William's Pale Ale | William Bull Brewery

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William's Pale AleWilliam's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
William Bull Brewery

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by LittleCreature on 10-21-2010

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by admiral:
Photo of admiral
3.62/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice, easy drinking beer with good, balanced flavour.

aroma: light citrus and malt with slight bready notes

taste: medium lemon and orange with light grapefruit and peach. Has a good malt backbone to it that gives out light caramel toffee/flavours to go with the citrus.

A very light version of an APA.

Very good beer, not aiming for the wow factor: A tasty, easy drinking beer to enjoy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold in colour with a small white head.
Nose shows nutty malt, honey and floral hops. Not a heap going on here.
Similar flavours, hops come into play a little more with a faint resinous character. Nice malt.
Carbonation is much too high.
Not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw colour with a two fingered head that reduces to a film.

S - Citrus and grains are the real dominant aromas.

T - Very grainy up front with a little citrus ensuing, a touch bitter on the finish

M - Crisp but under carbonated with a light mouthfeel.

O - Nowhere near the Little Creatures PA

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Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of MsNitch
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

“William's pale ale is a true Australian bew. Clean, fresh citrus flavours make William’s pale ale smooth on the tongue, long on the quench an refreshingly easy to drink."

A: Like cider, clear and apple colored

S: Hints of apple or pear with an earthy, green smell. Tickles the nose with something that could be called an "organic" smell. Then a metallic whiff creeps in uncomfortably.

T: Orange hops dance up front followed swiftly by a metallic zing then rounded out with a barley note. Super light fruit hops, possibly using some Aussie or NZ hops but for sure there are citrus, orange and fruits through out.

M: Medium carbonation but very crisp.

O: Carries like a lager with a touch of ale love. Barley opens the beer and the soft Australian hops move it right along to lovely yet predictably dull winner circle of Australian beers. Not bad. Not great. Organic makes me happy.

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Photo of JKCooper
3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mulder1010
2.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 into a tulip

A-- Pours a clear yellow straw color. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles. Very short lived white film. No head at all with this. On swirling got at best a half a finger of bright white head that quickly recedes. No lacing.

S-- Get some lemon but a lot of stewed vegetables and a metallic smell? Smells like an adjunct to me.

T-- Tastes like a better version of VB or carlton. Some crisp lemon, bread, cabbage and some metal.

M-- Crisp and clean but finishes a bit gritty and earthy. Prickly on the tongue. Lots of carbonation and light bodied.

O-- Better version of an adjunct to me. Nothing to get too excited about. Much better Pale Ales made in Australia but if you want an organic beer I guess this fits the bill.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus, somemalt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste is mild with some citrus and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of hopnerd
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of bylerteck
2.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from our local supermarket.

A - Pours macro light golden. Lot's of carbonation. Bright. Half finger of head gone really fast. No lace and no retention.

S - Apple, pear, weird sorta uninteresting aroma.

T - Apple, pear, earthy hop. Not altogether good with a strange flavour I can't pin down. After a while it seemed to be a dusty sort of flavour.

M - Strong carbonation, light to medium body and a dusty finish.

O/D - Nothing too good. I don't plan to finish this. Boring and uninteresting, yet drinkable.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.44/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

William Bull Brewery is owned by Australian (cheap cask) winemaker De Bortoli (I know this as I used to work in a bottleshop). I received a freebie of this and my initial reaction was "Not bad, sort of like Little Creatures Pale Ale but infinitely less awesome". I vowed to drink it again one day if only to review it (and no doubt make comparisons to my favourite APA) and here we are Mr Bull.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 300ml Pokal (free "Chang" glass - don't ask me why it's not 330ml's like an actual bottle of Chang would be).

A: The body presents as a translucent straw colour with a 1cm white head that stays put thanks to the Pokal style glass.

S: The aroma is not at all appealing; the rotten vegetable "skunk" with musty grains are overladen with slight floral hops and the promise of certified organic that is listed on the back label of the bottle is arrested by a hint of artificial ammoniac aromas.

