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Foster's Premium Ale - Foster's Group Limited

Foster's Premium AleFoster's Premium Ale

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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 22.54%

Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website

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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Photo of SteveMcQueen36


2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-21-2014 16:49:02 | More by SteveMcQueen36
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.29/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 23:57:53 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.01/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 03:20:26 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of joe12pk


3.21/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 03:19:04 | More by joe12pk
Photo of JuicesFlowing


2.21/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2014 17:17:33 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BeerBob


1.95/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 01:48:23 | More by BeerBob
Photo of hogrider


2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: growler

02-11-2014 22:14:19 | More by hogrider
Photo of Mike_Moe


3/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 06:17:40 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of Lemke10


3/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2013 16:31:56 | More by Lemke10
Photo of FakeKraid


2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cheap macrobrew import. Please keep that in mind as you buy it. If you go in expecting craft/microbrew quality, you are going to be disappointed. That being said, I was rather surprised at how drinkable and even enjoyable this beer is. It's basically an ESB, with a bitter but not too aggressive hop bite and some nice malty flavors. The smell is not so good, but everything else is rather better than I would have expected from the price ($2.50 for an oilcan where I live, and that's from a grocery store). If you're feeling a bit pinched in the wallet and can't afford anything better, consider giving this a try. It's miles ahead of the regular Foster's lager and no more expensive.

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 13:56:25 | More by FakeKraid
Photo of RoyalT


3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a nice, heavy-looking orange with a big head that showed good retention. It was white but with a yellowish tint.

Smell – The nose is a huge disappointment. It’s rancid, moldy grain at its worst. There is a nice sweetish malt aspect to it but overall just not very appealing.

Taste – This tastes much better than it smells thankfully. The malt flavor is surprisingly big. There’s a hint of molasses that gives it just enough sweetness to round out the malts.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium in the body, surprisingly, with some nice bittering throughout.

Drinkability – As far as macros go this is a good deal. it’s totally quaffable, bitter without being overpoering, and very smooth.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 23:18:04 | More by RoyalT
Photo of EagleTalon


2.94/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oil Can from Spec's in Houston. This was brewed in Fort Worth, Texas under contract from Fosters. Pours out to a decent 1 inch head that falls to a permanent yet thin head with minimal lacing. Color is admittedly artificial caramel color added to give this ersatz ESB a golden-amber hue. Aroma is classic Foster's lager with bready notes and grassy hops and loud grains. Flavor is musty, crackery, and strangely boozy with a dry, honey graham cracker finish (don't ask me to explain). Mouthfeel is light. It appears they took a higher gravity, warmer fermented Foster's lager and doctored the flavor and appearance up a bit.

Serving type: can

09-25-2013 03:46:47 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of Fliptop


4.45/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long day of stress, anxiety, problem solving and working for the man I arrive home and crack open a 25.4oz can of Fosters Premium Ale. WOW.Life is good again. I'm not a connoisseur of beer but man o man I do like this stuff. After a can of Foster's Premium Ale I've got a nice buzz on and no harm done. Perfect taste. Perfect size. Perfect buzz. Perfect!

Serving type: can

09-07-2013 01:48:16 | More by Fliptop
Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov


3.11/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I am reviewing this straight from the can, and the reason being is because of the little words on the can that say "caramel color added" which completely negates any appearance judgements since it's artificial.

The smell of this beer is a very grassy and grainy smell mixed in with an otherwise pretty standard adjunct nose. It has a lot of the same qualities smell wise as PBR in my opinion.

The taste is actually rather good in my opinion. It has a very grainy taste to it, with some muted caramel malt type taste going on and a bitter finish. I can't discern what kind of hops the bitterness comes from but it is very balanced and leaves the beer with a very dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but very creamy. Not much else to say about it.

