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Foster's Premium Ale | Foster's Group Limited

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2.85/5
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526 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited
Australia
fosters.com.au

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,029
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
526
pDev:
22.81%
 
 
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2.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of crash8per
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monk2021
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.59/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
2.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mattjp03
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of jbclib7285
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raleigh97
2.19/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Comes across as far too sweet for my palate. Almost syrupy in its mouthfeel and taste.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.67/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

750mL can poured into Duvel tulip. Bought at the grocery store for $2 I think. APR0819 printed on bottom of can. So this has 5 months of freshness left in it, allegedly. That's actually a surprisingly long time.

Appearance - Pours large, loose, slightly off white head with low retention and thick lacing. Clear light amber-brown body with faint carbonation. 4

Smell - Corn and cardboard. 2.5

Taste - Bitter. Faint grass and honey. Metallic. Extremely metallic. 1

Mouthfeel - Thin. Slight grassy bite. Astringent. 1.25

Overall - Not pleasant in the least. Would not buy, drink or recommend. Only thing this beer fosters is a negative opinion of Australian beer. 1.25

EDIT: Let is sit and breathe for a while then had it paired with some mexican food and it works quite well. So I'm bumping taste, mouthfeel, and overall by 1.5 points each.

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2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While not being the worst ale I ever had it certainly was not what I hoped and expected. The look and smell were typical and fine; however, it was the taste that disappointed me the most. Instead of being a flavorful ale with a strong hop finish it tasted more like a water-down lager. I expected more from Foster's.

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3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dukeandduke
2.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

9/9/18 (Chicago): Purchased 9/9/18 at Shop and Save Nagle, 750 ML can best by date 12/24/18, multiple pours into flute. Amber pour, generous puffy cloudy head, mild carbonation. Light sweet corn and malt aroma. Light malt bread taste, watery mouth feel, minimal carbonation, easy drinking. Overall mediocre beer, would not seek this one again.

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3.26/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gvickery
3.29/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SolarPower36
2.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PMakowski
3.79/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am completely unfamiliar with this beer so here goes..
Pouring out of a "gas can" 25.4 Oz. thick head dissipates rather fast with only slight glass lacing
Looks rich amber and bronze colored. Only lightly carbonated which is nice.
Smells a bit different than most macro's, getting strong malt character and some hop notes. Can also smell the adjunct..
Taste isn't as rich as it looks but still very good. Mostly strong malt (in the finish especially) and some barley. There is some sweetness mixed with hop bitterness. "Premium" Ale is what it is labeled as but it doesn't separate itself enough from similarly priced beers in this category to make it an exceptional beer. I do enjoy more than say a Pabst or Bud for sure, it has good flavor and i love the light carbonation which helps it finish super smooth and refreshing. I could drink these often for the price.
Grade is a B+

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3.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cameo64
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Foster's tastes just as bad as I remember back when I was in university. The astringent bitterness doesn't compliment the light flavor and light carbonation. It does have a nice hops and malty notes. Swishing the beer in your mouth provides the feeling, in my humble opinion, of what it would be like to swish car wash water in your mouth. I don't advise you buy more than one in your lifetime unless you enjoy the novelty of cheap "Australian" beer that's brewed and packaged in the great state of Texas.

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3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tbarrow
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of babaracas
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear caramel color with thin fizzy white head, a few dots on the glass. Smell: lightly floral, generically fruity and sweet. Taste: clean bitterness, caramel color, faintly earthy and spicy, apple, sweet pale malt. Not sure this actually claims to be a bitter of any kind, but comes off like an underpowered but hoppier malt liquor. An oil can of this is more of a chore than the Lager, though neither is any good.

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3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Callednumbers
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 526 ratings