Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

Not Rated.
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.

693 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 693
Hads: 2,501
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 20.67%
Wants: 114
Gots: 529 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer Alström Bros
Reviews: 693 | Hads: 2,501
Photo of jjanega08
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,442 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love watermelon but hate American pale wheat ales. Thankfully, the watermelon salvages this brew from obscurity. Thanks to mntlover for the opportunity to try this. Pours a hazy straw amber body with a small white head that quickly disappears without significant lacing. Aroma is faint, with some bready wheat malt and a hint of watermelon. Light medium body has moderate carbonation. Taste has a really pleasant essence of fresh ripe watermelon flesh superimposed on the unassuming wheat ale base. It works for me. Nothing exceptional, but I like it a lot. Best watermelon beer I've ever had!(I've actually had one other)

 624 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was in Ohio and we picked up a 6 pack of cans from local store. The beer poured a hazy golden yellow..almost like a farmhouse cider, tiny white bubbly head, with no lacing. There was definitely some melon in the aroma and also in the taste. Malt and wheat balanced the beer in both smeel and taste. The mouthfeel was light in body and good carbonation. Overall a decent beer, probably better served in the summer.

 415 characters

Photo of gpogo
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Semi clear light yellow beer with a small white head that fizzles out to nothing.

A- Light sweet smell. I get no to very light watermelon.

T- Jolly Rancher watermelon, but light. It still tastes like beer. The watermelon is right up front with a crisp light malt flavor.

M- Light body, high carbonation giving a very crisp flavor.

D- I really enjoy this beer. I'm not much of a fruit beer, but this is quite a refreshing beer.

 433 characters

Photo of mhatters
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

 474 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Loved the first beer I had from this brewery.. another cool name and artwork on the can for this one. 5.2% ABV for a fruit beer? Damn, pretty high there. Pours a cloudy yellow.. not much head to it and little lacing if any. Smell is slightly sweet with some pale malt aroma in there. Taste is fairly light bodied with a decent mouthfeel, nice wheaty taste to it with a kiss of watermelon flavor at the end. I appreciate the fact that they didn't overdo the watermelon and make it way too sweet. Also, they didn't make it hidden either and you can actually taste it.. found a nice happy medium here. A pretty solid fruit beer, won't blow your socks off but pretty drinkable and pretty unique.

 691 characters

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a nice white head that diminishes very fast. Nose is pale malt and some slight wheat. Taste follows with slight wheat flavor, and a decent dose of watermelon. It's like candy watermelon though, not real watermelon. The WM flavor is there, but the wheat beer is missing. Mouthfeel is too thin. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall an interesting concoction, but probably one I won't visit again. Their IPA is great, but this one just slightly misses the mark for me.

 496 characters

Photo of bamojr
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I have had from a can in quite some time. I must also say that this is a case of a novelty name getting me to try a beer, and this time I am pleasantly surprised.

Pours clear yellow with thin white head.
not much on the nose.
WOW, watermelon in the taste big time. Very refreshing.
Cool can, the artwork is pretty great..
easy to drink but a bit novel.
I think that this would be a great brew to grill out with, very refreshing and a cool concept I haven't seen in many other beers.

 516 characters

Photo of nickthetick
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy straw yellow into an American shaker pint with a solid finger of fluffy white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Wheat, sweet light malts and a hint of watermelon. some floral hops.

T: Heavy on the wheat and noticable light malt backbone, comparable as good to a hefeweizen and with the addition of the subtle watermelon that slowly takes the tongue by surprise makes this beer stand out.

MF: What we as advocates should come to expect from a light summer beer; refreshing, light soft body and good effervescence.

O: This has slowly become my favorite "tubing down the river" beer by beating out Butternuts Hefe. The can makes it portable while the lower ABV makes it great for having a bunch while floating and staying coordinated enough to scale the muddy hill back to the car. I wouldnt get this for much of any thing else except maybe a hot day on a boat or maybe a company picnic.

