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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

2,030 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 79
Gots: 216 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of caddybuyer
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking can with the statue of liberty sitting on the Golden Gate bridge

A-Veiled pale yellow devoid of any head. A vigorous pour only leads to some soda-like fizzing.

S-Slighly sweet, sour funky, somewhat earthy. I may be picking up some watermelon but I may also be imagining it.

T-Interesting brew. Watermelon is definately present at the fore, slighly sweet and very thirst quenching. The brew falls apart at the back end, however, some wheat and mild hop twang lead to a rather lackluster finish. I'm giving it higher points than I normally would because the idea of watermelon beer is just so friggin cool

M-I am tempted to say thin, but it is merely light.

D-the former "drinkablility" category. I actually would buy this again..it is not great, but it is refreshing and unusual. I dig offbeat stuff, and this certainly is that. Low in abv to pound down in the summer heat...I like a summer refresher that lets me drink more of it.

caddybuyer, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of jmalex
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, after years of listening to the BN, I get to try the oft-sought out yet much-maligned Watermelon Wheat. Thanks for getting the beer to the east coast, Sully.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a pale straw gold with a 2-finger bright white head. It drops quickly to a large collar with a lot of surface haze.

SMELL: The smell is mostly plain wheat with maybe a subtle fruitiness. It seems like a yeast characteristic from an otherwise very American strain rather than any sort of added fruit. Other than that, not much going on.

TASTE: Now there's the watermelon. The fruit is done really well here. It's not overwhelming by any stretch, nor is it sickly, extracty sweet. Only on the finish does it take on any sweetness, but it's actually quite welcome anyway. The base wheat beer is the downfall of the beer. It doesn't offer a whole lot of sweetness and is probably too much a blank slate for my tastes. But the fruit is done well enough that I can't knock it too much.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin bodied and understandably so, though a bit of body wouldn't hurt. Carbonation is toward the higher end and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad. This is just fine for summer. The question here would be is watermelon a good flavor for a fruit beer in the first place. I'm still not sure.

A lot of what I read was setting this up for failure, but I'm pleasantly surprised. I expected a sweet Jolly Rancher mess, but the watermelon is done as well as anyone could reasonably expect. Worth a try just because it's probably the best watermelon beer that there is.

jmalex, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, 4.9% abv. Pours a hazy, pale straw color. White foamy head disappears almost immediately. No lace.

Pale, slightly sour, grainy aroma. Moderate amount of fruit, with a hint of watermelon near the end.

Pale malt, with a hint of tartness. Cereal grains show through a bit. Some bitterness, then a soft amount of watermelon. Not a whole lot going on.

Light body, but not overly fizzy. Watermelon comes across very subtle, without an artificial feel. Easy to drink on a hot day. Not bad.

Bierguy5, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of mntlover
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice surprise in my local store today.

Pours a nice almost clear pale yellow color with nice center of rising bubbles to white two finger head that falls rather quick. No lace to speak of.

Aroma is light wheaty malts with what i assume is watermelon along with some nice light hops lightly grassy variety, along with a touch of yeast notes perhaps.

Taste is well its go the crappy american wheat flavor down to a tee but the watermelon touch is nice not over powering seems just right. Some light hops in the finish grassy earthy notes mingle with little twang from the melon. Over all for a style that is usually just crap this one isn't that bad at all.

Mouthfeel is light with normal carbonation levels.

Drinkability is ok not something i would really repeat buy but fruit beers are not my thing but sure wouldn't turn one down on a hot day by the lake or pool.

mntlover, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Sky2625
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can to a standard pint glass (this review from notes taken 7/21/11).

A - Pours a slightly cloudy orange/golden straw color, with 1/2-finger of off-white head that fizzled away quickly. Particles of sediment in suspension, and a little bit of thing lacing.

S - Very mild nose, with a bit of grassy, sunny wheat hidden within a dominating melon-rind/cucumber scent.

