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


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RATINGS: 759   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Hazy golden/orange colour with no head. Aroma of bananas, cloves and bubble gum. Medium-bodied; Bland wheatie taste with hints of the bananas and cloves showing through-but not much. Aftertaste very clean-almost nothing at all. Overall, a dissapointing choice! I had this on Cask at R.F.D. in Washington on 28-November-2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head. Slightly spicy, hoppy, clove aroma. Malty taste. Rather thirst quenching.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1615) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
A lighter shade of pale with zero head poured from a firkin. Subtle hints of fruit in the aroma. Had more flavor than I thought just judging from the appearance, but still had trouble distinguishing the wild gooseberries. Mild finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GregClow (3038) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
Slightly hazy golden colour with very little head. Aroma is both fruity and oddly vegetal. Body is thin and very lightly carbonated. Refreshing fruit flavour with some bitterness. Dry, ciderish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Seems more potpourri than beer. And I don't mean that in a bad way. Do I? Guess I'm beining influenced somehow to think I should be drinking in a rough ceramic mug while donning a friars outfit and attending a rennaisance fest. Refreshing. Would definitley keep me going if the pipes were playing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andrew196 (1203) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Aroma of barnyard and old vegetable. Light orange in color, little head. Flavor was very mild and earthy, notes of honey, lots of vegetable. Smooth and easy to throw down, but very average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (6114) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Super-still, yellow-orange beer, no head, highly sedimented. Sharply alcoholic, light lettucey aroma. Flavor is unexpectedly mellow, but with an alcohol-based warmth. Think I got an old bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
(Bottle) Poured a cloudy maze color. Refreashing, but not very complex or overly satisfying. Makes a descent warm weather beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7027) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of green raisin, kiwi, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Nice fruity aroma that still shows ample evidence of beer underneath (Goldings hops, perhaps). A bit watery and banal in the mouth, but still nicely balanced and quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2003
12 oz bottle, wheat glass. Average sized, lasting, foamy white head is on a hazy peach-orange-yellow body with light carbonation. Grainy (wheat) malt (mod); doughy yeast (mod); banana, clove, apple, butter aromas. There's one aroma I can clearly detect but can't identify. I guess that's the gooseberry part. It's not dominant, but it adds a certain sour / bitter spiciness to this brew. S'alright, but I much prefer Fraoch so far in the traditional category. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. The aftertaste is mostly berry flavored and somewhat tart. Taste leaves out a paper / carboard element present in the aroma. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: a dangerous category of beer, but this one isn't undrinkable.

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