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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

2,029 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 79
Gots: 216 | 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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a lemony color, a fizzy but short lived cap of white on top.

Aroma - light graininess, a trace of general sweetness but not attributable to any particular fruit.

Taste - light grain, definite watermelon flavor, on the lighter side. A certain snap afterwards of hop or some other light sourness, not real sure what it is. Ends cleanly enough, again with little focus on the sweet and more on the fruit, pretty nice balance.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp, what you would expect from a fruity wheat.

Drinkability - no problem knocking these back. It gets the full gamut of reviews from the fire pit crowd.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 12, 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 DmanGTR
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for hooking us up. Review from notes on 4/23/10.

A - mild haze, rich straw yellow. Short lived white head, no lace. 3.5

S - Very much like an American wheat, hint of sourness, yeast. 3.0

T - Lots of wheat. Lacks watermelon taste but it could pass nicely as an American wheat. 3.0

M - Light and crisp. As it should. 4.0

D - Very nicely drinkable. A lawnmower beer for sure. 4.0

DmanGTR, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. What started as a puffy cloud of a head disappeared entirely when I looked away for a moment. No lacing. Grainy, earthy yellow color - unfiltered. Nothing special.

Oh yeah, you can smell watermelon, faintly. Doesn't smell artificial, which is good, however, it's more of the character of watermelon, but lacking the sweetness of it. Hops - hard time detecting. A wheat scent is present but it's undermined by the melon.

You do end up getting a little more of the sweet tang of watermelon in the taste. The quality of the wheat backbone is average. Tiny hint of bitterness. Just about no carbonation.

For a watermelon wheat beer, hardly exceeds expectations. Drink a couple and it won't hurt.

NOTE: tried this again mid-April '13 on tap at the brewpub in San Fran and it was quite different experience - first off, they provide a fat wedge of watermelon with each glass - cheesy, but necessary - the taste has a hell of a lot more watermelon sweetness and fruit flavor - the beer itself sports more of a doughy malt flavor and, with more of a frothy carbonation on the palate, it ends up being quite enjoyable, refreshing and moreish.
A: 4.5, S: 4.25, T: 4.25, M: 4, T: 4.25

Bouleboubier, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of seh410
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, minimal white head. Looks like a light commercial beer almost.

Aroma: Smells fresh and sweet with hints of cotton candy. Definitely does not smell like artificial jolly-rancher watermelon flavor, which I was afraid of. In fact, there really isn't much watermelon on the nose at all, just sweetness.

Taste: Minimal watermelon taste, with slightly bitter aftertaste lingering. Most certainly does not taste how I expected it to - that is, like cloyingly fake watermelon. Mostly just tastes how it smells, sweet like cotton candy with a crisp freshness that I like.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation, feels very creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty high. Though I wouldn't add this to my usual rotation of beers, I can see it being a BBQ or summer beach staple. It is light and very easy to put back a couple.

Notes: For some reason, this beer tastes much better directly out of the can. When poured into a glass, some of the creaminess is lost, which I feel really detracts from the overall experience of the beer.

seh410, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Light in color with a lot of bubbles. Very little head and no lacing.

S: Not a big nose, the watermelon is there, but faintly and not a lot else.

T: The watermelon is apparent on the front, but fades relatively fast. As the beer warms the watermelon flavor last a little bit longer. I wish it was a little bit stronger overall. The wheat flavor is pretty obvious here too.

M/D: Easy to drink, and would probably be better on a hot day outside. I could see myself bringing it to a BBQ or dinner, but I probably wouldn't drink more than one, and would give the rest out.

mdaschaf, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of blackc5
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass at around 42F.

A - Light straw colored body that is slightly hazy with over 2-finger white head. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Little going on here - some wheat for sure is there, and the watermelon is detectable, but the overall scent is quite mild, and one-sided. No hops to speak of.

T - Well, no aluminum for me so that is a plus. Otherwise, this comes off as a very mild wheat beer with the additive watermelon that is quite forward actually. It is surely not an unpleasant taste, but doesn't taste nearly as good as it sounded when I first saw the sixer and decided to try it. No hops to speak of here either. Drink it cold - the taste worsens as it warms...

M - Hmm, BMC-like in it's wateriness. Pretty high carbonation, but a 3 rating is probably generous here.

D - Sure, its good in that this could be refreshing on a hot day, but it surely does leave one disappointed in the overall package. Perhaps good to bring to a summer BBQ, but not really the type of beer to savor.

blackc5, Jun 01, 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 schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of beer kindofsewers don't like beers made with fruit. I've learned to have an open mind about the fruits, and it is rewarding.

Even the sales person and World Wines in Mentor where I bought this made disparaging remarks about it. Well she was wrong. Watermelon is actually a pretty good pairing with wheat beer. It's a complementary tanginess that works.

