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Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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437 Ratings
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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 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 woemad
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at The Cheese Monger's Shoppe in Leavenworth for $2.59. According to the label, this is good until June, 2006.

Poured a hazy straw color, with a small white head that dropped faster than the K.C. Royal's pennant hopes. VIrtually no lace.

Smell is of tart gooseberries (duh), along with a slight, earthy wheat odor.

Taste is dominated by tart gooseberries, which nevertheless don't terribly stand out. The wheat flavor is way, way in the background. There's a bland, sweet flavor of some kind as well that reminds me of corn. The flavor doesn't fade out at the swallow so much as it collapses. This could use some sort of hoppy bite at the end. Not horrible, but not very impressive tasting either.

This is a very light bodied ale - too light bodied, as this is rather watery. Not enough carbonation, either.

Not very impressed by this one. I've yet to have a spiced ale from the UK (or anywhere else for that matter) that has impressed me, despite not going in with any expectations. I think I'll give this style a wide berth from now on.

Photo of Ahhdball
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these for a sampler 6 pack. I've had their Fraoch but never tried the Grozet. Best before date - Feb 06.
Poured hazy gold with no head no matter how hard I tried.
Smelled honey, with a slight bit of wheat.
Honey, malt and then white grape. It took a little bit of time to actually figure out the grape flavor. It tasted more like a white wine than a beer. I still liked it though.
Clean finish, a slight alcohol residue. Definitely will have again.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another cellared bottle from my stash, so I’ll try and compensate for its age (at least 4 years old): Pours a dark murkish brown with a thin head. There is a nice berry smell. The taste shows a slight amount of oxidation, and a malt character that has deepend. Berry taste is slightly too sweet for gooseberries, but then it becomes more tart toward the finish. Any hop character is severly diminished, but I could have thought there were other bittering agents at work. Interesting, and I’d say it’s aged out pretty well.

Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel colour with a thin white lace of foam. Herbal aroma with some malt slightly hidden, also some white wine-like grape. Grainy malt flavour and sweetness, grapes, perfumy character, quite crisp. Finishes dry with fruitiness and slight bitterness. Low carbonation, medium body, initially crisp from the carbonation, but becomes more slick towards the finish. Interesting, unique brew to say the least, lots of flavour and quite drinkable.

Photo of Quaffer
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up at Royal Liquor in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer appeared pale yellow as it poured from the bottle. However, once it was collected in the glass, it glowed a hazey golden-orange. A white head rose up easily to two fingers and dissipated rather quickly. A light web of lace was left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: A light sulphur character was the strongest aroma, along with what seemed to be Saaz hops. This gave the beer a definite pilsner-like quality on the nose, but with more. Light sweet malt and hints of sour fruits and spices were in the mix as well. It had some definite floral qualities at times, too. Quite a lot going on, but rather tame. The longer the beer sat, the fruitier the aroma became, but it still had an edge to it.

Mouthfeel: Kind of flat and dead in the mouth. Light-bodied with a bit of chewiness and very smooth, but there was a lifeless quality to it that did little to impress me.

Taste: Very light malt upfront was stepped on immediately by a combination of sour fruit, light sulphur, and a relatively strong bitterness. The sour fruit was very light; I was expecting much more of the gooseberry to come through. A grainy wheat quality came to the forefront on the finish and in the aftertaste, finally proving to me that there was actually wheat used in this brew.

Pretty boring overall. I will stick to this brewery's Heather Ale, which I really enjoy.

Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw yellow in color, quite hazy, with a big puffy head that eventually settles into a thin veil.

Aromas are wheaty, with hints of puckery citrus, subtle spices, and sweet/tart fruit.

The flavor is similar to a good wheat ale, as it warms more unusual notes come out. There's a notion of mossy green vegetation, dry hay, wood, citrus juice, berries, and tart fruit. The finish is dry and notably hoppy.

Body is medium with tiny bubbles lending to a creamy smooth mouthfeel. An interesting and tastey brew worth checking out.

