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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001)
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Photo of afogg0855


2.42/5  rDev -4.3%

First time trying Fosters was at an Outback Steakhouse last night. Outback has a terrible selection of beer to begin with and I figured i might as well just try something I've never had before.

The mug arrived and it looked exactly like a watered down glass of apple juice. Light golden brown in color, clear. Zero head, zero lacing, very low carbonation.

It has very little scent but what is there smells clean... flavorless. It tastes slightly better than it smells, I'm able to pick out a minimal ammount of hoppiness mixed with a grassy, airy flavor.

I definitely will not have this beer again, but it's good to know what you like and what you don't like, so I'm glad I tried it.

03-14-2011 15:08:48 | More by afogg0855
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3/5  rDev +18.6%

I felt it was fitting to have this while at Outback Steakhouse. This is what Australian's call beer? I thought Aussies were tough.
This is almost completely clear with a hint of yellow, like I just washed my tea bottle. The aroma is almost nonexistent, just a hint of grain. The taste is very light, a hint of grain and corn. Going down it's almost like flavored water but you can down a lot of it. If you're looking for a chug session beer, this is a good choice. If you're looking for quality, look elsewhere.

03-01-2011 02:50:34 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of ehammond1

1.8/5  rDev -28.9%


A very light straw yellow with a hint of orange with a fast forming white bubbly head that quickly falls away. Very thin and watery appearance that leaves almost no lacing down the glass. Altogether unspectacular.

A relatively sweet nose and some musty grain. Tolerable but not particularly appealing.

Unfortunately, the aroma is better than the taste. I taste some malt sweetness but also something metallic and coppery. Very off-putting and unpleasant.

A typical tonic water type mouthfeel, very similar to the majority of BMC products. Not something I'll drink again.

03-01-2011 02:26:23 | More by ehammond1
Photo of drabmuh


2.93/5  rDev +15.8%

GIANT CAN! Pick this up when I got my Bad Beer Thursday selections for the next few weeks. Ughh....

Well it's clear and heavily carbonated but no staying power with the head.

Aroma is grassy and sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body and decent. Minimal aftertaste...is "cold" a flavor. It is very underwhelming, but maybe that's the point. I'm interested in trying the lager...but I won't have it again.

02-25-2011 04:56:40 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jsulko


2.15/5  rDev -15%

Oil Can poured into a shaker pint.

Ued to drink this as a summer beer, son bought it for me from the store as a fun gift.

Typical AAL lager color (light gold) Little taste or hops.

Don't know how I liked this more before. Don't think it has changed, I have.

02-24-2011 01:56:05 | More by jsulko
Photo of ZenAgnostic


2.3/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a small white head that disappears very quickly. Very pale, clear straw body.

There was a definite skunkiness to the smell. Once the head disappeared it became very difficult to smell much of anything. I have to bury my nose deep in the glass to get a hint of anything. Can't really describe what I do smell. Extremely faint gum smell, with a little chocolate and caramel. But the scent is so hidden that it might as well not be there at all for normal drinking purposes.

Taste has hints of coffee and copper. Not a particularly pleasant beer. Really no complexity at all. Very one dimensional.

Bubbly, sharp mouthfeel. This is the best part about the beer. It's slightly invigorating. Makes me want to punch a Kangaroo.

I won't go out of my way to grab another one of these, but in a pinch I wouldn't turn one down either. If this is Australian for "Beer", then poor, poor Australia. Somehow, I'm sure that's just US marketing though.

02-24-2011 01:20:21 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Elendinn


2.53/5  rDev 0%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. I used to enjoy this beer, prior to my enlightenment, so I thought, since I had some after-party remnants, it warranted a review.

Pours a pristine gold with water-like translucency, which makes the effervescence easily apparent. A thin layer of white head crowns the beer and leaves a miniscule amount of lacing. Looks a bit like sparkling cider, but with less "sparkle."

Smells clean, grainy, and adjuncty. Enough said.

Tastes like it smells. There's some maltiness in there somewhere, finishing slightly bitter and metallic. The flavors are simply so diluted that I'm having a hard time discerning any other flavors worth noting.

Foster's is thin-bodied, highly-carbonated, and very average -- definitely not the beer I remember it being. I prefer it to some adjuncts, but it's worse than others -- I only drank it because my cellar is dwindling and it was on my porch. Maybe if I hadn't consumed it during a frigid winter it would've been slightly more satisfying. Chug it, or sip it if you have to, but don't savor it; seriously, just buy something better.

