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Bell's Poolside Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Poolside Ale
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.03%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: shivtim on 05-13-2008)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bell's last weekend.

Pours a very, very cloudy yellow color with a pinkish tint. There is a spot or two of lacing as it goes down, but that's about it. The nose brings some light cherry and a bit of wheat. The flavor has a mild cherry tartness and plenty of wheat and grain. The feel is slightly chalky with a light to medium body and low carbonation. Decent enough, but too thick for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 22:00:33 | More by Thorpe429
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MikeyRx

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/3/11

Appearance: Pours a milky red-orange with almost no head, very interesting appearance!

Smell: Strong aromas of cherry and grains with notes of citrus, wood, earth.

Taste: Sweet grains, tart cherries with orange/citrus, banana, cloves, earth/wood. Minimal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light carbonation. Chewy feel when receding, sticky finish.

Overall: An interesting and extremely fruity beer! The appearance, smell and taste are great but the beer could have benefited from some more hops to balance out the sweetness in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 12:10:42 | More by MikeyRx
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A real disappointment of a beer. This sounded like it would be very good but once I got it, it just seemed to be very light and really didn't have much of a taste to it. I expected this to be much better coming from Bells. The color is pale and yellow with a small fading head. Not the greatest beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 20:13:39 | More by Knapp85
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branimal9

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From tasting notes, sampled 7.24.2010...

Cloudy pink in color...looks like ruby red grapefruit juice. Smells soapy and citrusy. Taste is full of clove and orange with a bit of cherry tartness. Zesty, sour and estery, with good drinkability. Pretty good!

Serving type: growler

02-13-2011 00:17:01 | More by branimal9
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.17/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at CCB's Fruit in the Room event

I must admit to being perplexed by this brew. It is pale and fizzy, virtually headless, and appears like a lighter version of Oberon. There is not much to the nose, but it does smell a bit like pool water, which makes the name disturbingly ironic. My first sip tells me that it will be my last sip. Again, I will reference Oberon: this brew tastes like a crappy light version of Oberon (which itself basically sucks, too.) Why did they make this? It is worse than mediocre, hardly a ringing endorsement.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 07:23:15 | More by ktrillionaire
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot with a white head, good-sized with decent retention and decent lace.
Smell is malty, fruity with slight hops in the background.
Taste is malt, green apple and grape.
Medium body with a light effervescence. Quite quaffable. Another solid brew from the folks at Bell's. Enjoy one or 3 at the poolside.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 21:47:16 | More by PorterLambic
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jsanford

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the counter-filled growlers from CBX's Rare Growler Thursday, poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with reddish highlights and a rocky 2-finger white head.

S - Lotsa wheat with a slight cherry aroma. Smells like Oberon, which I assume is similar to the base of this beer. Not as much cherry aroma as I'd hoped.

T - Ok, there's the cherry flavor! A nice blend of tart cherry and orange citrus mingle with the typical sweet malt, grain and banana of a wheat beer. Very fruity, very balanced.

M - Light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - Perhaps even more drinkable then my usual Summer go-to, Oberon, Bell's should bottle this. Great beer.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2010 21:55:07 | More by jsanford
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Binny's South Loop tasting room--Chicago

Appearance: orange/yellow in color, with 1/3 inch head

Smell: sour cherries and wheat

Taste: wheat, light cherries that surface in the middle and a sour kick at the end

Mouthfeel: tart, light body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and light summer sipper. I love the slight sourness. I could have several and is a solid beer. This one strikes me as a lighter, tarter, more complex Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 16:53:27 | More by tigg924
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jampics2

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Fatheads. Served in a goblet, probably 12oz or so.

Looks OK, almost reminds me of grapefruit juice. Cloudy reddish orange color with a great head and nice lace.

Smell is just average, mostly because the cherries aren't that expressive. I'm smelling the wheat and graininess, but there's just a touch of tart cherry. I'd like to smell more.

The cherry does show up in the taste and saves the day. Their slight tartness gives this wheat beer the right mix of tart, tangy, and sweet. Though no where near as intricate as other beers, the flavors work well and there's even hints of citrus and mild spice.

Mouthfeel is too light. I like more body in a wheat beer, and this just feels a bit weak and watery. However, if it wasn't for that flaw, this would be a really nice brew. As is, it is refreshing and worth a try if you like APWA's.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 13:43:13 | More by jampics2
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Pours an opaque reddish tan with a nice little white head. Slight tart cherry aroma w/wheat. The cherry taste is nice which then transfers smoothly to the wheat style backbone. Slight bitter end. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Good lace left on the glass. Just an average on though for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 18:37:15 | More by kbutler1
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law while in Michigan this summer.

