Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.43/5 rDev +4.3%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent along with a strange breadiness and a weak watermelon aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor with a mild watermelon character. It's got a weird taste to it, but I guess it's the fruit. I'm not used to watermelon flavored beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing I would buy again.
12-22-2009 00:24:20 | More by WesWes
3.63/5 rDev +10.3%
First had: can from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA
Interesting idea, and I've seen it around enough to the point where I had to pick up a can.
Poured clear golden into a tumbler. Big white foamy head that dissipated after a few minutes to just a thin layer. Aroma (first impression) was stale and unimpressive, and I started having doubts that I picked up a bad beer. Then I took a sip. Watermelon!!! Very distinct, very fruity, but not overbearing or sickeningly sweet, and truly watermelon. Very light and smooth, no acidic harshness that often pervades wheat beers. Light body, easily drinkable. Great summertime beer. I want more.
05-04-2011 19:44:49 | More by Rifugium
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is mainly wheat but I also get a nice bit of light watermelon. The flavor is wheat, juicy watermelon and a light bit of tartness. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium mouthfeel. A nicely done fruit beer that doesn't taste artificial or overpower you with sweetness.
07-23-2011 03:54:50 | More by Mora2000
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.
a - Pours a pale golden-yellow color with 2-3 inches of white head and high carbonation evident.
s - Smells of wheat, grain, and sweet fruity malts.
t - Tastes of wheat, fruit, and sweet malts. Hints of watermelon, not not that much
m - Light to medium body and moderate carbontion. Crisp and easy to drink.
d - A very easy to drink beer but nothing crazy. If you like wheat/bread and hints of watermellon you might enjoy this one more. Probably wouldn't have again.
06-15-2010 23:30:34 | More by mdfb79
3.38/5 rDev +2.7%
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").
05-30-2009 14:12:40 | More by jwc215
3.33/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
06-07-2009 01:35:07 | More by smcolw
3.88/5 rDev +17.9%
12 oz. can,
A: Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with a medium white head, good retention, no lacing, looks a lot like a witibier.
S: Lots of watermelon, smells a little on the artificial side, but not to bad, it's a nice smell.
T: Big bite of watermelon and sour candy bite at first. Flavour turns wheatier and away from the fruit flavour to finish, dry cereal.
M: Definitely on the acidic side, about the same pH I'd reckon as orange juice, very crisp and refreshing, has a soda quality about it.
D: Not bad at all, a great summer beer, the idea of mixing watermelon with a wheat beer base certainly works here.
08-07-2008 02:55:28 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
2.76/5 rDev -16.1%
On-tap at the brew-pub of 21st Amendment complete with a water-melon wedge on the rim of the glass (4.9% ABV).
Hazy gold body with a thin excuse for a head on top.
Not a lot going on in the nose or taste really: some watery wheatness just about detectable and I suppose some water melon hints as well.
OK, but not my sort of beer. Refreshing but not a winter beer in my eyes, which is when I had it.
03-27-2013 22:06:24 | More by BlackHaddock
3.05/5 rDev -7.3%
Appearance: flat looking yellowish orange color with some spots of foam on the surface.
Smell: light watermelon aroma is all that is detectable.
Taste: very mild wheat profile with soft watermelon tones and little to no bitterness. Pretty one dimensional in my opinion.
Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Mildly crisp throughout and a brief watermelon aftertaste leaves the mouth quickly.
Drinkability: this one did not do it at all for me as I had a hard time finishing the glass. Some props go out for a fruit beer in a can.
11-03-2009 13:17:44 | More by Gavage
2.73/5 rDev -17%
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.
01-30-2009 17:25:41 | More by GClarkage
3.69/5 rDev +12.2%
Loved the first beer I had from this brewery.. another cool name and artwork on the can for this one. 5.2% ABV for a fruit beer? Damn, pretty high there. Pours a cloudy yellow.. not much head to it and little lacing if any. Smell is slightly sweet with some pale malt aroma in there. Taste is fairly light bodied with a decent mouthfeel, nice wheaty taste to it with a kiss of watermelon flavor at the end. I appreciate the fact that they didn't overdo the watermelon and make it way too sweet. Also, they didn't make it hidden either and you can actually taste it.. found a nice happy medium here. A pretty solid fruit beer, won't blow your socks off but pretty drinkable and pretty unique.
