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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

bottled
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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottled. A cask version at 4.5% is available in August and September.
Gooseberry Wheat Ale
From the Gaelic "Groseid". Since at least the 16th century Scots monks and alewives brewed indigenous drinks from cereals, wild herbs and ripe fruits. Tibbie Shiels green Grozet was immortalised by such Scots literati as Sir Walter Scott, Jas Hogg. (The Ettrick shepherd) and Robert Burns whoconsidered it a most convivial drink.
Brewed with lager malt, wheat, bog myrtle, hops and meadowsweet then secondary fermented with ripe Scottish gooseberries.
A pale golden beer, with a refreshing fruit aroma, clean palate, fruity wheat flavour and crisp finish. Recommended with, light foods, pastas and salads.
Drink well chilled in a tall glass.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (4119) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2014
330ml bottle [Thanx to Alex and Nico!]. Cloudy, yellow-ish, pale golden colour with small, frothy, diminishing, minimally lacing, white head. Fruity aroma, hints of lemon, gooseberry, a touch of hay and herbs. Taste is fruity, hints of lemon, gooseberry, herbal overtones, a touch of hay. Nice, refreshing

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamwitsta (145) - POLAND - MAY 30, 2014
The aroma is very faint; some citrus, a little hay. Clear, pale yellow, small head that doesn’t last. Sweetish, a little bit sour, and with just a hint of bitterness. Light body, soft carbonation, slightly sweet and astringent finish. One can either say it’s quite meek, or quite gentle. I’m going to go with meek. More body and more character, and it could be really nice.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tommyhannon (8) - dunmore. county galway, IRELAND - APR 19, 2014 does not count
Okay. Poor head retention due to light carbonation. Very little in terms of aroma, faintly citrus. It’s a medium bodied affair mildly hoppy with a long slightly sharp citric finish. A reasonable thirst quencher on a hot day would qualify as perhaps it’s only redeeming quality but otherwise uneventful.

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
dgbeer (2) - - APR 19, 2014 does not count
Pretty underwhelmed by this one, from one of my favourite brewers. Not much taste or smell I'm afraid, although I'm am getting a hint of bogmyrtle ;)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (8274) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2014
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours clear golden with a white head, Aroma has notes of malt, wheat and some fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with a fresh and gooseberry finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (8409) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig fruchtig, würzig, Karamell. Geschmack leicht malzig, Gewürze, Karamell, fruchtig.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jice (123) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 30, 2014
Intéressante. Côté bière blanche, fruitée et petite pointe d’amertume. Petit col de mousse qui disparaît rapidement.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (1097) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2014
Botella de 33 cl. junio 2012. Bastante herbácea y ligeros sabores afrutados. Cuerpo ligero de 5 vol. y bastante fácil de beber. Se podría repetir.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
leebotton (241) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Barnyard aromas, straw. Very light golden cloudy pour. Flavour is odd, straw flavours and slightly sour with a subtle acridity. Light and very soft. Weird.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (4254) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2014
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear pale gold, thick white head. Light cereal malt aromas, cornflakes, light fruit. Taste has a bit more going on, gooseberries definitely. Slightly on the sweet side of things, and a building astringent finish. Would be better in the summer for sure, but not bad.


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