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: 331
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Could be a an American macro or a pale Euro. Either way its another adjunct lager. Actually has head and great lacing. Although its in a green bottle, I dont detect any skunk. Just smells like watery beer, really. Taste is light, sweet, but a touch harsh and a little creamy. I'd call it a slightly bolder version of Bud Light (not quite Bud), but with slightly lightstruck.

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Photo of klewis
3.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a super pale straw color with a white frothy head. moderate lacing.

S: A bit skunked with a light grain smell.

T: A slight malty honey flavor and a tiny bit of skunkiness, but overall, not much of anything.

M: Light, crisp, moderate carbonation, and a clean finish.

D: I'm more impressed with this beer than I thought I would be. Not to say that this is something that I would buy very much of, but for what it is and is supposed to be, it's pretty good. A good lawnmower or BBQ beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent along with a hoppy aroma that reaks of German hops and lager yeast. The taste is average. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down bitter and finishes with hints of metal; yuk! The mouthfeel is decent. It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average Euro lager. It's light and bitter, but it just doesn't have good flavor.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at an Outback steakhouse. Manages to jot some quick notes on the back of my receipt.

Appearance: I was provided with a glass to pour the beer into from the 375 ml (12.68 fl oz) bottle. A bit of an interesting size. The glass I was given was some kind of cross beween a pint and hefe glass. The beer pours out typical macro lager. Clear, bright golden with a decent size off white head that quickly fades. LEft little lacing.

Smell: Mostly the typical euro skunk. While this is in a green bottle I do not think it is light struck, I think this smell is intended, much like a Heinekin. There are some faint grainy malts. No hop aromas.

Taste: This may be a Euro pale lager, but it is much like a macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with ample carbonation. Light and lively.

Drinkability: Drinkable? Sure, but at 4.25 a bottle I'll save my money for something better.

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Photo of Morris729
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a fizzy white head quickly fading into a wispy lace. Nose is fresh grain and grassy hops (thankfully, no skunky aromas despite the green bottle). Taste is sweet malt and dry grain along with some herbal grassy hop bitterness. Pretty basic. Possibly a good thirst quencher, but that’s about it.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow with an average head with lots of carbonation, no distinct smells. tastes like you're average lager, watery and without much taste, the alcohol very present which is surprising for a beer with only 5%, unfortunately this beer is average and thats about it.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$1.70 for a 12.68 oz bottle at Jack's. Pours out to a brilliantly clear sunshine golden, forming a rocky white head with superior retention and excellent thick sheets of lace. A great looking beer. The aroma is interesting, but hard to point out the nuances. There is the traditional eurolager skunkiness, but it's rather mild, delicately floral hops which almost smell like cascade with their acrid butter pungency, which would be an odd choice for euro-lager. As it sits, a rose like sweetness from the pale malts evolves with an odd sour milk nose, kinda like a baby's morning breath. In between light and medium bodied, with a slight acidity and dryness and a very brief finish. Pale malts are delicate and slightly husky with a twang of domestic macrobrew corn towards the finish. The finish is watery and the aftertaste is slightly corny.

This is an interesting brew. It's better than average but pales to the Kiwis much better Steinlager.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-welcome to a land that's way under down under, the beer's sickly yellow in a-rain or shinnnne!

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania)

Where topsy meet turvy and we start to spin, like a Tazmanian devil and his closest kin.

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmnia).

The pours a' real downer but it smells worth a slog. Wee bit of skunk and a dry hoppy little grog.

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania)

Pils'ner grain is put off by rice, a little adjunct metallic--this isn't that nice. But a finishing hop connects well to grain, and a few sips later the adjunct starts to wain.

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania)

A very nice potpurri floral aftertaste, and the light hoppy finish just can't be replaced. The strong fizzy body is what this beer's all about, the hops and malt and the--have we left anyone out?

Oh yeah, don't forget Taz . . . He put the Taz in Taz-Mania,

(Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania... WE MEAN YOU!)

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

Without doubt my favourite Australian lager, despite the fact it remains an Aussie "chugg" beer.

Like much of its Australian competition, it's rather bland and far from complex. There are distinct malt and grain tastes however, and goes down exceptionally easily.

It's always a toss-up between this and Coopers Pale Ale when I'm down at the bottle shop looking for a carton to take to a party or back home to watch the game with the boys.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear golden yellow color with a small head of white foam. Minor lacing, and a medium level of carbonation.

S: Grassy aroma with hints of light malts and adjuncts. A mild hop presence is noted. Slightly skunky as well.

T: Bland, yet tolerable. Mild notes of malt and grain mix with other adjunct-y flavors for a rather lackluster flavor. Complexity is decidedly missing. Not a whole lot going on. Skunky flavor translated from the aroma, and develops into a cloying sweetness.

M: Fair. Light on the palate and somewhat crisp. Goes down easy enough, but is otherwise forgettable.

D: Aw, I could take it or leave it. Certainly wouldn't invest more money in a sixer of it.

Notes: What the hell do the folks down under REALLY drink?! Not Foster's, not this stuff, Cooper's maybe? Anyone? Please, help me with this pondering and pestering question.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, quite pale golden color, with a modest white head, thin, scattered, broken lacing, and slight streams of fat, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: A strong skunk aroma was notable, doubtless due to the green glass bottles. Why do brewers persist in using this unsuitable form of packaging? Beneath this there is a fairly decent pale malt profile. In all, it smells very much like Heineken.

