Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.78/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed by Wiseman Nick and Wiseman Pete.

Appearance: Pours a thin, clear, straw-yellow with very loose, white head. Pretty crappy retention with sticky-ish lacing.

Smell: Smells like watermelon Coors Light. Sorry 21st Ammendment: We're not digging this.

Taste: Strong, tart watermelon (similar to a Jolly Rancher) out front with grainy malts in the middle and more sugary watermelon in the finish. Tastes a lot like a watermelon soda.

Mouthfeel: A very light body with pretty high carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Flavor leaves the palate very quickly. Feels like a watermelon soda.

Drinkability: What a great gateway beer for kids! Tastes like Jones Watermelon Soda with a hint of malt. I really wonder about a lot of these Fruit / Vegetable 'Beers'.

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Photo of Allurex
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mphis
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.88/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can't say I've tried a watermelon brew before, love wheat beers though so giving this one a shot. Small head, poor retention. Good beer to try once.... Wouldn't wanna drink more than one or two of these in a sitting. Not my favorite by any means, but nice crisp refreshing taste and an interesting watermelon bite. Glad I tried it, but definitely not rushing back to the shelf for more.

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Photo of Kevin_Young
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer into the store because some guy told me a story about how he was stranded on the side of the road in Nevada and that he found a can of this and it saved his life. Will it save mine? Probably not, but this guy has a story and I'll try and relive it.

I was really put off by this beer at first but after a few sips and some time to air out, its starting to grow on me. Oddly enough this beer presents itself in a way which is the opposite of which you think it would. Up front first is the wheatiness of the beer, touch of coriander with grain husk. This mid sized body thins out into a semi sweet watermelon effervescence and a dry finish. Overall mimosa like with some watermelon juice.

For what it is, its refreshing fruity and unlike anything I've ever had before. It takes a little while to understand it and enjoy it, but its one of the most innovative beers I've had.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Khaack
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of bouncepass
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of rrski198
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ChicagoNick
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of jaemeno3
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JackieTH
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drew for sharing.

Appearance: Light gold.

Smell: Definite watermelon and grain.

Taste: Watermelon & grain, but not at all sweet or cloying. A tad bit bitter/dry like the white part of a slice of watermelon as you approach the rind. Almost zero sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin but average for a wheat beer.

Drinkability. Interesting brew, but one was enough for me, as the watermelon became a little irritating about 3/4 the way through.

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Photo of axeman9182
1.68/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can, dated 3/26/12. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Hell or High Watermelon poursa somewhat hazy golden yellow. Three or so fingers of white foam cap the beer, but it all fades quickly and quietly. The nose has a bit of a Jolly Rancher watermelon type aroma to it, but there's also another smell that I can't quite place, but it definitely doesn't belong. This is quite simply the worst beer I've ever tasted. The flavor is what I'd imagine it would taste like if you let the leftover milk from a bowl of cereal sit out for a day and then tried to drink it. The body has a weird creaminess to it, only highlighting the awful taste. The carbonation is on the low side. If I ever did a video review of Hell or High Watermelon, it would probably end up a bit like the "I award you zero points, may God have mercy on your soul" speech from Billy Madison.

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Photo of sanitarium16
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool extra from a great trade with googzoid10 - thanks Greg! 12 oz. from a can into a Victory Weiss glass...

Pours a decent straw wheat color with 1/2 finger head that goes pretty quickly. Lacing is present and not too bad.

There's a big raw malt/wheat aroma and sweetness from watermelon meat. There is a tannic quality to the watermelon that gives it a little tinniness.

Interesting - watermelon feels good on the palate and I can taste the husky nature of the watermelon "fibers" regardless of whether it's extract or puree. That metallic tinge is there but gets a bit better with warmth.

Palate feel is affected by the watermelon tannins - very husky with a tight finish.

Label says "agitate before opening" - not sure how much of an effect there is here. The watermelon taste is rather natural, there's raw malt and at the pool this thing would fit in quite well.

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Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very cloudy yellow gold body, fizzy white head entirely disappears, a few lazy streams of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Nose is primarily bready wheat and some funky hops, almost like urine which is actually welcome here, with a touch of candy watermelon. The namesake is more apparent on the tongue, very sweet and candy-like, with a good base of 'beer flavor'- wheat, hop bitterness, a touch of hop spice. The aftertaste has an unpleasant gritty earthiness, part chalk, part burnt bran muffin. Body is quite fizzy and light, which makes it highly drinkable and highly burpy (producing more unpleasant aftertaste).
Not really a bad beer, considering they balanced real beer flavor and delicate watermelon flavor pretty darn well, but something went awry with the aftertaste, not to mention the fizzy malternative-looking visage. Beyond that, OK.

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Photo of little_star
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
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