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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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BA SCORE
61
poor

1,665 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 25.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.68/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: The classic 25oz Oil Can

Appearance: Light gold beer capped with a fluffy white cap with medium retention

Smell: Super sweet sugary/corny adjuncty-ness

Taste: Kind of odd generic graininess with a weird (I can't quite place it) off-taste

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Ok I guess

Conclusion: Just ok; this is an odd beer, a bit inferior for the style.

Photo of philipquarles
2.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

75cL oil can while watching Oz GP practice. Pours urine yellow with a fizzy white head that disappears to nothing quite quickly. Smells faintly of malt/adjuncts, as well as very light hopping. Similar light malt taste; next to no bitterness. Clean and refreshing, at least.

Photo of shanem
2.63/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: light yellow with big initial white head

S: corn and grainy

T: typical yellow beer flavor with a tiny hint of hops but carried the metal taste also

M: light and watery

D: higher score here simply because it's not appalling to drink, and is easy if you're just looking to have a lot

Photo of lonestar1836
2.15/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: the giant can prevents a clean pour, but it pours a clear light yellow with a light frothy white head

S: harsh slighly matalic smell

T: not too bad, but not that impressive, sweet and light, but leaves something wanting

M: much like american lagers, thin and foamy

D: not the worst beer i've had, but not something i'll come back to for a while

Photo of TheHammer
2.95/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Came in a generic pint glass with a thumb of head with laced somewhat and slightly bellow average retention. The beer itself is a crystal clear yellow, which thankfully is not pale. Good signs of carbonation so not bad, albeit typical.

Smell - I'm catching a definite lemon scent with a background of corn, wheat and the faintest touch of hops. Needed to warm up a bit to catch the smell though and it a bit subdued. Nothing special nor revolutionary here.

Taste - Nothing complicated here, it's pretty much your standard adjunct lager. Slight grain and corn flavors, a minor kick of hops and at refreshing and guzzable flavor as a whole. Ends with a slight taste of lemon which seems a bit out of place. All in all, average, boring stuff that is meant for guzzling although it should be noted, no chemical taste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth beer, but the carbonation starts to fade near the end of the beer. It also tastes a bit watered down, but it's not bad. This beer leaves no aftertaste, as that slight lemon taste at the ends seems to cleanse the pallet.

Drinkability - This beer is clearly made to be guzzled down like water. I could see myself getting more then one on the patio or at a party. It's refreshing, it's light, it leaves no aftertaste, it's not gassy, and it's good on the gut. However, it's not meant to be paired with food, as it lacks taste.

Final Thoughts - This beer is pretty much your standard Adjunct Lager, that's maybe slightly better then most because it doesn't leave a bad taste. It's boring to the taste, but can be put back faster then water and is clearly designed to get you hammered as fast as possible. Nothing much more can be said for this beer.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.35/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale, clear yellow. Head is initially slight and dissipates completely in short order.

Aroma is a mild vegetable sweetness.

Taste is pale malt, with a touch of light lemony fruitiness. Noble hops bring a splash of bitterness for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

Smooth and drinkable for the style. No off flavors. Worth a try in a pinch.

Photo of bashiba
2.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured the typical macro straw yellow with a fizzy white head.

Has a slightly sweet grainy smell.

The flavor has a bit of lemon and a slightly sweet bit of grain. Has a bit of buttery diacytle flavor. Otherwise very typical macro.

The mouthfeel is very light and a touch oily.

Drinkability equals ok.

Photo of Stunner97
3.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- thick white foamy head, nice little bubbles can be seen streaming up the glass, golden yellow that is crystal clear

Smell-- strong smells of corns, slight hops, wheat, slight bitterness to the smell

Taste-- very light and guzzalble, slight grain and corn flavors, not a ton of complexity here, slight hops in the bitter aftertaste which is pretty good, overall i cant say I dont like this beer just not very complex, enjoyable after taste

Mouth- soft and light weight, light bodied brew

Drinkability- very drinkable beer, an obvious session choice for man, not a terrible macro lager and its one i would choose far ahead of many macros but obviously far behind many others, good ice cold with my tacos I am eating tonite, good cheap guzzling beer,

Photo of turamarth
1.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow, with tiny soda fizz, and a fizzy head that doesn't last.

