Posted on July 28th, 2010
When summer comes around, so do the fruit beers. What’s better than a crisp, refreshing fruity beer on a hot summer day? And what fruit just screams out its loyalty to summer more than a watermelon? I’m sure it was this kind of conclusive reasoning that brought 21 Amendment Brewery to create their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer.
A bit about the beer first. 21st Amendment describes it as, “A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor.” The watermelon flavor is added via puree during a secondary fermentation. It’s 4.9% alcohol by volume. As I took my first few sips from the can, I thought, “Wow! It doesn’t have the syrupy type of fruit flavor that a lot of fruit flavored beers have!” Nor did it seem like a terribly fake watermelon flavor that you find in kids’ lollipops. For a split second, I thought I had found a nicely balanced fruit flavored beer.
But after that split second ended, something didn’t feel right. The watermelon flavor was light, yet it still managed to overpower the beer flavor. It almost was like I was drinking a watermelon drink with beer flavor, which then made the experience a bit more awkward. I’m not saying I was hoping for some kind of complex wheat beer to be the base of the drink, but I also didn’t expect that it would be lacking in the flavor department, either. The bottom line is that I felt as though I was drinking an ultra light beer.
Unlike the Snapperhead IPA, which I would never recommend to anyone, I’d say give this one at least one try. Get a few friends, split a six pack, and see how you feel about it. I don’t think it’s a totally undrinkable beer, but other comrades of mine thought it was a bit unbearable. This very well might be one of those beers that you either really like, or can’t stand.
Rating: 2.5- Worth a Try/Just Okay