T - Mild flavor as well, semi-sweet melon flavor more reminiscent of the white part of a watermelon rind than the pink meat. A bit of sodawater bitterness on the finish, with a sweet wheaty aftertaste.

M - Lighter body, though not thin or watery. Fizzy carbonation bites the edges of the tongue.

D - Light flavor and body makes this crisp and refreshing. The watermelon isn't all that sweet, though it still dominates the mild flavor. It tastes "cool", not bright or warm like a regular wheat beer would, though it didn't have as much flavor as I wanted it to.

As an afterthought, it's "cool" flavor paired really well with spicy Mexican food I ate after my initial tastes.

Sky2625, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

bigfnjoe, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the can with a diffuse white head. Little bits of lacing over a hazy pale yellow body. Virtually no visible carbonation.

S- Smells of tart wheat and watermelon rind. No hop aroma. Overall, a weak nose that lacks complexity.

T- Tastes of soft wheat and light pale malts, which have been made into a mild wheat ale and then blended with watermelon juice before serving. The watermelon character tastes natural, and is not overpowering. No hop flavor detected... Overall the flavor is light and refreshing.

M- Thin and watery, with a soft carbonation and mild astringency.

D- Drinks well enough. I would only go for this on a hot summer day, in mass quantities, and served cold.

jgasparine, May 30, 2010
Photo of pholla666
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

pholla666, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Silver can with black silhouettes and a dark red square with the words ‘Watermelon Wheat Beer. Holds 12 ounces of beer and is listed at 5.5% ABV.

Appearance: Massive white head forms rapidly and fills all the available space in my 20 ounce glass, despite the fact that it only holds 12 ounces of the brew. Pale golden yellow with a milky body. Clean looking with a healthy conditioning but it is not the usual over-carbonated fizz that so often comes from Cans.

Nose: Sweet nose, delicate wheat with little in the way of anything except for a very delicate hint of freshly cut watermelon.

Taste: Thin profile and low key tastes, but nice enough. Hints of watermelon only come through in the finish. The beginning has a watered down presentation and it struggles a bit in the initial stages but soon pulls round in the finish when the fruits show them selves.

Mouthfeel: It’s a wheat beer so it doesn’t knock your socks off, yet it puts up support in all the right places. Tended to feel a bit weak at first but it grows on you. Light but cheery!

Drinkability: Very refreshing, this is a great Summer beer and it doesn’t put up much of a fight, and it has a fantastic thirst quenching quality.

Overall: Craft beer in a Can is new to me, and this is probably the first which I have had in fact in the US. Lugged all the way down from San Francisco and gifted to me by Gentleman BA Barleypop.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, yeast, spices, and some slightly fruit (but not watermelon) aromas. Taste is much the same with a very mild watermelon flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing but the watermelon presence is mild and hard to pick out in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz can - Finally getting around to rating this one

A - Golden yellow with clarity. 1 finger of head and not much lacing. Carbonation bubbles

S - Not getting much on the nose. Light malting.

T - Watermelon, and lots of it. Refreshing and light. Slight bitter hop kick, and some citrus

M - Light bodied, refreshing, smooth. Not much too it

O - A good summer brew for a hot day. And excellent if you like watermelon and beer I suppose

BeerDawgs, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of wvsabbath
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light yellow/pineapple juice color. Foamy 1 inch head with plenty of lacing.

Smell - Bold watermelon, yeasty sugars, lemon, grape. Some faint malts.

Taste - First sip is straight watermelon. Some sugars, lemon, grapes and pineapple come out after the watermelon. Mild malts add a little wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel - From first sip, tongue and palate gets watermelon. Some sugars and wheat come in the finish.

Overall - A nice light summer beer. Its not overly flavorful, or sweet but has a nice real watermelon flavor. Maybe a little more fruit flavor would help this out some but, none the less, is a enjoyable beer for what it is.

wvsabbath, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of kflorence
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light, hazy yellow with fairly nice head which lacks retention and soon subsides to a thin layer of foam that lays atop the beer.

