Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
21st Amendment Brewery

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #407
Ranked #30,400
3.36 | pDev: 19.64%
Dec 19, 2021
Jul 10, 2002
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
Notes: Like Lady Liberty, we stand for independence and perseverance. In the pursuit of innovative beer, there is no obstacle too great. No journey too long. No fruit too gigantic. This American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon, for a flavor that’s surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing—summer in a can.

17 IBU
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Ratings by GClarkage:
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2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by GClarkage from California

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.

Jan 30, 2009
More User Ratings:
3.69 by funku2 from Colorado on Dec 19, 2021
4.05 by Tadwinks from Virginia on Oct 22, 2021
3.55 by bosgod6 from Virginia on Oct 06, 2021
3.76 by Icka31 from Massachusetts on Sep 20, 2021
3.36 by QuintusHorace from California on Aug 22, 2021
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 21, 2021
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3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Look: golden with a half inch white head

Aroma: wheat, watermelon

Flavor: It's wheat, watermelon, significant carbonation, a bit bland, but thirst quenching in the heat.

Body/Overall: light to medium, not great, but decent

Aug 11, 2021
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3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by beer9973 from Pennsylvania

Drank out of a 12 oz can. Smells slightly fruity with perhaps a hint of artificial watermelon. Taste like an average American wheat ale with high carbonation. So so, forgettable beer. Drinkable as a wheat ale, nothing more nothing less.

Jul 30, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Greywulfken from New York

Modest wheat beer featuring watermelon - the flavor certainly lends well with the wheaty elements but the beer doesn't really trigger excitement for me - I've been drinking watermelon cucumber seltzer lately, and it's far more refreshing than this - maybe that's my bias... Certainly drinkable enough, simple, low abv, smooth, but on tap at the Good Life today, just presented rather average...

Jun 13, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 19.2oz can $3.39 Whole Foods
39 days old. They just started distributing in Hawaii last month.
Smells faintly of wheat and watermelon.
Light golden color, slight haze to it
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light flavors of watermelon, wheat.
Overall an ok hot weather beer with a low ABV. Nothing outstanding as flavors are weak, but refreshing. First beer I've had from this brewery.

May 14, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours translucent orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of wheat with slight fruitiness. Tastes of watermelon with some wheat. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Apr 15, 2021
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3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz can. No clear cut dating found, but can bottom is stamped 'D4918C 1156'.
Dirty, pale gold colored body. One finger of bubbly to creamy head. Leaves a partial lacing sheet on the non-drinking side.
Aroma is wheat with some mildly rancid fruit.
Taste is tangy wheat with a weak watermelon flavor. Kind of dry at the end.
Medium mouth feel, with some bubbles. Very good carbonation.
Good summer quencher but nothing about this beer is better than good.

Apr 11, 2021
5 by thebuzzardman from Virginia on Apr 04, 2021
2.93 by B_B from California on Mar 28, 2021
3.25 by Chipwells from Georgia on Jan 31, 2021
2.36 by IRONRakkasan from California on Jan 17, 2021
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3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

This is usually not kind of beer I go for. I don't really like watermelon flavored stuff, though I like the actual fruit. I don't have high hopes for this but it could surprise me

Pours a lightly cloudy dark gold with a finger of white head that quickly reduces to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is chock full of artificial watermelon, which actually smells a little tart surprisingly. Otherwise, the aroma is pretty bland with mild wheat and spice

Oh boy, the taste is just as bland, maybe even more so. On the front end, it's watermelon with some strawberry to back it up, which is nice, but there's not much more going on. Post swallow, it is essentially the same, but a bit of earthy wheat comes in

Obviously light bodied, this has pretty high carbonation, so it certainly drinks easy. It finishes mostly dry, but is too sweet to keep me coming back for more

This wasn't awful, just nothing to write home about. Maybe this would be good for a day on the beach or with some seafood

Sep 15, 2020
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3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

This is one of those beers you know you weren't going to like, but since it made its appearance at a festival, you daringly took your sample pour for the tick since that is better than having to try and plow through 12 oz or an entire six pack of the stuff.

1st time was at Canfest. Can't believe someone actually paid money to buy that name only to abandon it right afterwards. Lulz at investment types trying to make money on beerfests. Pours a faded yellow color, perhaps some actual watermelon influencing the weak color. The aroma has watermelon to it, tough to make a strong watermelon push out of a beer.

Taste is relatively inoffensive. Mild blonde ale with watermelon flavoring. Light all around. Good amount of carbonation to it. Didn't find it to be "dry".

My favorite part of writing this review today, after Labor Day weekend, is I drank some good beer (not this one) and ate watermelon. I think that is a better play than drinking a mild watermelon beer.

Sep 08, 2020
4.27 by aaroham from Washington on Aug 09, 2020
3.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 19, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon


Jul 17, 2020
2.29 by RyanPollie from California on Jul 05, 2020
3.33 by DOCRW from Washington on Jul 04, 2020
3 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 29, 2020
3.01 by SAUbrewcrew from Michigan on Jun 18, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MikeCmang from Illinois

Seems like a love it or hate it type of beer. Personally, I love it. Great, refreshing beer to throw down on a summer day.

Jun 13, 2020
2.54 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jun 13, 2020
3.75 by VolFan96 from Tennessee on Jun 06, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4
by Ryan15 from New Jersey

L- Pours a nice see through light golden color

F- Light bodied wheat beer but feels too thin for sugary taste

T- Watermelon flavor-undergoes secondary fermentation process with real watermelon and no natural flavors. Low bitterness with only 17 IBU

O- Delicious seasonal light beer- great for a summer day

May 31, 2020
3.75 by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2020
3.23 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on May 14, 2020
3.17 by Seshin from California on May 11, 2020
3.69 by Danzifer from Ohio on Apr 28, 2020
3.55 by flgimp from Pennsylvania on Jan 09, 2020
3.28 by Tiernan from Texas on Jan 06, 2020
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2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy orange gold with a medium fizzy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is wheat malt and some funky candy watermelon.

The flavor is sweet watermelon jolly ranchers with a little wheat malt. The mouthfeel is pretty light to medium bodied and watery with low carbonation.

Overall, too sweet with fake candy fruit.

Oct 23, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

12 ounce can into pint glass. MEN10 can code, assumed to be 5/18/2019. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy watermelon, cucumber, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of banana, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of watermelon, fruity/light spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy watermelon, cucumber, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of banana, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness; peppery yeast spiciness; and fruit/wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart/tangy watermelon, cucumber, fruit skin, lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light banana/peppercorn/clove, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of watermelon, fruity/light spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop notes; with a great malt/bitter/spicy/tartness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spicy/tart/tangy notes. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and fairly sticky/acidic/tangy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an awesome fruited American pale wheat ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of watermelon, fruity/light spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop notes; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy/tart/tangy/drying finish. Fantastic soft feel, flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of authentic watermelons, American wheat yeast, and clean pale/wheat malts; with solid earthy hop presence/balance. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect. Outstanding summer beer all around.

Oct 23, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by warrenc from Oregon

Pours a slight hazy gold, a tall thin white head that quickly dissipated. Smell of watermelon jolly ranchers, some orange, bread, light yeast. A sweet watermelon taste up front, followed by some bitter hop and light bread yeast. Body is a bit thin and leaves little after taste. This would be good if you were hot and thirsty and on sale.

Oct 21, 2019
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