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:
#42,617
Reviews:
759
Ratings:
2,807
pDev:
20%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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126
Gots:
708
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Ratings: 2,807 |  Reviews: 759
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a reddish tinge; thick, white head; good retention

S - grains, wheat, grass, faint watermelon

T - light watermelon, grains, wheat, grass

M - light bodied, smooth, little carbonation

This is a light, easy drinking beer. It's not very sweet and the watermelon doesn't really shine through. It's drinkability though makes it a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of imbibehour
2.51/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A real nice decent looker on the pour. Big perfectly pinhead forming head, bleach white, four fingers tall with soapy retention and falling slowly. Body color is a very pale yellow and orb glowing with a classic opaque unfiltered appearance. Nice simple rising carbonation, very solid looking brew.

Faint wet watermellon on the nose, but some off smelling character to match. Not much wheat malt sense or chewyness. Off smelling character is semi vegetative but more of a bitter bile sense which isn't very pleasant.

Palate is very thin. Watery body, with hardly any wheat malt density. Crazy and weird odd finish, with some malt sweetness but a real off pleasant rind fruit bitterness to match. Wet body has some watermellon taste and sweetness, but is quickly overshadowed by a lackluster mouthfeel. The aftertaste leave and unbelievably bitter melon quality which just doesn't go away.

Overall not really diggin this, just all around a not pleasant experience.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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

Tasted from draft at Firkin on June 24, 2015.

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Photo of SadMachine
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can..."Yeast inside-agitate before opening" nice to see towards the top of the can. Pours cloucy lemony and still, w/o bubbles rising to the top. Quickly departing head and leaves no lace. I believe I do get a slight wiff of watermelon rind on the nose. Light and fruity, some might say watery even...Perhaps a hint of watermelon on the tongue...Lawn mower/very hot day beer...

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold. White head. Nose is that almost dirty wheat with fruit thing. Flavor at first is strange. Then it smooths out and the watermelon stays smooth and low. A nice accent to the whole thing. Feel has a fairly and biting carbonation to it. Liquid is good. I usually can't stand these fruit "wheat" beers, but this one is actually pretty nice. Great for a scorching hot day.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a soft burnt orange to copper color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a tickle of lace, but sliding.
The aroma had some sweet grassy hops, crisp cracker malt and then the watermelon which was sweet yet light, not artificial.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the grassy hops, cracker malt and the watermelon. Sly aftertaste of the watermelon and cracker malt.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, good for what it is, I went into this not expecting of PtE, Heady or even Trillium status and came out pleased with this one. Personally, I think they kept the "watermelon" exactly where it should be in this beer because watermelon as a fruit to use in a beer - high levels of it would raise suspicions of an artificial quality. Good job on keeping the watermelon quaint and nice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cans drank at the beach this past weekend.

Did not pour it out, as I was in the water but apparently it's a hazy orange.

Smells like sweet fruits, but not necessarily watermelon. Some wheat is noticed on the nose too.

The taste is similar. It's a standard crisp American pale wheat, with a crisp finish that is accentuated by a mild but juicy watermelon flavor. It's subtle, and doesn't overwhelm the palate or become cloying. The base wheat beer is slightly bitter, and a little bit yeasty- the sweetness from the watermelon keeps both of those in check. The beer is understandably a little watery.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel- perfect for the situation. High carbonation.

Overall not too bad- it's not a world beater, though. The watermelon flavor is nice, but the base beer could be a little bit better.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a weisse vase, the beer is a cloudy, opaque, pale yellow-gold coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of tangy sweet watermelon and toasted grains. Flavors are light and sweet, with a strong watermelon character on the forward tongue that gives you a sugary tart profile atop the toasted grain backbone. The aftertaste is light and quick, with a strong watermelon character and tangy feel. Crisp, light finish. This beer is very easy to drink, and great on a hot day. Also goes well with a wedge of watermelon, as we originally had it at 21st Amendment in SanFran.

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Photo of mklisz
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clouded golden with a foamy white head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Dotted lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is grainy and bready. Didn't quite catch watermelon enough to peg it as that without knowing on initial smell, but a subsequent smell, before tasting, gave a clear, strong watermelon presence.

The taste is bready/yeasty - a bit too much so with watermelon. There is an herbal touch of hops - subtle, but more than typical of the style. There is a wheat tang in the finish. The short-lived aftertaste is of having bitten a watermelon rind while drinking a decent American Pale Wheat.

It is watery thin overall, though clean and not too fizzy.

At least it is not artificial fruit syrup, and has a bit of (largely washed-out) character. It's a bit too yeasty and thin/watery. Interesting as a novelty (second watermelon beer I've had). One drinks fine, but wouldn't reach for another (even in a "watermelon mood").

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Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of watermelon, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an a Fruit / Vegetable beer more than an American Pale Wheat Ale, because the watermelon dominates. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of watermelon, slight wheat, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Overall, while this was a very refreshing brew, I wish there was more of a wheat backbone to balance the brew.

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GClarkage
2.76/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

01/29/09- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz can, with what might be a possible canning code on the side of the can. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Yeasty and lightly clouded medium golden colored pour. Brilliant white creamy 3/4 inch head and slight lace trails left behind.

Smell- Don't really smell watermelon, just some random light candied sugar scent. A bit of grain as well.

Taste- OK, I taste the watermelon, but it's not like fresh or real watermelon. Kinda like a jolly rancher flavor except not that sugary. Maybe like a flavored seltzer water taste? Quite a heavy yeast strain and mild grain flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, kinda chalky.

Drinkability- Had to finally try it because of the novelty factor. Anyway, no need to try it again. Many better tasting beers of this type out there...maybe not watermelon, but fruit overall.

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Photo of Dicers
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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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