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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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BA SCORE
60
poor

1,513 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website
Australia

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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jmz62565

Connecticut

1.85/5  rDev -26.9%

Pours a thin yellow gold with a white foamy head. Nice head,but lousy color. The smell is very light with sweet malt and vegatables, pretty much typical macro. The taste is a thin watery, corn, malt flavor that's not too pleasant and it's tough to finish. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well , what flavors there are. This is not good, and I had a tough time finishing this beer. In my youth I liked this and it's amazing how after drinking good craft beer how bad the large macros are.

08-25-2006 22:08:57 | More by jmz62565
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +33.6%

As brewed by Molson. Oil can. Crystal clear gold. Fairly good head retention. Some nice lacing. Aroma is clean and lightly sweet with some malt character (although there's an obvious use of adjunct here). The flavor is somewhat sweet with a husky/grainy/hay-like/biscuity malt character. The huskiness actually helps to balance it along with the sulphur from the yeast. Firm/solid bitterness seems as if it's out of a can. Minimal non-descript hop flavor in the background.
It's pretty much as I remember it prior to '83 when Carlton and United was bought by Elders, but it's smoother now. And maybe that's just my changing palate; I'm not sure where it was brewed then.

08-25-2006 00:38:00 | More by NeroFiddled
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afinepilsner

Iowa

2.73/5  rDev +7.9%

25.4oz can

Foster's lager was light golden in color and very clear. It started out with a decent white head but soon only a thin layer remained. It had a faint hop aroma. It tasted a little better than the average macro, but thats not saying much. Mouthfeel was light bodied and fizzy. It does go down fairly easily on hot day, but is far from my first choice.

08-19-2006 22:47:47 | More by afinepilsner
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robocrouch

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Pale golden color, with a decent head.

Smell: Cooked veggies, and some malt. I noticed a husk smell to it. Not impressed with the smell.

Taste: Not half bad. It was crisp and very refreshing. It was definitely better tasting then a BMC product. It ends with a nice little hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable lager.

Overall not a bad brew. It is nothing spectacular but I would pick this up again when selection is low.

08-14-2006 21:00:56 | More by robocrouch
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MusicmanSD

California

2.73/5  rDev +7.9%

Had an oil-can paired with some honey dijon Kettle Chips, and the chips completely overwhelmed the taste of this beer. Not a good start. Appearance is slightly better than most of the American macros, has a slight red/copper hue to it. The smell is mostly of rice and Budweiser, bleh. The taste, again, wiped out by CHIPS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, but mostly malt, little hop presence. Mouthfeel is below average, like most mass produced lagers would be. Watery, but the drinkabilty is good. Plus! It's an oil can yo! Be hip! I'll give it to them on that, cool idea with the oil can. Don't know why my buddy enjoys this so much.

08-10-2006 04:36:31 | More by MusicmanSD
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eballard

Washington

2.28/5  rDev -9.9%

This beer looks great when you pour it. It has a clean golden color like a lot of lagers but it has a nice head on it that settles into a medium light lacing. It has a mellow fruity smell and it seems like it will taste the same. When you take a drink however it has almost no taste and a grainy after taste that makes it a little hard to swallow. It has a crisp feel that is reminiscent of its watery taste. It has no real exciting qualities to its drinking. I wouldn’t mind comparing it to its real Australian counterpart. Sorry Fosters.

08-07-2006 05:26:15 | More by eballard
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BlackAngus

Indiana

2.45/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance was a golden color, a nice-looking head that disappointingly faded to nothing in under a minute.

Smell was faintly of hops, in the same way that a beer-belch smells like hops.

Taste was better than a BMC, but only a bit better. No real flavor, but you could at least tell there was something in it.

Mouthfeel was like soda water.

Drinkable while mowing the yard or eating at Outback. Otherwise, avoid.

07-23-2006 03:01:07 | More by BlackAngus
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

1.23/5  rDev -51.4%

This was shockingly bad. I had never tried Foster's before and was surprised to see it on tap last night at a bar in my area, so I figured what the hell.

Appearance: bright golden in colour with a half inch of bubbly white head that fades away quickly. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: a strong mixture of malt, corn, and fruit that amounts to a tangy sort of pissy smell. Not good.

Taste: terrible. A bittersweet malt flavour turns into a dry, corny aftertaste that lingers around for a while. This was tough to get through.

Mouthfeel: annoying. The beer has a strong initial bite and the malt-corn aftertaste doesn't go away. Basically all you're thinking about while drinking this is what beer you'll be ordering next.

Drinkability: I got through it. That's an accomplishment. Avoid this beer at all costs.

07-08-2006 20:28:36 | More by cratez
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +53.4%

Appearance is pretty good. Straw yellow in color, one and a half finger of head, little bit of lacing.
Smell is not too bad, all that I can really smell is malt and a tad bit of hops though.
Taste is suprisingly full, not watered down like a lot of macros, a fair amount of malt.
Mouthfeel is good, decent creaminess and a some carbonation
Drinkability is very easy, goes down smooth with a bit of bitterness that hangs with you.

