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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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76
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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:
643
For Trade:
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Reviews: 722 | Ratings: 2,673
Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look (3.75): Has the classic style look of a somewhat filtered wheat ale. Some major carbonation to this brew, as expected per wheat ales.

Smell (3.5): Sweet vanilla and biscuity aromas something off this guy. Mild watermelon in the nose.

Taste (3.75): Again, starts out sweet and bready like (biscuits) and then has a nice mild watermelon background and finish. Nothing to intense, just really sessionable.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Soft and supple feel to it. Light bodied and the carbonation bubbles slightly scrub the palate.

Overall (3.25): One of the enjoyable spring/summer time brews. Something easy sipping that you can drink all day, not an intensely flavorable brew by any means.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel this is a very good watermelon wheat beer. Very light and perfect to drink on a hot summer day. I have only had this on draft and have yet to be disappointed it. Watermelon flavors are perfect and you can put this one back with satisfaction.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of watermelon, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an a Fruit / Vegetable beer more than an American Pale Wheat Ale, because the watermelon dominates. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of watermelon, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Overall, while this was a very refreshing brew, I wish there was more of a wheat backbone to balance the brew.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrific wheat-first beer that doesn't overcompensate its flavor by making it too subtle nor too fruity. Watermelon hits you and then dissipates with a delicious wheaty mouthfeel. This is gonna rock my summer if I can find it quick enough; always sells out around me.

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Photo of Bwise73
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best way to describe it from my point of view is, it poured out looking like corrs lite. It tastes like corrs lite with a small watermelon after taste. Not a strong watermelon taste, I would like to taste more watermelon. Thought it is a very good summer beer!

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. Aroma- nice watermelon scent, not overpowering. Appearance- A clear golden yellow with a small white head. Taste- I really enjoyed the flavor of wheat and watermelon. An excellent summer beer.

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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 mrndcmch
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I found this to be one of the worst beers I've ever had. The balance of flavors was very off, the watermelon very artificial and not cohesive with the other flavors present.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a refreshing wheat beer that lives up to its billing as a very watermelon forward offering. Watermelon is one of my hangover cures so I can see this being useful for those purposes. Wouldn't choose it often but solid choice for a hot summer day or night.

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Photo of k8kruk
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks golden but thin with a thick head of bubbles that quickly dissipates.
S - not a strong nose on this one, but you do get a whiff of watermelon and maybe some citrus, too
T - watermelon rinds come out to play midway through the sip, otherwise a pleasant, balanced wheat beer, a little extra hops on the finish
F - thin with abundant, tiny strong bubbles

Generally, a run of the mill beer. Extremely drinkable, even chuggable. The watermelon is truly refreshing and doesn't fight, but rather complements the light wheat beer and hops. Great, easy summer sipping.

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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 KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

8/27....pours light gold, see through, no foam. Mild wheat nose, faint fruit. Taste is a soft wheat followed by a wave of watermelon. Pulpy. Fruit flavor hangs out for the finish. Taken as a point that watermelon isn't the best fruit for a beer, this one gets points for creativity.

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Photo of SteveD84
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Frustrating but good beer!

I absolutely loved this beer when I first tried it on tap two years ago. I found it soon after in a can, and it was not nearly as good as the version on tap.

I went through the same thing this summer- found it on tap, and fell in love with it again. I then found it on tap elsewhere and was extremely disappointing. So that's two taps that were good, one that was bad.

It is worth noting that the two places that were good on tap are solid beer bars that rotate their taps on a normal basis.

I believe that this is a very delicate beer- when maintained properly and served at the absolute right temperature (very cold) it is delicious- just the right amount of watermelon will come through at the end, it's light and refreshing, and can easily have mass appeal.

In the can it seems to lose something, and if not served properly it loses a lot of appeal. I've tried to introduce the beer to others and it seems like every time I have tried to its one of those bad experiences with the beer.

21st Amendment may benefit by putting additional quality control in place or providing strong guidelines to the distributors and bars.

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Photo of Huttonrj
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style, but this is a strong showing with the uncommon fruit/wheat combo. Would recommend to anyone who likes this kind of beer or doesn't like beer but willing to try.

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Photo of rjd722
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First time I had this was at 21st Amendment in SF and it came with a watermelon slice, I remembered it being a decent wheat beer. Two years later and it's still pretty satisfying. Pours a slightly hazy light-yellow with greenish-tones and a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Smell is wheat, some citrus and hints of watermelon. The nice thing about the watermelon taste throughout is that, as others have noted, it's genuine and smooth rather than artificial. Lots of wheat and watermelon flavor and mouthfeel is alright, really what you'd expect from an American wheat.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy light golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little lacing.

S: Wheat, a bit yeasty, light spice, and a little watermelon.

T: Watermelon jumps right out but isn't artificial or cloyingly sweet, plenty of wheat, some yeasty goodness, light citrus, light spice,

M: On the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Really nice refreshing change of pace summer beer. I just wish a little more watermelon came out in the nose.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A interesting combination of wheat body and citrus flavors. I sampled at the tap room with a slice of watermelon. Like most wheat beers, the hop presence is mild and innocuous.

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Photo of warchez
2.13/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Hard to find the watermelon. Just tastes odd. And no crispness for a wheat beer of low alcohol. Not refreshing. Working to get it down. Here a lot of good things about the 21A but this beer casts serious doubt if it's the only thin from then you can get.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this to try it since I've read quite a bit about it. Was expecting it to taste like a wine cooler and was pleasantly surprised at the subtlety of the watermelon. I other than that, it's a typical non-offensive wheat beer, but I could definitely see drinking a few in the right setting: at the beach, at a picnic, etc.

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Photo of esetter
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent summer beer. Smells like a wheat. Very light but realistic watermelon after taste , not like watermelon candy. Not too wheat yeasty. Light on the tummy so drinking several is easy. Clean beer.

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Photo of HabaJohn
2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The waitress told it was highly recommended.
Strange color, smell wasn't bad, feel was all wrong. Most importantly taste, not bad but only appeals to a limited crowd.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with big frothy head. Smells of watermelon jolly ranchers and wheat. Taste has slight watermelon, with sleely american wheat beer yaste. Medium bodied somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall a good summer beer with the waremelon flavor covering up the undesirable american wheat beer aspects.,

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Photo of Dman7690
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm giving this beer a 3.25 because it tastes horrible out of a can, but is incredible on tap. I live near the 21st Amendment brewery in San Francisco. It's a refreshing light beer, that goes great with onion rings and calamari. This beer is great for a laid back beer that is light on the alcohol, but has the full flavor of a wheat beer. Worth trying, but only on tap.

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Photo of JamesQuaff
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First time I tasted this beer was at a brew festival packed to the gills with hop bombs, and my friend and I both spat and poured out our samples of this stuff. It just tasted wrong to us.

Fast forward to today. I recently had a Flat Tail cucumber habanero wheat that was oddly awesome, and I had 3 pints of it. I think I needed that experience to recalibrate my palate for Hell Or High Watermelon. Now that I understand what they were going for, I love it. The mild cucurbit finish blends perfectly with the wheat malt, especially on some of these 108° days we've been having this summer. I went from hate to love with this one.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Huge wheat up front followed by a subtle, yet flavorful watermelon kick. Not very sweet or fruity which lends to a refreshing and drinkable summer ale. It's ok.

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
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