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James Boag's Premium Lager - J. Boag & Son Brewing

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James Boag's Premium LagerJames Boag's Premium Lager

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BA SCORE
72
okay

266 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
J. Boag & Son Brewing visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Reviews by charlzm:
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charlzm

California

3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

Consumed 2010-01-31.

Pours into pilsener glass a light, clear gold. Many fine bubbles replenish a thin, white head.

Aromas are subtle: sweet husky grain and wildflowers.

Flavor is somewhat sweet. Almost no malt character present on palate; at most, a husky, grainy character. Lightly bitter on the finish. Yes, I would characterize the overall flavor as "crisp".

Beer is prickly dry when pressed against the roof of the mouth with the tongue. Otherwise unremarkable.

Overall, a passably inoffensive lager. I would drink this over Bud/Miller/Coors/Heineken/St. Pauli Girl etc... any day.

02-02-2010 07:13:31 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +19.1%

Appearance - This is a light and crystal clear yellow in color with a modest but clinging head.

Smell - There's a nice, easy grain aroma here that gets messed up just a little bit by some unnaturally-smelling sweetness.

Taste - The light, crisp malt is a pleasure but that sweet character is also present at the taste, maybe even a bit bigger.

Mouthfeel - This is light and crisp in the mouth and very refreshing. The carbonation rightly tickles the cheeks.

Drinkability - This is a very refreshing lager that's more American than Euro.

11-07-2008 02:38:52 | More by RoyalT
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

05-01-2013 18:19:51 | More by Jason
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Weizenmensch

Japan

4.6/5  rDev +48.9%

This is Australia's best lager, because it's flavoursome, refreshing, and a good session beer that everyone likes. It looks good, light gold (Beck's colour), has good head retention, it's very well carbonated (but not too much) and has different flavours in different areas of the mouth, most notably the aforesaid fruity flavours which only occur in the rear corners around the tongue. It's somewhat overpriced but is better than the other readily-available Australian and imported premium lagers: Heineken, Beck's, Nastro Azzurro, and is far better than Cascade and Hahn premium. It's not the best Australian beer, as certain Cooper's and Redback are superior, but it's definitely a reliable beer from a reliable brewery. It's got a nice picture on the label too - the one in the photo is wrong - that's now the label for Cascade premium.

12-05-2004 13:09:13 | More by Weizenmensch
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

Single bottle poured into a small lager glass. Served with pizza at a little italian restaurant in Canberra. The waiter sold me on the fact that the brew was from Tasmania, and considering the only other options were Birra Moretti and VB, I went with it.

Golden, clear, thin but sturdy head, ringlets of lacing. Not a bad looking brew.

Nose was sweet, slightly fruity, a bit of earthy skunk, mild bittering hops.

Not a bad lager I suppose, certainly better than the other options available that night, but nothing exciting either. Starts with a sweet lager taste - some apple peel and grass -and ended with an earthy bitterness. A little too sweet, and slightly skunky, but not bad. Slightly creamy, thin watery body, zippy carbonation.

Certainly drinkable, better than a lot of Aussie lagers, but nothing exciting. A bit of tweaking and this could be much better.

04-20-2011 23:32:20 | More by JohnnyBarman
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innominat

Ireland

3/5  rDev -2.9%

03-27-2013 11:25:27 | More by innominat
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fionn13

Ireland

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-03-2012 23:19:33 | More by fionn13
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schoon

Iowa

3/5  rDev -2.9%

10-14-2013 01:13:41 | More by schoon
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Standard Aussie lager, not much flavour to speak of, but quite smooth and crisp, sadly i don't think this will imporve now that San Miguel has moved in.

05-28-2002 21:02:22 | More by rastaman
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +32.7%

(Served in a short strange)

A- This beer pours a golden-yellow crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting a snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The fresh aroma of pale malt was very clean with a light dry green hop finish.

T- The flavor of clean pale malt was smooth and gave way to a soft sweet sulfury flavor right before the herbal hops at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that enhances the hops just a bit in the finish.

D- This reminds me of a good Kolsch beer with the slight sweet sulfur note that enhances the hops but is not over the top. The full lagered malt flavors are great and it really is a nice lager with good depth and character. 4

09-24-2009 16:53:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-28-2013 23:32:47 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

03-15-2014 19:03:50 | More by acurtis
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JMS1512

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -11%

03-24-2013 19:09:03 | More by JMS1512
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Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

I honestly have no idea what other people are looking at. Mine poured a massive head that ended up at about three fingers of pure white thick, soapy foam that never went away and left patches of sticky lacing all the way down. It's as though this is a completely different brew than is being described in reviews. It's a clear, pale golden color with active carbonation.
The smell is of very light malts and most strongly of grains, yeast and vegetable. There's a very mild spice as well. There's a bit of an earthy musk.
The taste is as expected from the smell with a tang of lemony citrus added.
The body is light, though not thin, and pretty crisp. There's a little slickness on the tongue and carbonation is a bit heavy.
One could easily drink a few at a time and in a room full of macros this is certainly the best pick.

