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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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76
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713 Reviews
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80
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
713
Ratings:
2,616
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
39.21%
 
 
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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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Reviews: 713 | Ratings: 2,616
Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger fizzy white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is mostly wheat and corn with a faint amount of watermelon.

T - The taste starts with the watermelon upfront followed by the wheat and some light grassy hops.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Not terrible and would be an okay beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very cloudy yellow gold body, fizzy white head entirely disappears, a few lazy streams of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Nose is primarily bready wheat and some funky hops, almost like urine which is actually welcome here, with a touch of candy watermelon. The namesake is more apparent on the tongue, very sweet and candy-like, with a good base of 'beer flavor'- wheat, hop bitterness, a touch of hop spice. The aftertaste has an unpleasant gritty earthiness, part chalk, part burnt bran muffin. Body is quite fizzy and light, which makes it highly drinkable and highly burpy (producing more unpleasant aftertaste).
Not really a bad beer, considering they balanced real beer flavor and delicate watermelon flavor pretty darn well, but something went awry with the aftertaste, not to mention the fizzy malternative-looking visage. Beyond that, OK.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a slightly fizzy appearance. Bubbles hugging the glass.

Aroma of mostly wheat, not picking up much else.

Taste: faint watermelon, its more noticeable in the finish. A bit of sweetness, crisp finish, not dry.
Honestly, not a bad fruit beer.. normally I hate them but this great for a summer day or beach beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times willybecher pint glass
From: Barons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 22, 2016
Consumed: April 23, 2016
Misc.: Enjoy by June 30, 2016

I’m a sucker for fruit beers and really don’t look at the ratings or reviews beforehand. Picked it up for a party and nobody had any of the six. Have been wanting to try this for some time now, but kind of think I will be disappointed.

Poured a yellow, golden, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal wet lacing. Minimal retention. (Sight - 2.75)

First thought on the smell was not much watermelon. When digging in got vomit, hay, grassy hops, hints of watermelon, corn, bread, earthiness and Cheerios cereal. (Smell - 2.75)

Tasted a bit better than the nose, getting that watermelon first. Not as potent as Ballast Point’s Watermelon Dorado and I kind of like that in some regards. Also got candied Jolly Rancher candy combo of watermelon and strawberry, honeydew melon, hints of cucumber, grassy hops, hay, manure, Cheerios candy and bread. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. OK for the summer I guess. (Feel - 3.00)

This just didn’t do it for me. Bummed that nobody had this 6-pack that I bought for my daughter’s party and I now have to drink the other five. (Overall - 3.00)

2.93 | 68 | C

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was just okay. Body is dark straw colored, initially has a thick and bubbly head that quickly dissipates down to nothing. Smells...not quite watermelon-y. It has a fruity smell to it but honestly it was like nothing I could place, certainly didn't smell like real fruit, but rather something candied and artificial. Taste is similarly strange. It's predominantly wheaty and malt forward, but there's a hint of something like watermelon rind. I didn't get any watermelon juice type flavors or anything else resembling fruit in this. If I wasn't aware it was a watermelon beer, I probably would have never guessed that flavor was any part of watermelon. Feel is pretty light and thin, high carbonation. I thought this beer was a little one dimensional and with a strange, not-quite-watermelon-but-vaguely-fruity quality to it. It would be a solid wheat beer if not for the watermelon, which just seems to muddle it up more.

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Photo of Haus3452
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A friend and I were picking some beer to enjoy on the beach, I saw this one and had to try it. I'm not a huge fan of fruity beer, but this one was pretty tasty. Smells like you'd expect, watermelony, ale-like. Feels a lot like water, not much carbonation, tastes like you squeezed watermelon juice into a good ale. If I were wanting a good light summer beer, this would be one of my top choices.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled on tap at Chug Pub, San Francisco. Glad we got the chance to sample this. The brewery was packed after the Giants game and the doorman's assistant was making dolphin noises or some such thing. It was absolutely ridiculous and dickheadish, but more on that later. This is a light, inoffensive beer with hints of watermelon. Great summer beer!

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look-It pours a very hazy golden pale yellow with a swirling vortex of sparkling beauty like a wonderland of white pleasure and sensitivity like you’ve never felt before.

Smell-I smell yeast and watermelon like you’d expect. It also smells a bit like a dandelion baking in the hot summer sun.

Taste-It is crisp and dry. The flavor is watermelon at first with the full flavor spectrum of the watermelon red flesh. I notice the yeast component coming in later which cuts the mild sweetness making for a dry and crisp finish. This is a light-bodied brew with plenty to offer.

Overall- It isn’t as mind-blowing as I thought. But then again, I could not do nearly as good as this 21st Amendment Brewery.

