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


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RATINGS: 766   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (600) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2015
Surprisingly herbal nose with faint wheat, hay and confectioners sugar. Gooseberries come through more on the taste, which is lightly tart, crisp and a touch medicinal. Simple ale with some weird infusions. Aight. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KoNrRiI (1157) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
0.33 bottle. Clear, pale gold color and a medium, white head. Aroma of gooseberry of course, grapes, and some pale malts. Taste is really soft; gooseberries dominate this insubstantial source of flavor. Medium body, slick texture, and average carbonation. Finish is long and quite true to the promise of gooseberries - as a matter of fact it is the best part of the entire experience. Overall a mediocre brew, could be better obviously.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
olsvammel (5722) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle at Haket in Gothenbourg. Smell of pine and butter. Similar taste, malty with pine and butter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (703) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Lots to like here. It’s pale coloured and cloudy, with a big luxurious white head. Body is lovely and creamy with an underlying grainy texture. Some zingy fruit in the aroma and lots more in the taste, including the gooseberries. Lager malt also does its stuff; I’m sadly insufficient expert in the virtues of bog myrtle to comment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1634) - USA - OCT 9, 2015
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought from Bierhuis in Ossett. Slight hint of gooseberry in pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marcius (398) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2015
Golden Pale color, hazy liquid and frothy head. Light fruity aroma. Taste - bitter and a bit sour... spicy finish. nice green impression... nice ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8518) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle at work. Sprint beer. Clear golden bright coloured pour with a reluctant white frothy head. Aroma is damp hay straw, tangy citrus, lager notes, some spicy citrus rind. Flavour is composed of crisp base malts, pils, straw, tangy citrus rind, lemon, zippy, spicy notes. Palate is light and crisp with highish carbonation. Nice and drinkable. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamaty (1777) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2015
De tradicion indigena celta, con grosellas silvestres en la receta. Se nota en el aroma claramente frutal. Y sigue en el sabor. Dorada clara con poca espuma, carbonatacion muy correcta cuerpo moderado y final seco.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8290) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle from Cheers Liquor Store, Todmorden. Hazy yellow-blonde with a very thin head. Hopped with a light lemon flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corkyrory66 (1323) - BELGIUM - APR 2, 2015
Bière de froment à la groseille verte et au myrte de marécage … cela ne s’improvise pas !!! Je crois que les Écossais doivent avaler la lune de temps en temps !!! Titre à 5 % abv. Couleur doré moyen brillant, mais avec un léger voile … lunaire. Bulles fines en colonnes depuis les parois, peu nombreuses. Mousse banche qui nappe à 2 mm. Arômes de groseille noire, herbes de sous-bois, pointe de myrtille et de tomate verte. 1ère bouche souple à l’entrée sur de l’herbe à chat, du thym, pointe d’écorce de cassis. Arrière-bouche un rien « piquante », mais correcte. 2ème sur la groseille verte non mûre, écorce de pin. Arrière-bouche assez fendante. 3ème qui arrive à un équilibre, avec fruits verts, baies, branchage secs. Arrière-bouche rafraîchissante cette fois, sur un riesling d’Alsace moyen de gamme. Longueur avec des nuances intéressantes, assez fraîches, proches parfois de certaines ipa. Jambes finement marquées. Levure faible, très faible. Alcool assez correct pour une bière qui vise la fraîcheur. Finale de mieux en mieux. CONCLUSION : une bière qui progresse sur la longueur, c’est déjà un grand point. Ensuite, certaines nuances sont vraiment intéressantes. Il faudrait travailler cette bière dans l’esprit d’une ipa.

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