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


on tap

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RATINGS: 763   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Cloudy yellow color with virtually no head. Strong fruit and berry aroma. Acidic flavor with some berry and wheat notes. Very crisp and refreshing on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Golden pour with a small whitish head. Aromas of wheat, some malt, and fruits. Slightly floral. The flavors are very similar to the nose, but there is some spice there. Medium bodied with a tangy palate that leaves the mouth feeling pretty clean. A nice refreshing ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11953) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2003
Gooseberries and twigs aroma. Somewhat herbal, blackcurrant. Herbal bitter flavor. Twigs. Earthe. Gooseberries and some sourness. Medecinal. Long red fruit and bitter aftertaste. Far from ordinary beer, the earthy fruitiness is a bit of an acquired taste. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Almost no head to speak of with very little to no carbonation. Aroma is a light sour fruit. Color is a cloudy golden/orange. Flavor is thin but not bad. Little wheat and fruit but still tastes flat. Finish is a little sour but clean in the mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (5483) - 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 (5904) - 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 (1644) - 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 (3078) - 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 (1455) - 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 (1292) - 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.

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