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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Photo of Sigmund
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, at Blackfriars, Glasgow, as "Grozet Lagered Celtic Ale". ABV is 5.0%. Brewed with crushed gooseberries. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Moderate head. Nice aroma of hops and gooseberries. Lagerish flavour (drank it too cold though), with moderate but decent hops and notes of gooseberries.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a clear gold color, little head at all & little carbonation, sparse evidence of lacing
s: mild spiciness, berry aroma that's slightly sour
t: sublte sweet fruits on the front with spices on the back end as well as hints of alcohol
m: very light body, little carbonation on the back end
d: this was a very different brew. rather easy to drink & certainly more tasty when it's real cold. like that the fruit flavor was subdued & worth a try.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Sweet berries, raspberry tartness, tin or metal, faint chocolate and no hop aroma.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light golden or a darker straw color. White head is prominent when the glass is swirled but falls back in the beer and rings the glass.

Flavor: Huge wheat flavor and a gentle berry flavor, but not tart at all. Explosion of Apricots. A tad bit of hop bitterness and hop flavor boiled to balance the wheat, berry and apricot flavor. Slight alcohol. Slightly spicy, pepper?

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied - Perfect CO2.

Overall Impression: Thirst quenching beer. I don't know what a gooseberry taste like but this beer, to me, could pass as being brewed with heather tips instead of hops. Great beer, well brewed but not on of those fruit beers that I would crave.

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

12oz bottle from Ron's'. Translucent amber body with a quarter inch of off-white head. Berry dominates the aroma. A sweet and sour berry flavors come through with the flavor, with hints of malt. Lighter in body, but not thin. The berry is far from simple or bland, and it combines with the drinkability in this beer to make it a good easy drinking tasty beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a weissbier glass. It has a somewhat hazy golden straw-like color with a decent head that settles into a lacing on top. The aroma is fairly complex and interesting with hints of herb, berries and spices. I know there's hops in there somewhere, but they're hard to pick out. The flavor is mostly peat-like malt with herb accents. It's very unique and quite refreshing. There's also a slight sourness I think from the wheat malt. It has a creamy medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is very intriguing beer. It's tasty and refreshing on a warm day. I'm not really familiar with the style, but it's enough to get me interested in exploring other examples.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little expensive for what it is. It was like pale ale without the bitterness. I could probably get something similar at on of the local microbreweries or brewpubs.

Appearance- Darker than I expected. It was somewhere between amber and bronze. Ther was hardly any head at all.

Smell- Fruity but with grainy/grassy tones.

Taste- Fruit flavor was faint but there. I am not to sure about the gooseberry flavor though it did not taste as sour as I would have thought. The aftertaste was not bad.

Mouthfeel- Hardly Carbonated and thin with it being somewhat chewy.

Drinkabilty- It was definitely a sipper it got better as I went along.

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

A- Deep amber. Clear. Medium to shallow head, but somewhat rich. Keeps a decent lacing.

S- Fruity, slightly citrusy, like an apple and white grape. But VERY faint! Almost undetectable.

T- Sweet, very slightly hoppy. Light to medium bodied. Slightly sour after-note, but not bad at all. Basically, a malty apple-berry. Very easy to drink, and light enough to easily be able to have more than one!

M- Light to medium. Crisp, moderate carbonation. Can almost be considered "refreshing" (just a tad too heavy, though.)

D- Very drinkable! Very enjoyable.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting ale, a light amber almost tinged with green, which makes sense with gooseberries. A half finger fluffy head formed on the pour and quickly subsided, as the very mild level of very fine carbonation wasnt really able to support it or much for lacings. A few tiny floaties present.

Gooseberries with their tangy bite, some notes of apple/white grape, wheat, and bready malts with some bread crust/toasty character. A pleasant smelling brew.

Wow, the character of the grains is much more evident in tasting versus smelling this ale. Wheat and toasty malts give a nice backbone to this brew, along with a mild hint of grain husk. Fruity esters of apple and green grape also present, and go nicely with the more prominent and bitter flavour of gooseberry. Gooseberries grow on small thorny bushes and are green when ripe and very bitter for those unlucky enough to have never eaten them off of the bush.

