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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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BA SCORE
60
poor

1,691 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,691
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website
Australia

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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Photo of BeerSingh
2.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, the only thing that classifies this a beer is that its beer. Pours golden with a slim head into a pilsner from a 650 ml bottle. The smell is hoppy, but has got no other character that I can recall. Ok, now for taste, mouthfeel and drinkability - its a little above carbonated water. My last choice for ordering outside and I would never buy it. The advertising is good though.

Photo of NeutroMan
2.24/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750mL can poured into a pilsener glass

Pours a crystal clear light gold color with a unexpectedly large frothy head that hangs around for a while and leaves decent lacing.

Smell test was...inconclusive. Let's just say this is not the most aromatic brew I've ever had, but what I can detect are the oh-so-familiar sweet corn and malts of macro beers everywhere.

Taste is pretty much what you'd expect. Alcohol and adjunct accessories. Generic beer taste.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied, very smooth. Drink this baby ice cold and don't let it warm up.

Drinkability - methinks this is precisely what it was brewed for, and they did a fairly decent job of it.

Photo of Seanstoppable
2.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looking for something I haven't tried from the "Beer's of the World" wall this weekend, I decided to finally try something from the land down under.

Pouring into a pint glass results in a light gold color with plenty of frothy white head. Head evaporates sporadically, remaining high in some parts, and a thin film in others. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

No real discernible scent.If I didn't know better, I would say it was water.

Taste is very light. Some flavors of grains, and a bit of sweetness. There is a slight sour aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, making me a bit burpy during the course of my drink.

Not the worst of lager's, but I can get something better, cheaper locally.

Photo of TheSarge
2.44/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Makes a good appearance with a fair amount of bright white head, and a clear golden body. Retention and lacing of the white foam is pretty decent.

The aroma is hardly noticeable, but for a small amount of metallic hops character.

There is no taste to this brew. It doesn't taste bad or good, kind of like water. Immediately when sipped there's a quick cereal and sweet glucose syrup flavor, but abruptly disappears.

There is nothing to ponder when considering the different aspects of this brew. It tastes like bubble water with a hint of sweetness.

This is a highly drinkable brew. There is no question about it. It's for getting your swill on, and nothing else. Too bad this is what most Americans think of, when they think of Australian beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, medium yellow color with a surprisingly nice stiff white foam that has good retention and some lacing. My bottle says this is brewed under 'supervision' by Oil Can Brewery in Ft. Worth.

Smell is light, sweet and a bit stale. Has some sulfur and a bit of grassy hop notes in the aroma as well. Nose is a bit bigger than most BMC lagers, but still pretty macro-esque smelling.

Taste is sweet malts and adjuncts. Highly carbonated and light bodied. Does not taste too incredibly different than most macro lagers. It is not bad tasting on a hot day, but why spend 7 bucks on a sixer of this when you can get PBR or Keystone for at least 2 bucks cheaper?

Photo of KarlHungus
3.17/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of a sweet corny nature. It is extremely simple, but it is more pronounced than most adjunct lagers, and that is nice. The taste even cornier than the aroma. Again it is straight forward, and very pronounced. However, it isn't the most pleasant taste I've experienced from an adjunct lager, but I wouldn't call it unpleasant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is moderate for the style. Overall, I have some fond memories of drinking Foster's. I haven't drank it for well over four years, but it is a lot like what I remembered. It isn't the greatest beer out there, but it is one of the better beers of its style.

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

Poured from 24 oz can into tall ale glass. Light lager yellow color, clear of particulates. Huge head. Smells like hops and corn-just shy of sweet. Tastes like you expect a lager to taste, no big deal. Weak mouth feel, yet when it is 100+ F that is not a bad thing. Drinkability, well that depends upon the temperature. If it was 68 F, I would go for something more substantial. Since it is 98 F here at the beach, this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured can into mug.

Appearance: Pale golden color that is very transparent. Had a very nice head, though.

Smell: Pretty standard adjunct lager smell. Some kind of corn smell with a little hop presence.

Taste: Again, pretty standard, but very smooth; smoother than others.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, nothing impressive.

Drinkability: While this isn't a fantastic beer, for what it is, it's not bad. It's something I could drink.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Straight from an oil drum can to my mouth.

