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

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RATINGS: 1367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered
Ingredients: Malts: British Pale Ale Malt, Cara Malt, Malted Wheat. Heather, Bogmyrtle.
The Brotherhood have been guardians of the ancient Gaelic recipe for "leann fraoich" (heather ale) since 1988 and are proud to be the only brewery still producing this unique style of beer and distributing it world wide. A light amber ale with floral peaty aroma, full malt character, and a spicy herbal finish - This beer allows you to literally pour 4000 years of Scottish history into a glass.
Into the boiling bree of malted barley, sweet gale and flowering heather are added, then after cooling slightly the hot ale is poured into a vat of fresh heather flowers where it infuses for an hour before being fermented.

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3.5
Chupa LaHomebrew (12) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
I thought this ws a rather interesting brew and I give it props for using a non-hops source of bittering. The flavor is predominantly malt, it has a straw-like smell, like a summer hayfield. A hint of black pepper taste , I assume from the heather. Bitterness barely percievable, in that respect similar to scottish hopped beers. Due to lack of hops, you won't be left drowsy and "becoming one with the couch". It was good and inspiring from a homebrewer's perspective

2.6
gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
Light and airy aroma. Pours light and golden with creamy head. a springy, floral, citrusy flavor. Smooth palate but you have to actually try and taste it. Has a little linger on the back of the tongue. Refreshing brew.

3.5
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 2, 2004
Nose of flowers and brown sugar. Pours a medium clover honey with golden highlights. The dense off-white creamy head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. Wow! The flavor assaults the tongue with heavy malt and jabs of spice and citrus zing here and there. The medium creamy body is lively and the finish is a touch cloying. A nice surprise.

2.6
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Hazy golden/copper color. Hoppy aroma. Mildly hopy and malty, like a macro pilsner in many ways. Slightly dry and hints of rye. Not a big fan of this one.

2.7
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Light color, watery with a rapidly dissipating white head. Nose is floral and herbal. Flavour is waterey, earthy and slightly herbal. Nothing really bad here, all the flavours are just way too subdued and watered down.

2.9
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Golden with thin white quickly discipating white head, kind of hazy. The nose is sheaty and grainy barley. The taste has that lager funk wheaty and not all that good. Nothing to go crazy over.

3
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2004
Fairly light beer, almost watery, poured with small soap foam looking head. Subtle herbal flavours add nicely to the beer and without them it would be a very boring beer.

3
Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
This beer was as easy drinking beer as I've had. Fruits and Flowers in the aroma. Worth a try.

3
sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Mid sized offwhite head, fine beaded with good retention. Hazy orange color. Fruity, berryish nose. Med/light body. Fruity, flowery flavors with a hint of malt in the background. Finish is dry, fruity. A pleasent enough brew.

2.8
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Very average in every way, with the exception of a strong "mossy" taste. Almost tasted too organic and dry to be enjoyable.


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