Grozet | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

327 Reviews

Brewed by:
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 Kartoffeln
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, clear golden yellow with visible carbonation and a modest head of dense, fizzy, white foam. Retention is average, dissipating to a thin ring and patches of foam without leaving any lacing.

S: Light wheat malts, fresh and toasted grain, and loads of fresh and juicy fruity and floral aromas. Gooseberries are front and centre but there's a strong vinuous character reminiscent of champagne and fruit-forward, unoaked whites in general. Floral and grassy hops round out the nose.

T: Wheat and crystal malts, it seems like, with a fresh grain character. Gooseberries and vinuousness again, but drier than in the nose and with a vaguely Weizen-like spiciness in it. Loads of yeast flavour and some floral, slightly astringent hops in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with very mild, sudsy carbonation. The clean finish has a pleasantly light astringency that balances the already-refreshing flavour profile. Infinitely drinkable without feeling watery.

D: A unique, refreshing, and easy-drinking gruit that's very accessible compared to more alien examples of the style. By the same token, though, it's less complex and sensual than other gruits. I've only ever seen it in the gift packs the LCBO stocks around winter, but it'd be wonderful in warmer weather.

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Photo of eslemarc
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light straw gold color, slightly hazy with light visible carbonation, reminds me of a cloudy looking adjunct lager. Fairly minimal head of white, not but one finger maybe, quickly falls to a thin foam that tries to cling. As the beer drinks down a bit the heads hangs sporadically around the glass.

Smells very faintly of fruit (though I'm not sure what a gooseberry smells like), kinda spritey, very light aroma that seems like it would be very refreshing. Not an abundance, but certainly plenty of malt.

Very light, very crispy, very refreshing. There's almost a light bitter side to this beer that comes mid-way through the finish. It's a decent beer though nothing is terribly notable about it. I'd say it's worth taking a shot at. Michael Jackson mentioned it in his Great Beer Guide.

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Photo of Morey
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
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

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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 zrab11
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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


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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of uustal
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of seand
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 457 ratings.
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