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Bell's Poolside Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

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:
55
Ratings:
125
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
22.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 125
Photo of justinp444
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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 ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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 cdizinno
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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 SpdKilz
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law while in Michigan this summer.

Appearance - Comes out a hazy orange in a 20oz plastic cup with about a finger of head. The head dissipates rather quickly and from what I can tell, leaves okay lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Tart citrus, light cherry, wheat. The aroma is inviting and I can't wait to try this.

Taste - Wow, a nice tartness immediately makes my mouth pucker up. Nice orange and cherry flavors mixed in with some grassy notes and wheat. This beer has the typical "Blue Moon" type flavor, but it goes so much further beyond that. This is, to me, the epitome of a "poolside" and summertime beer.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, decently carbonated.

Drinkability - I could drink this ALL day long. I really enjoyed this beer and have to thank my brother-in-law for suggesting it (was going to get another two hearted instead). Wish I could buy this in a six pack because I would in a heartbeat. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing notes.

Had on tap at the Cafe.

A- Poured good golden amber color. Almost no head while it was being pour and given to me. Don't know what I am in for. What little lacing there is slides down the glass while I drink it.

S- Nice strong cherry smell upfront with a wheaty almost bready/clove smell following it. Not to strong of a smell but pretty faint.

T- Nice tart cherry upfront taste. Nice suprise for me because of the smell and look. Also, the bready/clove smell comes to life a little more making up the backbone of this beer. interesting to say the least.

M- Nice light mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Good carbination helps the beer move gently against the palate. I like the cherry aftertaste that goes on with this beer.

D- This is a good refreshing summertime beer. The only bad thing is I drink it too fast to really enjoy it. Here is to the summer!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, copper color. No head, no lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast esters, coppery, metallic, cherry concentrate
Taste is Peppery, clove, lemon, sweet cherry juice, biscuit.
Thick, creamy feel. One of the better cherry ales out there.

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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the counter-filled growlers from CBX's Rare Growler Thursday, poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with reddish highlights and a rocky 2-finger white head.

S - Lotsa wheat with a slight cherry aroma. Smells like Oberon, which I assume is similar to the base of this beer. Not as much cherry aroma as I'd hoped.

T - Ok, there's the cherry flavor! A nice blend of tart cherry and orange citrus mingle with the typical sweet malt, grain and banana of a wheat beer. Very fruity, very balanced.

M - Light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - Perhaps even more drinkable then my usual Summer go-to, Oberon, Bell's should bottle this. Great beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 glid02
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +10.2%
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 Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Reddish tinged golden with the thinnest of bright white rings.

S-Pungent fresh cut wheat with a slightly sour underlying cherry twang.

T-Wheat malt biscuit swirl with tart cherry and citrus flavours. I found the taste to be quite pleasant and light. Not cloying or fake like others have reported.

M-Medium-light and refreshing. Nice crisp tartness adds to the enjoyment.

D-Light and refreshing with nice balance between the malt and the tart fruit. A nice summer refresher. Surprised to see this one on in late November. Maybe that is why it was $2 for any size!

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing poured a pretty hazy golden with a foamy white head. The smell wasn't nothing spectacular--very malty and that's about it. I couldn't smell the fruit at all. But it was definitely there in the flavor! It was just a hint of cherry, nothing overbearing, and very delicious. I'm not a huge fan of the fruity ones, but this one was subtle enough that it was very enjoyable. Bell's does it again!

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Photo of JToad
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bar Louie in Mishawaka, IN.

Came to the table very cloudy orange copper in color. Minimal lacing, with little head, though I didn't get to see it poured.

Smells of a mixture of fruits, bananas and cherry with a solid wheat base.

Very crisp and tart, highly carbonated. Some nice sourness, without being over the top. Very clean finish. The cherry is present, but doesn't overpower the beer as a whole.

Very tasty beer. Nothing like SA Cherry Wheat, which tastes a bit like cough syrup to me. This has a tad more sourness, and much more carbonation. Very refreshing and clean. I was a bit skeptical at first, but Im glad I had it. Would definetely drink this again!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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 tykees88
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- cherry haze, I think that should just be the new name for this one. The light bing cherry color comes with an extremely white fluffy head that has great lacing.

S- Cherries, wheat, and hops. I like it.

T- Cherries, wheat, and hops again. I do taste the booze though, otherwise it would be a higher taste.

M- Medium bodied. a fluffy feel.

D- I think that the cherry flavor would be too much after a couple, so it's lower on the drinkability. Not too many reviews, so maybe its newer or uncommon. Def. gotta try it if you see it though.

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Photo of MikeyRx
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/3/11

Appearance: Pours a milky red-orange with almost no head, very interesting appearance!

Smell: Strong aromas of cherry and grains with notes of citrus, wood, earth.

Taste: Sweet grains, tart cherries with orange/citrus, banana, cloves, earth/wood. Minimal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light carbonation. Chewy feel when receding, sticky finish.

Overall: An interesting and extremely fruity beer! The appearance, smell and taste are great but the beer could have benefited from some more hops to balance out the sweetness in my opinion.

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Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI.

A: Nice light orange bordering on apricot color with almost not noticeable head.

S: Wheat malts with a faint citrus smell. Finishes clean.

T: Sweet malts lead to a sudden pang of fruit flavor: the taste of cherries and apricots stab at the palate and then leave as quickly as they came. Finishes somewhat yeasty and malty again.

M: Light and crisp.

D: Very good for kicking back; I guess they call it "Poolside Ale" for a reason.

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Photo of branimal9
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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 dcotom
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance, color of pulpy apple juice, white head, lots of sticky lacing. Flavor and aroma of a typical Belgian witbier, with an added dimension of tartness from the Michigan cherry juice. Refreshing, easy drinking, a fine example of the style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Big Hunt in DC in a pint glass.

A- Pours out a very cloudy hazy orangish red color that you cant see through. No head on this from the tap, just some lacking bubbles.

S- A very light wheat hit as per the style here with a semi tart cherry smell lingering. A small amount of bread and yeast, all together light. Poolside does not smell fake or medicinal.

T- Really tasty stuff on a hot day, this is cherry forward but it's not bold. Light cherry followed by some pale malt and wheat with light bread. There is a very small amount of tartness here thats hardly a thing.

M- Pretty much light bodied with a nice amount of carb even though you would not get that from looks. A slight pucker towards the end. Not a sweet linger to speak of.

D- Very drinkable for summertime. I would go for a two pints before tiring of it. This is a great beer that balances alot while retaining it's lightness. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice natural cherry tartness to a spicy whit base. The cherry is noticeable but not invasive on both the aroma and taste.

The whit base is spicy with cloves and corriander and more of a lemon bread like fruitness rather than an orange accented flavor.

Come together pretty nicely and is a nice change-up summer beer.

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Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Bell's Poolside Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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