T: Not at all as I remembered it. This is a different beer to the one I had at the beginning of the year. That beer was a light refreshing pale ale whereas this is a lager in pale ale clothing. Malt grain base with medium bitterness front to finish. The hops are there in the bitterness alone, their contribution to the flavour is non-existent. There is at least a slight nuttiness to the grains (or yeast) that makes this beer almost interesting.

M: Borders on flat.

D: I'm not sure what happened to this beer. When I had it at the start of the year it was alright - not fantastic, just a light refreshing pale ale that didn't hold a candle to a real APA but who cares as it's f**ken hot outside anyway. This bottle pales in comparison to the original I had and has left me scratching my head as to what William Bull/De Bortoli have done to this semi-ok brew.

Note: Has an aftertaste like VB. Avoid if at all possible!

Food match: If this is the sort of beer De Bortoli is making these days I would stick to a glass of their average quality Lambrusco. Which I would pair with a large bowl of tagliatelle alla bolognese.

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Photo of ADZA
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a see through pale straw hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and nice lacing,the smell is citrusy hops,candy and barley,it has a light bodied mouthfeel with tastes of orange rind,grapefruit,toffee,lemon zest and finished with a pleasant bittersweet candy finish and overall theres not much to it but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Format: standard brown 330mL bottle, old-school medicinal-style label. A nice package. I will admit I'm not a big fan of the 'organic' revolution, but I'll give it a chance at least.

Appearance: pours out a fairly light straw yellow with light, fine carbonation. A small white head appears and disappears almost immediately. The body is fine, but the head is disappointing.

Aroma: a light aroma of sweet malts and fresh grains. Very demure.

Taste: some orchard fruits with the sweet grains here. Pleasant enough, but still very light in flavour.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away quite quickly without very much bitterness. A sessional for sure.

Mouth feel: light to moderate in body with a moderate carbonation. Decent.

Overall: another organic beer that is too light in flavour and aroma. It's okay, but really nothing special at all. Add the price of AU$65 a case - assumedly because it is organic - and I won't be bothering again.

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Photo of chogm54
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

330ml bottle

A - straw/yellow, clear, virtually no head.

S - grassy and bread malt odours, hint of white wine and faint citrus. Faint urine like chemical smell - not pleasant.

T - Sweet malts and grassy flavours. Bitterness is faint for a pale ale. Towards the finish, a slight lemon and orange fruit taste becomes apparent.

M - very low carbonation, thin bodied, feels slightly slick.

O - not particularly outstanding - it feels flat, thin, not much bitterness for a pale ale. Organic or not, this doesn't taste like much and as an APA, its pretty mediocre.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah,the ubiquitous American Pale Ale.
How does one judge such a diverse group of beers.?
This is notably pale in colour having a very fine and long lasting effervecence.
Lets talk smell and taste together for a change. It is faintly citrusy and has a blunt ended maltines to it.
If one sloshes it around the mouth a reminescence of cloves is elucidated.So we can put a small tick in the spicey column.
It leans decidely to the watery side in the mouhfeel stakes , which suits the citrus/spice characteristics aforementioned.
For me this is a pleasant but un exciting beer , best suited to be guzzled , quite cold , after a game of cricket ( either played or watched)

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Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear straw colour with no real head. Disappointing.

Citrussy, herbal character. Weak and not all that interesting.

Moderate citrus and herbal noble hop flavour. Very mild malt.

Crisp and light. Moderately-high carbonation. Nothing amazing.

An easy drinking but ultimately dull beer.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours an inch of white foam head that reduces and settles at a thin layer over a surprisingly light, very slightly hazy straw coloured body. This beer puts the pale in pale ale.

Smell - 3.5
Hindered by my cold, the beer is still obviously hoppy with aromas of what seem to be American and "new world" hops, smells fruity (citrus) and floral.

Taste - 3.5
Just a little pale malt flavour and sweetness - it is the hops that rule here. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit and rose petal, finishing bone dry. Only moderately bitter, suggests plenty of late and or dry hopping.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light bodied and moderately carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Definitely a sessionable beer, particularly in summer.

A likable, summery ale. I would definitely drink it again if offered, but I can't see myself seeking it out. Reminds me of Stone & Wood's Draught Ale, though a little less interesting.

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William's Pale Ale from William Bull Brewery
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 17 ratings