Bell's Poolside 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): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Poolside 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 Poolside’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.

Added by shivtim on 05-13-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
183
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
22.25%
 
 
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11
Gots:
24
For Trade:
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 183
Reviews by cdizinno:
Photo of cdizinno
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at CBX(Charleston Beer Exchange).

A: Cloudy, golden orange/straw color with a pink hue and thin white head. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Tart cherries with some wheat undertones.

T&M: Same as the smell. Mild malt, wheat and heavy taste of tart cherry flavor. Medium bodied and quite smooth.

It is a good quality cherry wheat. I don't particularly enjoy the tart cherry taste, but it is an excellent fruit beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on 06/05/16 printed on the bottom of the can. Acquired the six pack box of this stuff from the local beer store. My first canned offering from Bell's, this one a "Belgian style wheat ale with cherry juice".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours an attractive pinkish-hazed orange body, with one finger of pink-tinted white head that stays a while, leaving excellent fluffy lacing. Hazy and juicy appearance. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - A subtle but pleasant aroma: semi-tart, yeasty funkiness pervades. No typical witbier yeast esters of banana or clove. The juiciness of the cherries pulls through and mixes with the tart, dry earthy flavors the yeast & wheat.

T - Absolutely delicious stuff: tons of semi-tart juicy cherries, crisp dry / grainy wheat, & earthy yeast. Very nicely balanced stuff; the cherries harmonizes with the wheat & yeast blend perfectly. Subtle notes of traditional Belgian yeast / clove spiciness pulls through.

M - Feel is super smooth, crisp, creamy, & crushable. Light-bodied, with excellent carbonation. Extremely sessionable / easy drinking stuff.

Overall, a hands-down winner from Bell's; probably the best new beer I've had from Bell's in quite some time, and definitely one of the more interesting releases to come out summer 2016.

Bell's Poolside Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hitting their stride this summer, even the brewers in the upper midwest get into the pool spirit. Using a copious amount of indigenous cherries, a warm weather witbier steps up and offers a creamy, sweet and fruity addition to the bready taste. There's no question that Bell's makes the most of summer- both weeks of it.

Poolside pours with a light mauve, milky hue. Its visual density blends in well with its creamy head stance as its tangy, bready and pastry-like aromas begin to build. Tart cherry, lemon and orange fill the nose with a succulent perfume. To taste, its sweet sugar cookie doughiness is rounded with savory pie crust.

Boldly creamy, the beer's rich breadiness is sweet, grainy and lightly cereal-like with the delicacy of cherry pastries. Sweet, succulent and tart, the cherry's natural acidity bounces off the mild lactic tang of the witbier while its fruit essence is balanced with white pepper, clove and vanilla.

Mild bitterness balances the bready-sweetness with a light herbal grassiness that trends minty and hay-like. Medium-bodied yet remaining firm and doughy, the smooth finish is short and obviously cherry-like.

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

Very hazy gold with a slight pink cast, Nice head of creamy foam that stayed for a long while. Initial aroma was that of a sour wheat or gose. Very tasty wheat with an awesome cherry tart/sweet component. Smooth and creamy. With the name "Poolside" I was expecting, light crisp, poolside or lawnmower beer. This is not that .....but I love it!

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

12 ounce can into signature pint glass, canned on 6/8/2016. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart cherry, lemon, orange, pear, apple, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry juice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, lemon, orange, pear, apple, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, lemon, orange, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry juice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from tart/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected for 5%. Overall this is a great fruited witbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry juice, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. Tastes like Winter White with cherry juice added, and is just as delicious as the base beer overall. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy copper - about a finger of creamy head with great retention. Perfect for a summer beer.

S: A tart wheat, cherries, slightly sour fruit.

T: Wheat, slightly cherry tart, and an underlying sweetness. Really good, but a bit heavier than I anticipated.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing.

A good beer, not sure it's a regular at the price and with so many excellent Bell's offerings out there.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent Belgian. I really don't get much cherry juice at all on the palate. It pours a reddish color but tastes like a solid normal Belgian wheat. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of OKINGFISHO
1.83/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of TTripp725
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Binny's South Loop tasting room--Chicago

Appearance: orange/yellow in color, with 1/3 inch head

Smell: sour cherries and wheat

Taste: wheat, light cherries that surface in the middle and a sour kick at the end

Mouthfeel: tart, light body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and light summer sipper. I love the slight sourness. I could have several and is a solid beer. This one strikes me as a lighter, tarter, more complex Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I probably shouldn't review this beer because I must not know what they are going for. A tart wheat ale with a very muted aroma and flavor of cherries. Most of my experience with cherry beers has been with Belgian Kriek which actually tastes like cherries. I understand they weren't trying to brew a lambic but a little more cherry flavor would have been welcome.

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Photo of ledouge
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A fruity and fairly tart Belgian style aroma with a scent of cherries and spice. Big scent of cherry juice. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, and coriander. Malt scent of wheat, grains, and cracker. Dried fruit hints of banana, apple, pear, and orange peel. Also some candied sugar hints. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and tart Belgian style taste with notes of cherries and spice. Upfront sweet and tart taste of cherry juice. Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker. Subtle dried fruit notes of banana, pear, apple, and orange peel. A little candied sugar sweetness. A nice fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, tart, and fairly slick.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a fruit infused Belgian Witbier. Nice cherry juice presence with the spice.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an almost opaque reddish-blonde color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp and light malts with good amounts of light citrus aromas and mild amounts of tart cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off with hints of wheat twang. Joining in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of light citrus - orange and lemon rind. Midway through the sip tart cherry flavors work their way into things but don't take over the malt flavors, carrying through to a crisp and lightly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. After seeing cherries in the description I was not expecting something I would like very much but after all that's why I have to constantly try new things, to be pleasantly surprised. Worth a shot.

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

Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Bell's in Kalamazoo.

Appearance: Pleasantly murky-looking and extremely hazy orange and copper-colored, with a bright white head that leaves decent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Wheat and sour cherries, mild banana sweetness, though you have to dig a bit to get the flavors to come through.

Taste: It tastes to me like fresh cherries were used instead of syrup or extracts, and unless I'm deceived, that makes all the difference. A good mix of sour and sweet with the cherries, and some earthiness and sweetness from the wheat makes a fairly lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little too watery for it's lighter to medium body, but nothing to get overly critical about.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this brew, and if they ever bottle it, I'd try to find it for the summer. This is coming from someone who also really isn't the biggest fan of wheat beers made with fruit, also.

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Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of branimal9
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From tasting notes, sampled 7.24.2010...

Cloudy pink in color...looks like ruby red grapefruit juice. Smells soapy and citrusy. Taste is full of clove and orange with a bit of cherry tartness. Zesty, sour and estery, with good drinkability. Pretty good!

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Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Head, color and overall pour dupicates a Belgian, as this is a Belgian style ale. Aroma is light and slightly sweet. Taste is sweet Belgian, which I assume is from the cherry juice addition. Flavors arent as pronounced as I think they should be, but overall, a nice refreshing summertime beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard shaker. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a red hue mixed in with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of bananas, cherries, and malt. The flavor followed the nose with bananas, cherries, and malt. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice refreshing summer brew. It definitely had a robust fruit character to it. Not my favorite style but could probably find myself enjoying a few more of these in the future.

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Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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