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Foster's Premium AleFoster's Premium Ale

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Foster's Group Limited

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.37/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
3.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought because I wanted a beer for cheap and didn't feel like a malt liquor type of night. 24.5 oz oil can into a nonic pint for reviewing sake.

Appearance was a pleasant deep amber color. Looks extremely refreshing if strictly viewing the beer alone. Vigorous pour yielded a 2 1/2 finger creamy white head that left about right after I snapped a WBAYDN pic of it. No lacing to speak of upon sipping or chugging of the glass. For scientific purposes, I sipped one pint worth and chuffed the other. It's a process, people, you have to examine all angles.

Smell is all mild inoffensive malt. Smelled similar to Yuengling Lager if I'm grabbing for a comparison.

Taste is mild, inoffensive caramel flavored malt. Honestly not bad. Again, I'm a huge Yuengling drinker and supporter and I get a lot of similarities between this and their flagship Lager. For me at least, that's a compliment.

Feel is pretty weak, nothing special here but it's pretty easy drinking and I took down two of the oil cans pretty quick without complaints.

Overall, it's a lot less of a shit show then the blue Oil Can Lager. I got two for less than 5 bucks, and I'd drink it again for a bit of variety. But at the end of the day, it reminds me so much of Yuengling that I would always just pick a six pack of that up for about 6-7 bucks instead. ESB this is not, but drinkable cheapie it is for sure. Cheers.

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Photo of joeandsimonreviews
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Look is the strong point of this beer. Pours a nice brown color, looks like an appetizing beer.

Smell: Not a ton going on with the smell at all.

Taste: In all honesty its a decent tasting beer, leaves a somewhat pleasant aftertaste to it. Drinkability is pretty high; it is a chuggable beer for sure. Nothing over the top but definitely better than lower level Bud Light, Coors Lite, etc.

Feel: Goes down pretty smooth, doesnt seem overly filling although I am still on my first 24 ounce can.

Overall: Nothing special, but nothing terrible either. Buy a 24 oz of this and drink it on a night you plan on drinking quite a bit. It wont be the worst beer you have all night.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.84/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has that macro beer look. Yellow, gold, white head 1/2". Aroma was kind woofy, skunk, metallic.

Taste is bitter in fact, if you like a brassy bitterness, this could be your cup of tea. Its a weird thing, there's the corn like lightness and sweetness, but the esb bitterness isn't the customary kind. I dunno, I'd prolly try one of these again in a pinch.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Dec 26 2016 stamped on the bottom of the can, best before I assume. Big 750ml can. Brewed in the USA stamped on can. Seen this listed as English Pale Ale more so than bitter.

Deep copper amber, real nice clarity and hints of chestnut brown. Very little carbonation but some pinhead bubbles come up to the surface, and there's some microfine streams. Head is a big fluffy consistency, bleach white with an easy four fingers tall height. Pill lacing hits with good cling, and crowned bubbled collar. Nice looking beer. Pouring out of this can really sucks though it's very awkward with lots of dribbling and splashing. Horrible design.

Light toffee notes, and a bit of a clean water smell. Slightly airy grain but quite light on the nose, not too sweet, a very dry faint caramel note coming along. Quite neutral and hints at a wet body possibly.

Palate isn't as bad as I thought it would be, but not that great either, and definitely gets worse after time. First sip is pretty light on the malt depth and manages just a touch of sweetness towards toffee. But it quickly disappears on the swallow. The aftertaste is very ferrous and metallic, the kind of taste I associate with badly canned beer I remember growing up with. Steely aluminum aromas and carbon dioxide flavors kick off on the finish and seem to take everything pleasurable out of the brew. Soda gaseous in the gut strangely which does not make for a fun experience. Lingering hints of burnt grain gone far beyond the toasted level and a lingering mild hop bitterness that is not pleasurable.

This beer feels like it's playing tricks on me. First sips are actually okay, there's a hint of solid English style here, but once the swallow hits all bets are off as the beer seems to taste like it has a designed fault. It's just flat out weird.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer pours a very pale amber witha decent head. The aroma is soapy and metallic, with hints of sweet malt. The is reasonably neutral, with sweet grains, cheap chocolate candy, and a hint of soapiness on the end. The mouthfeel is creamy and fizzy. Overall, this is bad, but not offensively so. The lager was much worse. Worthwhile experiment, trying these.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a decent beer with a nice hop bite - but not overboard on the bitterness. I consider this a session pale ale. Not sure why it has such a low overall score, I actually really enjoyed this.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oil can partially poured into an imperial pint for this review.

