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

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BA SCORE
72
okay

295 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.12%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of mjw06
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of atis
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of tbeck
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of hopdog
2.78/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Redrover
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.78/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Photo of tjkurz
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of AltBock
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
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...

Photo of avalon07
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.75/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of scarletfire79
4/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.