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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,599
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website

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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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.83/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing too special here, as expected, but I thought it was much better than most of the other mass imported beers and a lot better than BMC stuff. It was super drinkable and really quenches your thirst with no off flavors at all. Pours very light, but the taste is nice and barley loaded and goes down smooth. You can even say I was impressed with this one.

oriolesfan4, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Macca
2.4/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours ok. Golden in colour with some head but it goes quickly. Some retention and lacing.

Actually not to bad on the nose. Some nice floral notes in there. Some grainy notes as well.

It seems very dumb flavour wise. Vague grain flavours but that is it. Just bland.

Medium bodied.

Very average.

Macca, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
2.38/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Light color, rapidly disappearing head. A little below average for the style.

S - Not much there. Grain smell and a little hops.

T - Something I didn't like about this one. Bad aftertaste to me. Lots of adjunct flavors. Taste kinda like a corn husk.

M - Kinda watery, nothing special at all.

D - Average, there are more drinkable beers out there of this style.

Just didn't really care for this beer. I would rather have a Pabst or Bud if I'm gong to drink this style. Way to heavy on the adjunct flavors to me.

cottonkoozie, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of dave2k5
3.95/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - (after pouring in a glass) Golden brown with a light froth.

Smell - Nothing special, a little bitter, probably best to NOT smell it too much

Taste - Something special ;). It can get addictive, and i mean before you get drunk. It has a light taste and will definatly leave you refreshed but always wanting more

Mouthfeel - Again, light, satisfying, i wouldn't suggest leaving it to linger too long in the mouth though, get it down you!!

Drinkability - I would definatly suggest it. This is usually the only drink i have when having a bbq, or when out with friends in town.

This review might sound a bit brief, but everything on it is true, i guess you are just going to have to taste it to see ;)

dave2k5, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, I've been told by an Aussie that this is their equivalent of a Miller/Natural Light. Still, its not terrible off the tap. Yellow with big white head. Sugary metallic aroma. Taste is grain and malt (way more metallic in the oil can). Can be inconsistent.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.2/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 12/10/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a very light yellow color body, very clear. Has a big head which is diminishing. The aroma is sweet, with some malts. Has a bitter taste, dusty, and very little flavor. Has a bitter aftertaste.

jujubeast6000, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of MrAleman
1/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Woeful lager, about the only one i've had that tastes of pretty much nothing. Also I think they must put some unpleasant chemicals in this, can lead to nasty side effects. So best to be careful drinking this. Then again it is lager so you could go on a bender and have 10 pints!

MrAleman, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of kinger
1.95/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oil Can poured into my pils glass, I admit once in a while I love to grab an oil can simply because of that damn big can. The beer is solid swill but cheap lager nonetheless. Grainy aroma lots of corn. Always a great pour that produces a towering foamy white head leaving large amounts of lacing. Mouthfeel is slightly fuller than the typical swill but still finishes weak. Flavor, eh nothing important to note. Australian for swill.

kinger, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Boomhower
3.35/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheap macro lager, but damn this stuff goes down easy. If you're going for quantity over quality, you can't go wrong with Foster's. This is what my friends call a good "pounding beer" as opposed to a "savoring beer".

I prefer to call this my cheap swill of choice. If I'm going camping or something and I plan to be knocking them down in a hurry, this is my go-to beer.

Sure I'd rather be sitting down and relaxing with a Flemish Sour, or maybe a Gouden Carolus and a nice cheese, but hell I'm certainly not above a good session of pounding this pseudo-Aussie lager ;)

Boomhower, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.95/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a large, fist consuming can. This beer is certainly one of the better American Macro Lagers out there, its taste is relatively in-offensive and goes down smoothly. I have only good things to say about this beer, especially considering its price and general availability. Solid session beer.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Rayek
2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale blond with a soapy head that doesn't stick around and leaves no lace. Clarity is good.

S: A few hushed grains and that's about it.

T: Keep it cold. Around freezing, this beer has a nice sweet/bitter balance that doesn't taste like much of anything. As it warms, the beer picks up a weird cooked vegetable quality. It's not an offensive flavor, but no exactly pleasant either. Finishes with a slight metallic aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: Not worth the premium this beer commands simply for being from Australia. Better macros are out there for much less money.

Rayek, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
2.25/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : yellow color, with white and dense creamy head.
Smell : slightly hoppy aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : moderatly light-bodied, hop flavors make an impression throughout the finish.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style American lager is only refreshing.

thierrynantes, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce can into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Light yellow with a white head that disappears to almost nothing. Left decent lacing for a macro-lager.

Smell: Nothing but pale malts.

Taste: Malts and Hops. Flavor is fairly light but it's pretty good for a macro. I was pretty surprised by the fact I could actually taste hops in a macro.

