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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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278 Ratings

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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 biggmike
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with decent head and very little retention. Aroma was kind of skunky and not that inviting. Flavor was very similar to a Heinken. Not too impressed. Mouthfeel was pretty good, carbonation level was good. Drinkability was ok, if you like Heinken, you would probably like this

biggmike, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of andrewm190
2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

let me first caution by saying I drank this beer at a Qdoba. That said, it reminded me of a Corona.
Some cheap beers are just that, cheap. Some of them have a time and a place; occasionally, a cheap beer tastes just right. My initial impression of this beer was that it would fit this mold, of having its own right place, but never being a "good" beer. As I got closer to finishing the bottle, I realized that there was no situation where this beer could usurp the rightful place of say, a budweiser at a ball game, a corona on the beach in the sun (cold as possible, of course) or any other situation based-beers. The smell left nothing, the taste reminded me of a light cheap lager, and was surprisingly similar in taste--I felt- to a Corona. Not a beer I plan to pick up again anytime soon.

andrewm190, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very clear light golden /straw color with a thick head – some retention. The smell is hoppy with a touch of sweetness. The taste is cereal and slightly sour. The mouthfeel is thin and there is a little lag on the tongue in the finish. The drinkability of this beer is good – fairly smooth. I’d say it is a good cold quencher, but not extremely exciting.

barefootbrewer, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow with lots of visible carbonation. Fairly frothy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Light aroma of malt sweetness. A bit of corn too.

Taste: Generally slightly sweet malts, a bit of fruit-like sweetness towards the finish, and a slightly bitter hop-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with quite a bit of noticable carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: Totally drinkable, yet somewhat boring and hardly inspiring.

A decent beer -- no problem to drink, but I probably wouldn't get it again on my own. It gets tiring and tastes like a slightly spicier version of many Central American beers.

mithrascruor, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger and a half of frothy white head that reduced steadily. The colour is a pale golden yellow which looks to be moderately carbonated.

Smell - 3.5
Smells great shortly after being poured, with grassy and floral hop aromas coming from the head. However, once the head is gone, these smells are reduced although still present, along with a little malt, pear drops and grains.

Taste - 3.0
Very crisp and refreshing, although not as flavoursome as the cheaper Boag's Draught, or as the smell might suggest. Sweetish upfront, moves onto grainy flavours and ends with a pleasant bitterness that is moderately dry. Close to scoring a 3.5.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation is moderate, and has a real zingy, champagne like finish. Feels moderate to heavy in the mouth and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.5
Definitely sessionable, a real easy drinker this one. I could easily drink this all night without switching beers.

OVERALL - 3.45
This was close to scoring a 3.65 (if I had raised taste to 3.5), but my general thought is that this is not as good for its style as Boag's Draught, an American Macro Lager that I found to be tastier than the premium. Still, this is a highly competent lager with no real flaws, and it is priced competitively. I would choose this over a Crown Lager any day.

LittleCreature, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head that quickly fell to a thin coating.
Smell is very light, with only faint fruity malt notes detectable.
Taste is also very light. A quick sweetness followed by a quick dryness, then its all gone.
Thin mouthfeel with little taste retention.
Somewhat refeshing, but this one is a bit lacking in character

tgbljb, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of BeerBob
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

James Boag’s Premium Lager pours a light, clear honey amber from a 12.68 fl oz green glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to well over two fingers before settling down to a broken cap with a full ring and islands of foam. Lacing is ample and clinging.

Nose is of damp carbon dioxide, light corn and a very slight whiffs of green grass. I want to say there are traces of gypsum in the water, but I’m just not sure. There is this Artisan well water taste not unlike Rolling Rock. Palate is light malt with some hops bittering and very crisp carbonation.

When your looking for a cold one and have a few of these in the frig, more than likely you’ll be grabbing one of these from the “Land Down Under”.

BeerBob, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- looks like a good pilsner. Two fingers of pillowy head that lasts forever and laces a bit, and a perfectly clear golden body with constant bubbling.

S- A hint of light malt and malt sweetness, and then corn... that's it.

T- Tons more corn, and a tiny bit of sweet malt to balance... but overall, not merely boring, but bad.

M- Medium carbonation, very light body, and a slightly astringent finish. Decent.

