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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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611 Reviews

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Reviews: 611
Hads: 1,878
Avg: 2.6
pDev: 42.31%
Wants: 17
Gots: 242 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited
Australia | website

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 Mexwald
2.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Foster's Lager typically comes in a 32oz can (I don't think I have ever had it in bottles) and does its job for the price. I would describe the taste as somewhere between a Pabst and a Budweiser, and it's not bad to have one on hand if you're watching sports.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.18/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a very enjoyable beer, I drank it out of a 25.4 ounce can. It has a faint smell of hops with a strong grainy/wheat taste. It has a good amount of carbonation with a smooth flavor.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.81/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden color with a frothy one finger white head and lots of streaming bubbles.

Smells of sweet corn and white bread.

Taste is like the smell with the bready sweetness followed by a hint of hops playing around.

Mouth feel is clean and crisp with a nice semi dry finish.

I really do not like to see this beer get such a low rating. For an adjunct lager I believe this one sits well above a lot of the mainstream macro lagers. And with the big 25.4 oz. cans this one provides a lot of good beer refreshment.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Consumed from an "oil can." This wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Could smell hops with an undercurrent of corn. Pours a straw color. Head has staying power. Has lots of carbonation, as evidenced in the glass.

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Photo of matuka123
3.66/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, there. Yup. This beer is the epitome of Mediocrity. it's mediocre simply put. Not a bad beer but nothing GREAT either. Just decent beer :)! not bad at all. Aussie australian fosters lager. Im not a lager fan. But yeah, its drinkable and a cool can.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml can into SN imperial pint glass. Rated to style.

A: Pours a clear light yellow color with a frothy and thick bright white head that faded into a dense cap of foam. A complex network of lace was left down the glass.
S: I get light notes of crackery malt, corn, minerals, and a touch of peppery hop spice.
T: Clean, light, crackery malt taste mixed with maybe a touch of flaked corn. Very low hop presence is spicy and slightly leafy. Not the worst flavor profile, although the aftertaste has sour quality. Peppery, corn, creamy, crackery, bready, and sour. Light mineral quality as well.
M: Light body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, lightly peppery, fluffy carbonation.
O: Not the worst adjunct swill on the market. Fairly east to drink and more flavorful than most. As it warmed though, this became harder to drink.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.33/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although it's labeled as an American Adjunct Lager, it's quite different. It has a good hop bite to it that most American Lagers lack, making a very interesting beer. I always liked Foster's for that reason.

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Photo of dcotom
2.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 25.4-ounce can into Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance is a sickly pale yellow with a nice head of white foam that recedes rather quickly. First thing I noticed on the aroma was an unpleasant musty funk giving way to roasted corn. Taste was surprisingly not bad, refreshing but not too overly carbonated. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, not much body, some bitterness on the back end that I was not expecting. I'd probably pick this over a lot of the AALs I've tried.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains but not much else on the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean. Very drinkable, but also an average lager.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First purchased this in a large oil can style. Used to have a giant display of it in my store, but eventually I managed to sell down enough that I could shelf the rest and rid my store of that obnoxious Australian cardboard stand. Drank it cold that night and had no problem finishing it. Crisp, clean lager straight from a land composed entirely of criminals. Forgot about it until a wild night some months later wherein a buddy and me had a few too many 11% crafts at a convention and got lost in the city, eventually ending up in a very unsafe neighborhood. Only solution? Fit right in with the locals. Hoods up, bought some Fosters from another location of the chain I work for. Tossed them in some paper bags and took the city by force afterwards. Which basically meant wandering the deep south and ending up on a train trying to find our way home.

Taste is not bad honestly. I found it very tolerable, even when sober, and very refreshing. No idea what the look was as it was straight out of the can. Can itself was obviously fairly unique, so that counts, right? The mouthfeel wasn't bad. Lot's of carbonation, though. Made it hard to chug while walking in the middle of the street.

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Photo of Sconnie25
2.23/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a light yellow hue with a thick head that dissipated very quickly. Smelled of artificial sweetness with very small hints of corn. Tasted somewhat bitter with hints of corn and grain. For some odd reason I remember enjoying this a lot more years ago. Now it is very mediocre.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.73/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's part #3 of "bottom shelf beer review week"!

Appearance : Pours a pale straw color into a tumbler, 90% opacity, and a towering head that quickly recedes to a small ring. Lacing surprisingly is left in vertical streaks on the sides of the tumbler glass. Not a shabby display.

Smell : I'm using my hand as a desperate attempt to waft a smell whatsoever up to my olfactory. It's very hard to detect what's going on here. Some straw, corn, maybe a little bit of flower...that's it. It's a very weak nose - this beer is not meant to be smelled.

Taste : Stale grain and sweat sock flavors out front, this seems more like a punishment than an indulgence. Some faint pasty hop bite comes eventually, and it leaves off with a faint malt note. This is honestly one of the most terrible beers I've ever tasted.

Feel : Busy carbonation out front, with a light champagne-like quality (High Life, anyone?), and it ends semi-dry and otherwise unremarkable. I'm getting a sticky film on my teeth from the sweetness of the corn.

