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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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of Jayli
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at Outback in Randolph 1/6

A: This beer pours a translucent copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing behind.

S: Nose is very muted slight hints of pale malts and adjuncts.

T: Taste is very very light, somewhat watery, adjunct and pale malts.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, oily feel with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, but not very flavorful, not a lot to this beer.

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Photo of rjimlad
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a slight and short lived head. Appearance is clear and clean pale straw colour. Not much aroma other than a slight bready note. Flavour is crisp with a bready malt and slight grassiness. Not much in the way of complexity but nice simple drinking. It's an OK beer for a barbecue but not a great beer for art's sake. It's much better than the average OZ macro swill and if you only have these to choose from then Boags is definitely the Premium drop.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of malts and a bit skunky. Taste is crisp, refreshing, slightly bitter. Feels light in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable, goes down with ease. Overall this makes for a good selection.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of bone white head. Lots of lager-y bubbling. Color of tarnished brass and Autumn straw.

S - Dry, mild linseed oil. Pal malt and pilz malts. Like lots of this style.

T - Citirus acidity. And a hop that I've not yet tasted before. Very interesting. A bit of malty smoothness. Not too much corn sugar or rice like you see in these all the time. The aftertaste was pretty mild and hard to notice. All the flavors in this beer are pretty subdued. However, they all play together well.

M - Good, fizzy, mouthcoating. Slides down the throat. Has way more body than lots of similar lagers.

D - A fine summer beer. Great for it's simplicity but not for complexity. The flavors in this beer don't misbehave. This is one of the best lagers I've tried in a while, and I'd pick this over dozens of pilzners and similar styles.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.06/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a slight head and very little lacing. The smell is of corn and basic hops. The taste is of a slight hop characteristic and some corn. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Overall you could drink a lot of these however, there is not a lot going on to keep your attention.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent skunky noble hop and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was predominantly hop driven with a spicy herbalness that blended nicely into a grainly slight sweetness. A light metallic note as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average euro lager.

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Photo of jnezda
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer simply because it is from Tasmania. Poured a straw gold with a full course head that stuck around well and left some good lacing. The smell was full and sort of sweet but this was not reflected as well in the flavor. The flavor did come across as being a pure lager with a refreshing clean taste but did not reflect much in the line of grains or hop characteristics. The low carbonation did lead to a good finish to compliment this otherwise simple beer.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Clear and golden with a frothy head. A lot of activity from the base towards the head is noticeable. This beer is dancing as soon as its out.

S : The basic malt & hops lager smell. The breadiness hints of some yeast.

T : Smooth malt flavour with a decent hop bite. For a lager, i would say the concentration of flavour is above average - its not watered down at all, as are macros usually

M : Medium bodied with an over the top carbonation. The zing makes you wanna think twice before taking the next swig, till the time you realize that its a good foil for the smooth, malty taste.

D : Very tasty and refreshing beer. If I were in Australia, this would definitely be my session beer

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Photo of crhensel
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Bottle poured into dimpled mug) Had a nice clear gold color, with a slightly sweet aroma with a hint of spice. Felt smooth, but there was a very lively carbonation to the beer, something that surprised me looking at the pour. Refreshing drink, but a slightly bitter aftertaste which was also surprising given the aroma. There was nothing wrong with the flavor and it was very refreshing, but I would not go out of my way to grab this one again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a short strange)

A- This beer pours a golden-yellow crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting a snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The fresh aroma of pale malt was very clean with a light dry green hop finish.

T- The flavor of clean pale malt was smooth and gave way to a soft sweet sulfury flavor right before the herbal hops at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that enhances the hops just a bit in the finish.

D- This reminds me of a good Kolsch beer with the slight sweet sulfur note that enhances the hops but is not over the top. The full lagered malt flavors are great and it really is a nice lager with good depth and character. 4

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, golden yellow, and when poured into a glass. This beer had a kind of sweet smell to it. Surprisingly it is not bitter, and it is really quite smooth, and I also found it to be light, crisp and refreshing. James Boag's is good, but its too much like a common lager to go out of the way for, at least in my opinion.  It would be a great beer if you're looking for refreshment as it does have that "crisp" thing going for it.

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Photo of kegger22
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a typically clear, pale yellow with a modest white head that faded to a collar. The aroma is lightly skunky, not awful though. The taste is completely inoffensive, just like a lager, with medium carbonation. The feel is light bodied. Drinkability is very good, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of Beejay
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very very pale. Like a chardonnay. Very white head on top that dissipates to a ring in a few moments.

S: Slightly skunky, but not overly so.. Some biscuit, and a little bitter in there. Not overly impressed.

T: Pleasant, but not amazing. First thing that hits is a tart taste, like a wine of champaign. Some nice toasted flavor, and a little sweet. Once again, not great, but I think better than a lot in the same style.

M: Very carbonated, but other than than, not much else to tell about..

D: It's ok for a change, and nice to see what Tasmania is doing these days.. It says "Tasmania's finest" on it. I certainly hope this isn't true, for the sake of all it's citizens...

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Photo of Durge
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Encountered this bottle at an Outback Steakhouse in South Portland, Maine. The color is a completely clear gold with moderate carbonation, just a whispy white cover and similar lacing. The aroma is simple wheat and a vague grass hop. Not much else to capture here.The taste brings crisp grass hop, a little more bitterness than the aroma would suggest. Refreshing enough, good with a meal or on a hot day I suspect. Fairly thin but lively. Drinkable I suppose, but not much enticing here. Just another serviceable lager, and not very Australian based upon my Foster's experience. Don't bother if you have other choices but it's not bad if options are limited.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light golden hue, with two fingers of puffy white head, that leaves a fair bit of lace around the glass. It smells of light, wheaty malt, and mild floral hops. The taste is somewhat acrid cereal malt, and a slight fruitiness, with a barely-there floral hop essence. The carbonation is quite abundant, the body moderate in weight, and it finishes off-dry and clean. Overall, if it wasn't already obvious, this is a very lightly-flavoured beer, but it goes down well in the patio sun, once the bubbles have settled. However, the only thing premium about this offering is the import price.

