Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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597 Reviews
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Reviews: 597
Hads: 1,797
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
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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 SmashPants
3.26/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Format: a standard 355mL brown bottle with the age-old Foster's macro label.

Appearance: a pale amber yellow colour with decent visible carbonation. A finger of white head hangs about longer than your average lager.

Aroma: not very much in the way of aroma - just a light cereal grains. Not much there.

Taste: very clean and crisp grains and light hops. There is something else there either floral or herbal that adds a little something.

Aftertaste: a tiny bit of bitterness comes through on the finish, and a bit of that sweet grain.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a good amount of carbonation. Hits the thirsty spot perfectly.

Overall: I actually quite like Fosters. It is one of those beers that absolutely hit the spot when it is hot outside, and has just enough to be a bit different to the standard Aussie macro lager. Decent too for around AU$46 a case. (866 characters)

Photo of Duder_Jables880
1/5  rDev -62.1%

Fosters...Australian for piss. They foist this swill off on tourists while they chug the good stuff themselves. Don't let the commercials fool you. Stay far, far, away. (168 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance – Clear golden colour, good frothing of a white head but this does not last long and soon dies to a finger nail ring that leaves no lacing.

Smell – Light almost undetectable nose of malted grain followed by an odd stewed leaf smell and a sort of musty element.

Taste – Crisp and grainy, rather smooth and pretty refreshing. The malts are pretty sweet overall if a little mild there is a slight biscuit flavour in here and the slightest hint of hop.

Mouthfeel – Light to moderate body. Slightly astringent. The linger is not amazing but for an adjunct Lager this is to be expected and even pretty on style.

Overall – A Pretty straight up beer. Nothing huge in terms of flavour but bearing in mind the style this is to be expected. So this beer is doing what the style asks of it and it is doing it better than most in the category. (858 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%

On tap Outback Steakhouse in frosted glass
Aroma – none
Head small (<1 cm), white frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor of wet cardboard, finishes with metallic aftertaste; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Really nasty – had our server take the remaining half pint away and I switched to O’Doul’s. The lack of head could be a time factor because of the time the draft was pulled and the liquid was received at our table. However, the horrible taste cannot be blamed on the waitress. The high point of this drink was the palate.
Aroma – 2, Appearance 2.5, Flavor 0 (Would make it lower if possible), Palate 3. Overall, 1.88 (740 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the infamous oil can. Brewed in Fort Worth Texas. Best by date Dec 1. 2014. So quite fresh.
Pours clear gold with two fingers of long lived white head. Lacings were spectacular and some head remained to the bottom of the nonic pint glass.
Smell was mostly white bread. Some herbal or grassy hops also.
Taste is mostly malts white bread or biscuit. The hops are mostly noticed in the dry finish.
Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is bold and the body is light to medium.
Overall a suprisingly good beer for the style. Served as cold as possible. As the beer warmed it still tasted alright with no off tastes. (610 characters)

Photo of TotallyGomer
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

Appearance: Light golden, clear wheat in color, clean white head that holds well, fair lacing, good carbonation

Smell: Nothing real exciting or strong, but malty grains and slight fruit show up if you try hard enough

Taste: Flavor is on the light side, slight hints of malts, earthy fruit, very light hops

Feel: Fresh, lively carbonation, surprisingly heavier than expected

Overall: Not much to stand out from most cheap lagers

Not completely unimpressed, but I don't plan on buying any soon. A decent recommendation for a session beer or summer post-chore refreshment, however. (611 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is not that bad. It was refreshing, I do like the taste of it. But it was not my favorite beer out their. I liked the golden look that it has. The aroma of this beer is not that bad at all. I had it in a can wich does change the taste some. I never have had it in a bottle. But over all this beer was not all that bad. (328 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.21/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Foster's Lager brewed by Foster's Group Limited. This brew has an abv of 5.0. This brew pours out a nice amber color with thick white head. The smell is rich but you can smell corn and cheap malts. This brew has a taste of malts but it is smooth. Also it has a clean finish. Foster's is like a Miller brew. Not saying that is a bad thing. Mouth feel is nice and crisp not much of an after taste. I would put Foster's in with something I could drink but not something I would rush out and buy to drink on. I would say this brew is more American than Austrian. with that being said I giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5.
This a good drinking beer and I would get this again. (670 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
4.02/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. oil can poured into a lager glass.

A - Light gold. White head stays for several minutes. Nice lacing.

S - Corn, grain, and hops.

T - Grains, some corn, and a refreshing dry finish defined by the hops.