A: Pours a clear light amber/burnt gold with a couple fingers of thick and fluffy off-white head that actually had really good retention. A thick film lased most of the glass through and left steaks of wispy lace down the glass.
S: Slightly unpleasant grainy nose with a peppering of spicy hops. There is weird metallic note mixed in with the toasted and roasted malt scents. It’s nothing offensive, but it’s not the best.
T: Flavors a nice balance of lightly roasty malt and slightly sweet caramel flavors mixed with tons of bread crust and toast, with a touch of bread dough in the finish alongside earthy, spicy, and peppery hops. Flavors are crisp and clean and fairly well-rounded, however, there is a sweetness, almost a synthetic medicinal chemically sweetness, that lays on my tongue and lingers in the aftertaste. I get a subtle note of caramel throughout.
M: Light body with a fairly crisp mouthfeel that does have a bit of slick heaviness to it, but for the most part is light and clean. Carbonation is soft but ample enough to keep the caramel flavor from laying on my tongue any heavier than it is. Drink well overall.
O: Not an awful beer by any means, but just know what you are paying for. As a cheap bitter, it is what it is. Still, I think I prefer the blue can better.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper gold and has a thick head that persists. Clear and bright. Nose is malty with spicy hops. Caramel is not too strong and the there is a mild fruity scent common to the style. Low diacetyl note within acceptable levels. Taste is malty with a vivid hops presence that carries a defining bitterness to the finish. it is crisp and the diacetyl adds a texture; not too much flavor. it smooths the middle. The bitterness develops as it drinks and is moderate. The finish is crisp with a few bubbles and while the malt finishes the beer the hops linger in the after taste.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From notes taken 05/18/16:

Clear, amber to copper, some very fine and sparse flecks. Tall, thick, fluffy, chunky light tan head of moderate retention. Fair lacing. Smells faintly of caramel and lemon and berry notes from esters, hops, and perhaps malt. Slight wet paper and subtler grassy hop aromas. Grass, lemon, rind, pencil shavings, caramel, toasted grain, light berry esters. All kind of blended together, no real complexity other than a lingering rindy, rubbery aftertaste. Tastes more like a Malt Liquor, albeit a decent one, than it does any kind of ale. Light body but almost medium, briefly tingly and sloshy, transitioning to loose suds. Moderate crispness and astringency save this beer from being a drain pour. To those complaining about this being rated lower than a 3 in spite of the fact this is a cheap beer, guess what! There is no bang-for-buck category! If there was, all those barrel-aged beers I’ve had would have to be rated much lower. Rate the beer for the beer, mates. Save the “I saved a ton of money by...” for the Geico commercials. God, I love that Gecko. And don’t get me started on those cavemen.

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Photo of joecaputi
3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coke and Pepsi color their stuff. Why do it to a decent above average ale? It's better than the ales that out there now that don't scream "we're an IPA! We're an IPA!" Ales are supposed to be beers without gimmicks. They are the dirty-water-hot-dogs of the brew world. Gennie, Ballantine's etc. This is as close as your going to get to one of those and I think that's pretty much all F's was looking to do. The marketing dept. should have stayed out of the brewery. Caramel coloring. I can't get it out of my mind. I am so sorry. I just looked for the addition of Caramel coloring wording on the can and I didn't find it. I wish to withdraw my reservation about that "look" rating I gave.

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Photo of James954
1.06/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oil can...Horrid.
I didn't think it could be worse than the blue can, I was deadly wrong. I was eating chinese food and about 3-4 drinks into this baby and I get blood, sulphur, and a sharp and very unpleasant bitter note. Afterwards, I had a violent upchuck reflex triggered by it. Luckily, I had some Tecate to wash the taste out of my mouth.

I've had Natty Ice, OE 800, I've tasted the treachery of Natty Light and even tasted the Foster's Blue can, but THIS IS THE WORST BEER I HAVE EVER HAD!

I think I need to see a Priest to have the evil spirits excised from my soul after drinking this.

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Photo of Tuzashot
3.81/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The reviews on this beer are so mixed that it's really confusing. For anyone who rated this beer below a 3, here's my challenge . . try to find a smoother and better tasting pale ale for under $1 for a 12oz beer. I've been a home brewer for 20 years, and yes, I can brew a much better pale ale, but when I can walk into my neighborhood grocery store and buy these 25oz oil cans for 1.99 plus tax (in Missouri), I just gave up on trying to brew my own for at that price point and all the time and effort it takes to put out something as simple and thirst quenching as this. The only thing that turns me off with this brew is the artificial caramel color added. Foster's should be ashamed of themselves for adding junk like that that really doesn't contribute at all to the end taste.

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Photo of GerryPendry
3.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought the Quaker State-ish oil can at Walmart. Look: Clear amber, decent head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a little ring. Smell: sugar, esters, (peaches maybe...?) a little malt. Taste: Light, bready, maybe a tiny bit of corn, malt, hoppy bitterness that finishes for hours, it seems. There's a trace of an odd medicinal/chemical flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Feel: Thin to medium body, not overly carbonated (one of my common gripes about ESBs). Seriously...this hop finish is never-ending. I think it's fused to my tongue. Overall though, not half bad! I haven't had this one in over a decade, and I didn't mind it at all. Interesting aroma, if you take some time to smell for it. Very drinkable, a decent warm weather beer.

