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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
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1,980 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 75
Gots: 202 | 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 damienblack
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light straw-golden, almost pale yellow. Minimal lacing and retention. About as pedestrian an appearance as you can get. Smells like sweet wheat, combined with just a touch of melon (at this early stage, can't tell specifically it is watermelon). Taste... there isn't a ton behind it. Like a typical wheat beer, except there isn't a huge yeasty/wheaty flavour. The watermelon blends it in very nicely, otherwise it would be very forgettable. No hop presence whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thin, kind of watery, but I think that's what they were going for. This is my definition of a craft lawnmower beer - light, straightforward, not terrible. Not sure when next I will drink, but it is a neat little change on a warm night.

damienblack, May 27, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: allagash weizen glass, nice one-finger head, hazy golden-hay color, decent retention but eventually falls to nothing

s: clean, weak wheat malts and a very subtle aroma of genuine watermelon - just perceptible at first but eventually coming out after warming slightly, hops very mild, borefest

m: carbonation around medium, light body, lacks the smooth liveliness expected from a wheat

t: clean wheat malt base, watery and weak, with the watermelon a bit more apparent than on the aroma, dilute fresh watermelon juice, mild grassy hops in the finish, a little more going on than on the nose, but meh

d: despite being watery and bland, it is highly drinkable, though I can assure you I won't be purchasing any $10 six-packs of this one

single from Whole Foods, Falls Church, VA

blackie, May 18, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear golden color with a small off white head. Not a ton of retention or lacing.

Smells sweet, watermelon is pretty noticeable.

There is a little bit of a wheat backbone, but the dominating characteristic is a sweet, artificial tasting watermelon flavor. It's not terrible like a lot of fruit beers are, but I'm not crazy about it either.

Light to medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

Too sweet for me overall.

Hojaminbag, May 13, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat pours up with ample carbonation that creates a modest white head that rises above the slight hazy, golden-peach colored body. Some lacing, but not as much as one would expect from a wheat beer. The name suggests lots of fruitiness, but the aroma gives very little. Just a touch of must melon, cantelope & bean sprouts with a hint of wheat berries. The flavor starts off a bit sugary with some graininess + bitterness that helps carry this one along to a short, sweet finish. Surprisingly clean & refreshing which is its saving grace. This one gets my vote as the ultimate frisbee-golf beer! A definite must try for yourself-type of beer. Love it or hate it? You decide.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Thanks to thehand for sharing this one.

Beertracker, May 12, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy dark yellow body with a nice off-white head of soft peaks that quickly turns bubble and is gone before the second sip. A strong carbonation of big bubbles keeps racing through the beer.

S- The aroma of pale malt has a white bread crust aroma that has hints of caramel malt coming through softly as it warms and a green pine hint followed by a faint watermelon note.

T- The taste of white wheat bread has some caramel hints that lead to a pleasant watermelon taste that is not sweet and not artificial. The watermelon blends into a soft hop note that finishes the beer nicely.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that really cleans out the taste.

D- This beer really works. As it warms the watermelon becomes softer and the caramel malt hints and wheat bread flavors grow. This is a very easy beer to drink and I could have several in a session.

rhoadsrage, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost three finger of fuzzy white head has huge popping bubbles that turn rocky as it slowly fades. Body is a hazy golden straw colored that truely glows when held to light. Nose has tones of citrus, honey dew, fresh dried wheat and sassafras. With first sip you sit back and see that there is this juicy hint of melon that bursts onto the palate. Some pale rustic hops join with the soft wheat feel that leaves a consistent mellow hue on the mouthfeel. the fruit in this one is more like watermelon rind. Super clean and nicely drinkable. Would make a wonderful summer beer.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of jwolfie70
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have had this out of a can several times now. Pours a crisp, macro like yellow, with a thick white head. The carbonation on these also is pretty macro-esque high. The smell picks up some candy sweetness, that is picked up in the beer as well. While this is usually a little too sweet for me, it hits the spot on a hot summers day. My wife also really enjoys this beer.

jwolfie70, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Special thanks go to thequeue for this back in the Secret Santa '08 BIF.

