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


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RATINGS: 774   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6197) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a hazed autumn. Small tan head. Nose is almost pure fruit. The taste is fruit and malt. Sweet and almost sugary in a frozen fruit concentrate kind of way. Very drinkable with a slightly bittered fruit finish. Pretty good stuff, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Not a bad beer. Interesting. Golden Yellow in color. Lasting head. Very fruity. Malty. Well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Pours a golden yellow with a lasting white head. Not too cold so clear. Very fruity aroma. Smooth and malty, refreshing. Some spice notes. Pine? Wintergreen? Hops? Well made.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Pale yellow body with not much head. Fruity aroma with some slightly sweet fruit flavours but it is on the bland side over all. Body is also on the thin side. Would probably have gained a point or two if I had tried it with a fresher palate but not a whole lot more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
The aroma is a malange nutmeg, pecan, cinnamon and pumpkin sweet flavors. It pours a dark yellow with a slight hint of brownishness and little to no white head which dies quickly. The flavor is a battlefield of nasty dessert beers mixed together. Sour pumpkin and nutmeg mixed with old pecans... yuck! Dry finish..some wheatiness...but i really gotta look for it in the taste to find it! This really should be a dessert beer. Overall its far too sweet, and it has trouble defining its flavor beyond the sweetness. Next.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottle pours a slightly hazy amber gold with little head and lace. The aroma is floral and spicy. The flavor is mild, sweet, fruity, and little else with a very light, almost spritzy, feel. Overall, I like this brewer due to my fondness for ale history.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Cloudy golden color,small white head that faded quickly leaving a decent lace.The aroma was wheaty and fruity but what kind of fruit is hard to say.The taste was whaety and sweet and some kind of fruit that could maybe be lemon,and hops that are mild.This is a unique brew,not at all what i was expecting but nicely flavored and different.Well worth trying again just to see if the flavor stay's much as this one and to try and discover what the odd flavors are.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 30, 2003
Good tasting brew. Floral aromas with mild spicy notes. The tartness of the gooseberries went well with the bitterness of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Pours a very pale champagne color with almost no head. The beer smells mostly of berries with a slightly acidic undertone. Lightly carbonated and smooth, this beer reminds me slightly of a wine. Taste is of berries, mostly gooseberry, with a mildly tart aftertaste. Overall, quite pleasant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Pours cloudy yellow with no head. Aroma is fruity, wheaty, herbal, a little Lemon Pledge. Flavor is sweet, berries(gooseberries maybe?), a little banana. Somewhat acidic finish, green apple?, with little hop bitterness. Watery with little carbonation. Not bad flavor. A little more beerlike than other Heather Ales I have tried. Not bad. Complex flavors but some seem a little artificial.

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