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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

Foster's LagerFoster's Lager

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1,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 1338
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 24.71%

Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001)
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Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

despite what the world thinks, we Aussies don't drink this crap, once again i think it must be brewed by someone else in North America, coz the Aussie version tastes like chemicals.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2002 18:19:32 | More by rastaman
Photo of diablo14


1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

why am i bothering to review the worst beer in this country next to carlton cold and hahn ice? because for the first time in over 10 years i saw aussies drinking this, at a restaurant i was at last night.

ive always found it amusing that 'foriegners' especially americans, think this is our signature beer considering we rarely drink fosters here. like all other beers carlton are involved with, its no different to anything else they brew, if you can call it brewing. im not even going to describe its qualities, because its just like VB, only worse. i dont know if the breweries that brew it under license internationally do a better job, but here its the epitome of swill. if aussie drinkers wont have it, whats that telling you?

im ashamed that we get lumped with this beer. alas, its deserved on some levels. if aussies in general knew anything about beer we wouldnt allow it. dammit that this is not the case.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 06:34:01 | More by diablo14
Photo of MrAleman

United Kingdom (England)

1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Woeful lager, about the only one i've had that tastes of pretty much nothing. Also I think they must put some unpleasant chemicals in this, can lead to nasty side effects. So best to be careful drinking this. Then again it is lager so you could go on a bender and have 10 pints!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 11:32:39 | More by MrAleman
Photo of AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

440 ml can poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot. Was given a 'Fridge' 10 pack of this by a neighbour for 'sorting out' his internet connection for him. I DO NOT drink this shite as a rule but seeing as it was a free gift thought I would give it a review for what it is worth, so here we go.

A. Looks like piss with a 3 finger thick white bubbly head on it. Looking through the beer, the bubbles look like some kind of scum sat on top of the beer. Holding it up to the sunlight, it is not as clear as it appears, losts of haze and other 'bits' floating about. Yikes it is piss!!

S. Smells exactly like tap water. I think I got the faintest hint of malt, there again I could be wrong.

T. Taste is like the smell - coloured tap water.

M. Thin and watery.

D. Only one other beer I have ever had is worse than this hogwash - San Miguel. One to avoid like the plague.

Serving type: can

03-22-2011 20:34:42 | More by AEK
Photo of Rifugium


1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ?

I know those crazy Aussies like to bad-mouth American beer. But, hello?

Poured clear straw color, with a fizzy head that fizzles out pretty quickly. Light aroma of malts and stale hops. More of the same to the tongue with an acidic bitterness that leaves a rotten aftertaste. Thin, soda-like body. Crikey...not very drinkable at all, mate. (Sorry for that.) Please avoid this beer.

Serving type: can

05-05-2011 11:28:45 | More by Rifugium
Photo of JohnnyMc


1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Less watered down and more of a full flavor than most cheap American lagers (I know it's not American), but at the same time it's nowhere near the best tasting.

During the summer this would be refreshing, but beyond that it's not worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:27:25 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of xvoltronx


1.05/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

APPEARANCE - Dull yellow. Almost no head. Tons of carbonation.

SMELL - Like a lake after it turns over

MOUTH FEEL - Club soda with a horrible bite.

TASTE - I imagine that if a swamp were downriver from a hog lagoon, Foster's Group would most likely erect a factory there and bottle their beer from the swamp water.

OVERALL - There have been only two beers that I have ever tried and vomited directly after drinking them. One is Miller Low Life. The other is Foster's Lager. I had the displeasure of trying this "beer" during my college years and I can honestly say that if I had to choose between Foster's, or a hand can of Steel Reserve with a wedge of Swiss Cheese blended into it, I would not hesitate to drink the Steel Reserve. Avoid like the plague.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 18:00:33 | More by xvoltronx
Photo of amstelcat


1.1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A six pack of this was given to me by my future mother-in-law who said " I know you like fancy beer" (help me). In glass has a nice yellow gold color with a pure white head. Smells like rotting vegatables and tastes about the same. Couldn't get half of this stuff down my throat. Hmmm...maybe use the rest to boil shrimp in?

