Grozet | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

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Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Jtee
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 330ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 08/2018.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep gold with 2cm of puffy, white head that dissipates into a craggy cap within 2+ minutes. Exceptional lacing and mediocre retention.

Smell: Medium-light strength and sweet. The nose is dominated by a berry-like fruitiness and some floral notes. Digging deeper there's a faint, generic metallic minerality along with pale malts, and subtle yeastiness. The aroma is quite nice and pleasantly delicate, but it lacks some punch (yes, delicate can still have punch).

Taste: Follows the aroma with moderate strength and good balance. Same notes as the nose – fruity and floral with bready-toasty pale malts. Low to moderate bitterness with a slight adjunct quality. The finish is short and quite balanced with faint intensity.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp with a relatively dry finish. No apparent alcohol warmth or astringency.

Overall: Williams Brother's Grozet is balanced and blessed with good looks but it falls short in terms of aroma and flavour. My main issue with this beer is that I have to dig really deep in order to find something to say about it. Visually-speaking it's stunning but otherwise sort of underwhelming. There's an adjunct-quality that really comes through in the finish that also bothers me slightly. It's certainly different and for that reason I say it's worth a try. If I had to choose between their Fraoch and this, I'd go with the former.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very cool beer. Absolutely unique. Best by Feb, 2007 date. Better drink this one fast… I’m a couple days late.

First of all, appearances: WTF? Seriously, WTF? This is a weird brew. Pale copper color body with a thin white head, whose soapy lace persists very well. Minute but steady streams of carbonation keep various types, colors, and sizes of yeast suspended permanently. There are chunks of yellow, red, and white particulate matter floating in massive quantities.

Aroma: hard to describe. I guess it smells like goose berries. I’ve smelled goose berries but I can’t remember what they smelled like. There is a sweet powdery yeast quality as well. Light and fruity.

Taste: hmm…I’m kina lost here too. What is this? Gooseberry? Strange, layered fruits. Candied, hard to place. Weird.

Mouthfeel: sweet front, grainy and phenol loaded finish. Twangy and powdery.

Drinkability: I’m not sure. This is weird. Um?

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of -DF-
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JasonA
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks babe for a wonderful xmas present.

Not sure I will be able to do this style justice, but Ill try my best.

Pours a barely translucent unfiltered wheat. Solid carbonation with ample lacing present. Looks like what beer must have looked like before any filtering.

Super citrus, almost sour. Maybe the sour is the goosberry. Some of that must be hops, but I think most of it is fermentables, maybe rye with the wheat?

Nothing like the smell. Pale, with ample, yet sublte bittering hops. I would imaine this is how hops was done to preserve beer. There is some spice in there I cant place.

Finish is a little watering, meaning no ample body. Not bad, but nothing mind numbing per-se. However, this must be close to style for the times.

Overall a solid beer. Nothing spectacular, but my guess would be this is how beer was served for quite a long time.

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Photo of R_Kole
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another odd recipe from this Scottish brewery that offers an ancient recipe with offbeat ingredients. This 11.2 oz bottle pours a clear, canary yellow, with a skimpy white head that disappears in seconds. No lacing. Aroma has fermented berries, malted wheat, and an odd herbal/floral note that defies identification. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. The taste is, well, different. Malted wheat, fermented goosberries, and a salty note in the background. Dry and bitter, with an herbal aftertaste.
This is my least favorite of this brewery's odd offerings. Too many bitter flavors going on here, and I can't even identify the culprits. I compliment the brewery for experimenting with these ancient styles, and I will continue to try these. Certainly, this is ale is one that is not mainstream, and might be worth a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a small head, small carbonation, and a light yellow color--similar in color to Bud

Smell: wheat, a faint sniff of berries, a bit of pepper, and some floral notes

Taste: wheat, dried flowers, sour berries, and honey

Mouthfeel: It is light and crisp and alternates between being sweet and tart

Drinkability: This has a different taste than other beers I have tried...There is just enough to know the beer is from Scotland as it has a light Scottish Ale taste...I could drink several because of its uniqueness

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

First of my Historic Ales From Scotland 4pack.

Poured into a tall lager glass. Medium golden hue, slightly opaque. About a half inch of head quickly receded into a ring.