Appearance - Comes out a hazy orange in a 20oz plastic cup with about a finger of head. The head dissipates rather quickly and from what I can tell, leaves okay lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Tart citrus, light cherry, wheat. The aroma is inviting and I can't wait to try this.

Taste - Wow, a nice tartness immediately makes my mouth pucker up. Nice orange and cherry flavors mixed in with some grassy notes and wheat. This beer has the typical "Blue Moon" type flavor, but it goes so much further beyond that. This is, to me, the epitome of a "poolside" and summertime beer.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, decently carbonated.

Drinkability - I could drink this ALL day long. I really enjoyed this beer and have to thank my brother-in-law for suggesting it (was going to get another two hearted instead). Wish I could buy this in a six pack because I would in a heartbeat. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 17:03:09 | More by SpdKilz
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really happy with this one. the first thing i ordered up on tap at barleys tonight, served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

really decent pour, light amber in color with a nice two finger head of white that faded quickly but left behind a good amount of lace in its wake.

aroma of faint citrus, light grain a touch of light cherry. nicely blended and nothing really dominating here, just a light mix of bright aromas. flavor follow through was just as nice. light hops, hints of grain, touches of light fruit, really blened quite well with a smooth finish, light dryness and tartness on the tongue and the lasting flavor of cherries left you hanging.

overall really very nicely done. i could drink this all day in the hot sun.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 01:37:32 | More by mikesgroove
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chaz01

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chappy's Tap Room -- served in a typical pint glass.

A: Orange in color, creamy white head.

S: Faint cherry aroma

T: Distinct cherry tart flavor mixed with wheat, hay and grass notes. Fruity cherry flavor, but not sweet, nicely balanced. Excellent orange flavor in the finish reminded me of Oberon.

M: Well carbonated, light to medium bodied

D: Nice refreshing summer beer, not over the top fruity, very tasty and drinkable. Good enough for me to order a second pint.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 01:30:55 | More by chaz01
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Brysky

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ST- Tap, into a glass

A- golden in color with little head

S- smells like a ordinary Belgium wheat with a slight hint of hops

T- Tastes like Blue moon or Shock Top but way better with a slight hint of light hops.

M- Easy on the mouth, very smooth

D- Could drink all day long at the beach or a pool, name is perfect for it, Really great for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 01:58:12 | More by Brysky
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JToad

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bar Louie in Mishawaka, IN.

Came to the table very cloudy orange copper in color. Minimal lacing, with little head, though I didn't get to see it poured.

Smells of a mixture of fruits, bananas and cherry with a solid wheat base.

Very crisp and tart, highly carbonated. Some nice sourness, without being over the top. Very clean finish. The cherry is present, but doesn't overpower the beer as a whole.

Very tasty beer. Nothing like SA Cherry Wheat, which tastes a bit like cough syrup to me. This has a tad more sourness, and much more carbonation. Very refreshing and clean. I was a bit skeptical at first, but Im glad I had it. Would definetely drink this again!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 14:04:47 | More by JToad
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an almost opaque reddish-blonde color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp and light malts with good amounts of light citrus aromas and mild amounts of tart cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off with hints of wheat twang. Joining in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of light citrus - orange and lemon rind. Midway through the sip tart cherry flavors work their way into things but don't take over the malt flavors, carrying through to a crisp and lightly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. After seeing cherries in the description I was not expecting something I would like very much but after all that's why I have to constantly try new things, to be pleasantly surprised. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 21:20:10 | More by glid02
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard shaker. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a red hue mixed in with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of bananas, cherries, and malt. The flavor followed the nose with bananas, cherries, and malt. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice refreshing summer brew. It definitely had a robust fruit character to it. Not my favorite style but could probably find myself enjoying a few more of these in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 14:15:28 | More by thagr81us
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tykees88

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- cherry haze, I think that should just be the new name for this one. The light bing cherry color comes with an extremely white fluffy head that has great lacing.

S- Cherries, wheat, and hops. I like it.

T- Cherries, wheat, and hops again. I do taste the booze though, otherwise it would be a higher taste.

M- Medium bodied. a fluffy feel.

