Foster's Premium Ale | Foster's Group Limited

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Foster's Premium AleFoster's Premium Ale

Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited

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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Photo of JohnTurano
3.41/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TPZEM
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -4.9%
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 +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -44.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Dave1999
2.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TrojanRB
3.37/5  rDev +17%
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 +4.2%
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 Schlitz74
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an average macro ale, there is nothing special about this ale. This is neither good or bad.

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Photo of duvel1979
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rangerred
2.37/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +3.1%
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 Benjolovesbeer
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sexmortus
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.84/5  rDev -1.4%
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 chuckgietzen
2.52/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DRRSTAR
1.93/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Dosdeespuma
1.32/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of jimbo789
2.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of megamick
3.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of imbibehour
2.91/5  rDev +1%
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%
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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