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Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

325 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 445
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 09-12-2001

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.
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Photo of Morey
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with Mar 2012 stamped on the back of the label.

Pours a yellowish-orange color with pretty good clarity. Head stood one finger tall following a medium aggressive pour. Has since settled to nothing but a ring of foam around the inside of the glass.

Getting a big whiff of white grapes in the aroma as well some lightly toasted grain. The smell fades rather quickly into a clean finish.

Not much carbonation up front allowing for the fruit flavor to come through nicely. The malt bill comes into play towards the middle, and the carbonation fizzes up on the tongue a bit towards the finish.

Thin bodied with a low level of carbonation.

Not bad overall, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this.

Morey's Bottom Line: With the grape flavor and lower carbonation, this beer almost taste like wine to me. If you are a wine lover, you'd probably enjoy this one. A good introduction beer for your wine drinking friends/family. (942 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grozet Gooseberry wheat is a bitter/sour wheat ale. I didn't taste anything like berries.

A: Yellow colour and 5 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Grainy with some soggy barnyard aromas. 3

T: Fresh wheaty tang into some slightly sour and
bitter notes (from the gooseberries?) that aren't entirely pleasant. They dominate and I don't really like the result. The aftertaste is earthy but bitter. 3

M: Foamy. 4

O: The flavour was sour/bitter without much else to compliment it. 3 (474 characters)

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw/pale gold. crystal clear. not that great head retention. white head fair lacing.

smells sweet. smells a little like berries, goose berries i guess. and bread.

taste is sweet all the way through. tastes like berries. i can taste the wheat a little. no hop flavor. subdued malt favor.

crisp. wet/sweet finish. very refreshing. taste of berries lingers.

this a very tasty beer. would recommend it to anyone looking for a session beer outside of the american pilsner market. (482 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with champaign like carbonation, a chunky white head that fades quickly but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma has a grainy, sweet wheat with herbal notes and a definite fresh berry background.

I don't know what goosberries taste like, but I imagine that is what I'm tasting. A subtle fresh berry taste lends a sweetness to a grainy base with some herbal touches.

Crisp, and refreshingly light.

Very easy drinking beer. (442 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I think this makes a perfect sweep of Williams Brothers' gruits for me. I think the Fraoch has been my favourite so far, let's see where this one stacks up.

Pours a rather insipid yellow colour, very clear, and with a muddled patchy head of large white bubbles. Looks very minimal and rather unappealing.

Nose is very yeasty and dry, with some rising bread dough characters, and an upturn of sweetness on the back which gives it a slight white grape or mild boysenberry sweetness to it. To be honest, I don't think gooseberries have a smell, so I'm surprised to find any berry character at all, but it's there.

Taste is minimal and very light, but it has a genuinely odd sweet-but-slightly-medicinal character that reminds me of some type of candy I had as a kid. I can't remember what it was, but it has that sense of nostalgia for me. Still, despite that tug at the heartstrings, it's a pretty bland brew, very light on flavour and character.

Very average brew, and pretty lacklustre, although it has a few interesting upturns that give a bit of a surprise. (1,063 characters)

Photo of WrathsU
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden and clear. Small head that dissipated quickly.

S - Sweet fruity notes up front. Not much of an overall smell.

T - Sweet malts and fruits up front. I am assuming it's the gooseberry I am tasting here. Finishes with a bitter note that is unlike what I've had before.

M - Great carbonation and smooth mouth feel.

D - Pretty distinctive taste. Not sure I could drink a ton of this but it is definitely a great try. (427 characters)

Photo of elginirishpunk
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with a mild amount of setament. Havs a very mild aroma and only nice a mild hint of spices. Very like sweetness with wheat and finished with a nice spice and hoppness and smooth finish. Dark nice amber color and a mild caramel taste. Very good and unquie beer. (273 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Whey Pat in St Andrews. From notes. Reviewed 25 May 2011.

A: Pale golden. Lustreless. Thin creamy head.

S: Very little vague herbs.

T: Hops, plants (heather? tasting notes say bog myrtle...), and a bit of citrus. Complicated, savoury, and actually really good. The aftertaste is earthy and lingering.

M: Thickish, pleasant, creamy, and slightly drying.

O: From reading the description, I thought this beer would be pretty bad, but quite the contrary! Definitely recommended. (509 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy gold pour with strong carbonation, two finger white, fluffy head, good chunks of lacing and a small film of retention.

S - Fruit, berries, soap, and grass.

T - Wheat, berries, slight floral notes, grass, and quite soapy.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, floral finish.

O/D - Nice floral/berry mix. Not too bad. An interesting, different blend. (358 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a small white head.

S: A strong aroma of grains/wheat, spices, lemon, and some floral notes.

T: Although balanced, the taste is very light, which would make this a nice summer beer. Strong flavor of wheat mixed with lemon, something like tart berry flavor (which I'm guessing is the gooseberry), spices, and citrus notes; finishes bitter.

M: Light body; high carbonation; crisp mouthfeel.

O: Nothing too amazing. Glad I tried it, but I don't see myself getting this again or recommending it. (535 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle tried 23 Sep 2010. Poured in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Small white head. Medium carbonation. Clear golden orange color. Light aroma is gooseberry sweet, yeasty. Lightly sweet, wheaty to start. Gooseberries are quite evident but not strong. Finish is wheaty and yeasty. Some fruity tartness in aftertaste. Medium body, moderate ethanol.

