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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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 331
Photo of drtth
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -21%
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 +36.6%
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 +21.7%
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 -18.1%
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 +18.1%
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 -31.1%
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 +13.9%
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 -35.9%
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 +1.3%
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 +16.5%
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 -1.3%
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 -16.5%
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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Photo of Jayli
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -4.5%
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 +13.9%
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 +15.2%
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 -1%
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 +13.3%
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 +7.4%
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 +23.9%
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 -6.8%
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 +32.7%
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 +7.8%
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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3.09 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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