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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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my go to beers

Photo of Libeertarian
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Quite clear golden body with decent retention (especially compared to American pale lagers, not sure about other Euros) on the fine, foamy, white head, and plenty of lace. Seemed skunky to the smell at first, but soon more so grainy/bready, a little pear-like on retro-olfaction. Tastes of crackers, bread, rind, faint skunk, citrus, pear. Yum! Mild bitter and fruity finish, bitter and bready aftertaste. Sips watery and thin, lingers and swallows sudsy and prickly. Fair amount of carbonation packed in, light-bodied, moderately crisp, and refreshing. Little bit of a tingle on my lips and gums.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Best before 8/4/15.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, cracker, fruit, pepper, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, corn flake, and slight chemical flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that smells fairly decent, but there is a slight chemical taste that makes this one a bit hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of toronadotornado
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pullman Resort - Port Douglas, Australia - bottle

Photo of Act25
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special here.

A: Pours a clear and pale yellow body forming a short lived white head. Neither retention nor lacing

S: Mostly sweet malts in the nose. Cracker, grain, bready. Light notes of lemony, grassy hops

T: Follows the nose. Greater notes of malts. Crackers and bread. Light hops bitterness, but flawed by being foamy and not crisp in finish.

F: Foamy mouthfeel, light body and medium carbonation. Lacks crispy finish.

O: Good drinkability. Standard Euro Lager, nothing special

Photo of T505
1/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nothing special about this lager

Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This smells like burnt rice.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.23/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. Another skunky mellow lager done very well.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.39/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Imported to USA by Global Village Imports LLC (KUNDA & SONS) in King of Prussia, PA. Reminds me of a skunked Heineken... it was nothing worth getting excited about.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.69/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Always happy to find this in the UK, as it reminds me of my trip to Tasmania. It's a nice drop.

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad drop better than cascade

Photo of BcOneSeven
1.37/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Skunky and nothing else. At least it does not taste as bad as it smells!

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Experienced in : Singapore
Appealing to me : Packaged good, looks inviting, taste ok
Less appealing to me : a little strong to me

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of Samp01
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma and taste is of grains, cereal, grassy and light fruity notes. A medium body palate, crisp with good carbonation. Finish is grains, grass and fruity. Overall a very non descript mass produced brew, but still an ok brew for summer drinking.

Photo of samparkique4
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

balance of hops and malt
Fruity palate followed by delicately-light malt finish
pleasant bitterness
Crisp dry finish
Fresh fruity aroma
Malty notes
Fresh temcalled after taste

Photo of Fatehunter
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Dodaro
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.

Photo of doktorhops
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was just thinking the other day when I bought a 6-pack of James Boag's Premium Lager for $10 "I wonder if I've done a review on the Boag's and Cascade lagers?" turns out I hadn't, and because the beer was so average even though I was at a house party I ended up with a stubbie left over to review, yay!

Poured from a 375ml stubbie into a stein.

A: Clear pale straw bodied with a mighty boisterous and fluffy 1.5 inch white head (I poured this one slowly too) looks like we're in for one hell of a carbonated beer, at least the colour is spot on Euro Pale Lager.

S: Pretty much smack in macro Aussie lager territory here; malt grain base with an adjunct corn aroma and some vegetal matter where the hops generally reside, possibly the much dreaded (or maligned depending on your view) Pride of Ringwood hops.

T: A bit more yeast driven than expected, there are the above notes; malt, corn, vegetal matter, but some bakers yeast is also thrown in for a bit more character. Other than this it has very little to distinguish it from the CUB, Toohey's, XXXX and Cascade lagers. Finishes with an abnormal bitter/corny note [disclaimer: I was not able to drink this ice-cold which is how all macro Aussie lagers are intended to be drunk].

M: Mid to light body, a touch heavier than the VB's and Toohey's New's of this world, with a slightly gassy carbonation.

