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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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 330
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev +10%
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 -31.4%
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 SmashPants
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
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 beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -15.5%
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 TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
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 sophisticated
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -35.6%
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 heygeebee
2.46/5  rDev -20.4%
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 Mebuzzard
3.06/5  rDev -1%
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 +11.7%
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 -9.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +2.6%
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 -9.4%
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 -6.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +8.1%
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 +3.2%
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 +8.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.1%
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 -16.5%
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 -2.9%
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 +1.6%
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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James Boag's Premium Lager from J. Boag & Son Brewing
3.09 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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