06-28-2006 05:45:33 | More by supercolter
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relapse

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +49.4%

Ordered a pitcher at a pre-fab resturaunt chain (Montana's). As always for beers off the tap, it was the perfect temperature, just short of ice cold.

It's a solid gold with a sprightly white head. No hints, no tones toward the edges. Pure gold. Impressive.

Smelled decent, nothing to write home about. The taste was sweet from corn, but I felt it was a nice touch. They didn't overdo it. As a light beer fan, I enjoy a lager that's low on the bitter and high on smoothness. It's one of the most drinkable non-lights I can think of.

My only complaint is with the carbonation, which hurts a lot more than it helps. The flavour would come through just fine if it were allowed to sit and lose it's fizzyness, provided the temperature was maintained.

06-14-2006 01:40:15 | More by relapse
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +27.7%

Poured from a bottle (and not the Oil Can I've gotten in the past) into a pint glass. Pale yellow, thin head, no lacing. Standard AML.

Smells like corn-based AML. No hops, mild malt, misc. grains

Tastes surprisingly good. Well, good is maybe a strong word for this, but better than average. Beats Coors, Bud, and Miller.

Dry and crisp on the tongue, with a carbonation bite in the throat.

Drinkabilty is above average, too.

I was pretty happy with Foster's this time around. Years ago, Oil Cans were a staple for me, but as I learned more about beer they became less and less frequent for me. The previous few times I've had this, it wasn't very good at all (Outback visits, mostly).

Bottom line: Refreshing beer for hot summer days when your non-BA pals don't want any "weird" beers, like wheats or kolsches.

06-02-2006 20:57:43 | More by rabsten
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HochFliegen

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours the standard pale yellow. Frothy white head that faded into a thin white wisp.
Smell is sweet and slightly grainy with a hint of hops in there as well.
Taste is slightly bitter with a metalic taste in there as well. It also has a malt sweetness that leads to a grainy like flavor. A basic american macro beer again. Nothing surprising.
Mouthfeel is very light and watery. Slightly dry finish.

05-26-2006 05:28:29 | More by HochFliegen
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gbarron

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -15%

From a 12 oz. bottle, no dating that I can find.

A - perfectly clear, golden yellow. Head is very bubbly, alabaster, tight. Little or no lacing. Looks like your standard American lager.

S - strong aroma of cooked corn and sugar. Little hop aroma detectable, but what is there smells of the spicy, noble variety (Saaz?). DMS abounds.

T - overwhelmingly sweet. Like eating a can of cooked, cream corn. Strong flavors of sugar, syrup, and boiled vegetables. Virtually no hop balance here, slight bitterness, but sweet sugar is predominant. Awful.

M - carbonation is high, tingly. Sweetness is sticky in your mouth.

D - barely drinkable, frankly. High carbonation and sweetness fills you up promptly. Just way too sweet.

05-22-2006 14:18:56 | More by gbarron
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

2.88/5  rDev +13.8%

Appearance: Initially creamy white head that turns lumpy after a bit, but still maintains respectable retention. Body is a brassy straw color.

Smell: Metal, husky malts, vague hops. Somewhat bready and sweet, with plenty of malternatives (especially a funky canned corn character).

Taste: Not bad. Nutty sweet malts, almost toasty, with a light hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Corn is also detectable.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Good for the flavor.

Drinkability: Drinks like a somewhat deeper version of Budweiser. Plenty drinkable and one of the better entries in this style I've had.

05-16-2006 08:43:19 | More by soulgrowl
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uabigdaz

Arizona

3.08/5  rDev +21.7%

The first thing I noticed about this beer is that it is a very even nice typical yellow. I always pictured beer to be "this" color, but as we know usually it is off from expectations. The initial head is nice and leaves a respectable amount throughout the drinking process. The smell is exceptionally better than most beers I have been tasting lately, slightly sweet and grainy. Then you tilt your cup back and let it hit your mouth. Hmmm... this isn't what I expected. Quite bitter, but still decent. I think this beer would be great with some BBQ or if you want something with a bit more taste than the typical macro-brews that closely resemble water. Definately worth a try. I'll probably have this in my fridge again someday, but not in the foreseeable future.

05-15-2006 02:53:57 | More by uabigdaz
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ski271

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev +15.8%

Medium yellow with a pillowy, white, medium-sized, slowly diminishing head. Smell is of weak grainy malt and just the slightest whiff of hops. The taste is weak as well and a bit uninteresting, but fairly good for what it is. Lightly sweet, grainy bread with only really showing up on the dry finish. It has a medium-thin body, dry texture and moderate-low carbonation. Not a great beer by any means, but it would be fine with BBQ or Buffalo wings. A small step from the usual macros.

