Pooltime Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Pooltime AlePooltime Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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

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Photo of Jips
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of HoppyDanny
4.88/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A perfect tart cherry finish

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.77/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. can poured into a Bell's Oberon wheat glass. Canned on 6/8/16, making this just under 2 months old.

A: Pours a dark orange-yellow color with a subtle reddish hue. Big, white, foamy head.

S: Traditional Belgian yeast, banana, clove, and a nice splash of cherry juice aroma.

T: Very nice, bright orange juice and pineapple juice notes up front, followed by a nice trail of cherry juice.

M: Medium with good carbonation. Very sessionable at 5% ABV.

O: For some reason, I was just super excited to try this beer, and man, do I love this. I don't know if it's because I'm from Michigan or I grew up going to the Traverse City Cherry Festival every summer, but this guy just does it for me. The cherry juice is perfectly balanced, and this is super drinkable. I'm literally chugging this thing. Also, it has maybe the coolest can or label design I've seen in a while. Everything about this beer stuns and it's now my official go-to summer beer. Please, please make this an annual thing. Get me to the pool!

Recommendation: I may be overselling this, but please try this if you have any affinity for wheat ales.

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Photo of Figjammin
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of justinp444
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it has a white foam head of a half inch with a orange hazy body. Smell of orange peel, cherry, coriander, wheat, spice, lemon, bread-y malt, and Belgian yeast esters. Taste is the same with a nice sweet cherry, and lots of lemon. Mouth feel is full as well as body with a moderate carbonation. A very creamy sweet cherry witbier that's easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Gartla10
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice change up from Oberon. slight cherry finish.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, pinkish orange beer with a white head that leaves a few specks of lacing behind. The aroma is nice tart cherries with coriander and bright lemon mixed with some bready yeast. The taste is slightly sweet and slightly tart with coriander, citrus and a healthy dose of tart cherries. There is good carbonation and mild bitterness and a fruity and bready yeast aftertaste. I really enjoy this beer and the cherries just make it that much better.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bell's brewpub on 11/28/08. Served in a 20-oz. Imperial pint glass. Billed as "Poolside Cherry Wheat" on the beer board.

A - Hazy peach-colored, cherry-tinged body with virtually no head other than a very thin ring around the rim of the glass.

S - Mildly tart cherry pie filling and a bit of sourness up front with some Belgian yeast and hint of soft clove to spice up the aroma a bit.

T - Really tasty mildly tart cherry presence, akin to cherry crumb pie. There's some faint funky yeast and clove spiciness in the back that adds some depth to the flavor and balances the sweetness of the brew.

M - Light to medium bodied ale with moderate carbonation and a tart, mildly sour finish with some residual spiciness from the yeast.

D - Very nice cherry wheat with a pleasant cherry character, subtle spicy notes and a bit of funk to boot! This one certainly exceeded my expectations and was a winner at our table.

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Photo of Jerid
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Look: Murky thick pinkish burnt orange? A white head recedes to a film with nice lines and spots of lacing.

Aroma: Light clove, subtle white pepper, sweet yet tart red cherries.

Taste: Starts with clove, coriander and subtle spiciness just like the aroma before getting a good dose of tart red cherries. A good amount of cherry sweetness carries the body with a perfect tart balance on the back side.

Mouthfeel: Medium and very smooth.

Overall: Simply delicious if you like the style and/or cherries. Very refreshing.

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Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cdizinno
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For my last entry on New CANned Fruit Beer Sunday (Week 647), I ring the Bell's & thank Larry for putting his beers in CANs!

From the CAN: "Belgian inspired Wheat Ale with Cherry Juice"; "Anytime is Pooltime with this refreshing, Belgian Inspired Wheat Ale with a Splash of Michigan Cherry Juice."

Wheat Ale, eh? Sounds to me like a good CANdidate for a Crack! & inverted Glug. I held noting back & watched in astonished horror as the foam rushed up to the top of the glass & suddenly, miraculously stopped. It formed two-plus fingers of dense, creamy, Cherry Vanilla ice cream-colored head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A). Nose smelled like cherry ice cream when I was a kid! I used to love spending time at my maternal grandparents' suburban home on the edge of a working farm. Ice cream was a part of those slow summer afternoons, reading comic books & dreading a return to school. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was full-on cherry, but tart cherries, not sweet ones. MichiCAN is famous for its Montmorency sour cherries & they make them into everything from beer (apparently) to jellies & preserves. I knew a fellow from that area while I was in the Navy & he would get preserves sent to him that excelled everything else. The ice cream analogy ended with its taste as sour cherries would not do well in ice cream. In a (relatively) low-ABV beer in a cooler, Poolside? Perfect! Of course, the lifeguard might need to be extra attentive of me if I am drinking. Finish was lightly tart, just enough to let me know that it was wheat- & cherry-based, but not so intense as to make me want to stop drinking it on a hot, humid summer's day.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Hop_God
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a cloudy copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is wheat and sour cherries. The taste is mild wheat and cherries. A real good beer.

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Photo of jpd026
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really happy with this one. the first thing i ordered up on tap at barleys tonight, served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

really decent pour, light amber in color with a nice two finger head of white that faded quickly but left behind a good amount of lace in its wake.

aroma of faint citrus, light grain a touch of light cherry. nicely blended and nothing really dominating here, just a light mix of bright aromas. flavor follow through was just as nice. light hops, hints of grain, touches of light fruit, really blened quite well with a smooth finish, light dryness and tartness on the tongue and the lasting flavor of cherries left you hanging.

overall really very nicely done. i could drink this all day in the hot sun.

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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bf7
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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