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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 jmalex
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of everetends
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can sent to me thanks to the awesomeness that is Murchmac. Been eying this for two reasons: 1. its in a can 2. its watermelon, yo!
Served up in my Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty typical wheat beer color. Has just a touch of haze to it, making it just not quite clear. The color is a nide golden yellow, but held to the light it has more of that faded, macro yellow color. The carbontion activity is pretty bangin with some constant movement. The head off the pour is a nice and pretty pristine white, and that head has a bit more wieght than I was expecting going in. Sadly,the retention isn't the greatest and no really lace to speak of. Just a bit above mediocre here.

S: Smell is basically just a wheat beer. Has some grain notes coming out and mostly. You get a touch of some sweeter wheat bread coming across here. There is a touch of citrus bouncing around in here as well, maybe some lemon. Not really getting any watermelon at all, and this has me a bit scared because this is what I am looking forward to. Overall, just smells like a standard wheat beer.

T: Yet again I am scared a bit starting off. As the sip starts, all I am getting is some wheat beer. Just a nice and slightly sweet wheat coming across along with a touch of lemony hops presence. BUT!!! . . . the finish is where they bring the melon and my happiness. The watermelon is sweet and at times a bit sour. It seems on some sips its just a touch light, and at others it is in your face and is more like a slightly sour watermelon Jolly Rancher. With said, it works. I like it . . . hell, I love it.

M: Light in body with a nice crisp carbonation, and this is good because I imagine that was the intention in creating a thirst quenching summer brew. This beer does have a bit of a drying quality to it that makes you pull a bit more. Aftertaste is all melon and ist awesome.

D: Very drinkable. Would love to have this after a long day of working in the yard in the Alabama summer or at baseball game. The melon is just enough to let you know its there and what is up. The wheat base is nice and probably the perfect vehicle for a watermelon flavored brew. Just a joy to drink and it really puts a smile on my face. Look forward to trading for more from Tim. Thanks again, buddy!

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Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy with a dark straw color. Moderate head that dies off quickly; leaves no lasting lace.

Sour and wheaty to the nose. A touch of sweetness but no watermelon that I can discern.

Definite watermelon in the taste, but not as the dominant flavor. Good wheat base. Light sweetness on the tongue, but this is completely gone in the swallow. Very short aftertaste and very dry. Good body with a solid level of carbonation.

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Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, cloudy, yellowish-green

Smell: wheat, and melon

Taste: very watermelon--almost like a watermelon jolly rancher, bready wheat, with some small hops near the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, light/smooth body, high carbonation, slight bitter taste in the end.

Drinkability: Great taste for the style, especially if you like watermelons. An awesome summer beer..Bought a six and am happy I did

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

12oz can purchased as a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy blonde brew. Head falls promptly, with average lacing. Aroma is earthy and lightly citric, no watermelon I can sense. Taste starts tart and lightly sweet, finally find some watermelon in the middle, and then get back to a wheat close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is better than average as well. Not sure the wheat and watermelon work that great together, but maybe as a thirst-quencher. We'll see what happens...

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Photo of SPRichard
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

new entry in our market here in the Northeast so i'd give it a shot

can says to agitate before opening since there is yeast in the can...a couple of quick shakes before opening produced a billowing head that i had to let settle before pouring the remainder of the can in my pint glass...once settled the head was no where to be seen...bright yellow....minimal carbonation

strong scent of watermelon upon bringing up to my nose....some hints of wheat here and there but watermelon is dominant

watermelon flavor coats the mouth after each sip....strong but not cloying....good balance with the wheat flavor

a little thin, but i think this along with the watermelon flavor make it more drinkable...not much in the way of carbonation

i'm drinking this on a cool rainy night, but this would be a nice deck/beach/boat beer on a summer afternoon...might also be a nice gateway beer for the ladies out there that don't like the taste of beer

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

21st Amendment- Watermelon Wheat

A- Light clear yellowish orange with a small filmy head.
S- Tangy watermelon with wheat and light sugary grainy malt.
T- Light and sugary sweet watermelon with a grainy malt body and a lemony wheat finish.
M- Watery with a dry watermelon malty body and a slight dry grassy finish.

