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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,474 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,474
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | 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 descartes


1.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a tall boy.

Appearance: Very light yellow with a half inch head.
Smell: Very one dimensional grain smell.
Taste: Starts with a crisp grainy taste but then this vanishes and looses all taste.
Mouthfeel: Swallow this baby as quickly as you can because it will become water quickly.

Overall: One feels that this beer is ashamed to be a beer. If you're looking for a drink to washing down a hot dog go for the PABST, cold this drink feels light but warm it feels fake and one dimensional.

Serving type: can

12-24-2005 11:43:09 | More by descartes
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Outback for dinner? Try a Foster's!

Thin white head was reduced to a ring after a minute and left some lacing. Had a typical macro smell and was a fair dinkum clear gold.

Mouthfeel was a step or three above thin and the taste was absolutely DOMINATED by corn. Finish was sweet clingy corn syrup.

I'd recommend this as a thirst quencher (Only if ICE cold) if it weren't so corny sweet. I've never tasted a beer that was quite like this and I'll pass on having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 00:20:39 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well, this one is more fun to drink than other macro swill just because it comes in a 25 ounce big ass can. However, this still was my 48th of 50 beers I drank for a beer club so it wasn't like I'd been rushing to drink this. It's okay, nothing to brag about, but I've had a lot worse. Corn smell and taste, not too hard to finish but I had no desire to drink another one. It does remind me of some old high school days where we used to drink this camping so it's slightly memorable.

Serving type: can

12-12-2005 03:46:04 | More by Backer2004
Photo of danielharper


2.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

I've tried Foster's on-tap before, and hated it. Could have been a bad tap, though -- that place never seems to have fresh beer. Let's see what the bottle has in store for me.

Pours into a pint glass with a light brown, almost orange-tinged body and a thick white head that goes away pretty much immediately. Very clear beer, no cloudiness at all, with a touch of carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass.

Very malty aroma, solid and actually quite pleasant. No hops or fruits to speak of -- aromawise this reminds me more of a bock than a lager. Unexpected and reasonably pleasant, even though I'm not the biggest fan of malty aromas.

Strong yeasty astringency up-front on the taste, with some malt grains and a touch of sweetness to finish it off. I wish I could say it mixed together well, but honestly, it's pretty much a mess -- I don't care for it, even if it's slightly more complex than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is decent enough. Reasonably thick and with a hint of graininess that almost makes me think this is bottle-conditioned. Almost.

Overall, I don't really like this beer, and therefore am giving it a low score for drinkability. I won't be having any more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 02:03:41 | More by danielharper
Photo of DogFood11


2.38/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Fizzy, Orange, Lively carbonation. Medium to large bubbles support this off white head.

Significant malt presence for a macro. This beer gets swilly towards the end as the sweetness culminates into a swill of syrup. The oil can size is condusive to eliminate frequent runs to the bar or refrigerater.

Mouthfeel is ugly. Syrupy and over-carbonated. You could easily session this brew but I can't reccomend it unless you drink it fast before it warms.

Serving type: can

11-06-2005 17:52:26 | More by DogFood11
Photo of grindcore666


2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's been a while since my last macro lager, sorry to put you on the spot here Foster's..

Translucent golden orange with a fluffy ass head that is blinding in it's white glory. Head is above average, body sucks. Smells malty and sharp. Taste is crisp and light followed by a sharp metallic finish/aftertaste that comes really late.

Serving type: can

10-26-2005 03:35:51 | More by grindcore666
Photo of tesguino


1.5/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bad and globalized beer; corn malts and rice is hard to hide in its smell but is good, herbal aroma; taste little bitter, grassy, round and very soft; try with bbq only; direct from the bottle or on a glass mug, pint is good too; nouthfeel and drinkability no comments; 45% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 20:02:53 | More by tesguino
Photo of jettjon


2.9/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highs: None

Lows: Poor head, unimpressive nose and flavor.

Fosters may be “Austraylian for beehr,” but to this American drinker, it translates to “mediocre.” Pours golden clear with a moderate thick white-to-tan head that exits the scene quickly. Nose is unimpressive, mainly yeast with a hint of hops. Flavor is somewhat bitter; wheat and yeast predominate. Mouth is somewhat flat, and the beer finishes with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is average. Overall, this macro lager is not recommended—there’s plenty of others out there that are far superior.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 20:40:01 | More by jettjon
Photo of whynot44


2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw colored with a decent foamy white head that lasts fairly well and leaves a trace of lacing.

The aroma is grassy with a bit of herbal hops.

Light bodied, very light malt flavor, slightly carbonic/acidic with a crisp, light touch of hops.

