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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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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +24%
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
2.59/5  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
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.26/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: pale straw with a little bit of white head that fades pretty darn quickly

s: a little bit of metallic scent with some light malts; almost nothing

t: so flavorless; a little bit of raw grain

m: macro lager; light and bubbly

d: one of the worst beers i have had in a long time; weaker than a lot of american macro lagers; never again

Photo of Misfit138
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered at Outback, server poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- The server did a lousy pour which resulted in about a four inch head over flowing the glass with about a third of the bottle left, but nonetheless it still looked pretty good. Bright yellow with a huge thick head that wouldn't stop. The head lasted pretty much the whole time as well.

S- Pretty malty, and some grains.

T- The taste to me was kinda bland. It could have been any typical American lager. It was OK, malts and some grains. No real bitterness.

M- Fairly light and moderate carbonation

D- Pretty standard fair. I wouldn't complain if someone gave me one, but I wouldn't purposely try to order this. Not bad.

Photo of Zorro
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow colored beer with a good white head.

No skunking from the green glass bottle. Sweet and malty beer with the scent of grass and English style hops, has a pipe tobacco scent to it.

Taste starts out sweet and fairly yeasty with a herb aftertaste with a hint of tobacco flavor. Taste just doesn't develop much more from there. Just a very average lager.

Mouthfeel is thin.

VERY average beer here, not much to recommend it except it is something new. Not interested in trying another one.

Photo of Seanibus
2.51/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If I didn't know better, I would say this is simply Molson in another bottle. Pours incredibly pale with a light white head. Smells a bit of honey with a slight bitterness The aroma carries through to the flavor, which is slightly honeyish - thin, slightly malty with only the faintest echo of hops. Mouthfeel is pure water. Not horrible, but nothing worth bothering about either.

Photo of theghost3
3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager has a light golden appearance and a thin, light head. It had a sour smell; lemony, but also a hint of butter. It tasted a little sour too but not much of a taste on the whole; rather empty. There was no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp. This is a drinkable beer. It is refreshing after a hot day, but do not expect much as far as varied taste goes.

Photo of Portertime
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this for the first time at Outback Steakhouse. It had a pale gold yellow color. They gave it to me iced cold in a pilsener style glass. Smelled of mild hops and some cereal grains. Tasted like any other run-of-the-mill lager which equals to not much of a taste. Probably the "Bud" of Australia.

Photo of PhageLab
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale yellow coloration, transparent body, thin bit of froth that vanished far too quickly, some spotted lacing left behind.

S - Clean grainy aroma, a bit one sided, but certainly not bad.

T - Grassy hop profile, pale malt backing, slightly watery and while balanced, lacks any real flavor.

M - Light bodied, crisp carbonation, clean watery finish.

D - Not too bad, but I can't see myself wanting another, I can't help but ask myself, why bother? Not a bad brew by any means, just a watery euro pale that struggles to define itself.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour with very little head, sits flat in the glass with a thin bead of carbonation. Not much lacing. A pretty watery but standard-looking beer.

Nose has a slight hint of spice, but dominant are hops, no real trace of yeast (which is good, of course). Quite an aromatic lager, actually.

Taste has a malty front with a long, slightly acrid finish. Evidence of a long bittering hop addition late in the palate and a finish that definitely leaves an impression. Not quite so complex but certainly a fair amount of character on this palate. Mouthfeel though is slightly flat and lifeless. Overall, an enjoyable and interesting lager.

Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whatever made me try this one I will never know. More then likely because of the fact I had not had it, was in Outback, and figured what the heck. It poured out a clear, pale golden yellow with a huge amount of carbonation inside. Lots of bubbles stretching up toward the surface throughout the session. A small white, fizzy, soda like head formed on the top and hung around for a brief second before finally settling down and leaving nothing across the top, nor any side glass lace.

The aroma was dull, boring, and bland. This was your classic macro lager. Light aroma of grain and rice and that was about it. The taste went nowhere as well. While it was crisp and refreshing, so is water and this was not what I wanted at the time. Very light grain flavor and no depth at all. The finish was non-existent and there was nothing really redeeming about this at all.

Overall, I would not recommend this. It was a miller lite with a different label. Really a poor excuse for a beer, I really hate lagers.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours pale yellow with thick white head and a good amount of lacing.It smells a bit skunky,with some slightly grainy notes.A very typical Euro Lager,tasting mostly like corn,and malts with some underachiving hops that leave a little more to be desired.I must give credit,this brew has a wonderful creamy finish that is crisp clean without the typical skunkieness I picked up in the nose.

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

Poured into a small pilsner glass provided by my good friend and fellow beer advocate Hyland24.

Looks a lot like a Bub Lite when poured. Thick white head, some lacing, minimal carbonation.

Typical lager smell, nothing especially unique about this one.

To be honest it tasted like your run-of-the-mill keg beer, great for drinking games, and perfect for a summer bbq due to it's crisp, clean finish. Best served very cold.

Photo of Onslow
2.37/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

smell is of a skumk (swamp scum+skunk) and old grass ... some head, but pretty weak .... "it looks like it could gore".... taste is sweet and the bitterness level needs work... a waste of 10 bucks, maybe if it was $6-7, but probably never ever again... better than fosters and steinlager from NZ but...

Photo of hyland24
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

The beer poured a clear golden color with 1 inch white foam head. The beer had good carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

The smell is the typical lager smell, slightly hoppy with a stronger hoppy aftertaste.

The taste was also typical of what I expect from a lager, watered down small hop tatse.

The beer is light, crisp and clean. The flavor disappears fairly quickly after you swallow it. Overall I am not impressed by this beer. Not enough flavor for my liking but that tends to be the case with a lot of lagers. If you do like it it definitely falls into the session category.

Photo of hdofu
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was Light in color, having a small white head. The taste was citrusy and hoppy. Smelled hoppy like you would expect beer too. Had a crisp smooth mouthfeel medium in body. It was really drinkable. Drank a bottle at outback with my king crab legs.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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".

Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Good hop presence with malt undertones.

Taste: Good hop bite that transitions to a smooth malt flavor. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Heavy carbonation adds to fullness.

Drinkability: Tasty brew. Smooth, refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale yellow color with a thin one-finger head. Aroma is mostly malt/cooked corn with some fruitiness and not much else. Taste is cooked corn with bitterness that makes it unpleasant to drink. A second sip confirms the same thing except that there's more sweetness than bitterness here. I don't honestly see anything "premium" about this lager.

Photo of biggmike
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Photo of andrewm190
2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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