Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,784
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 24.6%
Wants: 17
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of Jason
3.11/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 25.4 oz can with no description of the beer and no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale sunny clear golden colour, good frothing of a white head when first poured. Yields a rocky and slowly dissipating two fingered head that soon enough is virtually gone.

Smell: Hint of malted grain, traces of cooked veggies and husky undertones make up the aroma which is relatively clean.

Taste: Crisp and grainy with a slightly refreshing smoothness. Light to moderate body. Sweet grain leans towards husky with light biscuity and powdery flavours. Even hop bitterness that couples well with the fresh graininess. Vague astringent flavours are mild and hard to trace back to their grain and hop origins. Husky finish that gradually dries.

Notes: A pretty drinkable lager, nothing to go “beer crazy” over. A good beer to wash down a working man’s meat and potatoes meal.

Photo of docoman
3/5  rDev +19%

Funny when younger I thought this was a premium beer... still OK, but only ice cold, I'll get one with a steak at good ole Outback steakhouse now and then.

Photo of metter98
2.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of corn adjuncts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors aren't as prominent because they are somewhat masked by a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing overly special about the taste of this beer, but it seems to be a little more palatable compared to other beers in the style because the bitterness helps to mask some of the flavors of adjunct malts.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 10/1/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and sugar. Taste is of grain and sweetened corn flake flavors. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip and turns into a slightly medicinal flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer in the main area: flavor. The sweet corn mixed with the medicinal flavors on the aftertaste aren't too tasty in this one.

Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is what I ordered the first time I ate at the Outback Steakhouse. I ordered it simply because I hadn't tried this beer yet. I knew going into it that it was a standard lager and wouldn't be overly amazed by this. The beer is basically what I expected. It's yellow and clear with a pretty good head on it, the head actually leaves some nice lacing. The flavors are of the standard hops and malts. This beer is a little bit heavier on the belly than something like a Coors original or Budweiser. Apart from it's fuller body this beer isn't much different than the rest of the lagers in America.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

as the adjuncts go, I like fosters. interesting fact is that nobody in Australia drinks this, but it has been marketed in the united states as their national drink, remarkable commentary on global capitalism, but I digress. oil can is a great serving after a long shift as a line cook, let me tell you. crisp and clean, no off aromas or flavors, and while it lacks the feel and complexity and richness of a great ipa, which I would always prefer, it refreshes with the best of them. light malt and hops in balance, but the point is to be drinkable, and that it is. perhaps a bit more carbonation than necessary, but it works for me, I just burp a lot. this is not Australian for beer at all, as they have a diverse and burgeoning craft industry there that is way underrepresented in American markets, but fosters has a niche here and it fills it well. a little more to this one than the American crap beers, so I choose it for those reasons.

Photo of RoyalT
1.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Thin yellow body with a cheap head that went down quickly.

Smell – The grainy skunk came out in force here.

Taste – The creamy nature of this beer can’t hide the Gummi-Bear sugars and hallow flavors.

Mouthfeel – Flat, watery, and unsubstantial.

Drinkability – The kangaroos are probably spitting this one out. Fosters adds a smooth style to the standard piss formula, but this ale has little else to offer.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fosters 25.4 oz. oil can. A big and bold appearence on the outside... lets see what the inside holds.

This beer pours a foamy (slightly darker than regular american adjunct lagers) not by much.
Fluffy foam head last for minutes if pour vigorously and dies down to a light barely there head thoughout.

Smell is of corn, mild yeast and something i just cant put my finger on... possibly barley?

Taste is similar to the smell but has a tangy and mild flavor not noted on other beers, almost a artifical flavoring. Starts with a corn flake taste and moves on to a sweet tangy but dry finish.

Fairly easy on the buds but flavor of beer is just kinda pushy not smooth.

This beer is worth a try but Foster may be Australian but not for beer.