Overall I would recommend this beer for times when you don't want a super complex beer, but still want something you can actually taste. It's above quite a few other beers in it's respective price point, and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

09-06-2013 18:39:57 | More by Lorenzai_Konstantinov
Photo of CFHMagnet


2.74/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I saw this bad boy at Giant Eagle and was curious.

The design of the can makes for awkward pouring. I got 2 and 1/2 fingers of big bubbly head over a boring looking amber body. The head dies down to a finger rather quickly, then takes its time the rest of the way.

This smells of generic grassy hops mainly. A little toasted breadiness also shows through.

This tastes bready, gardeny and grassy. The bitter is rather generic and with very little character.

Mouthfeel is light-medium body. It leaves the tongue dry, especially in the center.

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 15:25:15 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of PorterLambic


1.95/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, honey color with a full inch of foam from a restrained pour. Head is white and gone before I could log in to the site, leaving just a wispy film.
Smell is oddly sweet with malt and some hop note. The combination ends up smelling like a slightly musty, yeasty orange. Glad I only bought one of these oil cans.
Taste is malt, saltines, hops and a hint of weirdly sweet citrus. Balance is good, overall effect is not. Aftertaste is sharp, metallic and somewhat off-putting with an artificial floral note showing up.
Light body, medium effervescence. Nothing to really recommend this beer. At best it's "lawnmower beer". Their lager is better and I am not a lager fan.

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 16:49:04 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of boilermakerbrew


2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- Pours a rather clear, copper-amber color. You can see right through this one, and about a 2 to 3 finger head forms and retains well. Lacing is pretty good.

S- Fairly malty for is color and apparent weight. First thing you get in the smell is a small amount of caramel malt before lighter flavors start to dominate. Of the lighter flavors in the scent, it seems like there is some corn, or at least corn-like smell, present. Ends with a miniature hops bitterness crispness.

T- Starts with a hint of the caramel malt from the scent, but on the lighter end of caramel malt flavor. Moves toward the lighter, grainier notes, just like in the scent, before an abbreviated hop note and a forgettable finish. Lingering flavors on the tongue include very light malts and cereal grains.

M- Medium to high in carbonation and rather thin. This one is an easy chugger. I think the amount of lighter grain flavors in this beer smooths it out a little as it lingers and lacks a crispness on the palate.

Overall, this is not an ESB. I think this fits more into the cream ale category with its low bitterness, light flavors, and light body. Not impressed, but I think it's better than regular Foster's.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 01:49:44 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of metter98

New York

2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct and grainy malts are present in the nose along with some herbal hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there is a little less maltiness because the hops stand out more prominently and contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beers seems a little more bitter compared to other beers in the style, but this isn't necessarily bad as it helps to mask the adjunct aromas and flavors.

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 02:14:07 | More by metter98
Photo of beergoot


3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very nice copper-colored body topped with a thick, sticky head. Aroma initially comes across like spoiled veggies; funky; after some time, faint grain hints. Cereal with some spiciness make up the favor; good hop bitterness throughout. Clean, dry, medium-light body.

An okay yet spotty beer. The strange aroma really detracts from an otherwise great looking and decently drinkable brew. The pluses still outweigh the negatives, and for the price ($2.19 for the oil can), this is still a good bargain for a brew.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 21:54:37 | More by beergoot
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation including some large bubbles that do not seem to be moving and some light orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts with some hints of light fruits (pear/apple).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and grainy malts with some hints of caramel sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: I still love the fact that Foster's sells their beers in the oil cans - one of my favorite formats for beer even if the actual brew that comes in them is not great. I much prefer this to the traditional blue and gold can version of Foster's and it is easy to drink. Not a great beer but not as bad as I expected.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 19:49:37 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of digitalflood

