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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:
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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 Ohiolager


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Mike_Moe


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
Photo of StonedTrippin


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
Photo of dav12cnen


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
Photo of Frequent


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
Photo of BMMillsy


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
Photo of beergoot


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
Photo of Lungman


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
Photo of 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
Photo of bullseyestrat


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
Photo of Falcynn


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
Photo of 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
Photo of JamesMN


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
Photo of 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
Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx


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

Purchased for $USD 2.
A: nothing unusual
S: no aroma at all
T: Foster's Lager was lightly bitter.
M: Foster's Lager had light carbonation. One good thing about Foster's Lager: this beer keeps a steady level of carbonation.
Overall: Foster's Lager is an average beer.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 18:49:00 | More by xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Photo of Theheroguy


2.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow with an eggwhite head

The aroma - Cereal grains and malt

It tasted like a standard macro lager, lacking depth and hop flavor. The after taste of the beer was rather unpleasant but it went away pretty quickly with the next sip (hint you're meant to drink a lot of this really quickly!)

There was nothing overly offensive about this but I wouldn't seek it out either.

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 20:53:12 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of FosterJM


2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1601st Review on BA
Oil can to Fosters Pint (Keep it classy)

Best by March/2013
Thanks to my co-worker Kevin for this one

App- When this pours out of the can its one that pours with a lot of action in the glass and gives a big 3 finger head. Falls rather quickly with a good amount of pull apart and looks a bit batter or soap like. A very clear yellow with a very clear center just see through. A couple dots of cling.

Smell- This smells actually a bit less inviting then the Special lager from the other day. Had more corn and lager yeasty notes behind it.

Taste- This was very corn and adjunct syrup forward. There was a disconnect of the flavors and didn't all work together. Light and crisp but didn't give off good flavors.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbonation. Very fizzy.

Drink- meh, only because it was free and my last name did I drink another one.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 19:16:14 | More by FosterJM
Photo of jjamadorphd


2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was excited to have my first Foster's Oil Can but unfortunately I was left disappointed. It pours out a very nice golden color with a whispy white head that disappears very fast. The smell was nothing spectacular and the taste was lager at its worse. I have to say I was surprised after hearing so much from others who I know that recommended it. Anyway, it washes around in the mouth with a weird stinging feeling - not sure what that's all about.

Overall, I'm glad I can say I've had it but sorely dissatisfied with the product. I won't be having it again anytime soon.

Serving type: can

10-28-2012 23:54:38 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of cyberdemigod


2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks a pale yellow.
Head a little to big but fades out fast enough.
Smells like a plain barley lager, a bit crisper than a Budweiser adjunct.
The taste is better than most adjuncts, but not by far (how far can you go really?)
If very chill the taste is much better, but after it fades to a regular cold it lacks much.
Not bad at all for a beer of it's type, not a great one but I would take this over a Bush any day.

Serving type: can

10-13-2012 01:05:12 | More by cyberdemigod
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Poured from big 750 ml can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw colored brew with a huge diffuse white head. The head fades quite fast to leave only the lightest amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of some malty aromas, corn, as well as a lighter caramel smells.

Taste – The taste begins of some bready and corn notes. The sweetness intensifies as the taste goes on with a corny and caramel sweetness coming to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end, where some flavors of a lightly bitter herbal hop as well as a light biscuit flavors come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side with a carbonation level that is average. It is rather appropriate for the style as it makes it easy to drink and on the more refreshing side.

Overall –A pretty standard adjunct lager. Rather bland as there is not too much going on in the flavor profile section, but refreshing and easy drinking, making it a decent session.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 01:07:31 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of rangerred


2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml oil can into my liter mug.

Pours a clear medium gold with a decent one finger fizzy head. Somewhat surprising head retention and lacing.

Smell is sweet corn with some cereal grain thrown in. A little bit of grassy hops as well. Not too bad.

Flavor is corn and cereal grain along with a touch of toffee and hay. Some grassy hop flavor is way in the background but it is there. A light to moderate bitterness leads to a very crisp, dry finish. Soft mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Overall, it is what it is. A fairly bland, fizzy lager but honestly is isn't half bad. I wouldn't buy it all the time but the oil can is cheap and convenient on occasion.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 22:04:59 | More by rangerred
Photo of buschbeer


2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

25.4oz can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is a clear, golden elixir. A fleeting white head makes an appearance and vanishes.

S - I get some soapy grain.

T - There is not much to speak of. I think I've had light beers with more flavor. It pains me to this this beer had more flavor when I was in college. What a delicate and untrained palate I had.

M - Thin

O - I haven't tried this beer in years thinking that I did not like the taste. Hell, I would be happy with some sort of taste.

Serving type: can

08-08-2012 01:16:06 | More by buschbeer
Photo of smakawhat


3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass, one of those big 750ml suckers... sigh the things I do sometimes... can says product of USA.

Out of the big can it looks like a gusher but it actually holds up with control pretty good. Shocking white head three to four fingers deep, quite varied sized bubbles, and some retention, but very soapy and falling. Body color comes off more of a bright crystal polished brass, very hard to see the fast rising carbonation it looks microscopic. The beer doesn't look that bad at all, it looks like something I could drink.

Nose is a strange spice and almost phenolic hop presence, mixing with a very dry arid grain. It seems kind of burnt and toasty, mixing with a very light lager sense. Interesting, odd, doesn't smell too bad, but nothing real inviting.

The mouthfeel on this is a good solid thickness to it, carrying a malt density well. Finish is very fleeting with a spiced strange hop but not bringing much else. A real strange burnt almost but not quite vegetative taste. Hints of cigarette ash, and a real medicinal bitter on the tongue leave on the aftertaste.

Overall this is odd in that it's a real easy drinking beer, but strangely the aftertaste is not sitting well with me. However, if I continue drinking it, it masks this, until I swallow. Strangely passable but a real weird aftertaste on this brew. I could live with it, but there's more to beer than this.

Serving type: can

07-28-2012 22:33:53 | More by smakawhat
Photo of SometimesIfart


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

Poured from a 25.6 Oz. can into a lager glass. Beer pours a standard yellow with a massive, bubbly white head. The smell is strongly of skunk and some corn flakes, And perhapsa faint amount of grains? Nothing impressive. The taste is pretty good. Some grains, Perhaps some creamed corn in the mixture? Pretty standard of an AAL. The mouthfeel though, Pretty much feels like any other AAL. Over all, Would I buy it again? Sure, If I needed an easy drunk for cheap

Serving type: can

07-15-2012 03:31:48 | More by SometimesIfart
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Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
61 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.