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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 acrawf6
3.43/5  rDev +35.6%

Pours out a light golden with a small thick white head that drops quickly.

Smell. Grainy and a little nutty. i also get just a faintest touch of a metallic hoppiness.

Taste. On the sweeter side, but not yet cloying. Small graininess, but overall smooth. Aftertaste is also sweet. Flavor is not great, but i do not find anything repuslive about it.

Mouthfeel. I think this is one of the fuller macro lagers that i have had. I think this could be the best thing about this beer. Is pretty creamy and fills my mouth nicely. Carbonation is at a proper level.

Overall, for the style, i think it is pretty good. It's flavor is richer than many others in its style, but is not offensive. I think it is a decent beer if in a pinch.

acrawf6, May 22, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light clear straw-gold color. Head is very foamy/airy and white. Lasts longer than for some similar beers.

Smell: Mild clean malty flavor with grains.

Taste: Light malts again, very mildly sweet. Not much grains, but a bit of hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied. Smooth, and generally flat (carbonation-wise). Lame.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, nothing harsh.

Better than I had remembered it, Foster's is still a pretty boring beer. Quite average, because there is nothing objectionable.

mithrascruor, May 08, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.53/5  rDev 0%

OK. Aroma is malty, as is the taste. Neither is complex, just your typical lager smell and taste. Maybe drinking this out of an "oil can" instead of a bottle or on-tap aversely affected the flavor and odor. It is smooth and easy to drink, making it a good party beer. Though not terrific, it is worth a try, good for those accustomed to macrobrews.

Cyberkedi, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of BBM
2.63/5  rDev +4%

Pours straw yellow with little, fizzy head. Smell is your typical macro corn/cereal/skunk smell. Not great. Typical.

Taste is pretty typical too. It doesn't have the skunky taste, which is a plus, but the corn and cereal grains overpower any potential flavor. It's actually a bit smoother than most American macros, which makes the flavor somewhat decent. This means that given the choice of this, Bud, Coors, or Mich Ultra, I'd take this every time. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Pretty drinkable, since it has a clean taste. Not a bad lager if there's nothing else around.

BBM, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.3/5  rDev +30.4%

Canadian brewed in a can.
Pours a light straw color with a healthy clean white head. Smells clean with light malts and hops. Taste is pretty much consistant with the smell with a slight buttery note. Has a light - medium mouthfeel and body, making for a good candidate to chose on those warm days.

Bookseeb, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of bark
2.88/5  rDev +13.8%

Brewed under license in France.

The colour is pale gold; the white two finger head is airy and uneven. Good lacing.

The smell is malty with dry dusty notes. I found some sweet notes of honey and glucose.

The taste is sweet like sugar. There are some light notes of pilsner malt and traces of hops. The short and weak aftertaste got some light neutral hoppy and bitter flavours with a touch of dough.

Carbonation is medium strong, small bubbles; the liquid is watery.

Well… I got what I expected from this one. Drinkable, but that goes for carbonated water, too.

bark, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of beeragent
2.9/5  rDev +14.6%

I have a friend who loves Fosters, so I figured I would see what he was raving about. Poured from a 24oz. "oil can", into a pint glass. The beer poured a pale yellow, with lots of carbonation, forming large head, that quickly faded. Thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is almost all grain, Nothing special there. The taste is very light malt sweetness, but mostly the grainy flavor associated with this type of beer. Light mouthfeel. Overall, this is barely a step up from Bud or Miller. This is just your basic mass produced lager. Nothing special, and not something I care to spend any money on in the future.

beeragent, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of zdk9
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

I'm not a fan. The head is large and lasts, and even leaves some lacing (suprising I know!). Taste is weak, slightly peppery malts, and the faintest touch of citrus hops. Leaves a bad aftertaste. Drinkable, but only because it's so weak, not somthing I would choose if there were options.

zdk9, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of vancurly
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a pale gold colour, with white frothy head.

Some initial aromas of sulfur initially, with the ubiquitous Pride of Ringwood in evidence. Metallic, flinty....

Tastes include light flavours of grain, pale malt, PoR... slight bitterness.

Light, nondescript, refreshing, but watery.

vancurly, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +58.1%

I got a bottle of this in a "beers of the world" mixed pack

this wasn't the first time I've had this beer (I've had many, many "oil cans" of this back in the late 70's) but this is the sample I shall base my review on.

looks ok, nice golden/amber color with a good white head

smells nice, malt, Australian malt?

taste/mouthfeel - full malt character on the mid-palate blends well with a delicate creaminess and crisp, clean hop finish, creating a perfect balance to the beer.

Australian for beer?...

copy & paste to your browser - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3RYHKWXIwI

drink up mates !

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of ghostmech007
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pale golden color with an impressive head at the pour but fizzes to nothing after second sip.

Malted grains and husky masked nose. Clean smell.

Crisp on the tongue and nicely smooth. Weak body and the husky tones really add up here. Hops are blended really nice in this brew. Flavors really are difficult to trace in this. Bland finish.

Taste: Crisp and grainy with a slightly refreshing smoothness. Light to moderate body. Sweet grain leans towards husky with light biscuity and powdery flavours. Even hop bitterness that couples well with the fresh graininess. Vague astringent flavours are mild and hard to trace back to their grain and hop origins. Husky finish that gradually dries.

You can really drink this one though. Went great with my steaks.

ghostmech007, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.65/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a two-finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of grains and malt.

T - Tasted of grains and wheat. It starts sweet and then finishes with a slightly bitter hoppiness.

