Brewed by J. Boag & Son (Lion Co.)
Style: Pale Lager
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Based on a traditional recipe and as strong in flavour as the name suggests. Inspired by the turn of the century arm wrestling team, which was made up of Boags employees and local citizens. This strong beer has a full, fresh, malty character with a subtle bitterness and smooth finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (23015) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 Bottled. Pale amber, average head. Neutral aroma. Orangey, caramelly crystal malt flavour. Sweet, rounded and medium bodied with low-medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9285) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Orange amber, clear, with a decent head that was gone before the halfway point. Bready aroma with a nice malty palate and a dry finish. I agree with others who note the lack of bitterness, particularly having recently tried the newly released Gage Roads Lager (nicely bittered). But I still liked it overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2001
distinctively boag’s i.e. not too challenging but quite an enjoyable drink

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2002
quite sweet and a bit malty, slightly bitter on the finish. Quite a clean finish, but lacks a bit of flavour, easy drinking stuff though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2008
Dark gold pour,head good back to lace,aroma hoppy.Flavour bitter and a bit metallic.Finish is watery flavour,slight bitter and vegetable,fair.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2003
One of Australia's better "bitter" ? Last time I had this one I thought this was great tonight I was bit let down as it was bit watery and lacking real flavour but overall it would still be decent summer session beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
garthicus (2896) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 2, 2007
Big fluffy head, light orange colour body, hoppyish aroma (could be skunky!) a very mild an plain flavour, nothing special but certainly not bad, a ’bbq beer’

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2862) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Away from there other Bitter, this beer has a little (only a little) of what was missing in the ’Classic’. Tasted on draught so lacking in the aroma. Yeast, unfermented wort and ’Pride of Ringwood’ comes to mind in taste, as the light bitterness and ’gassy’ carbonation bit at the tongue. Low malt tones, short, crisp and forgettable aftertaste. Typical Australian ’Lager’ Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2003
Pours yellow-amber clear, small bubbly head, lots of carbonation. Sweet caramel aroma initially then hops, hops, hops. Smells of golden cluster? pride of ringwood? smells australian. Suprisingly smooth, thin though malty and slightly fruity. Not very bitter, stronger hop flavour than bitterness. Better than your typical aussie bitter though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Muggus69 (2023) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
OLD NOTES DEC 6, 2003 Had this on tap a few months back, nothing to memorable, but i’ve been meaning to try it out of the bottle ever since. So hear it goes. Quite a strong yeasty smell. A fair bit of alcohol on the nose. Pours a deep golden with a small lacy head that hangs around. A bread kind of flavour to it. A bit of a metallic bitterness with it. Drinkable and decent, but not really my style of beer.

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