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Foster's Lager - Foster's Group Limited

Foster's LagerFoster's Lager

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1,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 1338
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 24.71%

Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of TheBrewo


2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a golden-straw colored brew. It holds a half finger tall head of big white bubbles. This disappears almost immediately, leaving half the liquid covered with those same big bubbles. Little lacing is noted. Carbonation appears lighter to average, and transparency is complete. The nose is full of adjuncty grain, with corn and cheap pale malts dominating. There is a grassiness, but it is hard to attribute this to any solid “hop” quality. We also detect a general dirtiness, with metals, toast, wax, and a bit of alcohol. As we sip, flour and adjuncts hit the palate first. These remain and dominate the front, giving room for little else through the middle. There are hollow sugars, with a bland distribution or distinction to the malts. Corn and rice continue, but let some sweetness seep through. It remains mild throughout. The finish shows more sugar and grassiness, with a wheaty vibe to the finish, which actually gives a bit of depth, if it can be considered such. The aftertaste breathes with more wheatiness, synthetic lemon, and the faintest grassy hop added for balance. Very hollow, as much of the flavor showed. The body is lighter and the carbonation is average. The mouth is coated, but quickly dried with tannin-like astringency. There is little smack or pop, but the drinkability is easy going. Abv is appropriate.

Overall, the thing we enjoyed most about this beer was its clean finish. Really, this is good and bad, because it speaks both to a refreshing quality about the beer, and an utter lack of flavor. At least the flavors that were there were relatively well blended, and less offensive or starkly metallic than many others within the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:57:06 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of calicaliente

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

Pours pale yellow with a big white head and a lot of carbonation. No lacing on the glass. Smell is of adjunct, corn, cereal and minimal hops. Taste for the most part follows the smell and consistent with macrobrew, although I found it less repulsive than the bud family. Very thin mouthfeel. Ok drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:22:10 | More by calicaliente
Photo of DM1293


2.08/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow. Um.

I get a light bitter light...malt? corny taste? I get something and it goes away almost after I drink it. There's alcohol on the aftertaste. There's also a little bit of bitterness on the front. Isn't a hoppy bitterness.

This is mediocre stuff. Which is strange, I don't recall Fosters being that bad...

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 05:41:03 | More by DM1293
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the usual yellow colour with a foamy white head.

Smell was sweet smelled a bit like corn.

Tastes pretty much the same as the smell of corn and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, an easy to drink beer.

Overall a very average cheap larger.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 19:50:08 | More by Dave1999
Photo of donmonkey1


2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw yellow with a small White head that receeds at world record pace. Somehow it manages to leave a little lacing though.

Smell: Sweet corn

Taste: Sweet malt. There's a taste that stands out that I can't describe. It's interesting but not really good. It's unique though. It defines the beer.

Mouthfeel: Watery with a nice bite.

It would be nice to have one of these beers for the sake of having something different, even if it's not really good. It's not bad though.

Serving type: can

02-27-2012 22:11:18 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.33/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a crystal clear light golden color. A foamy white head dissipates to a film, with random yet minimal lacing. The beer smells metallic and yeasty. Tastes metallic and sweet up front; then adjunct leftovers follow. The mouthfeel is medium to light, and obviously easy to drink.

Overall, I'm not opposed to a good beach beer now and then. I'll take a Foster's in an oil can any day over any other American Adjunct Lager. However, judging this beer objectively, it's as average as all of the others in it's class. But since I'm a beer geek and not a snob, I can drink this.

Serving type: can

02-26-2012 02:48:53 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oil can no. JUN1112-E04150646. Sampled on February 20, 2012. Served in a frosted mug. The pour is pale yellow with a tremendous, foamy head. The aroma is of adjunct cereal/rice malts and cool, clean hops. The body is light. The taste is typically grainy for the style but there is also a slightly bitter ending. The can is the way to go on this one.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 19:00:33 | More by puboflyons
Photo of TheQuietMan22


2.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: Classic 750 ml (25.4-ounce) oil can. What I assume is the best by date on the bottom of the can is “JUN1112.”

Appearance: Poured into a 200 ml sampling mug. The color is clean, clear straw. Two fingers of white head dissipated slowly (surprisingly) and left a ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: I think this one is corn-based. Very light malts and tons of sweet adjunct. It also has a light perfume smell.

Taste: It basically mirrors the smell, and the corn-heavy malt bill is very noticeable. There are a few light malts and it has a small bite.

