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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
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2,043 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 81
Gots: 221 | 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 BWMKappaSig
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in weizen glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden-yellow with a white head that falls quickly without much lacing.

S: Straw, watermelon, and a little malt in the nose. Sweet, but not in a candy watermelon way like other watermelon beers. The wheat smell is slightly offputing without the aid of spices most often found in wheat beers.

T: Wheat and a light fruity watermelon flavor that tastes very fresh. One again the wheat gives a straw-like impression, however, reminding me somewhat of a Triscuit or Shredded Wheat.

M: Similar to the Opa-Opa Watermelon in mouthfeel, a very light crisp beer, but leaving a residue in the back of the mouth.

D: For its type, the beer matches up well with others, but the grainy taste and smell leaves a little something to be desired. Crisp and refreshing, and miles above many other "lawnmower" beers, but nothing quite worthy of the massive praise it often recieves on certain beer podcasts.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, watermelon, citrus, light caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out fruity and a little bready with a strong watermelon sweetness followed by wheat and a hearty malt character. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this a decent fruit beer to drink for a while, but unless you're in the mood for the watermelon flavor there isn't much to this beer that would make me want to drink it otherwise.

Photo of qchic
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can, pours a pale yellow gold with slight haziness. The head fades to almost nothing, which is unimpressive, especially for a wheat beer. Aroma is acidic and slightly fruity with notes of lemon and green apple. Only because I am looking for it do I sense watermelon, but it smells like the combination of unsweet rind and watermelon candy. Fortunately, the flavor is more pleasant, more closely resembling the real fruit. It never strays too far from jolly rancher territory, but it's light and dry. A bit of a novelty, but it's certainly a creative effort with decent results. It's no problem at all drinking this one, so I wouldn't steer anyone away from trying this. I'm not sure that I would buy this again myself, but I was happy to finally get this one.

Photo of Soonami
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To begin with, you should only try this beer if you like watermelon, otherwise you will probably hate it.

A- The beer poured a hazy tan with a hint of pink. There was a little bit of a fizzy heady, but it quickly dissipated.

S- The smell is of spicy wheat and fresh watermelon rind

T- The beer started off a little tart from the wheat, but as it finished, the flavor of the watermelon really came through as did the sweetness.

M- Light and a little too thin on the palate

D- The watermelon flavor sold me, but those who don't like watermelon as much would rate this much lower in drinkability. I think that I could have 2 or 3 of these and that would be enough.

Great for an end of summer BBQ while downing spicy ribs and smoked brisket. I could also imagine having this at the beach

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint

A pale golden yellow body sits underneath an extremely foamy just off-white cap. Head takes its sweet time to face and leaves mild lacing. The body has a milky cloudiness with an average amount of visible carbonation.

Wheat leads the way on the nose. A lightly sweet aroma of fresh cut watermelon. Not really trying to be anything more than advertised.

Watery up front and then the watermelon comes in to round things out in the finish. I like the idea but this guy is just a little too watery for my tastes. A better base beer would lend to a much better flavor profile.

Thin and watery with a slightly sweet finish. Not that appealing.

Considering the light body and low abv, this is a pretty drinkable beer. However the flavor profile isn't enough to keep me coming back for more and more.

Photo of auxiliary
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy yellow color, no head, just a line around the glass. Tries to retain lace but it can't.

smell - Wheat, zest, not sure if i smell watermelon...i think i do.

taste - Nice balance of watermelon and where here. Kind of an odd combo.

mouthfeel - Medium-light.

drinkability - Interesting falvor. Not bad for a hot day. Light and refreshing.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this one as an extra recently and decided to open in it up with lunch the other day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 08/30/2009.

The pour was very nice, light with a big fizzy white head on top. Lots of carbonation was visible throughout the session, really a very lively looking beer through the light yellow color. Aroma was light, small hop notes, hints of light candy, like a jolly rancher almost with a light touch of grain. Same goes for the taste. Clea, crisp and very refreshing it was an easy session beer for me. Very light, with a candy like aftetaste, it really did taste like they brewed it with a jolly rancher, just really had that kind of flavor. Not much aftertaste and to be honest it went down like water for me.

Overall nicely done. I would go here again, why not. A bit light for me to really call it a fruit beer, but I have had some damn nice fruit beers lately. Still more then decent though.

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a standard pint glass. Poured a hazy straw gold with a quarter inch, loose, white head that quickly disperses into a broken skim with a thicker band around the edges. Some spots of lacing, but weak legs. Nose is watermelon rind and some citrus - very mild. Taste consistent with nose with some wheat notes in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and evenly carbonated - just the right amount of effervescence to give some body while also being refreshing. Finish is fairly dry and clean. Fairly easy drinking beer - not spectacular, but exactly as anticipated for what it is. Much better than the Hooker Watermelon in that it actually taste like watermelon and not like some artificially flavored substitute.

