Foster's Premium Ale - Foster's Group Limited

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 53 | 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 SteveMcQueen36:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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 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 lacqueredmouse
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.77/5  rDev -37.2%
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!!!

Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.21/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of Dmann
3.68/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of NicholasCasber
2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
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.


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 kingcrowing
3.42/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of Tekka
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.52/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love the oil cans. Nothing like a giant can that you have to drink quick or else it gets too warm to enjoy. 25.4 fluid ounces of "ale with caramel color added." What the F@#k does that mean? The brew pours a coppery, caramelized sugar color. There is a vigorous head that rises a full three inches. Despite the ferocious tan head there is very little carbonation in this crystal clear beer.

The smell is of wet toasted grains with a hint of bitter hops. Kind of rough and slightly unpleasant to my nose.

The taste is the best part. It is a sweet malt flavor balanced with a hop bitterness. There are light caramel tones but I have to wonder if they are somewhat artificial. I can't put my finger on whether or not it comes from roasted grains or additives.

The mouthfeel is kind of interesting. There is a moderate bitterness with a slightly numbing quality to it. Despite the poor scent and questionable additions, this beer is not impossible to drink. In fact it gets easier as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. Combine that with a low price and this is a great beer to get the party started.

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 TheSixthRing
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant golden orange with a massive 3 finger head, average retention, and a spotty, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Smells of adjuncts; mainly corn. Grainy. Slightly sweet. Maybe a faint hint of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose; starts slightly grainy, then a bit of sweetness hits around mid-taste. Finishes with that same sweetness, and just a modicum of floral bitterness before a touch of metallic character joins the cast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. A fair amount of carbonation. Nothing all that noticeable.

Overall - Geez, I haven't had a Fosters "Green Can" in well over two years, and now I know I've graduated into "full-on beer snob". I could smell the cheap ingredients from a mile away, and the taste was no different. Once upon a time I thought this beer had a nice, distinct bitterness; now I find it disappointing at best, laughable at worst. Overall, it's certainly drinkable, and has a good body and a decent sweetness, but if my review were a few years ago, I probably would've rated this higher, and I was drinking great beer at the time... which begs the question, has this beer gone downhill, or has my palate taken a considerable leap?

Photo of Magpie14
1.89/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: light golden rusty color, not as light as the traditional macro. Small, but noticeable cap of foamy bleach white head. Not much lace, nothing to really mention

S: regular nose of grains, corn, and barley. Dab of unnatural metallic sweetness...hops?

T: a bit wry, cereal grains, and sugary sweet. All of these flavors are unassertive and dimensionless. Huskier than the boy I had earlier but it is arguable that this beer is almost an identical version of Fosters regular lager with a little more edge

M: crisp and dry overall, slight tartness in the finish and husky

D: another travesty in a fat can....sorry, I will take a different ESB. This guy felt like a heavy macro

Photo of aval89
2.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice light copper color with a solid finger of off white head. Carbonation sticking to the glass.

S: some caramel malts, some fruitiness & slight metallic. also some faint earthiness.

T: slight cooked veggie taste upfront. Then you get some sweet malts to wash that away. Finish has a slight bitterness that is clean. Leaves a earthy/twangy aftertaste.

Mf: light to medium body with somewhat high carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: a decent easy drinker. Better than all the bmc stuff out there.
Nothing to brag home about though.

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a ton of white, foamy head but with short lived retention. The nose has notes of caramel but little else. The taste is faint caramel, faint toast, faint yeast, and mild hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and well carbonated.

Not a great ESB but definitely better than your regular Foster's. It's enjoyable and drinkable plus it's in an oil can which can really add some manliness to a tailgate.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber sap is the color white fleeting white head...

Some light malts and grapes, a hint stronger than the adjunct lager

Some malts bring caramel and pecan to the tongue, a little bit of bitter rubber on the back end

Medium light body, nice and creamy

Overall offers a good taste, not a deep beer in respect to is flavor profile but more than I was expecting which is nice

Photo of rmolledo
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper, Clear, and plenty of head retention.
S: Adjuncts
T: Adjunts. Corn Sugar, Rice etc. but the after taste is nice and fruity with a hint of caramel.
MF: Not bad, goes down smooth. Low to Moderate Carbonation.
D: A perfect Session Ale that has a nice ABV to it. IF I had to drink a sub par beer this one would fit the bill.

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.

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