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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,730
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 164 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Ratings: 1,730 | Reviews: 601
Photo of waltaburge
2.36/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foster's Lager seems to be more popular in China and other parts of Asia than it is in Australia. In fact, I don't know ANYONE in Australia who actually drinks this stuff! It's obvious, now that they have put an "Export Quality" sticker around the neck of the bottle. Anyone who has watched "The Adventures of Barry MacKenzie" where he tries to smuggle a case of Fosters Lager onto a plane to England must know that he is literally taking the piss, because NOBODY drinks this here! In Hong Kong, however, it's a premium beer at every restaurant. Tastes like sugar-flavoured soda water with heavy malt and no hops. Drinkable, but hard to call it a beer.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Even if the first taste is not very famous, mouth slightly, gives, by its hopping, an overview sunny bitterness that leads to an interesting aftertaste with a frankly not bad at all. The beer is drunk very easily, just like warm milk. Nice american premium lager

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.55/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. There isn't much going on with the nose as it smells very similar to all macro lagers-malty, ever so slight touch of hops, and some mustiness. The taste is pretty much the same except this beer seems a little more crisp than some others of the style. It also doesn't have that musty malty flavor that sometimes seems prevalent in PBR. It is very carbonated and watery, but exceptionally easy to drink even for the style. I purchased a whole twelve pack just to have something easy to drink while grilling on a Friday night. My Foster's Friday ended up being a Foster's weekend. I will never purchase this again because I can get PBR or Miller High Life for a few dollars cheaper.

Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fosters pours a clear yellow with typical head. It has a generic beer smell, nothing bad. The taste is clean and smooth and has a slight after taste, again nothing bad. This is a good beer for a cookout when served ice cold or when having more than 1-2. Far and away than any light beer, great for social drinking.

My neighbor offered me a Fosters last night knowing I have made a number of trips to Melbourne, Australia. I explained that Fosters is primarily exported or brewed under license overseas. Since 2008 it has been brewed by SABMiller in North America. It is vertually impossible to find in Australia, although The Fosters Group is the largest brewer there and makes Calton Draught & Victoia Bitter which are the primary beers in Melbourne & Victoria area.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of kshankar
2.68/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Oh, Fosters. Australian Beer, supposedly.

Okay, so its actually an American style.

It pours clear golden and fizzy. And it smells like beer. Grains and grass.

Tastes grainy and somewhat grassy...what a surprise. Minimal hops, or malts, even though you can sense them if you really search for it. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Its drinkable, yea. That's its main selling point.

Overall impression: Like Creed, this beer is unoriginal, bland and mainstream. And you pay a premium for it because its an import. Why even bother? Get the MGD or the Miller High Life. They're cheaper and taste about the same.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well since this is my friends new favorite lager I had to review it. Poured into a 12oz pint glass.

A - Couldn't really get more clear than this yellow lager. Decent inch head though so it's carbonated to the extreme!
S - Smells of grainy grass and slight wheat. Pretty typical lager smell.
T - Kind of smooth with a slight taste of hops and malt but with a weird bite at the end is kind of off putting.
M - Mouth-feel is light and makes you want to drink more but eh I really don't
D - Well I have at least a 12 pack left over from a party and as the weeks go by I might hit a bottle now and again but really wouldn't buy this for myself. Regardless if the only lagers left in the world was MGD or Fosters I would drink fosters!

Photo of lester619
3.25/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've always liked Foster's. It's by no stretch of the imagintion great, but a very drinkable macro lager. Looks like a typical yellow fizzy mass produced beer. Smell has some sweetness with some metalic caned corn notes coming out. Some grassy malt is in there. Nice and crisp with lots of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. A little bitter bite in the aftertaste. It is what it is. Good mass consumption beer for a cookout. I've heard that they hate it in Australia and can't stand the commercials. I can't really blame them for that. Very decent beer in my opinion.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light, clear golden color with a decent sized white head that disappears pretty fast.

S - Faint smell, mostly of sweet grains. Typical smells for the style.

T - Also fairly typical for the style, but with a touch more fruitiness and hops. Dominated by a sweet grain/malt taste. A touch of hops present. What really distinguishes it though is the hint of apple and lemon.

M - Light bodied, well carbonated and crisp, pretty typical for the style.

D - Easy to knock back a few and has enough taste that linger that I may want to (if I not necessarily in a craft beer place/mood).

Notes: Fairly standard Adjunct Lager, but that hint of fruitiness makes it a bit more desirable for me. However, it is still light, watery, and pretty much devoid of hops and most other tastes.

Photo of rednrag
2.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Figured I,
d try this again after a few years. Last time I had it, it was brewed under license in Canada, and was not as good as the Fosters I'd had from Australia.

Well, I get this home and see now that it's brewed by somebody called Oil Can in Georgia and Texas! Whats goin on here?

One taste lets me know I will not buy this again. I will finish this 6 pack and think back to the days when Fosters was a pretty decent beer from down under, mate.

Photo of sophisticated
2.98/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got a 25 oz. huge can for $2.60. I've never had a Foster's NOR a beer from Australia. So hey, why not.

A) crystal clear straw colored with massive white foam that left quite a bit of lace

S) smell was extremely mild but vaguely sweet/carby. a tiny bit of hops.

T) Pleasantly surprised! For this type of beer I was expecting the worst, so this was actually not bad. Certainly not very flavorful. Bland and watery. Mildly lemon, apple, then slight bitterness. Very slightly metallic, but this taste is less-so than other macro adjuncts lagers.

MF) watery, thin, and lots of carbonation

D) Pretty good for this style! Refreshing and mild, good to wash down a meal or on a hot day. 25 ounces is A LOT though for something that is not so good. But for what it is, it's okay!

