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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,946 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,946
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 73
Gots: 194 | 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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a wiezen glass at 40 degrees

Appearance: one finger foamy white head that has no retention. The color of the beer is a medium yellow with pale yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy probably due to yeast. The head no longer remains in the beer.

Nose: The aroma of wheat and grass are the most prominent aromas. The watermelon aroma is faint but of course there is really no smell to watermelon. The only other aroma in the beer is yeast.

Taste: predominately wheat with notes of citrus and grass. The watermelon is there along with the yeast and a subtle sweetness like honey.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated with a crisp finish.

Overall: the body of the beer is light and the finish is medium. Although, you can't taste the watermelon in the beer, it is a pretty apparent going down. This is a good fruit and herb beer. This beer would be great on a nice sunny summer afternoon.

colts9016, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of CrellMoset
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Can as an extra from numbeercruncher - thanks!! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazed golden yellow, a very traditional hefe-esque color, with a two-finger white head of average to perhaps - for the style - slightly above average retention. Leaves some nice splotches of runny, glittery, watery lacing. The carbonation is plentiful, well-distributed, relatively fine-bubbled, and very fast.

Aroma: A little simplistic, though largely pleasant. Plenty of lightly tart watermelon, pretty authentic, over a biscuity-smelling malt base. Strangely enough, I get hints of caramel and caramelized sugars out of this one, which seem a little off - at least in my mind. Not bad though.

Taste: A little tarter and fruitier than I'd like, with a few unpleasant "vegetal" notes. On the other hand, there's plenty of good stuff here - a sweet malt base with hints of roast peeking through and watermelon "pulp" notes that transition from sweet up front to tart in the finish, slightly juicy, slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and big-bubbled - result of all that effervescence in a relatively thin body - resulting in a puffy and uneven mouthfeel. It doesn't work too poorly with these flavors, though in most beers it would be really distracting.

Drinkability: An interesting brew. The watermelon definitely comes through on this one, adding both a few complex fruit sugars as well as a tart, slightly puckering note in the finish. It works decently well with the beer's base too, though the whole package just leaves a little to be desired, in my opinion. On the drinkable side, it's low in alcohol and solidly made. Perhaps a few tweaks with this one - adjusting the malt base to something a little solider and simpler, and modifying the watermelon addition somehow (I know this is difficult, haha) would make this one a really tasty fruit beer. Still glad I got a chance to try it. Plus, it's in a can - another bonus!

CrellMoset, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of JG-90
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%

Can poured into glass gives a large, creamy, pure white head with okay retention. Beer is pale yellow in color and leaves minimal lacing. Smells mostly of wheat, but also has a bit of pepper and some fruity notes.

Can taste the watermelon much more then can smell it. The watermelon flavors go along with, but also do not overpower the wheat. Many fruit/wheat beers seem to have the fruit overpower the beer but this does not. Watermelon flavor tastes very real at first, but finishes a little more sweet, like a hint of watermelon jolly rancher. Still a very interesting beer, and I think they did a good job using watermelon, which I have not seen in a beer before. Mouthfeel is light-medium, and there is a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp finish.

JG-90, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Shollers
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Shollers, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Johnz567
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Johnz567, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz can, procured somewhere in Southern Idaho last month. I like the lounging Lady Liberty image on the label, where she's lifting a gargantuan watermelon from a passing barge in San Francisco Bay.

This beer pours a hazy bright medium golden hue, with two fingers of frothy, foamy white head, which leaves little in the way of persistent lacing around the glass as things melt away. It smells of fruity wheat grain, melon-like, I suppose, with a fair amount of dry yeast. The taste is soft sweet wheat malt, and frozen watermelon fleshy fruitiness, with a bit of grassy hop bitterness. The carbonation is quite low, the body light, but not without weight, mostly of the fruity variety, which renders things rather smooth. It finishes off-dry, and clean, the initial eponymous fruit punch (heh) petering out.

While not a bad beer overall, the focus on the watermelon as guest starring ingredient has predictably feeble results - an echo of an already delicate flavour doesn't add up to strong, memorable flavours. That said, agreeable enough for days like this (+30 degrees), where ease of drinkability and cute advertising rule.

biboergosum, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Someone sent me a can as an extra from the West Coast. Hey its an extra and they hadn't thought that fruit beers are not normally my thing. Pours a light pinkish tinge colour with quick fizzing disapearing head. Mild sweet aroma. The taste is acceptable for a few gulps, light mouthfeel. This isn't real watermelon put in the tank.

