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

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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shivtim on 05-13-2008)
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Jips

Kansas

5/5  rDev +42%

11-23-2011 18:32:03 | More by Jips
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bell's brewpub on 11/28/08. Served in a 20-oz. Imperial pint glass. Billed as "Poolside Cherry Wheat" on the beer board.

A - Hazy peach-colored, cherry-tinged body with virtually no head other than a very thin ring around the rim of the glass.

S - Mildly tart cherry pie filling and a bit of sourness up front with some Belgian yeast and hint of soft clove to spice up the aroma a bit.

T - Really tasty mildly tart cherry presence, akin to cherry crumb pie. There's some faint funky yeast and clove spiciness in the back that adds some depth to the flavor and balances the sweetness of the brew.

M - Light to medium bodied ale with moderate carbonation and a tart, mildly sour finish with some residual spiciness from the yeast.

D - Very nice cherry wheat with a pleasant cherry character, subtle spicy notes and a bit of funk to boot! This one certainly exceeded my expectations and was a winner at our table.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 22:24:46 | More by ffejherb
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-14-2013 17:42:56 | More by BlissJunkie
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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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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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alleykatking

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 03:09:42 | More by alleykatking
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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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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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jeremyd365

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 19:02:17 | More by jeremyd365
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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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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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uziangis

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-11-2011 18:36:22 | More by uziangis
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-22-2012 00:21:07 | More by t0rin0
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 09:32:46 | More by Deuane
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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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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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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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thekanna

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 05:33:14 | More by thekanna
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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 23:21:38 | More by BARFLYB
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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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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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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

Served on tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Appearance: Poolside pours a golden peach color with a very light head and not much carbonation. Virtually no lacing, and it even almost seemed flat when it was coming out of the tap.

Smell: Cherry malted wheat is the straightforward aroma I sense, although it is a faint smell.

Taste: With the first sip, the tart, up front cherry taste is at its most extreme. With each subsequent sip, the taste becomes more mellow and smoother. While the malt dominates, the cherry tartness provides a nice complement for the light hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: The feel is soft and quite easy on the tongue. Light carbonation means it is not crisp, but this suits the beer well.

Drinkability: This is definitely beer meant for sipping outside on a summer day, if you are in the right mood.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 06:33:11 | More by KickInTheChalice
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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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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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Bell's Poolside Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.