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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
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722 Reviews
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80
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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
722
Ratings:
2,673
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
39.21%
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
644
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 722 | Ratings: 2,673
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, canned on 6/27/13. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. The brew smells mostly like sweet and bready malt, along with a bit of watermelon Jolly Rancher candy. The taste is similar to the aroma, except that there's more balance between the malty and watermelon flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's smooth and easy enough to drink. Not a bad beer for a hot day. I only grabbed this since I was able to get a single can at my local Kroger. I wouldn't buy a six pack of this, but it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of aboyd87
4.21/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

How is this at a 76/100? How many watermelon beers are there? This is a fantastic brew for a hot summer day. So much melon flavor and nice wheaty mouthfeel.

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Photo of madbrewer9
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy very pale gold color. Nice white head, super tight and persistent.
Aroma wheat with a whiff of watermelon.
Taste is malted wheat with a decent hint of watermelon.

I don't understand some of the very negative reviews of this beer.
C'mon guys.
If you've ever brewed something like this you'd understand the difficulty of harmonizing these
Subtle flavors.
Maybe if it were 10% blended with artisianal Sumerian Goat chocolate and aged on 40 yr old
Whisky barrels, it would be worthy!

It is what is billed as, a 4.9% American wheat with watermelon!
It may not be a masterpiece, but it is a good refreshing fruit wheat beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My experiences with Watermelon Wheats had not been positive so I was hesitant to try this beer. At the advice of a respected BA I gave it a shot and boy was I ever surprised. First and foremost, 21st’s WW isn’t pink. It looks like beer rather than Kool-aid. This is positive. Its body is a hazed golden lager color served in a small weizen glass. Aroma is all watermelon, real, honest to goodness watermelon. Close your eyes and you’re body will tell you that you’re sniffing a big wedge of green and red goodness. The flavor matches as does the mouthfeel. It’s fibrous. This is the real deal. While there is almost no head, there are bountiful carbonation streams giving this beer a great bite. Body is very light. Drinkability is high due to the lack of artificial flavor and only light to moderate sweetness. They were wise not to overdo it. The best watermelon wheat I’ve had… in fact the only good Watermelon Wheat I’ve had.

Note: I'm giving this beer high marks not because I loved the beer but because I feel that 21st captured the style they were going for almost perfectly.

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Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The watermelon wheat beer that trumps all others. This is refreshing and light, with a noticeable and prominent watermelon flavor. Somehow they keep the watermelon super juicy and refreshing, without being sweet or sticky.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of oldcrustacean
5/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer from my time spent in San Francisco.

I would ride to the brewery at lunch to enjoy a few -- always served with a slice of watermelon. Can't say I got much done those days.

Other times I'd pick up a growler to share with friends. Ten extra pounds of awkward weight on my bicycle, climbing steep San Francisco streets, meant that I had to earn this brew. Ever climb an 18% grade hill with 2 growlers on your back? I assure you it makes the beer taste that much better.

This is the best watermelon ale out there -- the flavor doesn't taste contrived. Hooker and Opa's watermelon ales taste a bit too artificial for my liking; a little too heavy on the extract. 21A gets it right.

Prost.

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Photo of Pav5069
2.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste like a miller light with a hint of watermelon at the end.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing tastes more like summer than the unofficial fruit of watermelon. And when trying to use that refreshing taste to create an unofficial beer of summer the concern is whether the delicate and crisp taste could stand up- even to a light American Wheat Beer.

But as the beer pours, there's little evidence of the fruit inside. The hazy straw ale is nicely golden at its depths. A certain tilt of the glass can show a pinkish stain, but maybe that's also my mind playing tricks on me. Its foamy head rises with a character that's partly frothy and partly sprite. With retention and lacing both moderate, I get the impression that its head character would underwhelm if I allowed the session to last very long.

There it is! Not just watermelon, but all sorts of melon with strawberry and cantaloupe. And with supporting aromatics of bread and pulled candy- the scent hinges on hard candy flavor with those fruity scents front and center. Not all fruit, the beer's mild citrus and leafy aromas cast a hoppy note on the senses going into taste.