Overall : This beer reminds me of all the bottom shelf 40 oz malt liquor beers I've had. It's pretty awful, has no real balance, no good flavors, and hides itself behind carbonation. If there was no carbonation in this beer, or even reduced carbonation, it would taste like unsweetened corn syrup blended with sweat sock and grass clippings. It's truly one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Turkzil
3.63/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I live in Florida. We can't drink heavy beer in hot weather. Fosters is cheap, it's light, and it's refreshing. I'm an IPA lover but Fosters is a good beer to take down when you're in the middle of a hot summer. It is not a specialty beer but I prefer it over Budweiser any day. It is light gold in color, smells citrusy but tastes bland, has white foam, and is not bad when taking down a pint in ten seconds to cool down. Gives a good buzz.

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Photo of hopphead31415
1.47/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is another one of those low quality beers with a standard 5.0% ABV, but I drank it when I was a kid so it has a strong nostalgic component that might give it a fraction of a point extra so keep that in mind.

Look-It pours a light golden mildly clear liquid with a head that is small.

Smell-It smells of grainy malts and an indiscernible metallic aroma.

Taste-It has neither bitterness nor hops. It has not much in the way of flavor other than grainy malt-forward characteristics.

Mouthfeel-It is nothing exciting. It has just the fizz from the carbonation and a barely noticeable alcohol content.

Overall-I would not recommend this beer unless you’re a hobo or myself time-travelling to my past.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
2.52/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I couldn't resist a trip back to the college days and I nabbed one of these. I haven't had this in years. Poured center from 25 oz oil can into a snifter because I'm classy like that. Which, of course, promptly stuck to the lip of the can and spilled everywhere.

L: Golden straw color with a thick clean white head. Large stream of carbonation mainly contained to the center of the glass stem. Thick patchy lacing and long lasting retention.

S: Strong Pilsner nose with lemon. A little bit of skunk detectable.

T: Light buttered toast body and a touch of lemon in the finish. Some creamed corn as well. Watery and disappointing.

F: Creamy mouthfeel. Would be easier to drink with a better flavor.

O: Watery and skunky overall. I bought it cold but it may be old. Going to have to force the rest of this down.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.21/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden colored, clear, white head, nice lacing. Aroma is malty some grain, bit of corn and a bit metallic. Taste is malt, grains, some corn yeah typical Australian lager.

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Photo of ordybill
2.94/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the famous 25 OZ oil can into a pint glass. This beer is clear yellow with moderate carbonation. It has a slight lager corn flavor and is better had very cold. I know this is the Australian example of Moosehead Beer to Canadians (a not so popular brand exported to the States). An average AAL style beer.

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Photo of leantom
1.62/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I think this may be the worst AAL that I've ever had - and that's saying something. Here goes:

A: Only decent thing about the beer. Clear yellow, well-carbonated, good head. Lacing is OK.

S: Wow, this is too mild even for an AAL. Can barely smell the corn. Faint hints of corn and nothing else.

T: Mimics the smell. Mostly water - no hints of barley or hops. Just light corn.

F: Pure water.

O: This was a bad beer.

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Photo of DrainBamage
1.88/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a nice golden color with surprising frothy head. Standard putrid corn aromas. Goes down harsh and taste to match. This is a way worse beer than I rembered

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Marketing makes this beer sound big, and the whole Australia thing is enticing, but the beer is rather poor. Low flavor, watery feel, no reason to return.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.45/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know someone from Melbourne. She said that Australians are not crazy about this beer. She said that different regions have their breweries and their favorite beers. This, she said, is the crap they send to the U.S.

I was at Outback the other day. I had a growler of IPA at home, but I didn't want to open it because it was only Tuesday. I wanted to save it for the weekend. So I figured, what the heck, I'll get a Foster's. I was happy. It's got the typical color of a lager halfway between urine and sunshine. The smell isn't all that impressive.

But I was very pleased with the taste. It's not an overwhelming taste. I'm an IPA man so you know I like a strong taste, but for this it was a very pleasing subtle taste. And you don't want anything heavy when you're eating a big steak so it goes well with the restaurant. I'm not going to pick up a case off the supermarket shelves especially when there are so many other better options, but if I'm at a party that's serving it, I'll be happy.

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.13/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Only bearable if stone cold this is just an example of how a nation that creates such good wine has no idea of how to brew. Quite simply a disgusting tasteless example of lager rather than beer.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a big "oil can", which they're known for. So I can't comment on the looks.
Smelled of a cheap lager beer, on par with similarly priced beers of this kind. Nothing to set itself apart from others.
Tasted watered down, with mild hoppy flavor. Not bad on a hot summer day, but nothing special. Has no strong aftertaste.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 25.4 ounce "oil can" into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 9-21-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light yellow color with one-finger white head that dissipated quickly until there was absolutely no trace of any head, medium carbonation and no lacing of any kind.

SMELL: corn, grass and crackers, very subtle to the nose.

TASTE: this beer is hard to describe because there is very little going on here, I can barely detect some sweetness form the malt, there is a taste of corn in the middle and then there is a slight metallic hop bite at the end, finishes clean.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a standard lawnmower beer, nothing more, nothing less, I would not buy this again as there are American beers of similar quality that I can buy for less like Hamm's.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.52/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too expensive for the taste. If you can get a deal during a house party/BBQ your friends will laud you for getting an import but obviously not a great craft beer.

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Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
62 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.