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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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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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atsprings

North Carolina

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 23:30:26 | More by atsprings
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 21:17:10 | More by drabmuh
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decadance

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 04:17:40 | More by decadance
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maximum12

Minnesota

1.95/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 14:14:20 | More by maximum12
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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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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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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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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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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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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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luciusgilmer

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 18:48:40 | More by luciusgilmer
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 19:19:18 | More by OWSLEY069
Bell's Poolside Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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