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: 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
Ranking:
#37,259
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
319
pDev:
12.36%
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Photo of Lucular
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy off-white pinkish yellow with a moderate head and decent lacing. Tastes like a bready wheat beer with a hint of tartness and some cherry flavor.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BellsFan
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MeLoynes
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Z-man
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice, flavorful (yet easy to drink) and dare I say complex wheat ale with a nice touch of tart Michigan cherry. Sweet throughout but moderately so and with a little bit of a tart note. However the mouthfeel is amazingly viscous and oh so good.

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Photo of maxbarto
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wolvmar
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass from 12oz can. Forgot to look for canned date.

Pour: orange, amber color. One finger head that dissipates into clouds that linger along with just a little lacing. Looks thick with some haziness. Attractive.

Nose: definite cherry aroma but not overpowering. Yeasty malts, some orange and pineapple. Very nice.

Taste: follows the nose with the malts upfront, surprisingly mild cherry flavor which suits me fine. Pineapple, mango also come through, with some slight bitterness in the middle but everything is well balanced. Finish is slightly sweet but not cloying, relatively clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation tingles on the tongue. But still somewhat thick feeling, following the look. Easy to drink; perfect by the pool as the name suggests.

Overall: this could easily become a go to summertime beer. But, this is only my second so I’m not sure if I will tire of it. The well balanced flavors make me think I won’t for a long time. Definitely worth trying and don’t let the cherry juice scare you away if that’s a potential issue.

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

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint

Pours a pale yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that has decent retention. Smells of toasted wheat, coriander and citrus peel. Tastes of toasted wheat with spicy coriander and orange, finishes with a light hit of sweet cherry juice. Medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish. As advertised, an easy drinking pool time beer.

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 319 ratings