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

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James Boag's Premium LagerJames Boag's Premium Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
J. Boag & Son Brewing
Australia
boags.com.au

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
179
Avg:
3.08
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
29
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0
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of cyclonece09
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
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 cliff1066
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bcsbeer
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of rosschive
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mmilyko
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HMWastedDays
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
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 -8.1%
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 beerpadawan
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +10.4%
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 -31.2%
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 braican
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SmashPants
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
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 abcramer
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rabiddawg
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bvermilion
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
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 -15.3%
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 BrazilianAussie
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
3.08 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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