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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 WGO
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Opalescent lager and lime in colour. small off white head.
Lime, gooseberry & bubble bath on the nose.
Dry lager background with a fruit twist.
Mouthfeel soapy and oily.
Not my type of thing. Comes across a bit medicinal.
Best when served really cold.

WGO, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

TheLevi4000, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber color. What head is formed is rather miniscule (much less than a finger high), and what little is there fades quick anyways. Lacing is sparse and thin-looking.

S: Rather wheaty and crisp. There is a touch of fruit, but one has to really bury their nose in the glass to find it. On the plus side, at least it doesn't seem like it will cloy...right?

T: There's a decent wheat flavor to start. Soon after, a fruity note briefly pops up before getting swallowed by the crisp bite. Maybe there's a touch of spice on the aftertaste. Crisp? Yes. Easy drinking? Yes. Interesting? Nope.

M: The initial feel is fairly sweet, which is thankfully saved with high carbonation and a crisp bite. Can't fault it for going down easily. Only thing is that it's a bit heavy in texture.

O: I don't get much difference between this and a typical fruity wheat ale, but at least this better than some of the crappier examples of the style. Due to the fact that it's kind of pricey for what it is, I probably won't get this again.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Wrex68
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Wrex68, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4/5  rDev +13.3%

lilsmizzul1225, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +13.3%

JakerLou, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of cjac
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

cjac, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Hugh37
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Hugh37, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of ekalb31
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

ekalb31, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of stefanholvik
4/5  rDev +13.3%

stefanholvik, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a mason jar in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One finger and a half white head with middling retention atop a golden, slightly hazy body. Looks awfully nice.

S- Crisp aroma, lager smell. Clean.

T- Tastes clean and light fruity. Nice flavor, not complex though. Slightly tart.

M- Thin lager feel. Not bad at all.

O- Very crisp, tasty beer. Not much to say about it.

Murrhey, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Evil_Pidde, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

mrfrancis, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of dtivp
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

dtivp, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this out, something immediately seemed amiss - very little foam and/or evidence of carbonation. What foam formed, disappeared in short time. The bottle had a best-by of Oct 2010. I'm not sure I've ever seen one of these Williams herb ales relatively fresh. Is there a warehouse somewhere with pallets upon pallets of these beers just rotting? What are their sales reps doing?! I realize there's no urgency for distributors to move this but, c'mon, someone ought to be pimpin' these.

It's a pale sunset yellow-gold with a moderate haze. There's somewhat faint but certainly apparent spicy-herbal and -floral aromas, and they're really quite lovely. A bit exotic and unfamiliar - maybe with a quality of the types of aromas you'd get in middle-eastern cuisine? Definitely not hops and not exactly yeast-like.... Like a floral soap or some other item found in an old lady's bathroom.... Aged/oxidized, sweet, honeyish malt is also apparent, but sits in a degree of harmony with the herbs.

This aged malt, however, comes much more to the fore on the palate, and looms moderately prominent in the aftertaste - something I've tasted quite many times in old German bocks and lagers. The big, bold roundness of the body is another tell-tale sign of age, but here I'm finding a pleasant, very mild citrus-y tingle in the finish, while the body more or less drops off dry, leaving only minimal nectary residual viscosity on the tongue.

What really saves this from me dumping it out though is those exotic spicy (vaguely cinnamon) flavors somehow remaining after all this time - not that they're in great balance with the mature malt - they compliment enough to where this comes across almost like a weak mead, with a menthol-like spicy coolness lasting, threading through each sip.

... this was an old bottle though and I'll reiterate the fact that I would love to get a fresh one. Just gonna have to take a tour of the brewery, I guess.

Bouleboubier, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -15%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ManekiNeko13
3/5  rDev -15%

ManekiNeko13, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -43.3%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
Photo of seinfeldette
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

seinfeldette, May 16, 2013
Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

civicm87, May 15, 2013
Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

weaselchew, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of wonothesane42
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

wonothesane42, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

Pours amber gold, white film for a head.

Smells of honey, citrus and white grapes.

Tastes of wheat malt, light berry sweetness, and a twinge of bitterness not very hop-like.

Medium body with a light sting of carbonation on the tongue.

A good light ale, interesting flavor, worth trying for its uniqueness.

Cylinsier, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 07, 2013
Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.