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Williams Bros. Fraoch Ale

Williams Bros. Fraoch Ale

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William Bros started off as a home brew shop in Glasgow and were ticking along quite happily until 1988 when one day a lady wandered in with a recipe. The recipe was in Gaelic for leann fraoch (heather ale) and had been handed down through the generations, but she didn't know how to brew it.  The two got together and after a period of experimentation the first William Bros beer was born!

Style Speciality Beer
Country British Beers
ABV 5.00%
Serving Temp 10 to 13°C
Bottle Size 500ml
The original craft beer! Williams Bros. Fraoch Heather Ale is brewed according to a 4,000-year-old recipe. Made with heather and bogmyrtle, the taste is light with flavours of heather, herbs, spice, and perhaps peat coming through. Florals and berries come through on the nose. Finishing clean and smooth, this speciality ale is at once exotic and familiar. Give it a go!
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Product Reviews

  • Second bottle

    Review by Jo

    Golden amber colour, strong fragrant floral, honey, vanilla, slightly malty and yeasty aroma, thin, slick mouthfeel, strong sweet herbal, caramel, honey, slightly grassy and malty flavour, sweet, slightly hoppy, spicy, floral aftertaste. (Posted on 01/08/2017)

  • Fabulous

    Review by DB

    First tried this several years ago on draught and loved it. This bottled version does not disappoint; the heather adds a very distinctive taste. (Posted on 24/07/2017)

  • A real surprise

    Review by Jo

    Golden amber colour, strong fragrant floral, slightly malty and yeasty aroma, thin mouthfeel, strong sweet herbal, caramel and slightly malty flavour, sweet aftertaste. (Posted on 27/06/2017)

  • Good refreshing beer.

    Review by mcrobbj

    My favourite of the Williams Bo's beers. Light and refreshing. Great summer beer. (Posted on 06/05/2017)

  • Really Hope they Get it in Again

    Review by JoshBoy

    Weird and wonderful beer from Scotland. Herby, not hoppy. Very sweet. (Posted on 04/05/2017)

  • Different and I like it

    Review by Dave___

    Never seen this before so thought it was worth a try, quite subtle and floral and didn't seem too sweet to me and a good price. (Posted on 02/05/2017)

  • unusual

    Review by Math

    Its not mind blowing, but its not terrible. Bit of spice, its sweet and malty, herby beer. (Posted on 01/05/2017)

  • So unique

    Review by Slack Babbath

    I have never drank a beer that taste like this one. It smells very sweet like berries, and taste initially like raspberries but then turns into a malty breadish taste. All this with a creamy mouth fill. A very strange beer but interesting and tasty. (Posted on 27/03/2017)

  • Definitely worth a try.

    Review by MJ

    It has great flavours, it is interesting and worth a try even if just to cross off your beer bucket list. (Posted on 24/03/2017)

  • Refreshing and interesting

    Review by JP

    I was very interested by the sound of the addition of heather and bogmyrtle and I was not disappointed. The taste is as advertised, light, refreshing and the flavours of the heather and bogmyrtle although present and pleasant do not overpower. (Posted on 19/03/2017)

  • Fascinating and unique

    Review by Chrfur

    This is well worth trying and a great one to challenge any beer drinkers to name the flavours. I'll definitely drink it again. A lovely sweetish smell, a bit like some honey ales. The taste reminds me of rhubarb without the sharpness, and a handful of raspberry leaves with bits of stalk thrown in, but still a hint of sweetness - the label's description is pretty accurate. The finish is smooth and dry. A super refreshing more-ish beer. (Posted on 04/02/2017)

  • Nice and Refreshing

    Review by FR

    One of my favourite Scottish beers. A really refreshing and nice tasting beer with a lovely mix of flavours. (Posted on 22/01/2017)

  • Pleasantly surprised

    Review by Uncruliar

    I'm not a big fan of floral beers so I wasn't at all sure what I would make of this beer. It definitely had a heathery taste to it which reminded me rather of the smel of childhood summers on the heathland on the edge of town. However, it was certainly not overpowering. I really enjoyed this beer and would certainly drink it again. (Posted on 16/01/2017)

  • Interesting

    Review by Amy

    Extremely drinkable and an interesting buy (Posted on 21/12/2016)

  • Very refreshing

    Review by Jo

    Clear golden amber colour, some carbonation, thin white head with some retention, strong fragrant floral yet slightly malty and yeasty aroma, thin slick mouthfeel with little carbonation, strong sweet herbal, caramel and slightly malty flavour, followed by a sweet aftertaste, a really nice alternative style. (Posted on 03/11/2016)

  • Different

    Review by Paul

    Clean and smooth, a nice beer for a summer evening. Very drinkable and worth trying for sure (Posted on 07/10/2016)