Pours a clear gold with several fingers of rigid brite-white head. Retains with a thin layer of foam that skims the surface, leaving spotty lacing back that sticks. The aroma is light bread and floral tones with a definite fruity sweetness to it but I'm not readily picking it out as watermelon though.

The taste is pale malts balanced my some light hop activity. Watermelon is much more evident in the taste. The taste isn't overdone but does come off as a bit artificial. The mouthfeel, as you would expect, is light bodied with a soft carbonation and all around easy feel.

There was anything actively bad about this but IMO, watermelon just doesn't cut it as a fruit in my beer. It always comes out tasting like someone threw a watermelon Jolly Rancher into a light-bodied Pale Ale. Just not my cup-of-tea.

Kegatron, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of scifan
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sirpyscho for this as an extra in a recent trade.
Poured a cloudy golden color with a small head that faded fairly quickly. Leaving no lacing.
Not getting much on the nose. Just a touch of some wheat maltiness and a light touch of fruity sweetness. Can't really detect any watermelon on the nose at all.
Taste almost like a watermelon jolly rancher. Almost like a wheatbeer winecooler. Not normally what I would drink.
Very carbonated and very refreshing. I may drink a couple of these on a hot july day. Try it if you get a chance but I wouldn't go out of my way to get some.

scifan, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool extra from a great trade with googzoid10 - thanks Greg! 12 oz. from a can into a Victory Weiss glass...

Pours a decent straw wheat color with 1/2 finger head that goes pretty quickly. Lacing is present and not too bad.

There's a big raw malt/wheat aroma and sweetness from watermelon meat. There is a tannic quality to the watermelon that gives it a little tinniness.

Interesting - watermelon feels good on the palate and I can taste the husky nature of the watermelon "fibers" regardless of whether it's extract or puree. That metallic tinge is there but gets a bit better with warmth.

Palate feel is affected by the watermelon tannins - very husky with a tight finish.

Label says "agitate before opening" - not sure how much of an effect there is here. The watermelon taste is rather natural, there's raw malt and at the pool this thing would fit in quite well.

IBUnit63, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color, a little cloudy, with a faint white head.

Aromas are nice, light watermelon, cream, and candied sugars.

This kind of tastes like a watermelon jolly rancher. Though the watermelon flavors aren't overly strong. There is some creaminess, sugars, and some wheat spices.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, surprisingly fuller than I thought it would be.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit of a novelty, and that wore off towards the end of the can. But it's light, tasty, and would be pretty nice for the summer time. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way to get this.

flexabull, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, which dissappears quickly, leaving some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, grassy, very slight watermelon notes. The taste is better with watermelon, malty, slightly grassy. Medium body. Drinkable, tasty brew.

Wasatch, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of wkcyr4
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a package from Floydster. Thanks for the opportunity to try this one,Kyle.

Poured from the can into a Goose Island tasting glass, split with my wife.
Gave the can a few gentle swirls to agitate per instructions on the can.
Poured a cloudy, straw color with a nice one finger white head.
Crisp, clean almost dry scent, no real hint of watermelon or any fruit for that matter.
The first sip reveals the sweet taste of the watermelon.
Somewhat fruity in the middle with a light airyness to it, interesting.
Had a dry, almost champagne like finish to it.
I'm pretty sure my wife liked this beer more than I did but it has teased me enough to give it another try if given the chance.

Recommended on the novelty of a watermelon beer alone.

wkcyr4, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of rayjay
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pale and brite with tiny rope-like particulate (doesn't appear to be an infection). Big white head with nice retention.

Almost a pils or marco-like nose, you would only guess watermelon if you knew it was there.

Mild bitterness first, which recedes to nice malts and gentle watermelon. You'd never even know it was a wheat beer; I remember a much more German style. wheat beer from the brewer's own taps. The flavors work well but its not the most exciting beer. I swear they use San Francisco yeast and not a wheat beer yeast; minimal esters.

Refreshing, but I imagine that the wheat body-watermelon combo would either get to be too much of a novelty or would get too sickeningly sweet to drink al night.

Not bad, and quite different, but don't go out of your way. Cheers!

rayjay, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of kasper
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Pours a faded yellow straw color, mostly opaque with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing as it falls.

