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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,726 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,726
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.78%
Wants: 66
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
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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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

06-02-2012 03:38:27 | More by HEADYdb
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

1.43/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, with Memorial Day passing, we can officially say summer is here. And, nothing makes a warm summer day more pleasant than relaxing with a cold beer. And, few beers are more refreshing in that moment than a good wheat beer. Not too heavy - not too light ... maybe with a touch of spice, grass, or lemon or other fruit. So, why not watermelon? What is a more quintessential fruit of summer than watermelon? Which brings me to Hell or High Watermelon Wheat beer from 21st Amendment.

You know when you are done eating a piece of watermelon, and all the juicy flesh is gone, and you get down to that white part near the rind? Yet, you keep taking a bite or two more. And, you get this sour bitterness that tastes pretty much like nothing except sour bitter water with a hint of watermelon?

Yeah, that's what this beer tastes like.

I drank two cans from the 6-pack I bought from the cooler. Both the same. The next four likely will go down the drain.

Don't know if this was a bad batch or what. But, given some other reviews, maybe not.

Normally, I like most beers from 21st Amendment. But, this one was a disappointment.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 13:13:09 | More by DWolf
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csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-01-2012 12:33:21 | More by csmartin6
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Nate

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +15%

05-30-2012 23:59:33 | More by Nate
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Jovian00

Ohio

4/5  rDev +22.7%

05-30-2012 22:08:54 | More by Jovian00
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Murky straw-yellow in color. Two finger white head comprised of tiny bubbles. The head settles into nothing after a few minutes. No noticeable lacing.

S: Bread and wheat, fleshy watermelon and watermelon juice in the background. Simple to the point of being bland.

T: Watermelon and wheat tastes fade in and out, with one or the other dominating for a moment. Watermelon taste is subtle at the outset, then becomes more concentrated and just a touch candy-like toward the mid-palate. Wheat tastes open with that classic, almost citric wheat twang, then build until they reach an apex and the taste of freshly baked bread unfolds on the palate. Yeast brings it's own bready tastes too, though they come across as a bit stale. Only the vaguest sense of hop bitterness. Watermelon goes rind-like and a touch bitter at the end. The finish is so abrupt that there almost isn't one. Watermelon juice and a suggestion of bready wheat are gone in an instant.

M: Light in body, but it has that frothy wheat mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Lively, spritzy carbonation would go a long way here. It is such a simple beer that lifting the body with active carbonation and keeping it crisp and refreshing seems like a no-brainer.

O: This one really didn't do it for me. It is a little more complex than I would have expected, but it still bores me. However, I will say that it is probably the best watermelon beer I've ever had (but I've only had three). At least the watermelon tastes fairly natural.

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 22:49:41 | More by ryan1788a5
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aleckpa

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-29-2012 22:13:15 | More by aleckpa
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Old Eagle Tavern in a pint glass. I've been avoiding this beer for quite some time.

Hell or High looks pretty in the glass with a light bronze color with some gold trimmings. All together the beer is very still and dead looking with the head dying by the time it got to me, no lace on this one. Looks more like a pale ale than a fruit beer.

The smell is very grainy with some some wheat in the background. Only getting trace sniffs of watermelon with a whole lot of grass. This one is earthy in every sense of the word and not on the sweet smelling side.

And by god, this stuff is very putrid. It' s not the most offensive beer in the world, or perhaps this is an old keg, but this tastes like bad homebrew. Old faded hops give way to a big grassy smack in the palate, like an old IPA. The watermelon is light and not artificial tasting which is a good thing. Pale malt with lemon grass. I don't know what else to say.

Feel is on the less than medium side with a sharp carb hit despite the beer looking dead. The alcohol is not tasted, yet the aftertaste of old grass is off putting. I thinks this may be a old keg, no way 21st would put out a brew in such large quanity with it being a dud, or would they.

This is a very popular beer with new to craft drinkers. My brother swears by it and he is a BMC guy, so I guess there is some appeal to the non beer geek to seek this out with the watermelon addition. I need to try this from a can, but my draft score will remain.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 02:29:58 | More by BARFLYB
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +15%

05-29-2012 02:10:16 | More by Chugs13
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BravoTwo

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light yellow, with a slight haze and a fairly thick but shortlived white head after the pour.

Smell - Slight watermelon on the nose, with sweet and a little spiciness.

Taste - Very nice sublte sourness, like from a slightly less than ripe melon. Watermelon was not overpowering but noticable. Nice clean wheat beer at the front of the sip.

Mouthfeel - Good and crisp. Spritzy, like you would expect a summer brew.

Overall, very nice effort from 21st Amendment. As always, I love their cans for convienence sake. An easy drinking beer when you want something just a little different. If you are looking for huge depth and complexity, this beer is not for you. If judged for what it is, it deserves a try.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 23:59:31 | More by BravoTwo
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WesM63

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

05-28-2012 21:38:37 | More by WesM63
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a reddish tinge; thick, white head; good retention

S - grains, wheat, grass, faint watermelon

T - light watermelon, grains, wheat, grass

M - light bodied, smooth, little carbonation

This is a light, easy drinking beer. It's not very sweet and the watermelon doesn't really shine through. It's drinkability though makes it a refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 15:56:59 | More by tdm168
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crobinso

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

05-27-2012 13:26:27 | More by crobinso
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MikeDre

California

3/5  rDev -8%

05-27-2012 07:15:57 | More by MikeDre
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +15%

05-27-2012 04:07:04 | More by Kopfschuss
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BugsyDZ


4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a light, summer, low ABV beer with a twist. I ordered it because it sounded crazy, it is so well put together that it isn't crazy at all.
The watermelon is present but not overbearing or too sweet. It's clean and refreshing.
It is more 'bubbly' than a traditional wheat beer but still is definitely a wheat beer.
I very much enjoyed it and can see a 6-pack in my near future, enjoyed outside on a hot summer's evening.
Pretty surprised at some of the reviews, if you want an IPA, order one. If you don't like watermelon and/or light effervescent beer don't buy this.
If you live somewhere that gets hot and want a different refreshing beer give it a try.

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 01:21:58 | More by BugsyDZ
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BCash

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -69.3%

05-25-2012 03:05:35 | More by BCash
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themind

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I truly like this summer beer! It's refreshing and has hints of REAL watermelon. Light carbonation, easy to drink and makes your taste buds call for another. When I see this beer in the summer months...I buy it!

Bottom Line: If you like wheat beers and you like watermelon..this is it! Worth the 10 spot for the six.

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 20:48:57 | More by themind
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Bigben0328

Georgia

1/5  rDev -69.3%

05-23-2012 04:57:44 | More by Bigben0328
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +22.7%

05-23-2012 00:19:48 | More by hockenbeer
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Lob

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

05-21-2012 12:51:50 | More by Lob
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

05-21-2012 02:10:47 | More by weaselchew
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jmccraney

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-20-2012 18:52:49 | More by jmccraney
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tizride

California

4.5/5  rDev +38%

05-20-2012 18:30:17 | More by tizride
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

05-20-2012 03:17:07 | More by TheBigBoy
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.