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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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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3.6
GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2017
Draft sample at Dominion Wine & Beer, thanks Tyler! Hazy amber orange with off-white head. Aromas of light cherries, wheat. Tastes of wheat and cherries. Light body with a dry finish. Solid.

2.9
rxeight (3080) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2017
12 oz Can 4/21/17. Color is a thick hazy pink peach color. Like the pulp of a cherry. Belgian spices and yeast. Nutmeg, clove, banana. Maybe a but of cherry sweetness. But the cherry is overshadowed Belgian yeast and spices.

2.5
jefcon (1849) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Nondescript spices on the nose, with a hint of cherry and banana. Loads of cherry on the palate, tart and fruity, with a sour element that’s out of balance with the rest of the beer. Finishes a little rough and grainy.

3.3
thecleyman (25) - - MAY 23, 2017
Not a HUGE fan of cherry, but this summer time beer is refreshing, and enjoyable! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Pour from a 12oz can. Cloudy pinkish amber ale with medium head. Aroma is yeasty close, Belgium funkiness and hints of cherry. Taste is sweet wheaty malt up front with Belgium yeast emerging quickly, followed by clove, spice and funk in the middle; tart cherry emerges towards the end and flourishes mildly at the very finish, balancing against the the lingering sweet wheat notes and yeast esters. Sort of like a wit with cherry in it vs lemon or orange. Whatever mixing of styles there is here, it tastes great.

3.4
fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Can, labeled "Pooltime Ale", but everything else is identical. Cloudy rose-orange pour, kinda like red grapefruit juice with a two finger, chunky white head that quickly fades to a thick, creamy skin. Aroma is fresh tart cherries, lemon, floury wheat, lots of clove, some breadiness and some fruity floral notes. Flavor is floury wheat, cracker, doughy bread, clove, pepper, a little grassy and spicy hops, tart cherries and some candied citrus. Light body, creamy to chalky feel, light to medium carbonation and a bit of an acidic bite, apparently from the cherry juice. This is pretty good, I really didn’t like it at all for the first couple of sips, but it grew on me pretty quickly.

3.8
bwa5879 (942) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Really murky cloudy dark orange to red pour, half inch of quickly disappearing white head. Scent of coriander, mellow citrus, perhaps a bit of cherry, oaky, lemon too. Mellow carbonation, thicker mouthfeel, really crisp finish. Flavor has lots of great Belgian notes with cloves and coriander and wheaty. Really surprisingly nice Belgian-y beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Slightly pink tinted light copper coloured body with a nice four centimetre tall tan head on top. Aroma of cherries, fake sugar, light wheat, some yeast and a touch of coriander seed freshness. Light-bodied; Strong wheatie flavours with a definitely cherry kick and fruity finish, along with some grass, coriander seed, yeast and a bit of the hops are noticeable as well. Aftertaste shows some wheat, yeast, light funk, along with the coriander seed and cherry freshness that comes near the end. Overall, a nice and easy-drinking wheat beer with a lot of cherry flavours and a bit of a fresh coriander seed note as well. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 03-December-2016 for US$2,25 sampled at home in Washington on 11-May-2017.

2.3
cheap (5856) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2017
Groundhog day, 6 more weeks of winter? Bullshit. My can says poolside ale, try searching for this in the RB database and you won’t find this can. Can/label is one of my favorite color, yeah, the Caribbean blue but not the red. Reminds me of the beach or a swimming pool, either one, one of my favorite places. Smell is mild almost undetectable fruit perfume. No hint of cherry in the smell or look of this in a glass. First taste tho, yields a big fruit twisting unique cherry thang penetrating your life. Cherry juice or something really comes thru, yes its there, whew. Approaches artificial tho I think its not. Not sure if I like the clove attributes but I guess its there. Why clove it? It distracts from the purity of the cherry beery combined with the witbier. Some sizzle in the end but its overwhelmed by the sweet fruity impact and clove, I think.

2.5
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Draft. Sort of a dirty light amber color, little head. Aroma is faintly musty, lightly wheat and dirty socks. Flavor is a match. Wouldn’t have guessed cherries in a million years, although there was some faint fruitiness on a vaguely tart finish. Honestly just didn’t like this.


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