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


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RATINGS: 767   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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Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Rerate from cask @ Brazen Head. The second time around I found this to be a totally different beer from cask. Refreshing, light and medium bodied. Flavors come through which are herbal tea and fruits. This stuff is bullshit. Gold color with flat pour. Tastes like a mop bucket. The sour taste is like someone threw some rotten apricots into that same mop bucket. Tradional Ale? Fuck that. Traditional Bullshit.

Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2004
[Cask conditioned] Golden coloured. Very fruity aroma and flavour. Interesting and special.

sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2004
(Bottled) Murky amber color, no head. Gooseberry can be picked up from the slightly yeasty, fruity aroma. The flavor resembles apple juice more than beer, but it's not bad. Interesting, but won't probably get a re-taste.

badgerben (5281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Slilghtly murky golden color with a very thin head. Strange fruit nose, not like some Belgian brews. The taste is very straight forward: fruit with a touch of wheat. I could not distinguish any particular fruit, though others seem to have done so. It's very tasty and has real flavor to it without being bombastic.

Crockett (1120) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2004
Light gold and hazy. Syrupy pour with virtually no head. Lively medium bead carb. Bitter, not really hopped tasting. Tart berries make up most of the bitters. Good malt notes. Honey, some citrus, earth and grass. Touches of caramel. Finishes dry. Very much like a cider in the end. Very simple, well crafted, and refreshing.

TheBeerGod (6253) - 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.

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.

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.

jercraigs (10731) - 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.

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.....

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