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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J. Boag & Son Brewing

Style: Euro 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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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 330
Photo of BEERchitect
1.62/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

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Photo of thekanna
1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Darker yellow bordering on orange with a largely dissipative white head.

S: Extremely clean scent; even malts are hardly detectable.

T: This was like seltzer water with hints of beer flavoring. Extremely bland, maybe a couple hop molecules floating here and there. I was surprised by how tasteless this beer was.

M/D: Watery with medium carbonation. Not very drinkable at all.

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Photo of airforbes1
1.99/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was at Outback and feeling foolish enough to ask for an overpriced bottle of Coopers Ale. Tickers gotta tick and it's an not an adjunct lager, right? Well, I was soon informed they were out of Coopers Ale but that they also had "James Boag's, which is similar." I was even more foolish and took them up on their offer.

Then I saw the bottle and learned this beer was a "premium" (read: cheap) lager, which means it should have nothing in common with Coopers Ale other than the fact they are both from Australia.

It poured straw yellow with a fizzy head. Then came the smell: SKUNK. But isn't that to be expected for an imported pale lager in a bottle?

It was somewhat difficult to judge the taste as the skunky aroma dominated my senses. The taste was inoffensive and flavorless, but I couldn't escape the skunky sensation. The mouthfeel was OK...just your typical fizzy lager carbonation at work.

A pretty weak beer and not worth the "import" price. At least I got a tick out of it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.02/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of andrewm190
2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear and bright yellow with a trace of a fizzy head despite an aggressive pour. The head fades instantly to a faint ring.

S - Generic corn, sweet grain, grassy lager aroma.

T - Weak. Some grain and corn, a trace of acidic apple skin. No hops detected.

M - Thin, watery, highly carbonated.

O - Certainly not the worst or blandest macro out there, but I wouldnt pay for this stuff.

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Photo of khiasmus
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
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?

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured a clear straw yellow. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated to a foamy lacing with a ring around the edge.

Smell: Major adjunct corn. That's about it.

Taste: Follows the adjunct aroma. Sweet barnyard-like grains and corn, corn, corn.

Drinkability: It's not much. It's drinkable and inoffensive, but I wonder if it'll give me diarrhea.

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Photo of tonton
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Nice art on the 375ml green bottle, with mountains and a waterfall. Mountain motif on the logo looks nice but it's reminiscent of an American beer label.

Poured like a standard lager into a 33cl Stella glass (my go to glass for lagers which are not my favorite style beers).

Smell - yeast. Smells like a Carlsberg.

Taste - lager. No character. Very typical. Easy to drink, but no discernible flavor except that yeasty lager flavor. Tastes... like a Carlsberg.

Mouth - Carlsberg. Light and carbonated.

Overall - I just paid US$1.75 for a Carlsberg that I could get in a 12-pack for 50ยข Each. Nonplussed. Cut the overall rating in half because of the value proposition.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.26/5  rDev -26.9%
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

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Photo of tbeck
2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up from the Belmont in Portland, OR.

Pours a pale golden yellow with very little head. What little white head there is dissipates quickly into a small colar. Minor laciness. Aroma is very skunky. Taste also carries the "skunk" as well as some barley. Very sweet and sour aftertaste. The texture is not watery but on the thin side. Flavor is not there to recommend as a session beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a frosted pint glass. A bit of fizzy head forms on a clear yellow body. It fades to nothing.

S. Light grains and some sweet corn, maybe a hop or two found their ways into this.

T. Overall, a decent amount of body formed by corn/malt that is a bit sweet. No real hop profile besides a lingering bitterness coupled with a somewhat harsh alcohal taste that I found off-putting.

M. Light and a bit watery. It is what it is.

D. This was a fairly overpriced "import" at a resteraunt and I was fairly unimpressed. Not a great flavor, a bit harsh overall. I'd rather go with Fosters if I was seeking an Aussie Macro Lager.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 13-12-05. Good poorout with a nice head, not overwelming but lasting well. Nose is malts, litle sulphuric and litle oxidated. Taste is sweet malty, very light and probably very high fermented. This and no tastable bitterness make this one pale and flat. Oxidation did his part to it but am shure would pass this one fresh for anything with litle more taste.

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Photo of Onslow
2.37/5  rDev -23.3%
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...

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.39/5  rDev -22.7%
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 AltBock
2.39/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

375/12.7 fl oz. green bottle. This green bottle has a really good drawing of the Esk River in Tasmania. It says that it's Tasmania's finest Lager, but the back says it's brewed in Australia. Huh? The only other things on the back label is the US government warning, barcode, and who imported this beer. The wrap around neck label gives information about the beer and the Brewery. No best beofre date anywhere on the bottle or label.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Tasmanian beer brewed in Australia is the usual Lager clear and bubbly pale lemon yellow color. But unlike most of their counter parts, this one had a 1/2 and inch head of white foam on it. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a small white film and even streaks of white lace. Very unusual appearance for a simple Lager.

After the appearance, it's right back on the macro Lager track. The aroma was grainy with malted corn, malted rice, a splash of apple juice, and since it came in a grenn bottle, a touch of skunk. Not too much skunk, but you can notice it here and there.

It you ever had a macro Lager before, then you know what this beer is going to taste like. The taste was on the crispy side with malted rice, malted corn, hint of apple juice, and then the taste ends on a bitter note with cripsy floral hops. Nothing new here.

The mouthfeel was on the light side with a crispy aftertaste of malted corn, malted rice, and a tiny touch of floral hops to back up all of the grains.

It was a standard Lager, except for the nice little head of foam on it. That was the only thing that stuck out of this beer. Is it worth a shot? If you never had a Tasmanian beer that was brewed in Australia before. Maybe then.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.44/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of my latest adventures to up my repertoire of beer reviews of generic Australian beers.

Pours a very light, very clear yellow colour, with a minimally weak head of white, which dissipates almost immediately to a loose collar around the edges of the glass, despite a pretty vigorous pour. Minimal lacing. Looks very insipid.

Not a lot on the nose, although there's a pleasant crushed vegetation greenness to it that lifts it above the more generic sweet grain husk character. For the style, it's reasonable - I've had far worse and far more bland Aussie lagers.

Taste is disappointingly thin, without any hint of the hops the green character hinted at. Bland seltzer water start, with some grainy notes mid palate and an unpleasant wet bread sweetness to finish. It's remarkably empty, but has an odd acidity to it that conjures up bile. Eh.

It's not really that offensive, it just has very little to offer. You could probably swill this down alright for a while, but after a couple you'd probably start to hate yourself.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.46/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hmm, I am starting to get little weary of words to describe Aussie Macros, due to the consistent flavours they all take on.

Bought at a cafe, not a lot else to appeal that I had not tried in a while.

Pours OK, looks the part, golden straw, quickly fading head.

Then... aromasandtastereallyquitenondescriptnblandalrightonacolddaydrunkfromtheeskybutapartfromthatitsblandthebeeryouydrinkwhenyoudontwantabeer

Not too bad a fizz factor tho. Sweetness overall is a no-no. No crispness is also a no-no.

So why don't mainstream brewers put some flavour in the beer?

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Photo of Samp01
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma and taste is of grains, cereal, grassy and light fruity notes. A medium body palate, crisp with good carbonation. Finish is grains, grass and fruity. Overall a very non descript mass produced brew, but still an ok brew for summer drinking.

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Photo of stevoj
2.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Nannup beer store. Mass market lager, not much else to say, blends with the rest. Thirst quenching ability is saving grace. Can't tel the difference between the "Draught" and the "Premium Lager".

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Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
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 hunteraw
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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