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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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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of OtherShoe2


2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a half-finger fizzy head. Wasn't expecting much, but a got some really nice lacing on the glass from this one.

Some light sweet malt scents. Hard to detect, but no skunk.

Thin, watery, missing alot. Green grassy flavors - really noticeable, but mild, dominate this. Finishes bitter, then kinda light sweet raw grain. But again, everything tastes like it has been diluted 100X with Tasmanian water.

Lighter bodied, but coats the mouth with a very clean grain flavor. No corn/rice/dextrose sweet bullshit. Everything about this screams macro, but it has character of its own. This has so much potential, but it is so goddamn watery that you just can't get much out of it. I can see sitting down on a really hot day and having a bunch of these to cool off, but it is about as close to H2O as you can get. Bought this as I wanted to try something from Tasmania. Won't get it again, but I can honestly say that I don't hate this either.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 00:51:16 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Tone


3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow. One inch head with decent retention and slight to no lacing. Head consists of large bubbles that impede retention. Smells of clean yeast and slight malt. I couldn't detect any hops. It almost fits the style. Smooth and crisp mouth feel with high carbonation presents. Tastes of lager cleanliness and slight malt (mostly noticeable in the aftertaste). Weak body overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 00:45:46 | More by Tone
Photo of tbeck


2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up from the Belmont in Portland, OR.

Pours a pale golden yellow with very little head. What little white head there is dissipates quickly into a small colar. Minor laciness. Aroma is very skunky. Taste also carries the "skunk" as well as some barley. Very sweet and sour aftertaste. The texture is not watery but on the thin side. Flavor is not there to recommend as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:44:22 | More by tbeck
Photo of hopdog


2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one from a 375ml bottle.

Poured a light to medium golden yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of mainly graininess with somesweet malts. Tastes of the same graininess and sweetness. Thinner body.

Notes from and tasted 11/14/07.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 15:35:54 | More by hopdog
Photo of Redrover


3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this one at my company Christmas party. My choices were Bud Light, Heinie, Amstel & this one.

Poured into a glass the beer is a pale yellow.

The nose is slightly sulfuric, with grains and slight floral qualities.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit grain. There is a bit of floral hops that add balance. The taste is a bit bland, but lands in the lower zone of acceptability for this type of beer.

The mouth is crisp with good carbonation. Easy enough drinker given my limited choices. Would I buy it at the store, no, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 17:11:29 | More by Redrover
Photo of pmcadamis


2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 19:00:05 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of DoubleJ


2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 05:50:43 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of RoyalT


3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

11-07-2008 02:38:52 | More by RoyalT
Photo of PorterLambic


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
Photo of tjkurz


3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and yellow poured from bottle with slight head - soapy - decent lacing. Smells grain - corn some hops. Taste bland malt up front hop fairly clean hop finish. Deeper flavor than say harp - thin mouthfeel and easy to drink I suppose but not exciting enough to keep interest.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:41:03 | More by tjkurz
Photo of Minkybut


3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was bready smelling and had a nice golden color. The beer was sparkly and I thiought apply tasting like a cider almost. The beer had a nice white head. I did not think it was all that great and will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 19:51:10 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.28/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 07:11:07 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, medium gold with an initial 1 finger creamy white head that retained nicely for several minutes before retreating to a thin frothy covering. Visible carbonation was light with but a few bubbles per second while the head left a fairly moderate wide broken band lacing.

S: neutral for the most part, light pale grains with no hopping detected. Overall per style was average and what to be expected.

T: a mild citrus hopping, and a dried buttered husky graininess. Dried lemon peels with light hay notes lace the finish. Moderately strong hopping per style livens this beer up a bit. Overall was fairly decent with a slightly above average character and flavor.

M: Good effervesce is felt on the tongue, with a smooth texture and lasting lemon-hopping on the fade.

D: Average drinkability, but not as crisp per style as I like.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 12:24:36 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of AltBock


2.4/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

375/12.7 fl oz. green bottle. This green bottle has a really good drawing of the Esk River in Tasmania. It says that it's Tasmania's finest Lager, but the back says it's brewed in Australia. Huh? The only other things on the back label is the US government warning, barcode, and who imported this beer. The wrap around neck label gives information about the beer and the Brewery. No best beofre date anywhere on the bottle or label.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Tasmanian beer brewed in Australia is the usual Lager clear and bubbly pale lemon yellow color. But unlike most of their counter parts, this one had a 1/2 and inch head of white foam on it. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a small white film and even streaks of white lace. Very unusual appearance for a simple Lager.

