Fosters Special Bitter - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jarmby1711 on 09-06-2005

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Reviews by SetarconeX:
Photo of SetarconeX
1.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Normal Fosters is actually one of my favorite macro-lagers. I'm actually looking a bit forward to trying this one.

Looks an awful lot like normal Fosters, honestly. Dark side of golden in color. Bubbles on top have a shiny, syrupy look to them. Smells...

Oh God it smells. Rotting corn husk, mildew...this is bad.

Taste? It doesn't. There's no taste at all here. Slightly acidic water with a hint of grain on the aftertaste. Considering the smell, this is a blessing.

This is a straight up terrible beer. Try to avoid drinking it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a big 25.4oz or 750ml "Oil Can" into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very clear and bright golden color with a tall foamy head. The head slowly fades down to a very thin layer that just hangs on until the last sip and makes only some spotty and slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is semi-sweet and grainy with a slightly floral hops in the background.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a somewhat sweet with husky and grainy alcoholic malt and very mild hops that add more bitterness than flavor. Its finish is quick and grainy The texture is slightly thick and smooth with average carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall it was very simple and loaded with cheap adjunct flavor.

Photo of zjungleist
3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color with a fair head. Smells like a simple beer, grainy mainly. Tatse was nothing special, bitter grain and hop flavors mostly, but not overly bitter by any stretch of the imagination. There was a bit of a canned corn taste, but it was really mild in the aftertaste, not in an overpowering or unpleasant way. Mouthfeel was a light medium, good carbonation. Overall, very drinkable, fairly enjoyable. Better than the standard Fosters, in my opinion.

Photo of Caesar1pup
1.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Special? I am not sure what it is that makes Fosters think this is Special because I thought there was nothing all that special about it. It's been years since I have had Fosters Lager but from what I remember this Special is not much better. Fosters, brewed in Canada but somehow calls it self Australian for beer. Not impressed and I will not be back.


Photo of brewerburgundy
3.66/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

25.4oz can, Sam Adams glass, I was lax in checking this can's date, and therefore it looks like it was made in '05.

I was not shocked, but was surprised to see that this is just another American Adjunct Lager and not actually an ale at all. It is more of an amber, marzen, or Oktoberfest in color. The head was more ale than lager-like, with better retention that usual along with some nice lace and more depth of color that flat white.

The nose is lager-like. This is clean, with saltine, pils malt, and green leafy hop.

This is definitely more full flavored than any other macro lager I can recall. A tiny bit of caramel mixes with dry pils malt and leafy hop with a small bit of noble spice for a beer that is good for an adjunct lager.

The mouthfeel is average in its fizz and lighter heft, but isn't that what lighter lagers are supposed to be?

If I could find in every grocery store, I'd but this for parties and easy summer drinking sometimes.

Photo of Spikester
2.92/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 24 ounce "oil can". Label says brewed in Ft. Worth, Texas or Athens, Georgia. Also states "Ale with caramel color added."
Pours amber with a one finger white head. Some lacings too.
Smell is slightly corny, some malts. Taste is similar to one of the better macro malt liquors with some added bitterness (hops?)
Mouthfeel was alright, a bit too much carbonation. For an American adjunct lager it is better than average.

Photo of BeerSox
2.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25oz can into pint glass.

Standard clear amber hue with an off white thick frothy head that lasts a long time.

Toasty malts are the biggest part of the aroma, which give off a slightly metallic characteristic. Strong butterscotch from the diacetyl. Very little hop aroma.

Bread-like malt flavor with a touch of butter. There is some bitterness, but it seems more like an off-flavor rather than bitterness from the hops. Light bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly the grain with some lingering bitterness.

This one is a good session beer because of its low alcohol by volume. However, I found the taste of this one to be a little sub-par.

Photo of HoustonTX
2.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper in color, pours a decent head, lots of carbonation, small traces of lacing. Head maintains well.

S - Malt and grain.

T - Taste is of roasted grain, malt, and very small traces of hops.

M - A bit too carbonated.

D - You could down these on a warm day, no problem.

After hearing so much negativity about Fosters, I expected much worse. This is not the best brew in the world, but in no way is it undrinkable.
Kind of reminds me of a Fat Tire. Decent brew, especially for the price.

