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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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270 Ratings

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of hunteraw


2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

08-19-2007 23:47:53 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-07-2007 20:10:25 | More by Foxman
Photo of HardTarget


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

08-04-2007 03:57:39 | More by HardTarget
Photo of acrawf6


3.83/5  rDev +23.9%

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.

08-02-2007 22:21:32 | More by acrawf6
Photo of russpowell


4.38/5  rDev +41.7%

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

06-24-2007 20:30:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

06-20-2007 04:17:10 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Suds


3.3/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

06-16-2007 17:57:18 | More by Suds
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

06-08-2007 13:28:38 | More by Shadman
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

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

New Hampshire

2.05/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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

Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

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...

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


3.9/5  rDev +26.2%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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


2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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

New York

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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


3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +20.7%

$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.

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


3.68/5  rDev +19.1%

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!)

01-25-2007 04:00:21 | More by mynie
James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
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