Photo of Dmann
2.06/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer comes a no supprise but I was still hoping for better. It poured a pale straw color with a small head that faded very quickly into a thin layer of foam. The smell was grain all the way with not much else detectable. The taste was not quite as sweet as a Coors or a Miller but was still overly sweet with just a slight hint of bite at the end. I have not had this beer in quite a while untill tonight and I think I can go the rest of my life without having another one. Thumbs down.

Photo of newcastleme
2.81/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I didn't feel this beer was near as horrid as many make it out to be. Although not a personal favorite, I found it to be astoundingly drinkable. Ultimately, this beer is average. I wouldn't recommend it as a sipping beer but it's solid as a social beverage.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I seem to recall from my younger days (many years ago) that I thought this was a decent beer. Not any more. We were flying back from Texas, and I wanted a couple beers. This seemed like the best of some bad choices. It was a clear yellow with a small head and a fair amount of carbonation. It had an aroma of grain/corn. Taste was very vague. I'd describe it as somewhat sweet, and leave it at that. Not much either way for mouthfeel, and drinkable like water is drinkable.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big big can with no freshness date.I have the half of this beer straight from the can and pour the rest in glass to see the appearance.

Appearance was a very average pale golden color with some bubbles ahead.

The hops in the smell,grains and some veggies also.

Taste like hops and grains, this beer is very easy to drink,to be honest i expect a little bit more of this beer.

Photo of Todd
1.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It looks and smells like an aright lager, but one taste from its oil can container and it becomes this beergod awful beverage from down under (hell?). Sure the adverts in the US are funny, but it hardly helps to mask its hard to swallow taste. Thanks, but I'll pass on this one.

Photo of twi1609372
3.8/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew i think. havent had a lot of this but what i have had was good. Pretty deep taste, not gormet, but not bud light. smells ans looks normal, goes down pretty nice and does not leave a bad aftertaste.maybe somethign good does come from australia, i would try another of their beers, way before i would pick up a french beer.

Photo of generallee
2.66/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a big fat 25.4oz "Oil Can" into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a light golden yellow or straw color that is very bright and clear. Tiny bubbles flow up the sides of the glass to form a big, light and foamy white head that leaves behind some lace.

Smell: The aroma is quite strong with light grains and a salty mineral scent.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is very average and plain. It is fairly sweet and grainy in flavor with some light hop presence in the finish and a salty aftertaste. Its body is light and its texture is thin with an average carbonation that makes it easy to gulp down.

Notes: Foster's, Australian for cheap American macro lager beer.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wish I had been able to try a Foster's from Australia. This one is from Canada. Pretty much like an American style lager. Straw in color with a medium white head. Taste is malty with decent hops, not bad going down. This is better than Bud by far.

Photo of merlin48
1.72/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Classic oil can, that is attractive in its own unique way. "Australian for Beer", as their many tv ads proclaim, the can says this was brewed in Toronto. Pours into a pint glass a pale yellow color, with a slight, chilled haze. A large, rocky, white head is impressive, and leaves glops of foamy lace on the side of the glass.
Aroma is very skunky hops, worse than a Heineken. Some metallic aromas are also present.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied. Bitter hop bite on the tongue.
Taste is bitter in a skunky kind of way. Very light bodied, almost watery. No malt taste, possibly some grain presence, but it's bitter and unpleasant. Metallic aftertaste is sickening, and long lasting.
I haven't had a Foster's in years. Tonight's experience ensures that I won't have another one in the next decade. I'm reluctant to trash a beer, but most of this was poured down my sink. Hopefully, a SNPA will clean my palate, and get rid of the aftertaste of this swill.

Photo of Billolick
2.73/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating.
Pours clear and light, gassy/cabadgy nose. watery, no body, typical macro lager, no malt, no hops, tasts like alot of corn. Lawn mower beer from Down under, nothing more, nothing less. skip this stuff if you can. A shameful waste of good water.

Photo of Weizenmensch
1.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Fosters, it's Australian for beer". Kind of a half-truth, like that Yoplait Petit Miam ad - "It's French for yum". It's actually French for small yum, and Fosters is Australian for bog-standard palatable-when-cold-and-very-cheap macro brew.

