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

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 55
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 55
Photo of maximum12
1.96/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Split with the wife at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Looks like a wheat beer with absolutely no odor coming off the brew. Very, very wheaty, to the point of being a bit of a turn off. The cherry is a faint afterthought. More cherry & less wheat would have been a better combo, methinks.

This got actively unpleasant as it warmed - the aftertaste was a killer. (376 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.12/5  rDev -40.1%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.18/5  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. (544 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of luciusgilmer
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had a Poolside poured from the keg into a short (10 oz.) glass at the Bell's Brew Pub.

A: Pours a hazy, thick yellow with hints of orange. It will remind some drinkers of the Oberon, on which it's apparently based. Not much head. Nice opacity.

S: A nice fresh wheat beer smell. It is rather fruity and promising to the nose.

T: As a fan of Oberon, I was not pleased with this variety. The cherry or citrus hints others have noted come off as cloying, something other, cheaper beers have in spades, but which is unusual in this brewery. Though it looks and smells fresh, there's something sort of "canned" or too-well preserved about this flavor. It hit the back of my throat with an unpleasant, sweet but not tasty tang.

M: The tanginess of the wheat beer base and whatever cherry (or whatever) flavor was added made this a bit unpleasant to have in the mouth. It's nicely carbonated and easy to swallow, but a bit too much sweet and sour in the drinking.

D: It's light enough to drink down, and carbonation is nicely balanced, but the flavor would not get me to come back for more. (1,089 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Well, it looks like grapefruit juice. Cloudy pinkish color with almost no head and had white bubbles on top leaving no lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. Some yeast, bready smells and tiny bit of fruit. Maybe cherry if you really dig deep in there.

T- Wheat and bread tastes. Some fruit flavours as well. Again not a whole lot here either.

M- Medium body

D- Glad I got to try this one. Probably will pass the next time. Its easy to drink. (454 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

According to Bell's this beer is 4.6% percent but I guess we're rounding up here. Beer is dark yellow with almost a red hue to it. Its also completely hazy like a hefe. White head with some lacing and low carbonation.

Some cherry in the aroma and some banana esters, smells interesting enough.

Beer is medium to light in body and kind of boring. Its creamy with a mild cherry almost medicinal flavor. The aroma is better than the beer by a lot. (446 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of ltjska04
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of decadance
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eccentric Cafe.

A - A clear wheat with decent head. Nothing overly memorable.

S - Has a nice wiff of cherries with the typical wheat smell of the style.

T - Kind of a let down. The cherries are a faint after though of an average wheat ale.

M - Finishes a bit dry, pleasant but again, nothing memorable.

D - Not a bad summer beer, but not something I would seek out. (380 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a nice murky orange with a decent diminishing off-white head. Aroma is an interesting blend of cherries, wheat and spice. The taste is a decent amount of cherry in front of the typical wheat beer flavors of banana and spice. The beer is somewhat light bodied, but the tart cherry makes it a little tougher to drink. This is an interesting beer, but not likely one I'd have again. (435 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of Brysky
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  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. (522 characters)

Photo of chaz01
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (924 characters)

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