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

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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


ThisWangsChung's rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. A: Pours a golden amber color. What head is formed is rather miniscule (much less than a finger high), and what little is there fades quick anyways. Lacing is sparse and thin-looking. S: Rather wheaty and crisp. There is a touch of fruit, but one has to really bury their nose in the glass to find it. On the plus side, at least it doesn’t seem like it will cloy...right? T: There’s a decent wheat flavor to start. Soon after, a fruity note briefly pops up before getting swallowed by the crisp bite. Maybe there’s a touch of spice on the aftertaste. Crisp? Yes. Easy drinking? Yes. Interesting? Nope. M: The initial feel is fairly sweet, which is thankfully saved with high carbonation and a crisp bite. Can’t fault it for going down easily. Only thing is that it’s a bit heavy in texture. O: I don’t get much difference between this and a typical fruity wheat ale, but at least this better than some of the crappier examples of the style. Due to the fact that it’s kind of pricey for what it is, I probably won’t get this again.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MBlessing (821) - Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2016
Helles bier schwacher schaum, sehr schöner fruchtiger geruch, Geschmack schöne frucht mit herber Note gefällt mir sehr gut, wer ein Bier mit Stachelbeeren möchte bekommt hier genau das und auch noch mit Tradition verbunden

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrNosha (1589) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2016
0,33l Flasche Grozet Gooseberry Ale. Hellgelb trüb, wenig Schaum. Sehr beeriger Duft. Hollunder, rote Johannisbeere, Stachelbeere. Frischer Stachelbeer Geschmack, dazu Hopfen und sanft bitter im Abgang. Dieses Bier hällt was es verspricht, es ist ein leckeres Stachelbeerbier. Leider ist es hier vollkommen unterbewertet!

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
lovesexy (9) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2016 does not count
On cask at the Lioness of Leith, Edinburgh, 10/7/16. Only the 3rd time I’ve bought a beer and not been able to drink it. Two sips and I left the pub. Genuinely atrocious. "Aged with citrus fruits." Insert: "decomposing". Extremely nasty on the palate. I’m beginning to seriously doubt the merit of Williams’ status. Broken Dial was good. Joker is good. March of the Penguins is good. But beyond that I’m struggling.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Klimaet (1742) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to Vestergaard. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aromas of.. cakes? Spiced christmas cakes. Spinach, citrus. Taste is citrussy, herbal, spinach, metal. Fuck this is bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vestergaard (1644) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
On bottle thanks to Ottfather! Pours a clear, pale yellow with a white head. Aroma has rose leaf floral notes, spinach, light herbs, some hops, but not much goozeberry. Taste has a light sweetness, dry herbal notes and a small acidic note. Not very fruity though. High carbonation and a rather light body.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arkanu (50) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 24, 2016
Not impressed. In fact, not impressed at all. Clear yellow body with huge head. Taste is somewhat sweet, but really drab with a hint of sour, surely from the gooseberries. That’s the only highlight of the beer, along some lemongrass and citrus notes. Not bad, but surely not impressive, I will probably not try it again.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alex_leit (2012) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 5, 2016
Bottle. Straw yellow color with white foam. Aroma: very malty with honey and grass and berries. Taste: gooseberry, fruity and malty, drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7242) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2016
Big white head doesn’t last. Clear yellow body. Fruity resiny lemongrass aroma with menthol and citrusy gingery notes. Dryish fruity spicy lemongrass taste with gingery notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish resiny gingery lemongrass aftertaste with fruity wooden notes. Interesting and different. Works pretty well, too. (0.5l bottle, from Cornelius, Edinburgh.)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Karstenborg (754) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2016
lCear light golden with a small white head. Aroma is hay, bread and citrus. Taste is elderflower, citrus and malt

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Manslow (1020) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Butelka 0,33l Aromat słodowy, trochę cytrusów. smak trochę kwaskowy, lekka goryczka,piana średnia piwo też.


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