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RATINGS: 162   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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4.6
Hopper8 (228) - 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.

4.4
tillmac62 (756) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2017
COD 5/1/17. Clear amber pour similar to a rose wine. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Very good nose of wheat and biscuit malt that is subtly sweet. Cherry fragrance is subdued but is evident underneath as is a light tartness that adds an airy element to the nose. Clove is present but you really have to sniff it out. Surprisingly, the body is medium rather than light and somewhat watery. The texture is smooth and hints at creamy. The carbonation / body balance is world class. The middle effervescence perfectly matches the body and allows for flavor separation - delivering an explosive wave. The finish is finely bubbled, prickly and rollicking. The flavor profile is world class. In short, this is the best cherry ale I’ve ever had and I love cherry ales. Balance, complexity and intensity are all world class. Nothing dominates and each flavor has its time in the spotlight. Wheat leads then flows to the moderately sweet middle. Cherry rides over the sweet biscuit base from the middle through the finish. As the sweetness fades, the base becomes tart and a touch of clove emerges. The finish is a slow fade of slightly bitter cherry that ends as clove. The clove lingers.

4.1
jstraw (1967) - 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.

4.1
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Poured from the tap at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a cloudy copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is wheat and sour cherries. The taste is mild wheat and cherries. A real good beer.

4.1
MarkSachon (1044) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Draft at Trio Mexican in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Looks like pink bubblegum and tastes pretty much the same. Good for a novelty drink.

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nuplastikk (6420) - 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.

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superspak (5891) - Waterford, 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.

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chinchill (5226) - 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.

3.9
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
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, 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.


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