D- Yuck. Not the worst macro lager, but pretty bad. Why drink this when you can have Sam Adams?

khiasmus, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at Outback Steakhouse - expectations weren't high, and they weren't disappointed. Pours from a green bottle a light yellow color, little head and no lacing. Mild, lagery nose, some apple and adjunct. Taste is cidery, bit of lemon tartness and vinous character. Mouthfeel is slick, body is light. Drinkability is weak - I quickly switched to Cooper's Sparkling, which while not great is heads and shoulders above this swill.

hunteraw, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Foxman
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a very clear and lemony straw yellow. A finger of bright white head dissembles gradually to pips of surface froth. Very thin lacing etches the inside of the glass.

The aroma is pretty sparse, but it does give up some very pale malt and just a smidgeon of possible adjunct, either corn or rice. The hops are narrowly spicy, and it comes across is decently crisp.

Upon tasting, the malt is mildly sweet and airy, with a fruitiness that dangles just beyond the palate's reach, not unlike the companion suspicion of corn. There's a grassy component along with the peppery spiciness of the hops, and these both fade quickly to a very dry bitterness. A bready dough note picks up momentarily before the bitterness re-asserts and supplies the finish with a nicely clean final impression. It's pretty mundane, but it has a few assets.

Light bodied, the malt gives it just a bit more heft that carbonated water, but the crisp glow is a fair touch.

I didn't expect much, as it was at Outback, but while I wasn't surprised necessarily, I can say it's better than most macros. It's ephemeral in places, but at least it hints at some basic goodness. The strength here is the drinkability, as the light nature and crisp clean finish leave you ready for the next one without regretting the one you just finished. Life can be too short, but this is good enough overall to not waste one's limited opportunities.

Foxman, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Green 12.68 oz. (375 ml) twisty bottle, some raised glass noting it’s Tasmania’s Finest (which, for Tasmania’s sake I hope is inaccurate boasting), and an indecipherable date code laser etched into the neck. The most interesting thing to me was the neck label that lists that it’s 5% abv. and “1.5 Standard Drinks” I like the Aussie system of doing that.

Aroma: Mild corn/rice nose, pale malt and mild earthy hop.

Appearance: Bright pale yellow glass struggles to hold a frothy white head that leaves large soapy lacing on the glass.

Flavor: A mild soapy note in the taste as well. Otherwise it’s a macro lager profile with a dose of bready yeast. No real off flavors to note, save a mild sulfur edge at the back end give it a mineral water characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation gives a prickle in the mouth, body is medium light.

Overall Impression: Light, fizzy, yellow. Three strikes you’re out. Not enough interesting going on to make me want another, but not anything drastically wrong either.

HardTarget, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear rich straw with a white head.

Smell. small citrus, but a dry maltiness is what i get most.

Taste. Crisp with some lemon tartness. malts have just a touch of roastedness to it. Aftertaste is a touch warming.

Mouthfeel. body seems full, especially for the style. Nice amount of carbonation. Really fills my mouth nicely.

Overall, a nice and refreshing beer. Reminds more of a czech pilsener. A fine lager that is full of flavor and body, yet still maintains the crisp and refreshing characteristics you would want.

acrawf6, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +41.3%
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

russpowell, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember this having more flavour but oh well. This is a very pale lager with a real clean light taste. I rate well above the xxxx/ Foster's that taste of corn and finish sweet. This beer won't knock your socks off but it tastes just fine on a patio and is a good example of the style.

canucklehead, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a recent family event. Served cold, the brew was refreshing, but average. It has a light gold color and small white head. The aroma is of grain, a bit of european hops, and a little sulfur. It's similar to a euro lager. It's light in body, with a little more hops than similar brews. Fairly dry up front, with just a little sweetness in the mid-taste. It's a nice everyday lager. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a consistently drinkable brew nonetheless.

Suds, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear amber yellow beer from Tasmania of all places. Head was smallish. But showed good retention as it receded slowly to a thin white cap. Cap stayed the entire time. Great lacing from the top of the glass to the very bottom…good looking lager kids!
Smells like an average macro lager…grainy with some slight hop aroma.
Quite light tasting. Subtle grainy malts and somewhat noticeable hop with a touch of citrus. . Dry finish with hop bitterness subtley present.
Fairly smooth and easy drinking which is not suprising given where it originates from. Found it perhaps a touch watery, but still quite drinkable on a hot summer day. Unfortuantely, there’s lots of similar beer at lower prices that do the same job.

