Pooltime 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): 5.20%

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
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
43
For Trade:
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of OKINGFISHO
1.83/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of maximum12
1.96/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Split with the wife at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Looks like a wheat beer with absolutely no odor coming off the brew. Very, very wheaty, to the point of being a bit of a turn off. The cherry is a faint afterthought. More cherry & less wheat would have been a better combo, methinks.

This got actively unpleasant as it warmed - the aftertaste was a killer.

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Photo of theBubba
1.98/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like most of us, I'm looking for a nice summer beer these days. One reviewer wrote "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." ??? GMAFB!

Another wrote "Mild bitterness balances the bready-sweetness with a light herbal grassiness that trends minty and hay-like.

My take? A summer beer should be light (no, not Lite beer) clean and refreshing. Citrus and carbonation are always welcome in the heat. And most Wheat beers usually fit the bill. But after the cherry what you get from Poolside is a bitter aftertaste that, if you're not eating, will last at least a half hour. And if you cut it with a mediocre like ShockTop, the bitterness still prevails. Def not fun in the sun. And the cherries aside, Poolside is not what I would call a summer beer. At 12 bucks a sixer you can do WAY better.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Knapp85
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A real disappointment of a beer. This sounded like it would be very good but once I got it, it just seemed to be very light and really didn't have much of a taste to it. I expected this to be much better coming from Bells. The color is pale and yellow with a small fading head. Not the greatest beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.18/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at CCB's Fruit in the Room event

I must admit to being perplexed by this brew. It is pale and fizzy, virtually headless, and appears like a lighter version of Oberon. There is not much to the nose, but it does smell a bit like pool water, which makes the name disturbingly ironic. My first sip tells me that it will be my last sip. Again, I will reference Oberon: this brew tastes like a crappy light version of Oberon (which itself basically sucks, too.) Why did they make this? It is worse than mediocre, hardly a ringing endorsement.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - A very cloudy beer with a head that looked too liquidy and rose up way the hell too high.

S - Some wheat, then a ton of apricot or peach, not sure exactly which, but smells very sweet. Cherries? I had no idea, would not have guessed that.

T - I found this pretty hard to choke down, tasted like a bad fruit beer. Overly sweet and peachy or apricoty, didn't like it one bit.

M - Sugary, under carbonated, although more carbonation probably would have made it seem like fizzy soda.

D - Gross, barely got the glass down, no way I'm doing this again.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Junior
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a red hue, and no head. In the aroma, quite faint wheat notes. In the taste, dry wheat notes and faint cherry syrup in the end. A small bite and medium mouthfeel, with a clean and small cherry aftertaste. Ok, no head, lack of aroma, and flavors quite muted.

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Photo of wamplerr
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Dweedlebug
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PhilsPils
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of luciusgilmer
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had a Poolside poured from the keg into a short (10 oz.) glass at the Bell's Brew Pub.

A: Pours a hazy, thick yellow with hints of orange. It will remind some drinkers of the Oberon, on which it's apparently based. Not much head. Nice opacity.

S: A nice fresh wheat beer smell. It is rather fruity and promising to the nose.

T: As a fan of Oberon, I was not pleased with this variety. The cherry or citrus hints others have noted come off as cloying, something other, cheaper beers have in spades, but which is unusual in this brewery. Though it looks and smells fresh, there's something sort of "canned" or too-well preserved about this flavor. It hit the back of my throat with an unpleasant, sweet but not tasty tang.

M: The tanginess of the wheat beer base and whatever cherry (or whatever) flavor was added made this a bit unpleasant to have in the mouth. It's nicely carbonated and easy to swallow, but a bit too much sweet and sour in the drinking.

D: It's light enough to drink down, and carbonation is nicely balanced, but the flavor would not get me to come back for more.

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Photo of jkermitj
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Well, it looks like grapefruit juice. Cloudy pinkish color with almost no head and had white bubbles on top leaving no lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. Some yeast, bready smells and tiny bit of fruit. Maybe cherry if you really dig deep in there.

T- Wheat and bread tastes. Some fruit flavours as well. Again not a whole lot here either.

M- Medium body

D- Glad I got to try this one. Probably will pass the next time. Its easy to drink.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Pours an opaque reddish tan with a nice little white head. Slight tart cherry aroma w/wheat. The cherry taste is nice which then transfers smoothly to the wheat style backbone. Slight bitter end. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Good lace left on the glass. Just an average on though for me.

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Photo of chris1411
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Tyecko
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigMike
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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