05-15-2006 00:56:01 | More by ski271
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

1.73/5  rDev -31.6%

Foster's: Not Australian beer you idiot!!

Pours typical macro yellow, head that hangs out for a long time. Smells like corn syrup. Tastes like thin corn syrup. slightly tangy weird ass metallic flavor, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is like carbonated water, very fuzzy. Overall drinkability? Well good for gulping and not a hell of a lot else. It's another lame ass macro that people think is some kind of fancy import like Corona. IT ISN'T!! It's the same lame ass stuff made by the big three (BMC)

But hey if you like, fine. There is worse.

05-06-2006 23:44:36 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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scottoale

California

3/5  rDev +18.6%

355ml. brown glass bottle pours yellow-gold with a white bubbly head. The head dies quickly, no lacing with this lager.

Light sweet malt nose and not much else. Not getting any smell from the hops or alcohol, just a malty sweet aroma.

Sweet malt with a crisp, watery mouthfeel that finishes on the sweet side. A little too sweet for my liking. Where's the hops and alcohol?

A medium-light body and not much flavor, I remember this stuff tasting much better in Australia on-tap. There are some Aussie beers I'd recommend, this is not one of them.

05-06-2006 02:10:59 | More by scottoale
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harpo111

Georgia

1.83/5  rDev -27.7%

You hear a lot of hype about this beer. Had one today while beaching.
appearance: yellow with a thin head..
smell: a little pungent..sour
taste: slightly skunky...you could use a lime in it to cut it. not as bad as corona..but not great. some bitter and grain...but flavor was lacking...rather bland
mouthfeel...carbonation was there but was thin.
drinkability: light enough you could kill a number of them...but i wouldn't want to.

too much hype...not enough taste....

05-05-2006 04:44:21 | More by harpo111
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drotski

Maine

3.18/5  rDev +25.7%

Poured a thick head that quickly was cut in half. A very golden clear color. very active carbonation, looked like it was snowing upside down. Smelled slightly better than most commercial brands, the taste was so-so. Its not a very complex beer like the micro brews I usually drink, it just tasted like beer to me, nothing special.

05-03-2006 03:32:43 | More by drotski
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +33.6%

Nice golden appearance with thick head. Something I have not seen with Molson before. The smell is very sweet, a bit overdone but no big deal.

The taste is very sweet with a hint of malt along with a good mixture of corn. Aftertaste is the most impressive, smooth with no bad qualities at all. For a Macro Lager, I'm impressed how there is no hint of chemicals.

Overall a refreshing beer, the sweetness could be a matter of taste. I would recommend and would get it again.

04-25-2006 07:49:43 | More by CrazyMike
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +15.8%

Very little head and no lace for this sickly pale everage. That being said it has a non-offensive neutral taste with an exceptable smoothness that goes down without a struggle. It doesn't have the stink of a lot macro brews either and it's not overly sweet. This is an acceptable macro brew but nothing I would go out of my way to purchase.

04-23-2006 20:14:48 | More by shamus
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shererjt

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +28.5%

Poured a clear yellow with an enormous head and pretty decent lacing. Nose was clean malt with a nice bit of hops in the background. Flavor was fairly neutral but well balanced. Toasty. Not outstanding, but pretty good. Mouthfeel was also decent; a bit more substantial than the usual macrobeer. Drinkability wasn't bad, either.

This is a pretty decent brew. Not something I'd go out of my way to get, but I'll take it over Bud any day.

04-22-2006 23:15:44 | More by shererjt
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3/5  rDev +18.6%

On-tap at Outback Steakhouse

A - Typical yellow gold beer. Small white cap for a head. Large carbonation bubbles. Some good lace.

S - Low aroma. Malt. Sweet grain.

T - Beer. Some malty presence. Sweet. That is about it.

M - Thin mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

D - Drinkability for a macro lager is decent. Easily washes down a steak or any other food in front of you.

04-16-2006 01:35:22 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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erica

California

1.98/5  rDev -21.7%

Bought on a Southwest flight for $3..

This beer is one ugly-ass beverage. Crystal clear, yellow piss color, with a fizzy white head that disappears immediately, leaving just the champagne-like bubbes floating up from the bottom. There was actually a bit of scummy lacing near the top too. Seriously, near the end it looked like I was too lazy to get out of my seat to go to the bathroom and instead just pissed in my cup, except that it was fizzy.

Foster's smells like cereal- I guess like cornflakes. That grainy scent with a touch of sweetness. It tastes like cornflakes gone bad. Aftertaste was ever so slightly bitter, but not hops bitter. Some other bitter, like chemicals or something. Not very appetizing.

Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. Drinkability is not good- too much corn for my tastes. But, I was on the plane, and I felt like a beer. So in this case it did the trick. Next time I'll have to try the Budweiser Select, which I heard will soon be replacing Foster's on Southwest. To be continued...

04-04-2006 19:48:57 | More by erica
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
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