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Foster's Lager | Foster's Group Limited

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Foster's Group Limited
Australia | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.45/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know someone from Melbourne. She said that Australians are not crazy about this beer. She said that different regions have their breweries and their favorite beers. This, she said, is the crap they send to the U.S.

I was at Outback the other day. I had a growler of IPA at home, but I didn't want to open it because it was only Tuesday. I wanted to save it for the weekend. So I figured, what the heck, I'll get a Foster's. I was happy. It's got the typical color of a lager halfway between urine and sunshine. The smell isn't all that impressive.

But I was very pleased with the taste. It's not an overwhelming taste. I'm an IPA man so you know I like a strong taste, but for this it was a very pleasing subtle taste. And you don't want anything heavy when you're eating a big steak so it goes well with the restaurant. I'm not going to pick up a case off the supermarket shelves especially when there are so many other better options, but if I'm at a party that's serving it, I'll be happy.

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.13/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Only bearable if stone cold this is just an example of how a nation that creates such good wine has no idea of how to brew. Quite simply a disgusting tasteless example of lager rather than beer.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a big "oil can", which they're known for. So I can't comment on the looks.
Smelled of a cheap lager beer, on par with similarly priced beers of this kind. Nothing to set itself apart from others.
Tasted watered down, with mild hoppy flavor. Not bad on a hot summer day, but nothing special. Has no strong aftertaste.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 25.4 ounce "oil can" into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 9-21-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light yellow color with one-finger white head that dissipated quickly until there was absolutely no trace of any head, medium carbonation and no lacing of any kind.

SMELL: corn, grass and crackers, very subtle to the nose.

TASTE: this beer is hard to describe because there is very little going on here, I can barely detect some sweetness form the malt, there is a taste of corn in the middle and then there is a slight metallic hop bite at the end, finishes clean.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a standard lawnmower beer, nothing more, nothing less, I would not buy this again as there are American beers of similar quality that I can buy for less like Hamm's.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.52/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too expensive for the taste. If you can get a deal during a house party/BBQ your friends will laud you for getting an import but obviously not a great craft beer.

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Photo of ppvora
2.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 750 ml. can into a lager glass.

Golden yellow color with a large 4-fingers of head. Plenty of lacing.

Aroma of hay, hay and more hay.

Tastes of barley and hay. No complexity. I can see myself drinking this in the Australian outback on a hot day. Refreshing on a hot day, but otherwise very ok. I expected more from you Aussies!

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Photo of Mike7141954
3.79/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

a 5 for looks, ilike the color of it
a1.5 for smell, it smells more like corn than Busch.
a 4.5 for taste, It reminds me of Falstaff and I liked Falstaff...ya, ya, ya I know
a 3.75 for feel it's not watery. 4.75 overall
I don't like the way it smells. I like the fact that it is 5% ABV, after having gone through the craft beer phase and home brewing phase, I go more for buzz now than anything else the higher the ABV% the better I like the beer despite it's other short comings. Now then am I a beer geek no, but I know what I like and don't like, I like Fosters and would love to taste some not made in the U.S., Fosters in the UK is 4% abv everywhere else it's 5%. Will I buy more yes I will.

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L- golden pale yellow, decent-looking head, some sparse lacing.
S- pretty typical adjunct lager smell. Grainy, not too fragrant
T- hardly any... and there is a slight sweetness to the beer that doesn't really work. So it doesn't taste good, but it doesn't taste bad either.
M- light, crisp, and clean.

O- hey, I kinda like it. Sure, it's an adjunct lager that ultimately can be beaten by any craft beer out there. But for what it is, it's alright.

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Photo of JohnnyI
2.9/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fosters. Because... why not?! It's Australian for bored. Saw the oil can at the local Publix and couldn't help but remember how I used to think this was a premium beer. LOL. Pours from the obnoxiously large can in to a Modelo pint glass with gusto. The massive, loose head of fizzy, white crackling suds is as big as the can. It rests atop a pale, yellow lager with copious amounts of bubbles hugging the glass, before disappearing in record time. What's left is an uninspired pint of pale, lifeless liquid. About as transparent as a beer can be. A slightly sulfurous smell melds with metallic accents and a subtle, sour, floral hop note. In a nutshell, cheap lager. The taste is dominated by malty corn sweetness, with scant balancing bitterness. But not a sugary sweetness. Like chewing on unpopped popcorn kernels with a hint of aspartame. The finish is relatively crisp and clean, with little residual flavor. Surprisingly mild carbonation, with a smooth, slick, and easy mouthfeel. I could easily shotgun this entire oil can with little effort. Almost like beer-flavored water. Overall, aside from the unappealing aroma this is your typical pale, fizzy, swill. From time to time, it's just the right change of pace. Surprised I said that? It's an adjunct lager. For the style it's not half bad. If I was self-medicating I'd probably choose a beer like this.

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Photo of mejimw
3.8/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As an Anglo-Australian, I like this beer, I like to drink the local brew in most places I travel to, but this one is above average. The oversize cans appeal to the English and Scottish lager louts, perhaps giving the beer a worse name than it deserves.