Photo of RoundelMike
3.26/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After purchasing and enjoying a Foster's Lager during a recent dinner I decided to try Foster's Special Bitter on a whim. I was not disappointed.

The appearance, in my opionion, is truly gorgeous. This beer pours a deep, full reddish color and the head sticks around for a while. I was immediately interested. The taste was reminiscent of a standard pale ale, as was the bitterness. While the beer is marketed as "bitter" I didn't notice any extra abnormal amount of bitter taste. The flavors were well balanced, however, and together the flavors create a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

While I can't say that anything was particularly outstanding about this beer besides the color, I can very confidently recommend it to any beer drinker as a fine choice.

Photo of Auroraboy
2.1/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a few of these "oil cans" at a local liquor mart. This is the only place I've seen them.

I like the regular Fosters occasionally, and have fond memories of it from various parties and times in life. Poured into a pint glass from the freezer, it had a sizeable head, which quickly calmed down to almost nothing. After looking at the color, noticed that the can said "caramel coloring added," so nothing real to go by there. I liked this, I guess, but the drinkablility was hampered by a fakey sort of bitterness that didn't hold a candle to the Fuller's and Young's of the world. Kind of caught in my throat.

I wouldn't get this again. I pick up the regular if it's on special, but for a real bitter, this ain't it.

Photo of shadow1961
2.19/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Foster's Special Bitter pours out a thick, rocky
head over a clear orange brew. Carbonation
is pretty active, and the nose is a little sour and
oily. Flavor is bland- a trace of grain is there and
not much of a hop presence either. There's not much
there there. There wouldn't be much of a there there
even if this was a lager- yet this is an ale. It says so
right there on the can. I dunno. This is certainly drinkable-
I mean in the sense that there is a volume of liquid that
can be physically swallowed, but it's not very good. An
old man beer for sure, yet foreign and expensive!

Photo of yeastpuppet
3.59/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber in the pint with a coarse , billowy head that drops quickly to patches of rocky foam.

Slight fruit in the nose with a suggestion of hops and slight malt .

Seems to taste more like a lager than an ale .Very clean , yet a lack of character detracts from the enjoyment / what I expect from a special bitter .
Bitterness is there and gone leaving an exceptionally clean finish .

Light body , carbonation is slightly on the high side .

Good summertime beer . Beats up the macro lagers .
The packaging (25 oz can ) will reduce the trips to the cooler .
Time to get a bigger drink holder for the rider mower .
An altogether pleasant beer . I'll buy it for playing horseshoes this summer . Good counterweight .

Photo of prodgerm
3.29/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow with a head that fades. Good hop smell and hint of malt. You buy this beer for the refreshing strong hop taste. Think of it as a poor-man's IPA. Has a light body mouth feel and a good thirst quencher - another of my "Lawn mowing" beers. Not easy to find in Central PA. Since a good light lager is hard to home Brew this is one of the few adjunct beers I drink.

Photo of stephendr
2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

25.4 oz. aluminum oil can - color of dark amber, with a thick white colored head - nose of nothing it was watery, and very faint – taste of water, metallic, sour , and bitter- body is light, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of metallic, and bitterness

Photo of tesguino
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not the only known australian beer for me, but is for the australians, like the Corona extra is for mexicans, is new for me, but in general i drink better this beer with american food, smell like a traditional english beer, but with the australian touch, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability, stay in the average.

Photo of gpogo
2.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark goldish brown with sparse thin white head that quickly dissipates.

A- Not much in the aroma department, kindof an old vegetables smell. Whatever it is "not pleasant" can easily describe it. Though I found the aroma hard to find unless smelling right after puring when it still has a head.

T- Taste was much better than the aroma. More of a malty sweetness than most "american macros" though. Very slight bitteness, not very pleasant like ESBs though.

M- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- I've had several military friends rave about this beer calling it VB, if you are into VB you will love this. I probably won't buy any more of this. The price is right, but the taste makes me feel gross inside.

Photo of changeup45
3.21/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a case where I think the overall appearance of the beer made it a little more enjoyable to drink. A nice copper color and with the jumbo can, pouring a very thick head. I had to wait a little while for it to settle down. Much smoother and better than I had expected. Not really all that bitter, but there is a bitter, malty mix that's pretty good, just not that overpowering.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow color, some carbonation, small head, some lacing throughtout the drink. The smell is malty and kinda sweet. The taste is not that bad for a macro, but nothing to write home about. Sweet malty, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Light-medium body. Drinkable, but would not buy again for sure.

