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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,906 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 73
Gots: 177 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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Thur123

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +17%

This brew pours a light golden straw color with one centimeter of thin, puffy head. I've seen hazier wheat beers as well but it still looks good. The smell is light, a bit of watermelon and soft grainy notes as well.

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This flavor is bigger than the smell but very restrained, which works for the style. The watermelon aspect is better than I would have thought. If anything it tastes a bit 'fake' somehow, like how a lollipop approximates flavor. This being said it isn't bad but it feels unnatural. The more traditional aspects are good and the drinkability is high. This would likely be better if it were fresher. Also the more I drink this the more the watermelon flavor becomes watery, rather the sweetness from the impact isn't strong enough to last.

10-13-2010 22:35:01 | More by Thur123
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DrewKid4

New Hampshire

2.2/5  rDev -33.1%

Served in a can from Brick Store Pub, Atlanta, GA

A: Pale orange with no head. Seemed to look like a flat watermelon soda than a beer.

S: Hardly watermelon or even beer. If something can smell sour, this did.

T: Like watermelon juice and carbonated water. No malts or hops.

M: Dry and uninteresting. The watermelon taste had to grow on me. Maybe there was some wheat flavor but once this was in my mouth, I didn't care to think about favors anymore, just to get rid of it as soon as possible.

D: I'm wondering if this was on the shelf too long or something because I had abad experience with this brew. I would have assumed this to be a lot lower rated on here than it is. I would not find this drinkable in a beer situation at all.

10-13-2010 16:38:32 | More by DrewKid4
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -17.9%

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color with ha hint of green. The head is an inch in height, and vanishes within seconds. The aroma is of watermelon. There is also a tart aspect to the aroma that isn't pleasing to me. I am sure this beer smells how it is intended to, but it simply smells bad. The taste is of very mild watermelon, and not much else. Really this taste is of virtually nothing. It isn't bad; it just isn't. The mouthfeel is watery with low carbonation (bad for a wheat beer). Overall, this is a fairly bad beer. I will not drink it again.

10-13-2010 14:08:30 | More by KarlHungus
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a can into a perfect pint. Feels weird to actually pour this out instead of just slamming it down, but here we are.

A- pours a very dull shade of gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades. No lacing. Very boring looking beer...

S- very mild...lemongrass maybe? Not at all what I expected. A lot of the wheat is coming through, none of the watermelon

T- getting a lot of wheat mostly, and the watermelon comes in for the finish...its refreshing. Not super flavorful...but refreshing

M- thin and watery. But it actually works a little bit based on the wheat style

D- its nice and drinkable because of how mild it is. I'll never confuse this with an IPA or stout, but its good easy drinking for a warm day

10-10-2010 20:14:49 | More by bigfnjoe
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jss38

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%

I typically drink this guy right out of the can but have poured once or twice.

A: "Thin" looking. Clear, looks like a light beer almost.

S: Wheat, malt, mainly fruit. Generally weak

T: First time I had this I was surprised. The wheat sticks out, but its a little tangy, the watermelon backs it up. Post swallow is pleasant and where the watermelon taste kicks in. Its like drinking a sparkling waterman juice. I describe as watermelon cocktail wrapped around domestic lager.

M: Not fantastic, but different. Light and sweet.

D: I have picked up a 6-pack on a few occasions. First, its normally cheap (yay cans) and second, I love watermelon. I imagine if you're not a fan you won't dig it. Something I bring to a party if I have a few extra bucks but not in the regular rotation.

10-09-2010 08:06:28 | More by jss38
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

This was one of several fruit beers that I tried this summer.
I enjoy the the occasional fruit beer.
A - This is an unfiltered wheat bear, and the customary haze and yeast dregs are there. The color is pale yellow with no head.
S- I'm not sure what the smell really is?
T- Compared to other watermelon beers this one tastes more like the part of the watermelon that is closer to the rind, not nearly as sweet as the center.
MD- unfortunatley I samples this beer on a damp autumn night and it was just okay. It would be much better enjoyed on a hot summer day.

