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Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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431 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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 jhammerly
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-amber body with a frothy head - decent retention. Smell of cereal, some fruit, and of a lager. It doesn't have a skunk smell, but Heinekin came to mind after the smell. Body is light to medium. Taste of malt, some mild tartness, and a light hop bitterness. An average beer, fairly drinkable.

jhammerly, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells a little like Mary Juana and tastes a little like I'd imagine it would taste. Yeah yeah, I'm the last homo sapien who hasn't done the weed or pill thing. Hence my miraculous ability to say nothing of substance about the taste of beer. Oh well. What a funky little beer. Nothing like the other two Heather beers I've had. A foggy medium color with a synergy of bitter and sweetness accompanied by a menthol like face plate that straps you in for the ride whether you like it or not. It doesn't quite do it for me.

thelagerheads, Nov 09, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden ale into the glass with a 3 finger rocky cap that laces well.

Aromas of cracked grain and botanicals with a wonderful musty-woody tone.

Primal malt spine, medium body, herbal-herbacious malty character in a mellow lagered capsule.

As advertised: frontside is a montage of hard cereals, wild botanicals and a nice hop presense...carries through and developes mid palate...finishes wet with a nice mellon-like taste.

The brewer has obviously acheived their objective of mingling native Sctotish herbs/plants with traditional brews...very nice delivery.

pootz, Nov 01, 2006
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.

jwc215, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: No idea what to expect when I pour it... Pours a fairly normal color for an ale, kind of a honey color, very clear... Below average head, but good retention.

Smell: I had kind of assumed this was a pure gruit, without any hops, but as soon as it was poured into the glass, I could detect a hint of hops aroma, and sure enough it's listed as an ingredient. Aroma is fruity, with a hint of promised acidity - vinous? Fairly reminiscent of more mainstream wheat beers. With some caramel malt, as well, I think.

Taste: Slight berry flavor on the tip of the tongue, with the light flavor of wheat, and an herbal finish that I can't exactly place (label indicates bogmyrtle and meadowsweet, whatever those are). Earthiness and acidity can be noted as well, maybe tea-like tannins? Whether it's the hops or one of the other herbs, it's enough to balance the sweetness of the malt and berries. Finishes nicely dry.

Mouthfeel: "Soft" mouthfeel, if that makes sense, with a light-medium body. Carbonation seems just about right.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable. A tad on the light side perhaps, but it's still flavorful and interesting, so the lightness helps drinkability if anything.

hunteraw, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of charlatan
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle has freshness date April 2007. The beer pours a light gold colour with a small rim around the glass for a head.

Gooseberries are definitely apparent in the nose, but heather is rather more so. This is well carbonated with a rather dry feel. The start and finish exhibit a delightful heathery, halfway between flowery and piney flavour with more than a hint of gooseberry involved inbetween. It certainly isn't as sharp as I would expect a beer involving gooseberry to be.

This is not as rich as the same brewer's Fraoch heather ale but certainly a pleasant and interesting diversion from the normal ales I quaff.

charlatan, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey light golden color with a slight head.

Aoma of sweet goosberry is the first scent you notice with a little maltiness as well.

The goosberry flavors take center stage in this brew along with the typical citrus flavors from a wheat ale.

All in all a very good ale with a unique flavor that is pretty smooth.

rebel1771, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a hint of orange. Has a thing white head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells lightly of berries and herbs. No malt or hops detected.

Taste of berries upfront with a slightly malty and herbal taste the follows. Finishes slightly sweet.

Light body, nice carbonation.

An interesting brew, and quite enjoyable. Nice for a change of gears once and a while.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy golden yellow with a thin soapy ring for a head.

Smell is balanced honey sweet apricot fruitiness and a strong sour aroma. Virtually no malt or hop qualities.

Taste is similiar to the nose, but much sweeter. Definite honey mead quality. Finish has a bit of resinous piney flavor for a bit of peppery spice bitterness. Lingering sweetness

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall this beer is unusual and interesting. Worth the experience but a little too sweet for my pallet.

Blakaeris, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light orange with a small white head.

Smelled like slightly sour dark berries, and grapes.

Taste is very herbal and spicy with a slight bit of light malts and a subtle hint of dark berries. Finishes with a spicy nutmeg and cinnamon taste with a slight pine like hop bitterness. Very different, but not to bad.

Mouthfeel is light with a very dry finish.

Not to bad overall, would enjoy drinking this again. Very different.

bashiba, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of therica
1.43/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First impression-- appearance like lemon water; smell like a lovely bouquet of grape and flowers; taste like watered-down turpentine.

