Foster's Premium Ale | Foster's Group Limited

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hustlesworth on 06-08-2008

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Ranking:
#46,002
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
499
pDev:
22.54%
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Photo of matuto
3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bland taste, cooked vegetables on nose, excessive carbonation feel.

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Photo of Zylod
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

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Photo of singletary
3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It poured a rich amber color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. The smell is of bread and a bit thin and watery to the taste. Overall it is an ok drink, nothing fancy but good for an easy to drink afternoon beer.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.74/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomguzow
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

A gorgeous dark amber color fills the glass that leaves a quickly disappearing head. It’s aroma is much like a bag of whole grain bread.

It’s mouthfeel is full body with a medium carbonation and a little dry. Profile is real mild with notes of bread, light caramel, and extremely mild floral hops.

For a cheap ale, it’s a good deal! It quenches the thirst, and is really easy to take down with just enough complexity that you can’t expect to get anywhere else for the category of low price ales. Anyone should try it.

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Photo of Stephenparker
3.88/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as the lager but still good its a bit skunkier but at the same time the. Price is hard too beet and ill say this and the laher are delicious i love and preffer micro and craft brews but always find myself buying this and the lager again and again honestly for a cheap beer it and the lager is the best

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerBeast
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of LJWalker
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of merlin929
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I may actually like this better than Foster's lager. Depends upon what mood I'm in. Sometimes I like the sharpness and fuller body of an ale. Love the colors on the can.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of huthuty
4.4/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect amber color more than I expected from an international lager brand
Smells is of sweet bready malt
The taste is very sweet, with some hops detectable, the alcohol in this 5.5% brew is well veiled
I never even thought to try this until I realized it's the only ESB available to me, way better than an adjunct style strong lager, I like this one alot but maybe other beers in the style are better

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Photo of twax
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TBDave
2.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Has a nice amber color with a thick foamy head. Tastes fine, a little bitter. I enjoyed one, but I don't think I could drink it all day.

For some reason, my local store sells this for less than regular Fosters Lager. Only $1.99 for a 24oz oil can.

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Photo of JohnTurano
3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TPZEM
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color; so deep it is almost orange. Thick foamy head that lasts for a while. Lots of lacing, and carbonation that goes on for days. Smells of a malty corn mix. Tastes just the same, but with more mild notes of complex hop flavor. Certainly not overpowering, but unlike their lager style, this one you can tell has the presence of the hop. Feels medium in body; thicker than their lager style, but not as thick as some other ESBs on the market. Overall, not a bad beer. I've had better, but would recommend this for a common, relatively cheap beer for those looking to cool off from a hot mowing or other outdoor activity.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.74/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a can, pours as clear gold with a two-finger foamy off-white head. Mild adjunct aroma with some hops. OK, some taste of sweet malt and good carbonation. A bitter hops and maybe caramel are a bit of an afterthought. I'd drink it at anybody's BBQ, but there are so many better beers.

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Photo of TCP2017
3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I figured i'd give it a try since it was only $1.99 for a 25.4 oz can but you're getting what you pay for with this one as it doesn't really have any redeeming qualities.

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Photo of fthegiants
1.61/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Dave1999
2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TrojanRB
3.37/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark bronze copper with minimal head

Smells of biscuit, toast

Smooth malty flavor, minimal hops, slightly sweet (but not overly so)

Moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

Actually quite enjoyable, for what it is

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Photo of papaglide
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured from an oil can into a for real pint glass

L- beautiful dark bronze with a creamy half inch head, that dissipates quickly

S- in front its mostly grains, some sweet malt, and then a touch a grassy hop in the background.

T- the first thing to hit is a toasted, malty, corny sweetness. This is balanced by a subtle grassy hoppiness. Followed by more toasted maltiness..

F- definitely a slickness to the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, not too much nor too little. Easy to drink.

O- this is tough. I really want it to be a nice, sessionable esb style ale of which there are far too few on the market anymore. It's awful close but misses the mark. The colour, malt, and graininess are present its just missing the subtle hoppiness that even an Old Speckled Hen has. It is what it is - a fairly cheap, session ale that looks great but really has no personality. Given that, it does have a place in my fridge.
Also nothing on the can regarding caramel colour added.
Cheers mates!

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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
Beer rating: 2.84 out of 5 with 499 ratings