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Foster's Premium Ale - Foster's Group Limited

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 22.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: hustlesworth on 06-08-2008

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Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 182
Photo of WineGuy3000
4.03/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review. I rate this much higher than what looks to be the norm on here. Nice crisp carbonation, mellow maltiness & a nice hop punch.

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Deep amber(15) and thin white head. Smells funky. Slightly eatery, otherwise very little taste. Lite mouthfeel. Not much to say...

Photo of JMS1512
3.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not THAT bad.

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foster's Premium Ale brewed by Foster's Group Limited, with an ABV of 5.50% This brew pours out a deep amber color with a nice white head. I like the color of this brew. The smell is rich with grains , malts, and sweetness. You pick up on a hit of hops at the end. Now for the taste it is bold, but rich with flavor. Foster's Premium Ale, has a nice sweetness to it. There is a lot going on in this brew. I think this is one of the better Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB). Foster's Group Limited did a nice job with this one. There is nothing overpowering in Foster's Premium Ale. This brew has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is nice rich and bold. I like how this brew goes down smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Justify rating with a review."

Photo of TopherBreski
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ehh. More like motor oil than beer. Looks great in a glass, though.

Photo of Bigalduncan64
3.39/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I actually am enjoying this beer. It poured a nice Amber color with a thick head that left lacing in the glass. The smell was average and the taste was better than average in my opinion. I tasted a little dirty grain hiding behind the malt and hops. Other than that, I'd gladly drink a few of these at the beach!

Photo of Falcone
1.25/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Pours rather awkwardly from the "oil can" into a pint glass. Big billowing head several fingers thick that gradually fades to a thin lace. The kind of head you see with a malt liquor. Perfect macro filtered clarity and beautiful amber color is presented. Then I check the can and I see the words "Ale With Caramel Color Added." Are you kidding me?

Smells like ass. Metallic ass. And blood.
Taste follows the smell. So yeah it tastes like ass. Metallic husky grains and an unpleasant lingering bitterness. Like a bitter, dirty lemon peel. Way too carbonated, prickly mouthfeel. Bites like a malt liquor. I'd say this is closer to a malt liquor than an ESB. A very poor malt liquor at that.

I honestly didn't expect this to be even worse than the lager. Utterly putrid macro swill. Fosters, Australian for ass.

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

Sampled from 25.4 oz can in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head that drops slowly. Color is a clear amber with abundant carbonation.
Aroma: mild with bread being dominate, some caramel and a bit of earthy/floral hops.
Mouthfeel: medium and slick with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: bready malts dominate, some caramel sweetness with a definite hop presence.
Overall: decent, but certainly not outstanding.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Caramel colored is added to this beer, and that is exactly the color. Head was very large and frothy, but died to nothing.

S- Very odd. Spicy, bitter hops. Weird yest notes. Has light roasted barley malt and caramel scent. Somewhat bready.

T- First thing that hit me was the bitterness. I'm going to assume the "Pride of Ringwood" hops are used here. That's what's used in Foster's Lager. There is a very noticeable graininess here as well. It also has a light fruitiness to it and a strange bready, yeasty character. Caramel/toffee is there, but nothing is as bold in the flavor as the bitterness and yeast character.
*I must admit, the flavor improves as it warms. Less weird yeast, and little more rounded in the flavors.

M- This is where the beer shines. It's straight up medium in body. It nothing like Foster's Lager. It's got a nice heft to it. It's crsip as hell and the drinkabilty is the same.

Overall, this isn't anything bad. I'd rather drink a pale lager or some of the malt liquors out there than this. It is 5.5%, so it'll get the job done after 3 cans. But, I think some lagers and malt liquors have more consistency throughout a can/bottle. This one just had the weirdest bitter, grainy, yeasty flavor. It got better as it warmed, but I'd just rather drink the Foster's Lager. Foster's Premium Ale gets a 79/100 for me. It's not terrible.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an "oil can" dated June 2015.

Aroma is a bit funky and grainy. Pour is nice clear light Amber with a full white head. Head dissipated quickly, but left attractive lacing on the glass. The taste is better than the smell, however, it is bitey and grainy. Best drunk ice cold, it becomes more bitter and less fulsome as it warms.

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 2.76 overall rating is correct.

Type: 25.4-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Vons in Pacific Beach (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.00 (w/ Vons card)
Purchased: Dec. 22, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 22, 2014
Misc.: Best by May 11, 2015

Poured a honey, orange, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white, frothy head. An average amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smell was rather bland. Worked for it and got light caramel, grainy malts and apple. (Smell - 2.50)

Tasted bitter, boozy, metallic malts up front. Also some red apple, sugary caramel and earthy grains. (Taste - 2.88)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 2.50)

Not a big fan of this beer, especially for the style (Beer Advocate labels it an ESB). If it was an AAL, I might have it a tad higher, but just not that good. (Overall - 2.75)

2.76 | 65 | C

Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never saw this before today. Of course I never bothered to review Foster's Lager either, and I will have to do that some day - I remember one that tasted good, my first beer ever on a cruise ship. Anyway, this usually uninteresting mass-brand has a pretty nice ale here in a gigundous can.

It looks and smells great. It's darkish and has nice uniform head. The aroma is of finishing hops plus a nasty sweet smell, just like the lager.

The taste is almost right. It is bitter and hoppy as it should be. It is a little dull, and again, somewhat like the lager (but a lot better). The aftertaste is a little funky too.

Overall, this is better than I imagined. I really don't want to finish this whole can. Time to guzzle.

Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is clear amber with three fingers of white haed that sticks around for five minutes or so. Lacing is very fine.
Smell is just average.
Taste is slightly better than average for an ESB. Malty with a good amount of earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with average carbonation. Lightly bitter finish.
Overall if you haven't tried the oil can frim Ft. Worth you need to give it a go. Tasty ESB.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is purely a novelty. I picked one up at the store with that in mind, no high expectations. It looks amazing, has a nice, dark amber color. Everything else went downhill- smells like a 40 of malt liquor, tastes kind of like one as well, im not going to get into detail its just not worth it. Mouthfeel is a bit better than the taste, overall, I give this a 2.5 below average.

Photo of SteveMcQueen36
2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I haven't tried Fosters before this "oil can". I was told this tastes just like VB (Victoria Bitter) another Australian beer that's hard to find in the US. I didn't like it. Too sour, too flat, no smell... I did not enjoy. Perhaps, I would like regular Fosters in the blue can. I don't think I am going to be trying that out anytime soon.

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

25.4 ounce can for 2 bucks.

A: Nice amber color with a 1 finger head and good retention.

S: A little bit of hops and malt but not much.

T: Moderate bitterness and sweetness. Caramel/Honey? Really not too bad at all.

M: Smooth and somewhat rich.

O: I am really surprised by this one. Didn't think Foster's had it in them. At two dollars it's a good bargain. Might buy this again.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled tonight on 3/27/14. Comes in a 750ml ( 25.4 ounce) 'oil can'. Never had this one before, just the regular blue Foster's. can chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a deep copper gold with a thin beige head. Some spotty lacing was seen but just near the top of the brew when sipped. The aroma is of malts with some hops. Nothing special. The taste is the same with the malts right up from followed by a hint of corn sweetness and a slightly dry finish that was a little 'hoppy'. Overall, not a big deal.

Photo of joe12pk
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Green oil can

A - Deep gold (caramel color added). 1 inch head doesn't last but for a few minutes. Lacing is minimal.

S - A little malt.

T - Corn, hops, and a malty backdrop dominate with a nice dry finish.

M - Medium and smooth.

O - Got this for $2. Beats the snot out of the bland Heineken that costs a buck more. If you enjoy a pleasant, hoppy brew like me, kick back and enjoy!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Deep copper color. Cream colored head that recedes very slowly leaving a light film. Decent lines of watery lacing.

Aroma: Vague, faint malts with slight hops on the back end. Barely detectable toffee sweetness.

Taste: Malts and toasted grains up front. Hop bitterness soon follows. Metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat sticky and carbonated.

Overall: The beer looks decent, but not much of a flavor profile.

Photo of BeerBob
1.95/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This is just the pits, Foster's used to be Australian for beer, then Canadian for beer, and now Foster's is American for beer. The "Oil Can" has brewed in Texas, or Georgia... and whats with the caramel color added? Not that American for beer is bad, its just not Australian.

The stuff looks good until you find out that the color has been painted on.

So anyway, Foster's "Premium" Ale pours a bright caramel color from the 25.4 FL OZ "Oil Can". Head goes over two fingers then turns rocky.

Nose is corn and and a chemistry set.

Palate is a toasted corn and paper products with the bite of carbonation.

This is so not a Fair dinkum "Premium" and I bought 5 cans of this stuff.

Photo of hogrider
2.52/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Like another reviewer said, this is better than their lager. I like the appearance; but the smell, oh my God! It smelled like the Florida Everglades after a rainy day, the taste was ok, mouthfeel a bit grassy and skunky. Yeah, overall; I will drink it again....nice lawnmower beer. And remember folks....keep drinking beer and support your local brewery. HOG

Photo of Mike_Moe
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light brown/amber color, with a light brown head
Aroma: Light malty aroma.
Flavor: Toasted malt flavor, light bitter sweet finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation
Overall: This beer is on the verge of being a really good tasting ale. It’s definitely better than the Foster’s Lager.

Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark amber color with a slight beige head. There is a slightly bitter/yeasty aroma. The taste is malty with a slightly bitter finish. The body was pretty average but the overall taste was pretty good given the rating. Quite a bit better tasting than regular Foster's.

Photo of troobie
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%



This beer was renamed from Foster's Special Bitter to Foster's Premium Ale in 2008.

A: Well, let's go ahead and discount the artificial color (burnt orange) even though it is attractive. Good two finger head from a harder than average pour due to my trying not to spill from the oil can. I failed. Head dissipates quickly leaving a just barely full cap that is mostly a foam ring. Good lacing. Full clarity.

S: Maltier than expected. Lightly toasted malts, caramel, green grass, and of course that signature Foster's hop smell (bleu cheese and sweet fruits) thanks to the Pride of Ringwood hops. Bitterness is included in the hop smell.

T: Significant, and enjoyable, alcohol warming. I've never experienced warming with the lager, and the ale is only 0.5% more in ABV? Bitterness is appropriate for the style and definitely lingers on the palate longer than Foster's Lager. Sugary sweetness that is a bit too much but balances the bitterness even if they both fight for your attention with the bitterness winning.

M: This is where the Premium Ale really differs from the lager. More substantial than expected with a creaminess that lasts after swallowing. Carbonation is on the lower side of average (for a macro) but still stings the tongue.

O: Worth a try. Actually fits well within the style of ESB for what I know. Premium Ale tries to be something more significant and meaningful but takes the fun out of the refreshing and mostly-mindless Foster's Lager. I will say the alcohol warming was neat and memorable. Perhaps St. Bernard dogs can replace their brandy casks with this cheaper alternative?

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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
66 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.