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

Had this on-tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco. Pours a very hazy golden with a thin, white, swirly cap of a head. Smells vaguely sour with wheat and watermelon rind, a touch of lemon, and a tiny bit of sweetness. The taste is similar, with more white rind flavor than red juiciness, but as opposed to the aroma, there is at least some sweet, juicy watermelon here which adds something to the more sour and herbal rind and lemon flavors. Crisp, refreshing, and worth trying. A fairly interesting beer.

Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
12 oz can
Served mainly out of the can, but also used a pint glass for appearance

Pours a light mustard yellow. Looks kinda hazy with some mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass.

The nose is fairly clean with some of whiffs of grains and perhaps some watermelon notes.

Grainy malt backbone with a hint of toasted grains. I can certainly pick up some of the watermelon fruitiness, but its pretty subtle overall which I like. The watermelon profile tastes authentic. I was worried that it would have an ultra sweet and syrupy fake character, but that is not the case here. The finish is dry and clean.

Not a #1 choice by any stretch of the imagination, but an appropriate choice on this hot August day.

Photo of harsley
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. I recently tried for the first time not knowing what to expect but it was quite well done. Smells of faint wheat and watermelon, and pretty much tastes the same with some malt backbone to round it all out. Nothing it overpowering and it's all very well balanced. For a beer drinker, I liked it and it served it's purpose of quenching my thirst straight from the can on a 90 degree F humid day. Some others that tried it, which I would not call big beer drinkers, actually were hoping for more of the watermelon to shine through. For what they were going for here though I think they did a great job. Very drinkable on a hot day.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What a CUTE name: 'Hell or High Watermelon'! Have tried this a couple times before, always on-draught at the Oregon Brewers Fest; this is my first taste fro the can. A 12 oz'er, poured to a pint glass.

A: Nice lofty head of white cream, nearly two-fingers before cresting and falling. A lightly hazed, milky wheat-yellow with plenty of rising carbonation.

S: Meh, bland smelling wheat-malt aroma with the vaguest 'melon' aroma, a bit tart. Weird candy/fruit, although not quite the 'Jolly Rancher' sort of 'watermelon'. Not a terrible smell, but not really appealing either.

T: Interesting, full of wheat and a plump/ripe watermelon that doesn't dominate. The earthy and rind-like watermelon is evident throughout, adding some dimension to an otherwise simple wheat ale.

D: Mouthfeel is rather weak/watery and generally unimpressive. Light in body, low in carbonation.

M: Certainly 'drinkable' and, honestly, quite refreshing. Despite a weak feel, the watermelon flavor and light wheat come through nicely; it's a 'summer' beer if there ever was one. Quirst-quenching and extremely easy going down. Not one to rush out and hoard, but certainly worth a try, especially on a hot day.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a small sample of this at the Oregon Brewers Fest, and thought it wasn't too bad. Thought I would give it another shot when I had better taste buds.

A- A hazy straw yellow with a rapidly dissipating foamy head.

S- There is an earthy straw/wheat smell to the beer. I'm getting some clove and slight banana with a touch of jolly rancher watermelon.

T- This is very grain/wheat/straw tasting. It is almost like chewing on a handful of straw. There is a slight watermelon taste, but not enough to wow me or for me to even take notice. If I didn't read the can or know what I was drinking I wouldn't know to even look for it, let alone find it.

M- Light and thin, not too thick which is great.

D- Easy to drink for sure, smooth and great session beer.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Hell or High Watermelon poured a hazy dark yellow color with a small 1 finger foam head that dissipated quickly and not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was a sour note with the taste hitting you with a good wheat malt background with a really sweet juice of watermelon in your grill. It left a tad bit of bitterness but it could not overpower the watermelon. Overall this might be a good one for the woman but pretty darn plain in my tastes.

Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz silver can with bright neon green strips at the top and bottom. The front of the can has a picture of 2 watermelons with a large flame coming out of the bottom and a pitchfork coming out of the top. The back of the can has 3 tiny paragraphs that only talks about the brewery and an angel holding up a watermelon in the bottom right hand corner. No date, but there is a useless number at the bottom of the can.

Since they labeled this as a wheat beer, I poured this beer into an Ayinger Weizen glass. This Watermelon flavored beer poured a light sun yellow with some faint orange highlights along the sides. On top was a fast receding head of white foam. I'm assuming the head of foam was white in color because most of them are and this one did a disappearing act in a blink of an eye. Did it leave behind any spots or streaks of lace? You wish!

I don't know how to say this, but the aroma was just lightly sour. Not sour with watermelons or any other kind of fruit. It was just a straight up sour aroma with a minor whiff of malted wheat at the finish line. I've always enjoyed sour aroma, but this one, no!

The taste of this beer took back in time to when I used to get those fruit flavored slushees that were only available at mom and pop ice cream stands. This crispy carbonated wheat beer was filled with a ton of cheap watermelon flavoring. To round off the taste there was just a hint of malted wheat. There was nothing else in the taste.

This was an easy drinking light bodied fruit flavored wheat beer with a good amount of carbonation and a slight aftertaste of malted wheat and watermelon flavoring.

A watermelon wheat beer? I didn't have high hopes for this beer, but it did raise the bar a little bit for me. Not exactly a summer treat, but this beer would come through in a pinch if there was no other fruit wheat beer available.

