1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
James Boag's Premium LagerJames Boag's Premium Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
72
okay

262 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 262
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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)
View: Beers (13) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of James Boag's Premium Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 262 | Reviews: 168 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 11:37:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ElGordo
ElGordo

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 05:02:44 | More by ElGordo
Photo of Wintermute
Wintermute

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 12:42:30 | More by Wintermute
Photo of jdhilt
jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 22:27:48 | More by jdhilt
Photo of DrainBamage
DrainBamage

Michigan

3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 06:23:56 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of trevorwideman
trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 18:54:41 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of DogFood11
DogFood11

California

3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 00:26:11 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Boilermaker88
Boilermaker88

California

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 19:14:40 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of hero27
hero27

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 04:19:23 | More by hero27
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 00:45:47 | More by tempest
Photo of klewis
klewis

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a super pale straw color with a white frothy head. moderate lacing.

S: A bit skunked with a light grain smell.

T: A slight malty honey flavor and a tiny bit of skunkiness, but overall, not much of anything.

M: Light, crisp, moderate carbonation, and a clean finish.

D: I'm more impressed with this beer than I thought I would be. Not to say that this is something that I would buy very much of, but for what it is and is supposed to be, it's pretty good. A good lawnmower or BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 19:28:20 | More by klewis
Photo of WesWes
WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 23:05:06 | More by WesWes
Photo of BigRedN
BigRedN

Nebraska

2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at an Outback steakhouse. Manages to jot some quick notes on the back of my receipt.

Appearance: I was provided with a glass to pour the beer into from the 375 ml (12.68 fl oz) bottle. A bit of an interesting size. The glass I was given was some kind of cross beween a pint and hefe glass. The beer pours out typical macro lager. Clear, bright golden with a decent size off white head that quickly fades. LEft little lacing.

Smell: Mostly the typical euro skunk. While this is in a green bottle I do not think it is light struck, I think this smell is intended, much like a Heinekin. There are some faint grainy malts. No hop aromas.

Taste: This may be a Euro pale lager, but it is much like a macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with ample carbonation. Light and lively.

Drinkability: Drinkable? Sure, but at 4.25 a bottle I'll save my money for something better.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 05:03:17 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Morris729
Morris729

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a fizzy white head quickly fading into a wispy lace. Nose is fresh grain and grassy hops (thankfully, no skunky aromas despite the green bottle). Taste is sweet malt and dry grain along with some herbal grassy hop bitterness. Pretty basic. Possibly a good thirst quencher, but that’s about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 18:49:08 | More by Morris729
Photo of 1fastz28
1fastz28

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow with an average head with lots of carbonation, no distinct smells. tastes like you're average lager, watery and without much taste, the alcohol very present which is surprising for a beer with only 5%, unfortunately this beer is average and thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 04:27:52 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of Mitchster
Mitchster

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$1.70 for a 12.68 oz bottle at Jack's. Pours out to a brilliantly clear sunshine golden, forming a rocky white head with superior retention and excellent thick sheets of lace. A great looking beer. The aroma is interesting, but hard to point out the nuances. There is the traditional eurolager skunkiness, but it's rather mild, delicately floral hops which almost smell like cascade with their acrid butter pungency, which would be an odd choice for euro-lager. As it sits, a rose like sweetness from the pale malts evolves with an odd sour milk nose, kinda like a baby's morning breath. In between light and medium bodied, with a slight acidity and dryness and a very brief finish. Pale malts are delicate and slightly husky with a twang of domestic macrobrew corn towards the finish. The finish is watery and the aftertaste is slightly corny.

This is an interesting brew. It's better than average but pales to the Kiwis much better Steinlager.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 01:13:57 | More by Mitchster
Photo of mynie
mynie

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-welcome to a land that's way under down under, the beer's sickly yellow in a-rain or shinnnne!

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania)

Where topsy meet turvy and we start to spin, like a Tazmanian devil and his closest kin.

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmnia).

The pours a' real downer but it smells worth a slog. Wee bit of skunk and a dry hoppy little grog.

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania)

Pils'ner grain is put off by rice, a little adjunct metallic--this isn't that nice. But a finishing hop connects well to grain, and a few sips later the adjunct starts to wain.

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania)

A very nice potpurri floral aftertaste, and the light hoppy finish just can't be replaced. The strong fizzy body is what this beer's all about, the hops and malt and the--have we left anyone out?

Oh yeah, don't forget Taz . . . He put the Taz in Taz-Mania,

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania... WE MEAN YOU!)