Shadman, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in at the shop a few weeks ago, and I figured it's time I give it a try. Plus, I haven't had any beer from New Zealand yet.
Pours a bright golden color, topped by an ephemeral wisp of fizzy white head that disappears almost instantly. Aroma of buttery sweet adjunct malt, a hint of light fruity hops, and just a touch of skunk (courtesy of the green bottle). Palate is light malt with some Euro noble hops, and a light sweetness towards the finish. The body is pleasantly creamy and a tad buttery. I guess the appearance and smell belie an otherwise solid lager. Pretty nice.

ElGordo, May 31, 2007
Photo of Wintermute
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 375ml bottle.
Poured a bright golden colour; super clear. Nice 3/4" bright white head, which dissipated fairly quickly leaving just a skim. Just a couple specks of lace.
Smells was pretty clean with underlying macro lager. Slight skunkiness starting to creep in; I assume because of the green bottle.
Decent body and above average carbonation.
The taste was once again pretty clean with underlying macro lager. Nothing stood out in particular.
Easier to drink than I was expecting.

Wintermute, May 16, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden clear color with decent head. The carbonation looks quite high. It smells a little sweet and an piney. The carbonation is very high going down, but moderately smooth. There isn't really any hop flavor present , but is quite sweet with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall I say this beer is so-so. There isn't anything special about this beer, but wouldn't mind having this again sometime. It would make a pretty good session beer.

DrainBamage, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml green bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very light straw colour, almost a light beer colour, very pale. Medium carbonation holds up a 3/4 inch frothy head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Not a bad looking lager all things considering. Smell is a little less enticing, skunkiness has crept in I'm afraid, but beneath that there's a crisp earthy and grassy hop aroma and a little bit of floral apple blossom sweetness. Clean but it's showing it's age unfortunately. Fresh it would be not so bad I'd imagine.

Great hoppiness in this one! Noble as all hell, grassy earthen flavour dominates, and there's a very little bit of apple juice sweetness but nothing cloying in here at all. Malt is just little bit nutty but it dosen't lend much to the overall experience. All in all an extremely refreshing and clean lager with a decent hop profile, which in this style is about all you can ask for. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but not overbearingly so. Extremely dry, which is also very welcoming. This is very, very drinkable to me, and it's finally the time of year when I'm wanting this type of brew. Fresh on-tap in a bar in Tasmania would be extremely pleasant I'd imagine...

trevorwideman, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Impressive looking lager. Poured into a pils glass it forms a meaty frothy white head that leaves a thick cover of lace all the way down. Its a golden yellow body with champagne like carbonation of all sizes.

Soft pale malts are the first and last thing to hit the palate. Inbetween is a very subtle mix of grain notes and a slight hop backside to even it out. As it warmed it showed a bit more of a bready malt bill.

Notes: This is one of the better euro pale lagers I've had to date. Very clean and refreshing without anything annoying or out of balance. I'd put this up with budweiser as far as being clean crisp and refreshing. I haven't had this enough to know how consistent it is but this six pack was outstanding.

DogFood11, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle just like the one depicted. Glassware used was a standard 16oz mug. Appearance was pretty non-descript: clear yellow, decent carbonation, briefly blossoming white head that quickly caved in on itself and left no lace.
Had a decent aroma of pale malts and floral hops; nothing overpowering from either the malt or hop profile. Slight hayfield note with a hint of dough.
Taste was pretty standard also; light-bodied sweetness from the malt bill, mild fruitiness, and an easy hops tang as each pull progressed back on the tongue. Slight grassy note in the finish. Feel was light, crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability was no problem and I found myself thinking this would make for a decent summertime session brew. Boag's Premium Lager is what it is; a decent lager which is easy drinking but won't set the beer world on fire. Still, not bad.

Boilermaker88, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of hero27
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.68 oz bottle..extra points for being precise??

That's see what this Australian lager's got going for it..
Clear, pale yellow. Surprisingly decent head & lacing on the brew. Plenty of carbonation keeps this pretty lively. No real skunk noted in the aroma..mostly just corn and German-style hops.

Light floral hop taste and a good combination of grain & hops overall. This is actually a lager that managed to survive the trip over here pretty well and would be worth another purchase. Not a complex beast, but I'd certainly welcome a few of these on a warm summer day.

hero27, Apr 03, 2007
James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.