Sammy, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Drk93TT
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Had to get a sixer while on vacation,,,, Charlotte, NC .

The packaging is great. well done!! Ive read about this beer so had to pick some up

A: Pours straw cloudy yellow with a two finger head that doesnt stick around for jack.

S: nothing amazing.. Grainy, pilsner esq aroma, light banana and clove reminiscent of a hefe.. but very light.

T: Welp.. Wheat beer. Light and crisp. and the watermelon is here. this is the best part of the digs. Almost reminds me of a watermellon warhead-flavor ish. then fades to a wheat/grain/grassy flavor. Has a dry finish, almost like a shot of whisky.. odd.. smokey-bourbon flavor for a sec that fades quick. That was interesting,,, yet... random.

M: Light and airy. Comes and goes. not much body to this one folks. But it IS a wheat brew so this is expected.

Glad I gave it a shot. Interesting brew. Id imagine on a hot summer day this would be quite nice. Worth a try if you can get some.

Drk93TT, May 20, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Slightly hazy with a dark straw color. Moderate head that dies off quickly; leaves no lasting lace.

Sour and wheaty to the nose. A touch of sweetness but no watermelon that I can discern.

Definite watermelon in the taste, but not as the dominant flavor. Good wheat base. Light sweetness on the tongue, but this is completely gone in the swallow. Very short aftertaste and very dry. Good body with a solid level of carbonation.

smcolw, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of JackieTH
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to Drew for sharing.

Appearance: Light gold.

Smell: Definite watermelon and grain.

Taste: Watermelon & grain, but not at all sweet or cloying. A tad bit bitter/dry like the white part of a slice of watermelon as you approach the rind. Almost zero sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin but average for a wheat beer.

Drinkability. Interesting brew, but one was enough for me, as the watermelon became a little irritating about 3/4 the way through.

JackieTH, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of filmlabrat
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Trying to put personal biases aside here. Not my favorite kind of beer. Refreshing but unremarkable.

Well crafted for the beer type, but watermelon is wimpy and subtle and I think all the aromatics went away before it got close to the can. Maybe I can taste a bit of watermelon in there but can't be sure. I can taste the wheat.

The light tartness is thirst quenching. Have no idea where that 5.2% ABV is hiding because it tastes like 2%

My wife laughed at me for drinking it.

filmlabrat, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours slightly hazy straw color out of the can with a good deal of carbonation, though the head recedes fairly quickly and not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma is slightly sour, faint hint of watermelon but mostly sour fruit, green apple. Flavor of initial jolly rancher like watermelon gives away quickly to a sour component which I may be more sensitive to, as I'm not particularly fond of sour ales. Wife says it tastes like taking a hefe and melting a watermelon jolly rancher into it. I would agree, with the added sourness. Finishes crisp and dry, with mild bitterness. No real hop flavor present.

Wierd is how I would describe it, not really in a bad way, but its wierd. Intersting, but probably not one I would be in a rush to get again.

BrewMonkey, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of JISurfer
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

My can says it's made in MN, so I'm not sure where it's made. Anyway, the appearance was alright, had a nice little head to it, but died out quickly to a thin lacing, then to nothing. Color was a hazy, faint straw. My nose was a little stuffy, but from what I could tell, it was mostly a wheaty smell, with background smells of watermelon, malts, and very little hops. Taste was more wheat in the beginning, but as it went down your throat, the watermelon really showed itself. It was almost as if someone dropped a jolly rancher in my wheat beer, but not as sweet and fake tasting. Great beer for the summer! Overall a decent beer, glad I finally tried it.

JISurfer, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of BirdFlu
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours your typical sort-of-amberish-golden wheat color. The color is actually somewhat of a surprise as you're expecting perhaps some red from the watermelon. Smell is very, very faint, nothing really to pick out from a hazy wheat body. Flavor is average wheat with the slightest bit of watermelon in there, true watermelon, not watermelon-flavor the way a jolly rancher or other candy is labeled as "watermelon" then tastes nothing at all like the fruit. Its a watery (the way the fruit is a very wateryfruit) presence with a hint of sweetness. Mouth and drinkability are also fairly typical of wheat style. Mouth is light and sort of unnoticeable. Drinkability scores it some points as you could probably drink a ton of them, as long as you like the flavor.

BirdFlu, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with obvious sediment. Provides a small white foam head that quickly disappears. Some spotty lacing.

