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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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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 315
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 24.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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 UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet bready and cracker malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of malty sweetness. Little if any bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable. Although the taste is a bit bland, there’s nothing offensive about it and it isn’t watery.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The head fades and doesn't do much in way of lacing. The smell of the beer gives off the earthy lager aromas that are typical in this style. The taste of the beer had a decent grainy and lightly hopped flavor to it. The mouthfeel was light but still had some good carbonation and body. Overall it's a decent brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.62/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, the Alstrom Bros. asked us all to be nice and practice diplomacy when reveiwing beer. Having said that, ...this beer is horrible. Well, actually, they asked us to give reasons why the beer is rated poorly if we, in fact, do. First, the beer leap out of the green bottle with a medium hue and low levels of carbonation. The aromas of cream corn gives my first impression. At second sniff, I also smell skunk aromas (uuummm...breakfast of champions.) The taste is, unfortunately similar to the characteristics found in the nose, though not as strong. The beer is adjuct laden, giving a grain flavor and texture. Little in the complexity department. The flavor does have light apple and pear flavors to go along with its moderate malt flavor; which saves this beer from hosting a really bad rating. The finish is sweet and less than refreshing. Almost scrubbed to the throat. Simply, not a good offtering.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sun-faded goldenrod with a lively interior thanks to a somewhat generous amount of spirited carbonation. The snow white cap is easily the beer's best feature. It's melted marshmallow sticky, develops a firm rockiness as it deflates and has almost completely coated the glass with a thin veil of lace.

The nose isn't nearly as impressive. It's standard issue Euro pale lager with almost none of the nastiness that green-bottled beer of this style usually possesses. Moderately musky noble hops make up the lion's share of the strictly average aroma.

Premium Lager is lackluster beer. The beginning is faintly malty sweet, the middle begins to favor hops and the finish brings a somewhat odd sourness that EPLs aren't typically known for. None of it is assertive enough to get the flavor profile into too much trouble, however. If you like simple lagers with a soft, clean finish, you'll probably like what Mr. Boag and his son have brewed.

The mouthfeel is a fraction lighter than the style average and isn't bubbled enough to provide any sort of mouth interest. The finish is especially bland and is the main reason why this attribute gets a below average score.

James Boag's Premium Lager is no better than the vast majority of Euro pale lagers that are actually Euro in origin. I know that Aussies are capable of brewing good beer. One of these days I'll run across one that proves that point.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whatever made me try this one I will never know. More then likely because of the fact I had not had it, was in Outback, and figured what the heck. It poured out a clear, pale golden yellow with a huge amount of carbonation inside. Lots of bubbles stretching up toward the surface throughout the session. A small white, fizzy, soda like head formed on the top and hung around for a brief second before finally settling down and leaving nothing across the top, nor any side glass lace.

The aroma was dull, boring, and bland. This was your classic macro lager. Light aroma of grain and rice and that was about it. The taste went nowhere as well. While it was crisp and refreshing, so is water and this was not what I wanted at the time. Very light grain flavor and no depth at all. The finish was non-existent and there was nothing really redeeming about this at all.

Overall, I would not recommend this. It was a miller lite with a different label. Really a poor excuse for a beer, I really hate lagers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, yellow body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Slightly skunked from the start, so, I'll listen to a few Pinback tracks to give it time to waft away. There we go. Alright, some sweetish cereal scents with some floral hop notes present themselves now that the skunk aroma has blown away.

Taste: Slightly grainy, slightly sweet cereal taste starts things off. Floral hops, lightly spicy, and with a subtle, though fixed bitterness. Touch of bitterness lingers beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh. One of an endless line of faceless, instantly forgettable, vapid pale lagers.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Tasmania's finest. Right on. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, very light grass, and I wanna say there's a hint of lemon rind, but that could just be wishful thinking on my part. The taste doesn't change all that much, though a touch of sweet flowers finds a way to work its way in there. It's all very light, very bland. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly watery feel. Overall, a bland, sad little beer. I'd like to think Tasmania can do better than this...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow-gould, four finger thick head reduces to two figers in a minute. Decent bubble display.

S: A strange scent, very hoppy. Malt and barley.

T: Two notes and a finish. Second note better than the first. Biscuity.

Mf: A little too wet. Dries slightly towards the finish, which is nice.

Dr: "Tasmania's finest" is just that. A passable lager, but nothing special.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +40.5%
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

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Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle -

Pours straw to light golden yellow with carbonation rushing to create, then break, a thin white head. Bubbles form a spritzy small patch. Minimal dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime/sulfur - classic EPL nose, though with a hint of soapy grain.

The taste is of lime/sulfur, slightly minerally. Some non-descript muted hops give some dry balance to the sweetness in the finish.

It has a crisp, light body. Aggressively carbonated, yet not prickly. Some aftertaste lingers.