I only bought one can but I can see buying more of this.

schoolboy, May 29, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can from trade:

Pours a hazey straw colored wheat ale in the flute. 2 finger rocky cap doesn't last well but laces the glass moderately. Lively artificial carbonation.

Aroma is quite pleasant: wheaty biscuit tones with fruits and musty melon. Light bodied, peppery mouth feel. Tastes almost like it smells but the melon is more detectable, yet not offensively overpowering or synthetic. Finish is dry, clean crisp.

Great little summer sipper. I like it and I usually don't like fruit beer.

pootz, May 28, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
1.48/5  rDev -55%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cans served at Dirty Franks in Columbus. Morbid curiosity brought me to try this one.

Those of you who read my reviews might notice I dont have very much mean to say about any beers, if I review a macro its because it meant something to me in the past. Well this review might be a change of pace.

A- Oh man this might be one of the least appetizing beers Ive ever seen. Its worse than most macros. I poured this myself into a pint glass and still I get really no head, no lacing, no effervescence, no signs of life what so ever. The color is a strangely hazy (not fully or not partially hazy either, just sort of grimy) yellow.

S- Wheaty and yeasty. Its trying to have smells of a good hefe... There is some banana and clove. The rich banana bread smells of a good wheat beer are not there. There really isnt any watermelon in the smell.

T- Aluminum is what I got first. I mean I heard of many macros tasting like the can they came out of but this one is the first where I actually notice that taste. Once you get past the galvanized taste the beer starts out straight wheaty and yeasty. It then promptly breaks into an artificial, candy like watermelon taste. Its just like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. The finish is yet more wheat and some spice.

D- I didnt even finish my glass. The alcohol is low, this is a sweet beer. People who arent used to stronger, more flavorful beers might like this. Personally I think its a waste.

MbpBugeye, May 22, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow pour with a nice creamy white head. Smells of yeast with the faintest watermelon note, though i'm not sure if i would've gotten that blindly.

Watermelon flavor is more pronounced in my mouth, though not overwhelming. I'm not a big fan of ciders or fruit beers, but this I can handle. Very light. Almost hard to tell that it's a beer. Pairs nicely with a fresh chevre.

On a hot sunny day, my wallet would be the limiting factor of how many of these I could drink.

andyfrancis, May 18, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.35/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- hazed lemony yellow with quick to settle snow white foam that leaves some spotty lace but has no retentive qualities to speak of.

S- light APWA aroma, white bread, mildly banana-ish, and the smallest touch of melon.

T- very nice light watermelon flavor. any more or less fruit flavor wouldn't sit well with me, but the light flavor perfectly compliments the light base beer. a little metallic but that's ok. it's not at all complex or flavorful-- and that's exactly what i like about it. finishes crisp and clean.

MF- light and refreshing with tight prickly carbonation and a slight powdery feel. nothing more than would be desired from a beer of this nature. this is totally yard-work BBQ picnic maybe even shotgun worthy beer. so watch out, coors light.

D- i got hooked on this stuff over the last week. i'm not much of a fruit beer guy but this is some seriously killer brew and i've had it with everything from fried chicken to grilled veal chops and it always seems to fit.. as a summer beer. on a cold december's night it would be an abomination but right here right now this is one of the most thirst quenching and drinkable things i can imagine. this is a wacky idea done right and the brewer's intentions are firmly clear. and from a can? awesome. that's means i can take em fishin.

hustlesworth, May 17, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to weizen glass. The beer looks 'bud light' yellow. There are plenty of bubbles constantly throughout the beer giving it a consistent head of 1/8 of an inch or so.

There is a hint of watermelon on the nose. Malt smells also come through though. The taste of the beer is very light and crisp. The watermelon is not overpowering but does enhance the flavor. It leaves you with a bit of a dry mouthfeel on the end.

This would be a great hot weather beer. I personally think it's awesome that more good beer is going in cans. Lots of things are enhanced here: portability, coozie usage, conversation, etc. Plus you can take them on a boat without worrying about breaking glass.

I'll definitely reach for this one again in July and August.

tchenery, May 15, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a SA perfect pint glass. It appears a cloudy yellow color with less than a finger of white head that fizzles away fairly fast. Absolutely no lacing to be found on the glass. Aroma of this beer opened up initially with almost a fake overkill watermelon smell that quickly subsided and took a back seat to the other scents of wheat, slight note of citrus, more watermelon (quite faint and only because im searching for it due to the nature of this particular brew) and a touch of sulfur. Hops present themselves with a slight bit of grassy character. Taste has an immediately evident flavor of watermelon that turns a bit ackward in flavor almost like you were eating a watermelon and started chewing the white part too close to the rind... Also included in the flavor is a bit of the sulfur that was evident in the aroma and an aftertaste that is some strange mix of watermelon rind and grass. Light feel with this beer and a high amount of carbonation.