Taste: Clean pale malt notes at the open, a slight metallic hop bitterness appears late in the taste and carries to the close. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Thin in body, zesty, sharp carbonation, rather soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: Another Euro lager, nothing really bad, nothing outstanding, nothing to see here. Probably would be at its best on a scorching summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce green glass bottle with a pop-off crown, embossed "Tasmania's Finest". Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of stouty1
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a one finger head. Couldn't smell much at all. Maybe some grass, and I worked hard at it.

Tasted like a pilsner from America only better. No bitterness, and not too over carbonated, which was nice. Mostly smooth character with a grassy feel.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow with very small bubbles that be seen only at the top of the beer. Light head only a half finger big with no retention. PLenty of grass, adjncts in the nose. Good and dry adjuncts though. The taste is a little tart almost, but I guess thats just the dryness of the light hopping and sanguine malts. Very refreshing, maybe dryer than I previously thought. Great session beer if I'm n Tasmania. I liked this lager.

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Photo of vancurly
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think BEERchitect got dudded....try it again some time mate. The moment you smell skunk, chuck it and find another. That's green bottles for you...
Anyway... it's good to compare this with its main competitor from Tassie...Cascade Premium. Both aiming for same market space...similar price, similar style...
A few years back, most Aussie restaurants would offer you Cascade or Crown. So, not wanting au-de-sulfur ruining my meal, I would always choose Cascade.
Then Boags hit the market segment, and we got some competition at last. The "Who Is James Boag" campaign was a classic.
Both are similar drops, big on Tassie hops. And similarly regarded, according to their comparative scores in BeerAdvocate (at time of writing).
Yellow gold, with some lace, but sinking head.
Great, hoppy, Pride of Ringwood (I think) aroma...maybe some doughy, grainey notes....
Flavour is full of malt grain, well balanced, crisp & refreshing. Nice balancing bitterness....and....to agree with Weizenmensch.... a good session beer.
Good lager for all occasions... a 6-pack at the local Chinese would be perfect....

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 Finite
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour. This beer had poor head retention and was a bit skunked. I could smell some citrus hops which were also there in the taste which was nice. This beer had a nice transition from a sweet to bitter hop taste at the end which I didn’t mind. Not bad really cant complain. Not amazing but not pathetic.

Worth a try but not much going on.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.92/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting two years to see this in the US and I finally found it at my local store. It was almost worth the wait. Smooth, crisp taste with just the right balance of hops and malt; and a decent mouthfeel. A bit pricey, but one of the few imports (outside some of the Germans) that I feel worth a try.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is its appearance.
IT is a beautiful light gold yellow with a coonstant bead.
It just looks like a cracking lager.
Unfortunately it goes a bit downhill from there.
The smell is bland and has nothing pleasing about it .
There is a degerree of sweet malt in the taste but only at the finish.
IT is crisp cleansing and well carbonated , that at least lifts it above the average lager that is readily available, but I couldnt justify paying the premium price that it is undeservedly placed on it

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Photo of Kulrak
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a light white fluffy tall head. Pretty impressive for a macro. Sticks around for a while too. Smells yeasty and hoppy, no skunk, despite the green bottle. Good so far. Taste is not very malty, more hops than anything, but really not much of anything. No bad flavors though. Mouthfeel is a tiny bit harsh, but not bad. All in all, it's a good beer, very drinkable. Would be better if it didn't cost so much, though.

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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 BeerNutta
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

James boag's is a good Australian beer. However, when compared to beers from around the world. It aint as good.

Pours a straw yellow with light foam head which dissapates quickly. There is a sweet fruit aroma which is faint but inviting. The beer itself is slightly hoppy, with a sweet middle and dry finish. It also has this distinct taste, which i notice in most Tasmanian beers. Must be the water down there. Anyway, good beer. Just not great. Does the job. A bit pricey though.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 375 ml bottle. The label on my import bottle is different from the one displayed on this site, that one is more akin to the painting of dingoes found on my recent bottle of Cascade. Must be a famous illustration in Australia, everyone wants to use it for their beer. On this bottle is an illustration of a river, the Esk perhaps, where they say they draw their brewing water from. Less geekin' now though, let's get to the drinkin'.

Pours out a clear light golden colour, very impressive tight white head on the pour, and just as impressive head retention. Sticky, clinging lace down the glass. The nose is very sweet and fruity at first, that of ripe melon, accompanied by strong floral hops and a bit of sweet grain. The flavour, in turn, is the converse. Bready malt, some grain husks, and a very crisp dry finish with no real discernable aftertaste. In fact no real finish either, where did those hops go? I can easily tell that this is hot weather beer, brewed in a warm climate for the locals. It lacks in flavour but is very quenching, better than any Caribbean lager I've ever tried. Very dry and quenching mouthfeel, not exactly smooth because the carbonation does lend a bit of a bite. Not an exceptional lager by any means, especially not for the price, but not very flawed either. Just lacking in more flavour, but I get the feeling this was meant to be a quenching beverage for time spent in a hot climate.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.53/5  rDev +46.6%
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 ILJAY
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I cay, I like it. I understand that it may not be as robust or intricate to the palate as a nice ale, but this is an Australian beer and should be viewed as such.

The hot Australian climate makes refreshing beer the most desirable and Boags is just the beer. It pours nicely, it is clear, crisp and has a nice hop aroma. It is very easy to drink and yes, it is very refreshing. Great one to get home to on a +35C (95F) day.

My only problem with this beer is its high price.

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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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