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

Another bottle from the Historic Ales from Scotland mixer from the local LCBO.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, hints of sweet citrus rind, sugary lemon iced tea, hints of raspberry and bready malts on the finish.

T - A sour flavoured ale, heavy bitter citrus rind, the wheat flavours linger alongside a tart berry flavour.

M - Medium bodied, smoot and a touch of dryness.

O - A unique ale that has a heavy sour flavour that provides for a unique experience, but I can imagine would only appeal to a unique palette. Glad I tried it, though not certain it's something I would go out of my way to try again.

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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 thehyperduck
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before December 2013. I'm not entirely sure what gooseberries are, but I suppose I'm about to find out - besides, even if I'm not big on the fruit, I've never had a wheat beer I didn't find drinkable. Served chilled, into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, topped with almost one finger's worth of dense, creamy white head. Retention is ok, but by a few minutes' time the only remnants are a smooth film on the surface and a modest ring of lacing around the edge. The aroma is pleasantly fruity and a bit floral, with hints of lemony citrus, apricots and berries, and a thin, wheaty malt backbone. Fairly appealing, but it could do with some more herb/berry.

Straightforward flavour; a biscuity, sweet wheat malt backbone, mingling with some lemon zest and berry flavour. Fairly herbal, with these notes flaring up toward the finish alongside some grassy hop dryness. The aftertaste is a bit fruity, with some lingering herbal bog myrtle notes. Thin-bodied, not really watery though - the wheat gives it enough chew to get by. The carbonation is moderate, but it's enough to make its fizzy presence noticeable throughout the sip. Very easy to drink quickly for a spiced brew, but this probably owes to its simplicity and light body.

Final Grade: 3.55, a B grade. Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale is a respectable offering, but not a very memorable one. It sort of reminds me of an American pale wheat ale with a slight touch of herbs and berries; a borderline bland base with nearly enough accents to make it interesting, but not quite getting there. The wheat malt and herb flavours actually do work quite well together, and it's certainly quite drinkable, but I doubt I'll be clamoring for another any time soon. I'm not sure what gooseberries are supposed to taste like, but I do know that using more probably would have made this a bit more interesting. I'll give this brew a thumbs up, but it's a wavering sort of one - probably not worth picking up on its own, but not a bad inclusion in this sampler.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Best before December, 2004...oops.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed orange yellow color. Appears to have no carbonation.

4.0 S: Very fragrant nose. Lots of floral and herbal notes. Smells like a craft store really. I assume a lot of the aroma comes from the gooseberries, but I don't really know since I have no idea what a gooseberry is. Honey behind the flowers, lots of honey. Wheaty, wildflower funk, and light fruits. Unique and quite interesting.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but is less potent. Honey, big floweriness, herbs. Light fruits, wildflower funk, toastiness. Lots of earth and a light mineral.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. No carbonation. Drinks like a thickened water. Not bad, but not great either.

3.5 D: I don't know what this would be like fresh, but with a lot of time on it, it's quite tasty.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear - no wheat haze. Straw colored, with no head or lace to speak of.

S - Fruity, berry-sweet. No citrus or other ester characteristics typically found in wheat beer.

T - Minimal hop bitterness. Subdued berry sweetness that lingers on the tongue and throat after you swallow.

M - Mild carbonation which is near flat.

O - Overall, there is nothing wrong with this beer but it isn't particularly interesting either. Williams Brothers referring to this as a wheat ale sets expectations that aren't in line with the true style. This specialty is more of a curiosity than a must-try, but it is well executed and very drinkable.

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Photo of NV9
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow/gold colour with a small head that dissipates quickly.

Very fruity/citrus smell cover a bread aroma

berry at the front, flowery herb taste follows, slight hops, dry taste.

light drinking, the berry taste really takes over, dry/bitter aftertaste.

light drinkable beer but a full 5% ABV, this is my favourite from this taster pack so far.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: A light yellow color with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Quite fruity, very sweet, with forward malt notes; I'm not getting any hops.
T: Malty, sweet, a bit of fruit. I'm getting a bit of gooseberry flavor on the finish, but it lacks the acid/tang I'm used to with gooseberries.
M: Light bodied, sweet.
O: It's okay, tastes good if you're in the mood for dessert but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

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

Bottle best before AUG 2013. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow with a small amount of white head that immediately receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Bready malts up front that immediately gives way to a sweet fruity/berry aroma. Fairly sweet overall.

T - Fairly sweet overall - a mix of fruity/berry flavours and bready/grainy malts. There is a tartness in the finish.

