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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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Ratings: 1,729
Reviews: 600
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 162 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of jsulko
2.18/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.3/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Elendinn
2.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheRealEss
3.8/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of flyingpig
2.29/5  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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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.51/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of scootny
2.49/5  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?

Photo of thebrood1987
3.55/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

Photo of NODAK
3.78/5  rDev +50%
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?

Photo of alabencki
2.78/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.52/5  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.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.42/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

Photo of GParr
2.24/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Kestrel452
1.28/5  rDev -49.2%
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.


Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev +27%
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...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +54%
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.


Photo of Nerudamann
2.88/5  rDev +14.3%
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".

Photo of JayS2629
2.15/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.65/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
1.21/5  rDev -52%
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.

Photo of wallaceandvomit
2.2/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Photo of GilGarp
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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