Foster's Premium Ale - Foster's Group Limited

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BA SCORE
66
poor

374 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hustlesworth on 06-08-2008)
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2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
66 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.