My wife's interested first (and final) reaction to her "sure I'll try the Gooseberry" - "BLEHHH" as she permanently sat it aside. Oh-- she corrects me and notes that she also said, "It sure doesn't taste like gooseberry!" She's absolutely correct-- this has no excitement or fruity flavor as might a flavored Kriek. There's gooseberry in the nose, but you won't find much hint of it in the taste.

I'm glad to see that some epicurian affectionados seem to rate this highly. It's nice to read the interesting historical notes given for this beer. My first, middle and final impression echoes my wife's-- BLEHHH. Even for a wheat-beer, it's not very good, in my opinion. The only exotic beer that I've had which this might resemble (and was even worse), was the Rodenbach, whose slogan is "you either love it or you hate it." I was in the latter group. I was sick for 6 hours, after having it on-tap.

You can check my other reviews and see that I do, indeed, enjoy good and interesting and exotic beers. Not this one.

therica, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of tallar
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly hashy, orangish-gold, abiet slightly green, straw color. Has a small white head, that quickly dissapates, giving away to very thin lacing. Smells wine-like, more like grapes then gooseberries. After that, herbs of some sort are probably the next most noticable thing, along with a hint of wheat and malt.

Tastes more herbal then anything. Almost tea-like with some grape-ish qualities. Sweet at first, before turning slightly tart, it finishes kind of dry. Malts and wheat seems to be somewhere in there as well, but the herbal tea quality of thism is definitely the most dominate flavor. Fairly drinkable, with a smooth, medium-body.

tallar, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of BeerFink
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden / light straw colored in appearance, head is evanescent. Aroma is notably fruity up front, estery and vinous with hints of green apples, pears, and green grapes. Herbal qualities to the nose, as well as a bit of grass. Some pale malt in the nose, as well as the typical wheat aroma, along with very slight yeastiness. Flavor is smooth up front, but the grainy wheat comes in quickly, coupled with a lingering bready malt flavor that is felt more than tasted. Overall impression of the flavor is its herbal quality. Fruit comes in a flash of sweetness, but quickly moves to a slighly acidic flavor that lasts into the aftertaste, causing a minor drying effect, along with a bit of sourness. Much more tea-like than wine-like. A bit of spiciness balances the acidity, and mixes with the returning wheat flavor. Another interesting & ancient brew from Heather Ale.

BeerFink, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a quarter inch head that fades quickly to a thin, spotty cap, leaving behind only a little lacing.

Smell; there's a kind of graininess in the smell, along with a berry aroma that I can only assume is gooseberries. It's also has a very herbal quality to it.

Taste; very herbal with a somewhat weet profile from the gooseberries. The wheat doesn't quite stand out as much as I would have liked, and there's a strange aftertaste, that I can't quite place, that I'm not really enjoying. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and the aftertaste makes this a bit hard for me to drink. This is something that I won't be seeking out again.

RedHaze, May 28, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a murkey oranged khaki color with just a minimal head that falls to sparse wisps over top of the brew. This one is pretty hazy, with no apparent carbonation. Nose is definately fruity, what I have to assume is gooseberry, with a light spiceyness playing in there. Flavor is a nice blend between a good fruityness that fades to a moderately creamy and lightly spicey wheat character. I don't think that gooseberry is ever going to be a favorite fruit in my book, as the flavor is just not my bag. It doesn't seem flawed, I just don't enjoy it as much as I could. Feel is moderate with just a hint of carbonation. I'd like a little more bubble in this one, as it would add some sharpness that I think would work well with the flavor. Overall, this one is okay. I don't think I would do gooseberries in a beer, but if I hadn't tried this one, I'd never know that. Good show for giving it a try.

kmpitz2, May 23, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear amber with a big billowy white head that sticks around for a while. There is some good lacing.

The aroma is of wheat malt and what I presume to be a gooseberry aroma. It smells sort of like mulberry.

The flavor is of wheat malt with some dry fruitiness. The fruit presence is almost like a mulberry mixed with juniper.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I will go back to this one.

Brian700, May 12, 2006
Photo of erica
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My label wasn't metal like the one in the picture here, but that's ok. Cool to see that a uni. art class designed it though. Best before June 07. OK, good..

Open, pour... erm.. Poured a golden yellow color, a bit hazy, with a susdy-white head, sort of looked like the bubbles in a sinkful of dishwater. Eh.

Smelled like a big skunk sat on my nose and got scared. I mean SKUNKY. This, from a brown bottle in a decent store. Hmm.. Also got some herbs in there, rosemary I think. I don't like rosemary, so that didn't help to distract me from the skunk.