Interesting to try but would not want this as a daily drink. (417 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy copper with big chunks of sediment floating around (some people like this, some don't, personally I'm impartial). A small, quickly dissipating white head left a bit of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Bready nose, with a strong scent of what I assume is gooseberry...I've never tasted a gooseberry, but this is a gooseberry beer after all. :D Sort of a hybrid of pears, lemon zest, blueberry and mango. Distinctive layers in the taste: starts very pungent with fruit (described in the aroma); a bit of funk, and a little spice in the middle, with some citrus hops coming through; and then a final little unexpected blast of sweet & sour, which is the best way I can describe it. Crisp and dry, light mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Seems like it'd probably skunk pretty badly if left sitting around. Good beer. (899 characters)

Photo of zrab11
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with nice 1 finger head

S- Hits you with nice spicey aromas up front with alittle bitter finish

T- Has a nice sweet spicey wheat taste to it.

M-Has a light to medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a nice beer. The spices and wheat were well balanced and this was very drinkable. Good representation of this style. (369 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light golden color with a very thin head and no lacing. Smells of light wheat, some malts, and some sort of astringent flavor. Tastes of wheat, mild hops if any, and some gooseberry (if that is what that sort of odd berry flavor is.) Mouthfeel is medium with very little carbonation. Drinkability is not very good. (327 characters)

Photo of tubacharlie
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A low slung white head emerges from the pour, exuding fruit aromas akin to fig and raisin, with a flowery fringe element. The head settles to a thin skim with a ring around the edge, constantly replenished by active carbonation.

The brew is a hazy amber yellow, with a hint of a greenish cast at the edges of the glass. Some floating sediment gradually settles to the bottom, which is likely due to being over a year past the "best before" date of January 2010.

Despite its age, a muted gooseberry flavor is apparent, although not dominant, and melded well with the wheat and Bogmyrtle. The slight fruitiness is balanced by a decent hop bill that stops cold the slightly sweet front of the palate, leaving a fruity tang in the aftertaste.

An interesting concoction with an historic past. Well worth the adventure. (816 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A: pours a cloudy golden yellow with a 1/2 finger head

S: wheat, lemony citrus

T: citrusy wheat, a decent combination, nothing overpowering

M: mild carbonation, crisp

D: a decent, well rounded beer, nothing spectacular here, but worth a try

Cheers!
The CPJ (282 characters)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. It's super clear with no head. Bubbles rise to the top. I'm already skeptical that I'm going to like this.

I don't know what gooseberries smell like, but I don't smell anything exotic here at all, just a weak wheat aroma. The mouth feel is thin and watery with virtually no flavor at all. The carbonation was a little refreshing. Tastes like a weak adjunct or Miller Lite without the corn. I don't know what I'm missing, but there's nothing here at all to like or dislike.

I was looking forward to something different that might stretch my palate a bit, but it was not to be. The label art is really cool. (645 characters)

Photo of uustal
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. Not much lacing or retention. Light aroma. Toasted grains and a hint of lemon. Flavor beings following the aroma. Toasted wheat and a hint of lemon start the beer off. Tea like flavor. Pale malt followed by a small kick of sweet berries to finish. Pretty mellow flavor. Oddly creamy mouthfeel for such a light brew. (360 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow colour with a small frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - breads/grains/wheat, cassis (or gooseberries I guess)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels fairly creamy on the tongue. The taste is made up of breads/grains, a grassiness and berries. There are also light floral and lemon notes. The beer finishes with a bitter sweet bready/berry aftertaste.

Drink - Although it isn't spectacular, this is definitely the best beer I've had so far from this brewer. Would be a decent summer refresher - worth a try. (788 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slightly cloudy golden yellow, trace head floating,

S: amazing fresh aroma of spices, fruit, wheat, grain

T: sweet wheat and gooseberry spices upfront with mild bitter finish

M: medium body, good carbonation, light prick on tongue

D: This is an interesting beer, excellent and flavorful. Very sessionable beer, bravo Scotland for embracing and sending out this beer. (374 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a straw yellow into and a shaker, a thin white head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S: wheat and a little fruit, malty sweetness. A little hoppy citrus mixed in.

T: a lot of wheat and sweet malt, light pineapple flavor and a little lemony. Light malt biscuit flavor hangs around.

MF: light bodied and refreshing, very effervescent.

D: overall a pretty good beer for a pretty good price. Refreshing on a warm day and perfect for a cookout. (454 characters)

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

Had in a restaurant in Bologna, Italy, while on vacation.

Poured hazy gold color with a thin white head and a nice aroma of heather and wheat.

Slightly tart initial taste but generally mild and refreshing. Just a hint of the gooseberry, but not a solid note.

Light body and nicely drinkable. (296 characters)

Photo of seand
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light amber with a slight haziness, with a small amount of white head. Just enough head retains on the surface to leave nice walls of lacings.

S: Lightly sweet, malty with notes of berries.

T: Light and balanced. Starts a little sweet, finishing just a tad tart with a touch of hops.

M: Fairly light body, medium carbonation, goes down very smooth

D: Very drinkable; could actually be a decent session beer. (422 characters)

Photo of Jdmpolk
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured a light yellow similar to white grape juice. Head was snowy white which left moderate lacing in the glass.

S- Aroma of buttered corn was predominant with a hint of herbs in the background. Slight aroma of grape.

T- The butter detected in the smell was predominant in the front end of the beer. When cold it had a crisp flavor similar to a very light pilsner. When it warmed a little the crispness disappeared and was replaced with a weak front and middle end with a sour and bitter finish.

M- Creamy is the first word that comes to mind, however the flavor profile seemed to be watered down.

D- This beer certainly is easy drinking, but the ever evolving flavor would deter this. (696 characters)

Photo of muttyd
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow/orange body with little to no head. Looks rather still. Aroma is that of light pale malts. Very faint hoppy/earthy aroma. Not sure what the gooseberries do to this beer. All I am getting is a hoppy pale lager. Some earthy tones in the finish, but i feel as though this beer fell flat. Not bad, just nothing memorable. (329 characters)

Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.