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Foster's Premium Ale - Foster's Group Limited

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189 Reviews
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Reviews: 189
Hads: 425
Avg: 2.88
pDev: 34.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 68 | 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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Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
2.59/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: This beer is surprisingly sexy. I was expecting pale straw, but received copper. Lacing is lively and active, but the head could use a bit of retention. Sexy nonetheless.

S: Yeast bite, a touch of cereal grains, and a dash of creamed corn.

T: Not what I was expecting. This is much too clean to be an ale, I'm calling shananegans. To me, this seems like a flawed amber lager, falling somewhere between Yuengling and High Life. The creamed corn that was in the nose has become the dominate player.

M: Very light and clean, with a touch of lively carbonation.

D: Not a terrible beer, but I wouldn't say that it's worth importing, we've got plenty of our own swill already. This would be a fine beer for whenever else a lifeless, imbalanced brew is called for.

EDIT: Immediately after reviewing this beer, I checked out the can and found the description, "Ale with caramel color added." In my eyes, this is cheating. Since this copper color was based on lies, rather than malt, I am deducting 2.5 points from the appearance score, bringing it from a 4.5 to a 2.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.77/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

In my drunken haze, I saw this beer on sale at Publix and thought I would purchase. I was thinking, "What is the difference between this and the other Fosters?" The brain cells finally kicked in, read the label, and saw this was an ale, not a lager. I prefer ales to lager, so I splurged the $1.67 and bought one of these. I almost immediately regretted the decision.

This one was a doozy. Pours clear with a sticky, thin white head. Not much substance and the head leaves quickly.

This one smells like a goddamn malt liquor. Which isnt always bad, but in this case, it is. Loads of adjuncts, whether they be corn, rice, sugar, poop, who cares. Alcohol, sourness. Blech.

The taste is of dirty diapers, burnt broccoli, bitter lemon peel, clean diapers, and poop. Not deserving of a 1, but not much better. Blech.

This is by far a lesser beer than the lager. Maybe that is why I havent seen any "Fosters, Australian for Ale" commercials. If I didnt already have a couple of scotches in me, I would have turned this into the first beer/mentos experiment. Avoid. The can does say caramel color added: I just didn't know that caramel color came in the way of a big old load of steaming poop.

Premium my ass!!!

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Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Large can, "caramel color added" printed on the side, and "APR0312" printed on the bottom.

Poured into a mug it was crystal clear with the aformentioned artificial caramel color. Sizeable head of creamy foam, that left a thin crown of lace and then faded after a few minutes.

Sweet and bready smell, apple, swilly grains. Slightly more character than your typical macro lager, but not far off. Premium ale, sure whatever.

Tastes light and pretty bland, some crackers and bread, vague apple from the yeast. Seems more like an oktoberfest or Vienna lager. Dry aftertaste, sort of a foamy, thin feel. Overall it's not terrible, seems free of adjuncts, but it's nothing unique or flavorful either. No off flavors, just pure and simple beer. Likely an easy match with most foods. Not something i'd go for again.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.14/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Falcone
1.25/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Gowcheco
2.76/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.21/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Foster's "premium" ale. 25.4 oz. oil can.
First and foremost i'd like to take notice on the side of the can are words stateing "ale with carmel color added". Whatever that means?

A- medium amber color like a stronger american lager. Very foamy head that reminds me of dish soap that slowly fades to a small suddsy top.

S- Nothing special smells like light carmel malts and maybe a hint of hops.

T- Just a tad more than the smell... has a bitterness that isn't from the hops maybe the added carmel color? All and all plain in flavor with only a touch of hops and cereal malts. Has a strange metal after taste though.

M-D- Just a beer. Foamy, regular old beer. Not to bad on the taste buds...but not a regular. Finished can but would go any further.

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Photo of Dmann
3.68/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average outing for Fosters, I will take this one over their regular lager any day. Nice pour with a light amber color and respectable lace that hung around for awhile. Smell was of grain and sweetness but a touch of caramel malt as well. Flavor is smoothe yet not too complex with a touch of caramel malt in the front and your standard astringency in the middle. Decent clean finish and balanced carbonation round out this brew. A simple and effective brew, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +47.6%

Photo of NicholasCasber
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer was not extraordinary when it came to the looks department, but then again I wasn't expecting a whole lot.

S: Smelled great, but who doesn't like the smell of beer?

T: Was below average. I felt that it was a little tin-y and wasn't really what I was looking for in a "Premium Ale".

M: Nice and full bodied.

D: Rated it low because of the taste, however... if you offered me one.. I'd take it.

Overall, give it a shot. I'd still prefer a Fosters Lager in comparison. Best of luck with your findings.


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Photo of ChrisHartz
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Bigalduncan64
3.39/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25oz oil can poured into a tall hefe glass.

Pours a orangey amber color with a thin white head, almost no lacing. Nose is so-so, it's a bit metallic, like iron.

Taste is sweet, malty and a bit watery. It's light and easy drinking. Overall it's a decent macro beer. It's refreshing though.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1.5” sudsy white foam cap.
S: Not a very big nose. Fairly clean, some light grain, not very estery.
T: A somewhat dull palate with a light sweetness and traces of light fruit, a hint of citrus and large pitted fruit. A moderate bitterness.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: A beer with very little to recommend it.

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Photo of Tekka
2.61/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly tame ESB. It's watery with a sweet malt. I don't find it to be very bitter at all though. It doesn't taste like it has enough hops in it to get a proper bitter flavor. Overall this this ale is a let down. I doubt most who'd drink this would know it's supposed to be in the ESB style.

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Photo of JMSiefer
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dmk91
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Eh, its a little darker than straw colored yellow. Has that bad aroma you get from bad canned beer.

Taste is better than expected, little malt, corn possibly with the type of sweetness, works, ok but a good bitter twang to it. All bittering hops feel to the beer. Little to evaluate mouthfeel wise, its a one trick pony, for better and/or worse. Cheap, but you get what you pay for to a degree.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.52/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appears a pale copper color with a light white head forming thick and sticking around for quite awhile. Fine loosely formed speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has cereal grains with some cooked vegetable notes with hints of caramel. Flavor pretty harsh flavor a bit of grainy sweetness filtered through some dirty husky malts. Probably a better idea to serve this cold out of the oil can than drinking it from a glass. More harsness cooked vegetables and everything unenjoyable in beer. Mouthfeel is thin bodied highly carbonated quite a boring experience. Overall not well made beer in any regards why drink this with so many craft options out there.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Miha
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
68 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.