M - Light body with a slight bit of chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starting with a bit of a chill haze, this beer clears up to reveal a deep pale gold color to it. It forms a white head that starts a bit over one finger tall and holds well, fading eventually to thick foam. The lacing it drops is downright chunky if somewhat sporadic, but with plenty of coverage.
A bit of an herbal quality with a mix of raw, unripe berries and ripe ones. The wheat backbone reminds me of cracked white wheat, sort of lighter without a grainy edge. There's a bit of a perfume touch somewhat like lavender gives off.
Things develop more in the flavor, with a mainly herbal but not bracing blend of leafy and tea-like qualities sitting over the dry malts while light pale fruits sit alongside. Some tannins seem to come in underneath. All in all, this beer works.
The feel is light, as I would expect. It's both crisp and smooth, but each mildly, and a bit more of either would make for a livelier sip. As it is, it's easy to drink and is semi-dry, straddling the fence a bit.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass... beer was a little past best by date, Mar 2012, but not by much (it's April 7th right now).

Poured about a third an inch of frothy, fizzy foam that diminished fairly quickly. Lacing was fairly even.

Aroma had a mild twang, somewhat wild mountain (highland?) lingon / boysenberry-ish? Whiff's of a pebble beach on a cold, cloudy day. Spiced.

Color was a very cloudy, dusty wheat.

Taste texture was from sandy-smooth to a bit of grain. Flavor was a somewhat pale, older wheat bread - almost to a point of rye. More herbal (nettle?), on the edge of moldy, with some berry juice taste and sastringency. It's like they blended the leaves with berries... Intriguing and complex.

For some reason I thought this beer would be much sweeter..? But then I have to remember it is from Scotland... (Is there anything that's fairly sweet tasting from Scotland?) Will try more beers from the William Brothers, this one was interesting to say the least. Gotta try some actual gooseberries. And try this beer fresher too!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A golden straw yellow that is mostly hazy and some signs of carbonation. Thin layer of foam with no head at all. Tiny bubbles can be seen coming up through the bottom of the glass.

Smell: bready and sweet malts, vanilla, clove, spices, fruitiness and tart aromas.

Taste: gooseberries and tart notes right up front, wheat and bready characters follow. Not really much else going on here. All other flavors are pretty subtle and seem to have dissapeared.

Mouthfeel: a little dry, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a shabby beer at all. This is leftover from a sampler I gave somebody. Will have to try the other traditional Scottish ales from Williams. Centuries old beer styles can still be enjoyed today amongst other styles.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, 1/2 white head, minor lacing.

Smell - Wheat, spices, berries, apple, lemon, grassy, herbal, almost wine like aroma.

Taste - Berry and herbs up front. A bit dry and bland bitterness. Lots of spices and a light malt profile. Grassy and earthy with all the spices and wheat. SOme lemon and very mild hops are mixed in also.

Mouthfeel - Very light, tounge gets the berries, some fruits and a little spice. Palette gets remaining berries, spices and wheat. Afertaste is bitter, dry and light.

Overall - Kind of reminds me of a wine cooler with the flavors it has. Its light, smooth and easy enough to drink, just not something id want again.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I noticed the long neck bottle was mostly empty in the neck so I felt cheated out of a shot of beer. Poured a 2" off-white head of medium life. The body is a clear straw yellow with a touch of orange. The smell is very light, just a hint of tart fruit. The taste is pretty interesting with gooseberry tartness up front and malted wheat in the midpalate and then an acidic grassiness in the finish.

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

Bottle best before: Mar 2012. Reviewed in Feb 2012.

A: Clear yellow/gold in color. About 1 finger of rich creamy head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Malt, wheat - subtle smell. Slightly bitter.

T: Real light, subtle flowery flavors. Very very slight berry aftertaste. Just a little bitter. Everything here is understated and fresh. Very drinkable beer here. Nice and crisp.

M: Could use just a little more carbonation. It feels just a little flat and watery...

O: A very nice, drinkable, light and airy beer. Not much to write home about here, but it's nothing to complain over, either.

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Photo of bnes09
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon-orange color and hazy. Fairly weak head but good retention and some spotty lacing.

Wheat-like, sweet and tart aroma with a hint of skunk.

Wheat malt comes through right away and forms a solid foundation. Berry fruitiness adds a tart quality. Honey sweetness. Mildly hoppy with lemon rind and fresh grass. Well balanced.

Light to medium bodied. Crisp carbonation. Smooth finish.

I am pleasantly surprised with this beer. Going into it, I did not know what to expect. Good flavor, good balance and highly sessionable.

