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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,719
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 154 | 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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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mild yellow color with a nice frothy head. Aroma is sweet and still somewhat bitter like a typical lager. Taste is much of the same except that there's a bit more flavor at the back of the tongue. Nothing impressive but it does go down pretty easily. Still somewhat better than a lot of macro lagers I've had.

Photo of berserker256
2.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Australian for beer? Bullshit. I'd say more like Australian for Stroh's. I'll bet the Aussies drink better beer than this on their giant island. I think marketing has suckered American's into thinking this is a quality import... Just like Corona.

I'm thinking cheap ingredients go into making this mass produced beer. Corn, rice, etc. My morning hangover piss is much darker in appearance, even after it's been diluted by the toilet water. The head is thin and white and disappears quickly... again, just like my piss. The taste isn't bad. It's just not nearly as flavorful or as good as real, carefully brewed lagers. Like Sam Adams for example. I could drink it all night as I hang out around the campfire with friends, farting and insulting each other's mothers. This beer's good for that.

My favorite thing about Foster's is the very large can. That means you have to go to the cooler half as frequently... which is nice.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big big can with no freshness date.I have the half of this beer straight from the can and pour the rest in glass to see the appearance.

Appearance was a very average pale golden color with some bubbles ahead.

The hops in the smell,grains and some veggies also.

Taste like hops and grains, this beer is very easy to drink,to be honest i expect a little bit more of this beer.

Photo of crwills
2.08/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was recently in Mumbai, and this seemed to be popular there. It was the only beer that I hadn't tried at one of the hotel restaurants, so I tried one. Should have stuck with the locals (Kingfisher, Cobra, Castle).

Definite stinky boiled corn and other vegetable flavours in both the aroma and taste. Standard overcarbonation for this type of lager. Pale yellow in colour. Only had one then switched back to the others. Not recommended.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.13/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i used to drink this when i wanted a big beer (volume wise) when out at crap bars and before i really got into better beers. it's just not significantly different than any other american macro lager, certainly not any worse, but for this style you're just not gonna get a good beer. i think corn is the adjunct in this one. as for any other descriptors, anyone reading on this site can figure out what this beer is like without me droning on...but for $3 for a double can of beer at the local dive bar, at least i had an excuse for drinking this. kind of.

Photo of dustylong
1.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a tiny head with no retention or lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). This beer is not very impressive, kind of disappointing. Has almost no aroma, and what you can pick up is mostly malted corn. Malted corn also very evident in the flavor. A boring, not so flavorful beer....tastes like the standard macro, but not quite as good. Has a light, crisp feel in the mouth, with a good amount of carbonation. Not really worth trying, unless you want to try THE Australian beer. Except..when my friend went to Australia last year, she said no one drinks this beer, and locals will laugh at you if you order. Since I have never been there, I cannot verify this, but it's not that great of a beer anyway.

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

This is probably one of the best macro lager's around. It pours a light gold with a nice frothy head, that sticks around. You can smell and taste a bit of maltiness, but it is not overpowering. You can feel that slight carbonated fizzle, that quickly goes away. It is, in my opinion very drinkable. I would recommend everyone trying it out of their oil can! It's a great deal, as you get 25oz. of goodness, for a modest price in most places.

Photo of shadow1961
2.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Foster's Lager pours a soapy looking white head over a thin, clear
yellow brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is lager yeast
and corn. The flavor is thin and slightly sweet with a bare hint of
herbal hop in the finish. There's a slight graininess in the aftertaste
as well. As the brew warms, there does seem to be a bit of an uptick
in that hop flavor, unfortunately that corn lager thing starts to take hold
as well. Thin and not good.

Photo of FriedGold2010
3.88/5  rDev +54%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The official beer of international surfing is such for a reason. This British-style lager of Australian recipe and Canadian handicraft is an American favourite for obvious reasons. The blatantly big-ass can appeals to anyone with big-ass thirst and a small-ass buck fifty, but don't be deceived. Although it's a great price for an import, it's still great lager. I had it poured from the big-ass can into a Guinness-style tulip glass, producing a four-fingered assload of head. The head reduces to frothy thick layer of lace, atop an amber colour that leans toward the darker side of medium, bubbling away, maintaining great carbonation. The flavour is slightly hoppy, very bready with a peanutty overtone and very drinkable. This gives any domestic can of recycled urine a run for it's money. All it needs is a big-ass pizza.

How's that for a slice of fried gold?


Photo of giblet
2.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not bad MATE! throw another shrimp on Barbie! or something like that.

decent for a macro. makes me wanna go wrestle a crock! give this one a try to add to the list. has good taste and body. certainly one i can enjoy during a ball game.


suckem up and movem out!


Photo of cyrenaica
4.05/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Paul Hogan used to call it, 'The Golden Throat Charmer' and 'Australian for Beeya'.

