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Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company


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400 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%

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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3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle "Best before" date: 10/2004

Appearance: hazy straw/gold (like a weizen or gueuze), large bubbles, low head formation like that of a lager

Aroma: gooseberries, malt, a sour twang, wisp of alcohol, tiniest bit of diacetyl

Flavor: a lambic-like tartness predominates but is followed by a bitterness that is hard to place (almost Bretthanomyces-like), notes of spices like juniper and all-spice, no sweetness to speak of, very dry finish with a gooseberry aftertaste, plays out kind of like a Belgian lambic, half way through the glass I realize the bitterness is exactly like that of gooseberry or grape skins

Mouthfeel: light body, tight/fine carbonation, definite astringency from the berries

Overall impression: an interesting beer, no doubt... but to be honest I was a bit disappointed with it. I really enjoy their Alba Scots Pine Ale and the Heather Ale, so my expectations were high. Worth a try though, you might like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 09:35:23 | More by GreenCard
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right from the start this gets points with me for its uniqueness, I am a sucker for old traditional styles that fly in the face of the Reinheitsgebot. In fact I've yet to try an ale or lager from Scotland
that I didn't like.

Its appearance is that of a slightly cloudy straw gold, pouring with a white bubbly head that disappears quickly, and both malt and hops are overshadowed by a very prominent citrusy fruit aroma. There is definitely something else lurking around in there. That would be the gooseberries. The taste is quite tart, yet refreshing, not quite what you would expect from a pale ale or a lager. And that's part of the appeal for me. Perfect to serve in a tall
fluted glass for a special occassion, hovering somewhere between
a light ale and a bittersweet mead, this is definitely different from what you'd normally pick up at the gas station. It's not something that I'd drink every day, but definitely something that I'd think back to from time to time, and remember fondly.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 21:34:41 | More by IronDjinn
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2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour is pale golden, with a small white head, quickly diminishing to nothing. Aroma is fruity and sweet, hints of banana. Flavor is mildly spicy, fruity, and quite sweet. Body was on the light side, strongly carbonated, finished clean. Fairly boring and unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 15:22:29 | More by goz
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, very clear. I was expection more out of this one. I bought it along with Fraoch, Ebulum, and Kelpie. Those three had some great flavors in them. This one is rather bland. I can sense just a touch of berry in there, other than that, it's just a little sweetness. Very easy to drink though, I could definitely drink a few if need be.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 11:29:18 | More by AudioGilz
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy straw color with a bit of head. Light and sweetish... Tastes of berry and some other malts. Nice flavor balance. This is a very good brew for a fruity beer. worth a shot certainly. I could see how this could be a favorite brew for some lucky BA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 15:23:52 | More by scottum
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a minimal head that leaves rather quickly leaving no lace behind. A mild hop aroma along with berries and other citrus fruits fill the nose. A strong hop flavor, along with the ame beries flavor provides the palatte with many layers to seperate. This was an allright beer I was hoping for a little better but heah, you don't know until you try it.


Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 19:22:17 | More by kunzbrew
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear amber color on the pour, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the lace adequate to conceal the glass. Malt the major aroma, with an underlying ripe apple sweetness, start is quite sweet with adequate malt, top is skeletal. The finish has a "Wee Bit of Hops", scarcely carbonated, and a dry lingering aftertaste. Not quite sure what I expected a "Celtic Ale" to be, but a bit more robust was one thing, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 15:26:07 | More by Gusler
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3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 23:05:40 | More by cokes
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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy straw color with no head at all. A slightly fruity smell but no very powerful. The name is kind of fooling as you would think that it would be more fruity. Starts out sweet and ends a tiny bit sour in the finish, but still refreshing. I don't believe that I have ever had anything like this. I still think this is worth trying if you have never had it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 17:44:50 | More by CharlesRiver
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3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly hazy, light orange in color, with very low carbonation. No head at all to speak of from the bottle I poured. Tart, citrusy and very acidic aroma. The flavor is much sweeter than it would lead you to expect. Fruity and berry-like, with perhaps a hint of banana lingering in the background. The wheat flavors balance the beer out nicely, though, and prevent it from being cloying. Light-bodied, with a lightly sweet finish, with a mild berry aftertaste. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Good summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 17:11:39 | More by mzwolinski
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3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is straw colored and a bit hazy with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. It has a slightly herbaceous aroma (gooseberries I guess. I've never tasted one before). A light-bodied brew, the grape sweet tart flavors are obvious but do not overwhelm...balanced by crisp, dry grain. Carbonation is tight, almost champagne-like. This would make a good summer quencher.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 21:25:32 | More by johnrobe
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden colour, slightly hazy due to the chill. Nose is fairly sweet and tart. The flavour had gooseberries, I'll agree, but I detected something of a more sprucey flavour. Strange really. We'll blame it on my stuffed nose due to the cold weather recently. Still, I liked it. And I'll have to try it again later. I'm most intrigued by the bogmyrtle and meadowsweet which are listed in the ingredients....

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 19:24:20 | More by the42ndtourist
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1.53/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Small brown bottle with September '03 expiration date. Pours a cloudy, pale, nearly peach color. Smell was somewhat metallic, and harsh. Very different. Taste was very oddly tart, overly tart, and highly acidic, to the point where my eyes nearly bugged out of my head. There is a point when tastes fade from subtle to non-existant. This is such a case. Other than drinking a sweet-tart with seltzer water, I can't even describe this. Very thin, watery, oddly metallic finish. Sorry I couldn't finish this one. It may be a bad batch, I read the article before drinking it, but just not for me. A horrible concoction never again to be sipped.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 16:21:43 | More by StevieW
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3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 17:57:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was less than impressed with this beer. The aroma was a little sour and overall not appealing and first sip reminded me vaguely of water (maybe because of it's lack of taste?) The second sip got better as did the following sips as I started to pick up more of the gooseberry flavor. Very little malt presence (says it's a wheat ale on the label)and the berry flavor dominates the flavor profile. After I had hit the halfway point, this beer becaem harder and harder to drink. Maybe I'm just not that big of a fan of gooseberries. Maybe I just don't like kool-aid mixed with my beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2002 15:40:01 | More by aracauna
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting brew from Heather Ale Ltd. This one too follows the ancient style revival theme that other Heather brews do. Appearance is hazy gold with a dense head, suspended and precipitated yeasties. Lemon grassy, wheat aroma. Taste is very tart, crisp. I'm not sure I'd recognize the taste of a gooseberry, but the fruit seems to impart a sour, tarty flavor. Mellows a little when it warms. I can see this as a good warm weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2002 06:09:09 | More by John
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New Hampshire

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

Thick, long lasting, creamy head - pour slow. Tart but good. Brewer puts it as a wheat ale with gooseberries but I couldn't taste the wheat. I have no idea what bog myrtle and meadowsweet are or what they taste like. Seems like it would be a good hot summer day drink. The ABV is 5.0%.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2002 14:31:39 | More by jdhilt
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 10:46:33 | More by Jason
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, pale yellow, little malt character, a little sourness from the berries. Not excatly my favorite from the Heather Ale Company.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2001 23:02:56 | More by mattmaples
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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.