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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,120
Reviews:
759
Ratings:
2,809
pDev:
20%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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126
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710
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Ratings: 2,809 |  Reviews: 759
Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone sent me a can as an extra from the West Coast. Hey its an extra and they hadn't thought that fruit beers are not normally my thing. Pours a light pinkish tinge colour with quick fizzing disapearing head. Mild sweet aroma. The taste is acceptable for a few gulps, light mouthfeel. This isn't real watermelon put in the tank.

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Photo of acurtis
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, yeast, spices, and some slightly fruit (but not watermelon) aromas. Taste is much the same with a very mild watermelon flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing but the watermelon presence is mild and hard to pick out in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the first Watermelon beer I've ever had. The color was hazy and yellow the aroma was sweet and had the natural aroma of the watermelon. The flavor was a little of te light side. It wasn't that bad but I think that if a watermelon wedge was added to this while drinking that it would amp this brew up and make it a lot better.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Loved the first beer I had from this brewery.. another cool name and artwork on the can for this one. 5.2% ABV for a fruit beer? Damn, pretty high there. Pours a cloudy yellow.. not much head to it and little lacing if any. Smell is slightly sweet with some pale malt aroma in there. Taste is fairly light bodied with a decent mouthfeel, nice wheaty taste to it with a kiss of watermelon flavor at the end. I appreciate the fact that they didn't overdo the watermelon and make it way too sweet. Also, they didn't make it hidden either and you can actually taste it.. found a nice happy medium here. A pretty solid fruit beer, won't blow your socks off but pretty drinkable and pretty unique.

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is pale yellow in color and poured with a thin white head and quickly faded away.
S: There are light aromas of wheat with hints of watermelon in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the watermelon flavor is a bit more prominent.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer definitely goes down very easy but has an unremarkable taste. It would be a good choice for a hot summer day when you are just looking for a cold beer but not much else.

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3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
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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3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, procured somewhere in Southern Idaho last month. I like the lounging Lady Liberty image on the label, where she's lifting a gargantuan watermelon from a passing barge in San Francisco Bay.

This beer pours a hazy bright medium golden hue, with two fingers of frothy, foamy white head, which leaves little in the way of persistent lacing around the glass as things melt away. It smells of fruity wheat grain, melon-like, I suppose, with a fair amount of dry yeast. The taste is soft sweet wheat malt, and frozen watermelon fleshy fruitiness, with a bit of grassy hop bitterness. The carbonation is quite low, the body light, but not without weight, mostly of the fruity variety, which renders things rather smooth. It finishes off-dry, and clean, the initial eponymous fruit punch (heh) petering out.

While not a bad beer overall, the focus on the watermelon as guest starring ingredient has predictably feeble results - an echo of an already delicate flavour doesn't add up to strong, memorable flavours. That said, agreeable enough for days like this (+30 degrees), where ease of drinkability and cute advertising rule.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of emerge077
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tumbler it pours a pale golden orange color. Some feeble foam clings to one side, a loose texture to the bubbles. Visible carbonation, murky clarity.

Smells like any other "wheat beer"... bland and somewhat grainy. Not much discernable watermelon, though there's an indistinct fruity note to it.

Some watermelon flavor, though accompanied by a bland watery character, more like the white rind than the sweet red fruit. Light astringency, the mouthfeel is basically nonexistent. Probably not something i'd revisit personally. Cool new can design though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dirty pale lemon color with a very modest head; not much in the way of retention or lace

Smell: Oddly enough, I pick up a bit of spice cake with a chocolate dusting; the watermelon is present, but hidden beneath the other aromas

Taste: The watermelon comes through much more so upon the taste, with hints of the chocolate powder and spice cake being much less pronounced than in the aroma; after the swallow, the flavor fades but the hints of watermelon reappear at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The beer grew on me; I like that it is not sweet and has some underlying complexity; I doubt I would seek it out very often but kudos to the brewer for developing a signature recipe

Thanks, hoppymeal, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.21/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small pure white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of watermelon and light wheat malt is weird and not really enticing. Taste is a mix between some watermelons which is more dominant then expected with some light wheat malt. Body is thin with light carbonation. Boring thin wheat with light watermelon flavours.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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