21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

About a week and a half ago, we were treated to a can of this, courtesy of Deron, to taste alongside bottles of homebrew; wheat and a watermelon wheat clone. Three of us at here popped open the can from 21st Amendment and were quite surprised. Rather than watermelon, we all tasted a heavy amount of squash. I was rather disappointed but couldn’t help but wonder, maybe this was just an old can or something?

21st Amendment Brewery had a feeling they could change my mind on this beer and make me a believer, so they sent me a freshly brewed 6-pack to see if I would have a better experience. I most certainly did.

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon tasted so good the second time around that I wish I had had some throughout the entire summer. I hope someday soon the 21st Amendment brews will be readily available in the Buffalo area soon.

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon – 4.9% ABV Wheat Beer

Appearance: Cloudy, sun-kissed straw colored with 3 fingers of fluffy, white head. The height disappeared rapidly but left a nice film over the surface, which lasted as long as there was beer in my glass.

Aroma: Sweet wheat, malt and yeast are prevalent here. There is a whisper of fruit in the aroma as well, which would definitely be attributed to the watermelon.

Taste: Crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. A great tasting summery wheat flavor enhanced by the sweet, thirst quenching watermelon and backed by a slightly bready malt. No hint of squash at all in this one. So tasty, it will be tough to keep from polishing off the entire 6-pack myself.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with a crisp, refreshing carbonation that’s spot on. There are so many bubbles that I feel full after drinking it, so I immediately wanted to pop open another can. Hell or High Watermelon’s body is perfect for sessioning.

Actually, everything about this makes it a perfect session brew; light watermelon flavor without being overwhelming, low ABV and a smooth, thirst quenching body. Couldn’t ask for more.

I can’t thank 21st Amendment Brewery enough for sending this along. You certainly changed my mind on the watermelon wheat. I urge anyone else who’s had a similar experience to my first squashy one to try a fresh can as well.

Oh, and if you ever come upon on 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood, make sure to pick some up. It’s a deliciously complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale that I also recommend.




  • Rob September 16, 2010 @ 10:05am

    I tried this back in May and wasn’t impressed. I didn’t taste squash, but don’t feel like I was drinking watermelon flavored beer either. I wrote a review if you are interested in the details. You know where to find me. 🙂

  • Hannah September 16, 2010 @ 10:10am

    Rob – thanks! You know, I really liked the fact that the watermelon was only there in essence. I’m not a huge fan of super fruit-flavored beers so this one, to me, was right on the money. I’ll be sure to check out your review!

  • M September 16, 2010 @ 2:28pm

    Sweet! I was wondering how it was going to be, as we chatted about it a bunch during our road trip 😉

  • Hannah September 16, 2010 @ 2:41pm

    M – yah, absolutely. It’s not at all super fruity-sweet either, which is probably why I dig it so much. YUM.

  • Kelly September 17, 2010 @ 1:43pm

    I’m pretty sure they had issues with this beer in the spring – at their contract brewer (Cold Spring Brewery). I bet they fixed the issues…

  • Hannah September 17, 2010 @ 1:55pm

    Kelly – so glad you let me know! I was starting to think I had the only bad can, originally.

  • Kelly September 17, 2010 @ 2:04pm

    No problem. I bought a can when it first came out here in Minnesota, and I took about three sips and had to drain pour the rest. I couldn’t believe how bad it was. I later learned they had issues with their contract brewer and have since fixed the issue. I’m almost glad to hear they had issues with it, because I was going to write off a lot of their beer since it was SO bad.


  • Hannah September 17, 2010 @ 2:12pm

    Yah! I couldn’t believe how much it tasted like squash. I tweeted about how bad it was and, although they didn’t mention contract brewer issues, they said they KNEW they could change my mind with a fresh batch. They did indeed!

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