After the appearance, it's right back on the macro Lager track. The aroma was grainy with malted corn, malted rice, a splash of apple juice, and since it came in a grenn bottle, a touch of skunk. Not too much skunk, but you can notice it here and there.

It you ever had a macro Lager before, then you know what this beer is going to taste like. The taste was on the crispy side with malted rice, malted corn, hint of apple juice, and then the taste ends on a bitter note with cripsy floral hops. Nothing new here.

The mouthfeel was on the light side with a crispy aftertaste of malted corn, malted rice, and a tiny touch of floral hops to back up all of the grains.

It was a standard Lager, except for the nice little head of foam on it. That was the only thing that stuck out of this beer. Is it worth a shot? If you never had a Tasmanian beer that was brewed in Australia before. Maybe then.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 22:38:19 | More by AltBock
Photo of 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
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a green (!?) bottle to a pilsener glass, this beer had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. There was a good half inch of fairly long-lasting head, as well as some solid lacing.

S: Skunky. Very skunky. This overwhelmed the smell category, though I could make out a little bit of hops.

T: As with the smell, the skunkiness hurt the taste. There were hints of hops and some citrus, but not much else.

M: An okay amount of carbonation and a vaguely slick finish.

D: I think J. Boag & Son should invest in some brown bottles. Plain and simple. While I'm not a huge fan of lagers to begin with, I felt this one would have been pretty good had it not been so destroyed by its skunky quality. A missed opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 12:53:38 | More by avalon07
Photo of MaltyGoodness


2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle - thanks to Rob

Pours a clear, pale straw color with a small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Clean, crisp aroma with a hint of herbal hops. Definitely some rice present in this one.

Clean, bland flavor. A faint hint of herbal hops, definitely a bunch of rice. Finishes clean and dry.

Light body, ample carbonation.

Overall, a boring macro Euro lager. Bland, but not offensive, so it could be used to wash down some greasy food.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 01:42:26 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of 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
Photo of hoegaardenhero


2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: pale straw with a little bit of white head that fades pretty darn quickly

s: a little bit of metallic scent with some light malts; almost nothing

t: so flavorless; a little bit of raw grain

m: macro lager; light and bubbly

d: one of the worst beers i have had in a long time; weaker than a lot of american macro lagers; never again

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 14:06:30 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of Misfit138


3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered at Outback, server poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- The server did a lousy pour which resulted in about a four inch head over flowing the glass with about a third of the bottle left, but nonetheless it still looked pretty good. Bright yellow with a huge thick head that wouldn't stop. The head lasted pretty much the whole time as well.

S- Pretty malty, and some grains.

T- The taste to me was kinda bland. It could have been any typical American lager. It was OK, malts and some grains. No real bitterness.

M- Fairly light and moderate carbonation

D- Pretty standard fair. I wouldn't complain if someone gave me one, but I wouldn't purposely try to order this. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 04:30:36 | More by Misfit138
Photo of Zorro


2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 03:01:53 | More by Zorro
Photo of Seanibus


2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If I didn't know better, I would say this is simply Molson in another bottle. Pours incredibly pale with a light white head. Smells a bit of honey with a slight bitterness The aroma carries through to the flavor, which is slightly honeyish - thin, slightly malty with only the faintest echo of hops. Mouthfeel is pure water. Not horrible, but nothing worth bothering about either.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:41:58 | More by Seanibus
Photo of theghost3


3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager has a light golden appearance and a thin, light head. It had a sour smell; lemony, but also a hint of butter. It tasted a little sour too but not much of a taste on the whole; rather empty. There was no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp. This is a drinkable beer. It is refreshing after a hot day, but do not expect much as far as varied taste goes.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 02:19:19 | More by theghost3
Photo of Portertime


2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this for the first time at Outback Steakhouse. It had a pale gold yellow color. They gave it to me iced cold in a pilsener style glass. Smelled of mild hops and some cereal grains. Tasted like any other run-of-the-mill lager which equals to not much of a taste. Probably the "Bud" of Australia.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 13:11:14 | More by Portertime
Photo of PhageLab


2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale yellow coloration, transparent body, thin bit of froth that vanished far too quickly, some spotted lacing left behind.

S - Clean grainy aroma, a bit one sided, but certainly not bad.

T - Grassy hop profile, pale malt backing, slightly watery and while balanced, lacks any real flavor.

M - Light bodied, crisp carbonation, clean watery finish.

D - Not too bad, but I can't see myself wanting another, I can't help but ask myself, why bother? Not a bad brew by any means, just a watery euro pale that struggles to define itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 14:27:32 | More by PhageLab
James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.