Foster's Premium Ale
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Foster's Group Limited
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #118
Ranked #30,416
2.88 | pDev: 22.57%
Sep 17, 2022
Jun 08, 2008
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From a 750ml can best by 12/5/22. Clear amber color with a thick layer of white fluffy head. Smells mostly of grain with a little caramel. Light body. Malty sweetness with a hint of floral hops on the finish. Not bad.
Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Had a bit more color than expected, small white, no lacing. Aroma was skunky, taste was about the same, had a couple ounces and used the rest to parboil some some. IMHO, that's about all it's good for. Back in my youth this stuff came from the "Land down under where women glow and men plunder", so much for those stories.
Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.02/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a 750mL cam best by January 16 2023

On the pour a 3 finger decently fine head with some light fizziness. Retention is actually pretty good and there is a bit of lacing. Carbonation is relatively light and is pretty lazy and fine. Body is a light brownish amber.

Aroma is pretty meh. Metallic nose with off hops and just a bit too much generic dirty fermentation notes. Maybe some light caramel malt notes but they're mostly covered. Smells kind of like a weird cheap cream ale.

Taste is better and a bit more like what it is a cheap bitter. I don't know if this is really an ESB maybe just an ordinary bitter. Malts are present a very light and vague hoppy bitterness is present but the taste is very bready and a bit sweet. Not Tha most balanced but I'm a malt lover so this isn't bad. Not all that roasty however, the color is fake so the malts are probably cheaper and lightly toasted but they are tasteable.

Feel is bigger than it is and very mouth coating a bit syrupy, but not to any extreme extent. Still very drinkable and smooth. With a nice malty finish.

Overall for what it is and the novelty of it this isn't all that bad. I expected a lot worse based on the reviews but for a cheap beer and a bit of a novelty this honestly isn't too bad.
Aug 16, 2022
Rated: 3 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.12/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Bought at Liquor Shed. Best before October 10th 2022.

It pours a clear gold with a finger of foam, decent lacing.

Smells of some caramel malt, grain, indescribable, to me, bitterness.

Taste is on the sweetish side, grainy, bitterness doesn't taste all that hoppy. Almost has an artificial taste to it. Being hoppy would have improved the taste big time.

Decent body for the rather high carbonation.

The look seems to be the best aspect of this beer. Not undrinkable by any means. Just so meh.
Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
25oz can

Pours three massive fingers of dense off-white head into my Heineken glass. Retention is good, with over half the head remaining after a few minutes. Initial lacing looks pretty nice as well. Body is a deep orange, nearly amber. Crystal clear, with a shit load of nucleating bubbles coming up. Looks quite nice so far.

Not really sure what they’re going here for on the nose. Faint bread, maybe some caramel and/or flavoring. Faint fruity esters. Very minerally for an ale. Ok, but very macro-ised.

I mean this flavor is ok. They are clearly going for the malty caramel thing, and it like kinda sorta works.

Carbonation is medium. Light, but there is some body once it warms. A touch of sweetness, finishes slightly dry, the balance here is nice. Bitterness is low. Overall, a pretty nice mouthfeel.

Very drinkable.

Appearance turned out nice. Lacing was pretty thick all the way down, and the head was resilient.

Overall, this is inferior to pretty much any craft beer, but it’s pretty decent for what it is.
Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 3.04 by kp7 from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

2.76/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Something's just not right with this. Not just that it's listed here as an ESB. I'll review it as an AAL as there's no real qualities to this that I would compare to ESB other than caramel color, which is its strongest suite. Smell is an odd mix of grain and sweet and taste follows. Something metallic going on with the nose and flavor. Finishes somewhat bitter. Was hoping for more bready notes at least. Pass.
Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.82/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with mild amber hues. A tall and foamy white head. SRM of 14-15. (4.25)

Aroma: Mild aromas of pale and some golden malts. Some earthy bread malt.

Flavor: Mild flavors of rich amber malts upfront, which then tame out into some rich bready malt aromas. Minimal hops. Finishes with a smooth white, wheat toasted bread malts.