Smell: Ew, sort of a hint of spoiled hops maybe? Might have been skunked, I don't know.

Taste: Very bland. Maybe some brightness that you cannot pinpoint. Watery, bland.

Mouth: Watery, thin, fizzy.

Drink: Asides from the terrible smell, goes down like water. That about it.

My father swears by this and Beck's. I'm rather disappointed by this beer, maybe I'll give it another go someday, maybe a fresher bottle/can. Who knows.

Photo of JamesS
3.55/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden, straw colow, with almost no head and no lacing. Nuetral scent, very light with sweetness and no detectable hops. Good crisp taste, not much there, but also no bad attributes; light, sweet, malt with no skunkiness. Goes down very smoothly. A good version of the style.

Photo of JayNH
4.05/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear pale yellow with a thick foamy head.

S- an earthy/spicy hoppiness in the nose.

T- a mild bready malt balanced with a slightly spicy hoppiness.

M- smooth, slightly creamy. Carbonation level is appropriate. Better than average body for the style.

D- very good. A nice easy drinking lager.

Photo of Magpie14
1.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pale yellow that gets lighter at the bottom of the glass. Bubbles busy moving around, just a thin fizzy ring at the top. For what it is, it looks average

S: traditional macro lager nose (corn and metal), sometimes a bit offensive

T: I can not remember the last time I bought one of these huge cans and after the first sip, I remembered why. A strange reigning sourness at the helm. Not really sure what else to say, watery grains, maybe a jab at rather lame sweet biscuit malts? Otherwise "one and done" with this guy

M: champagne fizzy, and sometimes rather hard to drink. lingering sweetness is metallic, sour, and sweet

D: I can not believe I bought a can of the premium ale as well. Maybe a chance to redeem? Otherwise I can think of a notable bunch of macro lagers to reach for before this guy. A beer travesty...

Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, I didn't realize this can was 750ml.
They should put Old Chub in this!

a: Crystal clear pale yellow body with a large white head.

s: Funky, like I just puked Bud into a glass.

t: Soft grainy flavors, subtle grassy hops, odd sourness.

m: Thin, watery.

d: The usual for this style: lack of body and flavor allows it to go down like water, but why bother?

Photo of bmwats
2.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 24 oz. can into a pint.

A: Pale straw in color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger bubbly white head. Quickly settles, clinging to the sides of the glass as it does. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. Spotty lacing remains.

S: Malt and wheat. Has a bit of a musty tone.

T: Light malty flavor, slight hoppiness, and a bit of yeast.

M: Light body, a little diluted and carbonated. Light malty flavor is followed by a somewhat metallic aftertaste.

D: Okay drinkability. Light bodied, and flavor is not bad, making it rather refreshing.

Fair atmosphere, flavor is not bad although nothing to get excited about either. Light bodied, but aftertaste is a little off. Does have a certain refreshing quality, in a thirst quenching kind of way. Decent quaff.

Photo of unclejimbay
2.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 10/4/09, oil can > dimpled mug
ABV = 5.1%, cals = 156 p12os

A 3.0 - straw golden in color, med+ 2 finger head, okay head retention for a macro

S 1.5 - the smell is skinky, and I always remember it this way, this is the standout turn off for me and Fosters

T 2.5 - subtle hop notes, thin malty water-y-ness

MF 3.0 - thin body but more than most American macros

D 2.5 - okay for free, good on ABV, okay on taste, smell is a turn off. tastes better than I remember since my palate has been more educated...

Photo of cagocubs
2.95/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a clear light gold with very little head that is gone is seconds with no lacing. It is a little darker than similar macro lagers. The smell is absent. Taste is a little better. You can pinpoint malts and that is about it besides water. It feels crisp and has high drinkability. I would prefer this beer over other macro lagers, but honestly I would debate ordering a water if this was the best choice.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Macca
2.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of cottonkoozie
2.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of dave2k5
3.95/5  rDev +56.7%
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 ;)

Photo of magictrokini
2.98/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.2/5  rDev -52.4%
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.

Photo of MrAleman
1/5  rDev -60.3%
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!

Photo of kinger
1.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of Boomhower
3.35/5  rDev +32.9%
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 ;)

Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
61 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.