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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 77 | 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 newcastleme
2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I didn't feel this beer was near as horrid as many make it out to be. Although not a personal favorite, I found it to be astoundingly drinkable. Ultimately, this beer is average. I wouldn't recommend it as a sipping beer but it's solid as a social beverage.

newcastleme, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Appearance is clear and bright golden. Decent enough head, but retention and lacing are not so high.
S- Smells of grain, faint hops. relatively clean.
T- Barely toasted malt with just a hint of bitterness. The bitterness doesn't mesh well with the grain though.
M- Thin and almost flat.
D- Not any better than American macros. I'll pass.

jsprain1, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of velosuds
2.45/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled Mar1510.

A-Pours a very clear, nearly effervescent, pale golden color with a one finger, loose bright white foamy head that recedes without lacing.

S-Grainy malt, corn, and slight grassiness.

T-Lightly toasted malt sweetness and some bitterness.

M-Light and thin. Nearly flat after it warms. Is this beer?

D-Easy drinking, but so is water. Not as good as Coors or Miller, but better than Bud. Surely Australia has better to offer.

velosuds, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Gilly1980
2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 25.4 oz can and poured into a pint glass. Nice gold color with a short-lived head and moderate lacing. Has a bitter but not overpowering smell. Taste is similar to the smell and unimpressive. Tastes almost watered down. Mouthfeel is unremarkable. I can't see myself drinking more than 1 or 2 of these in a siting.

Gilly1980, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25.4oz can, Sam Adams glass, October 18, 2010 seems to be the drink by date stamped on the bottom.

It is a nice looking beer, and specifically lager. The towering pure white head is retentive and lacey on top of the requisite super clear yellow body.

The smell is faint and just clean lager cracker with some DMS.

Even for the style this is a little to bland. Corny sort of sweetness and DMS is about it.

While still crisp, this seemed to lose carbonation very quickly.

Chugging a can ice cold would be the best option.

brewerburgundy, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
1.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750mL oil can, $2.29 from the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Smell of yeast and grain as soon as the top is popped. A heavy pour gives a huge 3" of bubbly rocky white head that takes a while to settle. Brew itself is a clear pale lemon yellow color. Smell is dominated by aluminum and hydrochloric acid, pretty terrible. Taste is very metallic throughout. Behind that is some skunk, light malts, and rotten muddy hops that leave a sour taste behind. Mouthfeel is fizzy and somewhat sweet. Makes me belch like only a macrobrew can.

I'm completely satisfied that I've received my yearly requirement of Aluminum.

BeerNinja007, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear straw with a light, white head that leaves moderate lace. Very carbonated.

S: Grain, grass, slightly sweet. Pretty typical adjunct lager smells.

T/M: Biting carbonation. Slightly sweet grain profile. Adjuncts become pretty obvious if it gets too warm. Bit of astringency in the finish.

D: Ice-cold Foster's is actually one of my guilty pleasures, but I like it better on tap. I can drink loads of the stuff on a hot day.

MurphyMacManus, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of bierguru
3.28/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

smell is hoppie maybe a hint of roasted nuts but nothing to pronounced

pours copper clear with a thick head that laces out

taste is nothing wow just a typical hopp beer with a bitter after taste

the beer is really refreashing on a hot day though not a beer you drink for a lot of flavors

bierguru, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of bourbonbock
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mediocre beer with one redeeming quality... The oil can, it makes it stand out everytime.

A. Clear light yellow lager with white head with a constant stream of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S. Light smell of corns and perhaps some grains. Overall very faint even with the amount of carbonation rising up.

T. Light with lots of carbonation. Tastes sweet and maybe a bit of malts but the carbonation interferes with the flavor quite a bit.

D. I wind up picking up one of these about once or twice a year and am never dissatisfied.

bourbonbock, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of biegaman
2.1/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Although it may be its only agreeable aspect, at least the beer isn't too bad to look at. It has a flawlessly clear, well polished golden body and a steady stream of bubbles that would make for a great screen-saver. Its head, although it's been considerably sanded down, still manages to tarp the surface and even tack on some patchy lacing.

My Australian slang may not be great, but I think the word they'd use to describe this aroma would be 'bodgy' (of inferior quality). Or maybe they'd call the thing a 'cactus' (dead, not functioning). It smells sort of like any beer would smell... if you had allergies and stuffed up sinuses. Apart from a crumb of rice malt I don't smell much of anything.