 912 characters

Photo of redneckchugger
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra in a trade with brewer b ( great guy trade with him)
poured into a weizen glass, cloudy amber, thick white head, some lacing, head lasts for days it seems.
smells like a wheat beer with watermelon jollyrancher in it.
taste's similar to the smell, but less watermelon. still a lot though.
mouthfeel i fairly carbonated, very refreshing.
as a rule i don't like wheat beers and i hate fruit beers, yet i like this beer. its tasty as hell. i can't explain it, but i like it. when i move to california i plan to keep a 12 pack or so of this around for hot summer days.

 582 characters

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman hooked me up with this one. thanks jan!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

pours deep golden yellow with just a touch of haze. a small fine white head forms, dropping quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is ok. bit of alcohol. wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. it's fairly fruity, but i can't say that i'd pick it as watermelon. it's a bit off-putting too - i get a bit of a sweat sock thing from it that i'm not too keen on.

taste is good. the watermelon does come through here, but not in an unpleasant or overbearing way. white bread. bit of cracker. not at all sweet. light alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. nice light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is pretty good. this one grew on me a little along the way, but i can't say that i'll be searching out mass quantities of it. still, it was nice and i wouldn't say no to another.

 917 characters

Photo of BDIMike
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice unfiltered golden color. However, there is little carbonation that creates a very thin white head that immediately disappears.
Smell is very faint. There is a fresh wheat smell, with not much of a watermelon or anything else going on.
Taste has much more to it than the smell. The fresh wheat works as a nice base to a very good watermelon taste. The taste is a real watermelon taste (not fake sweeteners), but it doesn't overpower things in any way.
Mouthfeel has a good thickness, but still is refreshing.
Drinkability is very nice for a fruit beer. It has a good, real fruit taste but it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. As far as fruit beers go, this is one of the better and more drinkable I have had.

 727 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold. White head. Nose is that almost dirty wheat with fruit thing. Flavor at first is strange. Then it smooths out and the watermelon stays smooth and low. A nice accent to the whole thing. Feel has a fairly and biting carbonation to it. Liquid is good. I usually can't stand these fruit "wheat" beers, but this one is actually pretty nice. Great for a scorching hot day.

 388 characters

Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

I recieved this in a recent trade with BrewerB, thanks again Brian! Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is yet another fine craft brew to be released in a can. I can't resist these canned beers for whatever reason. This flavored wheat fills the glass a hazy, yeast filled straw golden that pales even more when backlit. Large carbonation bubbles start off slow but quickly gain speed as they rush to the surface. I drank a few of these out of the 6-pack I received but this one has the best head yet, It grew to three fingers of dirty white quickly and slowly fell to a solid cap leaving layered, stepped lacing on its way down. This is a damn good looking summer wheat beer.

The aroma is very unique. I wasn't sure if I would get heavily artificial watermelon or what, I was actually expecting that, but I ended up getting a very refreshing nose from this wheat. Right away I'm hit with watermelon. There's a touch of the Jolly Rancher like candy sweetness but for the most part it's freshly cut watermelon with a little rind thrown in for good measure. There is a wheat twang that's soft at first but makes itself known on the backend. For a fruit flavored wheat, something I'm usually not too fond of, I'm enjoying the aroma on this one. The nose is fairly simple but good none the less.

The watermelon is a little more subdued on the tongue then it is in the nose. The wheat beer behind the watermelon is of high quality. A nice zippy wheat twang leads the way but falls off quickly letting the more subtle watermelon take hold. The watermelon for the most part is refreshing, juicy, and fresh but there is a touch of that Jolly Rancher sweetness which manages to stay out of the way. The wheat base and watermelon seem to go together quite well to create a refreshing summer beer.

The mouthfeel is just right on this beer. There's a nice smooth velvety body and the lower level of carbonation really helps that smoothness. After the swallow there's a touch of that wheat twang left behind that flashes a quick tartness along the back of the tongue.

