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Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

437 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy light yellow in color with lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose is filled with aromas of wheat and also has notes of gooseberries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors of gooseberries are slightly stronger, though remain subtle and not overpowering.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer, and the low alcohol content makes it rather sessionable. I would definitely consider having this again if I was in the mood for a witbier but wanted a different flavor than orange peels.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a bubbly head that retains well but fails to leave much lacing

Smell: Wheat bread with a berry essence

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that is joined by a building herbacious bitterness; well-balanced after the swallow with bitter and fruity flavors sustaining through into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Different, but refreshing; another nice one from this very interesting brewery

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never really had a goosenberry beer before, but kinda liked it. A dominant wheat character sets the tone of the beer, but the berries give a rich and bold twist. Smells sweet with lemons, cloves and with the berries giving a grape, licorice aroma. Tastes rich with bready, yeasty, lemons, bannanas, cloves and with the same rich berry taste that gives a complex raison, blackberry sweetness, spiciness, and tartness. The berries give off a character similar to Belgian Strong Dark malts. Interesting, but odd in a Wheat Beer. Feels rich and creamy but cut nicely by the tart berries. Sweet and tart in the finish. Interesting, but just a little too unusual to rate highly.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy brown color ale with a nice beige foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of gooseberries is easily detectable along with some malt and weird spices. Sweetness is overwhelming and well balance with the malt. Nice refreshing drink with some originality.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out,
As plump an' grey as onie grozet;
O for some rank, mecurial rozet;
Or fell red smeddum,
I'd gie ye sic a hearty dose o't,
Wad dress your droddum"

--from 'To A Louse', by Robert Burns


I hope Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale is more fathomable and more accessible than that verse, because I haven't the foggiest idea what the crazy Scotsman was going on about. Perhaps he'd had a wee dram too much before he sat down to put his thoughts on paper.

Bright sunflower yellow suffused with the slightest amount of orange possible. The densely creamy head of parchment colored foam doesn't appear to be deflating at all. A thick, ragged collar of lace forms eventually and looks like it'll be around for the duration. Even though this will likely be an offbeat beer, there's nothing out of the ordinary about the appearance. I like it just fine.

The nose is a little weak. It has an earthy, musty, herbal funkiness that smells like it belongs on a different beer. Or at least a beer different from the one I was expecting. Coming back to the nose after drinking most of the bottle, it's a good approximation of the flavor, although in muted form. I feel much better about the nose after getting used to (and enjoying the hell out of) the flavor.

GG & WA is much more forthcoming on the palate. The soft, wheaty base is just what's needed to show off the gooseberry and the spices. The beer tastes much more herbal than spicy, although I have no idea what was added. In any case, it's wildly different, incredibly interesting and sneakily good.

A mysterious blend of herbs and spices dominates without overwhelming the remainder of the flavor profile. They become even more apparent as each mouthful ends in an increasingly (still only mildly) sweet, lightly viscous manner. I just checked the label and discovered that bogmyrtle and meadowsweet have been added. I've never heard of either one, but they're delicious and were an inspired addition to this fine ale. Nothing like a little Scottish bog funk.

Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale (good use of an ampersand) is a wonderful example of the gruit style. Some may find it bland and uninteresting, but I respectfully disagree. This is yet another beer from The Brewery Craigmill that I've found to be fascinating and remarkably drinkable. Perhaps after a few more bottles, ol' Robbie's verse will start to make sense.

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out much like any other wheat beer. The color was hazy gold in color with a fluffy white head. The smell of the beer is lightly fruity with a nice light aroma of wheat on the nose. The taste of the beer was a little fruity but nothing overpowering. The grainy flavors of wheat and some malt make this beer pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated, it had a light body also. Overall it was a fun beer to try but not as good as some of the other beers from the Williams Brothers.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a clear straw-amber with an active bubbly foam of white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell has a vague sweetness to it, along with notes of berries, brown sugar, cloves, spices, and citrus. The taste attempts to follow, but the gruit-style spices dull the citrusy and sweet flavors, replacing them with a middling melange of herbal and spicy notes. The overall taste resembles a bitter piece of old pineapple, or the inside of an orange peel. Luckily, the moderate body and carbonation and slick feel allow this brew to rise above its lackluster flavor to maintain a decent degree of drinkability. Overall, though, an unimpressive gruit-style brew.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if I like this beer... ... or I love it! Definitely unique. I wasn't sure about it at first. It needs to grow on you. Tawny golden color with a thin, lightly lingering head. I'm not sure of the aroma - I guess it's the gooseberry that's supposedly included. However, there's more of a citrusy side to it. It's not unpleasant, but curious. The body is light/medium and a slight tartness combined with moderate carbonation gives it a somewhat thin appearance on the palate. The flavor opens up much more than the aroma indicates with an odd, juicy, subtly tart character that is compelling. Soft and well balanced. Finishes with a lingering fruity dryness. Quite refreshing once you get past it's quirkiness. Not real complex, but memorable. A sleeper.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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 WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, spices and some fruit.