M - It was crisp but a little flat. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not bad for the style. It has a little more hops than most of this style.

zeff80, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of stephendr
2.35/5  rDev -7.1%

12 oz. bottle- color of pale yellow, with a short white head - nose of sweet corn , some malt , and mildly hoppy – taste of sweet white corn , mild hops , light skunk , and fruit ???- body watery , and well carbonated – aftertaste of mild hops , and burnt malt

stephendr, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S: The aroma is of light malt, corn and other adjuncts, with a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste is predominantly heavy flavors of corn and grain. It has a thin malt character and is not as sweet as most macros, but has very little hops.

M: Crisp and not too smooth, kind of watery, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, doesn't seem to have much of a kick, I wouldn't stick with this beer if I had another choice.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Scottsan
2.85/5  rDev +12.6%

I poured from the bottle into a glass and, somehow, managed a large, pillowy head. Attractive, all-around . . . meaning average (I was pretty thirsty).

Detected a malty smell (an artifact of Canadian brewing?). And a hint of dry grass.

The taste is definitely not unpleasant, with nothing really notable or discernible. There's a dry bite on the back end. And the cumulative aftertaste is fairly bitter. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin and . . . oily.

Overall, not bad, but down the list of "imports" I'd pick up at the store. On the other hand, I'd push aside several domestic macros to get to this in the back of the fridge at a party.

Scottsan, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of RedneckChemist
3.23/5  rDev +27.7%

This is my first review, so please bear with me.

Presentation: 25.4 oz "oil can" as the case box describes

Appearance: This beer is the color of the gold accents on the can. Pours rough from the over-sized can to a decent, one-finger head that holds moderately well. Looks like a "yellow-fizzy"

Smell: My nose is not refined enough to pick out individual scents, but, again, I must default to the "run of the mill" macros

Taste: Here is where this beer seperates itself from the swill. Full-flavored, ever-so-slightly bitter, finishes somewhat dry. Not bad.

Notes: As a reformed macro fiend, I must admit that this is the beer that I turned to first. It has the drinkability of water with more flavor than most Am macros. All-in-all not a bad beer, but it is by no stretch of the imagination a good beer, either. This beer is fit for cookouts or raceday when it is a "quantity rather than quality" kind of occasion.

RedneckChemist, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
2.05/5  rDev -19%

Pint can made in Canada.

I sang along with the philosophers, so I didn't get the can lobbed at my head.

Poured pale yellow with a lumpy white head. Virtually no aroma whatsoever, beyond the prickling of CO2 in the nose. Taste is almost not there, except for a slightly nasty afterbite.

Made in Canada by an Australian company, but it is still an American Macro, and not a very good one. As the Philosophy Department Dons of the Australian University would say; "Like making love in a canoe -- f**king close to water!"

alexskovan, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of Azur
3.35/5  rDev +32.4%

This beer pours a heavy golden head that laces the glass adequately. The scent is crisp, clear and a bit malty. One of my favorite drinkable beers, but the scent could use improvement. The taste is light, crisp and sweet with a slight hop after taste. Among domestics, it is defiantly worth the extra cost. Besides, among foreign beers, you get more of a flavor for less of the price then other beers.

Azur, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of billybob
3.93/5  rDev +55.3%

pours clear yellow with a five finger white head that surprised me by holding fairly well and some lacing to the finish. musty, earthy smell. taste has a little more malt and a little more hop which gives it a little more body. mouthfeel is clean and fresh. i think it would great in the summer with your cheeseburgers and hot dogs.

billybob, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of peabody
2.73/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a pislner glass from the big can. Looks like a bud with just a bit more white suds.
Very little to no smell .Mabey just a dash of yeast/malt.
Watery taste. Not much here at all.
I used to love these things then I started drinking for the experience, not just the drunkeness.
Leave this one alone!

peabody, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
2.03/5  rDev -19.8%

This brew was pretty damn bad. Of course that is in my opinion. The functional features were awful. There was no head, no retention, no lace and no smell. Since it wasn't totally water, there was a very light yellow peaking through the glass. The taste was rather rancid. I'm not sure what it was that I was tasting, but I did not like it. The mouthfeel was well, felt. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.65/5  rDev +4.7%

Ahhh yes, the classic pint cans. I used to really dig this beer...pre-BA days of course!

AP: A vigerous pour from the can displayed a totally clear, very bubbly, light Golden color with a three finger, pure white, frothy head that showed really good retention qualities. Really not a bad look for the style.

Nose: Grainy malt>yeast>Wheat>herbal hops

Taste/MF: This is actually a bit more robust and flavorful than most of these "macro" style lagers. The first hit is a light, crisp and clean feeling bite with a malted grains and wheat flavor that has a yeastie and herbal hop flavor at the end.

DA: This is one of the easier to drink beers of it's kind but it still gets old very fast.

Funny note: The can states that Foster's is the "Official" beer of Formula 1 Racing.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.23/5  rDev +27.7%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a light straw color with a decent head that is very well retained. The scent is very clean with a slight, faint hint of malt. The flavor is primarily a light, sweet malt and has a mild hop finish. The body is very light and watery with high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent example of yellow fizzy beer. I couldn't stomach much of it, but I think they nailed the style well enough.

scoobybrew, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
3.23/5  rDev +27.7%

This is a decent lager, a bit better than average. Pours pale yellowish gold with a big white head with reasonable retention. Pretty much standard smell and mouthfeel for any large produced lager, but the taste is crisp and refreshing, with a bit of malt to it. It drinks well, but isn't anything special. Good with seafood.

zuggy9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev +18.6%

Haven't got around to reviewing this average beer. Drank this one years ago and recently tried a bottle and the mini-keg can they mass-produce. The oil can, which I haven’t in a long while, now remember why. The taste was very average with a touch of tin. The best part was the appearence which was very average as well. The bottled version wasn't much better (sans the tin flavor).

stoutman, Dec 09, 2006
Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
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