A: Aromas predominately of sweet malt, butter biscuit, vanilla, and what can be deciphered as slowly melting watermelon sherbet. Hints of hops in the background.

T: Mostly sweet caramelized malts with hints of watermelon starbursts. Sweetness kind of overwhelms, lacks balance.

M: Somewhat heavy, soupy for a wheat. Noticeable carbonation.

D: Unbalanced, odd brew. Certainly not what I'd expect from a wheat brew.

kasper, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of grub
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman hooked me up with this one. thanks jan!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

pours deep golden yellow with just a touch of haze. a small fine white head forms, dropping quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is ok. bit of alcohol. wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. it's fairly fruity, but i can't say that i'd pick it as watermelon. it's a bit off-putting too - i get a bit of a sweat sock thing from it that i'm not too keen on.

taste is good. the watermelon does come through here, but not in an unpleasant or overbearing way. white bread. bit of cracker. not at all sweet. light alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. nice light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is pretty good. this one grew on me a little along the way, but i can't say that i'll be searching out mass quantities of it. still, it was nice and i wouldn't say no to another.

grub, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg Cock for the sample.

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber, thick white head forms, thick ring around the glass, some decent lacing sticking around, good retention, looks nice. Smell is neat, very fruity, honey sweetness, watermelon seeds, orange peel, kind of biscuity and toasty, nice and refreshing aroma. Taste is pretty watermelon seedy, biscuity and toasty, wheat, lemon tartness, honey, very fresh fruitiness, some melons, pretty good. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, very refreshing if a little bland, but would be great in the summer.

Viggo, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

01/29/09- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz can, with what might be a possible canning code on the side of the can. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Yeasty and lightly clouded medium golden colored pour. Brilliant white creamy 3/4 inch head and slight lace trails left behind.

Smell- Don't really smell watermelon, just some random light candied sugar scent. A bit of grain as well.

Taste- OK, I taste the watermelon, but it's not like fresh or real watermelon. Kinda like a jolly rancher flavor except not that sugary. Maybe like a flavored seltzer water taste? Quite a heavy yeast strain and mild grain flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, kinda chalky.

Drinkability- Had to finally try it because of the novelty factor. Anyway, no need to try it again. Many better tasting beers of this type out there...maybe not watermelon, but fruit overall.

GClarkage, Jan 30, 2009
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 ClockworkOrange
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for throwing a can of this my way. Poured into my Chimay chalice a cloudy yellow color with about a finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin layer. Smells of crisp wheat and watermelon candy. Upon my first sip, yeah there's watermelon in here. Having a hard time figuring out whether watermelon extract or watermelon puree/pulp is used is this brew. Not sure you'd get this type of Jolly Rancher flavor from real watermelon pulp. Regardless, this tastes just as the label states which to me, is a good thing since I am a fan of watermelon. Mouthfeel is slightly lacking with bothe body and carbonation coming in a notch below medium. If this was more accessible, I'd have it on hand all the time from spring till fall.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of treyrab
1.27/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Big thanks to Matt for this extra. I have always been intrigued by this, so I was glad to pour it into my pint glass...

A: Very pale macro looking with a strong yellow hue. Active carbonation coming through with a snowblind white head.

S: Smell. Whew, the smell. Smells like a watermelon that has been sitting out in the sun for 3 weeks. Some pale malts help hide that scent, but it can only do so much.

T: The taste is of that same watermelon smell, and is by no means delicious. Very light taste like a macro with old watermelon thrown in.

Really glad I had the chance to try this, but I can't say it is one I will be seeking out anytime soon.

treyrab, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Amendment's Watermelon Wheat actually bears the colour of a golden delicious apple. It has lightly bleached yellow skin and a thin film that imparts a slightly waxy complexion. It is absolutely jammed full with tirelessly energetic bubbles. Although its head appears unsound, it manages to leave a shotgun spray of lace.

The aroma tips you off about this being one juicy flavoured beer. It smells - as one might expect - a little like watermelon and also carries just a hint of bubble gum. It seems like this should be just as (if not, more so) tart than sweet, which is a bit of reassurance. The extra dimension gives me the impression this will be one interesting wheat beer.

