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Foster's Lager | Foster's Group Limited

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Foster's Group Limited
Australia | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of Beric
2.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Serving: Huge ass can into a pilsener flute
Served: 5 May 2016

I needed half of this beer for a carne asada marinade.

Look: Pours a perfectly clear, beautiful golden color with huge carbonation screaming up from the bottom towards a pearly white head. The head dies after a while but a shimmer of bubbles remains. Looks great, honestly.

Smell: Sweet corn, earth, "beer".

Taste: Honestly terrible. The corn sweetness is undercut by a pervasive earthiness that I just can't shake.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: One of the worst beers I've ever had, flavor-wise, but one that really made a great carne asada marinade. I needed 12oz of cheap lager and this did the trick when I couldn't find any singles of PBR or BMC.

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Photo of Squire123
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

What happened to Fosters?

Memory is a tricky thing but I sure thought this tasted better 30 years ago. Picked up some recently for no particular reason and was interested in tasting until I tasted it. Smack in the middle of AAL city. Light in color, flavor, hops, nothing really bad just nothing really interesting either.

If you can pick this one out in a blind tasting with other AALs I will buy your next six pack.

This is the one to choose when you want higher ABV than found in the usual light beers.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps I'm a victim of my own experience but I enjoy Foster's. Look is clear amber and the taste is light and mild. It feels like a great hot weather brew like I envision Australia to be. It's not great, but it is what it is.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is grain, grass, and slight beach wood. Fosters is a lot better than I remember it from my college days. Super tasty and fresh--really easy to drink. I think this beats most beers in the style. When I want an adjunct lager, I will be looking for this one.

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Just had a Carlsberg for an experiment. Not good. I am hoping this is better...

Brewed in the EU, no one in Australia drinks this.

The can looks nice at least.

Lagerish look, washing-up liquid head that goes down fast.

Aroma has maltiness, more than Carlsberg. Much better though than Carlsberg overall, in terms of aroma.

Taste is much much better than Carlsberg also. This surprises me lots, as I was expecting this to be at a similar level. This is very balanced, with fruity overtones. Quite apricotty. Would be quite nice as a cold beer on a hot day.

Still a bit weak and watery though, and obviously mass-produced

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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
3.99/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a classic can. Pours a golden yellow with an average head that recedes quickly with it sticking to the side of the glass as it goes down. Smells of wheat and malt. The taste is very smooth with a light malt taste with a solid grain finish. Has a good amount of carbonation so that it goes down rather easily.

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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 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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