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

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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Again, what can I say about this brewery? I love all of their beers and this is no exception. The fruity, almost floral nose is perfected by the very crisp, clean flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papillon (366) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
330 mL Bottle. Yellow body with a frothy white head that settles to a film and clings generously to the glass. Aroma of light sweet malts, pungent resiny hops, a little hint of pine, and pronounced floral notes. Flavor of light sweet malts with spicy-pungent hops, notes of grapefruit rind, a little hint of lemon, a spicy-herbal aftertaste, and a hoppy-herbal finish. Another beer with a somewhat citrusy character that I hold in high esteem.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle at Hop City. A good, fairly neutral wheat beer. Not much flavor in the way of gooseberries or fruitiness, but a nice, mild wheat taste with an easy, clean palate. Could drink several of these.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (636) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 3, 2000
Kind of lagery. Tasty. Complicated aftertaste. Flowery?

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rothycat (2) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007 does not count
This is one of my top 5 favorite beer! I wish it were available in larger quantities here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’s only available in a "gift pack".

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7976) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Tawny color in the glass. Smells like chocolate covered cherries. Tastes very sweet, but delicious. Rated 8/14/02

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Draught at Churchkey, a staff recommendation. Hazy golden color. Aroma of gooseberries (haha, I have absolutely no idea what a gooseberry is, let alone what one smells like). Maybe aroma has a bit of heather. Taste is like a dry white wine with a bit of pine. Nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4295) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2011
12oz bottle split with Ann. Filtered golden yellow. Small white head. Interesting earthy berry aroma. Mild, golden malt tones and a subdued dry green grape like berry touch. Mild spice tones, mellowed out in the smooth sweet malt. Excellent, doughy mouthfeel. Sublime.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 9, 2004
Straw yellow colored, hazy, with good dense head. Amazing fruity medicinal aroma. Palate is herbal with good tone of gooseberries. The taste I could not compare to any of my previous beers. A legend.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Pours a cloudy yellow with a small head. Smells lemony and a bit on the skunky side. Tastes very fruity with citrus, coriander and cane sugar factoring in very prominently. Has kind of a flat mouthfeel that’s hard to place. very interesting overall and worth revisiting in the spring/summer.


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