Foster's Premium Ale
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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #311
Ranked #49,028
2.88 | pDev: 22.57%
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 25.4oz can $2.75 Times Supermarket
Made in the USA
92 days before date on can
Clear amber color
High-medium carbonation
Medium mouthfeel
Malt flavors, light bitterness
Overall an ok beer. Will update if I find an Australian version.

Jul 12, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

2.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

25.4 oz can!! I love the can. It's huge.

Crystal biscuits, clear Amber, big foam cap dissipates quick.

Smells like honey soaked Amber malted grains, caramel over wheat bread and slight spices.

A rather soft body and texture that is light in most aspects of flavor. The malt is sweet and bready, minimal hops that might have some very subtle herbal and spice notes. Everyone knows the Premium Lager, which I rather enjoy... The Premium Ale is a let down in most ways and believe me when I say, My expectations were low to begin with. But.. I kept and open mind, it was my taste buds that had the issue.

Jun 28, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.12/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750mL can stamped JUL 2020 poured into a fishbowl glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright medium amber with chestnut highlights (caramel color is noted as an ingredient). The head is light khaki in color and recedes to a thin cap. The aroma is musty, grainy & corny. The taste is adjunct grain, diacetyl, bitter stale vegetables and caramel coloring. The bitterness is fairly high for the malt bill and body. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, poor. I would guess this is the lager recipe brewed with lager yeast at a slightly higher temperature with caramel coloring and extra bitterness. Doesn't resemble a ESB.

May 16, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Look: Clear light amber. Two fingers of foamy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Amber malt with a sort of dank, musty, nasty scent. Like a dirty bathroom.

Taste: Like Diet Coke if it was made from malt. Slight bitterness that increases heavily with temperature with an extremely low amount of earthy hop flavor layered over a sort of generic "beer" taste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly too thin, with decent carbonation.

Overall: Avoid.

May 14, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

throw a little crystal malt in this and call it premium? really nothing special here, this is the first time i actually have poured it out into a glass and not just crushed it from the oil can. not sure i knew it was this amber bronze in color, so i guess it drinks lighter than it looks, nice high white head on it with great retention for a budget beer. it smells a little english, lightly metallic, oxidized, less than fresh on the grain side, and a bit sweet, i didnt really consider it as an esb when i was drinking it, but now i think that makes sense, seeing it listed here as such. the can tells me it has caramel color added, man do i hate that, probably a deal breaker on this for me moving forward, i bet it wasnt always like that. it tastes a bit cheap to me, sweet and a little stale in terms of the malt, an english sort of yeast that i think i liked more in the original lager. a little weight to it but reasonably clean to finish, minerals and a little tang, simple beer, but relatively flavorful if you like this sort of thing. for me, i prefer the original and really dont see this as a premium beer or an upgrade over it, despite the name. enough carbonation to quench, but warms up really poorly, so drink it quick. good value but nothing special overall.

May 03, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 25.4 oz oil can:

Pours a rich light amber color. Head is white and foamy with surprisingly good retention and even a bit of lacing.

Smell is underwhelming and weak for me. It mainly smells of floral hops and a light malt. It smells as tho it might be a little watery.

Fortunately, it tastes much better than it smells. Taste is malty and bready with floral hops and caramel coming in a bit later. Finish is a bit long and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel caught me off guard. At first it is smooth, but with the finish being so long I am left feeling as though I ate a dry biscuit and washed it down with a lighter beer. I think if it weren’t for that I might have given it a 3 instead of 2.75 for feel. One positive note is the carbonation is pleasant.

Overall, not wonderful, but at $2.79 for a 25.4 oz oil can I can’t complain too much. It is much better than the lager.

Apr 07, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This product uses caramel coloring, instantly lowering the quality of this product in my opinion. Though caramel color is not uncommonly found in food mass-produced food products, I still believe the inclusion in this beer makes for a lesser quality product. Boosting a maltier alternative to Foster's lager, the premium ale is more like sub-premium in many ways.

Poured from a 24+ oz fl 'oil' can - found at $2.49 per can. The beer is a delightful hue you'd find from Yuengling Lager, though with heavy carbonation and a mild white head. There is a bit of lacing that remains on the top, but I severally will lower my look rating because of the added coloring enhancement.

The smell has a radiant Pride of Ringwood hop smell, with faint malt.

As expected in the flavor notes you will see a 'showcase' of the Pride of Ringwood hop, a caramel malt (though one that is a bit basic), and a 6-row barely that might be possibly blended with 2 to give a bread-like taste. I do however get a bit of aluminum ting in the taste, with brown bread, and Pride of Ringwood.

The mouthfeel is a bit chewy and makes me think I am biting into a piece of rye.

Feb 29, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a brilliant, deep amber color. It is topped with

It has a cracked grain aroma with hints of floral hops and biscuit.

The flavor is light caramel with toasted notes. It has a slight bitterness.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

It is more flavorful than the blue can.

Jan 31, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is reddish amber with a white thin head. The smell is somewhat muted. The alcohol does come through though. The taste is that of malt on the forefront, but it balanced with some hops. It has an earthy character to it. There are fusel alcohol notes. The body of the beer is good, while the carbonation is lacking. Its not the worst beer, but certainly not the best either.

