Drunken Speculation

#4 William’s Organic Pale Ale

williams pale aleWilliam Bull Brewery is an offshoot of the De Bortoli winery, operated out of western New South Wales. This fact makes me a touch wary. I prefer specialisation in my brewers, i.e. people who make beer, not people who make wine and decide to do a beer because its the fashionable thing these days. Like, you know, wine making was twenty years ago (it’s okay, De Bortoli was founded in 1928).

Of course, I didn’t know any of that when I picked up the William’s Organic Pale Ale. As a reviewer, I’m more interested in what it actually tastes/looks/smells like, although it might be worth noting that the word “organic” (read: disturbing disregard for the advances of the last fifty years of agricultural science) on the label has set my expectations quite low.

Reading past the obvious, the label states

William’s Pale Ale is a true Australian brew. Clean, fresh citrus flavours make William’s Pale Ale smooth on the tongue, long on the quench and refreshingly easy to drink.

But if you go to the website, William Bull has kindly provided tasting notes. Vintners, huh? That makes my job easier!

Appearance: Pale and sparkling golden with bright white head.
Aroma: Clean malt with noticeable citrus/lemon nose.
Flavour: Light on the palate with a subdued clean bitterness. Citrus and fresh finish closely followed by the sound of another bottle being opened.

Ha! Commercial humour – not funny enough to actually laugh at but it gets lodged in your head anyway. I could re-write that description but my own words would be almost exactly the same. It’s very concise and accurate.

I will add that this is not an American nor an Indian pale ale. This is what I would consider a standard pale ale. It lacks the bitterness and extreme hoppiness of the other two types. This one is, as William’s correctly points out, clean and a little on the sweet side.

Instead of the usual spiel, I might spend a few words gushing about how good it is. Holy crap, it’s good. Like really good. Super good. Uh, yeah, similes and metaphors are not my strong suit. It’s odd that I decided to start a blog that involves descriptive writing then.

On another note, the beer is quite sessionable. I would expect that of pale ales, as they tend to be quite light on. That said, occasionally craft beers aren’t necessarily the ones you’d crack on Australia Day and stick with for the whole day. This pale ale, on the other hand, is something you could drink for an extended period. Possibly while sitting at the bar, avoiding this ungodly heat.


  • Website
  • Genre: Pale ale
  • Regionality: Bilbul, NSW
  • Strength: 4.5%
  • Rating: 2.5 / 3 taste + 1.5 / 2 ancillaries = 4 / 5
  • Plus: Organic? No, that’s a bit hippie. The cleanliness of the taste is surprisingly good.
  • Minus: Organic. Yeah, suck on that hippies.
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