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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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

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

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Photo of Jfraser
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the local shop and was interested, as watermelon is not a common ingredient and could go well with a late summer picnic. The can says that it is fermented with watermelon concentrate and has added watermelon juice, so I was expecting a somewhat sweet syrup type watermelon flavor.

Initial appearance was a slightly dark wheat beer with little to no head. The smell was slightly funky, although I could have gotten a bad pack I believe this is due to the unexpected watermelon smell mixing with the other hop and malt smells. The taste was surprisingly not like what it smelled like (this was a good thing), but rather a very mellow watermelon flavor quickly followed by wheat. This was definitely not the syrup/sticky sweet flavor I was bracing myself for, but was rather enjoyable. The mouthfeel is light and crisp like a typical wheat beer, with a fairly good drinkability.

This beer would have to be paired very carefully as the watermelon flavor would not play off of strong savory or sweet flavors well.

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Photo of asabreed
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Mildly hazy golden yellow. Not much carbonation at all.

Smell: Light beer aromas and watermelon, though it doesn't seem like syrupy extract, and it probably is.

Taste: Domestic macro grain flavors with a bit of watermelon. Not much else.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied, watery, with mild a carbonation burst near the tail end.

Drinkability: I bought a six-pack for my wife, who's a watermelon fiend, and even though she told me I couldn't have one, I'm having one now. I don't think I'll have another one. I imagine, however, that some folks would dig it, under the right circumstances.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden straw with a thick foamy head that sticks around with a lot of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Smell of light fruit, perhaps watermelon, light honey. Taste is very light, I was honestly expecting more watermelon than wheat, but there is still a faint note having a light graininess to it. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. It's not a bad wheat, nice and light and easy to drink.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit darker colour than what I would typically call "golden straw". Not much of a head; a bit of patchy white frost. Average at best.

Mildly fruity, though not necessarily watermelon. Perhaps a little light maltiness, but again, average at best.

Watermelon very much present in the flavour almost flirting with being artificial like a piece of watermelon candy, but not quite. Finished with a pleasant, dry biscuity malt. Much better than I was anticipating, I must admit.

Mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. I could see where this could be quite sessionable for some, and where I *did* enjoy trying this, I feel I would tire of the watermelon flavour after a pint or two. It's not bad, it's just not a flavour I associate with beer. Peculiar, for sure.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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 gator0877
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. This poured pale yellow into the glass with about an 1 1/2 inch head that quickly dissapeared. Very light carbonation.

S. I was hit with the smell of watermelon immediatly but not in a good way. It almost smelled like a rotten watermelon, gross.

T. The taste does suprise me though. It is not overly sweet. It actually tastes like watermelon and just watermelon. It was as if I was eating a slice but was getting close to the rind of the fruit, so it is not gonna taste like a jolly rancher or italian ice.

M. Thin but not bad for a wheat beer.

D. I could pound a few of these on a hot day. Not too high in ABV so I could handle this. This is strictly a summer beer though.

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Photo of hardy008
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold color with a white two finger head with poor retention. The aroma has watermelon, bread, and a little sweet malt.

Tastes like bread, grain, watermelon, and a little bit of sweet malt. Not overly sweet, and the watermelon flavor is light, but it is present. Decent carbonation, light to medium bodied, not much aftertaste. I am glad I had a chance to try this. Not sure I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim while grabbing a few other items at the lolcal bottle shop. Dark orangish in color with a fizzy soda-like had that disappeared quickly. Wheat and yeast aromas with a definite sweet watermelon aroma as well. Syrupy feel with a burst of carbonation in the beginning. Wheat and yeast flavors in the front that taper to sweet watermleon and orange flavors. Much better than I thought it would be. Pretty refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Cresant
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date, but a code on the bottom. The body was a pale yellow with some haziness. Spritzy head sizzled out quickly. No lacing remained.

Smell was watermelon rind and lightly malty grain.

Taste was watermelon punch. Refreshing and not too sweet. Watermelon flavor was not cloying and it still tasted like "a beer". Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was zesty with a medium to light body.

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Photo of ebby82
2.06/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy golden color, with a couple fingers of head. The smell is funky, but not in a good, Belgian sort of way. Instead its a strange, unpleasant smell, somewhat wheat like, but not entirely. The first taste is bitter, although not strongly so. After another sip or two, I start to notice the watermelon flavor, but I'm not enjoying it. I tried to finish this, but it became a drain pour instead. Perhaps its just the watermelon, but this beer simply does not work for me, even though I love wheat beers and fruit beers.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.77/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

in the past couple of weeks i've had it out of the can directly and poured it into a glass.

