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

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James Boag's Premium LagerJames Boag's Premium Lager

Brewed by:
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 CHickman
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -6.2%
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 +4.6%
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 +8.8%
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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Photo of behindthelines
3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Thin white head with an amber body you can see through.

Smell - Aromas a bit fruity, a tad skunky, nothing out of the ordinary for a plain lager.

Taste - Smooth, a tad on the watery side - with a stinging taste that's uncommon for a lager.

Mouthfeel - Watery, flat, and leaves a stinging sensation once it's in the mouth for a couple seconds.

I feel like this must be a typical type of beer in Australia, but I have no idea. It's not a bad drink but it'd a bit watery and bodyless for a lager.

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Photo of shand
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow color with two fingers of dense white head. The smell is about normal for the style, sweet malts and grains, perhaps a touch of skunky odor. The taste is light and wholly pleasant. No hint of the skunk from the nose hits the taste, it's just sweet malts, slightly floral hops, and a bit of a fizzy aftertaste. Nothing mindblowing, but perfectly drinkable. However, it is absolutely not worth the price premium it commands here in the states.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and the drinkability is average for it's style and ABV. A decent lager, but nothing worth seeking out. I wouldn't turn down another.

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Photo of GRPunk
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (best by 06/04/11) poured into a pilsener glass.

A- 1/2 finger, white head drops to a thin film quite quickly, but leaves really good sticky webs on the glass. The body is a clean, straw that borders on gold with tons of carbonation.

S- Crushed grains and a little cooked veggies at first. Sweet malts. Very lightly hopped with grassy and spicy qualities. Pretty bland, really, as it's all kind of muted.

T- Cracker-like malts are the main player. A little cooked vege here and there. It's really on the sweet side as the spicy hops are at a minimum. A little watered down. It just eeks out a 3.0 score.

M- Highly carbonated, spritzy even. Dry quality is a pleasant effect.

D- It's not a bad beer actually. I'm sure I could put back a bunch during a cookout. It just doesn't separate itself from the domestics or big name imports that fill similar genres.

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Photo of great7dividers
2.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think "Premium" may be a bit of a stretch, but this is a decent lager. It pours a transparent gold, similar to just about any other lager, and leaves a pleasant (albeit quickly dissipating) white head.

The aroma isn't offensive by any means, but it is subtle and without any truly remarkable characteristics. It has hints of the grains and is very light on the nose. The faint citrusy smell of the hops is nearly indistinguishable, but if you try really hard, you can pick it out.

It tastes very soft, and has a rather smooth texture. It has delicate carbonation, a bit less than I had expected, and a very light biscuity flavor.

James Boag's Premium is a very easy drinker, but not the most impressive beer. There's really not much that distinguishes it from your average lager.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is crisp and malty, not very inspiring but not repulsive either. It pours an average clear yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Flavor is malty and crisp, not complex, again about what one expects from a regular lager. Texture is fairly fizzy, and it leaves an OK tingle.

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

Tasmania's finest lager, eh? Let's give it a try and find out...

Poured from the green bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date to be seen

A - The body poured a clear yellow in color, topped by a very fine thin white cap. No head retention to speak of, but there was a small amount of lacing.

S - As soon as I twisted the cap, I noticed a skunky funk permeating the otherwise skunk-free smell of my living room. Once I got beyond the initial skunk, I could smell a sweet malt with some very minor hop aroma. The skunk didn't seem to stick around after the initial uncapping, so I guess that's a good thing.

T & M - This brew has the flavors of your average, middle of the road lager. Pale malt and grains with a very slight hop finish toward the back end. Very light bodied and slightly coarse from the carbonation. It finishes fairly crisp.

D - As far as lagers go, this one is average and easily quaffable (if you really enjoy the style). Would be easy to drink on a hot summer day, but not being the biggest lager fan I would go for something else.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow-gould, four finger thick head reduces to two figers in a minute. Decent bubble display.

S: A strange scent, very hoppy. Malt and barley.

T: Two notes and a finish. Second note better than the first. Biscuity.

Mf: A little too wet. Dries slightly towards the finish, which is nice.

Dr: "Tasmania's finest" is just that. A passable lager, but nothing special.

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Photo of drtth
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent visit to Sydney

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear golden color with a thick frothy white head that recedes slowly. Sipping leaves some modest lacing.

Smell: The aroma offers some faint bready scent with traces of floral hops but not much more and its not very complex.

Taste: The flavors include a lightly sweet bready malt base with some lightly spicy hops that have a subtle floral and bitter character.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is medium length dry with a gently bitter ending.

