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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

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by 6/30/15"; drank 5/3/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a can into a glass.

Semi-opaque dull yellow appearance.

HUGE white head; decent lace.

Watermelon & faint dandelion funk notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Clean, crisp watermelon flavor up front; mild wheat funk notes on the finish. Not super flavorful, but this would do on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow, very clear with a wide white foam head, good retention. Aroma is of wheat beer, no watermelon in aroma. Taste is where you find the watermelon, sutil and nice, very good recipe. Refreshing and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of DTalley33
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite fruit beer and one of my summer go to. I think it taste the best on draft but the cans do the job. Awesome in the summer, but I have had it on the winter which was a nice change. Refreshing wheat beer with a good watermelon flavor not the artificial fruit flavor as other beers.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.01/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice appearance pouring out as a light straw colored very clear beer. Lots of streaming bubbles and a topping of a white foamy head that does not hang around long.

Smell is like a sweet bread, almost like that great Hawaiian sweet bread you can pick up at the store. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste is extremely light with the watermelon definitely present. Without the watermelon in here this would be a very bland beer.

Mouth is very light and watery with a crisp finish.

This was a very light and refreshing beer. I can see this as being a great beer for the summertime. The beer is very light and watery and has a low ABV so a person could drink a few while out with friends. Since it is in a can this would be nice to take to the pool as well. Another area where this would shine would be at a BBQ. What a nice pleasant beer to wash down those burgers and brats hot off the grill.

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Photo of bankboy66
4.06/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Our favorite summer beer. Watermelon is subtle and overall this is very refreshing and sessionable. Only caveat is it has to be consumed ice cold....if you let it sit for a while and it starts warming, it isn't nearly as enjoyable. A winner !

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.69/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is cloudy and golden, with a white finger head. Aromas consist of wheat, watermelon/watermelon rind, and a bit of lemon, but is kind of faint. Flavors are the same, and are quite refreshing. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and is crisp.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this at Binny in Chicago, I think for $1.79/can. 4.9% ABV wheat ale brewed with watermelon, however their website is down, so no other specs at the time.
Pours out to a sprakingly clear pale golden, forming a tall poofy white head with beautiful retention and lacing. The nose has a bit of DMS and subtle watermelon, but it has the white/green rind character to it. Mouthfeel is light, watery, crisp, clean. No off flavors or aromas. Taste of very light wheat, almost lager like, with subtle watermelon in the middle with an vegetable tartness in the finish and a very mild bitterness, finishing clean and lightly dry.

A nice summer thirst quencher. Easy to drink. Worth trying.

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Photo of Kenharkerjr
2.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I bought it on a whim, I wanted something fruity and light, being it was 100 degrees today. I was leery, but the beer vendor at the liquor store recommended this. It was refreshingly not as sweet as I was expecting. Normally Watermelon flavored anything is awfully sweet. This was just a hint of watermelon. The wheat beer doesn't help it out any. It's almost as if they muted the taste of everything else to emphasize the Watermelon. The result is a bland beer altogether. Not awful, but not something I'll be rushing to buy more of. It is also a bit over-carbonated.

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Photo of 0_0
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is in fact, a watermelon beer, and though that novelty is refreshing and interesting, it is a novelty. It wears off.
L - Lemon lime in color
S- Wheat, hints of watermelon
T- distinct Mellon-sweet taste.
0- Watermelon + Beer

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Photo of TheRossness
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok summer, session beer. It smells and has an initial taste of watermelon, but it quickly turns into the taste of corn flakes. It ok, its easy to drink and the initial taste is ok, but the cornflake aftertaste is not welcomed.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

