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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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 331
Photo of samparkique4
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

balance of hops and malt
Fruity palate followed by delicately-light malt finish
pleasant bitterness
Crisp dry finish
Fresh fruity aroma
Malty notes
Fresh temcalled after taste

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours no head whatsoever on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a weak grain aroma.
The taste has a mild sweetness at first but balances out nicely.
The texture is crisp and fizzy with a light body.
The appearance and smell are wanting but the taste and texture are fine enough.

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Photo of Dodaro
4/5  rDev +29.4%
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 doktorhops
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was just thinking the other day when I bought a 6-pack of James Boag's Premium Lager for $10 "I wonder if I've done a review on the Boag's and Cascade lagers?" turns out I hadn't, and because the beer was so average even though I was at a house party I ended up with a stubbie left over to review, yay!

Poured from a 375ml stubbie into a stein.

A: Clear pale straw bodied with a mighty boisterous and fluffy 1.5 inch white head (I poured this one slowly too) looks like we're in for one hell of a carbonated beer, at least the colour is spot on Euro Pale Lager.

S: Pretty much smack in macro Aussie lager territory here; malt grain base with an adjunct corn aroma and some vegetal matter where the hops generally reside, possibly the much dreaded (or maligned depending on your view) Pride of Ringwood hops.

T: A bit more yeast driven than expected, there are the above notes; malt, corn, vegetal matter, but some bakers yeast is also thrown in for a bit more character. Other than this it has very little to distinguish it from the CUB, Toohey's, XXXX and Cascade lagers. Finishes with an abnormal bitter/corny note [disclaimer: I was not able to drink this ice-cold which is how all macro Aussie lagers are intended to be drunk].

M: Mid to light body, a touch heavier than the VB's and Toohey's New's of this world, with a slightly gassy carbonation.

D: To be honest reader - it is all much for muchness with me when it comes to macro lagers of any kind. None really stand out and this bias may be evident in my reviews, so if you are truly a macro lager drinker I will say this to you "Have you tried all the other beer styles out there?", and if your reply is "Yes, even the Belgian styles" and you still love macro lagers then please by all means take my reviews of them with a grain of salt and enjoy your lager. Me? I'll be sipping a Bière de Garde from a chalice and revelling in its awesomeness.

Food match: Look you're not going to be drinking this with a fine poached lobster tail in a light cream sauce, so really the cuisine this generally pairs with is junk food; pizza, burgers, fries, etc.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served in a pilsen glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear and very pale yellow color forming a nice medium and bubbled white head. Good retention and lots of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong sweet malts in the nose. Very bready. Light notes of aromatic and grassy hops

T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of malts. Quite crispy and bread. Light hops bitterness in the end

M: Very light body and medium carbonation. Crispy malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Standard Euro Lager, nothing special

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Photo of wl0307
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 375ml bottle; BB 20/11/13, served mildly chilled in a straight pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a dark straw colour, coming with lively fizziness and a thin white foamy head to last.
Smell: despite the grainy sweetness and water biscuits, the overall presentation shows a clear presence of hop elements as well, in the form of floral and lightly grassy aroma. Given a good swirl, a mildly limey note intertwines with the doughy acidity and sweet floral scent, but overall it is still the lager malt’s grainy and starchy sweetness that dominates.
Taste: mildly sweet on the entry, the grains prevail without rendering a slick mouthfeel, leading all the way towards a finish where a lightly dry-ish and spicy-bitter palate emerges, alongside more girsty grain-ish flavour which unavoidably also leaves a little slick mouthfeel. Simplistic, but it doesn’t taste “cheap”.
Mouthfeel & Overall: lightly carbonated, medium-bodied, clean-ish on the palate although the sweetness does lend a somewhat slick feel overall; this is a grain-dominated lager beer which benefits somewhat from the belated entry of hop bitterness on the palate. Not very good, but, equally, not terrible.

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Photo of bmwats
3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a handglass.

A: Pretty light, hay color. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly but not completely. Slight lacing.

S: Hay and sourdough bread.

T: Malty and grassy. Sourdough bread with a little hint of indistinct sweetness.

M: Light, and crisp. Pungent aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is decent enough. Light hue, bubbly head, and some fair lacing. Nose is bready and grassy. Pungent bready malt, with a hint of sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pilsner glass, color is very clear, transparent yellow/gold; head is frothy and deep, even laces a bit.

Smell all grains, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing sour or over sweet.

Taste is very bland, neutral grains, light bitterness, pretty clean, no off flavors, just nothing to note.

Mouthfeel is biting, overcarbonated, almost drying to the tongue. Flavors linger, but nothing great to taste.

Overall, a mildly average euro pale lager, too overcarbonated for me, and the flavors are just not out of range of other lagers of this style.

