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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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605 Reviews

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Reviews: 605
Hads: 1,843
Avg: 2.59
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Mike_Moe
2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Alexnzx
3.35/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.91/5  rDev +51%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of dav12cnen
4.66/5  rDev +79.9%
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 .

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Photo of Frequent
3.09/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.96/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of xacidx
2.11/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a clear yellow with no head to speak of. Standard for the style. Scents of crystal malt and the usual maize adjuncts. Again, standard, nothing offensive, nothing stand-out. Flavor is sweet, with a bit of sweet malt, a good bit of maize adjunct flavors and a very, very slight hop bitterness. It's a light on complexity, sweet AAL. It's not offensive like some, but it's nothing special. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Standard. Everything about this beer is standard for an AAL. Nothing offensive, but nothing amazing either. It's a decent warm weather AAL, way better than it's American competition, even if it is brewed in Texas.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml oil can purchased from the Beer Store for $3.90 CDN. Served into a 1 liter Hofbrauhaus Mug. Re-review, as this was previously a tick, but with some cash for empties, I decided to pick this up and do a full review.

Appearance - Pours a clear moderately rich golden colro with plenty of effervescent bubbles. Three fingers of fluffy white head crown this beer. Nice amount of lacing and even pretty good retention.

Smell - Mild adjunct graininess and some cooked veggies, not too pleasant. Some overly sweet corn grain in there too.

Taste - Sort of bland but with a decent grainy flavor, and the cooked veggies that showed up in those aren't here. Grain flavors adhere to your mouth and stick around for a while in the aftertaste. Virtually no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Decent carbonation, easy to drink and not an abhorrently light body.

Overall - As far as macro lagers go, this is one of the better one's, clean and easy to drink with some flavor. Only drawback is the nose which isn't too inviting.

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Photo of beergoot
2.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pale, straw-yellow body with thick, sticky white head. Faint, wet grass aroma. Weak, watery flavor; trace of biscuit; mild hop bitterness towards the finish. Medium-light body; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A good thirst quencher in that it is more watery than any kind of good beer flavor. One might hope for a big flavor from a big beer can, but this lager is pretty non-descript. In fact, there is very little taste or aroma worth getting excited about. But it is wet and does have a decent ABV, so if you're looking for something to slake a parched throat and you don't have any decent cold water about, Foster's will get the job done. Otherwise, there are too many other, better lagers out there to satisfy a beer thirst.

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Photo of Lungman
2.52/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

After a long day at work I stop by the nearest corner store for a cold one. Fosters in a big ass can, will do. Had it before in the military but not in the last 10 years. Within 5 miles I remembered why. Standard crap big batch lager. By the time I finished it and tossed that huge can out on the interstate, I promise the next time I drink this will be when I'm stranded on a deserted island and a case washes ashore.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.78/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Date tasted: July 11, 2013... Glassware: 22oz. pilsner... Occasion: SHARKNADO....Appearance: clear golden orange body with sporadic effervescence; white head is uneven, rocky and thin--as my wife notes, though, the oil can it emanates from is attractive in the holder's hand ... Aroma: metallic corn ping; otherwise, adjunct vapors... Palate: oily smooth body--easy drinking with gassy deposits--ugh... Taste: toasted oats and lager malts make a rather empty dry tasting flavor; could be made in an American macro factory for all we the consumer know... Overall: the can instructs one to play Aussie bocce--this alone says much about the beer's intended patronage and its intentions; befitting Sharknado, this beer goes down smoothly yet predictably, like the Aussie who is gnawed upon only to be sucked away at the film's end by the impending tornado....I can live with this beer and its "imported" novelty....

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours pale amber with a quickly fading white head.
Grassy, skunky and grainy aroma. Not much else going on at all.
Pretty crap flavours too. Lots of grainy malt, a little spicy and grassy hops.
Watery body, and over-carbonated.
Pretty bad stuff...