This is a very easy drinking beer from 21st Amendment. The refreshing quality is through the roof but enjoying watermelon is a must to enjoy this beer.

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is another well made beer from 21st Amendment. I wouldn't mind being able to pick this up every now and then when a full day out in the sun is in order and cans are called for; which is actually quite often. Thanks again for this unique brew Brian!

 2,493 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can label reads agitate before opening, what's wrong with waiting to agitate while the beer is in the last couple inches of the bottom. I just had the draft Live Free or Die IPA at Mad Mex so instead of the canned IPA I opted for a six of this and a four pack of the Monk's Blood since I've never seen or heard of that one. This one pours a clouded lemonade esque golden sunshine hue with bright white head forming and dissipating quickly. Minimal speckled lacing is left on the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up a tame laid back sweetness from the sharp citrus wheat back bone. Fruity watermelon layers with pretty much absent hop additions. I like the low alcohol fruit vibe kick every now and again. A chalky yeast and minimal floral note wrapped within the watermelon puree, this stuff smells inviting and not candy sweet which is definitely a good thing. Flavor is light with juicy edges almost like bubblegum edges to it, but the watermelon puree acts as a refresher in this mix. Some hard mineral water action with a yeast wheat infused malt backbone, really straight forward flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but not syrupy in anyway smooth ample carbonation levels, it's nice to see this available in the Burgh at Giant Eagle Marketplace. Drinkability was easy going a refreshing summer time beer that I'm sure will go over with the ladies out there. For me it was worth the experience but this isn't something that is going to replace the session IPA or pale ale anytime soon.

 1,490 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

 1,043 characters

Photo of Mosley1212
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a DFH Snifter.

A--Pours a light golden yellow with a small white head that didn't last long. Not much retention throughout the beer

S--First thing I get is the watermelon concentrate. It's a sickly sweet taste. From there I get a bit of wheat and some yeast. Light smelling, but it has a prominence to it.

T--The watermelon is nice. Then comes a wheat aftertaste. Finishes with a bit of a yeast bill on the palate.

M--Very light bodied. Tiny bit of carbonation. Water feel as well.

O--This is the perfect beer and my go-to for a brew to take with me to South Beach on the weekends. Overall, though, there are better wheat beers out there. I would recommend it for what it is. Something I will pick up again.

 737 characters

Photo of Paincane
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color, a bit hazy. Poured into globe glass with small white head dissipating quickly with almost no lacing. Love the packaging with Lady Liberty putting her torch down while dipping her feet into SF Bay off the Golden Gate. She is grabbing a watermelon from a barge in the bay. Irreverent yet strangely patriotic.
S: Wheat with a hint of watermelon.
T: Up front, a subtle splash of watermelon is noticeable followed by wheat flavor. Each seems to mute the other but they complement well. Sweet but not overpowering.
M: Light-bodied with little carbonation. Clean and refreshing.
O: Perfect summer beer for the pool or beach. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Glad I bought a sixer to enjoy Labor Day at the beach with college football. It's great to be an American!

 775 characters

Photo of rayjay
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pale and brite with tiny rope-like particulate (doesn't appear to be an infection). Big white head with nice retention.

Almost a pils or marco-like nose, you would only guess watermelon if you knew it was there.

Mild bitterness first, which recedes to nice malts and gentle watermelon. You'd never even know it was a wheat beer; I remember a much more German style. wheat beer from the brewer's own taps. The flavors work well but its not the most exciting beer. I swear they use San Francisco yeast and not a wheat beer yeast; minimal esters.

Refreshing, but I imagine that the wheat body-watermelon combo would either get to be too much of a novelty or would get too sickeningly sweet to drink al night.

Not bad, and quite different, but don't go out of your way. Cheers!

 782 characters

Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first thought was this is probably going to be sweet and nasty but I give credit to 21st in that they made the watermelon work well with the style. The nose is watermelon but the taste is wheat with only a hint of the fruit. Actually finishes nicely with a smooth grainy taste with that watermelon on the tip of the tongue. Could have been a disaster but it actually works.