Drinkability: This was drinkable but really only because it was the best beer on offer. I'll certainly not seek it out in the future and I found little in it to set it apart from the other Euro Pale Lagers I've tried. In reality this is a quite average beer with its best feature being the head.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the palest yellow, almost white, but with a head that has some cling and leaves lace rings. Slight sweet grain nose. Golden biscuit malts and vague hay hops. Light, thin and fizzy.

Even rating to style, this is still lacking in any hop punch or malt body. Not skunky and balanced, I guess, but largely insubstantial. Lawnmower beer for a *very* hot day.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.44/5  rDev -20.5%
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 rowey77
4.22/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a light and crystal clear yellow in color with a modest but clinging head.

Smell - There's a nice, easy grain aroma here that gets messed up just a little bit by some unnaturally-smelling sweetness.

Taste - The light, crisp malt is a pleasure but that sweet character is also present at the taste, maybe even a bit bigger.

Mouthfeel - This is light and crisp in the mouth and very refreshing. The carbonation rightly tickles the cheeks.

Drinkability - This is a very refreshing lager that's more American than Euro.

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Photo of RAdragna
3.76/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer a few times while dining at a nearby Outback.

A: Pours a golden body with a slight head.

S: Not much to say in terms of smell. Just average.

T: This makes up for the lack of smell. Not too much in hops, but it's got a nice honey touch to it.

F: Fresh, goes down smooth.

D: Would recommend it if you ever go out to Outback as an alternative to Fosters.

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Photo of hangh
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light golden yellow color. Remarkably clear but not in a good way. Little carbonation bubbles. Thick clumpy 2" head.

S - Barely detectable smell

T - Tastes pretty bland. No real taste. It's pretty watery which is why the color is so diluted. Little hoppy taste at the end but very very mild. It's average at best.

MF - Light bodied and crisp. Barely carbonated.

D - High drinkability if you're trying to get drunk. If you're looking for taste with a meal pass.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best aussie beer so far.

A - deep yellow.
S - nice.
T - like a decent euro macro. crisp but tasty, certainly better than boags draught or cascade premium.
M - about right.
D - good, similar price per 6 pack to eurolagers, larger bottles, smooth beer .

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.13/5  rDev -30.6%
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 puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 375 ml. bottle marked 28 NCL-14:48. Sampled on May 20, 2010. The color is mainly golden to pale yellow with a quickly rising then quickly fizzling white head. But the upward carbonation continues throughout. The aroma is potent with malts along with a honey-like scent. The mouthfeel is in the medium range. The taste also has this kind of honey sweetness mixed in the with the mainly malty beginning and lightly hopped finale. Not all that bad but also nothing outstanding. But I found it to be drinkable enough to make it a memorable experience.

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Photo of thekanna
1.98/5  rDev -35.5%
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 tubacharlie
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just a hint of fresh beer aroma when poured down the side of a large glass stein, producing a decent white head of mixed size bubbles. Some head clings to sides of glass while most dissipates.

Crystal clear golden yellow color with a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom repopulating a thin foam layer remaining at the top of the brew.

Weak hops and grain flavor, but enough to make it beer. Slight mineral taste from the Tasmanian Esk River water source. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of charlzm
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 2010-01-31.

Pours into pilsener glass a light, clear gold. Many fine bubbles replenish a thin, white head.

Aromas are subtle: sweet husky grain and wildflowers.

Flavor is somewhat sweet. Almost no malt character present on palate; at most, a husky, grainy character. Lightly bitter on the finish. Yes, I would characterize the overall flavor as "crisp".

Beer is prickly dry when pressed against the roof of the mouth with the tongue. Otherwise unremarkable.

Overall, a passably inoffensive lager. I would drink this over Bud/Miller/Coors/Heineken/St. Pauli Girl etc... any day.

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Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle -

Pours straw to light golden yellow with carbonation rushing to create, then break, a thin white head. Bubbles form a spritzy small patch. Minimal dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime/sulfur - classic EPL nose, though with a hint of soapy grain.

The taste is of lime/sulfur, slightly minerally. Some non-descript muted hops give some dry balance to the sweetness in the finish.

It has a crisp, light body. Aggressively carbonated, yet not prickly. Some aftertaste lingers.

Not too crazy about the slightly soapy character in the aftertaste. All-in-all it's a typical, run-of-the-mill, green bottled Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of Drew966
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

James Boag's Premium Lager pours a golden yellow with a white head from a green 12.7 ounce bottle. I can't get much of anything in the aroma, perhaps a slight bit of grain. The flavor is also pretty mild, a touch of malt, maybe some hops and a bit of a sour flavor. Unremarkable.

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