10-09-2010 04:45:26 | More by confer
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levifunk

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -13.4%

a - pours light yellow with a white head.

s - some watermelon, but not as much as i expected. good amount of wheat.

t - big grainy wheat flavor with watermelon along side it. does not mix well. taste is way to grassy/grainy. like eating straight wheat grains. hop bitterness doesnt help any either.

m - light and bubbly. as i would expect from a light fruit beer. this aspect is on target.

overall - would not recommend this. just not appealing at all.

10-07-2010 22:41:28 | More by levifunk
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kbeals

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.8%

A- 12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Tried this a while back, from notes: Pours hazy yellow with a finger of fizzy white head. Decent retention but no appreciable amount of lacing.

S- Very bland in the aroma department. Has a light grainy aroma, can't really seem to detect any watermelon in this. Maybe if I try real hard...

T- Hints of watermelon are in the taste but still has a dominant grainy flavor to it. Not really what I was expecting.

M- Light body, very fizzy mouthfeel due to the amount of carbonation.

D- Light enough to consume easily, but the flavor doesn't really do it for me. Glad I go to try it, but definitely wouldn't have it again.

10-06-2010 15:30:22 | More by kbeals
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jsled

Vermont

2.83/5  rDev -14%

A: slightly hazy light straw. good inch and a half of fine-grained white head, supported by strong carbonation.

S: vegetal. melon. no strong hops. melon coming through a bit stronger.

T: creamy, watery, biscuty wheat with unidentifiable melon notes. the melon does cross over from "watermelon" to "cantalope" a bit; not desireable.

M: fine.

D: medium. The taste and novelty just wear out after a while. Had this been colder, or had I more of a thirst for a light refreshing beverage, it might work. On a hot summer day, maybe; on this cool fall day, not so much.

10-03-2010 19:45:37 | More by jsled
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CHickman

New York

3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a hazy light orange in color with a 2 finger foamy white head that lasted a while; decent lacing that slid down fast. Good looking beer out of a can!

Smells of wheat, light malt, grains and watermelon; aroma was basically grain and watermelon, which is true to the beer's name.

Tastes of wheat, light malt, grains, watermelon, and very light hops. Couldn't tell if the watermelon was real or fake, but either way it made for an interesting taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a light and crisp feel overall and very mild carbonation.

Would be highly drinkable on a hot summer day and tasted better than expected to me. It's a good novelty summer fruit beer, but not one I would seek out again as I'm not a big fan of watermelon.

10-02-2010 02:50:35 | More by CHickman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head that recedes fairly quickly and does not leave much lacing behind. Nose is pretty one dimensional with watermelon dominaing. Semi-sweet but not overly ripe. Taste is similar, although a bit of the wheat characteristics make heir way through. Feel is a bit light but well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, and this is better than many other fruit forward APWAs.

09-29-2010 12:08:32 | More by Thorpe429
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dino213aa

Virginia

1.78/5  rDev -45.9%

What was I thinking? Was I lured in by the packaging? Beer pours with a weak head which dissipates quickly. If it wasn't for the yellow haze, not much would indicate this is a wheat beer. Smell is slightly green. Taste is where this beer really lets down.. I was hoping for some complexity, but this beer tastes like Miller Lite that's been strained through cooked broccoli. If there is any "watermelon" flavor, it's purely rind.. blech! Don't know if I expected this to be sweeter or more inventive, but it's none of these things. Shame because with its light body, if it didn't taste so bad it would be an easy session brew.

I can't believe I still have four left.. ugh.

09-25-2010 22:09:48 | More by dino213aa
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klshanks

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 16 oz. pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy yellowish color. White head that fades quickly.

Aroma- similar to most American wheat beers theres a wheat aroma with a bit of yeasty smell, and a slight undertone of sweetness.

Taste- Pretty similar to what would be expected from the offering. A wheat beer with some watermelon flavor to it. I'm not blown away by the watermelon though, it almost tastes unripe. Not bad, but I had high hopes for this and it was a bit of a let down.

