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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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1,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 73
Gots: 194 | 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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3/5  rDev -8.8%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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1.8/5  rDev -45.3%

Reviewed by Wiseman Nick and Wiseman Pete.

Appearance: Pours a thin, clear, straw-yellow with very loose, white head. Pretty crappy retention with sticky-ish lacing.

Smell: Smells like watermelon Coors Light. Sorry 21st Ammendment: We're not digging this.

Taste: Strong, tart watermelon (similar to a Jolly Rancher) out front with grainy malts in the middle and more sugary watermelon in the finish. Tastes a lot like a watermelon soda.

Mouthfeel: A very light body with pretty high carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Flavor leaves the palate very quickly. Feels like a watermelon soda.

Drinkability: What a great gateway beer for kids! Tastes like Jones Watermelon Soda with a hint of malt. I really wonder about a lot of these Fruit / Vegetable 'Beers'.

ThreeWiseMen, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of u2carew
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A) Pours with a thin head. Lacing is thin and partially sticky. Hazy. Gold in color.
S) Citrus. Wheaty. Not very aromatic. Weak notes of watermelon.
T) Subtle watermelon mixed with light caramel notes. A slight hop bite. Grainy in the finish and beyond mixed with mellow watermelon.
M) Crisp. Light bodied. Mildly grainy and dry.
D) Nice summer day beer. Would've liked to taste more watermelon.

u2carew, Oct 13, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

scottbrew4u, Jun 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

kbuzz, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

leinie13, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Brought this beer into the store because some guy told me a story about how he was stranded on the side of the road in Nevada and that he found a can of this and it saved his life. Will it save mine? Probably not, but this guy has a story and I'll try and relive it.

I was really put off by this beer at first but after a few sips and some time to air out, its starting to grow on me. Oddly enough this beer presents itself in a way which is the opposite of which you think it would. Up front first is the wheatiness of the beer, touch of coriander with grain husk. This mid sized body thins out into a semi sweet watermelon effervescence and a dry finish. Overall mimosa like with some watermelon juice.

For what it is, its refreshing fruity and unlike anything I've ever had before. It takes a little while to understand it and enjoy it, but its one of the most innovative beers I've had.

jtierney89, Jun 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

meatyard, Jul 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

elkinbrown, May 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

brycevolk, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

rrski198, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

ortie, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Lob, May 21, 2012
Photo of colts9016
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a wiezen glass at 40 degrees

Appearance: one finger foamy white head that has no retention. The color of the beer is a medium yellow with pale yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy probably due to yeast. The head no longer remains in the beer.

Nose: The aroma of wheat and grass are the most prominent aromas. The watermelon aroma is faint but of course there is really no smell to watermelon. The only other aroma in the beer is yeast.

Taste: predominately wheat with notes of citrus and grass. The watermelon is there along with the yeast and a subtle sweetness like honey.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated with a crisp finish.

Overall: the body of the beer is light and the finish is medium. Although, you can't taste the watermelon in the beer, it is a pretty apparent going down. This is a good fruit and herb beer. This beer would be great on a nice sunny summer afternoon.

colts9016, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

zoso1967, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

JoeMans, Sep 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

WesM63, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

thampel09, May 20, 2013
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1.6/5  rDev -51.4%

12 oz can, dated 3/26/12. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Hell or High Watermelon poursa somewhat hazy golden yellow. Three or so fingers of white foam cap the beer, but it all fades quickly and quietly. The nose has a bit of a Jolly Rancher watermelon type aroma to it, but there's also another smell that I can't quite place, but it definitely doesn't belong. This is quite simply the worst beer I've ever tasted. The flavor is what I'd imagine it would taste like if you let the leftover milk from a bowl of cereal sit out for a day and then tried to drink it. The body has a weird creaminess to it, only highlighting the awful taste. The carbonation is on the low side. If I ever did a video review of Hell or High Watermelon, it would probably end up a bit like the "I award you zero points, may God have mercy on your soul" speech from Billy Madison.

axeman9182, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of IBUnit63
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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
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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

vrbulldog22, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cjgiant, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Erik-P, Oct 26, 2013
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,947 ratings.