Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

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76
okay
2,753 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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:
2,753
Reviews:
745
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
20.3%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
687
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Beejay
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow with white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Light, and a little rice scent in there. Some earthy tones as well. Not a lot of watermelon.

T: The first thing I get is a 'dish sponge' taste.. Dirty or grimy.. Definitely some nice watermelon in there at the end, it tastes like real watermelon, not like a syrup, or flavoring. Overall it tastes a little dirty, and watery. Interesting, but not my bag.

M: Carbonation is good, though the mouthfeel is a little watery.

D: No thanks. Might be great for some folks as a summer beer, but there is something right at the front that I just can't get past. It tastes like someone wiped up watermelon juice with a dish sponge and carbonated it. I like their other offerings though, and would love to see more of their beers distributed here.

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Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of loganburgh
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SierraFlight
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardTarget
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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 TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wonothesane42
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jampics2
1.75/5  rDev -47%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can

Pours hazy lemon gold, white head dissipates to nothing.

Smells of wheat, melon and citrus.

Tastes wheaty and notably melony, on the lighter side.

Lighter body with tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

Light, highly drinkable. Not exceptional but interesting. Good session candidate.

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Photo of Offa
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
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 gregcordle
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of einman
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not something I disliked necessarily but I was actually hoping it would have a bit more of the watermelon flavor.

Poured nice and I was hopeful after getting the first smell but after tasting it I was dissappointed. If I hadn't know what it was supposed to be I may not have guessed it, very light on the flavor.

Otherwise it drinks just like a light lager beer to me, not much to it. Gimmicky is how I described it to my GF.

Will I finish the six pack, yes. Will I buy again, probably not.

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Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pisano
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.3 out of 5 based on 2,753 ratings.
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