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: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 524 |  Reviews: 227
Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

The third entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear amber topped by plenty of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises mud, bad hops, wallaby sweat, soap, and stale biscuits. The taste holds notes of toffee, dirt, greens, balsa, egg white, grass, and flowers. It's not as bad as the smell let on, but it sure as hell ain't very good, either. The body is a medium-light, with a light moderate carbonation and a an almost grainy feel. Overall, not a good beer all around, especially if you really consider this an ESB.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FJAR
4.54/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow - the range of the reviews on this is interesting.

I find this to be a very good beer. Beautiful look. Pleasant smell, very good taste and feel. And, at least in my area, it is sold at a very reasonable price.

Are some of you using your mouth and nose, or using your eyes to concentrate on the name on the can?

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Photo of Tuzashot
3.81/5  rDev +33.7%
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 SaCkErZ9
1.77/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

In my drunken haze, I saw this beer on sale at Publix and thought I would purchase. I was thinking, "What is the difference between this and the other Fosters?" The brain cells finally kicked in, read the label, and saw this was an ale, not a lager. I prefer ales to lager, so I splurged the $1.67 and bought one of these. I almost immediately regretted the decision.

This one was a doozy. Pours clear with a sticky, thin white head. Not much substance and the head leaves quickly.

This one smells like a goddamn malt liquor. Which isnt always bad, but in this case, it is. Loads of adjuncts, whether they be corn, rice, sugar, poop, who cares. Alcohol, sourness. Blech.

The taste is of dirty diapers, burnt broccoli, bitter lemon peel, clean diapers, and poop. Not deserving of a 1, but not much better. Blech.

This is by far a lesser beer than the lager. Maybe that is why I havent seen any "Fosters, Australian for Ale" commercials. If I didnt already have a couple of scotches in me, I would have turned this into the first beer/mentos experiment. Avoid. The can does say caramel color added: I just didn't know that caramel color came in the way of a big old load of steaming poop.

Premium my ass!!!

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Photo of GerryPendry
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 with a long finish. 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. Overall, 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 RonaldTheriot
3.76/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foster's Premium Ale has a thick, creamy head (as per the commercial description) and a clear, caramel or amber appearance (due to the added caramel color), with lots of bubbles streaming up, and a surprising amount of thick lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but a sweet, yeast smell can be detected with deep inhalations. Taste is overwhelmingly bitter, with some breadiness present. But, the bitterness shows itself mid-sip and really stays with the drinker. Mouthfeel is medium, and Foster's Premium Ale finishes refreshing and semi-dry. Overall, I liked this quite a bit (I've only ever had it once). Try it.


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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Caramel colored is added to this beer, and that is exactly the color. Head was very large and frothy, but died to nothing.

S- Very odd. Spicy, bitter hops. Weird yest notes. Has light roasted barley malt and caramel scent. Somewhat bready.

T- First thing that hit me was the bitterness. I'm going to assume the "Pride of Ringwood" hops are used here. That's what's used in Foster's Lager. There is a very noticeable graininess here as well. It also has a light fruitiness to it and a strange bready, yeasty character. Caramel/toffee is there, but nothing is as bold in the flavor as the bitterness and yeast character.
*I must admit, the flavor improves as it warms. Less weird yeast, and little more rounded in the flavors.

M- This is where the beer shines. It's straight up medium in body. It nothing like Foster's Lager. It's got a nice heft to it. It's crsip as hell and the drinkabilty is the same.

Overall, this isn't anything bad. I'd rather drink a pale lager or some of the malt liquors out there than this. It is 5.5%, so it'll get the job done after 3 cans. But, I think some lagers and malt liquors have more consistency throughout a can/bottle. This one just had the weirdest bitter, grainy, yeasty flavor. It got better as it warmed, but I'd just rather drink the Foster's Lager. Foster's Premium Ale gets a 79/100 for me. It's not terrible.

