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

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Bell's Poolside Ale
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.57%
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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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 Knapp85
2.12/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

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 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 drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.51/5  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.

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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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 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 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 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 maximum12
1.96/5  rDev -44%
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.

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -42.9%

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 ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +22%
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.

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 Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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 mcallister
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atsprings
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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.

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