Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery
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2.2/5 rDev -33.1%
Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small pure white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of watermelon and light wheat malt is weird and not really enticing. Taste is a mix between some watermelons which is more dominant then expected with some light wheat malt. Body is thin with light carbonation. Boring thin wheat with light watermelon flavours.
02-04-2013 01:50:07 | More by Phyl21ca
3.71/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
02-21-2014 17:50:12 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +21.6%
I got a can of this one as an extra recently and decided to open in it up with lunch the other day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 08/30/2009.
The pour was very nice, light with a big fizzy white head on top. Lots of carbonation was visible throughout the session, really a very lively looking beer through the light yellow color. Aroma was light, small hop notes, hints of light candy, like a jolly rancher almost with a light touch of grain. Same goes for the taste. Clea, crisp and very refreshing it was an easy session beer for me. Very light, with a candy like aftetaste, it really did taste like they brewed it with a jolly rancher, just really had that kind of flavor. Not much aftertaste and to be honest it went down like water for me.
Overall nicely done. I would go here again, why not. A bit light for me to really call it a fruit beer, but I have had some damn nice fruit beers lately. Still more then decent though.
09-01-2009 00:59:34 | More by mikesgroove
3.45/5 rDev +4.9%
On-tap at 21A
A: The beer comes with a small piece of watermelon affixed to the glass (a la an orange/lemon with hefeweizens of ill-repute). The beer is a slightly hazed straw color.
S: The nose definitely exhibits some watermelon, but it is more watermelon rind in nature. A bit of sweet, bread malt underneath.
T: Plenty of watermelon flavor, so at least it lives up to its name. Mostly watermelon rind and watermelon jolly rancher with just a hint of wheat.
M: The body is on the lighter side with plentiful carbonation.
D: I don't know how much of this I'd actually be interested in drinking at a time, but it's not a bad beer. Quite refreshing and better than some of the other beers that were on tap.
07-30-2010 06:57:50 | More by womencantsail
2.55/5 rDev -22.5%
12 ounce can - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, light yellow body with a small, quickly evaporating, white head.
Smell: Huh. No more than a very nominal wheat character and the purported fruit addition provides for a mere hint of greenish, vegetal tones. You could've said it was zucchinis and I would've gone along with it.
Taste: Lightly sweet, minor taste of wheat malt. Faintly grainy. Near nil bitterness throughout. Thin trace of watermelon husks which holds until the flat, yawnworthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Sorry, but this one just didn't do it for me. It's difficult for me to be particularly interested in a bland wheat ale with a boring watermelon character. Bummer.
07-23-2010 14:35:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.35/5 rDev -28.6%
This is the first Watermelon beer I've ever had. The color was hazy and yellow the aroma was sweet and had the natural aroma of the watermelon. The flavor was a little of te light side. It wasn't that bad but I think that if a watermelon wedge was added to this while drinking that it would amp this brew up and make it a lot better.
03-27-2011 20:33:31 | More by Knapp85
3.03/5 rDev -7.9%
Into a tumbler it pours a pale golden orange color. Some feeble foam clings to one side, a loose texture to the bubbles. Visible carbonation, murky clarity.
Smells like any other "wheat beer"... bland and somewhat grainy. Not much discernable watermelon, though there's an indistinct fruity note to it.
Some watermelon flavor, though accompanied by a bland watery character, more like the white rind than the sweet red fruit. Light astringency, the mouthfeel is basically nonexistent. Probably not something i'd revisit personally. Cool new can design though.
10-06-2011 06:16:48 | More by emerge077
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.
08-21-2011 23:31:44 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev +14.9%
21st Amendment's Watermelon Wheat Beer pours a hazy orange body with a bit of a pinkish cast and golden highlights. The creamy white head holds fairly well, and it leaves some initial splatters and splashes of lace about the glass.
The aroma is quite bold, and displays fresh-cut watermelon rind.
The flavor is a little more fruit-like, a touch sweet, and remarkably authentic. It starts sweet, reveals its watermelon character, and then fades readily from the palate with just a little bit of melon flavor left behind.
It's interesting and quite easy to drink, but a bit one-sided. However, it makes a great summer beer, and would probably be great at backyard barbeques!
05-04-2007 22:43:59 | More by NeroFiddled
3.68/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
08-12-2008 19:30:42 | More by RblWthACoz
3.38/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of wheat, watermelon, citrus, light caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out fruity and a little bready with a strong watermelon sweetness followed by wheat and a hearty malt character. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this a decent fruit beer to drink for a while, but unless you're in the mood for the watermelon flavor there isn't much to this beer that would make me want to drink it otherwise.
09-11-2009 02:33:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
02-20-2010 21:24:38 | More by WVbeergeek
3.38/5 rDev +2.7%
Got this from PEBCAK, cheers Adam!
