Pooltime Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Bell's Poolside Ale

Pooltime Ale is a refreshing Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale with light clove notes. The truly distinguishing feature is the use of 100% Montmorency tart cherries grown in the Traverse City region of Michigan. These cherries add a subtle tartness and bright counterpoint to the other flavors, enhancing Pooltime’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.

Original Gravity: 1.05

Added by shivtim on 05-13-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
43
For Trade:
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short Review, This is a nice pale wheat ale, it reminds me a lot of oberon and it even has a little bit of orange flavor, but it's the cherries which show up the most, they work well with the base beer and i found it to be a little on the refreshing side. It's nothing that I would stock up on, but I would buy it again and I could see myself getting a couple six packs during the summer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For my last entry on New CANned Fruit Beer Sunday (Week 647), I ring the Bell's & thank Larry for putting his beers in CANs!

From the CAN: "Belgian inspired Wheat Ale with Cherry Juice"; "Anytime is Pooltime with this refreshing, Belgian Inspired Wheat Ale with a Splash of Michigan Cherry Juice."

Wheat Ale, eh? Sounds to me like a good CANdidate for a Crack! & inverted Glug. I held noting back & watched in astonished horror as the foam rushed up to the top of the glass & suddenly, miraculously stopped. It formed two-plus fingers of dense, creamy, Cherry Vanilla ice cream-colored head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A). Nose smelled like cherry ice cream when I was a kid! I used to love spending time at my maternal grandparents' suburban home on the edge of a working farm. Ice cream was a part of those slow summer afternoons, reading comic books & dreading a return to school. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was full-on cherry, but tart cherries, not sweet ones. MichiCAN is famous for its Montmorency sour cherries & they make them into everything from beer (apparently) to jellies & preserves. I knew a fellow from that area while I was in the Navy & he would get preserves sent to him that excelled everything else. The ice cream analogy ended with its taste as sour cherries would not do well in ice cream. In a (relatively) low-ABV beer in a cooler, Poolside? Perfect! Of course, the lifeguard might need to be extra attentive of me if I am drinking. Finish was lightly tart, just enough to let me know that it was wheat- & cherry-based, but not so intense as to make me want to stop drinking it on a hot, humid summer's day.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. 17992 pkgd 16:17 042117 017161 stamped on bottom.

Appearance- pours into an orangey/ cherry color with some fluffy off white/ pinkish colored head. leaves a decent amount of lacing. looks like the picture on their website. it's cool tho cuz when you first pour it look at the flow between the can and the glass you're using and it has a nice peachy color.

Aroma- bready with some peppery yeast action. nothing crazy but not bad.

Flavor- first sip was metallic but the more you sip the cherry really shines. not over potent tho. it's like the smell with some sweet and not too tart cherry.

Mouthfeel- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- could easily crush there by some sort of water (pool ,lake, etc)

Overall- i'm weary of fruit beers especially cherry seeing how they can be wayyy too tart (founder's cherise) but this beer is pretty balanced. the cherry juice amount is just right. doesn't taste artificial or like some b.s. extract. i would easily have this brew over their oberon as a session crushable. for the style and the description this is pretty good.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy raspberry with a foamy off-white head with pinkish tints. Retention is moderate, and lacing is quite good.

S: Sweet red cherry, almost artificial cherry flavor, snappy wheat, lemon, Belgian clove-like spice, faint grass.

T: Big cherry juice and cherry candy upfront. Lightly tart with notes of lemon peel. Cracker and grainy wheat. Clove and even a little banana on the finish. Lightly dry.

F: Medium-light bodied, but not watery; fairly rounded with a smooth carbonation.

O: A perfectly pleasant and refreshing summer beer. A solid fruited witbier!

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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12 oz can with a canning date of 1 May 2017.
Clear amber body with a hint of red. Very good white head and nice lacing.
Aroma: wheat bread with dark cherries.
Flavor: a clean wheat beer with light but readily detectable tart cherry note. Well balanced and harmonious. Refreshing, moderately complex and tasty but subtle.

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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