04-23-2009 13:47:24 | More by Brenden
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours a clear light golden hue, with two fingers of puffy white head, that leaves a fair bit of lace around the glass. It smells of light, wheaty malt, and mild floral hops. The taste is somewhat acrid cereal malt, and a slight fruitiness, with a barely-there floral hop essence. The carbonation is quite abundant, the body moderate in weight, and it finishes off-dry and clean. Overall, if it wasn't already obvious, this is a very lightly-flavoured beer, but it goes down well in the patio sun, once the bubbles have settled. However, the only thing premium about this offering is the import price.

05-21-2009 21:56:43 | More by biboergosum
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2.9%

Boag's Premium Lager

Appearance- bright yellow with a thick white head. head head up amazingly well and laced half the glass.
Smell- sweet corn with a slight hop presence.
Taste- the usual macro, cheap corn and straw but, again, amazingly isn't harsh or bitter nor mettalic.
Mouthfeel- crisp and lighty sweet.

Overall- a typical lager, but I will say this is better than the average American lager. When I eventually make my way to Tasmania I would drink this again. Best on a hot day.

02-03-2006 23:24:53 | More by NJpadreFan
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -10%

A Tasmanian beer? Whew, all right! I'm expanding by geographic beer map with this one.

A - Dull yellow. And boy do I mean DULL. This one is crystal clear, and the grayish color of half water and half American budget macro lager. The head is a thin cap of white foam that has a thicker collar and a little bit of lace is deposited on the glass.

S - Cheerios cereal. This is really grainy with no trace of hops, and I shit you not, this smells exactly like opening a box of Cheerios!

T - Fruity, grainy, and skunky. This has elements of a mixed fruit cup and tastes a lot like Heineken to me. This is definitely more flavorful than American lagers...maybe on par with the middling Japanese and South Asian lagers.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and pretty dry on the finish. This is clean and cutting, and would go well with spicy food or sushi. It really cuts through the food.

D - This is a pretty boring and unremarkable beer, but I think it would be a good "food beer" when you really want to showcase the meal and not the beverage. For example, sushi is one of my favorite foods, and its delicate and relatively expensive so you don't want to kill it with an IPA or something. When I eat sushi, I usually order a Kirin Ichiban or Asahi, and this would be a good alternative.

11-17-2008 19:00:05 | More by pmcadamis
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +12.6%

Crystal clear with a deep gold sheen. The head is limited, dissipating quickly but leaving a thin, whispy layer of off-white around the edge of the glass. The aroma is pretty basic malt & hops; not impressive, but there are some hops here. The body is light and gives a somewhat thin mouthfeel. The flavor starts with a lightly "bready" malt, followed by some limited hop flavor, and finishes with a short dry hop aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, slightly dry lager. Although this bottle doesn't show any signs of age (oxidation, etc.) I suspect it's lost a lot of it's character. Probably much better on draft.

08-06-2002 07:33:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Got this in at the shop a few weeks ago, and I figured it's time I give it a try. Plus, I haven't had any beer from New Zealand yet.
Pours a bright golden color, topped by an ephemeral wisp of fizzy white head that disappears almost instantly. Aroma of buttery sweet adjunct malt, a hint of light fruity hops, and just a touch of skunk (courtesy of the green bottle). Palate is light malt with some Euro noble hops, and a light sweetness towards the finish. The body is pleasantly creamy and a tad buttery. I guess the appearance and smell belie an otherwise solid lager. Pretty nice.

05-31-2007 05:02:44 | More by ElGordo
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

Very clear, golden yellow, and when poured into a glass. This beer had a kind of sweet smell to it. Surprisingly it is not bitter, and it is really quite smooth, and I also found it to be light, crisp and refreshing. James Boag's is good, but its too much like a common lager to go out of the way for, at least in my opinion.  It would be a great beer if you're looking for refreshment as it does have that "crisp" thing going for it.

09-17-2009 17:13:42 | More by Rootdog316
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

04-05-2014 05:42:11 | More by WoodBrew
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Could be a an American macro or a pale Euro. Either way its another adjunct lager. Actually has head and great lacing. Although its in a green bottle, I dont detect any skunk. Just smells like watery beer, really. Taste is light, sweet, but a touch harsh and a little creamy. I'd call it a slightly bolder version of Bud Light (not quite Bud), but with slightly lightstruck.

03-31-2007 00:45:47 | More by tempest
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Vanz

Australia

1.75/5  rDev -43.4%

01-27-2014 22:44:00 | More by Vanz
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-04-2013 17:40:14 | More by cliff1066
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours no head whatsoever on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a weak grain aroma.
The taste has a mild sweetness at first but balances out nicely.
The texture is crisp and fizzy with a light body.
The appearance and smell are wanting but the taste and texture are fine enough.

07-19-2014 16:20:18 | More by Fatehunter
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James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.