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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
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263 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
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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glepha


5/5  rDev +62.3%

06-14-2014 11:33:58 | More by glepha
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Gametym39

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +54.2%

02-02-2014 13:54:03 | More by Gametym39
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Weizenmensch

Japan

4.6/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light effervescent straw color with 4+ fingers of creamy white head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Lemon & soapy hops

T: Light floral hops with some lemon hops up front as well. A little breadyness, cracker & peppery hops come through as this warms. Finishes with a hop flourish; grassy, lemony & juicy, a little fruityness & loads of crsipness

MF: Light/medium bodied with a nice sprtizyness & great balance

Drinks very easy, this easily one of the best euro lager's & aussie beers I've had. Only thing better? Fresh coopers ale IMO

This well exceeded my expectations

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 20:30:37 | More by russpowell
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BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

James Boag's Premium Lager pours a light, clear honey amber from a 12.68 fl oz green glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to well over two fingers before settling down to a broken cap with a full ring and islands of foam. Lacing is ample and clinging.

Nose is of damp carbon dioxide, light corn and a very slight whiffs of green grass. I want to say there are traces of gypsum in the water, but I'm just not sure. There is this Artisan well water taste not unlike Rolling Rock. Palate is light malt with some hops bittering and very crisp carbonation.

When your looking for a cold one and have a few of these in the frig, more than likely you'll be grabbing one of these from the "Land Down Under".

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 19:26:26 | More by BeerLover48Fan
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rowey77

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 23:32:24 | More by rowey77
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I cay, I like it. I understand that it may not be as robust or intricate to the palate as a nice ale, but this is an Australian beer and should be viewed as such.

The hot Australian climate makes refreshing beer the most desirable and Boags is just the beer. It pours nicely, it is clear, crisp and has a nice hop aroma. It is very easy to drink and yes, it is very refreshing. Great one to get home to on a +35C (95F) day.

My only problem with this beer is its high price.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 05:35:08 | More by ILJAY
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rosschive

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +29.9%

11-24-2012 00:27:44 | More by rosschive
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RedWeizen83

Texas

4/5  rDev +29.9%

12-15-2013 19:44:06 | More by RedWeizen83
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Dodaro

Florida

4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the world of lagers I really like this one.
I saw this in the cold beer section and noticed it was from Tasmania, very cool.
I never had a Tasmanian beer before so I had to buy it.

Crisp and clean enough for this hot florida weather.
I enjoyed it with some steak and onions and it went really well.
The flavor was strong enough to know you were drinking a beer and did not linger around too long.

In a time that is dominated by powerful IPAs and unique tastings brews, this was like a visit from an old friend.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 22:57:44 | More by Dodaro
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

new at my local market, thought i'd give it a shot. pours nice and golden, some have compared to a beck's kind of color, i would agree. the nose seems very two dimensional, there's the soapy kind of smell and the slight lemon citrus notes. great lacing and real solid head. nice bubbles as well. overall really nice, overpriced i think but decent. not something i would go to tasmania for but not bad for right down the street, much better than some euros i've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 18:05:29 | More by scarletfire79
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John_Oneill

Australia

4/5  rDev +29.9%

04-19-2014 20:28:04 | More by John_Oneill
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow with very small bubbles that be seen only at the top of the beer. Light head only a half finger big with no retention. PLenty of grass, adjncts in the nose. Good and dry adjuncts though. The taste is a little tart almost, but I guess thats just the dryness of the light hopping and sanguine malts. Very refreshing, maybe dryer than I previously thought. Great session beer if I'm n Tasmania. I liked this lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 17:42:43 | More by scruffwhor
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +29.9%

12-06-2011 18:26:44 | More by Rochefort10nh
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

James Boag’s Premium Lager has a thin, white head, somewhat of a lacing sheen left on the glass, a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, streaming bubbles, and some suspended brown particles visible throughout. The aroma is of pungent, sweet barley malt, sugar, and white bread. Flavor is of sweet, bold malt, white bread, a shadow of paper, and a nice balancing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, and James Boag’s Premium Lager finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and supremely drinkable. Overall, this is another very good beer. Buy it, and try it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 16:53:51 | More by RonaldTheriot
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting two years to see this in the US and I finally found it at my local store. It was almost worth the wait. Smooth, crisp taste with just the right balance of hops and malt; and a decent mouthfeel. A bit pricey, but one of the few imports (outside some of the Germans) that I feel worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 22:18:17 | More by tugdriver7
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DogFood11

California

3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Impressive looking lager. Poured into a pils glass it forms a meaty frothy white head that leaves a thick cover of lace all the way down. Its a golden yellow body with champagne like carbonation of all sizes.