I've sampled the beer a few times before tonight but I never remember it tasting *this* much like watermelon! Just imagine biting into a big, fresh, juicy slice of watermelon. What I especially like is that it doesn't have a sugary, sweet synthetic flavouring. Nope, it really does have the authentic, convincing, bona fide taste of watermelon. Yum!

And it's a very good thing too because I can't imagine a light beer flavoured with candy fruit syrup being all that drinkable, except maybe to those in the wine-spritzer/alcopop cooler crowd. Whether it's authenticity, balance or that lovely tart note at the conclusion of each sip, using 400 lbs. of actual watermelon in each batch really pays its dividends.

I remember spending an entire day walking through Rome in the blistering hot Italian August heat. We were tired, sweaty, and dehydrated. When we came upon the sight of a street vendor selling watermelon slices we thought it was a desert mirage. Those slices were heavenly. I don't think anything in that circumstance could have been more refreshing...

So in combining the memory of that particular watermelon - so juicy, so refreshing - with my love of a nice American wheat beer Shaun O'Sullivan has created something that for me has unimaginable drinking potential. I really liked this beer and consider it gimmicky if you want but I maintain it would be a godsend on any hot summer day.

biegaman, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can as an extra from numbeercruncher - thanks!! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazed golden yellow, a very traditional hefe-esque color, with a two-finger white head of average to perhaps - for the style - slightly above average retention. Leaves some nice splotches of runny, glittery, watery lacing. The carbonation is plentiful, well-distributed, relatively fine-bubbled, and very fast.

Aroma: A little simplistic, though largely pleasant. Plenty of lightly tart watermelon, pretty authentic, over a biscuity-smelling malt base. Strangely enough, I get hints of caramel and caramelized sugars out of this one, which seem a little off - at least in my mind. Not bad though.

Taste: A little tarter and fruitier than I'd like, with a few unpleasant "vegetal" notes. On the other hand, there's plenty of good stuff here - a sweet malt base with hints of roast peeking through and watermelon "pulp" notes that transition from sweet up front to tart in the finish, slightly juicy, slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and big-bubbled - result of all that effervescence in a relatively thin body - resulting in a puffy and uneven mouthfeel. It doesn't work too poorly with these flavors, though in most beers it would be really distracting.

Drinkability: An interesting brew. The watermelon definitely comes through on this one, adding both a few complex fruit sugars as well as a tart, slightly puckering note in the finish. It works decently well with the beer's base too, though the whole package just leaves a little to be desired, in my opinion. On the drinkable side, it's low in alcohol and solidly made. Perhaps a few tweaks with this one - adjusting the malt base to something a little solider and simpler, and modifying the watermelon addition somehow (I know this is difficult, haha) would make this one a really tasty fruit beer. Still glad I got a chance to try it. Plus, it's in a can - another bonus!

CrellMoset, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was not expecting much from a wheat beer with watermelon, but saw single cans for sale so I figured I'd try it and I was pleasantly surprised.

Hazy orangish straw yellow, it has a medium off-white head, steadily shrinking to a wispy top and no real lace.

The aroma is the weakest aspect and is a bit unpleasant. It smells of apples, flour and a hint of bread dough - definitely a wheat ale quality but different, hint of pine sap, and a hint of watermelon, mostly an old, turned unpleasant watermelon quality. It's not dreadful, but it's not good, either.

The taste, though, is actually pretty good as well as being interesting and unusual and it somewhat grew on me. It's odd and different, but pleasant, with a definite watermelon element (a bit like watermelon candy without the sweetness), a general wheat-ale quality of grain, dough, and dryish fruit, as well as cucumber, and light juiciness with a finish of wheat and cooked beans. It's dryish, not really sweet or bitter.

Offa, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky orange color with 1/4 inch of foam that ended up as a layer of fine bubbles

S - Overly sweet watermelon aroma

T - At first I really liked the watermelon taste, its not too powerful but the finish leaves you with an almost chemical extract flavor. Its not so bad that you can't enjoy it, but its there once you notice it

M/D - easy drinking light bodied beer, but the overdone watermelon is just too much and keeps me from enjoying many.

mikereaser, Dec 15, 2008
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.