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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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Reviews: 693
Hads: 2,501
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 20.67%
Wants: 114
Gots: 529 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife's favorite beer, hands down. It has wonderful juicy, fruity, authentic watermelon flavor that dominates the taste. Sweet & sugary, with a bit of dry grainy wheat presence on the finish that finishes it off your palette.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with enjoy by date 06/30/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. A new beer to me from 21st Amendment Brewery, finally available in my state. Acquired the six pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice golden body, maybe a slight green tint, fairly typical of a wheat beer, with just under a finger of frothy white head. Some scattered spotty lacing left behind.

S - A pretty nice aroma, if a little on the sweet side. A grainy wheat malt / base is noticeable beneath the very prominent authentic watermelon / rind / vegetal presence.

T - Taste is the same: juicy, fruity, authentic watermelon / rind flavor dominates this one. Sweet & sugary, with a bit of dry grainy wheat presence on the finish.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, clean, and easy-drinking. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, this is the better of the two watermelon beers I've had, although it is a bit sweet, perhaps even a tad cloying if one were to drink too much of this. Definitely not something I would drink quantity of, but I would surely be interested in having it again. Recommended.

21st Amendment Hell Or High Watermelon -----4/5.

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Photo of Richie1124
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you're looking to quench your thirst and want something nice and light than this is the beer for you. Not super into wheat beers but this one was refreshing. Maybe because I am a huge fan of anything watermelon

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Photo of CraigP83
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a watered down hefeweizen. Smells like watermelon rind and barnyard funk. Taste is watermelon flavored airhead candy infused beer. Clean mouthfeel.

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Photo of lucasj82
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Fairly clear beer with a one and a half finger head. Disappears quickly.

S- Watermelon and a hint of wheat.

T- WATERMELON! followed up by a lite wheat taste with touch of lemon.

M- Very light and medium-high carbonation

O- Love it. I really like watermelon so this is a a real treat for me.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, Enjoy By 06/30/15. I probably wouldn't have bought this, but it was included in a beer-store-made mixed 4 pack of 21st Amendment beers new to the Chicago area, so I figured, why not?
A - looks pale in color - but pretty much unknown - drank from the can
S - mild aroma - mostly some wheat, grass, and watermelon
T - nice refreshing mild flavors of cracked wheat, watermelon, lemongrass
M - lighter bodied, ample carbonation, very modest bitterness - ideal for the style
O - interesting variation on a wheat beer with the watermelon in there. I actually could see myself buying some more of this for my wife and I to drink on a super hot summer day.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just a really refreshing canned beer. Perfect for a hot day if you want something on the sweeter end. Not normally one for fruit beers, or wheat beers for that matter, but this remains an exception.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: straw, cloudy. no head

S: grainy but mellow. very very faint of melon

T: grainy, again and faint melon. not the biggest fan

M: best attribute, tingly, welcoming

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Photo of Ian_B
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very soft/light but very pleasing, natural watermelon character. Not so much in aroma but taste. Not too sweet; could even use a little more sweetness on the back end as it is pretty crisp and a bit bland with basically very light wheat flavour. Wishing for a little more complexity/balance between the malts, watermelon, or bit of something like tropical hops to really set this apart from the crowd.

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Photo of nulvert
3.89/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Incredible summer beer, tartness from watermelon is palatable and not off putting, at 4.9% ABV it's definitely got the kick for funtime summer drinking

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Photo of larryarms847
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very light red/pink with a fairly slight haze and a half finger of airy off-white foam.

Wow, tons of watermelon aroma, not much else to speak of, but very pungent.

Flavor matches well with the aroma, but seems to be missing some punch. Again, tons of watermelon in the flavor with not much else to really make this stand out.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly grainy, prickly carbonation, decent.

Overall, the watermelon is definitely there is aroma as well as flavor, but this beer is rather bland and lacking something.

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Photo of Beric
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Can into pint
Served: 6 April 2015

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow with tons of carbonation and a soapy white head that quickly collapses. Awesome can though- so points for that.

Smell: Traditional 'beery' smell, slight sour fruitiness.

Taste: Very light 'beery' flavor with a slight assertion of sour watermelon and melon-rind. Really not as fruity as I would be hoping, and because of this, a beer that is really lacking. The beer is more tart than I was imagining before drinking. Drinkable, but only barely.

Mouthfeel: Huge carbonation makes it immensely quaffable...now only if the flavor permitted quaffability.

Overall: Not a great summer brew. Awesome cans, but that's where the awesome ends.

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Photo of Kavanaghkt
4.39/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect backyard BBQ beer. Smooth and crisp with a delicious blend of watermelon that isn't too overbearing with little after taste. An all around perfect beer for those late summer nights in the yard with friends.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review taken summer 2014.

12 oz light color of green can with some pretty sweet artwork. Miss Statue of Liberty in relax mode clutching a watermelon. It's stunning artwork. Poured into an American style pint glass.