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Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale golden colour, collar of soapy white head, light lace on the glass. Smell has strong fruity notes, berries (I guess gooseberry?), floral, biscuity malt is present but second or third string to the floral and fruity scents that come off of this. Taste is grassy and herbal initially, berries in the form of blackberry and raspberry, biscuity malt with a long fruity finish. Light-med carbonation, medium body, decent weight overall. This was OK, not outstanding by any stretch but refreshing and drinkable, would maybe have this again if it was offered to me but not something worth seeking out.

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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 negroobserver
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cognac style goblet glass.
Best before date: October 2011. Arrived a little late to this one.

Appearance... Golden yellow color with pink hues. Light haziness. Pours with only a slight bit of carbonation, which lingers around the rim of the glass.

Smell... Smells lager like, with a dry wheat like scent in the back. Reminds me of wheat fields. Smells very dry and natural.

Taste... Not a very complex range of flavors here. Despite this, the beer is enjoyable. The beer isnt sweet or bitter. Doesn't have many unique characteristics or any dominating flavors. Don't know if the gooseberry is present, because I've never tasted one.

Mouthfeel... Very clean and crisp finish. Nice body and depth. Dry finish which lingers in the mouth.

Overall... I really enjoyed this beer. It reminds me very much of the pilsner style, with the depth and body character of an ale. Despite the fact that the flavors are lacking, the real experience here is in the mouthfeel and aroma of the beer. I will definitely be having this one again.

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

Brown bottle. Best before date. Dec 2012.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours yellow gold color with a very thin, fast-fading white head.
Smells of honey and cut grass are upfront. Secondary smells of berries and spice follow.
A taste of honey crackers are followed closely by tart berries and limes. A taste similar to grape must is in the after taste.
There is a bit of an astringent bite in the background, though nothing too off-putting.
Odd beer, but nice!

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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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Photo of scott451
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Dec. 2012.

Poured into a pint glass. A a clear gold with a thin bubbly head that soon disappeared.

Smells of malt with some fruity notes. Nice and clean up front. Tastes more like a herbal wheat than a fruit beer although the berries are there. Very mild hop bite at the end. More herb/fruit as it warms.

Smooth and well rounded. No rough edges here.

Unique and very pleasant. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from giftpack, 330ml into a tulip. Best before December 2012.

Pours gold with a bit of a yellow tinge to it, brilliant clarity but almost resembling a macro lager. Nice semi-soapy white head, and good retention. Nose has some berry evident, can't pin this one down as gooseberry (as this is my first experience with the berry). Some light grass, wet wood, cereals and general grain notes. Can't really pick up the wheat here. Taste follows along the same trail, more grassy, herbal, and earth notes with the berry as well, I guess gooseberry takes on some blackberry/currant characteristics. Again, I can't seem to find the wheat here but the malts is more cereal-y and crackery. Light mouthfeel and a carbonation that resmebles a macro. A decent beer, my girlfriend liked this more than I did thought.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half finger head into a pint glass, white head reduced quickly to a fine collar with little silky lacing. Straw yellow and crystal clear yet with a syrupy appearance.

The aroma is faint sour berries, wheat, and floral.

The taste is floral with dry unripe unsweetened sour berries, with cider qualities, with an earthy aftertaste.

This is a smooth medium bodied brew with the feel of white wine, little carbonation, syrupy, mildly bitter in the finish, tart but not overly sweet.

A nice change of pace and definitely unique.

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Photo of bryehn
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pencil yellow with a fairly small white head that gets retained as a collared film and leaves some spotty lacing.

Slightly bitter and sour aroma with a not-quite-ripe berry tone. I also get honey, fresh grains, a subtle diacetyl note and a grape-like acidity.

Starts out crisp and tastes like earthy grains, with a mild berry flavour. Slightly sour on the tongue and in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a low carbonation level. Prickly sensation on the tongue with an earthy character. Aftertaste is slightly syrupy and sweet with a berry note.

Very drinkable and refreshing ale that still has a lot of character and a satisfying earthiness. Started off a bit funky, but really opened up towards the bottom of the glass.

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

Clear orange amber colour with a bubbly, white head on the top that is about a centimetre thick and seems to stay for a while before eventually halving in size.

Quite fruity smelling but light on the nose, there is some gooseberry upfront with some grain and grassy hops.

Much like the smell with gooseberries upfront and a general fruitiness to it. There is some wheat too and a little grain but not all that much. It is reminiscent of a lager but a nice one at that, and as the bottle suggested it is fruity.

Medium, smooth and rather crisp at the finish, it is also quite creamy on the palate.

A beer that started to grow on me as I worked my way down, it was quite fruity and sweet. A nice beer as a one off.

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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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