Nov 11, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.01/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

(750 ml can, OCT1419; brewed in the USA, 'ale with caramel color'; purchased cold single today... poured into Belhaven pub pint)

L: polished-clear, orange-amber liquid; too-tall, wide-open, off-white, coral-craggy foam... sticky, crusty ring at the top, but little foam quality/retention... the artificial color is an instant knock, .25-pt foul

S: near-neutral expression, though it does eventually reveal bready, mellow caramel undertones, subtle apple brandy esters... no hops, little power... syrupy overtone

T: immediate contrived toasty overtone; clean, toasty-bready malt aftertaste, rather dry... little malt depth, little character, just a fine caramel coating... seems like a soft herbal bitterness does develop a lingering counterpoint on the palate, but it may also be in part carbonic acid and/or a slight phenolic spice in the mix... cut dry at the bottom, syrup and peppery grass pricking the top

F: semi-crackly/poppy carbonation, very mellow alcohol warmth, delicate residual syrupy finish which does thin out by the end... the one compliment is its subtle, expansive viscous film and its lovely back-end dryness

O: last-second replacement for (a sixer of) Bud Select which I was seeking out for this milestone review... one of the more generic, lower-common denominator 'ESB' ales one will find - a true macro concoction... basically a semi-sweetened amber adjunct lager - not terrible, but muted, artificial, and unmemorable (1600)

Oct 31, 2019
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5/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring leaves a decent head that collapse rather quick. Color is more gold than amber, about 4 shades darker than the gold on the can. Hops taste is rather satisfying if you like mild IPAs. Light on carbonation which suits the smooth drinker. On a scale of 1 to 10 for a macro (10 being #1), I give it a easy 8.5. Much better than her sister for sure, the blue can.

Oct 31, 2019
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Sip_n_Slam from Minnesota

2.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Ahhh the oil can. Slick. This guy kind of drinks like a mild IPA, not going to lie. The hop oil clings to the tongue but its not overwhelming. Good body. Composed? Not quite, but thought provoking and certainly enjoyable to take big rips off this rig. Been hyped on it lately, just wish it came in packs of smaller cans. Give'r a go. Cheers.

Oct 22, 2019
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Beertsipper from New York

3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

25.4 oz oil can. Amber in color with a small lacey, white head. Nose is caramel, hops, earthy. Taste is grainy, hoppy, and crisp. This is a good ESB. Not too bitter, not too sweet. With enough "heft" to satisfy the beer geek. Good price point, also.

Aug 17, 2019
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Foster's Premium Ale is also known as the Oil Can Beer. I thought the can was Unique and had never tried it before so what does it hurt?
Starting things off with the look. Nice light to medium Amber in appearance. white thin cap at the top, with small amount of lacing. The presentation is beautiful. Moving onward to smell, I really didn't get much of an aroma. based from what I could smell, it seemed slightly metallic. Now for taste. lets just say flavor is lacking. Starts off super sweet and rounds out to a metallic/unpleasant corn syrupy mess. the finish is semi-sweet with faint hops and a low bitterness after the swallow. Reminds me of a cheap High-Gravity Lager or Ice Beer. In my book , its a major turnoff. For the feel; This is where the beer redeems itself. Surprisingly Very Creamy and pleasant mouth feel. extremely smooth and unique character. Overall, I will not purchase ever again. Its not the worst Beer ever, but its definitely not a enjoyable Beer for me.

Aug 17, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always aware of Foster's lager, but first time trying this one. Pours a clear golden orange color with not a lot of head. Not much to the scent. Tastes like a macro ale with a bit of bit that's not usual. A light, kind of dull mouthfeel that you'd expect from an ale, but enjoyable. A kins of bitter aftertaste, but this is much closer to an ale than a bitter.

Jul 19, 2019
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Ceddd99 from Michigan

3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to try this when I found out it was an ESB. It was dissapointing to me, tastes like a macro version of an ESB. It's not bad, just not what I'm looking for.

May 27, 2019
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Ronbo56 from New Jersey

2.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing special considering what's in the same category, but it's dirt cheap and better than many value-priced beers. And it's so, so much better than Foster's Lager.

Apr 18, 2019
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

2.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Nov 04, 2018
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willcull78 from Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Nov 03, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

2.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Sep 09, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +31.6%
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+

Jul 25, 2018
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Cameo64 from Florida

2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Jul 07, 2018
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babaracas from Florida

2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

May 31, 2018
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Nass from Florida

1.98/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This is definitely a poor quality type of ale. The smell is sort of rough/nasty. Well it taste a little better than it smells. This reminds me more of a strong pale ale than an english bitter. You are getting a 25 ounce can for $1.99 & they also put a best by date on the bottom of the can as well. I am not tasting any corn syrup, but this beer still tastes bitter & rough. Anyone that thinks that this makes for a good beer is a numbskull. It's worth a try but I don't care to drink this again. The Foster's Premium Lager is much better offering. I am going to flat out say at like this, if you like this beer then you are slightly stupid. Cheers! D

Apr 30, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml can into pint glass, best before 8/20/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of caramel, nuttiness, lemon, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of caramel, nuttiness, lemon, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness of bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a very good English pale ale. All around nice robustness of bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very clean and nicely rich bready English malt flavors; restrained fruity yeast, and solid earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. One of the better ones I've had.

Apr 07, 2018
Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 564 ratings