Bell’s Poolside Ale Review

Style: Belgian Style Wheat Ale
ABV: 5%
7 Stars

This has been a summer of new things for me. Usually, ABV plays a significant part in what I decide to drink. The higher, the better. Over the last few months, I have stepped outside of that idea because I was hearing really good things about some beers that don’t pack a huge “punch”. I have consumed more sub-8% ABV beers in the last couple of months than I have in the last few years combined and I have been (mostly) pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Bells “Poolside Ale” is one of the highlights of my summer thus far. The “Belgian Style Wheat” description alone would have turned me away in previous years, but I’m glad I gave it a shot. So, this Belgian Style Wheat with Cherry Juice is incredibly refreshing. Drinking it certainly reminds you of being “poolside”. They stick pretty closely to the style, but the cherry juice is what makes this one so good. The cherry is just sweet enough and does not dominate the body of the beer. At 5% ABV, I could drink these all day and be both satisfied and still able to stand up. I’m still searching for more of this, so if you see any laying around in the Metro Detroit Area, give me a shout. Cheers!

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A craft beer fan since 19, used to look for your non-regular beers on frequent trips to downtown Windsor with friends, at 21 Ken basically took over an entire refrigerator with monthly visits to Merchants. With 5 years of podcasting prior, Ken decided to create the brand and show Better on Draft in the spring of 2015, and began creating his dream of a beer-centric website that wasn't too full of itself. He now runs the board and does a lot of the back office stuff while the show goes on, keeping everyone in line, and the beer flowing!