M - Light

O - This beer gets slammed too much around here. It's not "world-class", but it is worth more than the $2 it costs. An excellent brew, imho. (365 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.46/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz can into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, frothy white head. This recedes with a bit of lacing. Color is clear pale straw with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: quite mild, a bit of lightly toasted barley, some corn and a little yeast.

Mouthfeel: very light and watery with a drying finish.

Flavor: very mild also -- some light barley sweetness, some corn, a slight vegetal flavor. Little to no hops -- maybe a bit in the finish.

Overall: nothing exciting, but not terrible either. (519 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.12/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the oil can into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces a good billowy head of about 1.5 inches. This settles down fairly quickly into a thin coating that leaves a bit of lace on the sides. The color is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

A little bit of cooked corn is detectable in the aroma and flavor, but not too heavy. The overall taste is clean with a kiss of hop bitterness. Maybe a slight bit of metal. No stale cardboard flavors. Overall, this is a pretty refreshing beer that I have sought out on occasions in the past.

Why is this classified as american lager? Is it perhaps made here or in Canada? Anyhow, this is a classic that goes way back with me. When I was in eighth grade, such a large can (steel in those days) was quite a novelty, and when I found an empty, I just had to take it to school for show-and-tell. Well, I was so proud of it that I showed it to my social studies teacher straight away. His horrified countenance took me by surprise, and bitter was my anguish when he promptly confiscated my novelty can. Utterly deflated, I had nothing for show-and -tell that day (not even dried dog food to eat in front of the class, another specialty of mine)....Awe, memories... (1,224 characters)

Photo of Ohiolager
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Foster's Lager Beer 25 oz oil can $2.29(OH)

25 oz oil can poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date clearly marked on bottom of can.

pours almost a straw yellow color. less than two fingers of bright white thin head. giving way to little to no lacing.

it smells very adjunct. i smell cereal grains like corn. a slight grassy pilsner smell and a slight metallic twang. a malty sugary smell also.

the taste is better than the smell, malty at first, kind of grainy like corn, followed by a slight grassy pilsner taste. has a dryness to it, but a bitterness too.

mouth feel is rather light. a metal taste feeling is left over maybe due to the can. rather watery, and not very pleasant. the dryness and bitterness is over powering and a lackluster hops don't help.

overall i wasn't expecting a whole lot here but i was still let down. first off its brewed in GA and TX so its not an import at all. i was expecting a non adjunct premium lager. which i did not get. over priced and in the wrong cooler. (import cooler) should be placed next to other adjuncts not next to real premium imports.just stay away from this one. adjunct and not a real import. (1,168 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
2.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a typical adjunct lager color of straw yellow and a crystal clearness. The head was a short lived group of hyper ascending bubbles that dissipated immediately.

This smell of a corn malt and barley with some Pilsner cereal grains.

This has a tinny, twangy barley flavor, some obvious corn malts and a tinge of bitter hops. No quite assertive enough it seems built as a thirst quencher an not suited to taste.

The feel is ultra crisp with a real throat burning bite from all the carbonation. That said it is really light and drinks very clean.

Fosters was always one of my favorites but under the lens of beer snobbery I have to admit that it's just not that good. (673 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into pint glass 19/3/14

A bright golden yellow with about as much air as you can fit into a glass of beer, big bubbles cling to the bottom and up and down the sides, looks strange almost, noisy finger of foam is gone in seconds leaving no lace

S smells like sour apple juice, faint hay, corn syrup, cracker, chemicals, smells pretty bad

T doesn't taste skunked but a musty, dank, flavour might be even worse, light grains but I can't place it, sort of tastes like a big brewery smells, quite gross

M thin and watery, lots of bubbles, thankfully it has a fairly clean aftertaste, about on par for the style

O why did I buy a 750ml bottle of this? if it wasn't 30 degrees outside I don't think I'd finish it

Now I understand why I've never seen an Australian drink Fosters and I've spent a fair amount of time OZ (839 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.61/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with exceptional clarity. Light gold with lots of lager bubbles wafting toward the top to meet a fat soapy head of white foam that had better retention that I thought It might. Nose is crisp with only a slight bit of apple, sweet grain and a bright hops character. A bit of lemon from those pride of ringwood hops as it warms. Taste follows the nose all the way. The malt stays in the background until it warms and brings a light dry cracker. The apple is thin and delicious adding something cheerful and crisp. The carbonation has a small bite and the yeast imparts a bit of sourness to really round out this beer. Even though the middle is quite dry and palate cleansing, this beer finishes off dry and with a bit of sweet lemon and is very delicious. I would have this again. (784 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Big ol' fluffy white head with stickage atop a pale golden brew. Looks like a nice glass of beer. No complaints here.

