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


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RATINGS: 772   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle. Best by Oct. 2005, so about 2 months past due. Pours a pale translucent light yellow with a super thick (inch and a half) creamy white head. Very unique. Aroma is light...citrus, yeast, soap? Kinda off, artificial. I have no idea what a gooseberry tastes like, but this is defiantly fruity in a distinctly berry way; blueberries in particular. Mostly I’m getting blueberries, cantaloupe, and malt. Finishes with strong blueberry and yeast flavors, very nice. Only a hint of soap, which is good. Mouth feel is much thicker than I anticipated., like 2 percent milk with ballerina dancing carbonation. Wow, this was not at all what I expected. Light and refreshing, yet substantive in both weight and flavor to really be something special. Much more interesting than I anticipated based on the other ratings. Recommended.

azzurro (501) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2018 Finishing this 4-pack holiday special. It was an interesting discovery, this one being the second best of the four.

BrewWhatIWant (323) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2017
Pours pale gold with a soapy white film. Aroma is berries. Taste is slightly bitter, slightly sour. There are notes of grassy hops, raspberries, cranberries (probably gooseberries), malt and white wine. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation. It’s quite dry and has a very white wine like quality. Quite refreshing!

Raistlin (495) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2017
Pours light golden colour with thin white head. Smooth, grainy but fresh beginning. In the mainpart there are hints of citrus, if you know it you can taste the gooseberries. Lots of grain, very smooth with a dryer, dustier finish. Not too intense gooseberry-flavour, lots of grain here in the body, but round and smooth.

ken1 (2202) - DENMARK - OCT 24, 2017
Aroma: Tangy fruity spicy. Flavour: Fruity spice (likely gooseberry) with a dry bitter finish. Colour: Amber with a white head.

Sissio (1782) - Orsenigo, ITALY - OCT 11, 2017
bottle @ home clear pale, white head wheat, red gooseberries, red fruit, cereals, hops, grass red fruit, wheat

MrJamesMcEwan (252) - SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2017 Clear, amber with a white head and very high carbonation. Aroma is very strong rose petals and herbs. Taste is citrus, bitter gooseberry, herbal and earthy.

cattaneopapa (445) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2017
330 bottle from LCBO. 5% alc/vol. Pours a hazy deep golden colour with a small head that dissipates quickly. Fruity aroma with notes of yeast and bread. Taste matches the aroma with citrus and pine notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nothing spectacular. But it's much better than the average score it's been getting on RB.

mabuzzer (956) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 14, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear and golden with a moderate white head. Earthy aroma with citrus notes. Flavour is light, floral, citrus, not ad tart as I expected. A bit herbal in the finish. Not my favourite Williams Bros beer but ok

BlackHaddock (7951) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2017
500ml bottle as Williams Bros Grozet: BBE Sep 2018. Second beer in a random tasting session with myself on 14th July 2017. Nice clean and clear pour, light amber/golden body, white blanket of foam on top. Having read ’the blurb’ on the rear label I was expecting a semi-sour Gooseberry and citrus flavoured beer, this was not the case. I liked the subtle citrusy/gooseberry infused feel and was really pleased it didn’t dominate too greatly. It’s not the first beer I’ve had with ’Bogmyrtle’ in either. Really pleased I bought this, nearly didn’t because of my boredom with citrusy golden beers. Another Williams Bros beer I enjoyed, good on them!

radassace (424) - 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 I’v 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 it’s not really what i’m looking for in a beer, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tasty.

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