Yesterday I reviewed 21st Amendment’s IPA, and today it’s their watermelon beer getting the treatment: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. (Told you it was punny.)
I’ve tried this beer several times on tap: at the Oregon Brewers Festival in past years and more recently at The Abbey Pub here in Bend. Every time I’ve tried it, I honestly don’t see what the big deal is; the way I’ve heard people talk about it, I always expect watermelon flavor on a par with a Jolly Rancher candy. But it’s always a very mellow, earthy, hard-to-detect presence in my experience.
But I’d never done a formal tasting and review so it was, er, high time to do so.
The definition of summer in a pint glass. This unique, American-style wheat beer, is brewed with 400 lbs. of fresh pressed watermelon in each batch. Light turbid, straw color, with the taste and essence of fresh watermelon.
Appearance: Very clear burnt-yellow color, with a fizzy thin head that fell quickly.
Smell: Mild, sweetish, toasty wheat notes, slightly sourish and very light fruit aromas.
Taste: Crisp, mellow with mild earthy watermelon flavors—very understated. Nice American-style wheat going on, clean and toasted.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a bit of a crisp bite behind it.
Overall: It’s decent, a competent wheat beer—though again I’m underwhelmed by the watermelon aspect. Perfect beer to be canned as it’s light, accessible, and drinkable—good for summer, as promised.