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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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Ratings: 1336
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 24.71%


Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001)
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Ohiolager

Ohio

2.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Foster's Lager Beer 25 oz oil can $2.29(OH)

25 oz oil can poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date clearly marked on bottom of can.

pours almost a straw yellow color. less than two fingers of bright white thin head. giving way to little to no lacing.

it smells very adjunct. i smell cereal grains like corn. a slight grassy pilsner smell and a slight metallic twang. a malty sugary smell also.

the taste is better than the smell, malty at first, kind of grainy like corn, followed by a slight grassy pilsner taste. has a dryness to it, but a bitterness too.

mouth feel is rather light. a metal taste feeling is left over maybe due to the can. rather watery, and not very pleasant. the dryness and bitterness is over powering and a lackluster hops don't help.

overall i wasn't expecting a whole lot here but i was still let down. first off its brewed in GA and TX so its not an import at all. i was expecting a non adjunct premium lager. which i did not get. over priced and in the wrong cooler. (import cooler) should be placed next to other adjuncts not next to real premium imports.just stay away from this one. adjunct and not a real import.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 04:26:03 | More by Ohiolager
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KYGunner

Kentucky

2.59/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a typical adjunct lager color of straw yellow and a crystal clearness. The head was a short lived group of hyper ascending bubbles that dissipated immediately.

This smell of a corn malt and barley with some Pilsner cereal grains.

This has a tinny, twangy barley flavor, some obvious corn malts and a tinge of bitter hops. No quite assertive enough it seems built as a thirst quencher an not suited to taste.

The feel is ultra crisp with a real throat burning bite from all the carbonation. That said it is really light and drinks very clean.

Fosters was always one of my favorites but under the lens of beer snobbery I have to admit that it's just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:42:09 | More by KYGunner
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.06/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into pint glass 19/3/14

A bright golden yellow with about as much air as you can fit into a glass of beer, big bubbles cling to the bottom and up and down the sides, looks strange almost, noisy finger of foam is gone in seconds leaving no lace

S smells like sour apple juice, faint hay, corn syrup, cracker, chemicals, smells pretty bad

T doesn't taste skunked but a musty, dank, flavour might be even worse, light grains but I can't place it, sort of tastes like a big brewery smells, quite gross

M thin and watery, lots of bubbles, thankfully it has a fairly clean aftertaste, about on par for the style

O why did I buy a 750ml bottle of this? if it wasn't 30 degrees outside I don't think I'd finish it

Now I understand why I've never seen an Australian drink Fosters and I've spent a fair amount of time OZ

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:12:51 | More by wordemupg
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utopiajane

New York

3.59/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with exceptional clarity. Light gold with lots of lager bubbles wafting toward the top to meet a fat soapy head of white foam that had better retention that I thought It might. Nose is crisp with only a slight bit of apple, sweet grain and a bright hops character. A bit of lemon from those pride of ringwood hops as it warms. Taste follows the nose all the way. The malt stays in the background until it warms and brings a light dry cracker. The apple is thin and delicious adding something cheerful and crisp. The carbonation has a small bite and the yeast imparts a bit of sourness to really round out this beer. Even though the middle is quite dry and palate cleansing, this beer finishes off dry and with a bit of sweet lemon and is very delicious. I would have this again.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 19:49:43 | More by utopiajane
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Big ol' fluffy white head with stickage atop a pale golden brew. Looks like a nice glass of beer. No complaints here.

Grassy pilsner malts with a sprite hop presence. Surprisingly, pretty clean. Well-lagered. A slight musty Euro malt note that fades. Not bad.

Pretty clean again. Slight minty hop character that doesn't pair too badly with musty grassiness, slight mineral qualities, and watery grain. Finished gruff and spiny with adjunct sweetness hidden behind a note of fair booze.

Lots and lots of carbonation present. The body is weak, but it's a quenching drink. Booze presence is a little annoying.

Fosters is okay. I would order one when fresh, if left to macro options only.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 16:53:40 | More by thecheapies
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.48/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah, my guilty pleasure. I don't really know why, but this is one of my favourite lagers ever.
Pours a nice golden color and an average white foamy head.
Hoppy aroma is not strong nor too gentle. There are also some grains.
The taste is refreshingly good, just slightly sweet at first, with a more than pleasant bitterness following. That's also how it finishes. Not watery, light, but still lots of taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 20:07:24 | More by MarkoNm
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

2.69/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color, with a short lasting white head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell
Flavor: Just a hint of toasted malt, with a hint of hoppiness. A full bodied lager with a slightly harsh carbonation.
Overall: This beer almost starts smooth. The body taste of weakly roasted malts. The harsh carbonation takes away from what would be a smooth finish. This could almost have been a good beer.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 06:14:57 | More by Mike_Moe
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Alexnzx

Ireland

3.34/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer gets a bad rep, but I am going to defend it a bit. I have tasted it from Cans and do not like it to be honest, but on tap I feel it is a pretty nice beer. I would defenitely get this over other lagers widely availible on tap here in Ireland (Heineken, Carlsberg, Carling, Budweiser, Becks etc).