New York

3.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Foster's Premium Ale (2013) - It simply cannot be Summer unless I have a Foster's. That's just the way it is for me. Though no longer brewed in Australia and imported (a few years back they switched to "inspired" breweries in Georgia and Texas) the taste is more or less the same. Thick creamy head mellows to good lacing. Straw colored with a hint of ruby. Light airy aroma. Barely there. Soft smooth mouthfeel. Caramel front taste. Malty bread. Wafts into coppery ale midtaste and then finished with a bitter ale finish. Sour and bitter notes linger. Slight copper and just a hint of hops spice. Very drinkable. Good hot day, hot night drink. Clean Aussie ale taste. It's Lager cousin comes in the blue can (this is green). The "oil can" supersized beer makes you feel manly. It's a marketing ploy, but I'll bite into it-- just has that feel or "real beer" though it is arguably the Budweiser of Australia. Either way, as a commodity drink it is enjoyable and just right for this time of year despite its middle of the road quality. 3.25 out of 5. Good.

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 01:50:25 | More by digitalflood
Photo of chugalug06


2.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yup. It's the "Oil Can"

Copper-Amber color, good clarity. Large frothy head, moderate lacing...

Smells like Penny's, metallic.

Dry, metallic, bitter, lower carbonation, bready, rubber band flavor and bitterness... Missing much flavors...

Yeah, not the best. But, I could imagine quite good on a HOT day and served ICED cold. Mine was cold, but it could have used another hour in the freezer... But, at $3/25.4oz can you really complain?

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 00:21:58 | More by chugalug06
Photo of archyquaffer


3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I took a Foster's can to school for show and tell in the 8th grade, but I was politely informed that beer cans, even empty beer cans, are strictly forbidden in school. At that time, a can of this size was a novelty...Poured from the big 25.4 ounce can into an 8 ounce sampler. A moderate pour produces a foamy, off-white, 1/2 inch head that settles down to 1/4 inch, and coats the glass. The beer has a rather pleasing copper color.

I can really smell and taste what I interpret as a bit of corn mash, along with some soury malt flavors, and some metal. (In other words, just what I like in a nice adjunct brew). Some floral and earthy hops are also present.

Not bad for what it is. (I don"t take the "bitter ale" label/designation very seriously. This is an adjunct lager with a bit more flavor and color than usual). However, I would take it over any typical watery adjunct beer.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 02:35:41 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ridiculous 750ml oilcan, emblazoned with a kangaroo, which just makes me a little embarrassed. I should note that I've never seen anything like this in Australia. Purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a pleasantly clear, deep golden colour, with a frothy, loose head of white. This burns out quickly, leaving just a ring of foam around the edge and some streaks of lace. Carbonation is quite fine. Actually it looks pretty decent.

Nose is slightly metallic and a slightly sweet: together the characters mingle to give a faint spice character almost like cinnamon. Some empty, light sulphury tones, come through, along with a little greenness or vegetative sweetness. It's not all that great, but it's relatively inoffensive.

Taste is turning a little more towards being unpleasant, with a wet grain and yeast tone giving it an underlying suggestion of organic rot. There's still the metallic character, but the sweetness flattens out and becomes quite dry on the finish, leaving a floury, almost desiccated tone to the finish. This allows the metallic bite to draw out longer than it should, leaving an unpleasant twang on the finish. Feel is light and clear. Actually relatively good.

Overall, this is not a truly offensive beer. It's quite light and drinkable, and for its flaws, it ends up being pretty alright actually. Struth.

Serving type: can

05-11-2013 22:24:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.64/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Giant can from Wal-Mart in Dade City, Florida for under $2. Brewed by Oil Can Breweries? 'Ale with Caramel Colour Added.' From notes.

A - Poured bright with a caramelly/dark copper colour. Two fingers of fluffy off white head. Good carbonation, decent rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Chemicals, caramel, a little grass.

T - Lagery with corn and sweet grain and a tad bit of caramel.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - Bought this one for the novelty. Wasn't appalled, but definitely wasn't impressed and didn't find this one memborable. Didn't finish the can.

Serving type: can

04-30-2013 12:58:42 | More by tbeckett
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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
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