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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.

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3.9
brewperman (22) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Pretty nice fruit beer. Cherry comes through immediately and sticks around throughout. Falls somewhere in the middle of a wheat ale, a fruit beer and a wit. If you like any of the above, you’ll like this. Alcohol never peeks through. Pool time is a good name too because that is where you’ll be drinking this.

2.8
jjgmd (2212) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2017
Can. Pour is dark cherry colored , with a small beige head. Nose is very grainy, rather typical of a wheat ale, with some milder fruit in the background. Taste is full of bittersweet cherries mixed with the grainy wheat, which dampens the flavor. Finishes on the sweet fruity grainy notes. Not particularly fond of wheat ales, which confounds my rating . Quaff Score 6 / 10

3.4
Cybercat (5960) - Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2017
Can. Pours somewhat hazy amber with a thick, frothy and lasting eggshell head. Aroma presents wheaty, yeasty, spicy, and subtle dark fruit - must be the cherries - character. Flavor brings out more cherry and spice for a truly drinkable ale. You want to chug it, but you should sip and savor. Mouthfeel offers OK body and fizz. By the pool, or at your favorite sports bar while watching the Red Sox wallop the Yankees, or while surfing the net, any place is a good place for beer.

4
chinchill (5155) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2017
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.

4.6
Hopper8 (205) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2017 How does Bell’s always make good beer. The wheat aroma is so nice with hints of cherry. Then the sip is like a nice wheat beer with a hint of clove and then out of knowwhere is the utterly pleasant tart cherry flavor. What a great beer.

3.2
lavaaaron (85) - - JUN 18, 2017
No kidding had this on a 94 degree day while swimming in the neighbors pool. I am fan of anything tart cherry and it is common in Poland to mix beer and cherry juice - their version of a radler. This was like that, light, refreshing and a great poolside drink. The cherry and sweetness was not overpowering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
ttutony (927) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Very hazy pinkish color with a white head. Faint cherry aroma. Smooth wheat flavors and silky mouthfeel. Hint of Belgian yeast spice. Balanced cherry tartness, not overwhelming.

3.2
unclemike (3160) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Pours heavily turbid straw colored with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is big cherry, pale malt, mild hops, bready, slight floral. Tastes of big cherry, malty, with hops, a subdued muted maltiness matched by a strong yet well integrated cherry flavor. Fairly rich and complex as fruit beers go.

3.8
ChadPolenz (1843) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2017
DOC: 5/1/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 1D American Wheat Beer)

AROMA: Almost equal parts wheat bread and tart cherry juice (cherry bread?). Some clean spicy/floral Belgian-like yeast esters. No hop distinctiveness (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of pale copper with a pink tinge. Moderate white foam mostly fades. 2/3

FLAVOR: Fairly mild wheaty/bready base palette. Not especially sweet, nor rustic grain. Background tart note is evident throughout. Cherry flavor becomes quite strong, sweet and juicy as it finishes. No particular hop character (but none really needed). Though not a robust palette overall, the flavors complement each other nicely for balance. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Smooth texture with a crisp, clean finish. No tart or fruity aftertaste. Refreshing. Feels a tad lighter than 5% ABV, but still quite sessionable as is. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely meets style guidelines for a fruit beer. Nice taste and drinkability. Having a bit more of a niche would be better, though. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

3.3
TH28 (470) - - JUN 10, 2017
12oz can. Appearance: Hazy pinkish red with a low lying pinkish white foam head. Aroma: Strong clove phenols with a slight hint of cherry. Taste: Starts with a light wheat maltiness that builds into a sweet cherry pie flavor complete with browned crust and whipped cream. A touch of pear and tart spiciness on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Low to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry, tart cherry lingers with distinct pear popping up retronasally. Overall: An interesting take on a witbier, with the addition of cherry taking this in a completely different direction. This beer becomes a liquified version of cherry pie, with some pear and clove adding complexity. This would be a great dessert beer


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