jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
nuplastikk (5371) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Mahankind (2) - Okemos, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
paintedmaple (626) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery 4/11/08. Nice hint of cherry to flavor a well done American wheat beer.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
wmubronco1992 (682) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.