Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 09-12-2001

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.
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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a decent white head that left some trace amounts of lace,very effervesent (spelling?) aroma like a spring meadow along with a touch of citrus very pleasing to the nose.Taste is delicate lightly sweet with a lightly toasted grain note a little tart in the finish but light.This would be a good summer refresher I think light and delicate glad I had the chance to try this.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very cool beer. Absolutely unique. Best by Feb, 2007 date. Better drink this one fast… I’m a couple days late.

First of all, appearances: WTF? Seriously, WTF? This is a weird brew. Pale copper color body with a thin white head, whose soapy lace persists very well. Minute but steady streams of carbonation keep various types, colors, and sizes of yeast suspended permanently. There are chunks of yellow, red, and white particulate matter floating in massive quantities.

Aroma: hard to describe. I guess it smells like goose berries. I’ve smelled goose berries but I can’t remember what they smelled like. There is a sweet powdery yeast quality as well. Light and fruity.

Taste: hmm…I’m kina lost here too. What is this? Gooseberry? Strange, layered fruits. Candied, hard to place. Weird.

Mouthfeel: sweet front, grainy and phenol loaded finish. Twangy and powdery.

Drinkability: I’m not sure. This is weird. Um?

Photo of JasonA
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks babe for a wonderful xmas present.

Not sure I will be able to do this style justice, but Ill try my best.

Pours a barely translucent unfiltered wheat. Solid carbonation with ample lacing present. Looks like what beer must have looked like before any filtering.

Super citrus, almost sour. Maybe the sour is the goosberry. Some of that must be hops, but I think most of it is fermentables, maybe rye with the wheat?

Nothing like the smell. Pale, with ample, yet sublte bittering hops. I would imaine this is how hops was done to preserve beer. There is some spice in there I cant place.

Finish is a little watering, meaning no ample body. Not bad, but nothing mind numbing per-se. However, this must be close to style for the times.

Overall a solid beer. Nothing spectacular, but my guess would be this is how beer was served for quite a long time.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle, brown label with an odd Medieval symbol. Best before Aug 1999 clearly marked.

Appearance: Straw in colour with chill haze. Pours as frothy as a champagne, that leaves a two finger chunky white head in its wake.

Smell: Slight wine aroma, herbal; perfume-like.

Taste: Tea-like, but, more herbal with grape flavours which dry. Malt characteristics are light, adding some mouth-feel to the brew. The aftertaste is slightly tannic with some dextrin sweetness and grainy-feel.

Notes: Another age old recipe brewed by monks and alewives since at least the 16th century. This is a complex, refreshing brew, with its mixed fruit characteristics. A "must try" for beer enthusiasts. "Grozet" is Auld Scots for "gooseberry." Brewed with lager malt, wheat, bog myrtle, hops and meadowsweet, then secondary fermented with ripe Scottish gooseberries.

Photo of merlin48
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another odd recipe from this Scottish brewery that offers an ancient recipe with offbeat ingredients. This 11.2 oz bottle pours a clear, canary yellow, with a skimpy white head that disappears in seconds. No lacing. Aroma has fermented berries, malted wheat, and an odd herbal/floral note that defies identification. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. The taste is, well, different. Malted wheat, fermented goosberries, and a salty note in the background. Dry and bitter, with an herbal aftertaste.
This is my least favorite of this brewery's odd offerings. Too many bitter flavors going on here, and I can't even identify the culprits. I compliment the brewery for experimenting with these ancient styles, and I will continue to try these. Certainly, this is ale is one that is not mainstream, and might be worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a small head, small carbonation, and a light yellow color--similar in color to Bud

Smell: wheat, a faint sniff of berries, a bit of pepper, and some floral notes

Taste: wheat, dried flowers, sour berries, and honey

Mouthfeel: It is light and crisp and alternates between being sweet and tart

Drinkability: This has a different taste than other beers I have tried...There is just enough to know the beer is from Scotland as it has a light Scottish Ale taste...I could drink several because of its uniqueness

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of my Historic Ales From Scotland 4pack.

Poured into a tall lager glass. Medium golden hue, slightly opaque. About a half inch of head quickly receded into a ring.

Nose is gooseberry and honey, which contrasts with an earthy, peaty or tea-like character.