BierFan, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
1.35/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got two cans of Foster's the other day cause the store wouldn't sell me a 40. Honestly, I'm betting the 40 would have been better. This beer - at least the canned version - is truly disgusting. Strong, in your face malt and skunk, coming off a definite piss yellow color. Thin and insipid. Really, if I'm looking for something refreshing, I'll go for a wheat or even a freakin' Miller Light.

soupyman10, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.45/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

clear golden. sizable fluffy head goes to half a finger and resists fading for a while. wall of lace initially, then scattered bits of mostly course bubbles.
metallic smell, slightly stale light malt, faint grassy or spicy hop. very industrial
boring flavor profile, somewhere between pabst and old mil. for a few minutes it seems ok, but there is a danger of swill sensations overwhelming what you want to pretend is a decent brew.
light-med body, fairly crisp
drank a glass, but not feeling much need to finish the oil can. and it's overpriced too.

brewmudgeon, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
3.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not bad when you are just comparing it to other Macro Brews. I sure like it better than Budweiser and other Macros.

It pours a typical Macro brew yellow. Nothing special but not horrible. I have had far worse. I would drink this again.

likethetaste, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pint from the atypical gigantic Foster's oil can. Pint was clear golden with a white fizzy head that was gone in an instant.

Beer aromas of light grain and corn. Typical macro.

Flavors of light boiled grain/corn, light hops -- hardly anything in the finish. Some sweetness in here as well. Eh.

A little fizzy in the mouthfeel. This is a rather clean finisher, which leads to a decent drinkability rating. Good beer for a hot day of yardwork, but not much else. Not the worst I've had, but no where near the best.

OtherShoe2, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

largadeer, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of tbeck
2.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up from a local grocery store.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick creamy head. Smell is of barley. Slight skunkiness to the taste, bitter and an off-taste. Terrible aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very watery. Not a great beer, I expected more. The taste was not there, I would prefer to stay with "american" beers on a hot afternoon.

tbeck, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
2.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a finger of white head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a body that is pale straw in colour.

Smell - 2.0
Mmmm, smells like beer! This is a typical macro lager aroma - neither sweet nor bitter, grainy with a whisper of corn. Not promising.

Taste - 2.0
Again, very generic macro lager. No major flaws, but there is nothing particularly right about it either. Grain and husk flavour upfront, slightly metallic and astringent with little in the way of bitterness from hops and minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Light to moderate carbonation, I think more fizz would be an improvement. The bubbles are quite fine and the beer feels light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.0
I did not find this hard to drink - there are a lot of worse macro lagers out there. A decent lawnmower beer.

The beer equivalent of supermarket white bread. Lets face it - we all know that Foster's is crap and Australians don't drink it. Sadly, it is actually better than some of the crap that Australians DO drink. Hopefully one day our proud country will be represented by a more worthy beer.

LittleCreature, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of 7beerphil
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass from the infamous oil can:

A: Hazy gold/copper color with a long-lived 2 finger, cream-colored head, sparse lacing

S: No strong smell, slight hint of hops

T: Smooth, slightly bitter, slightly sweet with hints of corn

M: Faint carbonation, smooth

D: Quite drinkable, good choice as a pair with a burger or steak dinner. Decent session brew, decent price.

7beerphil, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.35/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 22oz at Outback.
Poured a clear golden color with a flimsy white head that didnt last long. Didnt smell of much, watery. It tasted better than I had expected. I expected it to taste water down but it had some body to it. Very carbonated, it was spritzing in my mouth but added a weird spice flavor. Overall I enjoyed it, could of had another.

nrpellegrini, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of DeepSix
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a cold glass from the oil can. Nothing to look at, but what american macro lager is? The usual piss color with a lot of carbonation visible. A ok head, but next to no lace.

No of much of a smell there, other then water I guess, not that I was expecting much there.

Better then most other macro lagers in taste, i'll give it that, other then that, not much to rave about. The mouthfeel is basically carbonated water.

I usually only drink these when I can get an oil can on special, so I'm drinking em for the price, but if you looking for a great beer look elsewhere.

DeepSix, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of hdofu
1.5/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I can't understand how this company stays in buisness selling this beer and I use beer in the loosest sense of the word. The appearance being urine yellow with a white head. The smell was skunky and maybe a bit of herb. Taste was bitter and seltzery, not alot going on. Mouthfeel felt a little bubbly not much else. It was barely memorable which is the only good thing I can say about it.

hdofu, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of assmasterson
2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought in their ridiculous-sized 25.4 ounce can...mainly just to say that I've had it.

A: Can't say. Had it in the can at a friend's house, so midrange by default.

S: Not a whole lot going on here, slight skunk, a touch of hops.

T: Not that bad. Tastes like the standard macro fare, but a touch less bitter with a tad less carbonation. Nothing to complain about, but nothing brag-worthy.

M: A little heavier than Bud - not bad. A thin lager, through and through.

D: Simple, cheap and thirst-quenching. Not a disappointment, but not something that lives up to the commercials. If you buy it, it won't be terrible, but don't expect a whole lot.

assmasterson, Aug 31, 2008
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
60 out of 100 based on 1,599 ratings.