Pooltime Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Pooltime AlePooltime Ale
BA SCORE
46.9%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 286 ratings
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:
#32,724
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
286
Liked:
134
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
12.33%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
48
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Texasfan549
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this seems like somewhat of a throwaway for a brewery who is positively capable of much better. its dark orange from the tap and pretty clear, doesnt look anything like a wit. the cherry is very subtle in the aroma and the flavor, maybe more could have been used if they wanted this to do more than just sweeten and this diminish the refreshment value of the style. the yeast is tame too, not flavorless but certainly not as lively and vibrant and interesting as it could be. its got a lot more body than it needs as well, heavy almost with the fruit, and just not quite carbonated to that effervescent that really sets the style off for me. i know this isnt bad, and maybe that all sounds a little harsh, but these guys are regarded among the best in the country, and the standard from them just has to be higher. maybe i had a lousy pour or something, but this really didnt do it for me. generic and weighty, even with the cherry, and not something i am likely to revisit, at least in draft format, anytime soon. cans might be better...

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Photo of Knapp85
2.12/5  rDev -41.9%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and also has some reddish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat and coriander are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off like a Belgian wit with flavors of wheat and coriander but then flavors of cherries and subtle bits of sweetness become apparent towards the back end and linger into the finish. The cherry flavors are very similar to the topping in a cherry pie, without nearly all of the sweetness. As the beer warms up, the cherries become a little stronger.
M: It feels light to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this witbier to be quite unique and interesting because it's really like drinking two different beers in succession. It also pleasant flavors of cherry pie filling.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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 kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On-draught @ Gebhard's Beer Culture, New York, NY.

Bends medicinal, hitting on artificial cherry with overly high sweetness. The wheat is nice, but the cherry syrup flavour is a serious faux pas.

I'll down this glass (and I'm glad it was only $2), and I get Michigan breweries' desires to make use of the state's montmorency cherries, but let's consider limiting their use to sour ales and other more fitting styles, aight?

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Boone757
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopcat

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Color is a hazed golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Wheat, lemon zest, grassy hops, faint cherries.

Taste: Crisp, lemon zest, coriander, and wheat. Some orange peel with very light cherries.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Light to medium bodied. Ends with wheat and lemons, dry.

Overall, easy drinking wheat that is a good summer beer. Odd with the cherries for a wheat. I am really glad they only showed lightly as cherry wheats are never my thing.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with a canning date of 1 May 2017.
Clear amber body with a hint of red. Very good white head and nice lacing.
Aroma: wheat bread with dark cherries.
Flavor: a clean wheat beer with light but readily detectable tart cherry note. Well balanced and harmonious. Refreshing, moderately complex and tasty but subtle.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bell's last weekend.

Pours a very, very cloudy yellow color with a pinkish tint. There is a spot or two of lacing as it goes down, but that's about it. The nose brings some light cherry and a bit of wheat. The flavor has a mild cherry tartness and plenty of wheat and grain. The feel is slightly chalky with a light to medium body and low carbonation. Decent enough, but too thick for my taste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pinkish medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint honey orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat malts with moderate aromas of coriander, light aromas of clove, and hints of cherry. Just a touch of yeastiness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat malts, coriander, and light hints of clove. That is followed by moderate flavors of slightly sweet cherry that intensify a bit as the beer warms up.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an interesting take on a witbier - reminds me of a cherry pie and witbier merged... Very easy to drink, enjoyable, and perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, cherry-tinged body with a smallish, stray, white head.

Smell: Wheat and lightly tart, lightly sweet-scented cherries with underlying hints of clove, banana.

Taste: Creamy wheat taste with a moderate sweetness appended. A light touch of gum with a bit of a harder hit of peppery, clove-like accents. Some cherry fruitiness but also some orchard fruit juices. Drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Decent.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 46.9% out of 100 with 286 ratings
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