A decent wheat and barley backbone to this light bodied fruity ale. Refreshing with its crisp gooseberry bitterness, and is a nice drink on this warm May afternoon. Finishes slightly dry and with a vineous feel like a dry white wine.

Very drinkable and sessionable for anyone who has enjoyed the supremely sour gooseberry off of the bush. Another fine example of how hops arent required to brew interesting and drinkable ale, as well as the grainy tastiness of this Scottish brewery. Definately worth trying.

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Photo of stephendr
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of dark straw , with a white head - nose of straw , grass , floral , clove , and maybe soft berry quality – taste of yeast , wheat , some fruit/berry (blue) , and slight sourness - body is mild , refreshing , and with light carbonation – aftertaste of wheat , grasses , some fruit/berry (blue) , and refreshing

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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 Stephen63
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light brown beer with rapidly vanishing head.

S - Slight fruity and spicy aroma. Not sure gooseberries coming through for me.

T - Quite subtle with light fruitiness and a bit like iced tea.

M - Bit fizzy and overall felt a little thin and dry.

D - Probably would not have two in a row.

A bit of an oddity/novelty for a beer. Not something I'd take on a regular basis but worth a try now and then.

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Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange color, two fingers of foam.
Fruit and some unknown herbs. Surely, spicy, with note more or less sweet, fresh and quite pleasant. Light tartness, also.
Strange, and, after all, interesting and peculiar.
Same in the taste, with the sweet/tart mix. Maybe the gooseberry. But there is also something more herbal. Maybe sage?
Very difficult to describe. I miss the terms, I think. And also difficult to understand.
Surely peculiar.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean light golden amber color with a thin white head. Spotty lacing in the tall pilsner glass. Nose is predominantly malty, with some sweet fruit and citrus notes going on. Over all, though, I expected a bolder nose for this one. There is just not much here. The palate is right along with the nose, unfortunately. Quite malty up front, with some notes of green apple, pear, and grape. Not very "berry" at all. All the flavors here are very subtle, leaving this beer oddly thin and uninteresting to me. Definitely not a challenge to the palate. Mouthfeel is thin ... too thin, slightly bitter and only lightly carbonated. Finishes dry. I feel like I should appreciate this beer more, given it's ancient origins, but this one is just wholly uninteresting to me. I had high expectations, and maybe I put too much into them, but I didn't enjoy this one. Maybe worth trying once, to say you did, but I didn't find much of anything here that is unique or particularly worth seeking out.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this in the same session in which I downed a bottle of DFH Midas Touch and although the two are very different recipes, I preferred this fruit and herb beer to the DFH by a wide margin.

Pours pale golden with a slight greenish hue and an inviting aroma of pulque, ginger, and herb. Grozet is faintly clouded but drastically undercarbonated with no lace and only a tiny, fragmented head. Tastes cheerful and zesty. Mine probably wasn’t as cold as it wants to be – a bit of cooling might enhance the crispness. But the strong ginger-like flavor with complimentary spice was a treat.

By the way, what exactly is bree?

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an April 2007 "best by" date.

Color is kind of a dull, hazy yellow-ish amber. There's some sediment in the brew, but nothing crazy. Leaves a small head that dissipates fairly quickly with a little bit of lacing. Initially it smelled like a cheap pilsner, but after a few minutes the nose really opened up to reveal some sweat red wine smells, maybe a little bit of berry in the background.

Taste is initially sweet with some toasted malt tastes in the background, but as you swallow that quickly turns into a very dry, lingering taste that feels almost exactly like the aftertaste of a dry red wine. Not too much hop character, but I don't think that's what they're going for anyway. I don't mean this in a bad way, but it's almost as if someone poured some red wine into a glass of a good wheat beer.

After the first few sniffs and tastes I wasn't crazy about this beer but I liked it the more time I spent with it. Mouthfeel is slightly watery with that very dry after taste that I mentioned before. The beer is fairly drinkable, but I'm not sure I'd have more than one in a single sitting. My only real complaint is that the beer isn't anything special to look at. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of longarm
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber on the pour. Fluffy carbonation rests on top but fades quickly to a thin cap of foam. Some lacing.

