Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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BA SCORE
60
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1,670 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 112 | 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)
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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev +19%

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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.3/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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2/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of metter98
2.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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2.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.85/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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1.78/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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2.68/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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1.25/5  rDev -50.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.58/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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2.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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2.63/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | 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 hangout has morphed into an Aussie-themed pub! The Outback now has competition in the kitschy 'Down Under in the Great White North' booze biz, it would seem.

I couldn't sit down in such a place and not have a full 20oz draft pint of that most infamous of Australian potables in this part of the world. The beer arrives at the table, in the appropriately labeled glass, and appears a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a minimum amount of thin, wispy off-white head, which leaves a bit of sparse sudsy islet lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet rice patties, grainy corn grist, soaked Wonderbread, an ethereal cheap table pepper zinginess, and mildly skunky grassy, herbal hops. The taste is sweet, very corn-flakes-like cereal grain, a metallic flintiness, and soft, dankly earthy, leafy, and grassy hops - somewhat acrid, all.

The carbonation is weak, just a plain, innocuous frothiness manifesting, the body medium-light in weight, kind of pithy and clammy, and not particularly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the now stinky corn and rice simulacrum malt wallowing in its crapulence, while the dank hops throw in the towel.

For a sunny patio, not a bad choice, given the happy-hour pricing and the other myriad distractions, but overall, nothing special, just another macro lager, transposing international boundaries and breweries. I don't think I'd order it again in many other circumstances.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.85/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

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