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 02:40:04 | More by amstelcat
Photo of rye726


1.13/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchases in some sort of minature oil can. Pale straw hue with a foamy head. Smells like old trash can ooze and cut grass. The nose is really unbearable. The body is fairly medium for a macro lager. However, still way too carbonated. Not exceptionally drinkable unless you drink it at freezing temperatures.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:51:42 | More by rye726
Photo of kojevergas


1.18/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Poured from a can into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 25th, 2010. Pours a clear, bubbly, urine yellow-gould. Appears overcarbonated. Head with good retention but too thin and lacking cream. Unappealing. Three finger head.

Smell: Stale and (thankfully) unpronounced. Malted, stale barley is the only detectable note. Not looking forward to this.

Taste: Cream, stale barley, flat finish. Pathetic. Oh, and some water. Quite terrible.

Mouthfeel: Way too watery and thin. Not enough cream on the open. Finish doesn't dry up to leave me wanting more at all (not that I would off the watery taste).

Drinkability: Please. The Aussies export it almost exclusively, and for good reason. Don't delude yourself into thinking this is an Australian beer. Fermented Kangaroo urine might do better for your taste buds.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 20:20:53 | More by kojevergas
Photo of jujubeast6000


1.2/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 12/10/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a very light yellow color body, very clear. Has a big head which is diminishing. The aroma is sweet, with some malts. Has a bitter taste, dusty, and very little flavor. Has a bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 16:27:52 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

1.23/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This was shockingly bad. I had never tried Foster's before and was surprised to see it on tap last night at a bar in my area, so I figured what the hell.

Appearance: bright golden in colour with a half inch of bubbly white head that fades away quickly. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: a strong mixture of malt, corn, and fruit that amounts to a tangy sort of pissy smell. Not good.

Taste: terrible. A bittersweet malt flavour turns into a dry, corny aftertaste that lingers around for a while. This was tough to get through.

Mouthfeel: annoying. The beer has a strong initial bite and the malt-corn aftertaste doesn't go away. Basically all you're thinking about while drinking this is what beer you'll be ordering next.

Drinkability: I got through it. That's an accomplishment. Avoid this beer at all costs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 20:28:36 | More by cratez

New York

1.25/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely disgusting beer. I only bought it because it was the only beer in the bodega that wasn't bud, corona or coors light. the taste makes me want to vomit. Don't be fooled by it being an import or the fact that you can buy it in an "oil can". Go elsewhere. Or buy the Bud, it tastes just as bad.

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 07:20:24 | More by ILOVEBEEER
Photo of Kestrel452


1.25/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Nasty nasty beer. Goes down good the first second, then the NASTY after taste starts to kick in. God awful. Do not ever buy this beer.

You would expect something better for the price. You could buy Miller products which are way better than this nasty brew for half the price.


Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:23:22 | More by Kestrel452
Photo of tenesmus

United Kingdom (England)

1.25/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

According to the can the provenence of the beer is Heineken UK in Edinburgh. 4% alcohol.

500ml can poured into a straight pint glass. Looks pretty good, crystal clear straw coloured liquid with a nice pure white head with decent retention, leaving streaky suds rather than lacing down the side. Medium carbonation.

Smells distinctly unpleasant. Something undefined but faintly medicinal and vegetal, also a sweet graininess.

First impression when tasted is of water, some biscuity maltiness, a little crackery. Some saccharine sweetness and seltzer from the carbonation. There is a metallic note on the back of the throat, something almost chemically bitter. Aftertaste is a sweet and cloying breadiness despite the apparent lightness when first imbibed. Overall really unpleasant.

Fosters in the UK is viewed as just another characterless corporate pale lager, brewed cheaply with no regard to quality. It definitely lives up to the hype. There are many beers I would rate as average that are far superior to this.