02-22-2011 03:01:51 | More by Elendinn
Photo of kingcrowing


2.53/5  rDev 0%

750ml oil can poured down my gullet.

Very clear, light, bubbly, just a tiny bit hoppy on the nose, it's also light and crisp.

Taste is fairly sharp and harshly bitter in an unpleasant way. Big sharp over carbonated mouthfeel with a dry slight off finish.

02-19-2011 02:02:35 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of TheRealEss

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +52.2%

I can see from other reviews, I'm in the minority for liking this beer. So I'll state my case:

Serving: Oil can

A: It looks as good as a lager can.

S: It smells as good as a lager can.

T: I can taste this lager and it doesn't taste cheap, skunky or like dish water (Coors Light). It as that little lager burn at the end of a sip. I've always liked the dry aftertaste. That's just a personal preference.

M: It's got body, unlike almost every lager I've ever had.

D: I could drink this beer all day & not get tired of the taste.

I know it's not good as, say, Sam Smith's lager, but it's about the best lager for the masses that I've had. Lagers aren't my fav. And that's a shame considering that's what 90% of the beers in a small town grocery store are. But this one certainly has personality.

02-15-2011 23:32:51 | More by TheRealEss
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.3/5  rDev -9.1%

Note: I reviewed the 4.0% UK version

Clear, golden straw colour with plenty of bubbles & a two-finger sized white head that lasts throughout & leaves some lacing.

Bland & slightly skunky with corn & bread dominating the smell or what there is of it. Fairly typical for the style.

Mainly a mixture of corn & bread as well as being quite syrupy. A lot like so many pale lagers before it& again rather bland & finishing with a skunky finish.

Light bodied & watery although not the worst I have tasted. It is smooth but could have been a lot better.

Not the best although about average for a mass-market pale lager. Rather bland & quite skunky in both aroma & taste although the head was nice for the style.

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02-12-2011 12:04:52 | More by flyingpig
Photo of CuriousMonk


2.78/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

02-07-2011 19:57:01 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of sixerofelixir


2.53/5  rDev 0%

25.4 oz "oil can." Fresh by date clearly marked on bottom of can.

Pours an ultra-clear, almost green, yellow. A creamy white head patches to the glass sides, and is mostly gone after a few sips. There is not much to the smell but some buttery biscuits, and a bit of phenol action. Taste is even more plastic, a bit of grainy adjunct flavor, forced bitterness all the while. Finishes like a chemistry experiment gone bad. blah.

02-01-2011 05:27:26 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of scootny

New York

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Not awful but certainly nothing to write home about. Very clear straw yellow with a very nice head and lacing to boot. Grainy smell lies underneath a flora hop character. Taste is much the same. Malt is kinda sweet turning to cereal and and bread. Mild smooth bitterness flows into a clean dry finish. Feel is rather thin and watery with light effervescent carbonation. Goes down easy enough when cold. A blast from my past this one. I drained quite a few oil cans of this in my youth. Certainly better than "The King" for my tastes but what isn't better than Bud?

01-30-2011 03:50:35 | More by scootny
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +42.3%

Smells grainy with some astringent sharp like hop in the back. Taste is actually not bad at all. Its like a better Budweiser. The mouthfeel a bit more full and almost creamy like maybe because its a lager. You taste the grainy malt but tastes nicer than it smells which adds a pretty nice sweetness against some actual hop bitterness. I'm surprised. The hop bitterness almost reminds me of a Ballantine XXX ale. It leaves you with that sharp hop taste and grainy sweet malt taste. Probably my favorite Adjunct Lager... it has more of a hop presence than a Yuengling so I like this just a bit better actually...I'm surprised. It's brewed in the USA though by Oil Can breweries....which is good because I'm a vegetarian and I heard the American made version is vegetarian where the Australian made one isn't. If I want a cheap beer this is a good go to.

01-22-2011 00:07:05 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of NODAK


3.83/5  rDev +51.4%

The first smell upon opening I had was of cooked veggie, but then it seemed more like a wet corn adjunct aroma.

The taste featured a body that had a corn adjunct type taste to it with some cereal grains. However, this gives way to a surprising crispness from hop bitterness. I was pleased with that. After the swallow, a huge hit of grainy sweetness shows up quite prominantly.

For the style, which is a very maligned one, it is a good option. The hops are actually present, and the grains at the end are pleasing to me. And who doesn't love the oil can?

01-16-2011 00:22:43 | More by NODAK
Photo of alabencki


2.78/5  rDev +9.9%

Foster's, Australian for beer. I don't know if I'd go that far, but it wasn't that terrible. I did not think it was great, not by a long shot, but it wasn't a terrible beer in my opinion.