 376 characters

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this the first can I've reviewed since Miller Lite? Fantastic styled can from 21A. Thanks Nico & Shaun.

Pours out as a deep murky hazy swamp water orange hue. No head to speak of.

Nose is a light cheddar, yes as in cheese. No fruit appearing.

First swigs: Oh there is the watermelon. Crammed in with the wheat and the light escaping malt. THis is a balancing act of light wheat and light malt. Yummy! Slight bubble gum. Easy watermelon and yes...cheese! Stickin' with the cheese aspect but subtle

Feel is thin and brisk!

Last swigs: This is trade worthy. Seek and destroy!

 590 characters

Photo of yesferro
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

 515 characters

Photo of SteveD84
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Frustrating but good beer!

I absolutely loved this beer when I first tried it on tap two years ago. I found it soon after in a can, and it was not nearly as good as the version on tap.

I went through the same thing this summer- found it on tap, and fell in love with it again. I then found it on tap elsewhere and was extremely disappointing. So that's two taps that were good, one that was bad.

It is worth noting that the two places that were good on tap are solid beer bars that rotate their taps on a normal basis.

I believe that this is a very delicate beer- when maintained properly and served at the absolute right temperature (very cold) it is delicious- just the right amount of watermelon will come through at the end, it's light and refreshing, and can easily have mass appeal.

In the can it seems to lose something, and if not served properly it loses a lot of appeal. I've tried to introduce the beer to others and it seems like every time I have tried to its one of those bad experiences with the beer.

21st Amendment may benefit by putting additional quality control in place or providing strong guidelines to the distributors and bars.

 1,158 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing tastes more like summer than the unofficial fruit of watermelon. And when trying to use that refreshing taste to create an unofficial beer of summer the concern is whether the delicate and crisp taste could stand up- even to a light American Wheat Beer.

But as the beer pours, there's little evidence of the fruit inside. The hazy straw ale is nicely golden at its depths. A certain tilt of the glass can show a pinkish stain, but maybe that's also my mind playing tricks on me. Its foamy head rises with a character that's partly frothy and partly sprite. With retention and lacing both moderate, I get the impression that its head character would underwhelm if I allowed the session to last very long.

There it is! Not just watermelon, but all sorts of melon with strawberry and cantaloupe. And with supporting aromatics of bread and pulled candy- the scent hinges on hard candy flavor with those fruity scents front and center. Not all fruit, the beer's mild citrus and leafy aromas cast a hoppy note on the senses going into taste.

Its flavors start earthy and sweet as the wheat of the beer is mildly grainy-sweet and filled with shortbread. The melon flavors start moderate and continue to build, each sip more heightened than the other with a taste that hinges of the dripping ripeness of watermelon and that of candy. Yet its herbal, leafy and mildly grassy finish returns to hops as the ale crispens right up.

Light bodied from sip 'til finish, the ale is somewhat watery, but perhaps by design. Its creamy-dry upstart quickly sheds its carbonation to usher in a grainy and wafer-thin finish to prop up the taste. Its finish is herbal and grassy with minty warmth.

Akin to Abita's Strawberry Harvest, the ale underneath the fruit offers tepid support and the fruit, though truly seductive seems a bit contrived. If the balance is off, then it is beautifully off. I have a soft spot on my palate for these types of beer.

 1,941 characters

Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBD 10/31/15. Slightly hazy golden pour with a touch of amber. Normal head volume, very good retention and poor lacing.

OK nose of biscuit and wheat underneath a light watermelon.

Heavy light body with a nice smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a finely bubbled surge in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with a burst of watermelon flavor that isn't really sweet, more of a perfect balance with the wheat. Biscuit sweetness is present, but subtly so in a balancing background fashion. Hints of hop bitterness appear in the middle providing contrast. The finish is fairly crisp and a light watermelon rind lingers.

 694 characters

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.