D- I think that the cherry flavor would be too much after a couple, so it's lower on the drinkability. Not too many reviews, so maybe its newer or uncommon. Def. gotta try it if you see it though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 00:52:01 | More by tykees88
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asabreed

New York

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Bell's in Kalamazoo.

Appearance: Pleasantly murky-looking and extremely hazy orange and copper-colored, with a bright white head that leaves decent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Wheat and sour cherries, mild banana sweetness, though you have to dig a bit to get the flavors to come through.

Taste: It tastes to me like fresh cherries were used instead of syrup or extracts, and unless I'm deceived, that makes all the difference. A good mix of sour and sweet with the cherries, and some earthiness and sweetness from the wheat makes a fairly lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little too watery for it's lighter to medium body, but nothing to get overly critical about.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this brew, and if they ever bottle it, I'd try to find it for the summer. This is coming from someone who also really isn't the biggest fan of wheat beers made with fruit, also.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 21:04:52 | More by asabreed
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopcat

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Color is a hazed golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Wheat, lemon zest, grassy hops, faint cherries.

Taste: Crisp, lemon zest, coriander, and wheat. Some orange peel with very light cherries.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Light to medium bodied. Ends with wheat and lemons, dry.

Overall, easy drinking wheat that is a good summer beer. Odd with the cherries for a wheat. I am really glad they only showed lightly as cherry wheats are never my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 19:09:44 | More by mothman
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - A very cloudy beer with a head that looked too liquidy and rose up way the hell too high.

S - Some wheat, then a ton of apricot or peach, not sure exactly which, but smells very sweet. Cherries? I had no idea, would not have guessed that.

T - I found this pretty hard to choke down, tasted like a bad fruit beer. Overly sweet and peachy or apricoty, didn't like it one bit.

M - Sugary, under carbonated, although more carbonation probably would have made it seem like fizzy soda.

D - Gross, barely got the glass down, no way I'm doing this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 15:58:41 | More by AgentZero
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ltjska04

Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on draught at the Cock & Bull in Covington, KY for pint night.

A- Very cloudy/hazy orange with a fluffy, sticky white head.

S- You can smell the wheat on this one. Even though it's made with cherries I could swear I smell orange/vanilla here. It's just like an orange/vanilla wheat extract beer I made a couple months ago.

T- Very sweet and tart from the cherries. I still think it tastes like orange though. Either my taste buds are off or I'm confusing this with my homebrew.

D- I finished the pint but wouldn't want another. The sweetness was cloying for me and this frankly wasn't that interesting. I was expecting something great from the makers of Oberon and left with a mediocre impression.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 02:34:07 | More by ltjska04
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at CBX(Charleston Beer Exchange).

A: Cloudy, golden orange/straw color with a pink hue and thin white head. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Tart cherries with some wheat undertones.

T&M: Same as the smell. Mild malt, wheat and heavy taste of tart cherry flavor. Medium bodied and quite smooth.

It is a good quality cherry wheat. I don't particularly enjoy the tart cherry taste, but it is an excellent fruit beer.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2010 00:12:30 | More by cdizinno
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz tap pour into an American tumbler pint at the Geneva Ale House in Geneva, IL. 5.0% ABV.

Thanks to DavidEddie for buying this beer for me during our in-person trade today!

A - Hazy orange with a pink touch and a fluffy white head. Good retention and a little lace left over.

S - A light aroma, probably from how cold it is, has a base malt aroma with a soft kiss of wheat and tart cherries. Nice start to a poolside beer.

T - A mirror of the aroma, the flavor has a pale base malt providing the backbone for a mild soft wheat and balanced tart cherry flavor.

M - The medium body is smooth but could use less in this area actually. It should be lighter. The mild tartness from the cherries is nice though. It's balanced well.

D - Poolside is a drinkable summer beer but needs just a bit less body for me to say I could keep drinking this all day by the pool.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 00:18:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stange at ChurchKey.

Finally, a Bell's offering I've never really heard of before. Good times down at the CK. This one pours a very hazy copper-orange topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises banana, orange peel, clove, light pepper, and a very slight sliver of sour cherries. The taste holds notes of mandarin oranges, wheat, blood orange pulp, nutmeg, and the possibility of sour cherries. The body is light, with a very sharp active carbonation and a crisp, moist finish (yeah, it's possible). Not bad, but definitely missing something, like a real cherry presence and a smoother feel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 04:50:55 | More by TMoney2591
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Bell's Poolside Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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