Drinkability: I think the can is what provides most of the flavor. It is not offensive and is a decent lawnmower beer. Now I know why Australians don’t drink it. Enough said.

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 04:40:57 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of JohnnyMc


1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Less watered down and more of a full flavor than most cheap American lagers (I know it's not American), but at the same time it's nowhere near the best tasting.

During the summer this would be refreshing, but beyond that it's not worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:27:25 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of Everydayoff


2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml standard can 4.9% ABV poured into a pils glass.

Gold straw in color with average white rocky head that leaves lacing ring around when receded after decent time of retention. Carbonation is rather low. That is a pleasant showcase.

Sulfur and some sweet cereal grain, quite faint in aroma. Light grain in taste and very light bitterness from hop, slight sour in the finish. The body is light with watery mouth feel but very crisp yet fizzy. Overall, not a worthy brew, a bit dull.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 17:31:17 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of ADZA


1.38/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow id never thought i review this but after travelling overseas and seeing alot of this especially in the UK i thought i set the record straight this isnt our only macro beer but it seems to be doing well especially in Europe and unfortunately is well known and it pours a crystal clear yellow colour and leaves a frothy two finger head and no lacing really,the smell is grains,barley sugar and a touch of herbalness,the mouthfeel is a little fuller than expected and definately a little fuller than our other macros and the taste is basically the same as smell pretty insipid really with hints of malted barley,grains and liquid hops and overall i wouldnt drink this again unless of course its the only Aussie Macro option.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 08:19:07 | More by ADZA
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Outback Steakhouse. Had to be done.

The beer is completely transparent and light yellow colored with a thin, wispy head. The aroma is really mild. Hard to get much in the nose even after letting the beer warm up a bit. Perhaps some grain and general macro lager scents. The flavor is pretty bland, with some hints of corn and grain. Not awful or offensive in any way, but wholly unexciting. The body is extremely thin, as expected from an adjunct lager. Watery and easy to drink rapidly. Perhaps a decent beer to guzzle whilst eating spicy chicken wings or play beer games with, but not something I would choose to savor or relish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 23:51:34 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of knowledge

New York

3.35/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You can't really hate any beer type, unless it smells like you know. However, this particular brew is a commercially successful, and is quite quaffable for the money. Pours golden, nice but light acidity to the taste. Goes down smooth. This beer despite the ratings on the board is not going anywhere..

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 03:03:56 | More by knowledge
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml oil can poured into a glass mug
Sept. 19, 11 on the can.

A - Clear golden yellow with a tall white head. Great retention and thick, wispy lace left all over the glass, Foster's looks great!

S - Grainy dry straw aroma with pale malt and no hop finish.

T - Similar to the aroma, it's a lot of grainy malt and dry straw in flavor. A metallic hint comes out in the finish.

M - Light-bodied and oily, it's got a well-carbonated finish that's crisp, clean, and dry.

O - Meh. Novelty can, that's all this beer's got going for it.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 22:41:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of eye2


2.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light gold/yellow with lots of small bubbles.

S: Acid and sour smelling. Not skunky. But definitely not pleasing to the senses.

T: Mostly metallic. It sort of tastes like the can it came in. No other hints of flavoring other than alcohol.

M: When served very cold it feels OK, you can drink it down.

Overall: Not recommended.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 00:41:27 | More by eye2
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent head at first pour but settles very quickly.

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Slight and I mean a slight hop taste. Not much taste or flavor. Typical lager like Miller or Bud

An okay beer but nothing to write home about. Would pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:02:35 | More by rwrk42
Photo of iSip


1.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fosters: I was in a small town in Minnesota on business and was trying to go the week without beer, but after a hard day I broke down and did purchase a can of Fosters from the limited singles selection at the only liquor store. Poured into my hotels plastic cup, the Fosters looked like a drug test sample with a fine white foam on top. The aroma was unpleasant, like wet rags. The flavor was a disappointment: there was an overtone of an unnatural chemical like taste followed by an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. There is hardly a beer I do not like, but Fosters did fall into avoid at all cost category.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 21:39:42 | More by iSip
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure gold with a ton of white, bubbly head that has decent retention. The nose smells primarily of corn with faint notes grassy hops. The taste is grainy, corn sweetness with grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and well carbonated.

Overall, this beer is solid. As far as adjuncts go this one is superb. The balance is there, the sweetness is minimal, and there's no hint of metal as is usually noticeable in this style. I would definitely put this in my tailgate cooler.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 23:31:21 | More by tdm168
Photo of JoLight


3.75/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's super filtered, and has that pale adjunct lager color. The head is stark white and the head goes down very quickly.

