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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James Boag's Premium LagerJames Boag's Premium Lager

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J. Boag & Son Brewing

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 341 |  Reviews: 181
Reviews by tubacharlie:
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3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just a hint of fresh beer aroma when poured down the side of a large glass stein, producing a decent white head of mixed size bubbles. Some head clings to sides of glass while most dissipates.

Crystal clear golden yellow color with a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom repopulating a thin foam layer remaining at the top of the brew.

Weak hops and grain flavor, but enough to make it beer. Slight mineral taste from the Tasmanian Esk River water source. Smooth and easy to drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dodaro
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the world of lagers I really like this one.
I saw this in the cold beer section and noticed it was from Tasmania, very cool.
I never had a Tasmanian beer before so I had to buy it.

Crisp and clean enough for this hot florida weather.
I enjoyed it with some steak and onions and it went really well.
The flavor was strong enough to know you were drinking a beer and did not linger around too long.

In a time that is dominated by powerful IPAs and unique tastings brews, this was like a visit from an old friend.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of Beermeupagainscotty
4.13/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.53/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is Australia's best lager, because it's flavoursome, refreshing, and a good session beer that everyone likes. It looks good, light gold (Beck's colour), has good head retention, it's very well carbonated (but not too much) and has different flavours in different areas of the mouth, most notably the aforesaid fruity flavours which only occur in the rear corners around the tongue. It's somewhat overpriced but is better than the other readily-available Australian and imported premium lagers: Heineken, Beck's, Nastro Azzurro, and is far better than Cascade and Hahn premium. It's not the best Australian beer, as certain Cooper's and Redback are superior, but it's definitely a reliable beer from a reliable brewery. It's got a nice picture on the label too - the one in the photo is wrong - that's now the label for Cascade premium.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle poured into a small lager glass. Served with pizza at a little italian restaurant in Canberra. The waiter sold me on the fact that the brew was from Tasmania, and considering the only other options were Birra Moretti and VB, I went with it.

Golden, clear, thin but sturdy head, ringlets of lacing. Not a bad looking brew.

Nose was sweet, slightly fruity, a bit of earthy skunk, mild bittering hops.

Not a bad lager I suppose, certainly better than the other options available that night, but nothing exciting either. Starts with a sweet lager taste - some apple peel and grass -and ended with an earthy bitterness. A little too sweet, and slightly skunky, but not bad. Slightly creamy, thin watery body, zippy carbonation.

Certainly drinkable, better than a lot of Aussie lagers, but nothing exciting. A bit of tweaking and this could be much better.

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Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of T505
1/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nothing special about this lager

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Photo of schoon
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Standard Aussie lager, not much flavour to speak of, but quite smooth and crisp, sadly i don't think this will imporve now that San Miguel has moved in.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a short strange)

A- This beer pours a golden-yellow crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting a snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The fresh aroma of pale malt was very clean with a light dry green hop finish.

T- The flavor of clean pale malt was smooth and gave way to a soft sweet sulfury flavor right before the herbal hops at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that enhances the hops just a bit in the finish.

D- This reminds me of a good Kolsch beer with the slight sweet sulfur note that enhances the hops but is not over the top. The full lagered malt flavors are great and it really is a nice lager with good depth and character. 4

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of JMS1512
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I honestly have no idea what other people are looking at. Mine poured a massive head that ended up at about three fingers of pure white thick, soapy foam that never went away and left patches of sticky lacing all the way down. It's as though this is a completely different brew than is being described in reviews. It's a clear, pale golden color with active carbonation.
The smell is of very light malts and most strongly of grains, yeast and vegetable. There's a very mild spice as well. There's a bit of an earthy musk.
The taste is as expected from the smell with a tang of lemony citrus added.
The body is light, though not thin, and pretty crisp. There's a little slickness on the tongue and carbonation is a bit heavy.
One could easily drink a few at a time and in a room full of macros this is certainly the best pick.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light golden hue, with two fingers of puffy white head, that leaves a fair bit of lace around the glass. It smells of light, wheaty malt, and mild floral hops. The taste is somewhat acrid cereal malt, and a slight fruitiness, with a barely-there floral hop essence. The carbonation is quite abundant, the body moderate in weight, and it finishes off-dry and clean. Overall, if it wasn't already obvious, this is a very lightly-flavoured beer, but it goes down well in the patio sun, once the bubbles have settled. However, the only thing premium about this offering is the import price.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This smells like burnt rice.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Photo of pmcadamis
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.39/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Imported to USA by Global Village Imports LLC (KUNDA & SONS) in King of Prussia, PA. Reminds me of a skunked Heineken... it was nothing worth getting excited about.

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Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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