Photo of apintofknowledge
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated "Best Before October '05". Poured a cloudy orange-yellow with a 1/4" off-white head. Aromas of wheat, grass and spices come through. The taste is sweet, with a mild berry flavor that permeates, but doesn't dominate. Mild clove flavors and a yeasty spiciness are present, making clear that this is a true wheat beer. The more I drink, the more herbal and peat-like flavors come through. It tastes the way I would imagine something coming from Scotland tasting... earthy and green.

The tiny bubbles make for a very nice and creamy mouthfeel. In the end, one of the better fruit beers I've ever enjoyed. The fruit, spice and beer flavors/characters are all there in just the right balance. While the flavors are complex, with more to discover with each sip, it's also a very refreshing beer that is quite enjoyable to drink (sometimes complex beers just are too much of a workout for the palate to drink casually... but this one can be both deeply appreciated and simply enjoyed).

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 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 Imbiber
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle marked best before October 2005.

Fresh 'cut grass' aroma which becomes quite strong if the beer is agitated. Appearance is hazy orange with a lively white foam head, great glass lacing. The haze is apparently from fruit pectins. Carbonation is quite high with lots of tiny bubbles rising.

Taste is unusual but very pleasant, a citrusy fruitiness leads into an underlying spiciness which becomes more apparent at the finish. There's a slight sweetness all the way through.

An unusual and enjoyable beer which would work very well indeed as a refresher on a hot summer day.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color thats a little darker at the top. There is very little head, even when poured directly into the glass. Interesting lacing...big bands that stay there even after you have begun sipping. The smell is weak, but hints at fruits and/or berries. Not much carbonation. The taste is flat as well...there are subtleties of berries ("Gooseberries" I presume) but nothing that jumps out at you, so nothing that could be called anything special. GCLARKEAGE was correct in saying that it had a "tea-like quality" and that it is very smooth, but not what I would expect from a beer. This would be a great beer if you wanted to sit back and relax with something light, and aren't looking for anything that is too hard to swallow. Actually pretty enjoyable if this is the case!

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

The second of four from the "historic ales from Scotland" giftpack.

Appearance: White/orangy like a weizen, with only a shy ring of dishwater bubbles.

Smell: Citrusy, coriander for sure.

Taste: Malty, almost cookiedough sweet, wheaty with a slightly acidic fruity finish. Just about no carbonation. Not too shabby for a primitive Hefe, but I'll stick with the mordern version.

Photo of BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloud straw colour with very little head. Smells of malted barley and berries, with traces of grass. Taste is surprisingly good: very grainy; definite barley taste with traces of gooseberry in it. Very enjoyable, but a tad but sweet.

Easy drinking ale with an enjoyable flavour.

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

01/23/05- Purchased at a wine and spirits store in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a drink by Sept 2005 on the back label. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Orangish-straw yellow tint coloring. A very slight bit cloudy. Nice creamy head and light lacing.

Smell- Very faint herb like scent. Almost tea like. Maybe some floral smell also.

Taste- Extremely smooth and tea like quality. I guess it's kind of a lightly fruited grain like taste. Very very tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- The lightest of carbonation and a light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I could drink these all night long. A great lightly fruited taste. This would be a great summer beer IMO. Will be going back for more of these. My favorite type from this brewery. Although, the seaweed ale and the Pine Scots are also quite refreshing too.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grozet was an orange-yellow hazy beer with particles floating all throughout.

The aroma was many-layered. It smelled tart, with citrus, hay, and pine needles, and slightly acidic and spicy. I really didn't get a strong fruity smell.

The taste of this one left no doubt that it was a wheat beer. The taste of wheat was dominant. It was smooth and slightly bready, somewhat tart and acidic, and with a very faint fruitiness.

I had no idea where the gooseberries went, but they seemed to be hiding from me.