Pours an effervescent, semi-hazed straw/gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing
S: Grassyness & phenols
T: Green melon, grassy hops, slight dryness & hints of strawberries up front. More melon & grassynessas this warms, pluss some phenolic character. Finishes wet with grassyness & a touch of melon
MF: Light bodied, effervescent
Drinks easy, but only about 2 of these even on a warm evening are my limit, maybe worth a flutter again at a future date. I am not sure what the fuss is on this one is...
06-20-2009 03:49:10 | More by russpowell
3.4/5 rDev +3.3%
12 oz can into a pint glass. Special thanks go to thequeue for this back in the Secret Santa '08 BIF.
Pours a clear gold with several fingers of rigid brite-white head. Retains with a thin layer of foam that skims the surface, leaving spotty lacing back that sticks. The aroma is light bread and floral tones with a definite fruity sweetness to it but I'm not readily picking it out as watermelon though.
The taste is pale malts balanced my some light hop activity. Watermelon is much more evident in the taste. The taste isn't overdone but does come off as a bit artificial. The mouthfeel, as you would expect, is light bodied with a soft carbonation and all around easy feel.
There was anything actively bad about this but IMO, watermelon just doesn't cut it as a fruit in my beer. It always comes out tasting like someone threw a watermelon Jolly Rancher into a light-bodied Pale Ale. Just not my cup-of-tea.
03-12-2009 16:35:40 | More by Kegatron
3.23/5 rDev -1.8%
Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. You can tell how much he likes me as this was the first beer he offered upon my return to Chicago. Served in a Jester King snifter.
A - A finger of white foam fizzles to a thin ring, leaving minimal lace. Hazy orange body.
S - Initially I thought this smelled pretty bad. Stale hops, lightly rotten fruit, and cloying malt sweetness. However, as it warmed up I actually got more of the advertised watermelon flavor and it got a bit better.
T - Taste is a marked improvement. Watermelon, light wheat and grain, and some sugary malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit saccharine, but fairly enjoyable for what it is.
M - Medium-light body, smooth pleasant medium-low carbonation. Pretty clean and refreshing.
D - Once you get past the aroma, there's a decent beer waiting. Still, not something I'd want to bother with again. Markedly inferior to the watermelon lambic hombrew someone brought to RBWG 2010.
06-16-2011 16:31:53 | More by MasterSki
3.28/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from a can into a snifter. This was a gift from Matt, thanks. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thick white head (I poured it hard) that falls away into a thin head of small white bubbles. The initial head left some lacing on the glass. Its a little under carbed but it looks OK.
Aroma has a slight Jolly Rancher watermelon character to it...general sweetness. Kind of simple.
Clean, finishes nicely, medium body, grainy in the back, that's fine, some sweetness up front with the watermelon in the middle. Its about what you'd expect a watermelon wheat to taste like. Second taste, mouthfeel is fine, drinkability is fine. Nothing special, I like this brewery but this beer is just OK.
04-25-2010 01:22:25 | More by drabmuh
3.85/5 rDev +17%
I purchased this at Shawan in Liquors in Md. Poured chilled from the can into a goblet
A - a hazy light marigold color w/ 2 fingers of soapy head w/ tiny bead, The wheat has good retention as lace clings to the glass
S - The smell has a malty, creamy wheat aroma w/ slight fresh mown hay scent and mild sweet esters w/ subtle wheat toastiness
M - The feel has mild sweetness and relatively full body for the strength w/ a high effervescent intro and sweet middle, but drops off significantly and finishes smooth and clean
T - A crisp wheat flavor w/ mild watermelon note w/ light fruit ans subtle rind taste w/ toasty, creamy wheat flavor. The flavor finishes off w/ slightly sweet and mild watermelon juice flavor.
D - A really drinkable wheat w/ nice complimentary watermelon taste - not overdone and adds to the overall drinkability - a refreshing wheat/fruit combo.
12-16-2009 15:00:11 | More by Slatetank
3.78/5 rDev +14.9%
A: Good 2 finger head with retention pale white-ish orange color not very opaque
N: Nose has some wheat and some biscuit but mostly watermelon and touch of cream
T: Taste has watermelon right up front, some nice wheaty flavors, a little yeasty and some sweet sugars but otherwise not sweet at all, a little special B type malts with Belgian creaminess, little biscuit and slight hop
M: Mouth is light and a little airy but also creamy
F: Finish is pretty dry and has a slight bitterness on the finish but more watermelon on the tongue, pretty refreshing beer surprisingly
Final Thoughts: Bought this beer for my wife to try to get her into beers with a watermelon, but turns out this is closer to a "real" beer than a fruity watermelon beer. It has a nice malty and wheaty biscuit taste and followed with some slight hops. I liked it more than her. My guess is Nikko and Shaun tried to make a Watermelon beer that beer drinkers could enjoy too, or as the last step between a fruity mellow beer and an IPA. It's also a great summer drinking beer after a hot day.
08-08-2009 00:40:21 | More by jlindros
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
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