Has a spicy quality to the aroma. Not sure if this is what goosberries and/or bogmyrtle smell like in beer, but it's a good guess. A small amount of malt present on the nose as well.

Light malts give it a little foundation, but a little more malt would help bring some balance. Another unrecognized flavor present, which I assume is gooseberry and/or bogmyrtle. The fact that they use bogmyrtle in a commercially available beer is just downright cool. Has a somewhat dusty and oxidized aftertaste.

A little watery on the mouthfeel.

This isn't quite as good as the other offerings I've tasted from the brewers at Heather Ale, but I love the experimenting attitude of this brewery and attempts at reviving archaic recipes and ingredients. I prefer their elderberry, pine and heather ales, but this one isn't bad either.

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Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a peachy apricot gold with a fizzy white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: The reserved nose is musty and somewhat fruity but it is unique and hard to put a finger on. Some wheat attribute and sugars.

Taste: Floral and earthy this beer drinks somewhat like a tea, with tannic dryness and some sugary fruits; perfumey. Wheat malts hide in the layers of tea like astringency. Very unique brew.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light weight in the mouth but the astringency and the dryness with the perfuminess and spices give it a bold presence in the mouth despite the soft backbone.

Drinkability: After warming up to this unique beer, both my wife and I found it very enjoyable, though not quite as much as the Fraoch Heather Ale.

Hope this is helpful.

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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 drseamus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours very cloudy but is light golden in color. The aroma is very fruity, as one might expect from a gooseberry beer. The flavor is fruity and very tart, but that is almost overpowered by the sweetness which hits after the fruit. It is a very smooth with a farily light body. I'm not sure I would drink this again, but it was pretty good.

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Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours light orange with a wisp of fine white head. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. some yeast. bready malt. pleasant fuityness. not quite sure what gooseberry smells like, but this definitely has a nice berry quality to it, but not something that i'm familiar with.

taste is nice. very light bitterness. bit of alcohol. big bready malt. that nice fruity character i noted from the aroma is here too. very light sweetness. has a bit of medicinal character. earthy.

mouthfeel is different. relatively thin body. nice moderate, well integrated carbonation.

drinkability is good. it doesn't really have hop bitterness to balance the alcohol, but there's lots of malt and a nice light fruity sweetness. really interesting beer that i'm definitely enjoying.

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Photo of jettjon
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, 5% ABV, scored “Best before April 07.” Into the wine goblet, a pale hazy honey-amber color with visible, fine sediment. Slow carbonation of tiny bubbles fuels a thin, light tan head that fades fairly quickly leaving a spotty cap and scattered lacing. Nose of tea and sweet malt. Taste is a somewhat complex tea-malt flavor, almost sugary-sweet but retaining balance, though the finish is rather bland. A bit of butterscotch is evident. Mouth is watery and thinnish, moderate carbonation, very light overall and somewhat insubstantial. Drinkability is good; this brew is agreeable, smooth, and light.

Overall: A good conversation beer but little else. Good malt character, but overly thin. Worth a try.

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

Nice color on the pour- thick head, sticky sweet aromas battle with grassy notes, some medicinal characteristics. Not too sweet, though the berry flavor is strong. Not sure if its the berries or some added wheats or herbs, but there is a pleasing sourness on the finish. Comes off dry, but refreshing- pleasing balance- the best of the multi-pack from this brewer.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma of bubblegum and maraschino cherries. Taste was sour gooseberries and other berry flavours, lots of grapefruit and sourness. Mouthfeel was crisp and astrigently dry. A little puckering to drink a lot of, but still a very unique and refreshing character.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color, slightly clouded with darker bits suspended sparsely throughout. A small white head that lingers on the the surface. Nice lacing follows.

Subtle citrus nose with spicy notes. Light and slightly carbonated. Refreshing, almostl lemony. A tangy balance with an unexpected complexity. Very drinkable. What's a gooseberry?

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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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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 34.8% out of 100 with 460 ratings
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