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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

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599 Reviews

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Reviews: 599
Hads: 1,810
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 206 | 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 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)

Photo of Auraan
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of beergoot
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of Lungman
2.52/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
1.78/5  rDev -32.6%
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.... (911 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.79/5  rDev -32.2%
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... (251 characters)

Photo of bullseyestrat
4.23/5  rDev +60.2%
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. (1,311 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of Falcynn
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Kooz
1.66/5  rDev -37.1%
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." (406 characters)

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
1.58/5  rDev -40.2%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
2.43/5  rDev -8%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
2.56/5  rDev -3%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of cyberdemigod
2.38/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of mscudder
2.38/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Tepsitola
4.2/5  rDev +59.1%
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! (276 characters)

Foster's Lager from Foster's Group Limited
63 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.