The taste confirms it: the adjunct of choice here was rice. For concerns of cost and consistency, macro lagers are often supplemented with additives, namely corn or rice. This one makes no effort to hide this fact. The resulting taste is dull, watery and insipid. To borrow a phrase from the Aussies: this is not my bowl of rice (pun intended).

To be fair, the first few times I'd had this beer I considered it awful - I honestly found it offensive. Where as those samples were racked with DMS (dimethyl sulfides, which tastes like cooked corn) this one, despite still noting a trace of it, is far too bland and neutral to be seriously considered vulgar. Cheap, unsavory, unpleasurable - sure. But vulgar, no.

How ironic is it that Foster's - the famous beer from Down Under - is actually contract-brewed in the Great White North? The brewery might want to send someone up here to check up on things because it seems to me the North American brewers must be screwing something up - no beer this plain and insipid could ever have become so popular as to be considered a national emblem for a nation of proud beer drinkers.

biegaman, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
2.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 24oz can into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden in color with a very large white head that has some staying power and leaves nice lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Sweet grainy aromas highlighted by corn and other adjuncts.

Taste: Sweet corn in the beginning, with a grainy finish and slight hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth, with light carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Nothing about this beer stands out- not worth it.

Mosstrooper, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of mjurney
3.55/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Pale straw color, Crystal clear, well carbonated, soapy head, leaves a little lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: sweet grainy, corn, some hint of bitter hops.
[Taste]: Sweet grainy up front, mild cooked corn, I could detect some hint of raw nut, nice hoppy bite at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Very crisp, nice carbonation, clean hoppy finish, very smooth.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is nice.

mjurney, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of sudz42
2.83/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampled next to Bud on a day when I was tired of drinking all the usual macros (Sam, Becks, Urquell) and could not find Brooklyn Pilsner, Fosters exhibited some strange tastes in the back palate. It's bitter, and not in the hop sense and not in a flattering way; I don't discern much malt.

Bud was a clear winner in terms of balanced drinkability.

sudz42, May 25, 2010
Photo of eschbach
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer from down under! It seems exotic except it's made in Texas. And it comes in these really cool short and fat cans that looks like mini barrels.

This beer has a fairly pale color even for a lager. It's veggie like aroma makes it stand out from other macros though. It doesn't really smell like hops or taste like hops. I has an almost grassy taste, which isn't a bad thing. It feels good in the mouth and it goes down smoothly.

This isn't your typical macro. It has a unique taste and a unique aroma. If you are tired of the same old same old, then you may want to buy this beer, because its taste makes it stand out.

eschbach, May 16, 2010
Photo of colts9016
2.9/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer in my series for reviewing adjunct beers. Poured into a pint glass at 35 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger foamy creamy head that has retention. The color of the beer is a straw color with yellow highlights. The beer's clarity is clear to brilliant. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The appearance of the beer is very good for an adjunct lager.

Nose: A mild grain build that has some floral notes. There is corn and it's sweetness, regular malt, and some light hop aromas. There is a slight funky tin can aroma in the background of the beer.

Taste: There is a tinny note at first, then a mellow corn and it's sweetness that follows. There is a light hop flavor that is floral and lemony.

The mouth feel is carbonated, clean, and slightly dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium light. I have to say it, "Fosters Canadian For Beer". This is actually one of the better adjunct lager that I have tasted so far. The tinny note in the beer is offsetting and doesn't really go away. It is an okay beer.

colts9016, May 12, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.35/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried one at Greg Norman's Australian Grille in Myrtle Beach, SC. It shows a watery pale straw yellow with just a vague white ring of head and barely a trace of lacing. The aroma is mellow cardboard sweet bread and a kiss of citrus. The flavor is dominant dry grass hops and a mild malt biscuit. A pretty stiff but tasteful carbonation though generally of weak constitution even for a lager. Plenty drinkable if you like what I would call a very ordinary flavor. Nothing memorable but a refreshing option for a few when in need.

Durge, May 05, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Flat, golden, foamy. Nice color. Not much carbonation. Eh.