Photo of MOB210SA
2.63/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2 finger quickly dissipating head. Disappearing before my eyes. Medium yellow/gold color. Not too great looking. Eventually the head died down to practically nothing.

Pungent corn aroma with some wheatiness and some metallic to it.

Mostly a corny metallic taste. Not the worst, but def not the best. I guess its better than a lot of other AALs.

Light body, thin and watery. I want to say carbonated water. Well, Its light and despite its taste Its moderatly drinkable. Moderate might be pushing it.

Sadly Im guessing this is the Budweiser of Australia?

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are typical macro like.It is refreshing and smooth.It's at it's best when it's ice cold.Perfect for summer outings or when watching football games.I've always been a fan of macros and this is no exception.

Photo of tjd112
2.24/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This review is for the beer in the oil can. The colour of the beer is piss yellow with fizzy carbonation. The smell is not much better, nothing more than corn and rice, with some grassy hops. The taste was metal mixed with adjuncts and the mouthfeel was light. Overall, this beer does not pass muster, though it is better than other adjunct beers.

Photo of Midway
2.92/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brownish colour, Good smoke emmited, a spongy looking head with lots of bubbles, creamy.

Smell - Slighty sweet but also a slighty bitter smell.

Taste - Bitter and skunky taste.

Mouthfeel - Light feel and very carbonated.

Drinkability - Ok consumption, easy to drink would have a few more.

Photo of GeezLynn
2.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into pint glass.

Golden blonde color, with a half inch of short-lived white head.
Aroma is not very appetizing. Smells like old dirty lager. Also cooked vegetables and metal. Not going to try too hard here. Standard corny adjunct. Slightly sweet, but otherwise bland with very little hops. And..not sure what that other flavor is but if I had to guess, I'd say....dried grasshopper. Mouthfeel is flat and watery, and adds additional insult to the flavor. Slight alcohol bite at the end.

Have stayed away from this one for a few years and with good reason. Could be me, but seems like this beer has gotten worse since then. About the best thing I can say for it is that I love big cans like this and that I have had much worse beer. Next time I get the burning desire to grab an oil can off the supermarket shelves, it will probably be a Molsen XXX.

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

Poured from a big can into a huge frozen glass mug.

A: Brownish-yellow, like a sick person's pee with a big frothy head.

S: Typical adjunct scent with a burnt, melted plastic underlying the corn and stale grain character.

T: A lot like the smell, unfortunately. Has a very plastic quality in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not so much. I'd much rather go for PBR or Miller High Life if I'm going to go this route.

Value: Extremely overpriced. I've seen this for around $11.99 per 12 pack. That's a total gip when you can get Miller High Life for around eight bucks per 12 pack.

Overall: Foster's, Australian for piss.

Photo of kikobcn
2.16/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a clear pale yellow gold with a big white head

Smell :is grainy malts with maybe a small hint of the hops.

Taste: little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: bitter and not so good. leave in your mouth light malty sensation

Drinkability is ok. It goes down easy and is not soo alchoolic.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Blech. Pours all typical fizzy yellow and looks the same. Smells like day old beer in a couch cushion, even on tap. Very carbonated, so I don't think it smells funky because its old. Adjuncts? Taste, a little better, but still not anything you'd ever want, unless you just don't like the taste of beer.

Mouthfeel, no hop quality to it, any potential confusion of some hop zest is probably due to the vast amount of bubbles in it. Drinkability? Eh, tastes like a very watered down, carbonated beer.

Photo of bob3701
2.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. I have not had this brew in a very long time and bought the can so I can attempt to cook a beercan turkey. I drank and enjoy this beer a lot in college but today was wondering what the attraction was. Tastes like imported yellow fizzy stuff.

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

oil can poured into pint glass

A: straw, with finger thick white head with medium lacing
S: grainy, light hops in the background.
T: light malts, rice, barely any hops
M: crisp, medium carbonation
D: easy to drink, but must be cold. good choice if you goto outback i guess

Photo of MrStark
2.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25.4 oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a quite clear pale yellow gold with a big foamy white head with good retention leaving bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is basically grainy malts with maybe a small hint of the hops.

Taste matches the smell with grainy malts and not much else. No real noticeable hop bitterness in it, maybe just a slight hint at the end. Not a terrible flavor, but nothing impressive.

Mouthfeel is a fairly light for the style, with somewhat mild carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability is ok. It does go down easy and would be a good session beer. But overall the taste doesn't leave me wanting anymore. I will drink it, but I wouldn't go looking for more.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.59/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a foamy, frothy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma with mere, vague hints of barley and little else.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with faint, fleeting grain hints. Incredibly small amount of floral hops and bitterness, leaving this one to finish sweet and somewhat crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass this one by, folks. Foster's has very little to offer beyond a simple, basic sweetness and some carbonation -- like a soda!

Photo of rfabian
3.76/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 4 inch head that leaves lots of lacing. The appearance is pale and crystal clear. The smell is mainly of malts with a hint of hops. The taste is slighly hoppy with moderate sweetness and malt taste. I don't get any hint of adjunct aroma or taste here. The feel is light to medium bodied with a clean finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of thekanna
2.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale yellow with about a finger of head and active carbonation that rises to the top.

S: Strong sweet malts upfront with some yeastiness and overall freshness.

T: Sweet grainy malts hit the palate, followed by a diacetyl creaminess and a slight hint of phenols.

M: Medium carbonation, crisp with a dry finish.

D: Decently drinkable; nice counterbalance to heavier flavors, especially those of grilled meat.

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