Mouthfeel- Again, good, not great. Not too thick and not too thin. I would like a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability- I could definitely drink a couple of these. I can see the flavor growing on me more after my second or third can.

Overall definitely worth trying. There are far worse fruit wheat beers out there.

09-25-2010 04:55:27 | More by klshanks
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +30.7%

This beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a thick white head.

Some wheat twange, citrus, bready yeast, and almost jolly rancher like watermelon.

I nice smooth wheat flavor. Light refreshing a little twange and the watermelon is just barely there, I would almost mistake it for a cucumber flavor if I didn't know it was watermelon.

The mouthfeel is for lack of a better word perfect. If feels like silk in your mouth.

I don't think a beer gets more drinkable than this. A smooth refeshing wheat beer with a nice light fruit flavor just under the surface.

09-21-2010 01:31:16 | More by JoePat
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beagle75

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, light golden color with a white mousse of diminishing foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Surprisingly complex, with wheat, bright citrus, iron, fresh kelp, and even some watermelon.

T: Wheat and faint pilsner malt are accompanied by some acidic lemon and orange. Watermelon emerges late and brings surprising savory flavor, alongside light but detectable hop bitterness.

M: Moderate viscosity does justice to this unfiltered wheat beer but the carbonation is quickly expended, leaving it nearly flat by the end of the glass.

D: This beer, despite the seemingly capricious nature of its featured adjunct, demands to be taken seriously. Unlike so many American-style fruit beers, this does not seem as if it was engineered to please non-beer drinkers. In fact, this does not come across as an effortless lawnmower beer--while it is refreshing, it would probably be much too beer-like for the casual drinker of alco-pop or light beer.

09-17-2010 22:47:20 | More by beagle75
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

The can says to agitate before opening, so we know this is an unfiltered wheat. Fermented with watermelon, and watermelon juice added. The wheat really rises to the occasion with a sturdy and healthy froth, and does not want to move even after a sip or two. Golden yellow color, obvious haze from the yeast that was agitated back into the beer. Big wheat and yeast twang in the nose with a mild, fermented fruit tartness and bitterness from the rind. More than enough crispness to go around, compliments of the wheat. Moderately sized body. Quick, refreshing twang of fermented watermelon and rind that resembles a rhubarb-like flavor. Hops leave a little bit of bitterness, just enough to balance. Melon flavor throughout is light but even. Finishes with a lasting kernel of wheat malt and remnants of melon rind.

Interesting stuff here: The watermelon works with and contrasts itself at the same time. Perhaps a bit to intricate though still somewhat drinkable. Worth a shot if you are into different kinds of fruit beers.

09-13-2010 20:45:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
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brystmar

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -12.5%

On draft at L'asso pizza in manhattan. Heard tons this brew from my west-coast friends, finally got a taste.

Looks like lemonade in the glass (was hoping for even an artificial red hue) with poor "lite beer"-esque head & retention. Lacing on the glass reminds me what's been consumed.

Smell isn't particularly strong; what's there is all lemon & watermelon. Again, smells more like lemonade than anything.

Watermelon-flavored Jolly Rancher taste is first up to bat; citrusy / lemony tartness not far behind. Finishes watery and bland with "blah" wheatiness saying it showed up uninvited.

Light-bodied with slightly above average carbonation and pretty boring overall on the mouthfeel side. Light and easy to drink, but I wouldn't order a second glass.

09-11-2010 21:47:00 | More by brystmar
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%

Thrown in as an extra by wavers1 -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw, moderate haze, with a slim sudsy white head. Surprised to see this beer isn't pink; this is a good thing.

Smell -- Pale malt, wheat, mild watermelon, grassy hops, quite a bit of yeast. Not especially aromatic, but what is there is pleasant.