D: To be honest reader - it is all much for muchness with me when it comes to macro lagers of any kind. None really stand out and this bias may be evident in my reviews, so if you are truly a macro lager drinker I will say this to you "Have you tried all the other beer styles out there?", and if your reply is "Yes, even the Belgian styles" and you still love macro lagers then please by all means take my reviews of them with a grain of salt and enjoy your lager. Me? I'll be sipping a Bière de Garde from a chalice and revelling in its awesomeness.

Food match: Look you're not going to be drinking this with a fine poached lobster tail in a light cream sauce, so really the cuisine this generally pairs with is junk food; pizza, burgers, fries, etc.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served in a pilsen glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear and very pale yellow color forming a nice medium and bubbled white head. Good retention and lots of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong sweet malts in the nose. Very bready. Light notes of aromatic and grassy hops

T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of malts. Quite crispy and bread. Light hops bitterness in the end

M: Very light body and medium carbonation. Crispy malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Standard Euro Lager, nothing special

Photo of wl0307
3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 375ml bottle; BB 20/11/13, served mildly chilled in a straight pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a dark straw colour, coming with lively fizziness and a thin white foamy head to last.
Smell: despite the grainy sweetness and water biscuits, the overall presentation shows a clear presence of hop elements as well, in the form of floral and lightly grassy aroma. Given a good swirl, a mildly limey note intertwines with the doughy acidity and sweet floral scent, but overall it is still the lager malt’s grainy and starchy sweetness that dominates.
Taste: mildly sweet on the entry, the grains prevail without rendering a slick mouthfeel, leading all the way towards a finish where a lightly dry-ish and spicy-bitter palate emerges, alongside more girsty grain-ish flavour which unavoidably also leaves a little slick mouthfeel. Simplistic, but it doesn’t taste “cheap”.
Mouthfeel & Overall: lightly carbonated, medium-bodied, clean-ish on the palate although the sweetness does lend a somewhat slick feel overall; this is a grain-dominated lager beer which benefits somewhat from the belated entry of hop bitterness on the palate. Not very good, but, equally, not terrible.

Photo of bmwats
3.09/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a handglass.

A: Pretty light, hay color. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly but not completely. Slight lacing.

S: Hay and sourdough bread.

T: Malty and grassy. Sourdough bread with a little hint of indistinct sweetness.

M: Light, and crisp. Pungent aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is decent enough. Light hue, bubbly head, and some fair lacing. Nose is bready and grassy. Pungent bready malt, with a hint of sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pilsner glass, color is very clear, transparent yellow/gold; head is frothy and deep, even laces a bit.

Smell all grains, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing sour or over sweet.

Taste is very bland, neutral grains, light bitterness, pretty clean, no off flavors, just nothing to note.

Mouthfeel is biting, overcarbonated, almost drying to the tongue. Flavors linger, but nothing great to taste.

Overall, a mildly average euro pale lager, too overcarbonated for me, and the flavors are just not out of range of other lagers of this style.

Photo of tonton
2.16/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Nice art on the 375ml green bottle, with mountains and a waterfall. Mountain motif on the logo looks nice but it's reminiscent of an American beer label.

Poured like a standard lager into a 33cl Stella glass (my go to glass for lagers which are not my favorite style beers).

Smell - yeast. Smells like a Carlsberg.

Taste - lager. No character. Very typical. Easy to drink, but no discernible flavor except that yeasty lager flavor. Tastes... like a Carlsberg.

Mouth - Carlsberg. Light and carbonated.

Overall - I just paid US$1.75 for a Carlsberg that I could get in a 12-pack for 50¢ Each. Nonplussed. Cut the overall rating in half because of the value proposition.

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very pale, yellowish golden amber with a hint of a white head and light slippery lacing. Aroma of light biscuit malt, grain and a hint of skunkiness (more evident after opening the green bottle), but fortunately not as noticeable in the glass. Flavor is slightly sweet bready malt, grain, hints of adjuncts and light grassy hops. Ends abruptly, but has a pleasant faint malt aftertaste. Light bodied. Pretty much a middle of the road macro lager, too bland to seek out unless you want to tick Tasmania.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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!


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