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Photo of teromous
2.46/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Review of one of the large cans.

Appearance: Perfectly transparent with a bright golden colored body under a thick fluffy head that stands up for a long time. Great visible carbonation. It looks perfect.

Aroma: Mild spicy hop aroma and that familiar lager tinge. I can clearly pick out the spicy hop aroma though.

Taste: I'm literally picking up no flavor at all. There's a bit of a cereal flavor at the end, but even that is watered down. It really does taste just like water. I won't give it a 1 because it doesn't taste disgusting, it literally just has no flavor...and I'm not saying that to be mean. I'm looking for flavor of any kind and I get none.

Mouthfeel: It's crisp but it doesn't give much presence in the mouth. Average at best.

Overall: Skip this beer. An adjunct lager does not mean the beer has to be flavorless, which this is. I recommend passing on it.

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Photo of Vixie
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this one based on the style, not compared to other beers.

Did a bit of a hard pour, and poured a light straw yellow color with a large white head that did leave some lacing.

Smell is corn and grain, reminds me a bit of bread.

Has a definite taste of corn and malt up front, but has a bit of a funky aftertaste. It is a touch on the sweet side.

Feel is a bit watery, but the carbonation does add a tingle that improves the feel a bit.

Overall, one of the better examples of the style. Seems most mass beers like this are very watery and have almost no flavor, this one at least has flavor. I can see how something like this would appeal on a hot day, it goes down easy, and at least to me, is a bit more than just water with a touch of beer flavoring.

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Photo of GRPunk
2.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750 ml oil can into an imperial pint. Bottom stamped Apr2015

A- A sloppy, partial pour creates a huge, fluffy white head atop a clean, straw body with medium-heavy carbonation. The head drops to a thin foam that leaves some pretty good rings. A more controlled, second pour makes more like a 1 finger head.

S- A mix of husky grains and sweet and slightly tart, berry-like aroma. Some cooked corn when it warms up a bit.

T- It starts out pretty good for the style, lots of malt sweetness with some creamed corn flavor. It gets really dry and a little overly clean in the finish with some light, grassy hops.

M- Medium-light body with a bite from a higher level of carbonation and a little hop tingle. Somewhat "pop-like."

O- This used to be a splurge-type beer in college. I could see drinking one after mowing the lawn or around the grill, but it doesn't set itself apart from its truly cheap, domestic counterparts. More of a thirst quencher than something to savor.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.07/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow slightly on the dark side compared to other adjunct beers. A frothy head of modest size ensues, the lace retention not so much.The smell was the only thing that really bothered me. It had a graininess to it that didn't feel fresh. In addition, there was an odor of cooked vegetables that was not so pleasant. The taste surprised me however. A smooth and clean taste that was malty and grainy. Not complex at all but not so watery that it rendered it flavorless. The feel was light bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable beer. Not my favorite but not as bad, for me at least, as it's portrayed here.

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Photo of CIBoy10
2.18/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had in the oil can tailgating for a football game in November (sorry for late upload). Very unimpressive for the AAL category. There are so many cheaper (domestic) AAL beers that are so much better.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this from a 12 oz bottle just after Christmas 2014. Selected this beer as it was the best option of the beers available at the party we attended. Tolerable at first because it was cold. Worsened as it warmed as the corn flavor started to emerge. Wouldn't pay money for his stuff.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.27/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this ice cold on tap at Outback Steakhouse on New Year's Eve. In the light of the restaurant the brew looked pretty good, a nice golden hue with delicate carbonation and a puffy white head. There was minimal lacing. Smell is of whet and some slight malt. taste was... Well, actually, upon first tasting it, I thought it was pretty awful stuff. Not much subtlety and too much malt, but upon taking a few more tastes, I consider Fosters to be an acceptable tasting lager. It beats the Budweisers and Millers or the world, but not by too much. It has a light body and good carbonation on the tongue. It certainly gets the job done, and I wouldn't turn one down if offered. But again, I had it on tap. It's probably better that way. What beer isn't?

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 25.4-oz. can
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Vons in Pacific Beach (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.00 (w/ Vons card)
Purchased: Dec. 22, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 22, 2014
Misc.: Best by May 11, 2015

Poured a yellow, pale, clear color with four fingers of rocky white head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average-to-poor wet foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention all the way down. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled boozy malts up front. Also honey, Cheerios, cereal, grassy malts, wheat and caramel. Not terrible after the initial whiff for the style. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste was a little rough at first, but got better after a few more gulps. Got cereal, corn, grassy malts, honey wheat, caramel, Corn Flakes and late medicinal notes. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was a pretty good beer for the style. I’d have to see where I would rank it, but if would have to be toward the top for all American Adjunct Lager’s. (Overall - 3.25)

3.25 | 75 | B-

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Photo of docoman
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Funny when younger I thought this was a premium beer... still OK, but only ice cold, I'll get one with a steak at good ole Outback steakhouse now and then.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.26/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of Duder_Jables880
1/5  rDev -61.5%

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.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
1.88/5  rDev -27.7%

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

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Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +33.8%
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.

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Photo of TotallyGomer
2.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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