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Bells Poolside Cherry Wheat

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Bells Poolside Cherry Wheat
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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Hazy orange-caramel with big, foamy, white head / Nose of wheat and spice / Light body, tart with a hint of sweetness, with decent malts matching good, lightly, bitter finish / Big flavors of wheat with notes of lemon, cherries, and grain spice / An elegant and subtle fruit beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5682) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Draft at Alchemy. Super cloudy orange-tan. Foamy off-white head. Interesting mix. Somewhat tangy. Yeasty, lots of Belgian character with some wheat right next to the cherries. Quite complex but also quite drinkable and refreshing. Super unfiltered, great thick yeast tastes. The cherries are quite nice, adding a nice an earthy fruity tang. Never artificial or sugary. Really heavier and richer than the ABV would suggest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4406) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2016
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mahankind (2) - Okemos, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2008 does not count
I really enjoyed this. Bells take on a Cherry wheat was quite pleasent. Compared to other cherry wheats, poolside is not very sweet. The sweetness is sutble, while the flavor is rice in cherries. Beautiful red body with pink head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (666) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2011
A pink, yeasty, slightly sour cherry wheat beer with outstanding complexity. I’ve grown weary of Oberon the past few years, but Poolside is a game changer. This is a tour de force in summer wheats and I hope Bells makes this more available.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Tap @ maduro for GTMW Orangeish pour nice white head good lace Lightly tart lemon zest apple skin Good coated pl smooth easy Nice fruity lightly sour tste crisp citrus hint of green apple skin Very nice; a great session beer that I could drink a lot of.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2010
On tap at Chappy’s Tap Room -- served in a typical pint glass. Orange in color, creamy white head. Faint cherry aroma. Distinct cherry tart flavor mixed with wheat, hay and grass notes. Fruity cherry flavor, but not sweet, nicely balanced. Excellent orange flavor in the finish reminded me of Oberon. Well carbonated, light to medium bodied. Nice refreshing summer beer, not over the top fruity, very tasty and drinkable. Good enough for me to order a second pint.


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