It is a refreshing beer, I would defenitely advise people to try a few on tap if given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 05:03:04 | More by Alexnzx
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.93/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 12/21/13. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass. Of course I have had this one many times before in the past but mostly on tap.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with about a finger of a white fizzy head that doesn't last too long. Some sticky lacing was seen which each sip. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass from lots of carbonation. The aroma is of some sweet grains, that's about it. Taste is the same with a very slight dry finish. Also has a very slight bitter aftertaste which isn't bad at all and does not linger at all. Overall, I like Foster's.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:34:54 | More by BeerWithMike
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-21-2013 23:38:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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dav12cnen

California

4.7/5  rDev +84.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a beer a lager what lager should be if miller and bud where this good i would buy it . im not sure the recipe is the same as always but the folks in texas got it right ive been drinking this beer for more than 20 years i can tell you it has changed over the years the first ones had pull tabs and where from australia then came the canadian ones which wasnt so good now is the texas brew which i love its my go to beer i always buy the 750 ml big cans its the best in those cans taste like lager should a bit bitter yet goes down smooth and taste like beer use too when i remember beer being good most of todays lager is too sweet and has no taste or just too watery . this one is a goodie . as for pour well i drink straight from the can dont care how she pours .i enjoy it and thats a rare find these days in mass market beer. thanks folks in texas for making this fine lager may there be many days in your venture .

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 03:55:06 | More by dav12cnen
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Frequent

Texas

3.09/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A good beer for it's price.

Very carbonated, yet refreshing with a good bubbly mouthfeel.

Tastes of corn and malt.

The can is very unique, which is why I rated a high appearance. Overall - Just a classic easy going taste, with more flavor than light Mexican Lagers.

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 04:50:13 | More by Frequent
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BMMillsy

Florida

1.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Not much to say here. Crappy beer. Pours a light gold color with fluffy white head. Good start I guess. Aroma of stale corn and weak grass hops, some hay. Flavor follows the aroma with a slightly cleaner finish than some of the U.S. garbage. Light body and goes down rather easy. Do Aussies drink this for real? I doubt it.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 19:23:23 | More by BMMillsy
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Auraan

Arizona

2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a clear yellow with no head to speak of. Standard for the style. Scents of crystal malt and the usual maize adjuncts. Again, standard, nothing offensive, nothing stand-out. Flavor is sweet, with a bit of sweet malt, a good bit of maize adjunct flavors and a very, very slight hop bitterness. It's a light on complexity, sweet AAL. It's not offensive like some, but it's nothing special. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Standard. Everything about this beer is standard for an AAL. Nothing offensive, but nothing amazing either. It's a decent warm weather AAL, way better than it's American competition, even if it is brewed in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 06:21:03 | More by Auraan
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beergoot

Colorado

2.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pale, straw-yellow body with thick, sticky white head. Faint, wet grass aroma. Weak, watery flavor; trace of biscuit; mild hop bitterness towards the finish. Medium-light body; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A good thirst quencher in that it is more watery than any kind of good beer flavor. One might hope for a big flavor from a big beer can, but this lager is pretty non-descript. In fact, there is very little taste or aroma worth getting excited about. But it is wet and does have a decent ABV, so if you're looking for something to slake a parched throat and you don't have any decent cold water about, Foster's will get the job done. Otherwise, there are too many other, better lagers out there to satisfy a beer thirst.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 13:07:41 | More by beergoot
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Lungman

Alabama

2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

After a long day at work I stop by the nearest corner store for a cold one. Fosters in a big ass can, will do. Had it before in the military but not in the last 10 years. Within 5 miles I remembered why. Standard crap big batch lager. By the time I finished it and tossed that huge can out on the interstate, I promise the next time I drink this will be when I'm stranded on a deserted island and a case washes ashore.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 06:02:51 | More by Lungman
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dacrza1

New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Date tasted: July 11, 2013... Glassware: 22oz. pilsner... Occasion: SHARKNADO....Appearance: clear golden orange body with sporadic effervescence; white head is uneven, rocky and thin--as my wife notes, though, the oil can it emanates from is attractive in the holder's hand ... Aroma: metallic corn ping; otherwise, adjunct vapors... Palate: oily smooth body--easy drinking with gassy deposits--ugh... Taste: toasted oats and lager malts make a rather empty dry tasting flavor; could be made in an American macro factory for all we the consumer know... Overall: the can instructs one to play Aussie bocce--this alone says much about the beer's intended patronage and its intentions; befitting Sharknado, this beer goes down smoothly yet predictably, like the Aussie who is gnawed upon only to be sucked away at the film's end by the impending tornado....I can live with this beer and its "imported" novelty....

