Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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 notchucknorris
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a 1/2 finger white head and good lace. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Earthy and a touch musty with an evident ripe berry and fruit backbone. Kiwi, red currant, gooseberry and some wet hay. An almost fruit leather note in there as well.

T: I don't know, kind of just tastes like a weak wheat ale. Underwhelming to say the least. Light slightly sour wheat note that kind of just dies. Some grain, chalky yeast and, yeah, off-tasting wheat. That's about it. Damn it.

Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of kemoarps
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So I picked this up kind of on a whim when I went to the beer store (the best kind of store there is).
Pours a hazy thick orange/amber colour. more bubbles than really head, if that makes sense.
I can't decide how I feel about the aroma on this one. Theres a decidedly fermented characteristic to it that I take to be from the gooseberries. Some herbs and a touch of spice on the back end, but the pervasive characteristic is almost musty. Kind of reminds me of when I worked at a vineyard. Actually, that's the best description I can think of: musty fermented berries and white grapes. There's a hint of sweet somewhere in there as well.

It is sweeter than I expected, with honey being the first thing that hits me, then that musty white grape note comes back. It's sweeter on the tongue than on the nose, and the musty fermented aroma gives way to a fruitier flavour. I actually find myself kind of enjoying it, at least moreso than I expected.

The taste is a little... not quite watery, but trending in that direction (p value not within significance), but I can't say it's thin because it actually has a medium to chewy body, which I find quite appealing. After smelling it, I was concerned that this would be kind of stale and brackish on the tongue, but it's actually quite crisp and refreshing. I find myself pleasantly surprised, and would certainly consider it again.

Photo of TeachChefs
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TheLevi4000
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Photo of Wrex68
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cjac
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Hugh37
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ekalb31
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of stefanholvik
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dtivp
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ManekiNeko13
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -43.3%

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