Soft pale malts are the first and last thing to hit the palate. Inbetween is a very subtle mix of grain notes and a slight hop backside to even it out. As it warmed it showed a bit more of a bready malt bill.

Notes: This is one of the better euro pale lagers I've had to date. Very clean and refreshing without anything annoying or out of balance. I'd put this up with budweiser as far as being clean crisp and refreshing. I haven't had this enough to know how consistent it is but this six pack was outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 00:26:11 | More by DogFood11
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a good white head that drops fairly quickly.
Smell is hops, malt, with hints of citrus & apple. Good balance.
Taste is hops, malt, citrus, apple (very faint) good balance.
Medium body & effervescence, fairly smooth. I'm not a lager fan but this was quite good and I would certainly drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 11:11:24 | More by PorterLambic
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BeerSingh

India

3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Clear and golden with a frothy head. A lot of activity from the base towards the head is noticeable. This beer is dancing as soon as its out.

S : The basic malt & hops lager smell. The breadiness hints of some yeast.

T : Smooth malt flavour with a decent hop bite. For a lager, i would say the concentration of flavour is above average - its not watered down at all, as are macros usually

M : Medium bodied with an over the top carbonation. The zing makes you wanna think twice before taking the next swig, till the time you realize that its a good foil for the smooth, malty taste.

D : Very tasty and refreshing beer. If I were in Australia, this would definitely be my session beer

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 09:03:44 | More by BeerSingh
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the green 375ML bottle an ever so hazed pure gold colour with a thin white head supported by ample carbonation. very thin wisps of lace. grainy, grassy euro inspired aroma. hints of honey and lemon. taste follows suit by gathering most of it flavour from rough grainy notes to grassy, herbal hop touches. it has a honey like sweetness and a herbal finish. tastes pretty nice. the overal body seems about right for a heartier euro like lager, and the mouthfeel is smooth and well received. it drinks really nice for a style that might not travel well in a green bottle...although the packaging protects it a bit from any unwanted exposure to light. i didn't get any out of place skunkiness either. drinkability is good...definitely more flavourful in nature than standard domestic lagers and maybe heftier in feel to euro counterparts.

i liked this offering and would recommend trying. i would love to have this fresh on tap for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 22:13:57 | More by budgood1
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SargeC

Japan

3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Good hop presence with malt undertones.

Taste: Good hop bite that transitions to a smooth malt flavor. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Heavy carbonation adds to fullness.

Drinkability: Tasty brew. Smooth, refreshing and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 21:55:53 | More by SargeC
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hdofu

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was Light in color, having a small white head. The taste was citrusy and hoppy. Smelled hoppy like you would expect beer too. Had a crisp smooth mouthfeel medium in body. It was really drinkable. Drank a bottle at outback with my king crab legs.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 01:48:14 | More by hdofu
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12.7 oz bottle just purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a clear, clean, lucid, copper hue with a minimal head that deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell: Very raw, earthy, grainy aroma... Strong and assertive...
Taste: Enticing flavor, crisp, refreshing, with a pepperish bite and an earthy taste... For a Euro Pale Lager, the taste was certainly complex, more so than the average sample...
Decent level of drinkability to match...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:48:35 | More by dsa7783
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear rich straw with a white head.

Smell. small citrus, but a dry maltiness is what i get most.

Taste. Crisp with some lemon tartness. malts have just a touch of roastedness to it. Aftertaste is a touch warming.

Mouthfeel. body seems full, especially for the style. Nice amount of carbonation. Really fills my mouth nicely.

Overall, a nice and refreshing beer. Reminds more of a czech pilsener. A fine lager that is full of flavor and body, yet still maintains the crisp and refreshing characteristics you would want.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 22:21:32 | More by acrawf6
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James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
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