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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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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
J. Boag & Son Brewing visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of jnezda
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer simply because it is from Tasmania. Poured a straw gold with a full course head that stuck around well and left some good lacing. The smell was full and sort of sweet but this was not reflected as well in the flavor. The flavor did come across as being a pure lager with a refreshing clean taste but did not reflect much in the line of grains or hop characteristics. The low carbonation did lead to a good finish to compliment this otherwise simple beer.

jnezda, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
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

BeerSingh, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of crhensel
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Bottle poured into dimpled mug) Had a nice clear gold color, with a slightly sweet aroma with a hint of spice. Felt smooth, but there was a very lively carbonation to the beer, something that surprised me looking at the pour. Refreshing drink, but a slightly bitter aftertaste which was also surprising given the aroma. There was nothing wrong with the flavor and it was very refreshing, but I would not go out of my way to grab this one again.

crhensel, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
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

rhoadsrage, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Rootdog316
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rootdog316, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a typically clear, pale yellow with a modest white head that faded to a collar. The aroma is lightly skunky, not awful though. The taste is completely inoffensive, just like a lager, with medium carbonation. The feel is light bodied. Drinkability is very good, especially on a hot day.

kegger22, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very very pale. Like a chardonnay. Very white head on top that dissipates to a ring in a few moments.

S: Slightly skunky, but not overly so.. Some biscuit, and a little bitter in there. Not overly impressed.

T: Pleasant, but not amazing. First thing that hits is a tart taste, like a wine of champaign. Some nice toasted flavor, and a little sweet. Once again, not great, but I think better than a lot in the same style.

M: Very carbonated, but other than than, not much else to tell about..

D: It's ok for a change, and nice to see what Tasmania is doing these days.. It says "Tasmania's finest" on it. I certainly hope this isn't true, for the sake of all it's citizens...

Beejay, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Encountered this bottle at an Outback Steakhouse in South Portland, Maine. The color is a completely clear gold with moderate carbonation, just a whispy white cover and similar lacing. The aroma is simple wheat and a vague grass hop. Not much else to capture here.The taste brings crisp grass hop, a little more bitterness than the aroma would suggest. Refreshing enough, good with a meal or on a hot day I suspect. Fairly thin but lively. Drinkable I suppose, but not much enticing here. Just another serviceable lager, and not very Australian based upon my Foster's experience. Don't bother if you have other choices but it's not bad if options are limited.

Durge, May 29, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

biboergosum, May 21, 2009
Photo of elniko
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my new Sam Adams glass. No dates on bottle.

A: Standard lager coloring, head relatively minimal. Some lacing apparent. Very high carbonation.

S: Slight skunkiness, I pick up some alcohol tones as well which I was a little surprised by. Grainy tones as well.

T & M: The carbonation definitely comes across in the mouthfeel. A little too much in my opinion. Taste wise it is dominated by the malt, no bitterness to note. Quite sweet with the finish the same with some of the carbonation adding a little kick.

D: Drinkable, but for the price I will not be seeking again.

elniko, May 17, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 10, 2009
Photo of Stavage
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale clear yellow with a fairly light head that manages to leave a decent lacing once its gone.

Had an aromatic grassy smell (thought not that strong) with a certain mustiness and a hint of hops on top of the regular malty lager smell.

Flavour was malty though not a strong malt flavour, with a noticeable hops bite (about as strong as what you get in a Euro lager). I found it to get somewhat astringent as I kept drinking.

Feels fairly light in the mouth, a nice crispness and dryness but perhaps overly carbonated.

More flavoursome than a typical macro lager, you can tell you are drinking a beer. Unfortunatley the astringency and mustiness took away from my enjoyment as I got past halfway through my drink.

Overall though I enjoyed it more than most typical lagers flavour wise, I can't see myself every going out of my way for this. Over priced considering its not an import here and it's image as a sophisticated beer turns me off considering it's not that sophisticated a beer. In a pinch I'd probably save money and buy a XXXX over a Boags if I couldn't find a brew I really enjoyed.

Stavage, May 06, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky gold with a waft of vegetal skunk to the nose. Off-white head leaves this planet quickly but leaves a thick streak of lacing behind. Smells of green grass, straw and is a little musty. Tastes malty with a surprisingly good hop bite at the end. Pretty crisp overall. There might be some spice hidden in the background. I'm also noticing some more vegetal notes at the very end, which get a little bothersome as I go and don't sit well. Not overly tasty, but not a bad representation. Didn't have high hopes for this one, but it ended up working out ok.

stephens101, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting - a beer from Tasmania. Wirth trying just for that.

Came out of the bottle a clear yellow with a one finger rocky head.

Aroma was of grains and lighter malts, hints of slightly spicy hops, and that characteristic lager yeast smell. Not quite skunky.

Taste was light malts, a touch of lemon, and slightly peppery. Not what I expected. Subtle, however.

Mouthfeel was thin but not watery, not heavy or overbearing. Nothing stood out strongly.

Drinkability gets a good mark. I liked it and had no problem finishing it. Not my favorite style, but that's the only reason I won't revisit it. If it were served at a party, I'd have it again.

connecticutpoet, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Typical golden lager appearance. Small head fades to thin covering. Lots of skunk on the nose, some grainy malt and an off-putting sewer like aroma. Sweet bready malt upon tasting, followed by what seems to be pride of ringwood metallic bitterness. Massively overcarbed.

CrazyDavros, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of mjw06
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

extra pale, transparent, golden color, a beautifully thick frothy head that almost leaves the glass completely covered with lacing.

smell of sparkling wine with just a tad of beer hoppiness and malt

very sweet and fruity taste with little bitterness and a crisp grape bite. no hops whatsoever. not very complex, and little taste overall. but not bad.

extremely light bodied with little bubbles of carbonation, thats a lot like champagne.

a drinkable brew, but i swear this is like champagne in a beer bottle.

mjw06, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One finger of snow-white head. Very pale yellow like an American adjunct lager.

Smell: Has a decent amount of skunkiness to it. Light all-malt aroma.

Taste: Mostly skunk and a fair bit of hop bitterness as well. This would probably be a really good lager if it wasn't for the skunkiness.

BierFan, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of atis
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with large and dense head that slowly dissipates and leaves good patchy lacing. Aroma is lemony grainy malt with light herbal hops in the back. Taste is sweet malty, honey like, with very, very light hops and short sweetish aftertaste. Light mouthfeel with above medium carbonation.

Overall, it is not a bad beer, but it lacks flavour, sometimes there was a feeling the beer has been diluted.

atis, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

budgood1, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

OtherShoe2, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Tone, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of tbeck
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

tbeck, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of hopdog
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Redrover, Dec 15, 2008
James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.