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

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RATINGS: 749   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (4921) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Only a little aroma. some wheat, a little fruit. Aroma is very similar to sam adams cherry wheat. Appearance is light, cloudy copper color. There is no head. This beer is more complex than one notices at first. The first taste was of a standard lager. Some fruit comes through, but not much. Next is the wheat, which is a little sweet. There is considerable bitterness, finished with sweet malt and sour fruit. Despite all of the things going on in this beer, none of them are well done or stand out in a positive way, and everything there seems filtered and restrained. Sweeter as it warmed. This bottle was past the expiration date.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pale and cloudy.Was bitter and had no fruit flavor at all.Has a some what clean finish.I don't think this will go on my must have list.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Smells like cinammon. Tastes a little like dirt and water with a little bit of cooked corn juice. Unimpressive but different. It's kind of sour as well. Odd.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Pungent grassy, grainy malt scent. Appearance is cloudy with little or no head. Taste is fairly bland or subdued. No hint of goosberry (whatever in the hell that is). As for rating in the wheat category there is little or no traditional wheat flavors - no banana, no hints of cloves. Its a shame, because the other beers in the Heather Ale historical beer line were pretty good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2003
I noticed a lot of corn and crisp berry flavor. About the color of unfiltered wheat. Lots of floaties, I hope they were pieces of gooseberry. I would say that this is underrated but also, I was disappointed. The label is very unique and I expected more earthy joy.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2003
A vigorous pour yielded 2 fingers of white froth atop a hazy honey colored ale. Has a starchy muskiness to its aroma with slight citrusy wheat note. Head has settled down quickly and retains abit with lacing. Mouthfeel is rather flat feeling with a slight dryness. Flavor is completely unusual and a bit unpleasant. A bit sour and earthy with a staleness added to it. I'm not sure if I'll finish this one or not. Not a good tasting brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (659) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
malty/fruity aroma, pours with a cloudy orange hue and a small head, gooseburies/pears with underlying earthy malt tones, I think there are also some subtle hints of honey.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Fruity, floral and sweet aroma, some of which must be from the unfamiliar gooseberries, along with pale and wheat maltiness. Lighter golden yellow color, with a thin head. Fruity and wheat-accented flavor, some flowery sweetness and very faint hop spice. Palate is very clean and light, with low effervescence. Soft bodied. Seems to work pretty well as a summer quencher. According to the label, also contains bog myrtle and meadowsweet. Unique, just don't go into it expecting layers of hidden complexities. It's a rather simple brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2003
aroma is kind of tart kind of yeasty. appearance is golden and hazy with no head. flavor is very unusual, kind of tart, kind of sweet, some wheat profiles. different but good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4638) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2003
A very interesting brew. The smell was very sensuous -- yeast, cake, fruit, some vinegar. Lame label, continental 11.2 oz bottle, light apricot/helles colored brew with flocculent white floaties. Flavor is acidic, lightly sweet, fruity, yeasty and herbal. Actually, this tastes like some homebrew experiments that went slightly awry -- still it would be enjoyable under certain circumstances, and I'd prefer to drink a risky beer than a cookie-cutter APA. Palate goes a little flat, lightly acidic finish which fades into a floral aftertaste.


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