Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 774 | Ratings: 2,891
Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed gold with two fingers of white head. Splotches of lace.
Not much smell.
Taste is watermelon malt.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and balanced.
Overall a light refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On the light side of gold with a slight haze and very minimal visible carbonation. An initially large loose head fades quite quickly. I'm confused by the smell. There's some watermelon in there, but what there's a lot more of is skunk. My wife says she recalls "fruity kimchee." The taste isn't a whole lot better. It's got some Jolly Rancher-ness to it, but none of the wheat beer characteristics I typically seek out are there with any prominence. Mouthfeel is right at average; smooth, not too heavy. Overall, though, they have taken what I probably wouldn't have found to be a great wheat beer and taken it down a notch with the fruit influence.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a fairly straw gold color with a small white head and not lacing on the glass.

S: Fresh bread and wheat mixed with jolly rancher candy.

T: Sweet jolly rancher candy and fresh bread and wheat.

F: Smooth and easy drinking.

O; Watermelon isn't my favorite flavor in beer but this is a decent beer.

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Photo of matcris
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

LOOKS: An opaque amber, with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Mild lacing.
AROMA: Jolly Rancher's watermelon candies, cracker bread.
TASTE: Very fruity, big JR watermelon candy.
FEEL: Well carbonated, light body, fairly dry.
OA: One and done, for me, novelty sweet brew.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange slightly hazy look with not much head from tap. My initial impression of the nose is sweet tea. Slightly bitter yet somewhat sweet with an interesting flavor. Higher carbonation and a thinner feel on this brew works pretty well on this one.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a medium body and carbonation. Aroma was grain/wheat, watermelon, and watermelon rind. Taste was very similar, not to sweet and the wheat gave it a grainy taste and feel. The watermelon didn't taste artificial and it was just enough. The watermelon was pleasing without dominating

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Photo of writer917
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My go-to for easy-drinking. I like how it's a cyborg, how it's fake tropical. The finish is where this beer shines, because that's where the watermelon slips in, lingers, and goes away, with the swallow. The watermelon could have more presence, tho. But at the same time, it's nuance-like status within the overall tasting-sequence makes the desire for another sip stronger. One leads to another. Two beers, then four. Backyards, guitars, chairs, something to smoke, something to eat. And this to sip.

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Photo of sgerencher
4.74/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer on tap in Gettysburg PA and instantly it became my new Summer favorite. I love watermelon, just the hint of smell and taste is perfect. I wish I could get it in a 24 case instead of if a 15 pack. However, the best taste, when drinking this beer, is from the tap.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Light golden color with a white head that quickly dissipates. Hazy appearance. Smell is straw, musty and just a light hit of melon. Pretty mild overall and not a lot there. Watermelon is more pronounced on the taste. Perhaps some cucumber as well and a little salt. There's some bitterness on the finish but not much. A generally clean taste. Feel is light and dry with high carbonation.

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) This wasn't a bad beer, but it was thin and there wasn't much to it. If you're looking for something that's light, summery and easy to drink this might fit the bill, but it's nothing to get excited about. Take it or leave it, no big deal either way.

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Photo of CMEG
1.8/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is one of the worst beers ever to hit the shelves. The interplay of watermelon hints with the basic wheat beer base fails miserably. From a brewery that usually exceeds expectations, this was a miss. There are too many good beers out there to waste your money on this one!

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Photo of Nass
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like that infuse real watermelon puree into this beer. This has exceeded my expectations as well. This is quite smooth & the watermelon is definitely their. A 6 pack of this during the spring & summer seasons would be a real treat. Cheers! B

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, murky gold, with a few cheerful bubbles. Plenty of lacing, & a rather thin head.

Smells like mellon, water mellon.

Taste follows the nose. Creamy wheat, carrots too.

It dose not taste bad, or good. Might go well with salad.
Perhaps something Uncle Owen would cherish.

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Photo of HotOpinions
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful, sweet watermelon flavor with a bit of sourness thrown in. Smell brings floral hints as well as wheat. Doesn't form much of a head, but still keeps a nice feel throughout. I personally like the sourness but if you want pure sweet in your watermelon ale it may not be for you. For me though it works out fantastically.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow. Bubbly, short, Whitehead that Fades fast.

Smells watermelon, light wheat, light tartness and a light funkiness.

