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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,600
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 87 | 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 flyingpig
2.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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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flyingpig, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

sixerofelixir, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of scootny
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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?

scootny, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of thebrood1987
3.6/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thebrood1987, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.83/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

NODAK, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of alabencki
2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

alabencki, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.43/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerprovedwright, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of GParr
2.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

GParr, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Kestrel452
1.25/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.


Kestrel452, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.23/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

MoreThanWine, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


RonaldTheriot, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
2.9/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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".

Nerudamann, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
2.15/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

JayS2629, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.65/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thick white tan head and some wimpy lacing. Smells of corn and some sweetness, possibly from some malts. Tastes a little grainy, corny, some bread, mostly water with some piss flavor added. Mouthfeel is really thin. Drinkability is poor.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
1.18/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Poured from a can into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 25th, 2010. Pours a clear, bubbly, urine yellow-gould. Appears overcarbonated. Head with good retention but too thin and lacking cream. Unappealing. Three finger head.

Smell: Stale and (thankfully) unpronounced. Malted, stale barley is the only detectable note. Not looking forward to this.

Taste: Cream, stale barley, flat finish. Pathetic. Oh, and some water. Quite terrible.

Mouthfeel: Way too watery and thin. Not enough cream on the open. Finish doesn't dry up to leave me wanting more at all (not that I would off the watery taste).

Drinkability: Please. The Aussies export it almost exclusively, and for good reason. Don't delude yourself into thinking this is an Australian beer. Fermented Kangaroo urine might do better for your taste buds.

kojevergas, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of wallaceandvomit
2.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a- large head that fades quickly and leaves light lacing, urine colored
s- typical adjunct lager smell, slightly corn sweet with maybe a hint of hops
t- tastes bland like watered down corn with a little citrus bitterness
m- watery mouthfeel that leaves your mouth a little dry after swallowing
d- built for cheap binges, for that kinda beer i guess its decent

wallaceandvomit, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
2.9/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stamped FEB2111. I assume it's not good for 100 years but it would be interesting to try.

25.4 oz. can - seems like a strange volume of beer until I do the conversion: 750 mL. So this is what Abt 12 would look like if it came in a can, then.

Served cold into a highball, Foster's Lager is a very pale, very clear, yellow beer. The head is tall but not very long lasting. It does leave some lace on the glass so it's better than expected, so far.

Aroma is sweet, mild, and slightly citrusy. Mostly just subtle pale malts and a clean lager yeast.

Flavor is pretty bland too but it has a little herbal, a little citrus, and a little corn. Not so great but about right for this typically below-average style.

Mouthfeel is light in body and fizzy carbonation. Not a very pleasant aftertaste which has me taking sip after sip before I realize it should probably just be used to boil brats.

GilGarp, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of irishevans
2.17/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a straw/gold color, very transparent. has a mighty >3 finger white head at first, but dissolves to a half finger really fast, and eventually a film. the remains of the head cling to the sides of the glass a bit.

N- Straw and corn, and a SLIGHT sweet scent. boring.

T- more of the same, bland as hell light grain and not much else. again very boring.

m- very light and crisp. what one would expect from the style.

D- Now I know this is a beer pong brew, and therefore can be chugged with ease, but there is also the "how much you enjoy it" element of drink ability. I have some fond memories with the ol' oil cans, but that relationship is over like high school. just another Macro Lager.
* will still drink this at the salty dawg in Homer, AK but you get olives with it there (salty dawg martini)

irishevans, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of heissebier
3.43/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is average, with a pale yellow color and a quick dissolving head. It's definitely a step above Busch Light but not anything special.

Smell- Smells like a lager. Very malty, I could detect the faintest hint of hops.

Taste- So that's what Australia tastes like! It's actually not too bad, but noting spectacular. Very malty, almost no hops. However, it has a very rich, smooth quality to it.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, pretty rich for a lager. Almost creamy. The creaminess imparts a smooth quality to the beer that is quite refreshing and satisfying.

Drinkability- Pretty good drinkabilty all things considered. I drank the entire "oil can" which is 750 ml.

heissebier, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a jumbo can to a glass mug...
The color was golden with a frothy white head with some lacing.
Smells of sour corn, malt, yeast and metal.
Taste has hints of lemon, kind of bready and has a slight bitterness.
There is sharp carbonation, leaves the mouth a little dry.
Very drinkable finished this big ole can in no time.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of racer2k
2.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a Fosters Oil Can into my pint glass

A - Light golden colored beer pours a two fingered head which rapidly dissolves and leaves some lacing residue around the glass. Creamy off white colored head with lots of carbonation present.

S - The aroma of sweet cereal grains and mail is present with a bit of an earthy tone to the beer.

T - Sweet and grassy flavor with a touch of bitterness on the back end of the swallow. Definitely tastes like an adjunct beer.

M - Heavy carbonation and a moderate mouth feel to this beer but somewhat watery.

D - Drinkable but only as a last resort option. I do like the large oil can size in this beer which is quite convenient.

racer2k, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
4.25/5  rDev +68%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For such a common lager beer, Foster's has a unique taste. This is a good beer. This is the best beer to enjoy while barbequing and smoking a cigar. The color, smell and taste are all as good as a traditional lager can be. Imagine if Budweiser was actually drinkable, and that's what Foster's is!

ronniebruner, Aug 15, 2010
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
60 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.