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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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1,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 1336
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 24.71%

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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx


3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased for $USD 2.
A: nothing unusual
S: no aroma at all
T: Foster's Lager was lightly bitter.
M: Foster's Lager had light carbonation. One good thing about Foster's Lager: this beer keeps a steady level of carbonation.
Overall: Foster's Lager is an average beer.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 18:49:00 | More by xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Photo of Fatehunter


1.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thin layer of head. A few bubbles floating up through the clear, lightest straw colored body.
Smells like a metal container.
Fizzy and metallic bitterness. Not a good taste.
Fizzy, but not highly carbonated. Light and crisp body.
Not great, but it's from Australia.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 04:24:40 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Theheroguy


2.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow with an eggwhite head

The aroma - Cereal grains and malt

It tasted like a standard macro lager, lacking depth and hop flavor. The after taste of the beer was rather unpleasant but it went away pretty quickly with the next sip (hint you're meant to drink a lot of this really quickly!)

There was nothing overly offensive about this but I wouldn't seek it out either.

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 20:53:12 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of FosterJM


2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1601st Review on BA
Oil can to Fosters Pint (Keep it classy)

Best by March/2013
Thanks to my co-worker Kevin for this one

App- When this pours out of the can its one that pours with a lot of action in the glass and gives a big 3 finger head. Falls rather quickly with a good amount of pull apart and looks a bit batter or soap like. A very clear yellow with a very clear center just see through. A couple dots of cling.

Smell- This smells actually a bit less inviting then the Special lager from the other day. Had more corn and lager yeasty notes behind it.

Taste- This was very corn and adjunct syrup forward. There was a disconnect of the flavors and didn't all work together. Light and crisp but didn't give off good flavors.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbonation. Very fizzy.

Drink- meh, only because it was free and my last name did I drink another one.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 19:16:14 | More by FosterJM
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2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was excited to have my first Foster's Oil Can but unfortunately I was left disappointed. It pours out a very nice golden color with a whispy white head that disappears very fast. The smell was nothing spectacular and the taste was lager at its worse. I have to say I was surprised after hearing so much from others who I know that recommended it. Anyway, it washes around in the mouth with a weird stinging feeling - not sure what that's all about.

Overall, I'm glad I can say I've had it but sorely dissatisfied with the product. I won't be having it again anytime soon.

Serving type: can

10-28-2012 23:54:38 | More by jjamadorphd
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2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks a pale yellow.
Head a little to big but fades out fast enough.
Smells like a plain barley lager, a bit crisper than a Budweiser adjunct.
The taste is better than most adjuncts, but not by far (how far can you go really?)
If very chill the taste is much better, but after it fades to a regular cold it lacks much.
Not bad at all for a beer of it's type, not a great one but I would take this over a Bush any day.

Serving type: can

10-13-2012 01:05:12 | More by cyberdemigod
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2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from big 750 ml can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw colored brew with a huge diffuse white head. The head fades quite fast to leave only the lightest amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of some malty aromas, corn, as well as a lighter caramel smells.

Taste – The taste begins of some bready and corn notes. The sweetness intensifies as the taste goes on with a corny and caramel sweetness coming to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end, where some flavors of a lightly bitter herbal hop as well as a light biscuit flavors come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side with a carbonation level that is average. It is rather appropriate for the style as it makes it easy to drink and on the more refreshing side.

Overall –A pretty standard adjunct lager. Rather bland as there is not too much going on in the flavor profile section, but refreshing and easy drinking, making it a decent session.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 01:07:31 | More by Darkmagus82
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2.4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a pint.

A - A translucent gold with a thin, pale head.

S - Some barley and sweetness. Not pleasurable.

T - Some sweet malts hit the palette for a few moments only to fizzle out with some grainy hops. Finishes smoothly, I guess.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - This beer is like a sweet carbonated beverage. Nothing really here to offer unless you like bland sweetness atop of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:07:34 | More by mscudder
Photo of Tepsitola

4.23/5  rDev +65.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Australias classic lager.soft structure and with rounded malted taste.Brewed firtst time in Melbourne 1887 by two brothers from N.Y city. Now it is awailible in 150 contries. Yellow golden colour 4.9% alcohol.Fosters brewing group. Good thirst qenchener.Its well past average!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 18:45:41 | More by Tepsitola
Photo of rangerred


2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml oil can into my liter mug.

Pours a clear medium gold with a decent one finger fizzy head. Somewhat surprising head retention and lacing.

Smell is sweet corn with some cereal grain thrown in. A little bit of grassy hops as well. Not too bad.

