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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

2,043 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 81
Gots: 220 | FT: 0
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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 mcphish22
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of json83
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting taste but not enough so to buy again. The smell is about average not very intriguing. The taste is beerish with a nice blend of watermelon fruit lasting in the end - almost like a light beer with a watermelon jolly rancher mixed in. 143 Calories per can with 4.9% ABV.

Photo of Jonada
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned on 3/11/2013. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a little over a finger of a white soapy head. Body is hazy with some visible sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Wheat, melon, some yeast spiciness, hint of wet grain and yeast spiciness.

Taste: Same as the nose, only slightly more assertive. Melon and melon rind are the most notable, followed by wheat and yeast spice. Not complex, but what's there is pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Overall: In a world full of mediocre fruited summer wheat beers, I feel like this does at least stand out a bit from the crowd (if for no other reason than the use of watermelon). I thought the melon worked well with the wheat beer base. Not excellent by any means, but if I'm looking for something refreshing on a hot day, I'd definitely get this again.

Photo of jonrx
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A pretty solid summer brew that it seems is becoming a love-it or hate-it beer around most parts. I get the complaints that it doesn't taste like real watermelon, but what really does? Hell, watermelon tastes like pure sugar sometimes depending on the quality of it.

Either way, this is an extremely sessionable beer that is light, smooth, and good for the summer. I can't imagine drinking this at any other time than on a hot day (and it's really, really, really good for working on cars in a hot driveway), so I should limit my review to that, I guess.

EIther way, I like it quite a bit in the summer but would never want to drink it at any other time.

Photo of OStrungT
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, light golden wellow color with a thick, fluffy, white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has an odd aroma, to say the least. I can smell some watermelon. It has a very dominate grainy aroma however. It also has a very subtle spicy aroma. Not what I was expecting, and a little less than I would desire.

This beer tastes better than it smells, but only a little. Grainy. Very grainy. Some subtle watermelon flavor mixes in. That is about it. Not bad, but although I cant really put it into words, its not wat I was expecting.

This beer is high in carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grainy watermelon aftertaste.

I dont knwo about the drinkability of this one. It is low enough in alcohol to make putting down a few easy, but I didnt like the taste, so I couldnt see myself drinking too many.

Overall: I am happy to have finally had the chance to try this one. Every time I stop by the brewery, they are out, so having my wife find it was a real treat. Although it wasnt what I was expecting, I have no regrets about it. Nice try 21st Amendment.

Photo of mocktm
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

21st Amendment has always intrigued me, despite never making anything that has ever really blown my hair back. Maybe its just the cans, but regardless, I found myself buying this, thinking it would be an interesting and unique summer beer. At the very worst, its first watermelon beer I've ever tried...

Pours a light golden yellow with a slight yeasty haze. Perhaps a finger or so of head that fizzles out pretty quickly. Boasts lousy retention and no lacing as it dies down. Quite frankly, for a wheat beer this is disappointing.

Smells of watermelon rind and golden wheat, with a slight sour quality. Reminds me of candy almost, like what I'd imagine a Starburst would smell like in liquid form.

Tastes pretty much as the can advertises. Watermelon flavoring up front with a wheat backbone. Tangy aftertaste with the most minimal hop bitterness for balance. Different for sure, and actually, quite good.

Mouthfeel is reasonably light and incredibly easy-drinking. Wouldn't consider this a session beer necessarily though, as it may be a bit of a novelty. I might get sick of it after a few.

Overall, this accomplishes what it sets out to do. A refreshing summer beer that proves itself as an ideal pool lounging candidate that your girlfriend probably won't argue with. Worth a shot if you like wheat beers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of pholla666
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of Labaden
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 2,043 ratings.