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Photo of bullseyestrat
4.23/5  rDev +63.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I remember Fosters Lager being one of the first beers I've tasted after being 21 back in 2006-7. My first experience I can remember was with the 25.3oz can before a Def Leppard/Styx/REO Speedwagon concert in Manchester in 2007. My older brother and I took a can down each before we walked to the Verizon Wireless Stadium on elm st. Good times.
Looking back I really thought the large can was rather unique and neat. Plus it went down easy. I've gotten back into the bottled Fosters recently and realized what a solid lager it is. When poured it has a nice head to it...not too much nor too little while smelling pleasant. Appearance wise it has more of a caramel color to it..a bit similar to Sam's Boston Lager or Yuengling Amber Lager. Filtered and clear but more brownish than most Pale Lagers and Adjunct Lagers. When sipped or gulped Fosters Lager is smooth with a bit of bite to it. Nothing too offensive though. Feels good in the mouth without much kicking. With that said price wise its rather affordable compared to most imported beers.
Overall I think Fosters Lager is a rather solid beer. Its not quite a beer that will most likely have you saying "wow this is the best beer ever!!". But if you're a beer drinker that doesn't like lighter beers too much I guarantee you won't be pushing it aside.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

original rating -2.75 re-review from an oil can into a goblet chilled.

The color is clear golden with thick white head with fine bead and retention is very good with sudsy lace stickage. The smell is grainy light metallic scent with gently herbal hop odor. The feel is lightly sweet with faintly husky and medium low carbonation with low malt flavor and no hop in feel with subtle alcohol and mostly dry finish.

The taste carries some of the aroma qualities which are mild malt flavor and slight sweetness with light adjunct-type corny element with thin body and mild yeast with gentle spice of hops but pretty bland yet a slick and mildly fruity almost buttery quality hints at diacetyl with a drying finish. Overall Not the worst I have ever drank, but not great in a category with so many options this is substantially less than average in overall enjoyment.

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Photo of Falcynn
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 750ml can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale clear yellow with a finger wide white head of foam that dissipated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Aroma of malt, grains, and sour straw.

Taste: Tastes mostly like it smells. Slightly watered down malt and grain, none of the sourness from the smell, a slight amount of bitterness from the hops, but goes away fairly quickly.

Mouthfeel: Slightly above average amount of carbonation. Kind of thin/watery.

Overall: A relatively average beer that goes down easy if you just want something to chug down. In this style/price range though, I'd probably stick with PBR or Bud.

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Photo of FLima
2.71/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow golden color. Made two fingers of head with medium retention.
Sweet aroma of malt and grains and a hint of floral hops.
This is actually a pleasant Adjunct Lager to drink, refreshing not only by carbonation but also by its grassy hops. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste, when warmer it brings a corn note.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Above average Adjunct lager, you can feel a decent amount of bitterness relatively speaking. When I lived in NY a long time ago, and there wasn’t this craft beer scene, this was one of my favorities.

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Photo of metter98
2.4/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of corn adjuncts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors aren't as prominent because they are somewhat masked by a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing overly special about the taste of this beer, but it seems to be a little more palatable compared to other beers in the style because the bitterness helps to mask some of the flavors of adjunct malts.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at The Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that slowly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malts with some grainy adjuncts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of malts with some grainy adjuncts and a moderate amount of sweetness. Very light amounts of floral hops that impart just a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not horrible but I'm certainly glad that more craft beer from Australia is becoming available in the US - this one is fairly easy to drink but pretty sweet but is certainly not anything special. I will likely not be getting this one again but if you are going to get it, I recommend the oil can.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Haven't done a trash beer review in a while...

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden color with no visible effervescence and a thin film of soapy white head. Surprisingly a little lacing.

Aroma: Really not much there. A tiny bit of grain with a large amount of flaked corn. A little dusty smelling as well.

Taste: Very plain flavor (if you can call it that). Just a hint of corn with about 10 IBUs of bitterness from some uneventful grassy hop character. Usually I get a metallic flavor as well with this beer but this one must have been a really fresh can because it is actually quite a clean palate. Finish is nice and crisp with virtually no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin but not quite water. Lots of microscopic carbonation rips up the palate a bit. Very easy drinking by design.

Final Thoughts: While better than its American counterparts (although I think this 'import' is actually brewed in TX) Foster's Lager is just plain bland. There's nothing bad about it's flavor, but there's really nothing good either. Would I drink it again? I want to say no, but I'll probably have it again at some point.

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Photo of Kooz
1.66/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The oil can gets this a few style points, which is as generous as I can be. Foster's tastes bitter and unpleasant. Whatever flavor it might have is overcome entirely by this enduring bitterness. Surprisingly, Foster's has some body, and isn't simply like water in a can, but it isn't enough to make this worth trying. Skip it. I am fairly sure the commercials mean to say: "Foster's. Australian for gross."

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.58/5  rDev -39%
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.

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Photo of Theheroguy
2.43/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
62 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.