Starts off with a light, refreshing taste of honey and pale malts, and finishes with a peaty, tart finish. A good earthy character to it. The gooseberry isn't obvious, but it's there. A little undercarbonated, but with a sound body.

An interesting brew. Similar to a light pale ale, but with enough unique characteristics to make it enjoyable. Looking forward to the rest!

Photo of jakester
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Amber

I had this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. The head falls very quickly, with almost no lacing. Carbonation looks fairly active.

Aroma is very light and citrusy from wheat. There is also a detectable smell of spices, slightly piney, with (I guess) the smell of gooseberries coming through as it warms. Very light herbal hops comes through late.

Flavor is very light and fruity, with a nice citrusy tang on your tongue. The fruit flavor is delicate, but pleasant, according to style. Spices and gooseberry flavor come through much better as this approaches 55 degrees, and the sweetness is more noticeable. No real hop character in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. It's kind of champagne-like, but not as carbonated. Finish is short and slightly sweet.

This is definitely a slammer. It's not real complex, and I would personally like more of everything, but for the style, it's damn good. Recommended.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up cheap from Trembling Madness in York; I hope it's still in good condition. This is based on a Scottish gruit that includes gooseberries in the recipe (the label describes gooseberries as citrus fruit, which is a bit strange as they are actually a type of currant).

Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich amber hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling. Aroma of nutty malt with hints of gooseberries, acidic fruit, grass/hay, faint caramel and subtle earthy yeast.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a fruity sourness and a dry finish. Notes of tart gooseberries, grass/hay, faint nuttiness and earthy yeast. Well attenuated and acidic, with a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a light body and a stimulating sourness. Carbonation could be a bit more spritzy. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of mild fruit and a hint of malt.

Pretty good - the light malt and restrained hopping complement the floral fruit flavours without overshadowing them. The label describes it as a brew designed to refresh, which the mild-tasting but sour gooseberry will certainly achieve. The lagering process adds depth to the beer's character. A decent effort that would go down well on a warm day. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of niknar
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the last beer remaining from a boxed set my wife bought me for an anniversary gift (God I love her... she buys me beer for a gift!).

Pours out a dark straw color (is it possible for dark and straw to coexist?) with a minimal head that disappears extremely quickly. It left only a few specs behind... not really a collar and definitely no lacing to speak of. Smell is odd to me. I think its probably gooseberries, but then again I'm not sure what a gooseberry is! Not unpleasant, but not particularly impressive. Taste is also quite interesting. Definitely malty, but it seems to be overtaken by the berry flavor. Very sweet, but has a lingering tartness in the aftertaste. I again assume this is from the gooseberries. The flavor is not unpleasant, but it also doesn't quite taste like beer either... sort of hard to put into words at this point. To me it doesn't seem to be particularly well balanced. But again, it's also not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is consistent with what I expected based on the color - thin and refreshing. However, it lacks that certain crispness to it I would have expected. It also seems to be slightly undercarbonated to me. Drinkability is a tough call on this one...but I'm going to go with below average for a gut feel. Its a little too sweet considering how thin it feels. Also, the lingering tartness is somewhat a detractor from the overall offering.

I enjoyed trying this beer, but I could easily name at least 20 beers I would rather have if given options. This is definitely worth a one-time trial just to experience it... but I'm not looking for it again.

Love my wife, but the other beers in the boxed set were better!

Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow and uniformly dull and cloudy. Head starts decently in a straight sided festival glass. Honeyish aroma, not particularly fruity but with some slight ester qualities. Bitter, but not from hops, much more from a medicinal sense of bitter spices, including heavy clove and a black pepper finish. This leaves me wondering what gooseberries taste like, but there is a similarity to the skins of white elderberries, which may contribute to the spicy profile. OK, love the old recipes, but not a among my favorites from Heather...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears with lively small bubbled carbonation very pale golden body with a thicket of white head forming and lasting nicely. Fine speckled lacing lines in layers around the sides of my glass. Aroma a distinct berry jam nose with some sharp wheat additions, some green herbal additions are noticeable as well. Flavor is interesting a big spicy layer combined with a sharp wheat beer notes and finishes with sweet jam with the gooseberries. Actually the best tasting and most complex beer from the 3 of the 4 I've had so far. Mouthfeel does have lively carbonation lighter bodied but not watery and finishes with an herbal dryness not bad. Overall I really like this unique twist on a wheat beer with fruit additions and herbal spiciness to balance it all out this is the most adventurous on the palate and diverse in flavors.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starting with a bit of a chill haze, this beer clears up to reveal a deep pale gold color to it. It forms a white head that starts a bit over one finger tall and holds well, fading eventually to thick foam. The lacing it drops is downright chunky if somewhat sporadic, but with plenty of coverage.
A bit of an herbal quality with a mix of raw, unripe berries and ripe ones. The wheat backbone reminds me of cracked white wheat, sort of lighter without a grainy edge. There's a bit of a perfume touch somewhat like lavender gives off.
Things develop more in the flavor, with a mainly herbal but not bracing blend of leafy and tea-like qualities sitting over the dry malts while light pale fruits sit alongside. Some tannins seem to come in underneath. All in all, this beer works.
The feel is light, as I would expect. It's both crisp and smooth, but each mildly, and a bit more of either would make for a livelier sip. As it is, it's easy to drink and is semi-dry, straddling the fence a bit.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit ugly and cloudy, but the bottle was polite enough to warn me about that beforehand. Smells odd, like your classic lousy lager with a whole lot of fruit added into the mix. That's really how it tastes too. Strange. Fruity. Rather unique. Part of me wants to pour it down the drain in disgust, the other part wants a six pack. Yes, I think I have discovered the Budweiser of the ancient Celts!

Shockingly smooth going down, however, considering the flavor. And I do indeed taste a hint of gooseberry, so bonus points for that. Perhaps not destined to be on my standard drinking list, but certainly something I might reach for on special occasions.

Photo of watermelonman
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a dark yellow and gold without much head. It's leaving zero lace behind.

The body is fairly light. Hops stay consistant through the taste. The smell isn't of much other than a berry oder that isn't all that great. It's not bad, but it isn't a high point. The mouthfeel is a little sharp, but the beer remains pretty drinkable.

The finish has an odd tinge to it, more like a juice than a beer.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome beer>>>i like all the beer ive tried from these guys>>>and i don't even like fruit beer but this i can drink!
it appears very clear i like it!
it smells of def. fruit>>>tangy like fruit
i don't know what a gooseberry is but i like it
watery like feel to it goes down very well
i could drink easily 4 or 5 of them!!!!

i could live in Scotland and drink stuff from this brewery all day long!

Photo of mintjellie
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pineapple juice yellow with a fizzy and fast dissipating white head. Sweetish and mild aroma of bread malts, lemon, and tart fruit. I've never actually had gooseberries before, but I think I taste them now. No chemical aftertaste, so I assume its natural. Of course, the ingredients list says "gooseberries" and not "extract" or "artificial flavour." Aside from the sweet fruit flavour, it's a little bit tangy and shows some faint hopping in the finish. It's inoffensive. Light bodied with low carbonation. Feels thin and watery. I would have enjoyed this a whole lot more in the middle of July.

Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with hardly any head or lacing to speak of. Color's nice, though.

Smell: Lots of herbs, citrus, and the hint of what I imagine to be gooseberries. Smells like possible articifical sugars also, unless that's some candied malt or something.

Taste: Light, sugary sweet at first, then it dies down into some lemon-like dryness and finishes that way on the palate. I wish the finish was longer, but this is pretty decent stuff, especially for my second stab at the style. Slightest bit of hops maybe, but it's not extremely sugary or malty. That said, it's not extremely complex either, but I dig it. It's such a weird style that I welcome the newness to the taste buds, also. And there's also good balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin-seeming at first, but it turns out to be fairly full with the sugars and malt I think, and the carbonation's fairly light. Almost like a fuller spritzer with less carbonation? Fairly odd, maybe, but I dig it, especially for this style, as it fits well.

Drinkability: I think this is the first time I can say I've had gooseberries before, even though technically it's not physical gooseberries. Still, a beer that I'd suggest to try, as this is not something you encounter every day. But it's good, tasty, and thirst quenching. It's always good to keep your taste buds in check and flexible, too.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First learned about this ale in a Michael Jackson tome. Unfortunately I'm not pouring into the leather "glass" shown in that book. It pours an inch-thick foamy head that turns soapy and thin rather quickly but that thin head sticks around awhile. Color is a rusted amber, just a shade away from looking like a pumpkin ale.

