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Bells Poolside Cherry Wheat

Bells Poolside Cherry Wheat
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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Wheat Ale
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Shaker, Weizen


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Another ale fermented with Montmorency cherries, Poolside is a light bodied wheat ale that blends clove and tart cherry flavors for a summer session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Draft at eccentric cafe. Pours a murky orange/pink color. yeast and clove on the nose, maybe a hint of cherry. Taste was much the same, a classic wheat in the background, with just enough cherry. I think the cherry really kept me into this beer, that touch of tartness was nice. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (688) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Draft at Eccentric Cafe on 5/28/08. Pours a hazy pinkish color. Small white head. Very little lacing. Aroma of banana, cloves, nutmeg, and a hint of tart cherry. Based on the name I wasn’t expecting much from this one. Happily I was totally wrong. This was a great summertime beer. Very light, refreshing and drinkable. The banana and nutmeg is brought out nicely while the cherry flavor is subtle so the beer integrity is maintained. Nicely done by Bells. Would like to see this one become a summer regular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
In short: A stinky/barnyard Raspeberry Ale.
How: Tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
The look: Cloudy golden orange body with a medium white head
In long: Nose of horse blanket and raspberries. Body is fully, very fluffy. Something in the mouthfeel and also the taste of that beer reminds me of a mousse raspberries yogurt (you know, the not-creamy fluffy type). That horse blanket nose is a bit too much, almost stinky. But thankfully the taste has only barnyard notes. Overall taste has raspberries but also a surprising strong strawberries presence, a lot of wheat, barnyard, wet dog fur. Not so fruity and very little in the way of dry sourness for a so-called raspberry ale. This is a weak effort by Bell’s that shows us that this excellent brewery doesn’t not always get it right, this Rapberry Wheat is a Bell’s Poor Side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2008
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Pulpy orange body, reminding me of a blood orange. Thin off-white head. Grassy nose with cloves and cherry. Ester-dominated body, creamy and soapy with cloves and mineraly yeast notes. Bready malts and subtle tart, sweet cherry play off the esters. A refreshing easy drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Tasted 4/26/08. Draft from the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy orange hue. Cake yeasty perfumy nose. Light bodied with chalky note. Citrus effervescence. Moderate wheaty flavor. Mild hops. Chalky orange flavor with a cloying finish. Tight tingling effervescence. Grainy. Crisp yet syrupy. Kinda like cherry 7Up. Only in beer form.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Draft @ Bell’s. Pours a very hazy, pink grapefruit color; bright white head with glistening, fine-bubbled lacing. Wheat, cherry juice, and plenty of bananas and doughiness in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: slightly tart red fruits (again, cherry juice), watermelon, and bananas; a touch of cloves and wheat; maintains its dryness and drinkable goodness; pretty tasty, and refreshing overall. Medium finish: cherry juice, bananas, and cloves; nicely dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2008
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe: Hazy pinkish hue with a fizzy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of tart cherry, apricot, wheat husks, and pale bready malt. The taste starts slightly malty and wheaty before a dose of tart cherries come about. A short finish will a thin and refreshing mouth feel. I have worse fruit wheat beers in the past, this one is drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
On tap at brewery 4/11/08. Nice hint of cherry to flavor a well done American wheat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe: Pours a hazy peach color with a white head. Aroma, wheat and some doughy yeasty notes, tart cherries, bananas. Flavor, a very bready wheat character up front that is cut nicely by a subtle tartness from the cherries, not overly sweet or fruity, this was very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Pours a cloudy pink grapefruit color with a small off white head. Aroma is light cherries, grains, banana, yeast. Flavor is a nice light cherry tartness, some banana, grain, yeast. Palate is medium to light bodied, medium to light carbonation, finished slightly tart. A very nice surprise!

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