S: Lots of big wheat and yeast smells are quite obvious. There is also some watermelon scents but not as potent as expected. Smells clean and refreshing and seeing how we were there on the hottest day in San Fran in 2011, it was fitting.

T: Not quite a one dimensional beer, but there is obvious watermelon flavored bubble gum with a big amount of wheat. The taste is pretty constant from beginning to end.

M: Very light bodied. Very clean crisp and refreshing.

O: This beer delivers what it says it would. Perfect for a hot day as it is quite refreshing. Not a brew I would certainly seek out but it was enjoyable.

IronCitySteve, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of jorg2619
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

I had heard of 21 A and was excited to try one of their beers. This was my first watermelon flavored beer. the pour was a pale thin looking beer with a fluffy almost white head which dies quickly after pouring. the beer smells like (suprise) watermelon. The taste is balanced with a low alcohol content, very little if any hops and a very subtle touch of watermelon flavor. I am impressed that they pulled this beer off.

jorg2619, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for hooking us up. Review from notes on 4/23/10.

A - mild haze, rich straw yellow. Short lived white head, no lace. 3.5

S - Very much like an American wheat, hint of sourness, yeast. 3.0

T - Lots of wheat. Lacks watermelon taste but it could pass nicely as an American wheat. 3.0

M - Light and crisp. As it should. 4.0

D - Very nicely drinkable. A lawnmower beer for sure. 4.0

DmanGTR, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

What a CUTE name: 'Hell or High Watermelon'! Have tried this a couple times before, always on-draught at the Oregon Brewers Fest; this is my first taste fro the can. A 12 oz'er, poured to a pint glass.

A: Nice lofty head of white cream, nearly two-fingers before cresting and falling. A lightly hazed, milky wheat-yellow with plenty of rising carbonation.

S: Meh, bland smelling wheat-malt aroma with the vaguest 'melon' aroma, a bit tart. Weird candy/fruit, although not quite the 'Jolly Rancher' sort of 'watermelon'. Not a terrible smell, but not really appealing either.

T: Interesting, full of wheat and a plump/ripe watermelon that doesn't dominate. The earthy and rind-like watermelon is evident throughout, adding some dimension to an otherwise simple wheat ale.

D: Mouthfeel is rather weak/watery and generally unimpressive. Light in body, low in carbonation.

M: Certainly 'drinkable' and, honestly, quite refreshing. Despite a weak feel, the watermelon flavor and light wheat come through nicely; it's a 'summer' beer if there ever was one. Quirst-quenching and extremely easy going down. Not one to rush out and hoard, but certainly worth a try, especially on a hot day.

msubulldog25, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of benloho
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

This is my first beer from 21st Amendment. I am a fan of both wheat beers and fruit beers; haven't ever had a watermelon beer so I'm curious about this one.

A: Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Color is a hazy light yellow. You can tell this is an unfiltered wheat beer. There's a foamy two fingers of head that is gone just as quickly as it came. No lacing. Half way through there is no appearance of carbonation. Doesn't even look like a beer.

S: Pretty subtle. At first I smell a light citrus bitterness, and then the melon comes in the nose. After a few more whiffs it smells more like a vegetable beer.

T: The very initial taste is wheat malt and then the watermelon rushes over the taste buds. It recedes to a melon rind and cucumber taste. The more I drink the more these tastes meld together and become less identifiable.

MF: Light and pretty crisp. It is easy drinking but not as refreshing as I'd like a watermelon wheat beer that comes under 5% ABV.

O: Not sure how I feel about this beer. I enjoyed it, but I don't think I'd spend the money on this brew again. There's plenty of other great session beer options.

benloho, May 30, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%

Pale and light yellow color with a light haze. The head is whispy and lacks longevity.

It's not very aromatic, but it has wheat, lemon, and watermelon.

It's tastes exactly as I expected. Whet beer with watermelon. The watermelon is very distinct.

Light body, but crisp and refreshing.

There's not much to this beer yet I feel like I enjoyed it more that my scores would suggest. To put it in context I'm grilling and sweating and it's hot as Hades out here. It was quite quenching.

Vonerichs, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Glennlawless
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a chilled pint glass

A - Straw hazy orange...identical to a blue moon. Depleting one inch head and noticeably a wheat beer.

S - You get that wheat beer smell some fruit and melon too. No hop presence.

T - A perfect summer, easy drinking brew. In the taste you really get that watermelon flavor.especially after swallowing it... I don't understand why this beer got the rating it did....so lame.