The aroma consists of corn, clean water, some light barely malt/white bread.

As for the taste, the hop bitterness is very minimal. For a non-light American adjunct lager, it's not near as bitter as what you might find with Pabst or Coors (which neither of those are very heavy on hops to begin with). It's a lot more watery than I expected. Mostly you get the white breadiness, and that's really it-- along with some of the corn adjunct.

It's refreshing, crisp, and rather light for a non-light lager.

Although there are beers like this with more flavor and lower price, that's not to demean it in any way. It's not worth the price in my opinion, but it's a good beer.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 22:53:06 | More by JoLight
Photo of jsisko01


2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, light golden color with a thin head that lingers for a little bit.

Smell - A little bit of a skunky smell and a grassy/hay smell to it. Nothing else really stands out.

Taste - Also tastes skunky.. Can't really point out flavors here. Maybe just the light hops. A very crisp drink though.

Mouthfeel - Very light with medium to mild carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer but nothing really special that stands out. I'd rather stick to something cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:15:12 | More by jsisko01
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL oversized oilcan picked up at the Beer Store. This is the Canadian version, brewed domestically. I've had this before I think, but don't remember having strong feelings for it either way. An obnoxiously large can of beer deserves nothing less than an obnoxiously large mug to pour it into... unfortunately, giant oilcans are not very conducive to non-spilly pours. Lesson learned, I guess.

Pours a clear, pale golden colour, topped with a puffy white, uneven head about two fingers thick. Very effervescent; tons of bubbles cling to the sides of the glass and stream forth from the bottom. Head retention is surprisingly decent and there is a similarly surprising amount of lacing. The aroma is thoroughly uninteresting and basically what you'd expect from the style - grainy malts with corny undertones. A bit of a skunky smell; it wouldn't surprise me to find out this had been sitting on the shelf for a while.

This definitely tastes a little different than a lot of AALs. Not a whole lot better than them, mind you, but the flavour is a bit less muted for sure. Pale grain malts and damp corn provide the majority of the flavour, but there are some light fruity notes to provide at least a bit of character. No real hop presence. Pretty clean finish, maybe some very faint lingering dryness. Light-bodied and pretty watery, with less carbonation than the bubbly appearance would imply (still, it's enough to provide good bite). Easy to throw back.

Maybe it's just a 'grass is greener' effect, but the Aussies seem to really know how to make a proper adjunct lager. I like this stuff probably more than I should, and I had a similar opinion of VB. Don't get me wrong - it's an adjunct lager, so ultimately it's nothing to go out of your way for - but it's an adjunct lager done properly, with some character. I'd take this over most other Molson products any day.

Serving type: can

10-15-2011 04:21:22 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank Fosters out of a can in a parking lot at a tail gate party.

Not the place to drink the most sophisticated beer in the world, so the Fosters was able to hold up its end of the bargain.

The beer was a little warmer than it should have been but still tasted alright. I have had much worse.

Just an average beer.

I didn't pay for it, so I can't factor the cost of the beer into my review.

It is not something I would buy on my own. Like I said, just an average beer.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 03:53:16 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of gtermi


1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just dont get where this beer went. I know that as soon as MillerCoors took it over, it hasnt been as good. Anyways, I had this beer at Buffalo Wild Wings the other day and I was so disappointed. The appearance and smell were just terrible. It smelled and looked like your basic crap beer and I just wasnt impressed. The taste was the worst part of the beer. It was just of faint malt and that was really it. Overall this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. I can't stand anything about it and definitely the perfect drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 06:58:00 | More by gtermi
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G'day, mate. but ya'll not be Waltzin Matilda with this one!

Fosters,may be Australian for beer, but I think it's American for boring!

It looks nice standard medium yellow, frothy short lasting head. It taste's just ok, a ricey grain flavor to it with a mildly bitter aftertaste. the oil can is cute though.

Serving type: can

09-21-2011 18:36:19 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of yemenmocha


2.48/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the least offensive adjunct lagers out there. Pours golden, good clarity, nice white head. Nose has slight cooked vegetables, cereal grains, and a Trace of smoky-metallic-herbal hops. Cereal grain sweet on the palate and the metallic hop element comes through. Not harsh. Not cooked veggies in palate either. Novelty oil can packaging is a change for me. Should I go sit on a street corner to imbibe ?

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 18:08:30 | More by yemenmocha
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