Foster's Special Bitter - Foster's Group Limited
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2.23/5 rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
25oz large can. I saw it at the store and never had it before, and my own batch of bitter is bottle conditioning, so I figured I'd try it out.
It's marked an ale on the side of the can, but it smells, tastes, and looks like a dark adjuncty lager.
pours with a nice head, and after the initial pour does settle into a nice slow appropriate bitter style light carbonation. lacing is very light, especially considering how large the head is on the initial pour. (maybe my lips are especially greasy tonight.)
the initial flavors are bitter-ish in an unidentifiable harsh mystery hops way, which devolves into a starchy adjunct corny middle, finally cut by a lightly metallic distantly harsh bitterness. it's not horribly awful, but it lacks a solid roasty malty soul, and tastes... cheap. (much like fosters lager.)
mouthfeel weight seems about right for a mild bitter; maybe even a little on the thin side. but on the whole it's not terribly pleasant, and after finishing the first 12oz I'm debating whether or not do just dump the rest.
I suppose it's intended to be drinkable, as it's packaged in a 25oz can. however, it just doesn't excite me in any way, and seems more as an excercise to demonstrate adjunct ale can be just as boring as adjunct lager.
bah. that harsh hops-ish character only seems to be getting more annoying. down the drain for the rest.
just one GENUINE character would make this drinkable. real hop flavor, or real malt flavor. as it stands, this "bitter" (imagine the air quotes) has neither.
Serving type: can
02-17-2005 06:20:46 | More by tfinn
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