Taste -- Overall the flavor profile is that of a pale wheat ale: pale malt and husky wheat, clover and grassy hops, mild honey sweetness. And along comes the mildest of watermelon sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- I'm giving this beer the benefit of the doubt. I'm currently in Oktoberfest mode, but I can easily imagine this beer being *perfect* at a cookout in July. Very glad to find the watermelon sweetness was very understated and remained in balance with the rest of the beer.

Unless you hate watermelon or wheat, I would strongly suggest giving this one a shot even though it didn't meet all of my expectations.

09-09-2010 00:48:30 | More by yeahnatenelson
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -10.3%

A- A nice cloudy yellow color.

S- Watermelon and wheat.

T- Watermelon not sweet like a watermelon should be. Other then that just another wheat beer.

M- Very moist. Can taste the watermelon through out sip.

D- Not impress with this at all. It need to be sweeter and maybe add some other flavors to enhance the watermelon more.

09-08-2010 20:23:22 | More by SamuelJackson45
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jera1350

Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev -27.7%

Cloudy pale yellow with a clean and foamy white head. The head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

Wheaty with a semi-rotten vegetable smell. Like a bowl of overripe garden veggies that have been sitting together for a week. Kind of scared to try it.

Not real good. Getting the watermelon which comes in the form of a watermelon jolly rancher. The wheat is there too and the combination is very vegetable like again. It really tastes like a cheaply made wheat beer with a watermelon jolly rancher dropped in it. This blend is not working.

Kind of flat and underwhelming.

I'm probably going to have to drain pour the rest of this. Kudos to these guys for trying something unique, but it just simply doesn't come out very well. It's worth trying to see what it's like, but do what I did, only buy a single.

09-05-2010 21:37:38 | More by jera1350
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lstokes

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +19.5%

I actually drank this beer out of the can, so I have no idea what was going on with the appearance--I just love the feeling of drinking beer out of a can, what can I say?

This is an awesomely unique beer, with a strong watermelon smell and taste. I'm not sure the beer under it is the best wheat beer I've ever had---a bit grainy, lacking some of the complexity of a good wheat, and a thin mouthfeel, not rich enough--but the idea of mixing watermelon juice and a decent wheat beer is just a really good one, and this is a great, very drinkable summer beer.

09-05-2010 03:20:03 | More by lstokes
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%

Pretty hazy lighter gold colored brew. Small white head but it lasts a while. Wheat malt scent with a nice dose of watermelon. Nice light wheat taste, nice infusion of the watermelon. Kind of sharp on the tongue, but a lighter to medium bodied brew thats fairly wet. Nice light brew for the summertime.

09-03-2010 01:04:24 | More by Tballz420
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +18.5%

12 ounce can. Not decanted. Aroma very hard to describe. I suppose the smell is like sugarry watermelon juice? Kinda unpleasant. Taste is actually nice and interesting and not what I expected after struggling with the aroma. Sort of a nice flavor to add into a wheat beer. Not sure why I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I like this beer...but I do.

08-30-2010 22:46:34 | More by KickbacksSteve
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -26.4%

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint wheat note and a small fruitiness. In the taste, well, it tastes like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. A small dry, smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry watermelon Jolly Rancher aftertaste. It kind of reminds me of a average wheat beer and dropping a couple watermelon Jolly Ranchers in there, and then drinking it.

08-27-2010 18:05:14 | More by OWSLEY069
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droomyster

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

A very popular beer this summer. It's easy to see why this little man in a can is so appealing to so many, but the purist in me hates gimmicks. Yes, it is drinkable and "enjoyable on a hot day" and at parties, beaches, etc. Hell, it's one of the most "drinkable" beers ever, a quality owing more to lacking flaws than having virtues that extend beyond a squirt of fruit. Pours a hazy gold with a soda fizz head that dies almost immediately. Aromas are very simple and straightforward: a bit of wheatiness and a lot of watermelon. Not bad by any means but neither is it ponderous in the least. Same for the taste and feel. It takes its name literally and is not nasty in the least, but neither is it interesting enough for me to ever buy again, unless it's for a beach party of the uninitiated.

08-27-2010 06:12:02 | More by droomyster
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.