  • V interesting

    Review by Ed

    quite light, sweet and pleasant, very drinkable – such an interesting and unusual flavour (really taste the heather) (Posted on 02/09/2016)

  • Good

    Review by Mark T

    I enjoyed this and found it very refreshing..
    I'm not sure I got a full floral taste but that's probably just my taste buds. Whether it tasted of heather & bogmyrtle I have no idea since I've never tried those ingredients!.
    But I would definitely order this one again (Posted on 15/07/2016)

  • Nice enough

    Review by Good head

    My palette is probably not sensitive enough for this one. I get a hint of something, but nothing really comes through. My sense of smell is a bit rubbish so it smells like beer to me. (Posted on 24/06/2016)

  • Interesting

    Review by Bob

    Worth trying. (Posted on 18/06/2016)

  • Mmm bogmyrtle. Who doesn't like bogmyrtle?

    Review by Llamaman

    Light and floral with a hint of sweetness.
    Very drinkable but without the novelty factor of the ingredients it's not really a world-beater. (Posted on 15/03/2016)

  • Mmm bogmyrtle. Who doesn't like bogmyrtle?

    Review by Llamaman

    Light and floral with a hint of sweetness.
    Very drinkable but without the novelty factor of the ingredients it's not really a world-beater. (Posted on 15/03/2016)

  • Refreshing

    Review by SteveP

    Refreshing, floral with a little spiciness from the ginger coming through but I must admit to finding it somewhat bland. A perfect opportunity to try a seldom seen style and well done on Williams Bros. keeping they style going. (Posted on 10/03/2016)

  • v interesting

    Review by Ed

    this is sweet and nice (no real bitterness to speak of) and the flavour is very unusual. a must try i'd say! (Posted on 25/02/2016)

  • v interesting

    Review by Ed

    this is sweet and nice (no real bitterness to speak of) and the flavour is very unusual. a must try i'd say! (Posted on 25/02/2016)

  • Spicy

    Review by bottled

    Lovely spicy aroma will be nicer in the summer than a cold January evening and I look forward to drinking it again later in the year (Posted on 31/01/2016)

  • Heather nectar

    Review by John

    Aroma has notes of flowers, mild spice, slight wood, a touch of sweet caramel, and a hint of fruits. Taste is balanced with caramel, bread, floral, touch of spice and wood, and almost flower petals at the en (Posted on 31/01/2016)

  • Something a little different

    Review by Robin

    If you\'re looking for something a little different from your typical ales and beers then look no further. Whilst the beer itself doesn\'t quite have the body of many of the other ales I\'ve purchased from beerhawk the floral and herbal flavours are more pronounced than initially expected and result in a very refreshing drink that lends itself well to a warm summers day. (Posted on 19/01/2016)

  • Mmmmmmmmmmmm beer

    Review by Jim Jimmeney

    Not sure that I buy into the 4000 year old recipe but this is a good beer one way or another probably not to everyone’s taste but certainly to mine. (Posted on 08/12/2015)

  • It\'s ... different.

    Review by interzen

    Floral, light, spicy, herbal - all words that could be used to describe this, since it uses heather, bog myrtle and ginger. Hops are there too, but you\'d be hard put to notice based on taste alone.

    Floral notes aside, there\'s not really a lot else there - it\'s light, almost watery and although I imagine it\'d be quite refreshing on a stupidly hot summer day, we don\'t have many of those.

    Not bad, but not really my thing either. (Posted on 29/08/2015)

  • Fresh

    Review by Doctor J

    Light and fresh; a tasty beer that packs a punch! (Posted on 29/07/2015)

  • Lovely beer

    Review by Saintdave57

    A lovely beer for a summer evening , just a hint of floral bouquet that doesnt mask the hoppy flavour of this beer. (Posted on 19/06/2015)

  • Lovely beer

    Review by Saintdave57

    A lovely beer for a summer evening , just a hint of floral bouquet that doesnt mask the hoppy flavour of this beer. (Posted on 19/06/2015)

  • Oldie and goodie

    Review by Abdyman

    If this really is the beer they were brewing 4000 years ago I would be more than happy to jump back in time. The floral and herb notes make this a great drink which I think will be perfectly suited to sitting in the garden on a sunny summers day, just need a sunny summers day now! (Posted on 27/04/2015)

  • Tour de Force

    Review by Ady Gray

    The oldest beer style still brewed today. This is quite simply magnificent. Floral, spicy, light. With its spice and herb style you could almost convince yourself you're drinking a medicinal herbal concoction. Then again, beer is medicinal. Isn't it...? (Posted on 27/02/2015)

  • A floral delight

    Review by tehhaz

    Based on an ancient recipe, Williams Brothers have pulled off a delightful beer. The heather gives it a light, floral note which enhances the flavour without overpowering it in any way at all. (Posted on 22/02/2015)

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