It pours a very nice light yellow with a small white head.

Smells of summer to me, with a hint of watermelon and a nice yeasty fresh smell.

Taste is perfect, you get a hint of watermelon as you drink it, other than that its got some nice spicing with the wheat and overall is just an amazing beer for hanging out bbqing and enjoying summer/warm weather. This is my new favorite summer beer.

Great light mouthfeel, with just enough kick to get your mouth excited.

Drikability is amazing. I could sit there and drink this all day absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Nature777
4.41/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very easy to drink! This is by far my favorite summer beer! It has the feel of any other wheat beer, but the watermelon taste is so unique that it simply floored me.

The beer is slightly pink with a white head. The color of this beer really stood out to me. Initially, I thought the color seemed very artificial which made me expect an artificial flavor. But, I was wrong. There is little up front beyond a generic wheat beer, but in the aftertaste lies a brilliant watermelon flavor!

It is easy to drink and not very filling. It is slightly more alcoholic than your run of the mill macrobrews making it possible to drink a great many of these at any given time. It's a good beer to give to new beer drinkers. It's an excellent example of how diverse craft beers can be!

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. It poured a cloudy yellow/gold, with one finger of white, average retention, and average lacing. The nose was surprisingly grassy, herbal, and modestly bitter, with very little hint of the watermelon therein. The taste revealed the watermelon, blended nicely with herbal hop and malt midpalate, and not overpoweringly sweet as in some fruit beers. Also, it didn't fall flat at the finish as in other fruit beers; the balance was apparent in a crisp, somewhat minty finish. I must admit, this was a HUGE surprise of a beer after having two other watermelon beers in recent memory which were god-awful. This was a nice, thin lawnmower alternative for the summer months.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy yellow gold with not much head and non-existent lacing.
smell: Very faint watermelon. I would've missed it had I not been sniffing for it.
taste: There's the watermelon! Pretty tasty.
mouthfeel: pretty slight. Some carbonation.
drinkability: This is quite refreshing on a hot Ga. summer afternoon.
Not bad, but not a seek it out, must have.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at 21A

A: The beer comes with a small piece of watermelon affixed to the glass (a la an orange/lemon with hefeweizens of ill-repute). The beer is a slightly hazed straw color.

S: The nose definitely exhibits some watermelon, but it is more watermelon rind in nature. A bit of sweet, bread malt underneath.

T: Plenty of watermelon flavor, so at least it lives up to its name. Mostly watermelon rind and watermelon jolly rancher with just a hint of wheat.

M: The body is on the lighter side with plentiful carbonation.

D: I don't know how much of this I'd actually be interested in drinking at a time, but it's not a bad beer. Quite refreshing and better than some of the other beers that were on tap.

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Photo of Freshie
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow cloudiness, and lackluster head.

S- Slight hints of watermelon and grain.

T- There is watermelon in the taste, so mission accomplished there, but other than that, it is not very remarkable. Some mellow grain, and barely any hops or sweet malt.

M- Finishes somewhat crisp and clean, but is that from good balance or watered down taste?

D- Goes down alright, still, not that great overall.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A: A hazy brew that is straw yellow, foamy white head fades into some lace.

S: Smell: Not much in the way of smell some wheat tang maybe.

T: Well we have a natural watermelon and some light wheat action happening, the flavor is not offensive but neither is it memorable. Letting this beer warm up does wonders for the flavor.

M: Hmmm it's not watery but its close, lots of carbonation.

D: Easy of the taste buds and the palette, nice on a super hot day

Notes: I was so excited to try this beer, since it just arrived into my area. The beer is not bad, but is not memorable either; I think it needs a little more kick in the flavor department.

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Photo of Amalak
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I saw the can and had to give it a go. I was interested to see what a watermelon beer would taste like, though skeptical.
A- It's straw yellow. Hazy. It has a big foamy head, white, and a good deal of head and lace. Some streams of bubbles.
S- Sweet wheat scent with a hint of watermelon.
T- The taste is reversed from the smell. The watermelon is bold and the wheat is mild. It's like a jolly rancher was put into a wheat beer. Refreshing, but this taste is too candy-ish. I was only good with having two then had to move on.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into imperial pint glass

A: Slightly hazy, dark yellow, definitely not bright, but still light colored, head is very light, starts large and fizzy, ends up as a covering foam

S: Smells like a typical wheat beer, no real distinctive fruit or other aromas in general, can't detect any spice notes or anything sweet beyond the normal yeasty aroma, pretty bland

T: Again tastes like a fairly plain wheat beer, doesn't taste spicy like some, can definitely taste and identify the watermelon, but since it is a melon and so watery in general, the flavor is bland, it tastes vaguely like that watery slightly sweet aftertaste you can when swallowing a bite of watermelon, just an average wheat beer with some average added flavor

M: normal for the style again, light with bright carbonation, dries in finish

D: Definitely the best aspect, unobtrusive flavors and good mouthfeel make it easy to drink

Notes: This is a very average wheat beer with some flavor thrown in to make it more interesting than just a bland beer. I don't think the watermelon flavor affects the score really at all, with it the beer is average and I wouldn't have missed it if it wasn't there at all.