S: Smells predominantly of wheat and watermelon, which is of course a good thing. There seems to be some yeast and tartness on the backend, but I can't make out anything definite. Overall a pleasant aroma.

T: I don't really understand what most people are griping about. This is a wheat beer with watermelon juice in it, it is supposed to taste like wheat and watermelon, which it does and does well. This is no doubt a quirky brew and not for everyone, but I rather enjoyed the light, fruity flavor this beer has to offer. Aside from the wheat and watermelon, which are quite dominant, there is some subtle yeasty flavors and even some tomatoes and vegetables lingering in there. My only gripe is that, as others have stated, the watermelon flavor seems slightly unnatural -- Jolly Rancher-ish, if you will.

M: As others have said, this beer is light on body and carbonation, which I find to be pleasant for the style. It really slides down the throat and feels great on the way down.

D: This beer has superb drinkability... I could easily down an entire six-pack if I'm not careful. The fact that it is light, fruity, and in a can also aids to it's appeal and sometimes I have to convince myself that I'm drinking a beer and not a soda.

Overall a very pleasant beer. I'm happy I noticed it and picked it up. I could think of few better beers to drink during the summer. Kudos.

kflorence, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Labaden
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%

Labaden, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lemon-gold with a bright white fluffy 1 finger head that settled to a polished surface rather quickly with no lacing. A light display of effervesce, with an overall appearance of decent.

S: fruity with fresh watermelon and raspberries. Surprised here, was expecting an overkill of artificial flavoring but was rater quite subdued with a freshness of real watermelon. There is a bit of sugary orange juice (sunny d) as well as noticeable soft fresh wheat coming through. The scent was rather light to medium in strength and disappointing at first, but soon came to appreciate its subtleness and fresh fruity unique nature the more I explored it.

T: The flavor delivered some sunny d orange juice notes as well dominant watermelon flavors that quenched the tongue. Once again was expecting an overkill of artificial watermelon and fruit bomb similar to a wine cooler but the overall flavor came off very subdued and fresh against a pale wheat backing. Crisp, refreshing and fruity with just enough watermelon presence to make you appreciate it without becoming overbearing like many other fruit beers. The finish find a soft tartness of light orange juice along as a soft floral hopping. Overall was quite impressed on how this was pulled off, not an easy thing to do. The wheat malting takes a back seat to the fruity watermelon nature but still contributes more then the average fruit beer.

M: a medium viscosity, smooth with just a tingle of carbonation detected. Sadly it was just ok though in comparison to the rest of the drink coming of just average.

D: Would give this a decent drinkability factor rating here. Soft fruity nature with a decent crispness lends its way to a decent summer picnic quencher. The balance lets just enough of the wheat malting come through while the fruity watermelon taste comes through but never overstays its welcome. Good for several at a time like I said as a summer picnic quencher or tweener beer to beat the heat and something unique with a twist flavorwise.

beerthulhu, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of gabedivision
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden yellow, big white 1 finger head thst thins to an almost absent lace

S- sweet grains, a touch of sour, Wheat & oats, some mellon coming through

T- grainy water mellon flavor up front, fruity pepples, tart sweetness that finishes with a wet cardboard funk.

M- light, light bodied, sweet & dry.

O- nice easy summer beer, some mellon flavors, alot of sweetness, some off flavors. Just a light wheat beer with a touch of fruit

gabedivision, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ive been wanting to try this one for a while, found it on tap.

Appearance: Bright gold in color with a soapy head and some lace.

Smell: Bready/Biscuity malt and just a faint whiff of fruit, not quite sure if it is watermelon.

Taste: Standard wheat beer notes coupled with a light sour tang of watermelon. With the amount of watermelon juice used, it adds only a subtlety to the beer. Almost like dropping a watermelon jolly rancher into a light beer. Still interesting and certainly an achievement of what they were going for.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: The watermelon flavor was there the whole time, and was very intriguing. I wouldn't want more than one though, good for a novelty but average drinkability.