DATE: July 17, 2016... OCCASION: collecting myself after a great weekend... GLASSWARE: Blanche de Chambly pokal... a discouraging sallow yellow body with an off-white head that flatlines immediately.. a sparse bubble here or there doesn’t endear its appearance any more... faint watermelon and candied sugars on the aroma-- some perfumed hops, though the wheat doesn’t really put forth much in the profile... the body is soft, smooth, with enough effervescence for much of the sip.. flavor is rather one-dimensional, with the promised watermelon not really "hell high," while the sugars are sweet and slightly pungent... lilac and sweet wine too... no lacing throughout the drink... tough to knock a beer that intends to refresh with fruitiness, but there isn’t much to endear this beer to a second can... many other fruit beers out there that deliver a more refreshing, more flavorful profile... one of the few (the only?) 21st Amendment offerings that I have found lacking...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

tough to make watermelon work in a beer, and they have done a nice job keeping this from being too sugary, but the watermelon seems more like a candy or a juice drink than a natural piece of fruit, and so its odd in a very light and mild wheat brew. this is cool when its ice cold and super hot out, even cool in a celebration where you might spray beer everywhere, but for contemplative beer drinking, it leaves a bit to be desired. they cant all be intellectual projects though, and so we have to appreciate this for what it is. its a really easy drinking, not too sweet, light bodied, highly carbonation fruity but not too fruity, wheaty but not too wheaty summer brew that has plenty of capacity for refreshment. i reckon its a little underrated on here, the juicy watermelon goes well with the pale wheat, and its fermented down pretty clean. right from the can at a music festival or out on a boat or something is where this one belongs. one of the better large scale watermelon beers i have had to be honest, but i must confess the field is a little weak. appealing for one or two, less so beyond that.

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Photo of tekwyzrd
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was part of a variety pack. I can't express how disappointing and vile this was. The flavor was more like rind rather than watermelon - the white slightly bitter outer layer between the skin and pink sweet part. There was only a slight hint of sweetness buried under the musty rind bitterness. Totally disappointing since the other types included in the variety pack were pretty decent.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a light golden straw color with a hint of light green glow to it when you hold it to the light. Minimal head recedes quickly to a thin halo of mist.

S: Almost no smell. Hmmmm. A soft nose of malt with a twist of lemon.

T: Tastes like a basic lager with an aftertaste of artificial watermelon (aka jolly rancher). It's not too artificial tasting though and I kinda like it.

F: A bit of extra zing to the over carbonation and a dry but not too dry finish.

Overall I am glad I tried it. Would be a good one for a hot day out by the pool. I probably wouldn't try it again but it would be a nice one to help a non beer appreciator over the gap.

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Photo of rob99er
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the year of watermelon beers. This is the 3rd one I have had. Not bad. You do taste the watermelon. Not just essence. My favorite of the 3 I have had. Followed by Ballast's Eldorado Watermelon, and New Belgium Heavy watermelon. Still fruit/vegetable beers are not my style. If you want to try one, try this one.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meh. This beer is the definition of meh, but I'd drink it all day on a hot day. It's an underimpressive wheat beer, a little corny and grassy. The watermelon is huge in the nose and present in the aftertaste as well. Some good qualities, super refreshing, but it relies on the (in my opinion) somewhat gimmicky watermelon taste.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light pale yellow with a fizzy head. I get at first a nice hoppy wheat ale smell but it is quickly taken over by watermelon. The fruit and wheat ale is actually very balanced. But both feel very average tasting.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger fizzy white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is mostly wheat and corn with a faint amount of watermelon.

T - The taste starts with the watermelon upfront followed by the wheat and some light grassy hops.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Not terrible and would be an okay beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very cloudy yellow gold body, fizzy white head entirely disappears, a few lazy streams of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Nose is primarily bready wheat and some funky hops, almost like urine which is actually welcome here, with a touch of candy watermelon. The namesake is more apparent on the tongue, very sweet and candy-like, with a good base of 'beer flavor'- wheat, hop bitterness, a touch of hop spice. The aftertaste has an unpleasant gritty earthiness, part chalk, part burnt bran muffin. Body is quite fizzy and light, which makes it highly drinkable and highly burpy (producing more unpleasant aftertaste).
Not really a bad beer, considering they balanced real beer flavor and delicate watermelon flavor pretty darn well, but something went awry with the aftertaste, not to mention the fizzy malternative-looking visage. Beyond that, OK.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a slightly fizzy appearance. Bubbles hugging the glass.

