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:
280
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
48
For Trade:
2
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Photo of claminat420
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. 17992 pkgd 16:17 042117 017161 stamped on bottom.

Appearance- pours into an orangey/ cherry color with some fluffy off white/ pinkish colored head. leaves a decent amount of lacing. looks like the picture on their website. it's cool tho cuz when you first pour it look at the flow between the can and the glass you're using and it has a nice peachy color.

Aroma- bready with some peppery yeast action. nothing crazy but not bad.

Flavor- first sip was metallic but the more you sip the cherry really shines. not over potent tho. it's like the smell with some sweet and not too tart cherry.

Mouthfeel- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- could easily crush there by some sort of water (pool ,lake, etc)

Overall- i'm weary of fruit beers especially cherry seeing how they can be wayyy too tart (founder's cherise) but this beer is pretty balanced. the cherry juice amount is just right. doesn't taste artificial or like some b.s. extract. i would easily have this brew over their oberon as a session crushable. for the style and the description this is pretty good.

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Photo of jmaskell33
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy raspberry with a foamy off-white head with pinkish tints. Retention is moderate, and lacing is quite good.

S: Sweet red cherry, almost artificial cherry flavor, snappy wheat, lemon, Belgian clove-like spice, faint grass.

T: Big cherry juice and cherry candy upfront. Lightly tart with notes of lemon peel. Cracker and grainy wheat. Clove and even a little banana on the finish. Lightly dry.

F: Medium-light bodied, but not watery; fairly rounded with a smooth carbonation.

O: A perfectly pleasant and refreshing summer beer. A solid fruited witbier!

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottK22
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of needMIbeer
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skillet
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 beergorrilla
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerid
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrew8626
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Burnt orange, hazy, 2 fingers of head, and tons of sticky lace. Gorgeous brew

S - Mild aroma, spices, cherries, wheat

T - Mild cherries, apples, wheat, and citrus flavors.

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - Tasty and light, but Oberon is better while similar in style

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pooltime Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.66 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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