Its flavors start earthy and sweet as the wheat of the beer is mildly grainy-sweet and filled with shortbread. The melon flavors start moderate and continue to build, each sip more heightened than the other with a taste that hinges of the dripping ripeness of watermelon and that of candy. Yet its herbal, leafy and mildly grassy finish returns to hops as the ale crispens right up.

Light bodied from sip 'til finish, the ale is somewhat watery, but perhaps by design. Its creamy-dry upstart quickly sheds its carbonation to usher in a grainy and wafer-thin finish to prop up the taste. Its finish is herbal and grassy with minty warmth.

Akin to Abita's Strawberry Harvest, the ale underneath the fruit offers tepid support and the fruit, though truly seductive seems a bit contrived. If the balance is off, then it is beautifully off. I have a soft spot on my palate for these types of beer.

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Photo of TheRossness
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Nickcal
3.81/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad at all. Has a nice watermelon jolly rancher taste on the finish. Reminds me of my youth. Nothing special nor horrible. Take a chance, grab one and sit on the porch smelling that fresh cut grass in the air. Something serious might just happen.

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Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really picking up the watermelon in this one and liking it

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBD 10/31/15. Slightly hazy golden pour with a touch of amber. Normal head volume, very good retention and poor lacing.

OK nose of biscuit and wheat underneath a light watermelon.

Heavy light body with a nice smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a finely bubbled surge in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with a burst of watermelon flavor that isn't really sweet, more of a perfect balance with the wheat. Biscuit sweetness is present, but subtly so in a balancing background fashion. Hints of hop bitterness appear in the middle providing contrast. The finish is fairly crisp and a light watermelon rind lingers.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma and flavor. The watermelon comes out wonderfully.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up on a trip back from Toledo. Pours a golden-straw color, fairly opaque, letting some light and opposite-side shadowing through. Wispy white head fades quickly leaving no lacing behind. Nose is full of some wheat as well as a strange hodge-podge of fruit and/or vegetables. Weirdly enough, V-8 tomato juice comes to mind; for some reason, I'm picking up big tomato hints. As time rolls on, the watermelon starts to come out more, and by the end of it, the watermelon is certainly the most prominent aroma, with a slight, astringent tartness that mixes with the sweetness from the malt and the dry wheat. The flavor is also kind of strange to say the least. It's like a light, wheat beer, heavy on the malt and wheat, mixed with some tart watermelon rind in the background. The watermelon flavors bounce in and out, but there's no mistaking the fruit - it's most definitely watermelon. It's more of an astringent, dry watermelon rind kind of flavor, where I was expecting a juicy, fruity watermelon. It's more natural than artificial tasting, though, which is most definitely a good thing. Thin body, medium carbonation.

This beer is weird. I was very excited to try it, and I thought it would actually be a little more fruity than it is. Watermelon is definitely present, but not quite in the capacity I would have liked, and not presented in the manner I would have hoped for. Still reasonably drinkable, and definitely something that I was glad to try, but I don't think I'll be getting this one again.

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Photo of ExtraStout
1/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A "gift" from my son. Pours a very hazy yellow color with a white head and soda like carbonation. This beer was absolutely disgusting. It smelt like puke!! I checked the can date and it was only 5 weeks old so that wasn’t it.

I thought about just dumping it but it was all I had so after thinking long and hard, I remembered that if you hold your nose you can’t really taste what is in your mouth. It worked, I got it down fast. This is nasty shit!! I wish I could rate it even lower.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sicilian
4.09/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

The can says to agitate before opening, so we know this is an unfiltered wheat. Fermented with watermelon, and watermelon juice added. The wheat really rises to the occasion with a sturdy and healthy froth, and does not want to move even after a sip or two. Golden yellow color, obvious haze from the yeast that was agitated back into the beer. Big wheat and yeast twang in the nose with a mild, fermented fruit tartness and bitterness from the rind. More than enough crispness to go around, compliments of the wheat. Moderately sized body. Quick, refreshing twang of fermented watermelon and rind that resembles a rhubarb-like flavor. Hops leave a little bit of bitterness, just enough to balance. Melon flavor throughout is light but even. Finishes with a lasting kernel of wheat malt and remnants of melon rind.

Interesting stuff here: The watermelon works with and contrasts itself at the same time. Perhaps a bit to intricate though still somewhat drinkable. Worth a shot if you are into different kinds of fruit beers.

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Photo of supa0525
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -8.8%

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