Well, it's cold and it's cheap and most importantly it's here in front of me now. Minimal head, lots of lacing, not much effervescence, pale straw in colour. Smell - whatever's there isn't pleasant. Can't tell if they're actually hops or what. Taste is OK, goes down easily, not much thought. You don't need a Proustian scholar to do the job of a security guard - just drink it and shut up. Mouthfeel, drinkability, why am I bothering continuing this review. It's OK and it was cheap. I must say it's worse than Reschs Pilsener though, which was also cheap, but Fosters costs about 80c more normally.

You would drink this in Australia if you're rebelling from the throngs of Carlton Draught/VB aficionadoes. If you're trying to experience beer, even Australian beer, please look further afield!

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.46/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Had this at the ballpark which probably is leading towards a more favorable review, but so what? Unlike Budweiser and to a lesser extent Miller it actually looked like beer, the color when viewed from the top(opaque plastic cup) was amber and not pissy yellow, a plus.

Smell: Not much here.

Taste: It actually tasted like beer, maybe its the power of suggestion but I swear I can taste the rice in Bud and the corn in Miller now. This seemed to be less dependent on adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: Pretty weak.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, albeit a bit boring stuff, though for the import price tag I could get a Sam Smith or a Sam Adams so probably not going on the menu, unless I move down under.

Photo of magictrokini
2.97/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, I've been told by an Aussie that this is their equivalent of a Miller/Natural Light. Still, its not terrible off the tap. Yellow with big white head. Sugary metallic aroma. Taste is grain and malt (way more metallic in the oil can). Can be inconsistent.

Photo of btmo
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This really is a very ordinary little beer. It is one of the most popular in Australia (why?) and one of the most exported (WHY?)

At time of writing, you can buy the 330cl bottles of this at the local super market (about 47 cents US?), and I have to say, it is probably worth every cent.

Appearance is actually quite good. It is a nice straw yellow colour, but head retention is poor. Smell is ok, but taste is under average. This beer gives me the distinct impression that it has been designed with a large, not very discerning market in mind, and while consistent, it is consistently average.

It is ok if the weather is hot and the beer iis cold, but that is about it.

Not a lot more to say really. Australia can do better.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.06/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is like an ole friend from the past used to get this in the 25oz oil can all the time back when i just got out of high school. Seen this at the grocery store for $1.99 couldn't resist passing it up for old times sake.

Poured into a pint glass a tall foamy chunky head emereged had good retention and left a nice coating of little chunks of lace down the glass a few medium sized bubbles stuck on the sides of the glass with a few tiny bubbles rising here and there.
The color was light golden and very clear

The aroma was clean,very grassy,fruitty,some slight perfumeness,grainy with a fairly strong metallic note.

Very grainy taste typical Macro feel a grassy/straw like taste lots of metallic not overly offensive but pronounced. A mid fruity taste with a good amount of tartness.Finishes with a bit of a sour/acidity bitterness kind of like the metallic taste not overbearing but not faint either. Couldn't decide between 2.5 or 3.0 on taste i started to get used to the metallic taste and decided to give it a 3.

A rough,grainy mouthfeel not overbearing but not weak either had some bite to it,also was very dry.The dryness did slightly increase the drinkability a bit. Had no trouble finishing the 25.4 oz can it actually when down quite nice about all you could ask for in a Micro. Would drink this beer in a pinch no problem. One of the better Macro's around. Don't know why it rated so low i thought it was a decent offering for what it is.

Photo of Bigalduncan64
2.58/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Foster's Lager tastes like any other American style macro-lager. Not too crazy and not the best, just plain ol' beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml oil can poured down my gullet.

Very clear, light, bubbly, just a tiny bit hoppy on the nose, it's also light and crisp.

Taste is fairly sharp and harshly bitter in an unpleasant way. Big sharp over carbonated mouthfeel with a dry slight off finish.

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