Flavor is corn and cereal grain along with a touch of toffee and hay. Some grassy hop flavor is way in the background but it is there. A light to moderate bitterness leads to a very crisp, dry finish. Soft mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Overall, it is what it is. A fairly bland, fizzy lager but honestly is isn't half bad. I wouldn't buy it all the time but the oil can is cheap and convenient on occasion.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 22:04:59 | More by rangerred
Photo of buschbeer


2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

25.4oz can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is a clear, golden elixir. A fleeting white head makes an appearance and vanishes.

S - I get some soapy grain.

T - There is not much to speak of. I think I've had light beers with more flavor. It pains me to this this beer had more flavor when I was in college. What a delicate and untrained palate I had.

M - Thin

O - I haven't tried this beer in years thinking that I did not like the taste. Hell, I would be happy with some sort of taste.

Serving type: can

08-08-2012 01:16:06 | More by buschbeer
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Outback with my folks
Comes to the table a clear pale golden color with a smallish but disappearing white head and a steady stream of carb bubbles. The aroma is lackluster at best, sweet grainy malt with a hint of corn and some light floral hops. The flavor is mild lightly sweet with hints of honey and a grassy grainy flavor thrown in there. Medium to light body with a moderate to heavy level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Not the greatest beer in the world, but it was a step above the other macros offered on tap. Note to self Sam Adams was the better choice today.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 00:19:11 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of smakawhat


3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass, one of those big 750ml suckers... sigh the things I do sometimes... can says product of USA.

Out of the big can it looks like a gusher but it actually holds up with control pretty good. Shocking white head three to four fingers deep, quite varied sized bubbles, and some retention, but very soapy and falling. Body color comes off more of a bright crystal polished brass, very hard to see the fast rising carbonation it looks microscopic. The beer doesn't look that bad at all, it looks like something I could drink.

Nose is a strange spice and almost phenolic hop presence, mixing with a very dry arid grain. It seems kind of burnt and toasty, mixing with a very light lager sense. Interesting, odd, doesn't smell too bad, but nothing real inviting.

The mouthfeel on this is a good solid thickness to it, carrying a malt density well. Finish is very fleeting with a spiced strange hop but not bringing much else. A real strange burnt almost but not quite vegetative taste. Hints of cigarette ash, and a real medicinal bitter on the tongue leave on the aftertaste.

Overall this is odd in that it's a real easy drinking beer, but strangely the aftertaste is not sitting well with me. However, if I continue drinking it, it masks this, until I swallow. Strangely passable but a real weird aftertaste on this brew. I could live with it, but there's more to beer than this.

Serving type: can

07-28-2012 22:33:53 | More by smakawhat
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 25.6 Oz. can into a lager glass. Beer pours a standard yellow with a massive, bubbly white head. The smell is strongly of skunk and some corn flakes, And perhapsa faint amount of grains? Nothing impressive. The taste is pretty good. Some grains, Perhaps some creamed corn in the mixture? Pretty standard of an AAL. The mouthfeel though, Pretty much feels like any other AAL. Over all, Would I buy it again? Sure, If I needed an easy drunk for cheap

Serving type: can

07-15-2012 03:31:48 | More by SometimesIfart
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United Kingdom (England)

1.25/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

According to the can the provenence of the beer is Heineken UK in Edinburgh. 4% alcohol.

500ml can poured into a straight pint glass. Looks pretty good, crystal clear straw coloured liquid with a nice pure white head with decent retention, leaving streaky suds rather than lacing down the side. Medium carbonation.

Smells distinctly unpleasant. Something undefined but faintly medicinal and vegetal, also a sweet graininess.

First impression when tasted is of water, some biscuity maltiness, a little crackery. Some saccharine sweetness and seltzer from the carbonation. There is a metallic note on the back of the throat, something almost chemically bitter. Aftertaste is a sweet and cloying breadiness despite the apparent lightness when first imbibed. Overall really unpleasant.

Fosters in the UK is viewed as just another characterless corporate pale lager, brewed cheaply with no regard to quality. It definitely lives up to the hype. There are many beers I would rate as average that are far superior to this.

Serving type: can

07-14-2012 07:45:54 | More by tenesmus
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2.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden straw color with a white, frothy 2-finger head. Decent retention. Resulting lace is spotty.

Smell - Smells of grain and corn.