Aroma of mostly wheat, not picking up much else.

Taste: faint watermelon, its more noticeable in the finish. A bit of sweetness, crisp finish, not dry.
Honestly, not a bad fruit beer.. normally I hate them but this great for a summer day or beach beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times willybecher pint glass
From: Barons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 22, 2016
Consumed: April 23, 2016
Misc.: Enjoy by June 30, 2016

I’m a sucker for fruit beers and really don’t look at the ratings or reviews beforehand. Picked it up for a party and nobody had any of the six. Have been wanting to try this for some time now, but kind of think I will be disappointed.

Poured a yellow, golden, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal wet lacing. Minimal retention. (Sight - 2.75)

First thought on the smell was not much watermelon. When digging in got vomit, hay, grassy hops, hints of watermelon, corn, bread, earthiness and Cheerios cereal. (Smell - 2.75)

Tasted a bit better than the nose, getting that watermelon first. Not as potent as Ballast Point’s Watermelon Dorado and I kind of like that in some regards. Also got candied Jolly Rancher candy combo of watermelon and strawberry, honeydew melon, hints of cucumber, grassy hops, hay, manure, Cheerios candy and bread. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. OK for the summer I guess. (Feel - 3.00)

This just didn’t do it for me. Bummed that nobody had this 6-pack that I bought for my daughter’s party and I now have to drink the other five. (Overall - 3.00)

2.93 | 68 | C

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was just okay. Body is dark straw colored, initially has a thick and bubbly head that quickly dissipates down to nothing. Smells...not quite watermelon-y. It has a fruity smell to it but honestly it was like nothing I could place, certainly didn't smell like real fruit, but rather something candied and artificial. Taste is similarly strange. It's predominantly wheaty and malt forward, but there's a hint of something like watermelon rind. I didn't get any watermelon juice type flavors or anything else resembling fruit in this. If I wasn't aware it was a watermelon beer, I probably would have never guessed that flavor was any part of watermelon. Feel is pretty light and thin, high carbonation. I thought this beer was a little one dimensional and with a strange, not-quite-watermelon-but-vaguely-fruity quality to it. It would be a solid wheat beer if not for the watermelon, which just seems to muddle it up more.

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Photo of Haus3452
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A friend and I were picking some beer to enjoy on the beach, I saw this one and had to try it. I'm not a huge fan of fruity beer, but this one was pretty tasty. Smells like you'd expect, watermelony, ale-like. Feels a lot like water, not much carbonation, tastes like you squeezed watermelon juice into a good ale. If I were wanting a good light summer beer, this would be one of my top choices.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled on tap at Chug Pub, San Francisco. Glad we got the chance to sample this. The brewery was packed after the Giants game and the doorman's assistant was making dolphin noises or some such thing. It was absolutely ridiculous and dickheadish, but more on that later. This is a light, inoffensive beer with hints of watermelon. Great summer beer!

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look-It pours a very hazy golden pale yellow with a swirling vortex of sparkling beauty like a wonderland of white pleasure and sensitivity like you’ve never felt before.

Smell-I smell yeast and watermelon like you’d expect. It also smells a bit like a dandelion baking in the hot summer sun.

Taste-It is crisp and dry. The flavor is watermelon at first with the full flavor spectrum of the watermelon red flesh. I notice the yeast component coming in later which cuts the mild sweetness making for a dry and crisp finish. This is a light-bodied brew with plenty to offer.

Overall- It isn’t as mind-blowing as I thought. But then again, I could not do nearly as good as this 21st Amendment Brewery.

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