Foster's Special Bitter - Foster's Group Limited
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2.7/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Big ass 25.4 oz can with no freshness date, brewed in Canada damn and I thought I was drinking an Aussie product. Pretty good bubbly rocky head that slowly dissipates with a sunset orange hue. Mild fruity and grainy aroma with vague hints of caramel and mineral. Smooth with a moderate carbonation. Slight metallic and buttery flavours run amuck upfront, hop bitterness is no help in the matter and seems to be accentuated from the metallic flavours. Along comes a mildly buttery malt and late fruitiness that seems to barely tame the astringencies but at least draws the brew closer to balance and leads into a bit more malt character. Semi-dry after taste with more mineral and grain flavours. Not a beer I would go back to.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2002 20:20:44 | More by Jason
3.05/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: Big-ass 25.4 fl.oz. (oil can) green can. Union Made. Brewed and canned by FBG Breweries in Canada. Australian beer made in Canada? Oy vey!
Appearance: Hazy honey-copper in colour with a very healthy pillowy off-white sticky foam head.
Smell: Grain and metallic (steel) aromas with a faint musty hop smell.
Taste: Light-bodied with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Malt character and hop bitterness is splendidly balanced. Malt has just the right amount of malty sweetness, touch of toasted malts (very light caramel malts) and mustry dry grain husks. Hops come around and slap the palate with light citrus flavours/lime-like bitterness. Not too bitter or citrus, just enough to keep you interest and liven up the boring malt. Finishes a bit dry with grain flavours and lick of citrus bitterness on the tongue with some lingering metal.
Notes: Supposedly this is only a 2.8%abv beer. And, supposedly it uses the same ingredients (malt, yeast, hops) as Foster's Lager, but with an addition of aroma hops and caramel malts to provide added character. A lot of other sites and people categorize this beer as a Lager, but it clearly has "Ale" on the can -- not to mention that it is a "Special Bitter," which is an ale.
Personally, I think that "Foster's is Australian for crap" but I found their Special Bitter to be most enjoyable and quite the session beer. Shame it only comes in oil cans here in the US, but I'd definitely purchase more of this beer.
Serving type: can
07-10-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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