Stinkypuss, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of MagicHatFan
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I discovered this beer when looking for something new at the liquor store tonight. I've always like watermelon beer, so I figured that I'd give it a shot. I wasn't sure about the can but since I poured it into a glass, it didn't really matter. The beer poured with a strong head that quickly disappeared. It's a yellow straw color. The smell is of wheat and watermelon but also of sour popcorn if you can imagine that. The taste makes up for any faults in smell and appearance. It tastes like a light wheat beer with a watermelon aftertaste. The watermelon taste is real and not artificial or too sweet. It reminds me more of actual watermelon and less of watermelon bubblegum. This is a good summer beer that goes down smooth.

MagicHatFan, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and only leaves hints of lace.

Smell: Smells like a watermelon jolly rancher, with hints of malt and yeast.

Taste: Tastes like a typical bitter wheat beer, with watermelon in the background throughout.

Mouthfeel: Watery and smooth, with balanced carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: A unique twist on wheat beer. Certainly not the best out there, but worth a look.

Mosstrooper, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of paulozanello
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light yellow color, very pale. Forms a nice 3 finger white head that recedes after about 5 minutes leaving a thin foam cap on top of the beer. Lacing is average.

Smell is malts, bread, light citrus/lemon, light sweet fruits, mainly watermelon and coconut.

Taste begins with malt, bread and wheat and progresses to some sweet watermelon notes that are very mild but persist up until the end of the sip and aftertaste. Also there is a discrete aromatic/spicy hop presence contributing to light bitterness towards the finish.

Very light in body and easy to drink. High carbonation jacks up the drinkability. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery as both the malts and watermelon are very subdued.

Not a very flavorful beer at all but it sure is highly drinkable and refreshing. It is definitely worth trying but that's about it.

paulozanello, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A trip to San Francisco was a trip to 21st Amendment. It came with a wedge of watermelon with the glass. No longer are lemons and oranges used as a garnishment. The pour was a pretty hazy with a lemony yellow color. When arrived there was a nice but light frothy head but it did quickly hide to the edge of the glass and disappear altogether.

The nose was light and mostly consistent of a wheat beer. Some lighter notes of a melon-esk substance, but not sure if I would say it would be specific to watermelon.

The taste is similar with a very subtle American wheat beer flavor. Some lighter malt hints are there if you really look for them. Some graininess flavors and in the aftertaste the watermelon makes it’s presence detectable, but is slight.

The body is light but the watermelon aftertaste (more of a hint) leaves a slight sweeter flavor. But not a malty sweet more of a fruity sugar sweet. Carbonation felt low but an interesting wheat fruit experiment.

Oxymoron, May 29, 2007
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a Sam Adams pint glass. Purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ.

A: Cloudy light golden/straw body. Tall fluffy white head settled fairly quickly into thin film.

S: Smells like other wheat beers I've had. Assorted grains with hints of lemon. Watermelon is also faintly present.

T: A somewhat sweet and fruity, but not overbearing, start. Watermelon is again present. Finishes a bit tart.

M: Light to Medium bodied. A bit crisp.

D: Refreshing on a hot summer day. It's a decent beer, but not overly impressive. Low alcohol and light body increase its drinkability.

Jerzdevil1116, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of DovaliHops
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You guys are tripping... My girlfriend talked me into buying this beer. I went into it with very low expectations...but I was very impressed. I find it to be very tasty for a light beer. I can see myself drinking many off these at a tailgate party or something like that. For not being my style in beer, this was pretty good.

DovaliHops, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost how I remember it at the brewpub. Unimpressive American Wheat (hey, I appreciate the style for what it is but it isn't that impressive a style) which ends with a nice watermelon taste. And that finish really works for this beer.

There was a slight sourness to this beer. Not sure if that was intentional.

I think the watermelon gives this beer a slightly darker shade than most wheat beers.

GeoffFromSJ, Aug 05, 2009
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.