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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 50¢ Each. Nonplussed. Cut the overall rating in half because of the value proposition.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very pale, yellowish golden amber with a hint of a white head and light slippery lacing. Aroma of light biscuit malt, grain and a hint of skunkiness (more evident after opening the green bottle), but fortunately not as noticeable in the glass. Flavor is slightly sweet bready malt, grain, hints of adjuncts and light grassy hops. Ends abruptly, but has a pleasant faint malt aftertaste. Light bodied. Pretty much a middle of the road macro lager, too bland to seek out unless you want to tick Tasmania.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

James Boag’s Premium Lager has a thin, white head, somewhat of a lacing sheen left on the glass, a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, streaming bubbles, and some suspended brown particles visible throughout. The aroma is of pungent, sweet barley malt, sugar, and white bread. Flavor is of sweet, bold malt, white bread, a shadow of paper, and a nice balancing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, and James Boag’s Premium Lager finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and supremely drinkable. Overall, this is another very good beer. Buy it, and try it!


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Photo of cyclonece09
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw color with visible carbonation on the glass and a nice white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grain but the "import smell" dominates. Tastes of plain grain like many macros, but with a fuller body. Beer goes down really smooth, high carbonation and that is ok, nice light body. Overall, a slightly above average beer, and Happy Australia Day from the USA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam with a decent retention and lace.

Smell: lightly malty with a big component of graininess, which I actually like here. There was a very slight whiff of skunk when the bottle was first opened, but this dissipated almost immediately. Not bad.

Taste: light, malty flavor with a bit less grain than the aroma. Bitterness is low but a nice noble hop character is present. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation which, while not creamy, is effervescent and refreshing.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable and very clean lager. I feel like I could quaff tons of this stuff.

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Photo of soju6
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden color with a small head that fades to a bit of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain and a trace of hops.

T: Mild taste of malt sweetness with a bit of grain. There is a slight bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, slight crispness, smooth and a bit light on flavor.

O: Decent non-offensive euro lager. bland but seems to compliment most meals.

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Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet bready and cracker malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of malty sweetness. Little if any bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable. Although the taste is a bit bland, there’s nothing offensive about it and it isn’t watery.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an 1/8" white head and left minimal effervescence in the body, but the head did last a surprisingly long while. Clear straw yellow body verging on golden. Smells grassy. Taste is BMC and light and smooth but definitely creamier. Medium long finish. Really, it's a pretty decent lager.

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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 SmashPants
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: pretty standard macro lager label, with decent 375mL green bottle.

Appearance: pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that settles to a thin cap over the beer.

Aroma: bready grain and floral hops, reminiscent of hay and grass.

Taste: the flavour has some nuttiness and toasted malt although it is very faint. There is some light bread there as well.

Aftertaste: not bad, would be better if there was a bit more flavour.

Mouth feel: lighter body and medium carbonation makes for an easy-flowing beer - goes down easy and avoids the mistake of over-carbonating as some other Australian lagers do.

Overall: a reasonable macro lager, better quality than the XXXXs and VBs. It is a bit more expensive, but overall worth the extra $5 - $10.

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Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Stella Artois goblet. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow, with just a thin ring of white head that had low retention and light lacing.

The aroma was a fairly typical grain and gentle hop scent and had just a very faint skunk aroma. The flavors were pretty much the same, a nice grain base, some easy hops and just a touch of sweetness.

The body was nice and crisp, but did have a bit of a sweet, lingering finish. Drinkability was good, the beer went down easily enough and I could see throwing a couple in the cooler for sitting by the bay. Overall, not a great beer, but it's probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of rangerred
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that settles to a thin cap over the beer.

Aroma is completely skunked thanks to the green bottle. Once that somewhat dissipates there is some bready grain and hay.

The flavor has some nuttiness and toasted malt although it is very faint. There is some light bread there as well. The whole beer has an overall soft mouthfeel and no one flavor is overwhelming. Honestly I would have liked everything to be a little more bold.

Overall an average to below average pale lager.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Tasmania's finest. Right on. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, very light grass, and I wanna say there's a hint of lemon rind, but that could just be wishful thinking on my part. The taste doesn't change all that much, though a touch of sweet flowers finds a way to work its way in there. It's all very light, very bland. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly watery feel. Overall, a bland, sad little beer. I'd like to think Tasmania can do better than this...

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Photo of sophisticated
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

James Boag's Premium Lager states to be "Tasmania's Finest Since 1881." It poured like clear apple juice, with lots of rapid carbonation, and a huge fluffy head. Very mild nose, just vague sweetness. The taste, again, was extremely mild. A little tart apple, a little bitter/metallic taste, and a little bit of grass. Light, smooth, pleasant enough, but not enough flavor or substance to make it stand out.

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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 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 Mebuzzard
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After a great start, this beer dwindles. Perhaps it wasn't cold enough when poured. But it looks great. A pale golden/straw pour with a sticky white, fluffy head. You could probably eat the foam with a spoon.

Aroma is musty. Some sweet corn, but less corny than sweet. Somewhat skunked and hints of spice. Not sure where that's coming from.

As a Euro-pale I didn't expect much in the way of complexity. However, this doesn't have that cleanliness, or crispness, that the head and carbonation alluded to in the appearance. Even more so, it's a bit flat in flavor and feel. A lingering aftertaste of musky malt doesn't help.

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James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
3.09 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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