1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

Not Rated.
Foster's LagerFoster's Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
60
poor

1,457 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website
Australia

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)
View: Beers (7) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Foster's Lager Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,457 | Reviews: 568 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

11-19-2012 02:31:59 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 10/1/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and sugar. Taste is of grain and sweetened corn flake flavors. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip and turns into a slightly medicinal flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer in the main area: flavor. The sweet corn mixed with the medicinal flavors on the aftertaste aren't too tasty in this one.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 05:27:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +18.6%

12-01-2011 21:19:11 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color. A bit darker than many of the style. Visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is grain with a bit of light adjunct. The taste is slight grain but most of the taste is washed away by carbonation fairly quickly. Crisp and light. Drinks decent enough and will quench your thirst, but not a particularly good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 13:50:00 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.75/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When I was a kid I had a beer can collection and the Foster's 'oil can' was one of my favorites. I've never had the beer though and I'm interested to see what the stuff tastes like. An Australian beer was pretty cool (at least I thought so) in those days, but I see that Foster's is now brewed in Canada, as is Sapporo. Is nothing sacred?

Perfectly clear bright amber with a dirty white, medium-sized head. The cap is a little more substantial than expected. It's actually firm, stays humped in the middle as it falls and leaves a fair amount of lace. Will wonders ever cease? Standard macro lager nose with a pungeant, skunky smell that is way below average while stopping short of offensive.

The flavor has little to recommend it. Foster's Lager is worse than the vast majority of lagers I've had recently and I've had some pretty bad beer. It isn't horrible at first, but once the beer leaves my mouth, a foul, sour, chemical flavor starts to seep across my taste buds, causing me to wince. Only Bud Light has had that effect on me of late. Thin, watery body.

Sorry to say, this is a drain pour. The label on the back of the bottle says that Foster's Lager is 'the definitive Australian beer'. I've had very few beers from the land down under, but that has to be the biggest load of bollocks that I've heard in a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 00:26:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

2.4/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, is really all I can say, and not in a good way,LOL. Poured rom an oil can in a pilsner glass, no real head, no lace, just pale golden nothing. Smell was must and moldy grain. The feel was too light, essentially non existent with just a light bread like taste. Overall this was just not very good, it tastes old and has no life or character. Dont know whay I drank this wehn I was younger.

Serving type: can

05-23-2007 23:26:18 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -20.9%

12-14-2011 17:20:23 | More by nmann08
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap Canadian version - Clear yellow brew with a nice head. usual macro brewery taste of malt/sugar/water. Maybe a tad too much water. This is drinkable but overall a middle of the road lager for hot summer days. I get the feeling this might not even be imported ber bu brewed under license in Canada.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2003 19:18:51 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good beer after that Labatt Blue that I just had. Looks vibrantly yellow. Nice carbonation and head retention. Left traces of lacing. Smells mildly malty and vegetable like and earthy. A bit yeasty. Tastes also lightly malty, corn like, grain like, powder sugar like. Light butteryness. bittered a bit by mild hopping. A bit astringent, but mostly clean. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Lightly creamy. Finishes modestly sweet, cornlike and and bitter. Not bad, unless you paid retail for it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2005 00:45:11 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

01-17-2012 18:58:24 | More by acurtis
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

08-16-2013 19:59:17 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a foamy, frothy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma with mere, vague hints of barley and little else.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with faint, fleeting grain hints. Incredibly small amount of floral hops and bitterness, leaving this one to finish sweet and somewhat crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass this one by, folks. Foster's has very little to offer beyond a simple, basic sweetness and some carbonation -- like a soda!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 18:40:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -40.7%

02-16-2012 04:00:33 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

10-23-2013 22:55:56 | More by jaydoc
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-11-2013 06:52:59 | More by spycow
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is what I ordered the first time I ate at the Outback Steakhouse. I ordered it simply because I hadn't tried this beer yet. I knew going into it that it was a standard lager and wouldn't be overly amazed by this. The beer is basically what I expected. It's yellow and clear with a pretty good head on it, the head actually leaves some nice lacing. The flavors are of the standard hops and malts. This beer is a little bit heavier on the belly than something like a Coors original or Budweiser. Apart from it's fuller body this beer isn't much different than the rest of the lagers in America.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 03:03:13 | More by Knapp85
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

2.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a two-finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of grains and malt.