OverallI am glad I tried it, but it was not stupendous.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I drink beer like this, I feel as if I'm having a history lesson whilst drinking. And since I do have Scottish heritage, the gift pack that contained this beer just seems to enhance the historical nostalgia I feel when drinking. Anyways,
Grozet pours a hazy, barn straw colour. Head is almost a violent sea foam thickness, one finger thick and everlasting. Not much lace, just a little bit of foam that sticks to the glass. Smells more like a wine than a beer. A dry, fruit scent mixed with berries and heather. Their is a malt presence as well, which is the only indication my nose detects of this being an ale. Now, for taste, I must warn. This is my first time having anything gooseberry. And I've come to the conclusion I don't like gooseberries. So I must say, I don't like the taste. However, this is supposed to have the gooseberry flavour, so I won't give it a low score simply for containing something I don't like. Would it be fair to give an IIPA a low score if the reviewer hates a hoppy flavour? No. Strong gooseberry taste. I find anyways. Dry wine flavour as well, reminds me of a good red. Wheat, barley, and a bit of heather and honey as well. Mouthfeel is dry and a little granular. Drinkability is tough, for the same reason taste was tough. Would I drink this again? I doubt it, unless I aquire a taste for gooseberries. Personally, I'd give drinkability a 1.5. But, I gotta keep in mind the style of beer this is. I'll give it a three. Why? Well, if it wasn';t for the gooseberry, that's what I'd give this beer. And, if ever I do get an appreciation for gooseberries, I'll edit this review accordingly.

Photo of elricorico
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden in colour with no head to speak of. Kinda looks like apple juice. It has a smell that reminds me a bit of iced tea, but with a touch of sweet berries and cut grass to it.

Taste is very light, watery. I'd say it is very much like a fruit juice made with too much water and not enough of the juice mix. Faint bitterness in the finish, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel, like the taste, is light. Not much body or carbonation at all. Drinkability though is very high, but I'm not sure why anyone would want to have many of these. I'm happy to check out new styles, but there really is not a lot of good things I can say about this beer.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow, cloudy body. There is a low ring of head circling the glass.

Smell: Sweet smell, but not overpowering. Very clean nose overall. Something fresh about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts tart then finishes with a champagne flavor that leaves the tongue feeling sparky. Very entertaining beer...light and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. I think I prefer a heavier beer most of the time, but this was an excellent drinking experience.

Photo of Citadel82
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this odd ball of a beer. It came in a five bottle set labled Historic Beers of Scotland. It was a good purchase.

Grozet poured a hazy amber with a snowy two finger head. Abundant lace formations that clung to the sides of the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was truity with hints of green apple and green grapes.

The taste was definitely different, this is definitely a wheat tasting beer along with a slight flavor of hops and herbs at first then sweet/tart fruits and a finally long a vinious dry hoppy finish. It was wonderfully complex, though one of these is all I could drink at a sitting,

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a thin disappearing head with lots of floaties. Smells of crisp wheat malt and spicy. Lightly sour with hints of orange rind.

Tastes of wheat malt. Is quite dry and crisp. Finish is sour and lightly piney/floral. I am guessing the odd taste at the end is the gooseberry. Not a bad flavor really but where is the rest of this beer. mouth is a bit thin with a bitter aftertaste. Interesting, but leaves me cold.

Photo of baiser
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Semi cloudy pale yellow body, with a moderate head after a hard pour. Aroma of some sweetish berries, herbal.

Taste is first malty sweetness, then some black currant and tangy fruitiness, then a subtle hop bitterness. Some characteristics of wheat.

There's not much to this beer. Mouthfeel is lacking, beer is flat.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my reward beer for taking the GRE today. Purchased as part of a sampler Heather Ale Ltd. 4-pack for $8.99. Color is hazy golden-orange with light, frothy head. I can smell the gooseberry in the aroma, makes the beer smell a little like juice or flavored tea. Taste is slightly, but enjoyably tart, probably the effect of the gooseberry. Not much of a malt presence, but some nice herbal flavors. Mouthfeel initially has some bite, but finishes very smoothly. This is very easy to drink, I wish I had a few more for tonight.

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 xgrigorix
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33 cl bottle. Best by date notched on label.

Pale yellowish with touches of orange. Creamy looking white head.

Smells tart, spritzy, & somewhat perfumey.

What starts off as a bland tasting fruit tinged wheat beer suddenly pops with what is presumeably the fruity flavour of gooseberries (sort of like tart grapes). Has a bit of a sour finish. Light body, moderate carbonation. Not really my sort of thing.

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