Not a lot of taste, but refreshing enough for a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

09-20-2005 00:16:28 | More by whynot44
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a small strange)

A-This beer pours a pale light translucent yellow with a big pure white spongy head. A gentle carbonation of big bubbles rise to the surface.

S- The smell of hops is noble hops with a stale or putrid almost cheesy aroma. There is a faint pale malt backbone under the hops

T- This beer is pretty crisp and clean with a slightly sweet finish but that is very faint. The finish bitterness is more from carbonic acid than hops.

M- Very light body with a somewhat watery or slippery feel. There is a carbonic bite in the finish but it is pretty gentle.

D- It is a very mild flavorless beer but the hops taste a bit off and would really benefit from a more typical hop character. It would be nice to have more of a malt note to balance the hops. I will have to put a lime in this one to enjoy the rest of this oilcan.

Serving type: can

09-19-2005 23:02:17 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of alankwak


3.43/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored with good head rention and decent lacing.

S: Not much in the way of aroma here. Lightly hopped.

T: A pretty tame lager. Hoppiness is there but not in a strong way at all.

M: Very light, not much mouthfeel really.

D: Goes down smooth and is really it's only strong point. Not a bad beer at all...just not super good. Still I would prefer this to Bud, High Life or Coors. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

09-10-2005 13:23:03 | More by alankwak
Photo of Troyone


2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light piss color with a white foamy head and some lacing along with the evident carb action.

Has a light straw or hay smell and a hop aroma is difficult to identify.

Moderate acidic hay and grain taste with a bland grapefruit hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry kind of watery texture, soft carbonation, and a light chalky and astringent finish.

The acidic and corn or whatever malt is not my type of taste and the kind of watery texture and slight chalky finish is just not what I want in a beer. If nothing else is available, I'll drink it.

Serving type: can

09-05-2005 04:11:49 | More by Troyone
Photo of BeerNutta


2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fosters has to be Australias biggest in-joke to beer drinkers around the world.

We sell it like its the best thing since sliced bread. Yet no one in Australia with taste buds go near the stuff.

A = Straw coloured with a thin white foam head.

S = Grassy and hop bitterness smell.

T = About the same as it smells. Grassy with a bitter hop aftertaste.

M = A bit too much carbonation.

D = Much better beers you can drink. Much better aussie beers you can drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 04:39:45 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of DaveFL1976


2.15/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hard Rock Café 2005-08-18
I got a pot of Fosters for free at Hard Rock Café in Melbourne with my $9.99 lunch special.The bartender tells me that they no longer make Fosters in Australia because there’s so little demand, and they actually ship the stuff over from North America. So evidently it’s the same stuff I used to get at Outback.
Fosters poured a clear, pale straw color with minimal head.
Smell – doesn’t smell much different than a glass of water (2)
Mouthfeel – a light mouthfeel similar to any American (or Australian) macrobrew
Taste – again, just like any flavourless macrobrew but with a weird metallic(?) aftertaste. You must drink this cold (and fast). (2)
Drinkability – It’s drinkable all right. It’s just not that pleasant of an experience. (2.5)

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2005 10:18:46 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of mentor


3.63/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can obtained from the discount bin of a local liquor store. Pours a two-finger white head that stickily decays leaving decent amounts of lacing. Actually, the head isn't quite white, it's got a very faint yellow or tan. So faint that I can't tell which. The beer is crystal clear and very light straw in color. Smells noble hop floral, like hallertauer hops. Murky and woody, yet also a quality of cold steel. Taste starts spicy zingy metal shavings (ie, saaz hoppy) with a mild sweet that rises in the middle and rescues the beer. Corn and honey and pleasant hop floral on the back of the tongue. Extremely light body and a bit too carbonated for my taste. Carbonation bubbles form on the tongue and dismiss flavors before they can really invest in an aftertaste. My solution...swirl to release gas and try again. Yes, that's much better. Now this has a nice floral hoppy aftertaste and a gentle sweet that's...hmmm, not honey, not caramel, and not bock, but close to them all. Closest to caramel, but it's not caramel. Corn syrup?

This has to be the most pleasant macro I've reviewed to date. The hops carry the beer, but there is a supporting sweet that keeps it in balance. Plus, there's some lacing on the inside of the glass.

Serving type: can

08-12-2005 07:54:41 | More by mentor
Photo of jarmby1711


2.1/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was this to be another non descript Australian macro lager .Afraid so yes.
It was clear light gold and refused to maintain a head.
The smell was metallic beer mat
There wasa hintof grainy malt and there was a bitter finish so it had some merit over the CUB range.
Drinkable: hot day, eskies and cricket and plenty of company.
Has at least a little character to make it a better choice than other macros

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 03:53:11 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of BeerBob


2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not remarkable nor is it unremarkable. No I'm not ambivalent and neither is this beer. Fosters could have the potential of being a better beer than it is, if the people at Foster's used more barley and less corn. Faster’s lager is fairly bittered, but the corn sweetness is doing this lager in.