Look - Poured from big "oil can" into glass mug. Very pale straw and somewhat carbonated.

Smell - Was hit first by the pale malt smell, followed by a slight hop bitterness. Also very present in the smell was the adjunct smell and this cooked veggie smell.

Taste - First thing I tasted was the pale malts, followed immediately by the adjunct flavor. It finished with a nice malty/hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied, easy drinking beer. Crispness from carbonation adds to the light body. Very refreshing beer.

Overall - Not the worst beer I've ever had. Would I buy it again?... Very likely. Is it worth trying?... I'd say at least once. It isn't at all great, but it's not bad either.

12-31-2010 05:57:33 | More by alabencki
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


2.53/5  rDev 0%

Pale yellow and fizzy, one finger head, not much lacing, good carbonation bubbles rising.

Smells grainy and lemony, a bit better than the average for the style but not spectacular by any means.

Tastes of cereal grains, malts, mild hop bitterness.

Light bodied and easy to drink, plenty of bubbly carbonation and overall easy to drink.

It's nothing spectacular in any way but in the oil can size, it's an easy and cheap way to get something better than BMC regular offerings.

12-26-2010 22:47:43 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.43/5  rDev +35.6%

Served in a frost covered mug, not to my liking, but that was how it came. Color was a dark yellow, with a two finger head. Smell was strong, bitter wheat, corn, malt. Taste, well balanced, refreshing tastes of mild roasted wheat, rye, malt, with just a tickle of hops. Quite pricey for what you get, should have been there for happy hour. Not quite as I remember while I was on Guam, or visiting Australia.

12-21-2010 20:36:09 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of GParr

North Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -13%

A- Pours a golden color. Has a thin white head.

S- Smell like a beer that has been left out in the sun for a day or two.

T- First sip is nice but the after taste and every sip after that is very bitter.

M- Watered down. Carbonation is at a nice level.

D- Too bitter for my liking. Has a very distinct after taste thats not pleasant or enjoyable at all.

12-18-2010 14:06:49 | More by GParr
Photo of Kestrel452


1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

Nasty nasty beer. Goes down good the first second, then the NASTY after taste starts to kick in. God awful. Do not ever buy this beer.

You would expect something better for the price. You could buy Miller products which are way better than this nasty brew for half the price.


11-16-2010 01:23:22 | More by Kestrel452
Photo of Thorpe429


2.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev +27.7%

It surprised me I liked this as much as I did. Despite being just another cheap mass produced beer I did think the Lager was crisp, it had enough bitter hops to be noticed, and the sweetness of the malt was just about right. Average but upper average. At least I'd rather have this than a Bud or Coors or Miller...

11-03-2010 23:18:35 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.9/5  rDev +54.2%

Foster's has a thick, white, soapy, and quickly dissipating head. The color is a very clear yellow-golden. Carbonation is high, and lots of lacing is left in rings down the glass. Aroma is faint, but some grain and hop smell can be picked up. The taste is a good grain-to-hop flavor; a round beer. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Foster's finishes crisp and refreshing. It is a dry beer. The hop bitterness is higher than American lagers, so it is interesting. I liked it and would recommend it.


10-31-2010 15:20:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Nerudamann


2.9/5  rDev +14.6%

Look - light straw color. Clear. About a finger's worth of foam that dissipated very quickly.

Smell - fairly hoppy but with a subtle sweet smell, maybe the sugars just are stronger?

Taste - fairly hoppy in the taste too, but bland and very "light lager'-tasting. Aftertaste isn't very strong, but the bitterness is pretty strong on the middle of the palate. Texture is very watery.

Drinkability - no complexity at all, but tastes ok enough otherwise, at least just for "drinking's sake".

10-31-2010 02:10:12 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of JayS2629


2.15/5  rDev -15%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A- I hate to say this, but it looks like piss. Its a transparent golden color with high carbonation. Very little lacing.

S- Almost non-existant. Slight cereal smell. Perhaps a stale hint of citrus.

T- One word could sum it up. Watery. Its got faint damp tastes of a bitter citrus. No hopps at all. A small sweetness at the end. Stale, flat and bland.

M- Mouthfeel is ok. Its got a nice fizzy feel. Mostly watery.

D- It goes down easy enough. Once I get rid of whats in my fridge I'll never buy it again. I just bought it for the Bottle cap. Doing a bottle cap table.

10-31-2010 01:30:38 | More by JayS2629
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
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