A- pale gold. Typical macro lager, nothing special.

S- Can't find much of anything on the nose.

T- Generic 'beer' taste. Still, flavors are there. Very watery, though. Better than some other macro lagers.

M- Better cold than warm. Pretty good carbonation.

D- Pretty high. This is plain ol' beer, but if that's what you're looking for, it works pretty well. Good for a day on the beach or a cookout with burgers and dogs.

Photo of santomark
1.4/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Poured a tainted yellow color.

Smell - light hops with a slight lemon note.

Taste - Can't really taste anything in this beer. The way i can describe drinking this beer is like swallowing heartburn, had no flavor and made me feel nauseated.

Mouthfeel - was extremely carbonated and had a medium body. To be honest this would be better as a campaign, but I'm sure Fosters would find a way to screw it up too.

Drinkability - Was not drinkable at all; not because of what it has in it, but rather what it lacks in it.

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Hardly any smell to speak of. Taste is rather bland with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Feels light and watery in the mouth. It is fairly drinkable. Overall a truely average beer.

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

Poured from the famous Fosters oil can into a pint glass. More than one pour is needed. Poures a bland, clear yellow color with white foam that builds and vanishes quickly. Lacing down the side.

Smell is grainy and metallic. Otherwise, pretty empty. Like a run of the mill beer.

Taste is clean, crisp - ever so slight citrus backing - but otherwise a typical American style lager. Maybe its the marketing, but I've convinced myself this is better than basic BMC stuff. There's a mild hop finsih, but not enough to diminish the cleanliness. Its a tad watery.

A drinkable lager. And who doesn't miss the "its australian for beer" commercials?? (Salad. Beer. Guppy. Beer.)

Photo of Mardukk
2.78/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with some white frothy head that lasts for a while, limited lacing.

Not much of a smell.

Grainy with an oddly harsh metllalic grain taste.

Light to medium bodied. A bit more body than your typical American adjunct lager.

Somewhat drinkable as the harsh bite fades quickly with a dry finish.

Average adjunct lager if you prefer the unusual harshness and taste.

Photo of thecarster1
2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, deep yellow color, half finger head that fased really quick, good bubbly lacing, huge amount of bubbles.

s- pungent bitter smell, corny, almost white wine smelling.

t- below average adjunct taste, grassy, corny, again almost white wine tasting, i'd almost prefer a coors or miller lite.

m- thin watery in the mouth.

d- wouldn't buy, not a good adjunct in my opinion, ok to drink if you wanna have eight beers, not to enjoy or savor them.

Photo of Fnord
2.67/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Fizzy clearish yellow.

Smell - Grassy hops, maybe a touch of lemon.

Taste - Corn, sweet malts (honey?), a bare touch of unidentifiable hops, and a small dose of skunk.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable, especially after the first several beers and your taste buds are shot anyway.

Notes - This beer particular beer is extremely old, so reviewing it may not be entirely fair. Oh well. It actually wasn't as bad as I expected, somewhat better than the Heineken I had recently. It had more flavor, anyway. Not that that's saying much.

Photo of ILOVEBEEER
1.3/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely disgusting beer. I only bought it because it was the only beer in the bodega that wasn't bud, corona or coors light. the taste makes me want to vomit. Don't be fooled by it being an import or the fact that you can buy it in an "oil can". Go elsewhere. Or buy the Bud, it tastes just as bad.

Photo of digitalbullet
1.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is awful. It has a light yellow color with minimal head or lace. It smelled like it was brewed with extra tin flavoring. Yum!! Initially the taste was ok when it was ice cold. But as it warmed the funk was so unbearable I literally could not finish it. It was acrid. Mouthfeel was not bad when cold. It lost it's carbonation quickly. It was like chewing on an aluminum can. This is nasty shit! Will not buy again. Ever.

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

A sunny afternoon on the strip, looking for a decent patio to enjoy the weather and the sights, and lo and behold, the old standard student hangout has morphed into an Aussie-themed pub! The Outback now has competition in the kitschy 'Down Under in the Great White North' booze biz, it would seem.