I think something has changed with this beer since the last time I had it, I didn’t remember it being this sweet. Most of the beer brewers in Canada are using lots of corn. I am convinced that if the big Canadian brewers chouse to use more barley and less corn, the Canadian brewers would take the U.S.A. beer market by storm. Trust us, we here in the States will know a good thing when it comes are way, and you the Canadian brewers, will sell more beer.

As far as How the beer pours out of the big oil can, I think Foster’s has some room for improvement here, beer still spills down the side of the big can and never makes it to the glass, even with the first can, not good. Foam wise, the head stayed around for some time, then broke up kind of lumpy and left a funky film on the side of my glass. Tastes of bitter hops move to sticky corn, and finishes with a sticky bitter.

"Foster’s, Canadian for beer..."

Serving type: can

08-05-2005 16:55:27 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Bestuurder

Ontario (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Foster's is a huge company down-under (a.k.a. Australia), but not too big here in Canada. Molson is the company that contract-brews for Foster's in Canada and most of North America, I think. A crisp Australian style lager with well-hopped bittering and slightly fruit aftertaste, though may be overpowering for some.

Overcarbonation is difinitely an issue with this beer, and a lack of quality flavour makes me think about ever buying a Molson product again.

Like all Molson's products, The Foster's lager has a metallic aftertaste and smell, as if it had been aged in a steel drum. As well, like ALL Molson's products, fully flavoured with preservatives and accelerator's.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 00:25:55 | More by Bestuurder
Photo of mmmbeer


2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a gold hue with lots of streams of carbonation and a 1/2 inch white head made of tiny bubbles that linger nicely and leave decent lacing. The aroma consists of a sugary sweetness with metal and a hint of hops. It is fairly clean and flavorless, but caramel and toasty/nutty malts come through along with adjuncts, some spicy hops, and a very mild bitterness. It has a light tingly body that becomes smoother the more you drink. Not anything I'd go out of my way to find but better than A-B products anyway.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 03:04:37 | More by mmmbeer
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3.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No matter what the beer tastes like, you have to give it some points for the Big Oil Can. Poured a light yellow color with white head. Smell is sweet with little hops present. Taste is refeshing but nothing out of the ordinary. Refresing taste. Good hot summer day beer.

Serving type: can

07-24-2005 01:11:01 | More by tgbljb
Photo of BEERchitect


2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good beer after that Labatt Blue that I just had. Looks vibrantly yellow. Nice carbonation and head retention. Left traces of lacing. Smells mildly malty and vegetable like and earthy. A bit yeasty. Tastes also lightly malty, corn like, grain like, powder sugar like. Light butteryness. bittered a bit by mild hopping. A bit astringent, but mostly clean. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Lightly creamy. Finishes modestly sweet, cornlike and and bitter. Not bad, unless you paid retail for it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2005 00:45:11 | More by BEERchitect
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2.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich gold with a generous frothy white head. Smells a little malty, with background hops. little to no lacing. My understanding is Australians like their beer strong, so other than a little malty kick, it tastes like a high end macro lager. The malt is all that keeps drinkability and mothfeel from being exceptionally smooth. While more expensive than a domestic light lager, worth a try if you want taste in a macro.

Serving type: can

07-12-2005 03:21:29 | More by PBRstreetgang
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New Hampshire

2.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white, three finger-head that vanishes quickly but leaves some lace. Clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops, finish is smooth but there is not a lot a flavor. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 23:20:38 | More by jdhilt
Photo of redmosquito


3.35/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with a thick white head. The aroma is of light malt, faintly breadlike, no hops, and yeast. The flavor is clean, light and crisp. The finish is slightly sweet and yeasty, not very much body. Drinkability is what this beer is about. Overall this beer is well made for what it is, a light and refreshing pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 20:00:13 | More by redmosquito
Photo of Bighuge


3.43/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Bigass Oil Can! The Master Fucking Cyliner! The King Kan! Whatever you want to call it, there's always something alluring and reminiscent about this beautiful big blue can.

Pours a light shade of golden with a thick crop of egg white colored head. Retention is very good. And lace is quite full. The aroma consists of grainy notes and corny adjunct-like sweetness. Not bad, but nothing that stands out either. The flavor is a little better than the nose. Nice refreshing quality to it. It's sweet, but not overly corny or adunct-like. I'll have to admit it. A nice little maltiness to this one. Body is about medium. Maybe a little better. Carbonation isn't overly fizzy as "macros" can get at times. This is one of the better "macos" I've had in a while.

Serving type: can

06-21-2005 02:45:18 | More by Bighuge
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
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