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Photo of crisis1290
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment brewery is a nice summer wheat beer. It is a very typical and standard product when it comes to wheat / fruit beer. On the pour from the can , I noticed a nice head, but that quickly faded away ! The color on the pour was a hazy golden color.Taste is a malted wheat with a hint of watermelon. With the ABV being 4.9% this can be a crushable beer/session beer. This is very refreshing on a hot day for sure. One thing I did notice in the Philly NJ, Delaware, area is that this beer does not stay on the store shelves long. Once it hits the shelf, it seems like it is gone ! I think this beer will grow on me as time goes by. As for watermelon beer , this one hits the mark !

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Photo of jdhilt
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy straw color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Faint watermelon and hop nose, flavor is light funky watermelon, slight hoppy finish. $2.49 for a 12oz green can from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by Jun 2016. Can has this as a seasonal release.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky straw yellow appearance and a medium sized head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Nice aromas of wheat, bread, and a berry fruit smell. Taste is sour, lighter than I expected watermelon taste, mixed with a light grain texture. The mouthfeel took me awhile to enjoy. After a few sips, I really began to enjoy the beer's body; it is not too crisp, but its not watery or flat. Its a unique body that helps the beer be a refreshing. Overall, the beer grew on me, especially the mouthfeel. Could use a stronger watermelon presence, but overall, not too bad.

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Photo of Circles313
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special going on here. It seems to me that they brewed it with the rind of the watermelon. It has a juicy yet bitter & drying body. Average but nothing to write home over.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
samsmith33 (768) - - MAY 18, 2014
** 05/18/2014
Watermelon aroma. Wheat egg. Pis yellow color.Light fruit flavor. Wheaty, but light. Ok.
**
UPDATED: 06/04/15
Poured from Can to Goblet;much better than the original on tap I had. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a wheat beer the first time.
**

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Photo of Csml23
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing beer, acts terrific as a starter beer for a session of drinking. Distinct wheat taste at first followed by a somewhat drastic change to watermelon. Slight lingering taste of wheat. Overall a decent beer I would drink again, would like to see a smoother blending of flavors.

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Photo of madbrewer9
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy very pale gold color. Nice white head, super tight and persistent.
Aroma wheat with a whiff of watermelon.
Taste is malted wheat with a decent hint of watermelon.

I don't understand some of the very negative reviews of this beer.
C'mon guys.
If you've ever brewed something like this you'd understand the difficulty of harmonizing these
Subtle flavors.
Maybe if it were 10% blended with artisianal Sumerian Goat chocolate and aged on 40 yr old
Whisky barrels, it would be worthy!

It is what is billed as, a 4.9% American wheat with watermelon!
It may not be a masterpiece, but it is a good refreshing fruit wheat beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with white fizzy head. Wheat, yeasty notes, and a distinct watermelon tone on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a lot of watermelon, very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look (3.75): Has the classic style look of a somewhat filtered wheat ale. Some major carbonation to this brew, as expected per wheat ales.

Smell (3.5): Sweet vanilla and biscuity aromas something off this guy. Mild watermelon in the nose.

Taste (3.75): Again, starts out sweet and bready like (biscuits) and then has a nice mild watermelon background and finish. Nothing to intense, just really sessionable.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Soft and supple feel to it. Light bodied and the carbonation bubbles slightly scrub the palate.

Overall (3.25): One of the enjoyable spring/summer time brews. Something easy sipping that you can drink all day, not an intensely flavorable brew by any means.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel this is a very good watermelon wheat beer. Very light and perfect to drink on a hot summer day. I have only had this on draft and have yet to be disappointed it. Watermelon flavors are perfect and you can put this one back with satisfaction.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of watermelon, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an a Fruit / Vegetable beer more than an American Pale Wheat Ale, because the watermelon dominates. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of watermelon, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Overall, while this was a very refreshing brew, I wish there was more of a wheat backbone to balance the brew.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrific wheat-first beer that doesn't overcompensate its flavor by making it too subtle nor too fruity. Watermelon hits you and then dissipates with a delicious wheaty mouthfeel. This is gonna rock my summer if I can find it quick enough; always sells out around me.

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Photo of Bwise73
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best way to describe it from my point of view is, it poured out looking like corrs lite. It tastes like corrs lite with a small watermelon after taste. Not a strong watermelon taste, I would like to taste more watermelon. Thought it is a very good summer beer!

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. Aroma- nice watermelon scent, not overpowering. Appearance- A clear golden yellow with a small white head. Taste- I really enjoyed the flavor of wheat and watermelon. An excellent summer beer.

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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.

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Photo of mrndcmch
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I found this to be one of the worst beers I've ever had. The balance of flavors was very off, the watermelon very artificial and not cohesive with the other flavors present.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a refreshing wheat beer that lives up to its billing as a very watermelon forward offering. Watermelon is one of my hangover cures so I can see this being useful for those purposes. Wouldn't choose it often but solid choice for a hot summer day or night.

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
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