I have to give it the grade I did in a hats off manner. Just given the fact that they actually accomplished a watermelon note blended with a fruity wheat flavor is somewhat exceptional to me. Not that it's a great beer, but bc if the feat itself. I can't say I'll ever have another, but this is proof American brewers are yet again pushing the limits of flavor.

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Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It poured a milky golden with a reasonably nice head. The smell was a lot less pungent than I had expected, citrusy sweet notes with some of that wheaty body. The taste was...interesting. At first I almost spit it out. I was overwhelmed by the watermelon. But I steadied myself and kept trying it. The taste settled and it actually became rather pleasant. It's a nice drinking beer on a summer day, but nothing to write home about. Unless you're going home for the summer, and need a beer to drink for that.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into tulip. Hazy yellow a tiny little bit pink. Smell is good yeast and wheat and a bit of sour watermelon at the end. The taste is dryish straw like. Good feel. With watermelon rind at the end. I was excited seeing this beer but the watermelon was sour and drying. I'd still buy it again though

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Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yellow color with a thick head with medium retention.
Aroma of watermelon with honey, bread, roses and floral hops.
Flavor of watermelon, floral and herbal hops, some orange-lemon, yeast and mild spices. Barley malt feels predominant over wheat.
Light body with good carbonation.
This is pretty decent summer beer, refreshing and very well balanced. Watermelon is definitely there but it is not predominant. Also, it is not heavy on wheat and with perceivable hops.

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Photo of Jimmyc5723
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Overall I like this beer, a nice subtle watermelon flavor with a bit of peppery bite. It does feel a bit watery though, which can be good or bad depending on what your looking for. I find it good on a lazy hot day during summer icy cold. The can art is great as well.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nothing after a few minutes

S: Wheat, watermelon, and a bit of yeastiness are dominant. Yeast brings about a general fruitiness

T: Watermelon and melon rind right up front, followed by the yeast and wheat. Very lightly tart from the wheat. Finishes with lingering fruitiness and rind notes

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the watery side

O: Gets a little cloying with the watermelon after one or two, so it's not the most seasonable wheat beer. Nice on warm summer days while floating in the pool. Worth a try if you're into fruited wheat beers

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a beer can glass on 06.18.14.

A: 1/2 finger head that quickly recedes to a ring. Cloudy yellow/orange body.

S: Lemon, wheat, and orange peel. It smells like a typical wit.

T: Watermelon and wheat. That's it.

M: Creamy smooth and crisp.

O: The watermelon works well with the wheat. It tastes good, but there is nothing else to it.

Rating: C, 75/100.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Snow white head, very light straw in color. Lots of wheat on the aroma with a subtle amount of watermelon, there is almost a tartness to the aroma.
Wheat on the front of this beer that quickly transitions to watermelon. This lasts for a few sips and the intense flavor of the watermelon dissipates. This is a very bright and crisp beer very light mouth feel . This beer at the start has a candy like quality to it. The watermelon is a little strong at the start but this subsides quickly and the beer has this nice light fruit flavor to it.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3/5  rDev -8.8%

12 oz. can, 2014 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden, yellow/straw color with a quarter of a finger of very white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that only covered maybe a quarter of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, actually, which is both surprising and disappointing. I actually don’t get any aromas what-so-ever.

Taste: However, this beer has a lot of flavor, predominately watermelon. Strong, fruity, crisp, semi-sweet, yet slightly sour flavors of watermelon up front, followed by some honey, slightly toasted wheat and some floral, grassy flavors. But the predominate flavor is watermelon. Actually, the beer’s flavor reminds me a lot of the watermelon-flavored Jolly Rancher® candy.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied and very crisp as there’s quite a lot of carbonation to this beer. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Interesting beer. Lots of watermelon, a little wheat, and a touch of honey. Interesting. I’m not sure if I like it, but I do find in intriguing.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Most of this sixer was out of the can, but I saved one to pour in a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving barely any lacing.
The smell definitely had the watermelon with a decent fair kick of wheat at the end.
The taste followed the nose with the kick of wheat giving off a fuller quality about it.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled for the American wheat ale style.
Overall, honestly, it's just an okay kind of beer. Nothing special but nothing bad.

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Photo of spacebear09
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Appearance- Piss yellow, cloudy, very thin head

Smell- Cotton candy, lemon

Taste- Like a Bud Light with artificial melon flavor

Mouthfeel- Fizzy, overcarbonated, thin

Overall- Meh. More water than melon.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a can on the beach, was a great fit.

Nice smell of bready yeast and watermelon juice.

Taste has just the right enough of watermelon. Its definitely a fruit forward beer but it isn't sugary/syrupy or overwhelming. I could easily have drunken a few of them. I don't know if they use real watermelon, I doubt it, but regardless it tastes like real watermelon.

Good change of pace from IPAs, porters and RIS.

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.