I gotta tip my hat to the brewers for being creative with this one but I won't drink it again. It is to be commended that the watermelon flavor that was included seemed quite natural and not overkill artificial watermelon flavor like candy.

stakem, May 12, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love watermelon but hate American pale wheat ales. Thankfully, the watermelon salvages this brew from obscurity. Thanks to mntlover for the opportunity to try this. Pours a hazy straw amber body with a small white head that quickly disappears without significant lacing. Aroma is faint, with some bready wheat malt and a hint of watermelon. Light medium body has moderate carbonation. Taste has a really pleasant essence of fresh ripe watermelon flesh superimposed on the unassuming wheat ale base. It works for me. Nothing exceptional, but I like it a lot. Best watermelon beer I've ever had!(I've actually had one other)

merlin48, May 08, 2010
Photo of Axic10
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a minimal head.

Smell: Fake watermelon smell, wheat, jolly rancher/sour patch kid smell.

Taste: Watermelon and a hint of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp

Drinkability: Good summer beer, not too offending, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get.

Axic10, May 07, 2010
Photo of jwhancher
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells kind of funky. Pours a clear straw yellow color with good carbonation. Not really sure about the watermelon flavor. Not really a hoppy beer. Tastes sort of like a rita's water ice soaked in beer. Bought a single can with expectations that it would be much better.

jwhancher, May 02, 2010
Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured brilliant yellow and fairly clear. The head was about 1/2" thick and off white. As it settled it became slightly cloudy and the head dissipated quickly, down to a thin coating.

S - It smells sweet, fruity, barley any hops are in there. It's almost cloyingly sweet.

T - The taste of melon is up front, followed by the grain and hint of hop in the finish. Then the watermelon comes back. It's not as sweet as it smells. There is an oddly sweet aftertaste.

M - A bit thinner that I expected, but pretty close for the style. The sweet meloniness sticks to the tongue.

D - This one is not exactly in my wheel house, but those that like sweet wheat's, this may be OK. I think I will only have one. Certainly not my favorite offering from 21A

MeadGuyfromMD, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Zekezilla
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect but some guys recommended this @ Beltway Liquors, here in Baltimore. I'm usually disappointed when it comes to "novelty beers" so I did not have high expectations; this one is pretty refreshing, though. Don't expect to be overwhelmed with the watermelon flavor, it's pretty subtle and comes in toward the back of the taste. Almost zero hoppiness, I do detect a little spice in there. Makes for an interesting combination with the watermelon. I think this would be an excellent session beer in warm weather. Would pair nicely with salad or most any kind of fruit. Moderate carbonation--seems like just the right amount for this beer. Nothing remarkable a/b smell or appearance. Cans make for excellent portability and more compact for storage.

Zekezilla, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy golden color. Quite lively when poured. OK aroma-somewhat yeasty and wheat like. Moderate level of fruitiness. Rather chemical and industrial flavor. While it might be described as "watermelon" I find it to be more like tasting the rind or pith from one. Not overly unpleasant but just does not work. OK body for the style-crisp finish. A bit of a dissapointment. I would tend to think a watermelon beer would be hard to pull off-they didnt get there with this one for sure.

lackenhauser, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange color, with a minimal amount of fluffy white foam. Not much going on in the nose here, with the exception of the watermelon. Not so much fruit, but more like a watermelon jolly rancher. A little sweetness on the palate, some light wheat, but again mostly the somewhat cloying fake watermelon taste. Nothing special here, just a decent light beer with fake fruit flavor.

emmasdad, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can into a nonic.

A-Pours a hazy pale golden. Pours with ~1 1/2 fingers of crisp white head, which fades rapidly to a sparse ring of bubbles.

S- Very feint on the nose. Hints of grain/rice, and a wheaty, sour twang. I am struggling to conjure any distinct watermelon, but simply can't find any.

T- Interesting. I've found the watermelon that was missing from the smell. Really, it's heavier on rind, and lesser on the sweet flesh, with a bit of that tartness that you get on the las scrapping bite from a wedge....Hints of yeastiness. Quite odd, but well short of awful. I'm not hating this....

M- Fairly crisp and light bodied, with moderate carbonation.

D- Pretty decent. Easy drinking, low ABV%; most of the hallmarks of a sessionable beer...though the unusual/interesting flavor would mitigate my desire to consume many at once.

Future outlook: A novel beer that didn't punish me for trying it....worth trying on those grounds, but not really worthy of seeking out.

DoctorDog, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Light brown, tan color. Scents of dry grass, hay that is slightly fermented. No real watermelon flavor to speech of. The wheat flavor was more like dry toast. No balance of malts or of hops. Watery mouthfeel. Very little drinkable nature.

mtnbikerpa, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of matty
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head that stays at about a quarter of an inch.Aroma is faint fruit.Taste is malts,wheat and watermelon.Fresh tasty and refreshing.This is good for summer outings.Overall I would recommend and purchase again!!

matty, Apr 26, 2010
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