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 04:00:21 | More by mynie
Photo of rec
rec

Australia

3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Without doubt my favourite Australian lager, despite the fact it remains an Aussie "chugg" beer.

Like much of its Australian competition, it's rather bland and far from complex. There are distinct malt and grain tastes however, and goes down exceptionally easily.

It's always a toss-up between this and Coopers Pale Ale when I'm down at the bottle shop looking for a carton to take to a party or back home to watch the game with the boys.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 10:09:30 | More by rec
Photo of Frozensoul327
Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear golden yellow color with a small head of white foam. Minor lacing, and a medium level of carbonation.

S: Grassy aroma with hints of light malts and adjuncts. A mild hop presence is noted. Slightly skunky as well.

T: Bland, yet tolerable. Mild notes of malt and grain mix with other adjunct-y flavors for a rather lackluster flavor. Complexity is decidedly missing. Not a whole lot going on. Skunky flavor translated from the aroma, and develops into a cloying sweetness.

M: Fair. Light on the palate and somewhat crisp. Goes down easy enough, but is otherwise forgettable.

D: Aw, I could take it or leave it. Certainly wouldn't invest more money in a sixer of it.

Notes: What the hell do the folks down under REALLY drink?! Not Foster's, not this stuff, Cooper's maybe? Anyone? Please, help me with this pondering and pestering question.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 03:36:32 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Pegasus
Pegasus

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, quite pale golden color, with a modest white head, thin, scattered, broken lacing, and slight streams of fat, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: A strong skunk aroma was notable, doubtless due to the green glass bottles. Why do brewers persist in using this unsuitable form of packaging? Beneath this there is a fairly decent pale malt profile. In all, it smells very much like Heineken.

Taste: Clean pale malt notes at the open, a slight metallic hop bitterness appears late in the taste and carries to the close. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Thin in body, zesty, sharp carbonation, rather soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: Another Euro lager, nothing really bad, nothing outstanding, nothing to see here. Probably would be at its best on a scorching summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce green glass bottle with a pop-off crown, embossed "Tasmania's Finest". Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:57:13 | More by Pegasus
Photo of stouty1
stouty1

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a one finger head. Couldn't smell much at all. Maybe some grass, and I worked hard at it.

Tasted like a pilsner from America only better. No bitterness, and not too over carbonated, which was nice. Mostly smooth character with a grassy feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 01:27:09 | More by stouty1
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow with very small bubbles that be seen only at the top of the beer. Light head only a half finger big with no retention. PLenty of grass, adjncts in the nose. Good and dry adjuncts though. The taste is a little tart almost, but I guess thats just the dryness of the light hopping and sanguine malts. Very refreshing, maybe dryer than I previously thought. Great session beer if I'm n Tasmania. I liked this lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 17:42:43 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of vancurly
vancurly

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think BEERchitect got dudded....try it again some time mate. The moment you smell skunk, chuck it and find another. That's green bottles for you...
Anyway... it's good to compare this with its main competitor from Tassie...Cascade Premium. Both aiming for same market space...similar price, similar style...
A few years back, most Aussie restaurants would offer you Cascade or Crown. So, not wanting au-de-sulfur ruining my meal, I would always choose Cascade.
Then Boags hit the market segment, and we got some competition at last. The "Who Is James Boag" campaign was a classic.
Both are similar drops, big on Tassie hops. And similarly regarded, according to their comparative scores in BeerAdvocate (at time of writing).
Anyway....
Yellow gold, with some lace, but sinking head.
Great, hoppy, Pride of Ringwood (I think) aroma...maybe some doughy, grainey notes....
Flavour is full of malt grain, well balanced, crisp & refreshing. Nice balancing bitterness....and....to agree with Weizenmensch.... a good session beer.
Good lager for all occasions... a 6-pack at the local Chinese would be perfect....

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 04:22:36 | More by vancurly
Photo of NJpadreFan
NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boag's Premium Lager

Appearance- bright yellow with a thick white head. head head up amazingly well and laced half the glass.
Smell- sweet corn with a slight hop presence.
Taste- the usual macro, cheap corn and straw but, again, amazingly isn't harsh or bitter nor mettalic.
Mouthfeel- crisp and lighty sweet.

Overall- a typical lager, but I will say this is better than the average American lager. When I eventually make my way to Tasmania I would drink this again. Best on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 23:24:53 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

1.63/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 12:35:26 | More by BEERchitect
James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.