Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
BA SCORE
28.5%
Liked This Beer
3.35 w/ 2,803 ratings
Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,259
Reviews:
759
Ratings:
2,803
Liked:
800
Avg:
3.35/5
pDev:
20%
Alströms:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
706
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,803 |  Reviews: 759
Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with eggshell white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of grain and wheat, slightly metallic. Not sure if I'm getting any of the watermelon, maybe faintly. Taste follows the nose, grainy up front with a little watermelon sweetness on the middle of the palate. Finishes slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is on par for a 4.9% wheat beer. Overall, very crushable, drinkable, but not something I would reach for. In terms of a 21st Amendment session beer I will go for Down to Earth.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Murky straw-yellow in color. Two finger white head comprised of tiny bubbles. The head settles into nothing after a few minutes. No noticeable lacing.

S: Bread and wheat, fleshy watermelon and watermelon juice in the background. Simple to the point of being bland.

T: Watermelon and wheat tastes fade in and out, with one or the other dominating for a moment. Watermelon taste is subtle at the outset, then becomes more concentrated and just a touch candy-like toward the mid-palate. Wheat tastes open with that classic, almost citric wheat twang, then build until they reach an apex and the taste of freshly baked bread unfolds on the palate. Yeast brings it's own bready tastes too, though they come across as a bit stale. Only the vaguest sense of hop bitterness. Watermelon goes rind-like and a touch bitter at the end. The finish is so abrupt that there almost isn't one. Watermelon juice and a suggestion of bready wheat are gone in an instant.

M: Light in body, but it has that frothy wheat mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Lively, spritzy carbonation would go a long way here. It is such a simple beer that lifting the body with active carbonation and keeping it crisp and refreshing seems like a no-brainer.

O: This one really didn't do it for me. It is a little more complex than I would have expected, but it still bores me. However, I will say that it is probably the best watermelon beer I've ever had (but I've only had three). At least the watermelon tastes fairly natural.

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Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of edthehead
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardTarget
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very hazy light golden glass holds a very thin white head.

Smell: Wheat, earthy grain really, with just a hint of Jolly Rancher Watermelon candy. A bit of melon, but I really have to reach for it.

Taste: Watermelon comes through a lot more in the taste for me, overall a very mild beer, a little yeasty, a bit of coarse wheat, but not much here to tell.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation doesn't get fizzy, smooth texture and a little oily mouth coat.

Overall: A good summer beer, nice, different, but a bit pedestrian. Still, could see it being a hit at parties as it is unlikely to offend and just enough going to be interesting.

Hand carried back from Maryland

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Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Hallertau
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Bieniek30
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of DamienI
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Offa
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was not expecting much from a wheat beer with watermelon, but saw single cans for sale so I figured I'd try it and I was pleasantly surprised.

Hazy orangish straw yellow, it has a medium off-white head, steadily shrinking to a wispy top and no real lace.

The aroma is the weakest aspect and is a bit unpleasant. It smells of apples, flour and a hint of bread dough - definitely a wheat ale quality but different, hint of pine sap, and a hint of watermelon, mostly an old, turned unpleasant watermelon quality. It's not dreadful, but it's not good, either.

The taste, though, is actually pretty good as well as being interesting and unusual and it somewhat grew on me. It's odd and different, but pleasant, with a definite watermelon element (a bit like watermelon candy without the sweetness), a general wheat-ale quality of grain, dough, and dryish fruit, as well as cucumber, and light juiciness with a finish of wheat and cooked beans. It's dryish, not really sweet or bitter.

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Photo of wonothesane42
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jampics2
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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

Photo of pisano
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of shehateme
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you don't like watermelon, you prob won't like this beer either. Crisp, refreshing with more than just a hint of watermelon. Quite delicious.

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Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of lackenhauser
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy golden color. Quite lively when poured. OK aroma-somewhat yeasty and wheat like. Moderate level of fruitiness. Rather chemical and industrial flavor. While it might be described as "watermelon" I find it to be more like tasting the rind or pith from one. Not overly unpleasant but just does not work. OK body for the style-crisp finish. A bit of a dissapointment. I would tend to think a watermelon beer would be hard to pull off-they didnt get there with this one for sure.

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Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy, yellow beer with some floaters and a thin, splotchy white head.

S- White bread and a sweet, indistinguishable fruitiness. Not as potent of a watermelon punch as I was expecting.

T- Sweet watermelon and bread with caramel. A tad tart at the end.

M- A carbonation bite, but the sweetness keeps it refreshing.

D- A great warm weather beer. This has been on my "to try" list for awhile, and it doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can enjoy by 6/30/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow, hazy with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Muted. Wheat, a touch of watermelon and a hint of lemon
T: More prevalent watermelon, though to me this tastes more like the rind than the juicy parts. Wheat, herbs and lemon are in the background
M: Light-bodied, a touch bitter given the rind prevalence
O: Usually my favorite bite of watermelon is eating the last bits of flesh off the rind. That being said, the rind being the more distinct taste in a beer doesn't work. I'd prefer this with a bit more sweet watermelon & wheat notes than what it has. Somewhat refreshing but there are numerous other wheat beers I'd drink for refreshment before revisiting this

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 28.5% out of 100 with 2,803 ratings
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