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

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3.64/5
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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:
#37,968
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
342
pDev:
12.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fishguyac
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Guinnsslvr
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mbwalker
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WingBolt73
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spicy like cinnamon.

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

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MGoeltz
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of Dkloubec
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

The hazy reddish tinged yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” ivory head that leaves a layer of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a thin irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing, some of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include wheat, some coriander and clove along with a nice melange of fruit in the background. Among the fruit aromas there’s both some tart cherry and some citrus. There’s also a bit of spicy pepper.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the wheat, coriander and clove but also with the addition of both some sweetness from the malt along with the cherry and its tartness. The other fruit flavors include some light citrus and a bit of green orchard fruits. In the background there’s some herbal, grassy hops with a light bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and both slightly prickly and a bit creamy from the moderate persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The ending is slightly dry and the earthy grassiness from the hops persists quite a while.

Overall I’m enjoying this beer and would certainly be willing to have another, especially on a hot, steamy day where the slight cherry tartness would be fairly refreshing. That said, while this is a tasty beer I’m a bit of a traditionalist and this beer would not bump either the Allagash White or the St. Bernardus Wit from my regular rotation.

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

From an aluminum can, this brew has a massive, tall, and rocky head. The liquid is a murky, hazy, thick dark orange color. The aroma is sweet, very fruity (I didn’t get Cherry at first, but it comes on through the beer), and with a soft wheat note. The taste is balanced slightly sweet, but has a firm bitterness. Fruit a little spice, and some complexity. Full body. Wonderful.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pooltime Ale brewed by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store with an ABV of 5.20% This Witbier pours out a could amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though this brew. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with cherry sweetness with mild citrus sweetness. You also pick up on a good amount of grains and malts in the smell as well. Between the look and smell this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is different, but in a good way. You pick up on a lot of sweetness from the juices in this brew. Clean and Refreshing body. This brew goes down nice and smooth. Pooltime Ale would go nice on a warm summer day. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew,it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Sweet, Bold , Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Pooltime Ale a soild 4 out of 5. I would look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, did a real nice job with this one. I really enjoy how this brew is different from most brews on the market.

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Photo of HessFonda
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of animal69
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of sparx1100
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 342 ratings