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Photo of elniko
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my new Sam Adams glass. No dates on bottle.

A: Standard lager coloring, head relatively minimal. Some lacing apparent. Very high carbonation.

S: Slight skunkiness, I pick up some alcohol tones as well which I was a little surprised by. Grainy tones as well.

T & M: The carbonation definitely comes across in the mouthfeel. A little too much in my opinion. Taste wise it is dominated by the malt, no bitterness to note. Quite sweet with the finish the same with some of the carbonation adding a little kick.

D: Drinkable, but for the price I will not be seeking again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, yellow body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Slightly skunked from the start, so, I'll listen to a few Pinback tracks to give it time to waft away. There we go. Alright, some sweetish cereal scents with some floral hop notes present themselves now that the skunk aroma has blown away.

Taste: Slightly grainy, slightly sweet cereal taste starts things off. Floral hops, lightly spicy, and with a subtle, though fixed bitterness. Touch of bitterness lingers beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh. One of an endless line of faceless, instantly forgettable, vapid pale lagers.

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Photo of Stavage
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale clear yellow with a fairly light head that manages to leave a decent lacing once its gone.

Had an aromatic grassy smell (thought not that strong) with a certain mustiness and a hint of hops on top of the regular malty lager smell.

Flavour was malty though not a strong malt flavour, with a noticeable hops bite (about as strong as what you get in a Euro lager). I found it to get somewhat astringent as I kept drinking.

Feels fairly light in the mouth, a nice crispness and dryness but perhaps overly carbonated.

More flavoursome than a typical macro lager, you can tell you are drinking a beer. Unfortunatley the astringency and mustiness took away from my enjoyment as I got past halfway through my drink.

Overall though I enjoyed it more than most typical lagers flavour wise, I can't see myself every going out of my way for this. Over priced considering its not an import here and it's image as a sophisticated beer turns me off considering it's not that sophisticated a beer. In a pinch I'd probably save money and buy a XXXX over a Boags if I couldn't find a brew I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Brenden
3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I honestly have no idea what other people are looking at. Mine poured a massive head that ended up at about three fingers of pure white thick, soapy foam that never went away and left patches of sticky lacing all the way down. It's as though this is a completely different brew than is being described in reviews. It's a clear, pale golden color with active carbonation.
The smell is of very light malts and most strongly of grains, yeast and vegetable. There's a very mild spice as well. There's a bit of an earthy musk.
The taste is as expected from the smell with a tang of lemony citrus added.
The body is light, though not thin, and pretty crisp. There's a little slickness on the tongue and carbonation is a bit heavy.
One could easily drink a few at a time and in a room full of macros this is certainly the best pick.

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Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky gold with a waft of vegetal skunk to the nose. Off-white head leaves this planet quickly but leaves a thick streak of lacing behind. Smells of green grass, straw and is a little musty. Tastes malty with a surprisingly good hop bite at the end. Pretty crisp overall. There might be some spice hidden in the background. I'm also noticing some more vegetal notes at the very end, which get a little bothersome as I go and don't sit well. Not overly tasty, but not a bad representation. Didn't have high hopes for this one, but it ended up working out ok.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting - a beer from Tasmania. Wirth trying just for that.

Came out of the bottle a clear yellow with a one finger rocky head.

Aroma was of grains and lighter malts, hints of slightly spicy hops, and that characteristic lager yeast smell. Not quite skunky.

Taste was light malts, a touch of lemon, and slightly peppery. Not what I expected. Subtle, however.

Mouthfeel was thin but not watery, not heavy or overbearing. Nothing stood out strongly.

Drinkability gets a good mark. I liked it and had no problem finishing it. Not my favorite style, but that's the only reason I won't revisit it. If it were served at a party, I'd have it again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Typical golden lager appearance. Small head fades to thin covering. Lots of skunk on the nose, some grainy malt and an off-putting sewer like aroma. Sweet bready malt upon tasting, followed by what seems to be pride of ringwood metallic bitterness. Massively overcarbed.

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Photo of mjw06
3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

extra pale, transparent, golden color, a beautifully thick frothy head that almost leaves the glass completely covered with lacing.

smell of sparkling wine with just a tad of beer hoppiness and malt

very sweet and fruity taste with little bitterness and a crisp grape bite. no hops whatsoever. not very complex, and little taste overall. but not bad.

extremely light bodied with little bubbles of carbonation, thats a lot like champagne.

a drinkable brew, but i swear this is like champagne in a beer bottle.

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Photo of BierFan
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One finger of snow-white head. Very pale yellow like an American adjunct lager.

Smell: Has a decent amount of skunkiness to it. Light all-malt aroma.

Taste: Mostly skunk and a fair bit of hop bitterness as well. This would probably be a really good lager if it wasn't for the skunkiness.

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Photo of atis
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with large and dense head that slowly dissipates and leaves good patchy lacing. Aroma is lemony grainy malt with light herbal hops in the back. Taste is sweet malty, honey like, with very, very light hops and short sweetish aftertaste. Light mouthfeel with above medium carbonation.

Overall, it is not a bad beer, but it lacks flavour, sometimes there was a feeling the beer has been diluted.

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James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 339 ratings