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Photo of eb003
3.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I see a lot of variance in the reviews. I tend to rate beers on what I call "drinkability".

This is not the best beer I've ever had, but that's not to say it's bad. I would not drink it all night long...but it goes pretty nice with a burger. The look is that of an ale...maybe a little lighter. It does say there is some caramel color added.

The smell is not very aromatic. I typically find ales to have a sweet or fruity smell, but this one smells like canned beer.

The taste is pretty decent. I'm enjoying it with a burger and a movie on Netflix.

The mouthfeel is very crips. It's not very smooth, but it's not the worst I've ever had.

Overall, it's an OK beer. It's not my favorite, but I've had plenty worse. If you catch it on sale, like I's worth a buy.

If you want a high quality beer experience, you won't get it from this one. It's about average.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this from the classic big can.It pours a copper color with a somewhat large head which recedes quickly. Smells of bitter grain and wheat. Taste is somewhat malty at first with a smooth bitterness with a decent taste of hops with the finish. The bitterness of this beer seems almost out of place. The mouth feel is kind of thick with heavy carbonation.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the BIG can, it pours amber with a large fluffy head, slowly dissipating as the bubbles from the bottom vainly try to maintain it. One notices bread in the nose, very light flavor to me with very little hop flavor. Easy to drink, with a very soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of taters21
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper and gold with a huge head of about 3 or more fingers that dissipates quickly.
Smells strongly of apple, bready malt, and yeast.
Really sweet up front, followed by stale bread, biscuits, and a trace of hops in the background.
Mouthfeel is creamy, moderately carbonated.
Overall, not a bad budget beer compared to budweiser, miller, or coors in my opinion, but know that you're not buying high quality stuff, sapporo is better at this price point.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.92/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 25.4 oz. can. Nice copper color with a lot of streaming bubbles. Slightly off white rocky head.

Smell is bready with barley and malts some biscuit with just a touch of hops in the background.

Taste follows the nose with a clean balance between the malts and hops. Not too much on either side. Light mouth feel with a clean crisp finish.

Unusual as we have had this one before. And in the past the beer has been good yet this can was a real winner. Looked on the bottom and this one had a best by date of May,02 2016. I was thinking this was a fresher can than previous purchases making this one pop just a bit more. Going to have to go back to the store and check for more with this date. Good stuff!

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.29/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was a bit worried about this one when I saw the coloring notice on the can, but after giving it a try I'm glad I got it. Normally, if I'm in a Foster's mood, I'll grab two oil cans of lager and one special bitter (premium ale).

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.9/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Brewed in Texas? It smells like your typical adjunct lager, only it's an ale. Lots of cereal grain appears, along side some perfume and sulfur. On the plus side, it looks damn good in a glass - sure, the caramel coloring is a fail, but the head is three fingers high with decent retention and good lacing to boot. Its flavor is very redolent of Yuengling...but worse. I get lots of cereal grain and general sweetness, though there is a slight touch of hoppiness to finish it off. This is like a crappy version of Yuengling, period. While it stops short of being outright horrid, I'd rather be drinking something good right now, so I won't be finishing this today. I think my dog will enjoy this instead!

1.9/5: Australian for bogan piss

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Photo of pkalix
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i was gonna say 'beautiful color' until I read this guy and it's true: ***NOTE: the can states "ALE WITH CARAMEL COLOR ADDED"*** pathetic..... but I was looking for something mild cuz I aint been feeling well this week.....
couldnt even get a good pour from the can for the first couple of pours. just too bulky. novelty can size.
smells like bread and mild chiles. seriously. like a chile powder in a meatloaf or something....
taste is bland, but alright. tinny flavor on the back. mild diversion from the standard commercial flavor.
the entire experience is mediocre, but tasty if you're drinking just one on a hot day. and pretty much only the first few gulps...... it's gonna be tough finishing this 25.4 oz can...... especially with some REAL BEER waiting for me in the frig.....

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Photo of ordybill
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25 OZ oil can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a moldy yeast smell not that great.
Appearance – The best part of this ale is its color. A clear orange with a large white head.
Taste- Has a faint sweet flavor with a nice dose of malt.
Palate- A medium bodied, moderately carbonated ale.
Overall- A truly average beer, I prefer Foster's Lager but even that is not an impressive brew.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 24.5 ounce "oil can" into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 11-9-15.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear copper color with one-finger off-white head, good retention, slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is almost no lacing on the glass. ***NOTE: the can states "ALE WITH CARAMEL COLOR ADDED"***

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread and adjunct grains

TASTE: initially sweet caramel and bread then a hop bite that is somewhat subdued for the style, there is the taste of some adjunct grains present.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is not a bad beer but, for the style it was not bitter enough and the adjunct grains do not work with this style, I'm guessing the caramel color was added because adjunct grains make a beer pale, I will not seek this one out again.

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