Serving type: can

07-14-2012 07:45:54 | More by tenesmus
Photo of RootedFool


1.33/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a keg can into a sturdy beer mug. Huge, feathery, bright white head fires up toward the rim of the glass, nearly overflows. The body is translucent, dull gold, much like -- oh, nevermind. Smell: a ragged, dirty sweetness, and a slight twist of old lemon rind. Taste: opens with a stale cracker taste toward the back of my palate, proceeded by a very slight and shortly lived scratch of grassy bitterness over the center of my palate; a sickening push of canned corn sweetness comes next and sticks around through the finish. Sure, sure, I know you can't really taste the corn in an adjunct lager. But canned sweet corn is what this sweetness reminds me of. Mouthfeel: what do you think? Lots of carbonation, thin body. This isn't any better than the top American macro swill lagers, in my opinion.

Serving type: can

01-22-2005 04:51:58 | More by RootedFool
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

1.35/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got two cans of Foster's the other day cause the store wouldn't sell me a 40. Honestly, I'm betting the 40 would have been better. This beer - at least the canned version - is truly disgusting. Strong, in your face malt and skunk, coming off a definite piss yellow color. Thin and insipid. Really, if I'm looking for something refreshing, I'll go for a wheat or even a freakin' Miller Light.

Serving type: can

11-02-2008 23:08:47 | More by soupyman10
Photo of santomark


1.35/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Poured a tainted yellow color.

Smell - light hops with a slight lemon note.

Taste - Can't really taste anything in this beer. The way i can describe drinking this beer is like swallowing heartburn, had no flavor and made me feel nauseated.

Mouthfeel - was extremely carbonated and had a medium body. To be honest this would be better as a campaign, but I'm sure Fosters would find a way to screw it up too.

Drinkability - Was not drinkable at all; not because of what it has in it, but rather what it lacks in it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2009 06:42:56 | More by santomark
Photo of ADZA


1.38/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow id never thought i review this but after travelling overseas and seeing alot of this especially in the UK i thought i set the record straight this isnt our only macro beer but it seems to be doing well especially in Europe and unfortunately is well known and it pours a crystal clear yellow colour and leaves a frothy two finger head and no lacing really,the smell is grains,barley sugar and a touch of herbalness,the mouthfeel is a little fuller than expected and definately a little fuller than our other macros and the taste is basically the same as smell pretty insipid really with hints of malted barley,grains and liquid hops and overall i wouldnt drink this again unless of course its the only Aussie Macro option.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 08:19:07 | More by ADZA
Photo of John

New York

1.45/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mass produced, run of the mill swill.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2001 15:57:17 | More by John
Photo of Tresha

1.45/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is always served ice cold - maybe to mask the lack of flavour! While the appearance of the beer is light golden colour this tastes like any lager beer available in India. The beer is simple, no nonsense and a thirst quencher. Works well in Indian humid and hot weather. Ok to have one once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 09:37:58 | More by Tresha
Photo of jackndan


1.48/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Foster’s Lager: in the 25.4 ounce oil can, brewed in Canada. Very light looking lager, with a dense head. Adjunct-y aroma. Awful. The overwhelming taste is bitter, but not hops bitter, aspirin melting on your mouth bitter. Soapy aftertaste, but not a pleasant aftertaste. . . . I used to like this beer, not anymore

Serving type: can

06-12-2002 19:20:11 | More by jackndan
Photo of BeerResearcher


1.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This can was brewed in Canada. Straw colored and very thin malt. Malt? Hops? I can't positively identify any common beer ingredients. Bread soaked in dishwater aroma. Fizzy white head disappears rapidly, but I don't miss it. Evenly weak and sad. Follows the American mega-brewing formula for making good commercials, awful beer. Aussies must cringe at the "Australian for Beer" claims.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 16:07:14 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of tesguino


1.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bad and globalized beer; corn malts and rice is hard to hide in its smell but is good, herbal aroma; taste little bitter, grassy, round and very soft; try with bbq only; direct from the bottle or on a glass mug, pint is good too; nouthfeel and drinkability no comments; 45% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 20:02:53 | More by tesguino
Photo of hdofu


1.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I can't understand how this company stays in buisness selling this beer and I use beer in the loosest sense of the word. The appearance being urine yellow with a white head. The smell was skunky and maybe a bit of herb. Taste was bitter and seltzery, not alot going on. Mouthfeel felt a little bubbly not much else. It was barely memorable which is the only good thing I can say about it.

Serving type: can

09-01-2008 00:16:22 | More by hdofu
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