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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 KYGunner


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
Photo of 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
Photo of thecheapies


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
Photo of MarkoNm


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
Photo of BeerWithMike


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
Photo of Auraan


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
Photo of CrazyDavros


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
Photo of FLima


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Fatehunter


1.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thin layer of head. A few bubbles floating up through the clear, lightest straw colored body.
Smells like a metal container.
Fizzy and metallic bitterness. Not a good taste.
Fizzy, but not highly carbonated. Light and crisp body.
Not great, but it's from Australia.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 04:24:40 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of mscudder


2.4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a pint.

A - A translucent gold with a thin, pale head.

S - Some barley and sweetness. Not pleasurable.

T - Some sweet malts hit the palette for a few moments only to fizzle out with some grainy hops. Finishes smoothly, I guess.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - This beer is like a sweet carbonated beverage. Nothing really here to offer unless you like bland sweetness atop of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:07:34 | More by mscudder
Photo of Tepsitola

4.23/5  rDev +65.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Australias classic lager.soft structure and with rounded malted taste.Brewed firtst time in Melbourne 1887 by two brothers from N.Y city. Now it is awailible in 150 contries. Yellow golden colour 4.9% alcohol.Fosters brewing group. Good thirst qenchener.Its well past average!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 18:45:41 | More by Tepsitola
Photo of TheSixthRing


2.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden straw color with a white, frothy 2-finger head. Decent retention. Resulting lace is spotty.

Smell - Smells of grain and corn.

Taste - Sweet, slightly grainy, with some grassy hop to give it a touch of balance. Simple, if somewhat vegetal finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Carbonation is decently crisp. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Oh Foster's, if that's Australian for Beer, then you guys have got a long way to go. In so far as AAL's go, this one's one of the better ones, but that's not saying much.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:20:43 | More by TheSixthRing
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 PhantasIPA


3.38/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very light golden color. It holds a 1/4 inch head and has decent lacing.

The smell is a little skunky and mostly wheat based, but nothing special.

I think the taste is decent, unlike a lot of people. It is a simple beer with a simple, straight forward taste. Although it is not exploding with flavor, it's flavor is wheaty and easy to drink.

The mouthfeel is okay. A little too carbonated for me but it is pretty smooth and very refreshing.

Overall this beer is decent, not unique, not original, but not bad either. It is refreshing and easy to drink with a very simple, single flavor. I wouldn't drink these all night or suggest it as a favorite but one from time to time is fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 21:49:11 | More by PhantasIPA
Photo of ByMySword

3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was pretty much what I expected. Average all around. And that is a compliment when compared to most domestics. This beer tends to give off the impression of being an import, but in fact mine was brewed and bottled only four hours north of me.

So aside from the Australian gimmick, this really just tastes like an average American lager.

Its not great, but not all that horrible either.

Appearance: The carbonation was good. There's a good golden color. The head was not very apparent.

Smell: The smell was reminiscent of American lagers. It wasn't too overwhelming, but still retained a familiarity. Call me nostalgic of my initial experiences with beer, but it wasn't that unpleasant.

Taste: The taste was as I rated it. Average as reminiscent of an American lager. The flavor could have been more prominent.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was saved by the carbonation. It wasn't all that watered down.

Overall: There's unfortunately not much to elaborate on this beer, in my opinion. There could definitely be taste improvements. Instead, the lager comes across as very bland and unoriginal.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:39:03 | More by ByMySword
Photo of dansmcd


2.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Gee whiz. Bright yellow golden colour with a small collection of sparce flimsy bubbles instead of a head. Lacing? not a trace.

S - Sweet grass, grain. Not as bad as some AALs.

T - Follows the nose, with a splash of cheap white wine.

M - Very highly carbonated, watch for hiccups. Light bodied and crisp.

O - Yeah, drinkable on a January afternoon on the boat, as long as it's cold.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 06:54:55 | More by dansmcd
Photo of jojoluvsbeer

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

Pours a pale yellow color with a big white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is lacking and only able to get some malty grain. Taste is again grainy and a slight hop presence in the finish. Feels a bit watered down. Fosters is how you say "not good" in Australian.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 20:47:29 | More by jojoluvsbeer
Photo of TheBrewo


2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a golden-straw colored brew. It holds a half finger tall head of big white bubbles. This disappears almost immediately, leaving half the liquid covered with those same big bubbles. Little lacing is noted. Carbonation appears lighter to average, and transparency is complete. The nose is full of adjuncty grain, with corn and cheap pale malts dominating. There is a grassiness, but it is hard to attribute this to any solid “hop” quality. We also detect a general dirtiness, with metals, toast, wax, and a bit of alcohol. As we sip, flour and adjuncts hit the palate first. These remain and dominate the front, giving room for little else through the middle. There are hollow sugars, with a bland distribution or distinction to the malts. Corn and rice continue, but let some sweetness seep through. It remains mild throughout. The finish shows more sugar and grassiness, with a wheaty vibe to the finish, which actually gives a bit of depth, if it can be considered such. The aftertaste breathes with more wheatiness, synthetic lemon, and the faintest grassy hop added for balance. Very hollow, as much of the flavor showed. The body is lighter and the carbonation is average. The mouth is coated, but quickly dried with tannin-like astringency. There is little smack or pop, but the drinkability is easy going. Abv is appropriate.

Overall, the thing we enjoyed most about this beer was its clean finish. Really, this is good and bad, because it speaks both to a refreshing quality about the beer, and an utter lack of flavor. At least the flavors that were there were relatively well blended, and less offensive or starkly metallic than many others within the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:57:06 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of calicaliente

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

Pours pale yellow with a big white head and a lot of carbonation. No lacing on the glass. Smell is of adjunct, corn, cereal and minimal hops. Taste for the most part follows the smell and consistent with macrobrew, although I found it less repulsive than the bud family. Very thin mouthfeel. Ok drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:22:10 | More by calicaliente
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 rwrk42

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent head at first pour but settles very quickly.

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Slight and I mean a slight hop taste. Not much taste or flavor. Typical lager like Miller or Bud

An okay beer but nothing to write home about. Would pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:02:35 | More by rwrk42
Photo of jsisko01


2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, light golden color with a thin head that lingers for a little bit.

Smell - A little bit of a skunky smell and a grassy/hay smell to it. Nothing else really stands out.

Taste - Also tastes skunky.. Can't really point out flavors here. Maybe just the light hops. A very crisp drink though.

Mouthfeel - Very light with medium to mild carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer but nothing really special that stands out. I'd rather stick to something cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:15:12 | More by jsisko01
Photo of gtermi


1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just dont get where this beer went. I know that as soon as MillerCoors took it over, it hasnt been as good. Anyways, I had this beer at Buffalo Wild Wings the other day and I was so disappointed. The appearance and smell were just terrible. It smelled and looked like your basic crap beer and I just wasnt impressed. The taste was the worst part of the beer. It was just of faint malt and that was really it. Overall this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. I can't stand anything about it and definitely the perfect drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 06:58:00 | More by gtermi
Photo of theRooster90


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

A: Yellow, typical light beer look with pearl white head

S: Some malt, some grain, yeast

T: Not horrible but not good. Some light hops with something else I can't put my finger on. Some sweet overtones as well.

M: Some carbonation with low lingering

O: Not the greatest, not the worst. Probably wouldn't buy this again but if it were free I might drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:55:49 | More by theRooster90
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Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
61 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.