Pooltime Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Pooltime AlePooltime Ale
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
Ranking:
#35,276
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
294
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BenHoppy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcb7472
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tbone2131
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of tommy5
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is very good as is lacing. Aroma of wheat and cherries and a mild tartness. Big cherry taste, almost medicinal. Definite clove. Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cherries, citrus. Taste is cherries, lots of spices not detected in the aroma, light citrus and wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden amber color with a medium white head. Has a very fruity smell with hint of wheat. Has a fruity cherry and lemon taste with a malt finish.

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Photo of tedho21
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DangerDawg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Blackop555
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy amber. Thick, tall, off white head fades slowly with lacing.

Smells wheat, Malt, light yeast funk, lemon, citrus and light cherry.

Tastes bready malt, Belgian sugar, medicinal cherry, hint of lemony tartness and citrus peel. Finish is semi dry with a yeasty and citrus peel linger. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation.

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Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of probert
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmd88
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Taste: Tangy notes of Apricot over what taste like subtle Golden cherries, hint of yeast, semi sweet, smooth mouthfeel. same with the nose. Amber/Orange hue, unfiltered, with a white head and some ringed lace. Medium body. Nice finish to this tasty ale.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I might be biased as I was sipping this whilst tubing down a river in Michigan but this is a solid summer crusher for the warmer months. Grab a sixer and take it to a party or wherever you are around water and it will fit the bill for you. Slight medicinal/cough medicine feel like a lot of cherry wheat ales but ultimately refreshing and juicy.

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Photo of JamesGrove
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

COD 5/1/17. Clear amber pour similar to a rose wine. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very good nose of wheat and biscuit malt that is subtly sweet. Cherry fragrance is subdued but is evident underneath as is a light tartness that adds an airy element to the nose. Clove is present but you really have to sniff it out.

Surprisingly, the body is medium rather than light and somewhat watery. The texture is smooth and hints at creamy. The carbonation / body balance is world class. The middle effervescence perfectly matches the body and allows for flavor separation - delivering an explosive wave. The finish is finely bubbled, prickly and rollicking.

The flavor profile is world class. In short, this is the best cherry ale I've ever had and I love cherry ales. Balance, complexity and intensity are all world class. Nothing dominates and each flavor has its time in the spotlight. Wheat leads then flows to the moderately sweet middle. Cherry rides over the sweet biscuit base from the middle through the finish. As the sweetness fades, the base becomes tart and a touch of clove emerges. The finish is a slow fade of slightly bitter cherry that ends as clove. The clove lingers.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 294 ratings
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