Sweet malts come to the nose first, reminding of a honey-infused lager. Unfortunately I don't get a whole lot else in the nose. I had expected more considering the unusual ingredients.

Front of the sip gives what the aroma does, a honey-like sweet malt, but it quickly spreads throughout the mouth with a beautiful rounded berry succulence. Juicy and fruity, but the kind of juicy and fruity that would probably even impress beerists who don't dig fruit beers. Balanced also by a light breadiness. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but the carbonation is present enough to prop it up a bit.

Very easy to drink, and certainly enjoyable, although I expected more tartness from the gooseberries. Not as unique as the ingredients promise, but still a solid, interesting beer. Give it a whirl.

Photo of cokes
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB: Aug 2004.
Golden, pilsner-like body. Virtually crystal clear. Replenishing head fades to a skimming, but doesn't go away.
Funky, nearly skunked aroma. German hops and hints of berry sweetness are evident.
Taste seems primarily of pils malt. Starts fairly dry and cracker-like. Light spices and herbs seep in. Berry flavor is featured, but more subtle than expected. More berries as it warm, but never to an obnoxious level. I am not picking up any of the wheat tones. Snap of prickly hops finishes this brew.
Light bodied, sweet, yet crisp with relatively high carbonation.
One of the tamer Heather brews (along with the Fraoch), but this is worthy in its own right. More of an interesting quencher than an experience.

Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a cider,yellow alone. no sharpness in aroma however, a touch of wheat, adn the myrtle like a tea. No real visible head. Malted and wheat so no edge, indescribeable tea taste with a faint apple. Not too drinkable but worth the experience to see what people can brew.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like cider or apple juice. Very thin head and no lacings to speak of.

A malty aroma, like any good Scottish ale, but with the berries providing a nice sweetness.

It tastes like it smells. Nice English/Scottish malt but that's where the comparison with a good bitter ends... because there isn't any bitterness to be seen. Hops add a little bit of crispness, but it's mostly malt and goose berries here. How to describe gooseberries... think cranberry light. The tartness is there but it isn't as puckering. A very interesting taste.

My kind of mouthfeel, low carbonation, drinks like an English ale. Nice.

Well chilled I could toss an armload of these back. Anoter winner from the Scots.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright vibrant gold, slightly hazy, with a persistent one finger head. Lots of lace is smattered around the glass.

S - Gentle wheat twang with a hint of salt and a little hint of berry tartness. Some sweet brown sugar is there in the background. This is pretty mild and unassertive... almost to the point of boredom.

T - Tart berry-skin and woodsy twiggy notes. This tastes like wild (slightly green) berries picked from a bush in the woods in some sort of survival scenario. I taste odd berry flavors (never had a gooseberry, so I can't tell ya that it tastes like those), grassy notes, and bit of what actually tastes like chewing on sticks. I can imagine Bear from Man vs. Wild chewing on some green gooseberries and praying he doesn't get the shits.

M - Light bodied and tart as all get-out, with an extremely dry and barky finish. This is lively with carbonation and acidity, and the killer finish puckers ya up like a sour Warhead candy.

D - Interesting for sure. Definitely worth trying for the historical experience and the nice super-dry finish. I can imagine sitting in a 16th century Scottish alehouse and getting belligerently drunk on this old-time brew.

Photo of sullysbeer
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Sweet berries, raspberry tartness, tin or metal, faint chocolate and no hop aroma.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light golden or a darker straw color. White head is prominent when the glass is swirled but falls back in the beer and rings the glass.

Flavor: Huge wheat flavor and a gentle berry flavor, but not tart at all. Explosion of Apricots. A tad bit of hop bitterness and hop flavor boiled to balance the wheat, berry and apricot flavor. Slight alcohol. Slightly spicy, pepper?

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied - Perfect CO2.

Overall Impression: Thirst quenching beer. I don't know what a gooseberry taste like but this beer, to me, could pass as being brewed with heather tips instead of hops. Great beer, well brewed but not on of those fruit beers that I would crave.

Photo of secondtooth
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean amber, with limited carbonation and virtually no lace.

Nose is unusual and fruity, with a hint of sour somehow. Not bad.

Taste is fruit (gooseberry?) up front, with a follow-through of cereal grains. The finish ends up with a tinge of hops. But it's slight. Very moderate.

Enjoyable, and certainly not bad, just somehow underwhelming.

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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.