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 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 doesnt seem like it will cloy...right? T: Theres a decent wheat flavor to start. Soon after, a fruity note briefly pops up before getting swallowed by the crisp bite. Maybe theres 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. Cant fault it for going down easily. Only thing is that its a bit heavy in texture. O: I dont 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 its kind of pricey for what it is, I probably wont get this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radassace (214) - SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2017
500ml bottle from Aldi. Pours a light amber with a lasting small white head. Aroma is earthy, floral, bready, dried citrus fruit and gooseberry. Silky and honeyed in the mouth with some light carbonation. Very floral and leafy with some straw and honey from the malt, puckering gooseberry and citrus zest leading into a bitter finish and back to that gooseberry. Not like any beer Iv had before, hints of white wine and cider in the mouth feel. I love to try a beer that is different ! Probably wont buy again as its not really what im looking for in a beer, but that doesnt mean its not tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
john44 (2997) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Yellowy Gold. Gooseberry & wheat ale. Unusual, rather vegetal, ale. Interesting but not very drinkable. Unpleasant lingering aftertaste. Not for me. (2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ForMahil (4) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2016 does not count
Bière de soif par excellence, cependant en demi-teinte. Côtés sure et légèrement salin de la gose peu présent et peu satisfaisant pour les amoureux du style. Le gout de baie ressort légèrement en bouche mais laisse rapidement place a un arrière goût sec peu agréable. Le côté épicé vient détruire l'aspect fruité. Cependant cette bière reste excellente au soleil. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (760) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Pours light amber, clear. Not much head. Vegetal aroma, with a bit of red berry under that. Herbal flavors. Light/medium body. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sarauckelman (508) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Clear golden brown with little head. Slightly fruity, slightly musty aroma. A lot of earthy and herbal notes, and slightly malty. Medium bodied. Unusual.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mister_Li (1246) - GERMANY - AUG 31, 2016
Klares goldgelb mit wenig Schaum. Malzig, leicht fruchtig, Stachelbeere, etwas Heu, kruterig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MBlessing (1180) - Wrttemberg, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2016
Helles bier schwacher schaum, sehr schner fruchtiger geruch, Geschmack schne frucht mit herber Note gefllt mir sehr gut, wer ein Bier mit Stachelbeeren mchte bekommt hier genau das und auch noch mit Tradition verbunden

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrNosha (2119) - Wrttemberg, Germany, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2016
0,33l Flasche Grozet Gooseberry Ale. Hellgelb trb, wenig Schaum. Sehr beeriger Duft. Hollunder, rote Johannisbeere, Stachelbeere. Frischer Stachelbeer Geschmack, dazu Hopfen und sanft bitter im Abgang. Dieses Bier hllt was es verspricht, es ist ein leckeres Stachelbeerbier. Leider ist es hier vollkommen unterbewertet!

   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 Ive 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. Im 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 Im struggling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Klimaet (2404) - 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.

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