Nose is gooseberry and honey, which contrasts with an earthy, peaty or tea-like character.

Starts off with a light, refreshing taste of honey and pale malts, and finishes with a peaty, tart finish. A good earthy character to it. The gooseberry isn't obvious, but it's there. A little undercarbonated, but with a sound body.

An interesting brew. Similar to a light pale ale, but with enough unique characteristics to make it enjoyable. Looking forward to the rest!

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Photo of jakester
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Amber

I had this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. The head falls very quickly, with almost no lacing. Carbonation looks fairly active.

Aroma is very light and citrusy from wheat. There is also a detectable smell of spices, slightly piney, with (I guess) the smell of gooseberries coming through as it warms. Very light herbal hops comes through late.

Flavor is very light and fruity, with a nice citrusy tang on your tongue. The fruit flavor is delicate, but pleasant, according to style. Spices and gooseberry flavor come through much better as this approaches 55 degrees, and the sweetness is more noticeable. No real hop character in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. It's kind of champagne-like, but not as carbonated. Finish is short and slightly sweet.

This is definitely a slammer. It's not real complex, and I would personally like more of everything, but for the style, it's damn good. Recommended.

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Photo of andrewdanks
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of djmitche
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of innominat
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hugh37
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours brilliant pale gold under a 2” white foam cap with a very fine bead that gradually drops to a thick, lacy film. S: Wheat, berries and a faint wild aroma rise from the beer. T: The gooseberries and the wheat interact in interesting ways with some spiciness and a faint wild taste. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: An unusual yet refreshing and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mokumies
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of niknar
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the last beer remaining from a boxed set my wife bought me for an anniversary gift (God I love her... she buys me beer for a gift!).

Pours out a dark straw color (is it possible for dark and straw to coexist?) with a minimal head that disappears extremely quickly. It left only a few specs behind... not really a collar and definitely no lacing to speak of. Smell is odd to me. I think its probably gooseberries, but then again I'm not sure what a gooseberry is! Not unpleasant, but not particularly impressive. Taste is also quite interesting. Definitely malty, but it seems to be overtaken by the berry flavor. Very sweet, but has a lingering tartness in the aftertaste. I again assume this is from the gooseberries. The flavor is not unpleasant, but it also doesn't quite taste like beer either... sort of hard to put into words at this point. To me it doesn't seem to be particularly well balanced. But again, it's also not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is consistent with what I expected based on the color - thin and refreshing. However, it lacks that certain crispness to it I would have expected. It also seems to be slightly undercarbonated to me. Drinkability is a tough call on this one...but I'm going to go with below average for a gut feel. Its a little too sweet considering how thin it feels. Also, the lingering tartness is somewhat a detractor from the overall offering.

I enjoyed trying this beer, but I could easily name at least 20 beers I would rather have if given options. This is definitely worth a one-time trial just to experience it... but I'm not looking for it again.

Love my wife, but the other beers in the boxed set were better!

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Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow and uniformly dull and cloudy. Head starts decently in a straight sided festival glass. Honeyish aroma, not particularly fruity but with some slight ester qualities. Bitter, but not from hops, much more from a medicinal sense of bitter spices, including heavy clove and a black pepper finish. This leaves me wondering what gooseberries taste like, but there is a similarity to the skins of white elderberries, which may contribute to the spicy profile. OK, love the old recipes, but not a among my favorites from Heather...

Source: Liquid Solutions

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

Appears with lively small bubbled carbonation very pale golden body with a thicket of white head forming and lasting nicely. Fine speckled lacing lines in layers around the sides of my glass. Aroma a distinct berry jam nose with some sharp wheat additions, some green herbal additions are noticeable as well. Flavor is interesting a big spicy layer combined with a sharp wheat beer notes and finishes with sweet jam with the gooseberries. Actually the best tasting and most complex beer from the 3 of the 4 I've had so far. Mouthfeel does have lively carbonation lighter bodied but not watery and finishes with an herbal dryness not bad. Overall I really like this unique twist on a wheat beer with fruit additions and herbal spiciness to balance it all out this is the most adventurous on the palate and diverse in flavors.

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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 464 ratings