Overall- Not bad. A good summer afternoon beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice unfiltered golden color. However, there is little carbonation that creates a very thin white head that immediately disappears.
Smell is very faint. There is a fresh wheat smell, with not much of a watermelon or anything else going on.
Taste has much more to it than the smell. The fresh wheat works as a nice base to a very good watermelon taste. The taste is a real watermelon taste (not fake sweeteners), but it doesn't overpower things in any way.
Mouthfeel has a good thickness, but still is refreshing.
Drinkability is very nice for a fruit beer. It has a good, real fruit taste but it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. As far as fruit beers go, this is one of the better and more drinkable I have had.

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

12oz can

Pours a pale hazy yellow color with a medium sized white head. Toasty wheat in the nose with the slightest hint of berry and spice. Interesting in flavor for the watermelon note doesnt strike the tongue until the finish. The Jolly Rancher like fruit flavor, to me, is actually quite a breath of fresh air in the world of fruit flavored wheat beers. Good drinkability, very interesting and inventive, an undeniably unique beer whether you love it of hate it. I would have this again, but not in any large quantity.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can into nonic.

Hazy pale golden hue with a bright white two finger head that slowly settles to a razor thin and even thin cap.

A bit of sweet watermelon bubblegum in the aroma along with some light wheat grains.

A bit of tart wheat with a splash of sweet sugary watermelon flavor. Medium bodied with higher carbonation.

Fruity wheat beers are usually a slight miss for me, but this one seems to hit the spot. Very refreshing, and the splash of watermelon is just right. I can imagine consuming gallons of this on a hot summer day. Recommended.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In order to get the full flavor, you want to serve this slightly warmer than you would usually serve a wheat beer. It's pretty bland if too cold, but delicious at around 50 degrees.

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow-straw color

S- Clean, bready wheat flavor with two distinct watermelon notes. There's the aroma of fresh watermelon flesh and the slightly tart aroma of "watermelon flavored" candies. Really interesting...

T- Sweet, bready flavor with a very apparent flavor of fresh watermelon. Not much else, but it's nice and simple.

M- Juicy and refreshing with a lingering flavor.

D- Really easy to drink. Light and refreshing with a really nice flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clouded golden with a foamy white head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Dotted lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is grainy and bready. Didn't quite catch watermelon enough to peg it as that without knowing on initial smell, but a subsequent smell, before tasting, gave a clear, strong watermelon presence.

The taste is bready/yeasty - a bit too much so with watermelon. There is an herbal touch of hops - subtle, but more than typical of the style. There is a wheat tang in the finish. The short-lived aftertaste is of having bitten a watermelon rind while drinking a decent American Pale Wheat.

It is watery thin overall, though clean and not too fizzy.

At least it is not artificial fruit syrup, and has a bit of (largely washed-out) character. It's a bit too yeasty and thin/watery. Interesting as a novelty (second watermelon beer I've had). One drinks fine, but wouldn't reach for another (even in a "watermelon mood").

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of watermelon at all, but I absolutely enjoyed and loved this beer.
Pours a light, cloudy gold in color. Nice inch of frothy head forms on the pour. Smell is nice, juicy watermelon as well as some wheat. Taste is very nice. Very refreshing and welcome on a hot, humid, memorial day. The watermelon flavor never gets old or cloying. Surprising on how well it worked in the beer and how with myself not even being a watermelon fan, thoroughly loved this beer. I could drink nothing but this on a hot summer day. Very good beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright yellow colored liquid. A half an inch of white head topped this for a minute before fading. Almost no carbonation rising bubbles to note.

Watermelon is definitely the strongest aroma in the beer. A hint of wheat hit the nose first before being overpowered by the fruit. No hint of hops in the scent.

Watermelon is quite strong on the tongue. Wheat is also very prominent. A very faint bitterness and a plastic aftertaste finish up each sip.

Decent thickness, and a slight carbonation tingle. The off tastes cling without leaving watermelon flavors.

An OK brew. Works by itself on a hot summer day. A good beer to quench your thirst. Worthy a try for fruit lovers, and getting easier to find.

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Photo of damienblack
3.62/5  rDev +10%
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.

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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

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.6/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of scifan
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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