakana
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droomyster

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

A very popular beer this summer. It's easy to see why this little man in a can is so appealing to so many, but the purist in me hates gimmicks. Yes, it is drinkable and "enjoyable on a hot day" and at parties, beaches, etc. Hell, it's one of the most "drinkable" beers ever, a quality owing more to lacking flaws than having virtues that extend beyond a squirt of fruit. Pours a hazy gold with a soda fizz head that dies almost immediately. Aromas are very simple and straightforward: a bit of wheatiness and a lot of watermelon. Not bad by any means but neither is it ponderous in the least. Same for the taste and feel. It takes its name literally and is not nasty in the least, but neither is it interesting enough for me to ever buy again, unless it's for a beach party of the uninitiated.

08-27-2010 06:12:02 | More by droomyster
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.