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

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Bell's Poolside Ale
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80
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: shivtim on 05-13-2008

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by Brysky:
Photo of Brysky
3.76/5  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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  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.

Photo of branimal9
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing notes.

Had on tap at the Cafe.

A- Poured good golden amber color. Almost no head while it was being pour and given to me. Don't know what I am in for. What little lacing there is slides down the glass while I drink it.

S- Nice strong cherry smell upfront with a wheaty almost bready/clove smell following it. Not to strong of a smell but pretty faint.

T- Nice tart cherry upfront taste. Nice suprise for me because of the smell and look. Also, the bready/clove smell comes to life a little more making up the backbone of this beer. interesting to say the least.

M- Nice light mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Good carbination helps the beer move gently against the palate. I like the cherry aftertaste that goes on with this beer.

D- This is a good refreshing summertime beer. The only bad thing is I drink it too fast to really enjoy it. Here is to the summer!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI.

A: Nice light orange bordering on apricot color with almost not noticeable head.

S: Wheat malts with a faint citrus smell. Finishes clean.

T: Sweet malts lead to a sudden pang of fruit flavor: the taste of cherries and apricots stab at the palate and then leave as quickly as they came. Finishes somewhat yeasty and malty again.

M: Light and crisp.

D: Very good for kicking back; I guess they call it "Poolside Ale" for a reason.

Photo of cdizinno
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  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.

Photo of tykees88
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a red hue, and no head. In the aroma, quite faint wheat notes. In the taste, dry wheat notes and faint cherry syrup in the end. A small bite and medium mouthfeel, with a clean and small cherry aftertaste. Ok, no head, lack of aroma, and flavors quite muted.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.18/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of MikeyRx
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Reddish tinged golden with the thinnest of bright white rings.

S-Pungent fresh cut wheat with a slightly sour underlying cherry twang.

T-Wheat malt biscuit swirl with tart cherry and citrus flavours. I found the taste to be quite pleasant and light. Not cloying or fake like others have reported.

M-Medium-light and refreshing. Nice crisp tartness adds to the enjoyment.

D-Light and refreshing with nice balance between the malt and the tart fruit. A nice summer refresher. Surprised to see this one on in late November. Maybe that is why it was $2 for any size!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Big Hunt in DC in a pint glass.

A- Pours out a very cloudy hazy orangish red color that you cant see through. No head on this from the tap, just some lacking bubbles.

S- A very light wheat hit as per the style here with a semi tart cherry smell lingering. A small amount of bread and yeast, all together light. Poolside does not smell fake or medicinal.

T- Really tasty stuff on a hot day, this is cherry forward but it's not bold. Light cherry followed by some pale malt and wheat with light bread. There is a very small amount of tartness here thats hardly a thing.

M- Pretty much light bodied with a nice amount of carb even though you would not get that from looks. A slight pucker towards the end. Not a sweet linger to speak of.

D- Very drinkable for summertime. I would go for a two pints before tiring of it. This is a great beer that balances alot while retaining it's lightness. Glad I tried it.

Photo of shivtim
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap at Bell's. It's a lot like Oberon with some cherry added. They call it a "cherry wheat ale."
Hazy orange, with no head, but a thin white lacing. Nose is yeast and bready wheat, with slight bits of fruit. Oddly, it doesn't smell like cherry. Taste is wheat and yeast, lots of tang, a bit metallic on the end and very mild cherry with a slight tartness. Mouthfeel is quite full. Good drinkability with the low ABV.

Photo of JToad
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Photo of jeremyd365
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing poured a pretty hazy golden with a foamy white head. The smell wasn't nothing spectacular--very malty and that's about it. I couldn't smell the fruit at all. But it was definitely there in the flavor! It was just a hint of cherry, nothing overbearing, and very delicious. I'm not a huge fan of the fruity ones, but this one was subtle enough that it was very enjoyable. Bell's does it again!

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Bell's Poolside Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.