I couldn't sit down in such a place and not have a full 20oz draft pint of that most infamous of Australian potables in this part of the world. The beer arrives at the table, in the appropriately labeled glass, and appears a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a minimum amount of thin, wispy off-white head, which leaves a bit of sparse sudsy islet lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet rice patties, grainy corn grist, soaked Wonderbread, an ethereal cheap table pepper zinginess, and mildly skunky grassy, herbal hops. The taste is sweet, very corn-flakes-like cereal grain, a metallic flintiness, and soft, dankly earthy, leafy, and grassy hops - somewhat acrid, all.

The carbonation is weak, just a plain, innocuous frothiness manifesting, the body medium-light in weight, kind of pithy and clammy, and not particularly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the now stinky corn and rice simulacrum malt wallowing in its crapulence, while the dank hops throw in the towel.

For a sunny patio, not a bad choice, given the happy-hour pricing and the other myriad distractions, but overall, nothing special, just another macro lager, transposing international boundaries and breweries. I don't think I'd order it again in many other circumstances.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 ounce can.

Pours a light straw with a small soapy head that laces more than expected.

Aroma is light fruity hops and sweet grain. Pretty hard to pull out.

Flavor is light grain with a huskiness. Sweet but not nasty sweet. Small hops flavor with a little bit of creaminess. Bearable.

Mouthfeel is not bad, with soft carbonation and a creamy texture.

I expected worse, this was somewhat refreshing.

Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden body, clear with a small head and little lace.

S - Malty with a light aroma of hops and a hint of sulphur.

T - A light grainy flavor with a hint of hops and a clean finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not a bad example of a light lager, a bit bland and the sulphur aroma is slightly off-putting, but highly drinkable nonetheless. I really surprised myself with this review as I thought I really disliked Fosters, but it had been years since I had it and for what it is, it really isn't that bad.

Photo of fullsweep
2.55/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

440 mL can.

Foster's is what it is. A micro lager that is slightly better than some of its counterparts.

Tastes slightly metallic, I suppose that's from the can, as I don't remember that when having it from the tap.

If I had to buy cheap lager, this would be in my top five. But then again, when do you HAVE to buy cheap lager? If I'm offered this vs. Carling at a mate's house (as I was today), I'm going for the Foster's.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nose is grainy with a hint of lemon. Toasty sweetness. Smells okay.

Pours a medium yellow color, good clarity, massive creamy/rocky head with damn fine retention. Looks very good.

Slightly bitter, a little toasty, some grain, hints of fruit (grape, perhaps), and some mild earthiness. Then the aftertastes hits hard reeking with cooked vegetable. Some soft sweetness and maltiness. A little more bitterness and some off-metallic sensations. Tastes fairly disappointing. Feels okay.

It just never ends! 24oz is way too much. This is a beer you need to (hold your nose and) binge, crush the can on your forehead, and then wonder 'why did I do that?'.

Seriously, this beer's 15 minutes is long up.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.03/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a big blue oil can this beer was a perfectly clear gold color. The head was white, three-fingers, displayed average retention and streaky lacing. The aroma was dry and stale, typical macro-grains. The flavors started clean enough but ended stale. Boring macro-grains dominated the palate at first but more pale malt became apparent as it warmed up. Simple, but not really bad. The mouthfeel was average and a little oily, the body light/medium and the carbonation medium/high.

Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden lager color,slightly darker than most of the macros,huge soapy white head,with some soft lazy carbonation. Aroma of light grain,hay, and a touch of hops,nothing new or special. Flavor is slightly sweet at first,then a hint of bitterness,and finishes with a bit of malt,and this touch of citrus,very light . Typical lager mouthfeel,crisp,and refreshing,quite sessionable, I like the big can though.An ok adjunct lager.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fosters 25.4 oz. oil can. A big and bold appearence on the outside... lets see what the inside holds.

This beer pours a foamy (slightly darker than regular american adjunct lagers) not by much.
Fluffy foam head last for minutes if pour vigorously and dies down to a light barely there head thoughout.

Smell is of corn, mild yeast and something i just cant put my finger on... possibly barley?

Taste is similar to the smell but has a tangy and mild flavor not noted on other beers, almost a artifical flavoring. Starts with a corn flake taste and moves on to a sweet tangy but dry finish.

Fairly easy on the buds but flavor of beer is just kinda pushy not smooth.

This beer is worth a try but Foster may be Australian but not for beer.

Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
60 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.