M - easy drinking brew, medium carbonation.

A perfect beer for hanging out back with a bbq. easy drinking...slightly fruity. Some citra hop presence would have put this beer over the top....it would of complemented this watermelon nice. Go get it.

Glennlawless, May 03, 2014
Photo of jwolfie70
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

I have had this out of a can several times now. Pours a crisp, macro like yellow, with a thick white head. The carbonation on these also is pretty macro-esque high. The smell picks up some candy sweetness, that is picked up in the beer as well. While this is usually a little too sweet for me, it hits the spot on a hot summers day. My wife also really enjoys this beer.

jwolfie70, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of JamesMN
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a can into a tumbler glass creating a two finger head that dissolved within a minute.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish hue.

Aroma: Starts out average beer smell, yeasty like the odor of a bar. The watermelon comes in the end but you really have to search for it. If I didn't know this beer was brewed with watermelons I wouldn't have guessed from the aroma.

Taste: A typical wheat beer taste with a slight twist. The watermelon flavor starts as the bitterness of the rind, but transforms into a bit of sweetness near the end. Not your average 'fruity pebbles' type taste that comes from many fruit beers. However, in some ways the bitterness of the hops do not mix completely well with the watermelon's sweetness. Instead it feels a little like they are competing for your tongue's attention with neither winning.

Mouthfeel: I used a pretty aggressive pouring method to rid the beer of some of it's carbonation but it still drinks like a soda. Though, that is not completely bad as it makes it pretty refreshing. The drinkability is also pretty high on this one.

Final Thoughts: This was an average beer. I could see myself having it again at a backyard BBQ or summer get together. As far as summer seasonal's go, it's better than most. It's just complex enough to make it interesting, but not near enough to make it exceptional.

JamesMN, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a very nice looking, white, one and a half finger head, I can slightly hear it fizzing though which isn't a great sign. It's mostly all small bubbles and it has kind of a pillowy look to it. It's not hanging around too long, but better than some beers I supposed. It has decent lacing. The body is a cloudy orange-yellow color, I'd like it to be a little cloudier to be honest, but it's pretty legit, I can't see through it at all. Overall it's a decent look, the lacing could be better and the head could have lasted longer, but for a wheat beer it's not bad. I get two main things on the smell, the first is watermelon, and the second is cheap beer. It's not an overpowering watermelon smell and that is good, a lot of these wheat beers overdo it with the fruit, and this clearly doesn't. The cheap beer smell worries me because it's a pretty clear smell, not much question about what I'm smelling. It smells refreshing, and I doubt I'll dislike it, but that cheap beer smell may cause some problems on the taste. The taste is good, it's mostly just watermelon though, not much else to it. The good news is that it doesn't taste like cheap beer, just a one sided beer. You do get a little bit of a can taste to it, which really pisses me off because all these micro breweries promise that even though they put their beers in cans - it wont taste metallicy, well this does, just slightly, but it does. Maybe the metallic taste was the cheap beer smell I was picking up on. The watermelon taste is good, they for sure didn't overdo it with the watermelon taste and that's good, frankly I'd like a little more, but in these fruit beers it's better to have less than more, because some breweries go nuts with fruit. The wheat aspect is a little different, I mean it looks like a wheat beer, but it real doesn't feel like a wheat beer that much, there is a tiny wheat feel, but for the most part it's too thin. So considering that, the mouthfeel isn't all that great, the carbonation is right, but they skimped out on the wheat, in a wheat beer, so...yeah. The drinkability is good, it goes down very well. Overall on this beer, it's a good beer, it's has some areas that could for sure be improved on, like the head/lacing, and the wheat, but overall it's not bad, it's very tasty and refreshing.

MaltsOfGlory, May 15, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

This wheat ale pours hazy pale yellow in color and had a pretty decent two finger white head following a medium pour, but has now settled to a thin lace after just a few minutes or so.

I expected more watermelon in the aroma, but it pretty much smells like a mild wheat beer.

Ah, there's the watermelon. It comes through nicely in the taste. Not too much though. Just enough.

Thin mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation.

I could easily drink a few of these on a hot summer day like today.

Morey's Bottom Line: Nothing I would purchase on a regular basis, but definitely worth trying. Good for your wife or some of your pansy guy friends. It is actyally kind of refreshing after a long days work out in the yard.

Morey, Jun 21, 2010
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,946 ratings.