Pooltime Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Belgian 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
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#33,173
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
351
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A gorgeous pour. Deep, hazy amber with a solid pinky of long-lasting, lacy foam. My only reservation on the look is its champagne-like bubbles covering the inside of the glass. The nose is a little fruit-heavy, like a raddler. Slightly creamy on the tongue, and with much less fruit than is to be expected based on its nose. Unfortunately weak, and with a slightly unpleasant chemical note on the finish. The first beer by Bell's that I was at all disappointed by, though the beer itself is still solid, and would likely be most pleasant on a hot day.

Edit: drink this beer with any hearty meal. That's a game changer, and makes it near delicious.

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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice Belgian wheat base that comes through even with the presence of the cherry juice. The cherry comes through mainly as sweet without any tartness. The best part, however, is the mouthfeel: It's incredibly smooth and creamy and has an nice level of carbonation. Even though I liked the flavor, it would have been a bit better with slightly less of the cherry sweetness.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Clear shaker pint glass
From: Hooleys Public House in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: N/A
Purchased: Aug. 2, 2018
Consumed: Aug. 2, 2018
Reviewed as: Witbier
Misc.: N/A

Picked this over a rather weak offering at Hooleys. Only a few were not #CraftAdjace and was surprised that I hadn’t rated or reviewed this yet. This would be a quick review. Later read online description, which read, “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.”

Was pretty dark in there, but appeared to be a pale hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Could see some bubbles coming up alongside of the glass, but not many. Very good spotty lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled cherries, Belgian notes, cloves, coriander, black pepper, orange zest and light pineapple. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose. Got cloves, candied Belgian sugar, cherry, coriander, wheatgrass, orange zest, green apple, pineapple and lingering peppery spice. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Slightly spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

I actually really liked this for a wit. Not too much cherry and nicely balanced. (Overall - 4.00)

3.84 | 86 | B+

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2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not necessarily what is labeled on the can. Really missing the cherry juice that is supposed to be in here. Just okay.

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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spicy like cinnamon.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Marty. Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 7/3/18.
Can marked on bottom “PKGD 04:07 050118”. Stored and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark yellow, opaque. Slightly more transparent when held to the light.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, controlled center pour), off-white, creamy with rocks, good retention, diminishing to an irregular three to six mm ring and a heaped partial layer.
Lacing – Poor. Some irregular thick blobs of mostly tiny- to medium-bubbled lacing, reminiscent of Dali’s clocks.
First pour – Yellow with a pink tinge, cloudy.
Aroma – 3.5 - Weak fruitiness and a hint of salt (less than a gose). Some yeast phenolics.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins with a bit of maltiness and some cherry tartness - tart enough to make my teeth feel funny. The yeast phenolics from the nose do not really translate. Not picking up any cherry taste. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – Actually a decent take on a witbier. The cherry tartness is enough to keep it interesting.

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 351 ratings