Monday, May 17th 2010
Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
(21st Amendment Brewery)
I hate reading reviews where the person dismisses the beer before they try it. I really do. However, I must admit that I am not a fan of watermelon and the idea of a wheat ale brewed with watermelon does not get me as excited as say...a ridiculous amount of hops or some sort of barrel-aging. However, for the sake of diplomacy, I am keeping an open mind.
From the 21st Amendment site:
"We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor."
Here we go...
Pour - well, its not pink. Its a tannish-golden color with some suspended (and not so suspended) yeast sediment. Head is a rather thin and this is all a bit cloudy.
Aroma - what I smell most is a sour malt aroma along with some sweetness that sort of reminds me of watermelon as well as honey and powdered sugar. So, not a lot of watermelon-y stuff going on in either the pour or the aroma. Let's move on...
Taste - when I really get my face in the glass and take the first sip I finally get some watermelon flavor and aroma. Its faint and it won't overwhelm you even if you hate watermelon. Its a slightly sour fruity flavor that isn't at all off-putting and it actually kind of works well, in a refreshing sort of way. Nice wheat beer with just enough watermelon flavor to give this a very subtle sour bit.
Overall - The more I drink of this, the more I am enjoying it. I'll admit, its a lot better than I thought. The watermelon flavor is subtle and like I previously mentioned, this is very refreshing. If you are like me and figure you'd probably not like this beer you might be surprised. Pop open a can and remember to be open-minded.
Would I buy more of it? - I wouldn't totally dismiss this beer as it is exactly what it is supposed to be. However, its not a beer that I'd find myself drinking a lot of the time. It does sort of scream to be bought the night before a day of yard work.
Note - 21st Amendment is one of the better known, and more widely distributed, breweries that only can their beers. They also can their Brew Free! or Die IPA and recently had a limited release brew called Monk's Blood that was also canned. Look for another limited release canned offering in the near future.
Posted by Russ
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