Grassy pilsner malts with a sprite hop presence. Surprisingly, pretty clean. Well-lagered. A slight musty Euro malt note that fades. Not bad.

Pretty clean again. Slight minty hop character that doesn't pair too badly with musty grassiness, slight mineral qualities, and watery grain. Finished gruff and spiny with adjunct sweetness hidden behind a note of fair booze.

Lots and lots of carbonation present. The body is weak, but it's a quenching drink. Booze presence is a little annoying.

Fosters is okay. I would order one when fresh, if left to macro options only. (688 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.45/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah, my guilty pleasure. I don't really know why, but this is one of my favourite lagers ever.
Pours a nice golden color and an average white foamy head.
Hoppy aroma is not strong nor too gentle. There are also some grains.
The taste is refreshingly good, just slightly sweet at first, with a more than pleasant bitterness following. That's also how it finishes. Not watery, light, but still lots of taste. (406 characters)

Photo of Mike_Moe
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color, with a short lasting white head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell
Flavor: Just a hint of toasted malt, with a hint of hoppiness. A full bodied lager with a slightly harsh carbonation.
Overall: This beer almost starts smooth. The body taste of weakly roasted malts. The harsh carbonation takes away from what would be a smooth finish. This could almost have been a good beer. (387 characters)

Photo of Alexnzx
3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer gets a bad rep, but I am going to defend it a bit. I have tasted it from Cans and do not like it to be honest, but on tap I feel it is a pretty nice beer. I would defenitely get this over other lagers widely availible on tap here in Ireland (Heineken, Carlsberg, Carling, Budweiser, Becks etc).

It is a refreshing beer, I would defenitely advise people to try a few on tap if given the chance. (404 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.91/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 12/21/13. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass. Of course I have had this one many times before in the past but mostly on tap.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with about a finger of a white fizzy head that doesn't last too long. Some sticky lacing was seen which each sip. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass from lots of carbonation. The aroma is of some sweet grains, that's about it. Taste is the same with a very slight dry finish. Also has a very slight bitter aftertaste which isn't bad at all and does not linger at all. Overall, I like Foster's. (651 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

as the adjuncts go, I like fosters. interesting fact is that nobody in Australia drinks this, but it has been marketed in the united states as their national drink, remarkable commentary on global capitalism, but I digress. oil can is a great serving after a long shift as a line cook, let me tell you. crisp and clean, no off aromas or flavors, and while it lacks the feel and complexity and richness of a great ipa, which I would always prefer, it refreshes with the best of them. light malt and hops in balance, but the point is to be drinkable, and that it is. perhaps a bit more carbonation than necessary, but it works for me, I just burp a lot. this is not Australian for beer at all, as they have a diverse and burgeoning craft industry there that is way underrepresented in American markets, but fosters has a niche here and it fills it well. a little more to this one than the American crap beers, so I choose it for those reasons. (941 characters)

Photo of dav12cnen
4.66/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a beer a lager what lager should be if miller and bud where this good i would buy it . im not sure the recipe is the same as always but the folks in texas got it right ive been drinking this beer for more than 20 years i can tell you it has changed over the years the first ones had pull tabs and where from australia then came the canadian ones which wasnt so good now is the texas brew which i love its my go to beer i always buy the 750 ml big cans its the best in those cans taste like lager should a bit bitter yet goes down smooth and taste like beer use too when i remember beer being good most of todays lager is too sweet and has no taste or just too watery . this one is a goodie . as for pour well i drink straight from the can dont care how she pours .i enjoy it and thats a rare find these days in mass market beer. thanks folks in texas for making this fine lager may there be many days in your venture . (926 characters)

Photo of Frequent
3.09/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A good beer for it's price.

Very carbonated, yet refreshing with a good bubbly mouthfeel.

Tastes of corn and malt.

The can is very unique, which is why I rated a high appearance. Overall - Just a classic easy going taste, with more flavor than light Mexican Lagers. (269 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
1.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Not much to say here. Crappy beer. Pours a light gold color with fluffy white head. Good start I guess. Aroma of stale corn and weak grass hops, some hay. Flavor follows the aroma with a slightly cleaner finish than some of the U.S. garbage. Light body and goes down rather easy. Do Aussies drink this for real? I doubt it. (323 characters)

Photo of xacidx
2.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

One of the few adjunct lagers I somewhat enjoy. If I'm at a steakhouse that only serves piss poor beer, this would the one that washes down the steak. My #1 eh beer. (165 characters)

Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
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