When I first saw this beer, I was determined to review it come hell or high water. If you were confused about the title, it’s a play on words of this old saying. It means you will do something no matter the circumstances. If you’re still confused I’ll use it in another sentence. Once I started the six pack, I was going to finish it come hell or high water. And I did. Luckily for me, I experienced neither hell nor high water.
This cleverly named beer comes from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery. Quick history lesson; the 21st Amendment repealed prohibition. Nice name. I’m glad the 21st Amendment passed as without it I may never have been able to try this beer. Back to the beer. Hell or High Watermelon is a wheat beer that is fermented a second time with fresh watermelon. It results in a beer with a light flavor and smell of watermelon. That sounds pretty good. Well, yeah, it is kind of good. Not great though.
Hell or High Watermelon may be watermelon flavored but it’s still a wheat beer. A wheat beer is like a Witbier or a Hefeweizen but it’s American so we just call it a wheat beer. The problem is, and I don’t mean to sound unpatriotic, American wheat beers just aren’t as good as Hefeweizens. Their main features are that they’re light in alcohol and light in flavor.
I’m not saying this a bad beer. I did enjoy it; the watermelon helps a lot. Just the fact that it is an American wheat beer limits how good the beer can be. It’s easy to drink and watermelon in any form in the summer is always pretty good. However, if you’re just looking to get drunk on something that tastes like watermelon then you should do that thing where you put a vodka bottle in a watermelon and then eat the pieces. I’ve always wanted to try that.