T: The taste is sweet and spicy with flavors of berries & herbs and it has a weird bite to it. There’s a mild hops presence and a thin malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, this really isn’t a beer that I would prefer to drink too many, the flavor just didn’t appeal to me.

Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a golden amber body with slight haze.

S - Grainy and sweet. Somewhat cider like. Slight herbal mustiness.

T - Bright wheat flavor with some tartness. Big musty herbal character on top; earthy hop flavors and other, more medicinal, herbs. Finish is mild, drawn out earthiness with some lingering sweet/ tart notes.

M - Moderately high carbonation, medium body, quite dry.

D - This beer is light and refreshing, but its medicinal qualities limit its overall drinkability. It starts out pleasant enough, but there is a lingering quality of bitter, chalky herbs that makes me less than eager to go in for another sip. It was interesting to have it once, but I don't see any reason to ever have another one of these.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold with minimal head that doesn’t stick around long. Nose is like berries and leaves. I don’t know exactly what gooseberries are like, but I am sure that is what I am getting from the fragrance. Flavor is inky and sweet with a mild but nice berry flavor. Feel is pretty standard. Definitely drinkable, but of course is very unique. Might not be for all, but I certainly like everything this brewery puts out.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD Jan 07

Poured clear golden with a white flurry head. Light lacing and head retention

Smell: Malted wheat and floral notes

Taste: Dryness upfront and then a honey-like sweetness, floaral notes, and spices: Ginger and brwon sugar

MF: A little to prickly and thin for my palate

This didn't really come together for me. A little to sweet and cloying. Bet you it went like gang busters a few 100 years ago

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. There si no head on the this beer (at least none to speak of) and minimal carbonation, but overall it looks fine. It has a definite aroma of a wheat beer, with a hint of sweetness.
Flavor is mostly that of a wheat beer, carbonation is not adding anything to the flavor, some Belgium character as well. Reminds me a lot of Loft ale from New Belgium. The beer finishes with a mild aftertaste.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the Heather Ale brewery quite a bit, big fan of Fraoch, have tried everything they've put out to the best of my abilities. So I was eager to be reunited with this "gooseberry wheat ale" and present my opinion.
Appearance: hazy, dull yellow color, short, and soon demised white head.
Aroma: sparkling, sprityzy, slightly fruity, a little sour.
Very easy-going, smooth ride over the lips and down the throat, with a decent helping of good wheaten gritty texture. This ale trips very lightly along, and maintains a delicate fruity taste that just seems to float on the tongue.
Light in body, moderately spiced and very mild in flavor. An interesting experiment/recreation, and a nice little beer. Nothing that will blow you away, nossir, but a nice, mellow brew, more than adequate as a simple dessert or a mellow nightcap.
Thanks to JohynnyDuvel for the reunion!

Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy copper with big chunks of sediment floating around (some people like this, some don't, personally I'm impartial). A small, quickly dissipating white head left a bit of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Bready nose, with a strong scent of what I assume is gooseberry...I've never tasted a gooseberry, but this is a gooseberry beer after all. :D Sort of a hybrid of pears, lemon zest, blueberry and mango. Distinctive layers in the taste: starts very pungent with fruit (described in the aroma); a bit of funk, and a little spice in the middle, with some citrus hops coming through; and then a final little unexpected blast of sweet & sour, which is the best way I can describe it. Crisp and dry, light mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Seems like it'd probably skunk pretty badly if left sitting around. Good beer.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale yellow color that is slightly chill hazed with a 1/4" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale wheat malt scent that is enhanced with gooseberries and a herbal aroma. This is a not a typical brew aroma, but it isn't a bad one either. The taste is decent. It has a fruity pale wheat flavor with berries in the finish as well as a herbel aftertaste that is dry and earthy. This seems like a nice alternative to the usual beer. This is a brew for the ladies or on the hot summer day. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine gruit ale. It has good flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best before end of Jan. 2007 - drank in early October 2006.
Served chilled -- as per directions on label.

Pours hazy orange/yellow with a thin white head that immediately disappears to a thin patch and a thin ring - okay color (label states to expect haziness), but disappointing head retention.

The smell is of perfumy herbs and toasted wheat grain.

A wheat crisness and herbal tang upfront. It's medicinal, but not really in a bad way - it's an herbal tea-like medicinal flavoring. A mix of blended earthy spices and some breadiness are present. More tangy than bitter. Sweetness is minimal.

A spritzy, medium body holds up pretty well.

It's most distinguishing characteristic is its uniqueness. Not really my thing - a little too herbal and medicinal for my personal taste, but that's to be expected for style. Worth drinking for something different.

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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.