Photo of erikm25
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden citrus orange with light blonde and gold highlights. Head is marshmallow white and billows up quickly before quickly disappearing. Lacing is next to nothing.

S: Hints of pale malts, grains, and a drop of vanilla. There is a tad of watermelon and berry in the aroma though they are very faint.

T: The first sip really caught me off guard as the artificial watermelon flavor was more pronounced then I had expected. However, after a few sips I settled into the taste and found it subtle enough and pretty good. Solid malty tastes seemed to balance well against the watermelon. Even a slight lemon tang with some piney hops towards the end.

M: Relatively thin but still crisp and refreshing.

D: I did not know what to expect with this beer and considering the style and its uniqueness it was very solid. Perfect for a day when you want to drink but not feel weighed down by some of the heavier choices out there. Can lists ABV at 4.9%.

Photo of TheEremite
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer gets a lot of flack, but I actually really enjoy it. It tastes a little artificial, but it is actually very refreshing. The watermelon is more pronounced than the wheat, but it goes down pretty well on a hot day. It is refreshing and flavorful and I would (will) be buying it again.

Photo of koopa
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Oaktree Buyrite in South Plainfield NJ.

Appearance: Very pale cloudy blonde body with a 1 finger bright white crown that shows some retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Flat. Pale malt with a touch of watermelon.

Taste: Same as smell only watermelon flavor comes out more.

Mouthfeel: Thin for the most part but not bad for the style.

Drinkability: Flavor is what holds this one back.

Should have worked better....

Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy, hazy yellow with over an inch of white head that almost instantly disappeared and left no trace of having existed.

Typical wheat beer aroma except for the watermelon scent. Same for the taste, there's not much behind the fruit.

The body was typical for a wheat beer, perhaps slightly thin. The drinkability took a penalty for the sticky sweetness. Overall, not a bad beer, I could see throwing a few cans in the cooler for a day tubing on the Nooksack, but this isn't something I'll drink regularly.

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Good 2 finger head with retention pale white-ish orange color not very opaque

N: Nose has some wheat and some biscuit but mostly watermelon and touch of cream

T: Taste has watermelon right up front, some nice wheaty flavors, a little yeasty and some sweet sugars but otherwise not sweet at all, a little special B type malts with Belgian creaminess, little biscuit and slight hop

M: Mouth is light and a little airy but also creamy

F: Finish is pretty dry and has a slight bitterness on the finish but more watermelon on the tongue, pretty refreshing beer surprisingly

Final Thoughts: Bought this beer for my wife to try to get her into beers with a watermelon, but turns out this is closer to a "real" beer than a fruity watermelon beer. It has a nice malty and wheaty biscuit taste and followed with some slight hops. I liked it more than her. My guess is Nikko and Shaun tried to make a Watermelon beer that beer drinkers could enjoy too, or as the last step between a fruity mellow beer and an IPA. It's also a great summer drinking beer after a hot day.

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.05/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled can into a glass.

I was hot as hell when I had this, so I thought it would be a perfect beer for the circumstances.

A: Pours a clear straw color with a slight orange shade to it. The vigorous pour yields a decent head, but retention is a few seconds at best, receding into a collar and leaving no lacing down the glass.

S: Mostly an earthy yeast and wheat smell with the unmistakable tinge of Taco Bell bean burritos. I'm not making this up. A little lemony citrus to it. No watermelon.

T: Mostly a yeast and wheat combination, with a slightly tart watermelon finish. There's still that Taco Bell bean burrito flavor in here. WTF!?! My palate is totally clean too.

M: Light-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Flavor is a bit watery.

D: I do enjoy Taco Bell (shoot me), but I didn't enjoy this beer. It's not something I'd have again unless someone made me drink it.

Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at this years OBF!

- Clear straw-yellow appearance... little bit of white lacing... bubbly...

- Great citrusy watermelon scent with some wheat and malt.. some breadiness... not bad..

- Smooth balanced flavor... somewhat watery though.. but certainly some watermelon... bit sweet and candy-like though. Ok I guess..

- Watery, like a watery fruit drink... light and refreshing...

- I could easily do a 12-pack on a hot day and wonder why I would be thirsty still and dehydrated.... a nice sporty brew for a hot day. Put some caffeine in it and it would appeal to some kids...

Photo of nasty15108
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Pilsener glass.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. The pour prodiced a head of white foam that quickly subsided into a ring of tiny bubbles.

S - Yeasty, sourdough aroma. Slight hints of citrus and watermelon.

T - Tough to describe. Slightly yeasty (but not as strong as the aroma would lead you to believe). Finishes off with slightly sour watermelon flavor. Very well done.

MF&D - Crisp and refreshing. A great Summer choice.

Photo of david18
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Advocate calls this a fruit beer but I would put it closer to a wheat. Although there is a slight watermelon aroma and taste it's really not that strong. It's an excellent, drinkable beer and a great summer draft. Might also be accessible to non-beer drinkers, like my wife.

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