Taste - Sweet, slightly grainy, with some grassy hop to give it a touch of balance. Simple, if somewhat vegetal finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Carbonation is decently crisp. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Oh Foster's, if that's Australian for Beer, then you guys have got a long way to go. In so far as AAL's go, this one's one of the better ones, but that's not saying much.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:20:43 | More by TheSixthRing
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1.45/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is always served ice cold - maybe to mask the lack of flavour! While the appearance of the beer is light golden colour this tastes like any lager beer available in India. The beer is simple, no nonsense and a thirst quencher. Works well in Indian humid and hot weather. Ok to have one once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 09:37:58 | More by Tresha
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3.38/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very light golden color. It holds a 1/4 inch head and has decent lacing.

The smell is a little skunky and mostly wheat based, but nothing special.

I think the taste is decent, unlike a lot of people. It is a simple beer with a simple, straight forward taste. Although it is not exploding with flavor, it's flavor is wheaty and easy to drink.

The mouthfeel is okay. A little too carbonated for me but it is pretty smooth and very refreshing.

Overall this beer is decent, not unique, not original, but not bad either. It is refreshing and easy to drink with a very simple, single flavor. I wouldn't drink these all night or suggest it as a favorite but one from time to time is fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 21:49:11 | More by PhantasIPA
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2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 10/1/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and sugar. Taste is of grain and sweetened corn flake flavors. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip and turns into a slightly medicinal flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer in the main area: flavor. The sweet corn mixed with the medicinal flavors on the aftertaste aren't too tasty in this one.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 05:27:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was pretty much what I expected. Average all around. And that is a compliment when compared to most domestics. This beer tends to give off the impression of being an import, but in fact mine was brewed and bottled only four hours north of me.

So aside from the Australian gimmick, this really just tastes like an average American lager.

Its not great, but not all that horrible either.

Appearance: The carbonation was good. There's a good golden color. The head was not very apparent.

Smell: The smell was reminiscent of American lagers. It wasn't too overwhelming, but still retained a familiarity. Call me nostalgic of my initial experiences with beer, but it wasn't that unpleasant.

Taste: The taste was as I rated it. Average as reminiscent of an American lager. The flavor could have been more prominent.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was saved by the carbonation. It wasn't all that watered down.

Overall: There's unfortunately not much to elaborate on this beer, in my opinion. There could definitely be taste improvements. Instead, the lager comes across as very bland and unoriginal.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:39:03 | More by ByMySword
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2.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For down under, not too bad for a mass produced product. Except that I must consider the bis involving this lovely summer weather, which tells me to sweat then subconsciously find any form of beer. I have been a bit crazy lately so I figured this would suffice. The wide body can provides that manly american pride that we too often take for granted. We often figure that the smell dictates the taste to be similar, but the aroma was much more refreshing than the taste. The taste resembles that of good enough, as I guess most people will not go out of their way to discover what can be coined, better. Be free.

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 00:43:53 | More by mndlssphlsphr
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2.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Gee whiz. Bright yellow golden colour with a small collection of sparce flimsy bubbles instead of a head. Lacing? not a trace.

S - Sweet grass, grain. Not as bad as some AALs.

T - Follows the nose, with a splash of cheap white wine.

M - Very highly carbonated, watch for hiccups. Light bodied and crisp.

O - Yeah, drinkable on a January afternoon on the boat, as long as it's cold.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 06:54:55 | More by dansmcd
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1.73/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pils glass. 750mL can.

3.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Three plus fingers of foamy white head. Retention is good and a good amount of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Superbly dry. If I had to use a word, I'd go with "grainy," but it's very faint. No hops, obviously. Aroma is pretty much absent, which isn't good, but I do appreciate that the "sickly sweet" corniness is also at a minimum.

1.5 T: Ewww. This sucks. It's actually a little bit bitter, but it mixes with the sickly sweet corniness to synergize into something worse than the additive effects of the two. Malts can be described as bready and grainy. Strange and horrible, even by AAL standards.

2.0 M: Heavier light body. Carbonation level is low for the style, but decent otherwise. This beer lies heavy on the tongue; dead and lifeless.

1.5 D: Not a fan of this one.

Serving type: can

04-25-2012 18:06:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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1.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

suprisingly heady, so much so thattheres head left over at the bottom if my glass when i finished.

rotten egg piss and apple smell, bad. smells better in can then glass

not much taste a little white bread sodium/carbohydrate taste. much better on tap then can odnt buy a can of this.a bit of initial hops burn but then bordem.

rusty after taste

dont buy this canned
get it on tap
every pub in england has this on tap and is much better that way.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 19:44:52 | More by cervezango
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2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a big white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is lacking and only able to get some malty grain. Taste is again grainy and a slight hop presence in the finish. Feels a bit watered down. Fosters is how you say "not good" in Australian.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 20:47:29 | More by jojoluvsbeer
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