It did not taste too skunky at all, somehow. It tasted a bit fruity, I suppose those gooseberries (I don't know what gooseberries are), if I thought about it enough there was a generic berry flavor in there though, but very very faint. It was also herbal, again I picked up rosemary, and that didn't make me happy. It also tasted grainy, like corn or something less-than desirable. I do believe I made an icky face upon tasting this.

Mouthfeel was thin, moderately carbonated, and just bland. Not drinkable for me, I had to pass this one off to my mom, who liked it lots. Otherwise it would've been a drain pour.

erica, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of klewis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: I would've sworn that this was a Long Island Ice Tea. Pours a murky yellowish-brownish-orange with a small frothy head. Specks of lacing line the glass.

S: Very unusual smell with a potpourri of spices and a unique berry aroma

T: Somewhat sweet with citrusy flavors and unidentifiable herbs and spices. I can't help but wonder exactly what the hell they threw in the brew kettle.

M: Light in body and carbonation with a watery finish

D: This has to be the most unique beverage that I've ever had, and I have no idea as to what to think about it yet. Is it bad? No. Is it good? I'm not sure. Is it worth trying? Absolutely.

klewis, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy lemon yellow with almost no head.

S - Light sour floral or fruit smell, not very pleasant, but very weak.

T - A light wheat malt and tart fruit flavor with a touch of sourness. A mild tart/bitter finish.

M - Sort of thin and a bit viscous, refreshing.

D - Well, it isn't hard to drink, but there really isn't much to it. The flavor is weak, but if it were any stronger it wouldn't be pleasant at all. The smell would be nigh unbearable if it were stronger. I would get sick of it after a few. A subpar beverage this is.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall, thin brown bottle. 50cl with BB date clipped into back label.
Pours a hazy golden yellow, hardly any head or lacing. According to the back label: For maximum drinking pleasure, Grozet should be served cold. You might notice a slight haze once chilled due to natural fruit and cereal proteins. - It's hazy so I must have at the right temp. Smell of gooseberries and some citrus fruit as well. Nice aromas, not overpowering. Taste is quite light and slightly fruity. Again the gooseberries come through - slightl sour and tart. Slight bit of hops and a touch of yeast in the finish. Flavors are all there, nothing overpowers the other, overall well balanced. Well carbonated, but not fizzy, make it crisp and a bit dry. Light tasting, refreshing.
My first beer of this style, and was quite unique, especially with the gooseberry flavor.

BigBry, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of montageman
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a glass mug. A bit of head that stuck around for a little while then disappears with little to no lacing.

Moderately amber in color, very sweet smelling - gooseberries are immediately noticeable. The berries are also heavily noticeable in the taste and the finish is citrusy. A nice brew, nothing spectacular. This would be nice in the summer as it is quite refreshing.

montageman, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330ml/11.2 Fl oz. bottle, best before 6/2006.

This one poured out a swirl of carbonated bubbles that formed a creamy white head with good retention. The body was cloudy with visible sediments, dark blood-orange like color that pales as it warms. Interesting appearance.

The smell was STRONG, gooseberries definitely present, dry and doughy malt aroma also heavy. Some wheat/straw presence in the aroma. Very rich.

The taste is, again, strong berries with some light diacetyl notes. Taste of nectarines gives a little tartness. This one was warm and refreshing, light body but not terribly watered down, with slight carbonation in the mouthfeel. Also, aftertaste was a bit doughy from the malts, wheat presence resurfaced.

I had good expectations for this one, and they were surprisingly met. This is a good brew for all seasons - light and refreshing, with enough body and character to keep your palate interested. Recommended.

nouseforotacon, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy gold, thin frothy lace. Buttery, herbal-tea nose with just a hint of the wily and elusive gooseberry. This particular berry flavor follows through more in the flavor, and balances the bitterness from the herbs oh so very nicely. Dry and grassy at first, but does yield quite a strong malt profile considering the other flavors going on here. Reminds me very much of Heavyweight's Juhlia, and even moreso? A real Snakebite like you'd get in a real Irish pub, complete with the black currant on top, though certainly not that sweet. Carbonation is a bit lacking but I'd barely noticed due to the overall enjoyment factor I'm getting from this. Quite refreshing and an easy drinker for sure. One which I'd certainly quaff innumerable amounts. Cheers to the Scots!

IrishRedRock, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly hazy medium amber color with modet white head that rapidly fell to a thin ring. Smell is very difficult to describe. At first I thought it had a wine-like scent, then again maybe it was lime-like. Maybe this is what a goosebeery smells like?? I like it but i'm not sure why. Taste is very ordinary with maybe some medicinal?? notes. Very unique. Finish is very thin and a the flavor quickly dissapears. An OK beer, but not really something to try again.

tgbljb, Feb 09, 2006
Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.