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


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RATINGS: 738   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Interesting nose - must be the gooseberry. Cloudy with a light effervescence, it's not sweet or sour - earthy with a bit of yeast. It seems lagerish to me. There's not much subtlety to the flavor, only to the aroma; somehow the fruit doesn't carry through well. It's solid, but not particularly interesting or pleasurable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Nearly headless, yes. Fairly bright yellow and relatively lifeless. Nice wheat tang in nose and flavor, a bit citrusy, have no idea what the hell is going on with the Gooseberries, but I did detect faint unnameable (innominata)) sweetnesses. I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
CapFlu (4516) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2003
(330ml Bottle) Pours a headless, amber coloured body with the aroma of ginger and apple juice. Tastes of ginger, hay and musk. Really gross.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2003 It seems that most reviewers do not care for this Scottish Grozet. I have to admit that I think the aroma of the beer is rotten, but the taste is enjoyable. I can taste the wheat and barley-malt; I suppose it is the gooseberry that gives it a bitter finish. I would drink it again, try it, it’s a very original brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
An interesting effort. I didn't see "wheat" on the label - I was expecting a darker berry colored beer. Poured lightly golden, a short fizzy head, streaming bubbles. Some wheat tastes, but mostly an alcoholic berry fruit tangyness. It finished oddly - was that weird hop flavor the bog myrtle? The least successful of this brewers' experiments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Body a gorgeous translucent golden, with a smallish creamy head. Lovely fruity, vanilla-tinged nose also hints at some lemon and floral wafts. Flavor very dry and crisp, nice subtle berry hints, growing bitterness. Slightly thinnish mouthfeel is the only real detractor from this really interesting brew. For the adventurous looking for more subtle pleasures.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Pour is pale golden, with a small white head, quickly diminishing to nothing. Aroma is fruity and sweet, hints of banana. Flavor is mildly spicy, fruity, and quite sweet. Body was on the light side, strongly carbonated, finished clean.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2003
This beer sucks! Traditional ales are miserable. I may be in the minority but they have this weird sour taste to them. And this is the worst one Ive had. Unless you are into the style then I would pass!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Cloudy gold color. Insignificant head. Medium carbonation. Fruity mild aroma has traces of herbal hops. As it warms aroma gets more interesting with some earthiness and a faintly Belgian quality (yeast?). Unfamiliar flavor elements, grassy or woodruff-like (May wine), moderately sweet lacking depth and fullness. Finish is the weakest part, a touch sour perhaps but fading quickly, leaving an overall impression of a beer lacking a strong flavor profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Aroma: bready/sweet Color: cloudy tan, almost dirty. The flavor was crisp, wheaty, with a slighty fruity overtone. It finished just a little hoppy, but VERY quickly.

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