Not too crazy about the slightly soapy character in the aftertaste. All-in-all it's a typical, run-of-the-mill, green bottled Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of WesWes
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent along with a hoppy aroma that reaks of German hops and lager yeast. The taste is average. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down bitter and finishes with hints of metal; yuk! The mouthfeel is decent. It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average Euro lager. It's light and bitter, but it just doesn't have good flavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may be speaking with an Aussie accent by the end of the day, but that is OK by me. I am visiting my aunt and uncle in DC who spent a year in Canberra and (may) understand my curiosity.

From the bottle: "Since 1881 J Boag & Son have been brewing quality beers on the banks of the Esk River, Launceton."; "Combining pure Tasmanian water and the finest ingredients, our master brewers are dedicated to producing Australia's best beers."; "Tasmania's Finest"; "Beer-Biere-Birra-Cerveza-Cerveja-Bier".

I got two fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention from my pour. Color was a straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong Saaz-hops presence. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted like a clean, unadulterated lager: slightly biscuit malty, slightly grassy/Noble hoppy, but NO adjuncts as far as I could tell. Nice lacing throughout.

I have nothing against lagers in general, but I am growing tired of the parade of AALs.

Finish was semi-dry and very satisfying after having had salad for lunch. Worth seeking out? Probably not, but it makes for a pleasant tick. I drank this just before its Best Before date of 08/12/11.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a beer from Tasmania, I was expecting maybe a Tasmanian devil on the label and not a picturesque landscape. Contains approx 1.5 standard drinks, according to the neck wrap. On to the beer:

A crystal clear straw color as it sits in my stange, bubbles rise to the top and a frothy head sits on top of it all and retains well this far. Good lacing too. Aroma, your usual imported pale lager smell, some DMS and sulfur. Shall I drink? Tastes like cold spring water at first, then the flavor rushes in. The taste has a creamy feel to it, sulfur mainly. Thin pale malt sweetness spilling around the palate. Touch of hop bitterness, then it finishes with a biting sweetness.

Considering this was skunked and sort-of thin in flavor, this wasn't too bad. Obviously a fresher bottle would have drank better.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After a great start, this beer dwindles. Perhaps it wasn't cold enough when poured. But it looks great. A pale golden/straw pour with a sticky white, fluffy head. You could probably eat the foam with a spoon.

Aroma is musty. Some sweet corn, but less corny than sweet. Somewhat skunked and hints of spice. Not sure where that's coming from.

As a Euro-pale I didn't expect much in the way of complexity. However, this doesn't have that cleanliness, or crispness, that the head and carbonation alluded to in the appearance. Even more so, it's a bit flat in flavor and feel. A lingering aftertaste of musky malt doesn't help.

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Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a frosted pint glass. A bit of fizzy head forms on a clear yellow body. It fades to nothing.

S. Light grains and some sweet corn, maybe a hop or two found their ways into this.

T. Overall, a decent amount of body formed by corn/malt that is a bit sweet. No real hop profile besides a lingering bitterness coupled with a somewhat harsh alcohal taste that I found off-putting.

M. Light and a bit watery. It is what it is.

D. This was a fairly overpriced "import" at a resteraunt and I was fairly unimpressed. Not a great flavor, a bit harsh overall. I'd rather go with Fosters if I was seeking an Aussie Macro Lager.

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Photo of Zorro
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow colored beer with a good white head.

No skunking from the green glass bottle. Sweet and malty beer with the scent of grass and English style hops, has a pipe tobacco scent to it.

Taste starts out sweet and fairly yeasty with a herb aftertaste with a hint of tobacco flavor. Taste just doesn't develop much more from there. Just a very average lager.

Mouthfeel is thin.

VERY average beer here, not much to recommend it except it is something new. Not interested in trying another one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.44/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of my latest adventures to up my repertoire of beer reviews of generic Australian beers.

Pours a very light, very clear yellow colour, with a minimally weak head of white, which dissipates almost immediately to a loose collar around the edges of the glass, despite a pretty vigorous pour. Minimal lacing. Looks very insipid.

Not a lot on the nose, although there's a pleasant crushed vegetation greenness to it that lifts it above the more generic sweet grain husk character. For the style, it's reasonable - I've had far worse and far more bland Aussie lagers.

Taste is disappointingly thin, without any hint of the hops the green character hinted at. Bland seltzer water start, with some grainy notes mid palate and an unpleasant wet bread sweetness to finish. It's remarkably empty, but has an odd acidity to it that conjures up bile. Eh.

It's not really that offensive, it just has very little to offer. You could probably swill this down alright for a while, but after a couple you'd probably start to hate yourself.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent skunky noble hop and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was predominantly hop driven with a spicy herbalness that blended nicely into a grainly slight sweetness. A light metallic note as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average euro lager.

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Photo of wl0307
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.02/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered white head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Skunky nose. Flavor is sweet corn with hops in background, good lawnmower beer. Why are premium lagers not premium?? $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
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

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James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.