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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Bockerdoppel91
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of SpenceLillywhite
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Rlombardi75
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of likeemdark
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of galluch
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jjkatter
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sophisticated
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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 -35.4%
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 birchholz
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of heygeebee
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of bigred89
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The head fades and doesn't do much in way of lacing. The smell of the beer gives off the earthy lager aromas that are typical in this style. The taste of the beer had a decent grainy and lightly hopped flavor to it. The mouthfeel was light but still had some good carbonation and body. Overall it's a decent brew.

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Photo of BYOFB
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into lager glass.

Clear light straw color with a white head that fizzles quickly.

Saaz hops and light malt on the nose. The taste doesn't match the aroma and is disappointing...

Sharp carbonation yields a medium mouthfeel with a clean finish.

Better than a BMC, but not by all that much.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may be speaking with an Aussie accent by the end of the day, but that is OK by me. I am visiting my aunt and uncle in DC who spent a year in Canberra and (may) understand my curiosity.

From the bottle: "Since 1881 J Boag & Son have been brewing quality beers on the banks of the Esk River, Launceton."; "Combining pure Tasmanian water and the finest ingredients, our master brewers are dedicated to producing Australia's best beers."; "Tasmania's Finest"; "Beer-Biere-Birra-Cerveza-Cerveja-Bier".

I got two fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention from my pour. Color was a straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong Saaz-hops presence. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted like a clean, unadulterated lager: slightly biscuit malty, slightly grassy/Noble hoppy, but NO adjuncts as far as I could tell. Nice lacing throughout.

I have nothing against lagers in general, but I am growing tired of the parade of AALs.

Finish was semi-dry and very satisfying after having had salad for lunch. Worth seeking out? Probably not, but it makes for a pleasant tick. I drank this just before its Best Before date of 08/12/11.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a clear plastic cup.

Seriously, this beer is from Tasmania. Tasmania.

Poura a shade of yellow akin to my morning piss. The Tasmanian Devil might have expelled this as waste product. Negligible head -- it basically never formed -- and no lacing.

This basically smells like your average international lager. Aromas of rice, past-their-prime apples, and distant floral notes. There is nothing to speak of aside from those three things. Very basic, but not terrible (for the style).

The taste follows the nose. Appleskin all over the place, and a blase grainy taste. Stale applejuice on the midpalate, leading to a semi-dry finish. There's a curious bit of almond and mint on the finish. Wow, unexpected and appreciated; the finish is enough to elevate this to a 3.5.

A medium-full body for the style helps to cover up the less-than-desired amount of carbonation. Overall, this is an average pale lager. It's absolutely not a terrible pale lager. You shouldn't run out and find it or anything, but its surprisingly alright.

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Photo of CHickman
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow with a small white head that faded quickly and left a little lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, corn, light yeast and caramel; pretty sweet and basic overall malty nose and flavor.

Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, grass, hay, light yeast, grains and caramel. Very basic lager that is sweet and boring.

Nothing exciting going on here, with a creamy mouthfeel, a light crisp, body, high carbonation and high drinkability and what could be a session beer for basic beer drinkers, but this was so dull that I'd only drink it if there were no better options. Basically, it tastes like an Aussie Bud.

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Photo of bigrzman
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of a 12oz bottle with clear freshness date into glass with no head, tawney color and some active carbonation.

Smells like a Heineken, slightly skunky and malty.

Tastes of light pale malts and grains with some sweetness and some funky thing posing to hops, probably extract.

Mouthfeel is airy and light bodied and thin. Nothing much to say.

Overall this is passable beer. I am not impressed but its not horrible either. Pass on this.

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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 bilyboy65
3.34/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I first opened the bottle and started to poor the golden deliciousness all I could smell were the hops. It was a good scent to behold.

However from there it went down hill.

Appearance good as it gave a nice head and lots of carbonation to feed it. However there was no retention in the head as it faded quickly. The only reason it did so well was because it really kept fighting to stay alive. For a lager it was quite cloudy too.

As I said the smell was wonderfully hoppy for a lager. With a little butter mixed in. Very nice.

Taste was nothing special. Didn't really have a crispness of a good lager. What really took away from it was how it seemed to stray into the ale category. Makes me wonder how it was brewed and if that was the intention.

Overall a nice drinkable beer that can be enjoyed. Medium body that has a smooth finish and after taste.

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