Smell: Again, eh. Kind of unimpressive. Smells very malty and a bit sweet. Nothing else.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically feels like water. Not a good mouthfeel in my opinion. Tastes ok though. Bitter aftertaste according to some. I don't disagree, but I don't really think it's that strong. Reminds me of Molson. Very malty with some hops.

Drinkability: It's water. You can drink this.

Overall: Absolutely not worth the extra few dollars. Pretty distinct from American versions though.

tjsdomer2, May 04, 2010
Photo of waltaburge
2.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foster's Lager seems to be more popular in China and other parts of Asia than it is in Australia. In fact, I don't know ANYONE in Australia who actually drinks this stuff! It's obvious, now that they have put an "Export Quality" sticker around the neck of the bottle. Anyone who has watched "The Adventures of Barry MacKenzie" where he tries to smuggle a case of Fosters Lager onto a plane to England must know that he is literally taking the piss, because NOBODY drinks this here! In Hong Kong, however, it's a premium beer at every restaurant. Tastes like sugar-flavoured soda water with heavy malt and no hops. Drinkable, but hard to call it a beer.

waltaburge, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
2.95/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Even if the first taste is not very famous, mouth slightly, gives, by its hopping, an overview sunny bitterness that leads to an interesting aftertaste with a frankly not bad at all. The beer is drunk very easily, just like warm milk. Nice american premium lager

ThaCreep, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. There isn't much going on with the nose as it smells very similar to all macro lagers-malty, ever so slight touch of hops, and some mustiness. The taste is pretty much the same except this beer seems a little more crisp than some others of the style. It also doesn't have that musty malty flavor that sometimes seems prevalent in PBR. It is very carbonated and watery, but exceptionally easy to drink even for the style. I purchased a whole twelve pack just to have something easy to drink while grilling on a Friday night. My Foster's Friday ended up being a Foster's weekend. I will never purchase this again because I can get PBR or Miller High Life for a few dollars cheaper.

thegodfather2701, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fosters pours a clear yellow with typical head. It has a generic beer smell, nothing bad. The taste is clean and smooth and has a slight after taste, again nothing bad. This is a good beer for a cookout when served ice cold or when having more than 1-2. Far and away than any light beer, great for social drinking.

My neighbor offered me a Fosters last night knowing I have made a number of trips to Melbourne, Australia. I explained that Fosters is primarily exported or brewed under license overseas. Since 2008 it has been brewed by SABMiller in North America. It is vertually impossible to find in Australia, although The Fosters Group is the largest brewer there and makes Calton Draught & Victoia Bitter which are the primary beers in Melbourne & Victoria area.

soju6, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Wasatch, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of kshankar
2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Oh, Fosters. Australian Beer, supposedly.

Okay, so its actually an American style.

It pours clear golden and fizzy. And it smells like beer. Grains and grass.

Tastes grainy and somewhat grassy...what a surprise. Minimal hops, or malts, even though you can sense them if you really search for it. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Its drinkable, yea. That's its main selling point.

Overall impression: Like Creed, this beer is unoriginal, bland and mainstream. And you pay a premium for it because its an import. Why even bother? Get the MGD or the Miller High Life. They're cheaper and taste about the same.

kshankar, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well since this is my friends new favorite lager I had to review it. Poured into a 12oz pint glass.

A - Couldn't really get more clear than this yellow lager. Decent inch head though so it's carbonated to the extreme!
S - Smells of grainy grass and slight wheat. Pretty typical lager smell.
T - Kind of smooth with a slight taste of hops and malt but with a weird bite at the end is kind of off putting.
M - Mouth-feel is light and makes you want to drink more but eh I really don't
D - Well I have at least a 12 pack left over from a party and as the weeks go by I might hit a bottle now and again but really wouldn't buy this for myself. Regardless if the only lagers left in the world was MGD or Fosters I would drink fosters!

DrDemento456, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of lester619
3.3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've always liked Foster's. It's by no stretch of the imagintion great, but a very drinkable macro lager. Looks like a typical yellow fizzy mass produced beer. Smell has some sweetness with some metalic caned corn notes coming out. Some grassy malt is in there. Nice and crisp with lots of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. A little bitter bite in the aftertaste. It is what it is. Good mass consumption beer for a cookout. I've heard that they hate it in Australia and can't stand the commercials. I can't really blame them for that. Very decent beer in my opinion.

lester619, Feb 22, 2010
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
60 out of 100 based on 1,572 ratings.