Taste candied watermelon, wheat Funk, Light Citrus and light malt. Finish id semi dry with a watermelon and wheat linger. Lightbody and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of BubbleChamber
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straw colored. Little to no head. Nose is a bit citrusy, perhaps also with a cooked-fish aroma, strangely. In taste, I can discern the watermelon, but it's reminiscent of watermelon rind rather than the fleshy good part. There's a sourness that undermines the watermelon. The finish is somewhat bitter, but not apparently due to hops. Frankly, this doesn't taste good to me. —Reviewed 2017/09/10

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'll begin with the summary: I wanted to like this beer, but in the end it just tastes like a macrolager with a couple of drips of artificial watermelon flavour added. Also has a touch of watermelon on the nose & there's just a hint in the flavour that it's a wheat beer as opposed to a lager but it's definitely a one off for me. Glad I just bought the one.

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Photo of NNicolai
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a fan of fruit beers but this brew is the exception. I was given a can and did not expect to like it. I drank it reluctantly, at first, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Great balance. The watermelon flavor is not at all overwhelming and works well with the wheat. Wonderful brew for the summer!

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Photo of eppie82
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Hopwater Distribution in San Francisco, CA.

Yellow, largely clear appearance. Think of typical American lagers. Also, a lager smell. Some watermelon in the taste with a strange 'fizzy' feel. Don't really like it, and will not be seeking it out again.

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Photo of Duffman29
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really am a big fan of this beer, as far as fruity beers go its near the top of my list. The watermelon isn't over powering which is why Im such a big fan of it. I like how smooth it is and all my co-workers agree it is one of the better beers we have on tap and the stadium.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into mason jar.

Look: Pale gold with a minimal head. The lack of head could be my fault, though. I may or may not have fumbled the pour a bit.

Smell: Wheat funk, slight tartness, and not much else. Again, probably my fault for the bad pour and no head.

Taste: Watermelon Jolly Rancher, but without the cloying sweetness. It's a little bit sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Slight wheat funk in the middle, clean finish. No bitterness.

Feel: Light on the palate and minimally carbonated.

Overall: As fruit beers go, I've had much worse. This one is pretty good, but I think it could be better as a sour beer. A little tartness would balance the Jolly Rancher-like watermelon flavor nicely.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tall glass. NO freshness dating that I could find, just a weird code on the bottom of the can.

light to medium yellow body, big white head which dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing. Well carbonated.

Nose is more wheaty than watermelon.

The taste is clean and crisp and the watermelon comes through strong. On a hot day, quite refreshing.

Mouth is a little above thin, finish is watery watermelon.

I've resisted trying this one for some time as I'm not much of a fan of watermelon. But it was better than expected. Not something I would actively seek out, and I imagine on anything but a hot day it would be a chore. But not a bad beverage.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.58/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell or High Watermelon wheat ale 4.9%ABV's 17 IBU's
Look: golden, hazey, white head, lots of carbonation
Smell: watermelon, wheat, malts
Taste: watermelon, wheat, citrus
Mouth: light, thin, crisp, refreshing
Overall: This is a tastey, good smelling watermelon ale. I don't think it comes across as a heftier sort of wheat beer. The body is slightly light for a great wheat ale, but the watermelon comes through and tastes nice.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours hazy foggy gold with a dissipating frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh wheat and watermelon, with some floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet candied watermelon, bready crackery wheat, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice watermelon wheat beer.

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Photo of TPZEM
4.74/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beverage. Poured with a thin head, and awfully murky, which put me a little off at the beginning. After smelling the bouquet though, it's like smelling a fresh cut watermelon. I was afraid that this beer would taste like a watered down fruit drink, but it stays true to its roots! Very light watermelon taste brewed for a fresh summery cookout. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BJB13
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip style pint glass.

In the glass it has hazy golden orange body with a fast fading one and a half inch white head. The head ends up as just a crown of micro-bubbles but it leaves nice lacing.

The nose is pretty weak, minimal wheat malt and a light fruity ester that opens up to watermelon hard candy as it warms. It tastes of wheat, slightly sweet malt and watermelon hard candy, not the actual fruit. Bitterness is very low but there is a small amount of hop character. It finishes rather clean. Mouth feel is light with medium carbonation but rather soft. There is a small amount of astringency on the tongue that comes with the finish.

This is better than I thought, refreshing and easy to drink. Although I enjoyed this it has not converted me to a fruit beer lover.

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