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Photo of shiptoshore
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, cold, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light pale yellow with barely an eighth of an inch of a foamy white head.

The smell has some strong hints of wheat but a very small presence of watermelon

It tastes almost how it smells, the wheat is the first to come out with a watermelon aftertaste

After drinking it I feel that despite it being hailed as a watermelon wheat beer the traces of watermelon are all but forgotten. The beer is light and makes for a good drink on a hot day but other than that not impressed.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, 4.9% abv. Pours a hazy, pale straw color. White foamy head disappears almost immediately. No lace.

Pale, slightly sour, grainy aroma. Moderate amount of fruit, with a hint of watermelon near the end.

Pale malt, with a hint of tartness. Cereal grains show through a bit. Some bitterness, then a soft amount of watermelon. Not a whole lot going on.

Light body, but not overly fizzy. Watermelon comes across very subtle, without an artificial feel. Easy to drink on a hot day. Not bad.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a snifter. Gentle pour led to about 2 fingers of a thin white head that quickly disappeared. Smells like canned corn. Tasted like canned corn with a slight jolly rancher watermelon finish. The longer it sat the more it smelled and tasted like watermelon but I ended up drain pouring half of this mess.
This beer was gross.

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Photo of hipsterbob
1/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't review beers, but this beer was in need of a review.

This beer made me want to do a drain poor from just the smell, let alone the first sip, and i've drank some pretty garbage beers before that i could at least somewhat tolerate.

look - like day old warm apple juice, and i've seen more head on pouring water into a glass at high pressure.

taste - tasted like when you threw up in your mouth a little bit, and you force it back down, and you taste what you ate earlier that day, but with an obviously throwup-ie taste. and if there was any remote watermelon taste, it was the the taste of rind of a mellon, gross.

feel - couldn't really feel the mouth feel, since i was busy trying to swallow this beer.

overall - won't ever drink this again, i only finished it, since i paid $2 for it. after seeing this beer on a website showing cool beers i should try, name seemed interesting and inviting, and after looking at the "ba" overall reviews for this beer, i decided to try it, and man, was it a complete disappointment.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, light yellow body with a small, quickly evaporating, white head.

Smell: Huh. No more than a very nominal wheat character and the purported fruit addition provides for a mere hint of greenish, vegetal tones. You could've said it was zucchinis and I would've gone along with it.

Taste: Lightly sweet, minor taste of wheat malt. Faintly grainy. Near nil bitterness throughout. Thin trace of watermelon husks which holds until the flat, yawnworthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sorry, but this one just didn't do it for me. It's difficult for me to be particularly interested in a bland wheat ale with a boring watermelon character. Bummer.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.2/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass on 7/21/10

Pale gold & hay colored. Haziness is apparent when held to the light; it actually casts a soapy sheen. White foam rose to 1/4th inch, though it fizzled out in an aggressive fashion. These bubbles appeared to hit the surface enraged. No head retention & no lace.

Ah, the aroma. Some toasted wheat notes are all I can tolerate. Something of a watermelon aroma, I guess; watered down juice. Maybe not quite stale, but well past it's prime (the watered down juice, that is). Imagine sticking your head in a garbage can with old watermelon rind in it. Some herbal, spicy overtones muddle it up even more. Ugh.

What a wretched tasting beer. Watermelon, huh? What a piss poor representation of it. All at once it tastes watered down, rotten, medicinal & tea-like. Wheat notes simply cannot compete with the awful flavor of whatever shoddy watermelon-type crap was used to brew this. I have a hard time imagining this wasn't aged on moldy tea leaves & rotten logs. It has a phantom garbage aftertaste to boot. This is vile.

Light body with very low carbonation; seemingly intent to let the flavors loiter. Never before have I encountered a 4.9% abv beer that has an even-so-slightly numbing sensation on the palate like this beer does. Musty, mold-addled undertones linger far too long.

Drinkability? This is the cud of the beer world. Never again.

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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
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