Photo of JDV
1.74/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a fancy glass and everything, trying to give it the benefit of the doubt, on my 1st try ever of a Fosters. It didn't help. Light yellow with a nice head on it, but this thing tasted more like the can it came in than the beer it was supposed to be. Very light, watery flavor on par with many light beers, and more metal in this than Ozzfest. Very strong foil smell and watery metal flavor didn't do it for me. This is one to drink from the can to cut down on how much you can actually smell and taste it. Pretty crappy.

Photo of youngleo
2.81/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a good head that lasted for the whole glass. (16 oz.) Also had some decent lacing. Was brownish gold in color. Head was slightly off white. Smelled of corn, a hint of alcohol, and a little skunky. Had a bitter aftertaste that lasted a little while. I had two of the oil cans, one was drank from the can, the other one poured in the glass. I have to admit, releasing the carbontation in the glass actually helped bring out some flavor. Felt ok in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. Felt on the light side in the mouth. I think this would be a ok beer to have on occasion, but certainly not a session beer. Im not a fan of the big mouth cans. Seems like the cans are always dripping when pouring in the glass.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

25.4 oz 'oil' can

A - nice clear amber color with a tall tan head that has staying power and leaves lots of lace.

S - sour mash/malt aroma

T - nothing special, sour/bitter malt taste

M - very light body, thin, watery mouthfeel

D - drinkability is rated low because of taste/mouthfeel. The low abv helps the drinkability slightly (you can drink this all night and still pass a breathalizer in most states), but taste/mouthfeel is a big factor.

Photo of supernaut
2.52/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is 1 of 2 reviews stemming from a lengthy airport layover in which I had no premium beer options

Decent little head and a suprisingly amount, albeit small, lacing. It seemed like the fireworks were over once I got past the appearance end of it though. (I was in a crowded bar/grill so the smell option wasn't really that optimal)

The taste, yeah where did it go? Seriously though, a slight slight doughy taste, with the tiniest hints of typical beer ingredients. The low alcohol content of this beer also did it no favors. This is basically a typical non-BA beer that someone would order in lieu of say, a AB product. I really can't comment much more than that on the flavor. On the plus side, it did go down much in the way a bottle of Evian might....which is sometimes maybe a good thing, dunno.

It wasn't pour down the drain bad or anything, but it could have benefitted from about a 2% boost in ABV and about a 200% boost in flavor. I guess it stands up to the domestics in its same class, but thats about it.

Photo of theragu40
1.41/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Regular Foster's is by no means my favorite beer, but I'll drink it if it's a choice between that and a standard macrobrew like Miller Lite or Bud Lite. That being the case, I was kind of excited to give this a try. I've often found that the lesser known brews from larger brewers are a little better quality and decided to pick a can of this up to try.

Wrong choice.

Upon opening the can, the first thing I noticed was the terrible smell. I knew it was going to be awful the second the seal broke. My fears were confirmed on the first sip. It's bitter (not in a good way), strong smelling (not in a good way), feels gunky and slimey in your mouth, and is an all around unpleasant experience. Admittedly I didn't bother to pour it from the can into a glass in order to improve the experience, but I really don't think that would have helped much.

If you are stuck drinking this for some reason (I pity you!), drink it with a block of sharp cheddar cheese. That by no means made it good - but it made it drinkable. On its own, this is an awful, skunky, nigh undrinkable brew. Avoid.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.34/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4oz can a reddish gold with a large billowy head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer.

The smell has some sweetness and citrus to it but it's not a very inviting nose.

The taste is malty sweet up front with a touch of grassy bitterness mid way through and then the finish returns with a decent infusion of malt mixed with some corn notes.

Bottom line: This is a decent lager that does a good job in the thirst quenching department....that's pretty good marks for something that is that low in abv. I like it.

Photo of jarmby1711
2.49/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Somewhere in the past I had a recollection that this was a passable Light beer.
After finding a bottle and it was still in date , I am still unsure how pasable it is
Like a lot of "light" it is dark copper.Little bad and a fair head.
No smell really .
It has a touch of malty sweetness to it but as a crisp bitter finish.
Probably as a palte cleanser on a hot ay it passes but not beyond that

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Fosters Special Bitter from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.