07-12-2009 03:28:33 | More by oriolesfan4
3.05/5 rDev -7.3%
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for supplying this brew that I've been waiting months to try...
Appears a hazy pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar.
Smell is of watermelon jolly ranchers, & obvious watermelon water ice jumping out without anything else more that stands out. It may sound appealing from a distance but it's really one dimensional.
The taste is of light sugar, bubblegum, and watermelon rind. I really don't know what else to say about it. It's not really bland...it's just uncomplex.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, light, yet very interesting.
I give 21st Amendment props for making this beer. It sounds like something that I would try for one of my homebrews. I'm sure they did a much better job than what I would've attempted.
01-08-2007 03:39:08 | More by weeare138
4.18/5 rDev +27.1%
CAN I give a shout-out to my man Shaun right now? I looove craft beer in a CAN and he is my hookup!
Before we begin today's review, let me tell you a bit more about truth in advertising - I chastised Miller Lite for their sneaky "TM" B/S business yesterday and today, credit must be given where credit is due. The very top of the can, just below the rim, read "Yeast Inside - Agitate Before Opening". I love to agitate yeast, so I told it that it was dead, its mom was as stinky as Brett, it couldn't ferment its way out of a paper bag, and on and on. Finally, after it refused to rise to the bait, I gently inverted the can, reverted it to an upright position, and repeated the process until it was, indeed, agitated.
I got a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that simply dropped into wisps. Oh well. The color was a supremely hazy (no duh! see above) lemony yellow. The nose was definitely wheat beer and I can say that, having attended the SPTR Wheaties Fest last Saturday. It had a light scent of being out in a field at the height of growing season as the breeze blows on a warm day, underlain by a light black pepper spiciness. No watermelon on the nose, though. Mouthfeel was light-to-medium with a light, wheat flavor on the palate. Where was the watermelon? On the finish! Ho, this suddenly put me in mind of a watermelon-eating contest at the Henderson's farm on a 4th of July of my youth! Suddenly, watermelon was prevalent. Should I sprinkle some salt on the top of my next one? Yoi!
Drinkability: Well, in the heat of summer with the clothes on the line to conserve energy, perfect! In the dead of winter, coming home from a long day with the freshmen, no so much. Plus, it probably helps if you like watermelon.
07-01-2009 19:54:02 | More by woodychandler
2.85/5 rDev -13.4%
Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. This is my second watermelon beer, but isn't as good as that Roy Pitz I had. While generally clean and interesting, the flavor isn't terribly pleasant - coming off like triscuits and cucumber salad. Sure, it kinda tastes like watermelon, but it's like the rind and seeds got ground up in added into the juice. No fun.
01-08-2010 22:55:09 | More by tempest
4.1/5 rDev +24.6%
A: Poured a cloudy light gold color with a nice white head.
S: Nose is light wheat and faint watermelon.
T: Taste is a good balance but thin as well. Wheat up front but I tasted the watermelon from beginning to end
M: Mouthfeel was nice, light and crisp.
D: I could drink these all day long!
06-21-2010 03:54:49 | More by barleywinefiend
3.88/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
08-24-2009 01:58:32 | More by Georgiabeer
3.23/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-12-2010 00:08:41 | More by stakem
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
12 ounce can..."Yeast inside-agitate before opening" nice to see towards the top of the can. Pours cloucy lemony and still, w/o bubbles rising to the top. Quickly departing head and leaves no lace. I believe I do get a slight wiff of watermelon rind on the nose. Light and fruity, some might say watery even...Perhaps a hint of watermelon on the tongue...Lawn mower/very hot day beer...
07-10-2009 00:42:42 | More by Billolick
3.23/5 rDev -1.8%
Served in a can at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass.
S: The aroma of this beer is mild but you can definitely detect the smell of watermelon and wheat.
T: The watermelon flavor stands out more in the taste than the smell but there is also a decent wheat body. I like the fact that the watermelon flavor is not artificial or overly sweet.
M: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly watery.
O: Certainly the best watermelon beer that I have tried as it is not overly sweet and does not taste like a Jolly Rancher. The beer is easy to drink and refreshing but I'm not sure it would be a sessionable beer for me (just not a flavor profile that I loved). Would be good on a real hop summer day.
06-17-2012 01:40:14 | More by dbrauneis
4.1/5 rDev +24.6%
(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.
04-16-2009 13:37:39 | More by rhoadsrage
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
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