First off, this tastes best very cold. This pours a beautiful golden colour with an offwhite head that sticks around. It has a nice hoppy aroma that I find distinctive. It dances on the tongue with some mild carbonation that isn't overpowering that winds into a crisp lager-y feel. The taste is crisp and clean with some malty tones and tastes great (and filling). It does have one hell of an aftertaste that takes some getting used to. This was my beer of choice in the late 80s and early 90s, and I still visit it every now and then (like this afternoon)
When I originally tried this it was brewed in Canada by Carling O'Keefe Brewing Company under license from Elder's Brewery in Australia. Elders eventually gave a huge sum of money to Molson Brewing Company to buy Carling O'Keefe (with some money from the Miller Brewing Company). When I did my Ph.D in Tennessee, I saw Foster's in the supermarket...it was brewed by Molson in Canada (and distributed in Reston, Virginia).

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.06/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is like an ole friend from the past used to get this in the 25oz oil can all the time back when i just got out of high school. Seen this at the grocery store for $1.99 couldn't resist passing it up for old times sake.

Poured into a pint glass a tall foamy chunky head emereged had good retention and left a nice coating of little chunks of lace down the glass a few medium sized bubbles stuck on the sides of the glass with a few tiny bubbles rising here and there.
The color was light golden and very clear

The aroma was clean,very grassy,fruitty,some slight perfumeness,grainy with a fairly strong metallic note.

Very grainy taste typical Macro feel a grassy/straw like taste lots of metallic not overly offensive but pronounced. A mid fruity taste with a good amount of tartness.Finishes with a bit of a sour/acidity bitterness kind of like the metallic taste not overbearing but not faint either. Couldn't decide between 2.5 or 3.0 on taste i started to get used to the metallic taste and decided to give it a 3.

A rough,grainy mouthfeel not overbearing but not weak either had some bite to it,also was very dry.The dryness did slightly increase the drinkability a bit. Had no trouble finishing the 25.4 oz can it actually when down quite nice about all you could ask for in a Micro. Would drink this beer in a pinch no problem. One of the better Macro's around. Don't know why it rated so low i thought it was a decent offering for what it is.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.36/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap in Toronto back in January, which is the source for Foster's brewed in North America. Hey, it allows to use "imported" on the can for the US market! It worked for me at the time. But now, 2,500 miles from the source, and from it's 25.4 oz oil can, I get the opportunity to try it again:

Poured into a stange, it's golden color is attractive along with its well built head that doesn't fizz. Cornish sweet in the smell, but not offensive. However, the taste is. It starts alright, but then a mad rush of sharp metallic bitterness interfered with the beer. If I drank the whole can, you could mine my stomach for metal deposits. Not as refined as other fizzy lagers, this one took some work to consume.

I was at a bar with an Australian when I had my Foster's in Toronto. We ended up polishing two pitchers of it, and I didn't mind it at all. He said the North American version was better than the Australian version. Geez, I can't imagine what the Australian version tastes like after my canned sample.

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

It has a moderate golden color, medium, white frothy head that may not persist very long. Very clear.
The nose is clean with hints of malt. The taste is crisp and adjuncty.
Smooth mouthfeel, high carbonation, low-strength and light body. Husky and not so long aftertaste.

Overall: a brisk and refreshing adjunct lager. Nothing great about it but it can be nice on a hot day.

Photo of Metalmonk
1.54/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The can itself is half cool, half ludicrous.

Pours into the glass with a big feathery head that's rocky, like meringue. Stays around a couple minutes, and then thins very quickly. Good clarity and nice lace buildup, but any beer this light-yellow and I'm naturally cautious.

Aroma is cooked vegetables, piss, corn and very tame hops.

Flavor is cooked vegetables, piss, corn and very tame hops. Overriding candy-corn sweetness only adds insult to injury. Mouthfeel is wispy and watery, not helping matters.


What have I done? I hadn't had this for ages. Thought I'd give it a shot, see how it measures up now that I think I know what good beer is. From where I'm sitting, this ain't even close to good beer. >>Drainpour<<

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

Big ass man-can on sale for $1.99....couldn't pass it up.

A - Pours a standard lager gold with a small but persistent white head and quite a bit of lace. This is one of the prettier beers for the normally boring looking style!

S - Tiny wisps of hop over a pretty solid grainy background. Nothing special here, but it's pretty assertive for a macro lager.

T - Solid malty base with some really nice but weak hops. Reminds me of a kolsch in a way. Again, pretty assertive for the style....this one isn't shy.

M - Medium bodied (actually very full for the style), with some moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Feels sandy and gritty in a way, and I like that.

D - Great. This is an excellent stab at the style. One of the better American macro lagers IMHO.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh good day mate! Foster's the Aussie's #1 macro? Typical lager smell, roasted corn and semi sweet hops. Nice head when poured into a glass. Colour is golden as one would expect. Mouthfeel is good carbonation is not too much, not too little. Taste is classic lager with sweet hop start and a tart bitter hopped finish. This beer is good cold. Goes good with a barbecue or after mowing the lawn. Good flavor and a clean finish, refreshing beverage, but not unique by any means.

Photo of mikesgroove
1.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, is really all I can say, and not in a good way,LOL. Poured rom an oil can in a pilsner glass, no real head, no lace, just pale golden nothing. Smell was must and moldy grain. The feel was too light, essentially non existent with just a light bread like taste. Overall this was just not very good, it tastes old and has no life or character. Dont know whay I drank this wehn I was younger.

Photo of acrawf6
3.4/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.03/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.3/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of bark
2.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beeragent
2.9/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
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