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finish is smooth with a full mouthfeel. (4.25)

Overall: This is a pretty good drinking ale. The appearance and mouthfeel are fantastic. People criticize this one and sure the aroma is lacking a little bit, but the appearance and mouthfeel are fantastic. Rich in color and a full, bready body. The flavor has rich toasted bread malts. Drinks like a milder EPA, and very tame, but enjoyable. (Final Rating: 3.82)
Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Drunksam15

Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

3.02/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours a nice rich amber with big foamy off white head, minimal lacing...
very little aroma, but it is an interesting hop they use (in small amounts)
Taste is pleasant and easy drinking, almost like a macro ESB, and likeable...not challenging at all
Feel is a bit watery and really easy to chug it down, not bad for the price/category of industrialist , ad driven, false-pretense non-import TX corn beer.. better than Shiner Bock. not bad for a cheap retro slum thrill. Not as good second time.
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Light amber with a 2" white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is corny, cracker, grass, phenols.

Taste is biscuit malt, caramel, corn, slightly sweet.

Thin body, lively carbonation. Dry finish.

Fairly decent beer. G'day mate!
Jan 31, 2022
Rated: 3.05 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri

Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2021
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Rated by Zopiac from Michigan

2.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Mediocre components that end up being less than their sum. I prefer regular Fosters over this, yet most beers over that.
Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Purchased from Marathon for $1.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Light clear copper with a nice two-finger bright white head.
S - Caramel, Wonderbread, and a bit of a honey thing going on.
T - Honey wheat bread crust and a little hint of toffee. Not really bitter, but definitely well-balanced. A vague earthiness defines the base alongside a nice biscuit note.
F - Medium carbonation, and the body is on the lighter end of the spectrum. Refreshing for sure.
O - While it's better than the classic lager, it's decidedly average. Might buy this again, but I won't really seek it out. It's like the "original Monster Energy" of beer. I do recommend giving it a try if you haven't, though.
Jul 26, 2021
Rated: 3 by balizz

Jun 09, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
How is this different from the ordinary lager?Let's start with the color. There's much more copper hue here. Later learned it's artificial, so points deducted. It isn't that much less translucent, but the modest head is a little more enduring. The aroma is like bread dough, yeasty and starchy, but much less than poignant. This really doesn't taste like an English bitter at all. It has more carbonation and much less of the earthy malt and mild hoppiness of those. But, this isn't bad. There's a good malty presence promoting a decent body. Actually, the malts shine here, slightly sweet, slightly earthy and slightly bitter. Unfortunately, everything here is slightly. This is slightly more tasty than the more popular Foster's Lager, but not by much. Really it's a slightly above average ordinary mass produced beer, but there are plenty worse. There's not much lacing to rave about, but the oil can sized delivery mitigates that.
May 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Tacoma223 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not a bad beer at all, extremely carbonated , absolutely gorgeous amber color. Gorgeous foamy head that last/nice lacing around the glass. Rice flavor/mild smelling hops/flavor. Overall worth it. Nice beer.
May 17, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by gomezws

May 16, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by Rhetion from Florida

May 13, 2021
Rated: 3.13 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Apr 16, 2021
Rated: 3.17 by ivanpadron from Venezuela

Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

1.99/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
Not sure if the ESB is the right style or not for a caramel-colored mass-produced ale. However, it does seem to be trying to be something different from the classic Foster's Lager. In that, it succeeds, but in the wrong direction.

The sweeter, more caramel notes in this beer (and like my review of Foster's Lager, keep in mind the term "relative") are different (I did a side-by-side), but they seem forced or artificial (and not just because of the added color). It seems like this is trying to be different enough from Fosters Lager without being too different. Even though it's an ale, and one that actually seems a little less bitter than the lager. Not that ESBs are meant to truly be that bitter, but to me, they aren't supposed to taste fairly similar to an adjunct lager.
Apr 02, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by Hazey92 from New York

Apr 02, 2021
Rated: 3.24 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

Mar 29, 2021
Rated: 2.98 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by summitsippin from Colorado

Feb 15, 2021
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Reviewed by vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Clear amber color, like golden clover honey. Smells of hops, but only faint. Lots of carbonation, tall head lots of bubbles to start, mild rice flavor, finishing hoppy. Nice fast drinking ale, great with steaks or bbq of any kind.
Nov 10, 2020
Rated: 2.84 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Sep 23, 2020
Rated: 3.14 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jul 20, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 2.78 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Jul 09, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.57 by Sayb from Arizona

Jun 28, 2020
Rated: 2.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 24, 2020
Rated: 3.58 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

May 22, 2020
Rated: 3.62 by Boone757 from Virginia

May 19, 2020
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