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 02:06:42 | More by dacrza1
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CrazyDavros

Australia

1.79/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours pale amber with a quickly fading white head.
Grassy, skunky and grainy aroma. Not much else going on at all.
Pretty crap flavours too. Lots of grainy malt, a little spicy and grassy hops.
Watery body, and over-carbonated.
Pretty bad stuff...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:46:00 | More by CrazyDavros
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bullseyestrat

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +66.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I remember Fosters Lager being one of the first beers I've tasted after being 21 back in 2006-7. My first experience I can remember was with the 25.3oz can before a Def Leppard/Styx/REO Speedwagon concert in Manchester in 2007. My older brother and I took a can down each before we walked to the Verizon Wireless Stadium on elm st. Good times.
Looking back I really thought the large can was rather unique and neat. Plus it went down easy. I've gotten back into the bottled Fosters recently and realized what a solid lager it is. When poured it has a nice head to it...not too much nor too little while smelling pleasant. Appearance wise it has more of a caramel color to it..a bit similar to Sam's Boston Lager or Yuengling Amber Lager. Filtered and clear but more brownish than most Pale Lagers and Adjunct Lagers. When sipped or gulped Fosters Lager is smooth with a bit of bite to it. Nothing too offensive though. Feels good in the mouth without much kicking. With that said price wise its rather affordable compared to most imported beers.
Overall I think Fosters Lager is a rather solid beer. Its not quite a beer that will most likely have you saying "wow this is the best beer ever!!". But if you're a beer drinker that doesn't like lighter beers too much I guarantee you won't be pushing it aside.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 04:51:55 | More by bullseyestrat
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Falcynn

California

2.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 750ml can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale clear yellow with a finger wide white head of foam that dissipated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Aroma of malt, grains, and sour straw.

Taste: Tastes mostly like it smells. Slightly watered down malt and grain, none of the sourness from the smell, a slight amount of bitterness from the hops, but goes away fairly quickly.

Mouthfeel: Slightly above average amount of carbonation. Kind of thin/watery.

Overall: A relatively average beer that goes down easy if you just want something to chug down. In this style/price range though, I'd probably stick with PBR or Bud.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 04:10:43 | More by Falcynn
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FLima

Brazil

2.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow golden color. Made two fingers of head with medium retention.
Sweet aroma of malt and grains and a hint of floral hops.
This is actually a pleasant Adjunct Lager to drink, refreshing not only by carbonation but also by its grassy hops. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste, when warmer it brings a corn note.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Above average Adjunct lager, you can feel a decent amount of bitterness relatively speaking. When I lived in NY a long time ago, and there wasn’t this craft beer scene, this was one of my favorities.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:37:02 | More by FLima
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metter98

New York

2.4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-15-2013 01:12:04 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at The Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that slowly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malts with some grainy adjuncts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of malts with some grainy adjuncts and a moderate amount of sweetness. Very light amounts of floral hops that impart just a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not horrible but I'm certainly glad that more craft beer from Australia is becoming available in the US - this one is fairly easy to drink but pretty sweet but is certainly not anything special. I will likely not be getting this one again but if you are going to get it, I recommend the oil can.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:15:57 | More by dbrauneis
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JamesMN

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Haven't done a trash beer review in a while...

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden color with no visible effervescence and a thin film of soapy white head. Surprisingly a little lacing.

Aroma: Really not much there. A tiny bit of grain with a large amount of flaked corn. A little dusty smelling as well.

Taste: Very plain flavor (if you can call it that). Just a hint of corn with about 10 IBUs of bitterness from some uneventful grassy hop character. Usually I get a metallic flavor as well with this beer but this one must have been a really fresh can because it is actually quite a clean palate. Finish is nice and crisp with virtually no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin but not quite water. Lots of microscopic carbonation rips up the palate a bit. Very easy drinking by design.

Final Thoughts: While better than its American counterparts (although I think this 'import' is actually brewed in TX) Foster's Lager is just plain bland. There's nothing bad about it's flavor, but there's really nothing good either. Would I drink it again? I want to say no, but I'll probably have it again at some point.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 03:45:34 | More by JamesMN
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Kooz

New York

1.65/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The oil can gets this a few style points, which is as generous as I can be. Foster's tastes bitter and unpleasant. Whatever flavor it might have is overcome entirely by this enduring bitterness. Surprisingly, Foster's has some body, and isn't simply like water in a can, but it isn't enough to make this worth trying. Skip it. I am fairly sure the commercials mean to say: "Foster's. Australian for gross."

Serving type: can

01-07-2013 18:10:09 | More by Kooz
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