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Foster's Premium Ale - Foster's Group Limited

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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:
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(Beer added by: hustlesworth on 06-08-2008)
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Reviews by Zodijackyl:
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4.05/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a fairly big brand name often found in both liquor stores and grocery stores, Fosters beers are often mistreated before reaching the consumer, between excessive temperature changes and simply getting old beer. Combine this with their iconic big blue cans moving much faster, I had this beer a few times before I had it really fresh and enjoyed it. Always found fresh at Black Rock Wines and Spirits in Fairfield, CT. Served cold, in the low forties, straight from the can.

The aroma is full of hop bitterness, reminiscent of a German pilsner, very clean hop aroma with a bit of grain in the background. Taste is a mouthful of biting, bitter hops with a fairly dry mouthfeel of malt. Very clean, there are no unpleasant aftertastes or stray flavors, it's a refined flavor that has a pretty strong bitterness that is very pleasant when served cold. It is quite bitter compared to most other styles, but it's a great beer for hopheads when we aren't drinking IPAs.

I don't drink many ESBs so it's tough to describe, but when this is fresh, it's a great beer with bolder bitter flavors that can be had alone or to follow heavier IPAs. A big can of this is a great counterpart to a powerful IPA where most regular beers wouldn't hold up flavor-wise.

Serving type: can

09-18-2011 02:46:16 | More by Zodijackyl
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3/5  rDev +5.6%

04-23-2014 04:42:15 | More by Beerlover
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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
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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
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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 theteleman


2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

03-15-2014 04:35:32 | More by theteleman
Photo of Storning


2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

03-04-2014 12:59:52 | More by Storning
Photo of Whiskeydeez


3/5  rDev +5.6%

03-03-2014 01:51:09 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of sgttibbs


2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

03-02-2014 19:58:14 | More by sgttibbs
Photo of Eighty


1/5  rDev -64.8%

02-24-2014 21:50:07 | More by Eighty
Photo of nikhilshetty007


3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

02-21-2014 17:26:55 | More by nikhilshetty007
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
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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
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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 kvgomps


2.5/5  rDev -12%

01-22-2014 03:16:02 | More by kvgomps
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3.75/5  rDev +32%

01-21-2014 13:56:34 | More by jgunther71
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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

01-15-2014 02:31:52 | More by scottbrew4u
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 brandon911


3/5  rDev +5.6%

01-02-2014 07:09:40 | More by brandon911
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
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1.5/5  rDev -47.2%

12-05-2013 21:00:40 | More by Beermazter310
Photo of RochefortChris

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -12%

12-04-2013 17:20:13 | More by RochefortChris
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3/5  rDev +5.6%

11-30-2013 23:29:38 | More by dsreeves
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1.5/5  rDev -47.2%

11-30-2013 19:20:18 | More by mmulebarn
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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
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