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.

Added by canadianbarman on 09-12-2001

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

Looks like a cider,yellow alone. no sharpness in aroma however, a touch of wheat, adn the myrtle like a tea. No real visible head. Malted and wheat so no edge, indescribeable tea taste with a faint apple. Not too drinkable but worth the experience to see what people can brew.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out much like any other wheat beer. The color was hazy gold in color with a fluffy white head. The smell of the beer is lightly fruity with a nice light aroma of wheat on the nose. The taste of the beer was a little fruity but nothing overpowering. The grainy flavors of wheat and some malt make this beer pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated, it had a light body also. Overall it was a fun beer to try but not as good as some of the other beers from the Williams Brothers.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy light yellow in color with lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose is filled with aromas of wheat and also has notes of gooseberries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors of gooseberries are slightly stronger, though remain subtle and not overpowering.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer, and the low alcohol content makes it rather sessionable. I would definitely consider having this again if I was in the mood for a witbier but wanted a different flavor than orange peels.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never really had a goosenberry beer before, but kinda liked it. A dominant wheat character sets the tone of the beer, but the berries give a rich and bold twist. Smells sweet with lemons, cloves and with the berries giving a grape, licorice aroma. Tastes rich with bready, yeasty, lemons, bannanas, cloves and with the same rich berry taste that gives a complex raison, blackberry sweetness, spiciness, and tartness. The berries give off a character similar to Belgian Strong Dark malts. Interesting, but odd in a Wheat Beer. Feels rich and creamy but cut nicely by the tart berries. Sweet and tart in the finish. Interesting, but just a little too unusual to rate highly.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before March 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a small 1 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of gooseberry, cherry, apple, herbal, floral, honey, light caramel, bread, grain, and wheat. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, bread, pear, light berry, toasted grain, wheat, herbal, floral, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, bread, toasted grain, wheat, herbal, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and complexity; with a fair amount of flavors, but does border being watery a bit; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Slightly dry on the finish. Gooseberry flavor was not as prominent as I would have hoped. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice herbal ancient ale style. Nice flavor balance with decent complexity; very smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a bubbly head that retains well but fails to leave much lacing

Smell: Wheat bread with a berry essence

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that is joined by a building herbacious bitterness; well-balanced after the swallow with bitter and fruity flavors sustaining through into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Different, but refreshing; another nice one from this very interesting brewery

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy brown color ale with a nice beige foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of gooseberries is easily detectable along with some malt and weird spices. Sweetness is overwhelming and well balance with the malt. Nice refreshing drink with some originality.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my reward beer for taking the GRE today. Purchased as part of a sampler Heather Ale Ltd. 4-pack for $8.99. Color is hazy golden-orange with light, frothy head. I can smell the gooseberry in the aroma, makes the beer smell a little like juice or flavored tea. Taste is slightly, but enjoyably tart, probably the effect of the gooseberry. Not much of a malt presence, but some nice herbal flavors. Mouthfeel initially has some bite, but finishes very smoothly. This is very easy to drink, I wish I had a few more for tonight.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a golden amber body with slight haze.

S - Grainy and sweet. Somewhat cider like. Slight herbal mustiness.

T - Bright wheat flavor with some tartness. Big musty herbal character on top; earthy hop flavors and other, more medicinal, herbs. Finish is mild, drawn out earthiness with some lingering sweet/ tart notes.

M - Moderately high carbonation, medium body, quite dry.

D - This beer is light and refreshing, but its medicinal qualities limit its overall drinkability. It starts out pleasant enough, but there is a lingering quality of bitter, chalky herbs that makes me less than eager to go in for another sip. It was interesting to have it once, but I don't see any reason to ever have another one of these.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.52/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, spices and some fruit.

T: The taste is sweet and spicy with flavors of berries & herbs and it has a weird bite to it. There’s a mild hops presence and a thin malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, this really isn’t a beer that I would prefer to drink too many, the flavor just didn’t appeal to me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD Jan 07

Poured clear golden with a white flurry head. Light lacing and head retention

Smell: Malted wheat and floral notes

Taste: Dryness upfront and then a honey-like sweetness, floaral notes, and spices: Ginger and brwon sugar

MF: A little to prickly and thin for my palate

This didn't really come together for me. A little to sweet and cloying. Bet you it went like gang busters a few 100 years ago

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out,
As plump an' grey as onie grozet;
O for some rank, mecurial rozet;
Or fell red smeddum,
I'd gie ye sic a hearty dose o't,
Wad dress your droddum"

--from 'To A Louse', by Robert Burns

I hope Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale is more fathomable and more accessible than that verse, because I haven't the foggiest idea what the crazy Scotsman was going on about. Perhaps he'd had a wee dram too much before he sat down to put his thoughts on paper.

Bright sunflower yellow suffused with the slightest amount of orange possible. The densely creamy head of parchment colored foam doesn't appear to be deflating at all. A thick, ragged collar of lace forms eventually and looks like it'll be around for the duration. Even though this will likely be an offbeat beer, there's nothing out of the ordinary about the appearance. I like it just fine.

The nose is a little weak. It has an earthy, musty, herbal funkiness that smells like it belongs on a different beer. Or at least a beer different from the one I was expecting. Coming back to the nose after drinking most of the bottle, it's a good approximation of the flavor, although in muted form. I feel much better about the nose after getting used to (and enjoying the hell out of) the flavor.

GG & WA is much more forthcoming on the palate. The soft, wheaty base is just what's needed to show off the gooseberry and the spices. The beer tastes much more herbal than spicy, although I have no idea what was added. In any case, it's wildly different, incredibly interesting and sneakily good.

A mysterious blend of herbs and spices dominates without overwhelming the remainder of the flavor profile. They become even more apparent as each mouthful ends in an increasingly (still only mildly) sweet, lightly viscous manner. I just checked the label and discovered that bogmyrtle and meadowsweet have been added. I've never heard of either one, but they're delicious and were an inspired addition to this fine ale. Nothing like a little Scottish bog funk.

Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale (good use of an ampersand) is a wonderful example of the gruit style. Some may find it bland and uninteresting, but I respectfully disagree. This is yet another beer from The Brewery Craigmill that I've found to be fascinating and remarkably drinkable. Perhaps after a few more bottles, ol' Robbie's verse will start to make sense.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A very light yellow hue, the appearance is unexpectedly clear for a wheat beer. There is a small white head that rapidly recedes to a thin layer atop the liquid.

S: Herbs, subtle floral aroma, malt. There is an unappealing sweetness in the nose.

T: An interesting beer, for sure. The taste is rather sweet, with floral notes and berries. There is a definite herbal presence in there as well. The beer tastes better than it smells, and the sweetness is not as overpowering as I initially feared.

M: Medium-thin feel, with a lingering sweet / herbal after taste.

D: I always enjoy trying new beers / styles. This was fun. The beer is enjoyable, though one is plenty. It wasn't my favorite by any means, but the experience was worth it.

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep straw, light golden color with a smallish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of mild spice rack with a light tart fruitiness and a it of sweet bready sugary malt. The flavor is graham cracker and pilsner malt with a light fruity tartness as well as a large amount of non descript spices. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. Another one that is quite different, but I liked it. The sweetness in the malt works well with the high level of spice.

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