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Foster's Premium Ale - Foster's Group Limited

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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2.76/5  rDev -1.8%

Gowcheco, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -11%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Dmann
3.73/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

Dmann, Aug 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +51.2%

markallmon, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of NicholasCasber
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
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.


NicholasCasber, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of ChrisHartz
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ChrisHartz, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

kingcrowing, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Tekka
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Tekka, Mar 06, 2010
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3/5  rDev +6.8%

JMSiefer, Jul 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev +6.8%

dmk91, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -11%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev +6.8%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Miha
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Miha, Jun 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

sgttibbs, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

jbphoto88, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -28.8%

acurtis, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.05/5  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?

TheSixthRing, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
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

Magpie14, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of aval89
2.98/5  rDev +6%
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.

aval89, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

tdm168, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +42.3%

dertyd, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
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

JoeAmerican77, Aug 21, 2011
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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
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