T - Tasted of grains and wheat. It starts sweet and then finishes with a slightly bitter hoppiness.

M - It was crisp but a little flat. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not bad for the style. It has a little more hops than most of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 01:14:24 | More by zeff80
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A sunny afternoon on the strip, looking for a decent patio to enjoy the weather and the sights, and lo and behold, the old standard student pub has morphed into an Aussie-themed pub! The Outback now has competition in the kitschy 'Down Under in the Great White North' booze biz...

I couldn't sit down for the first time in such a place and not have a draft pint of that most famous of Australian potables in this part of the world. The beer arrives at the table, in the appropriately labeled glass, and appears a clear pale golden hue, with a minimum of thin white head, which leaves no lace. It smells of sweet white grain, and mildly skunky herbal hops. The taste is sweet, corn-flakes-like cereal grain, and mild earthy hops, somewhat acrid. The carbonation is moderate, the body kind of weak, and the finish off-dry. For a sunny patio, not a bad choice, but overall, nothing special - I don't think I'd order it again in different circumstances.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2009 23:16:55 | More by biboergosum
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale gold with a bleached white head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: Pale malts, light sweetness, a bit vegetal. Standard macro aroma I suppose, nothing fancy here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grainy sweetness, a bit husky and rough around the edges, but reasonably clean overall. Not much of a hop presence, even in the finish. This is somewhat excessively carbonated; the mouthfeel is annoyingly fizzy. The finish is moderately drying and extremely brief. This is drinkable but mediocre.

Serving type: can

10-02-2008 19:10:05 | More by largadeer
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As brewed by Molson. Oil can. Crystal clear gold. Fairly good head retention. Some nice lacing. Aroma is clean and lightly sweet with some malt character (although there's an obvious use of adjunct here). The flavor is somewhat sweet with a husky/grainy/hay-like/biscuity malt character. The huskiness actually helps to balance it along with the sulphur from the yeast. Firm/solid bitterness seems as if it's out of a can. Minimal non-descript hop flavor in the background.
It's pretty much as I remember it prior to '83 when Carlton and United was bought by Elders, but it's smoother now. And maybe that's just my changing palate; I'm not sure where it was brewed then.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 00:38:00 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

11-26-2013 09:22:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of nickfl
nickfl

Florida

3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden body, clear with a small head and little lace.

S - Malty with a light aroma of hops and a hint of sulphur.

T - A light grainy flavor with a hint of hops and a clean finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not a bad example of a light lager, a bit bland and the sulphur aroma is slightly off-putting, but highly drinkable nonetheless. I really surprised myself with this review as I thought I really disliked Fosters, but it had been years since I had it and for what it is, it really isn't that bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:39:26 | More by nickfl
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S: The aroma is of light malt, corn and other adjuncts, with a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste is predominantly heavy flavors of corn and grain. It has a thin malt character and is not as sweet as most macros, but has very little hops.

M: Crisp and not too smooth, kind of watery, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, doesn't seem to have much of a kick, I wouldn't stick with this beer if I had another choice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2007 16:00:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 25.4 oz can with no description of the beer and no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale sunny clear golden colour, good frothing of a white head when first poured. Yields a rocky and slowly dissipating two fingered head that soon enough is virtually gone.

Smell: Hint of malted grain, traces of cooked veggies and husky undertones make up the aroma which is relatively clean.

Taste: Crisp and grainy with a slightly refreshing smoothness. Light to moderate body. Sweet grain leans towards husky with light biscuity and powdery flavours. Even hop bitterness that couples well with the fresh graininess. Vague astringent flavours are mild and hard to trace back to their grain and hop origins. Husky finish that gradually dries.

Notes: A pretty drinkable lager, nothing to go “beer crazy” over. A good beer to wash down a working man’s meat and potatoes meal.

Serving type: can

03-31-2002 21:46:20 | More by Jason
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
60 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.