Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer | 21st Amendment Brewery

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat BeerHell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
BA SCORE
3.35/5
2,807 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:
#42,679
Reviews:
759
Ratings:
2,807
pDev:
20%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
708
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,807 |  Reviews: 759
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Pale and light yellow color with a light haze. The head is whispy and lacks longevity.

It's not very aromatic, but it has wheat, lemon, and watermelon.

It's tastes exactly as I expected. Whet beer with watermelon. The watermelon is very distinct.

Light body, but crisp and refreshing.

There's not much to this beer yet I feel like I enjoyed it more that my scores would suggest. To put it in context I'm grilling and sweating and it's hot as Hades out here. It was quite quenching.

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Photo of JDV
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light colored with a small head. Definite watermelon smell, and taste. Easy drinking, slightly bittered watered down watermelon flavor. Nice in that you get the flavor you're expecting, but needs to be a slight bit fuller bodied and flavored, even for a summer refresher, I thought. Ok, but not as good as I hoped it would be.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
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 mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of farrago
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A little less than a finger’s worth of gossamer white bubbles, not quite foam, dissipates to basically nothing across the surface, no lacing either. Hazy deep yellow colored liquid, holds light inside well, few bubbles, loosely aggregated, nothing leaps out at you visually. The nose is soft and gentle, wheat cereal, biscuit and, duh, sweet watermelon scents, you get lemon juice as well, ends with an earthy and herbal muskiness which is actually welcome for how it broadens the texture and creates contrast against the fruit. Medium-bodied with fluffy carbonation, has some residual prickle through the finish. The watermelon flavoring is not excessively strong, kind of floats through the mouth. There’s a metallic undercurrent more than wheat or bread, although there’s an adequate amount of the latter. Sour lemon to orange citrus brings added refreshing qualities. At times you might find a spoonful of molasses. Nothing here really distinguishes it but it’s unflawed, not entirely without appeal.

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Photo of WoostaBia
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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

My can says it's made in MN, so I'm not sure where it's made. Anyway, the appearance was alright, had a nice little head to it, but died out quickly to a thin lacing, then to nothing. Color was a hazy, faint straw. My nose was a little stuffy, but from what I could tell, it was mostly a wheaty smell, with background smells of watermelon, malts, and very little hops. Taste was more wheat in the beginning, but as it went down your throat, the watermelon really showed itself. It was almost as if someone dropped a jolly rancher in my wheat beer, but not as sweet and fake tasting. Great beer for the summer! Overall a decent beer, glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this the first can I've reviewed since Miller Lite? Fantastic styled can from 21A. Thanks Nico & Shaun.

Pours out as a deep murky hazy swamp water orange hue. No head to speak of.

Nose is a light cheddar, yes as in cheese. No fruit appearing.

First swigs: Oh there is the watermelon. Crammed in with the wheat and the light escaping malt. THis is a balancing act of light wheat and light malt. Yummy! Slight bubble gum. Easy watermelon and yes...cheese! Stickin' with the cheese aspect but subtle

Feel is thin and brisk!

Last swigs: This is trade worthy. Seek and destroy!

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was served on tap and poured into a pint glass. The beer menu listed the abv at 4.9%.

Appearance: The body has a hazy straw yellow color with light foamy head on top. It’s head fizzled out quickly.

Smell: The aroma is fairly light overall. It brings some light wheat malt and white bready maltiness to the nose. It also has nice natural watermelon notes as well as and mild mineral like character.

Taste / Palate: It’s lightly bodied and like it’s aroma it has light pale bready and wheat maltiness with a light sweetness and an equally balanced watermelon flavor. Again like it’s aroma it also has a slight mineral flavor note and just a very light herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Notes: This is definitely a hot summer day or lawn mower beer. It’s thin and light making it easy drinking and interesting. It like that the watermelon taste is natural and some candy like flavoring added to a light wheat beer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Paccamacca
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

If you like wheat beers and watermelon then this is your beer. Wheat beers are kinda gross and boring, IMO, but this wasn't terrible.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CrellMoset
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can as an extra from numbeercruncher - thanks!! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazed golden yellow, a very traditional hefe-esque color, with a two-finger white head of average to perhaps - for the style - slightly above average retention. Leaves some nice splotches of runny, glittery, watery lacing. The carbonation is plentiful, well-distributed, relatively fine-bubbled, and very fast.

Aroma: A little simplistic, though largely pleasant. Plenty of lightly tart watermelon, pretty authentic, over a biscuity-smelling malt base. Strangely enough, I get hints of caramel and caramelized sugars out of this one, which seem a little off - at least in my mind. Not bad though.

Taste: A little tarter and fruitier than I'd like, with a few unpleasant "vegetal" notes. On the other hand, there's plenty of good stuff here - a sweet malt base with hints of roast peeking through and watermelon "pulp" notes that transition from sweet up front to tart in the finish, slightly juicy, slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and big-bubbled - result of all that effervescence in a relatively thin body - resulting in a puffy and uneven mouthfeel. It doesn't work too poorly with these flavors, though in most beers it would be really distracting.

Drinkability: An interesting brew. The watermelon definitely comes through on this one, adding both a few complex fruit sugars as well as a tart, slightly puckering note in the finish. It works decently well with the beer's base too, though the whole package just leaves a little to be desired, in my opinion. On the drinkable side, it's low in alcohol and solidly made. Perhaps a few tweaks with this one - adjusting the malt base to something a little solider and simpler, and modifying the watermelon addition somehow (I know this is difficult, haha) would make this one a really tasty fruit beer. Still glad I got a chance to try it. Plus, it's in a can - another bonus!

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.21/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz can into DFH pint glass. No canning date is present on the packaging. It is a seasonal release, so I am assuming it isn't that old. **Preface: Not my favorite style. Purchased for wife who likes wheats.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color. Pretty much no head at all. Carbonation is not great. Some lacing.

S: Mostly yeasty. Strange smells. When I really got in there I got some fruit (melon) smells but not as overpowering as I was expecting.

T: The flavor of this is strange. Really different. I get the watermelon but it's just kind of off putting actually. I really didn't like this at all and almost drain-poured the last 1/4 of it.

M: Very watery (thank god actually). Nothing that lingers with you.

O: I like 21st Amendment and most of their offerings, just not into this one. I bought a 6-pack and THANK GOD the wife likes it....she'll be drinking the rest of it alone!

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Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can from trade:

Pours a hazey straw colored wheat ale in the flute. 2 finger rocky cap doesn't last well but laces the glass moderately. Lively artificial carbonation.

Aroma is quite pleasant: wheaty biscuit tones with fruits and musty melon. Light bodied, peppery mouth feel. Tastes almost like it smells but the melon is more detectable, yet not offensively overpowering or synthetic. Finish is dry, clean crisp.

Great little summer sipper. I like it and I usually don't like fruit beer.

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Photo of mntlover
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice surprise in my local store today.

Pours a nice almost clear pale yellow color with nice center of rising bubbles to white two finger head that falls rather quick. No lace to speak of.

Aroma is light wheaty malts with what i assume is watermelon along with some nice light hops lightly grassy variety, along with a touch of yeast notes perhaps.

Taste is well its go the crappy american wheat flavor down to a tee but the watermelon touch is nice not over powering seems just right. Some light hops in the finish grassy earthy notes mingle with little twang from the melon. Over all for a style that is usually just crap this one isn't that bad at all.

Mouthfeel is light with normal carbonation levels.

Drinkability is ok not something i would really repeat buy but fruit beers are not my thing but sure wouldn't turn one down on a hot day by the lake or pool.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 2,807 ratings
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