Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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76
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2,794 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
2,794
Reviews:
757
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
20.24%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
705
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Thumper92
1.29/5  rDev -61%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Tastes like bud light, wish I would have gotten another IPA instead

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Photo of omb
1.3/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Have heard good things about 21st Amendment. Well lets say I was extremely disappointed with my 1st forray. This was a can poured into a frosted pint glass.

Boring, stale, flat taste, and that's just the good things. The taste of watermelon was overpowering. Head was small.

This was so bad the bartendered offered a substitution.

Hopefully my future posts will be for better buys.

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Photo of treyrab
1.31/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Big thanks to Matt for this extra. I have always been intrigued by this, so I was glad to pour it into my pint glass...

A: Very pale macro looking with a strong yellow hue. Active carbonation coming through with a snowblind white head.

S: Smell. Whew, the smell. Smells like a watermelon that has been sitting out in the sun for 3 weeks. Some pale malts help hide that scent, but it can only do so much.

T: The taste is of that same watermelon smell, and is by no means delicious. Very light taste like a macro with old watermelon thrown in.

Really glad I had the chance to try this, but I can't say it is one I will be seeking out anytime soon.

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Photo of wedge
1.34/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy yellow gold with a white head. The aroma instantly filled me with a sense of "I've made a huge mistake". Both the smell and the flavor shared similar qualities, but at least there was a hint of watermelon sweetness in the nose. The main characteristic though - and I'm being very serious - was that it reminded me of vomit. It took me a little while to figure out exactly what was disturbing me so much with each sip (bile isn't usually one of the first descriptors my brain searches for when drinking a beer). Other things that came to mind: corn, butterscotch, pumpkin, yogurt...just sour, weird, and wholly unpleasant. Admittedly, I've never been a huge fan of watermelon, though "watermelon flavored" candy is perfectly acceptable and even enjoyable when I come across it. There was pretty much nothing in that can that made me think "watermelon".

Very rare is the occasion where I cannot finish a beer, but I had to move on after about half. I'm surprised I made it that far, my friend and I trading various upsetting facial expressions, choking it down trying to figure out exactly what was going on with this beer. Vomit. It reminded me of vomit. Vile, repulsive stuff...

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Photo of homebrew311
1.37/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Intriguing- this is my first beer with watermelon.

A: pours a hazy orange with minimal white head. A touch of laacing.

S: funky herbal notes up front...very off putting. Notes of stale wheat and a hint of Jolly Rancher watermelon (read artificial) at the end which does not fit with the rest of the profile. This smells like a mess.

T: up front is that weird herbal tea like character that I picked up on the nose. Again, very off putting. A little bit of watermelon comes in on the middle but it is lost in the disgusting malt character. Not a fan.

MF: Medium carbonation, light body

D: Yuck! Will never have this one again. Nothing about this beer works for me. I was turned off by the smell and the taste provided exactly what the smell promised: an undrinkable beer. Avoid this one.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
1.46/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought a single can to give it a try. I want to like 21st Amendment...

A - Very pale cloudy yellow. No head, little lacing.

S - Smells like slightly rotting organic matter. Maybe the insides of a pumpkin. Maybe the watermelon rinds after two weeks in the hot sun. It certainly has a strong smell, but it's the least appealing smell I've ever found in a beer. Near gag reflex. I can't stress this enough. This smells awful. I never drain pour a beer. I'm close on this one, and I've never tasted it!

T & M - See above. Imagine that ambiguous rotting organic matter is now soaked in Miller Lite, and then rung out into a can. For good measure, I imagine this can was probably left in the sun another couple of hours. The only positive is my breath is now watermelony fresh. That's the first I really noticed the watermelon, and I hope it never finds its way into a beer again.

D - You'll have to ask my drain on this one. I have no intentions of finishing this.

This is the worst beer I've had in a VERY long time...

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Photo of DWolf
1.48/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, with Memorial Day passing, we can officially say summer is here. And, nothing makes a warm summer day more pleasant than relaxing with a cold beer. And, few beers are more refreshing in that moment than a good wheat beer. Not too heavy - not too light ... maybe with a touch of spice, grass, or lemon or other fruit. So, why not watermelon? What is a more quintessential fruit of summer than watermelon? Which brings me to Hell or High Watermelon Wheat beer from 21st Amendment.

You know when you are done eating a piece of watermelon, and all the juicy flesh is gone, and you get down to that white part near the rind? Yet, you keep taking a bite or two more. And, you get this sour bitterness that tastes pretty much like nothing except sour bitter water with a hint of watermelon?

Yeah, that's what this beer tastes like.

I drank two cans from the 6-pack I bought from the cooler. Both the same. The next four likely will go down the drain.

Don't know if this was a bad batch or what. But, given some other reviews, maybe not.

Normally, I like most beers from 21st Amendment. But, this one was a disappointment.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
1.49/5  rDev -55%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cans served at Dirty Franks in Columbus. Morbid curiosity brought me to try this one.

Those of you who read my reviews might notice I dont have very much mean to say about any beers, if I review a macro its because it meant something to me in the past. Well this review might be a change of pace.

A- Oh man this might be one of the least appetizing beers Ive ever seen. Its worse than most macros. I poured this myself into a pint glass and still I get really no head, no lacing, no effervescence, no signs of life what so ever. The color is a strangely hazy (not fully or not partially hazy either, just sort of grimy) yellow.

S- Wheaty and yeasty. Its trying to have smells of a good hefe... There is some banana and clove. The rich banana bread smells of a good wheat beer are not there. There really isnt any watermelon in the smell.

T- Aluminum is what I got first. I mean I heard of many macros tasting like the can they came out of but this one is the first where I actually notice that taste. Once you get past the galvanized taste the beer starts out straight wheaty and yeasty. It then promptly breaks into an artificial, candy like watermelon taste. Its just like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. The finish is yet more wheat and some spice.

D- I didnt even finish my glass. The alcohol is low, this is a sweet beer. People who arent used to stronger, more flavorful beers might like this. Personally I think its a waste.

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Photo of deebo
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of Damian74
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of JPMcKirk
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of TommyLiam
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of calcnerd
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of Jameswoody
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of beergil
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of MattGrimes17
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of scot959
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of JHB-510
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of jakehembree
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of jophish17
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of AdamTheFool
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I was really excited to find an adventurous beer in a can in the liquor store. Turns out it was TOO adventurous. I ended up having to draw straws every round of beers and give it to the loser just to get rid of it.

This beer tasted watered down and that may have been the best part of it. I don't mean to be cruel but so far on this site it had a B-. Someone must have been grading on a curve

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Photo of tastymug
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of DSkilling
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.31 out of 5 based on 2,794 ratings.
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