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Photo of eb003
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Cameo64
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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 huthuty
4.4/5  rDev +54.4%
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 emerge077
3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Large can, "caramel color added" printed on the side, and "APR0312" printed on the bottom.

Poured into a mug it was crystal clear with the aformentioned artificial caramel color. Sizeable head of creamy foam, that left a thin crown of lace and then faded after a few minutes.

Sweet and bready smell, apple, swilly grains. Slightly more character than your typical macro lager, but not far off. Premium ale, sure whatever.

Tastes light and pretty bland, some crackers and bread, vague apple from the yeast. Seems more like an oktoberfest or Vienna lager. Dry aftertaste, sort of a foamy, thin feel. Overall it's not terrible, seems free of adjuncts, but it's nothing unique or flavorful either. No off flavors, just pure and simple beer. Likely an easy match with most foods. Not something i'd go for again.

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Photo of singletary
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
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 BeerBobber
3.92/5  rDev +37.5%
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 PMakowski
3.79/5  rDev +33%
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+

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Photo of Falcone
1.25/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Pours rather awkwardly from the "oil can" into a pint glass. Big billowing head several fingers thick that gradually fades to a thin lace. The kind of head you see with a malt liquor. Perfect macro filtered clarity and beautiful amber color is presented. Then I check the can and I see the words "Ale With Caramel Color Added." Are you kidding me?

Smells like ass. Metallic ass. And blood.
Taste follows the smell. So yeah it tastes like ass. Metallic husky grains and an unpleasant lingering bitterness. Like a bitter, dirty lemon peel. Way too carbonated, prickly mouthfeel. Bites like a malt liquor. I'd say this is closer to a malt liquor than an ESB. A very poor malt liquor at that.

I honestly didn't expect this to be even worse than the lager. Utterly putrid macro swill. Fosters, Australian for ass.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +32.6%
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 Stephenparker
3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
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 lacqueredmouse
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ridiculous 750ml oilcan, emblazoned with a kangaroo, which just makes me a little embarrassed. I should note that I've never seen anything like this in Australia. Purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a pleasantly clear, deep golden colour, with a frothy, loose head of white. This burns out quickly, leaving just a ring of foam around the edge and some streaks of lace. Carbonation is quite fine. Actually it looks pretty decent.

Nose is slightly metallic and a slightly sweet: together the characters mingle to give a faint spice character almost like cinnamon. Some empty, light sulphury tones, come through, along with a little greenness or vegetative sweetness. It's not all that great, but it's relatively inoffensive.

Taste is turning a little more towards being unpleasant, with a wet grain and yeast tone giving it an underlying suggestion of organic rot. There's still the metallic character, but the sweetness flattens out and becomes quite dry on the finish, leaving a floury, almost desiccated tone to the finish. This allows the metallic bite to draw out longer than it should, leaving an unpleasant twang on the finish. Feel is light and clear. Actually relatively good.

Overall, this is not a truly offensive beer. It's quite light and drinkable, and for its flaws, it ends up being pretty alright actually. Struth.

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Photo of Gowcheco
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a nice, heavy-looking orange with a big head that showed good retention. It was white but with a yellowish tint.

Smell – The nose is a huge disappointment. It’s rancid, moldy grain at its worst. There is a nice sweetish malt aspect to it but overall just not very appealing.

Taste – This tastes much better than it smells thankfully. The malt flavor is surprisingly big. There’s a hint of molasses that gives it just enough sweetness to round out the malts.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium in the body, surprisingly, with some nice bittering throughout.

Drinkability – As far as macros go this is a good deal. it’s totally quaffable, bitter without being overpoering, and very smooth.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Foster's "premium" ale. 25.4 oz. oil can.
First and foremost i'd like to take notice on the side of the can are words stateing "ale with carmel color added". Whatever that means?

A- medium amber color like a stronger american lager. Very foamy head that reminds me of dish soap that slowly fades to a small suddsy top.

S- Nothing special smells like light carmel malts and maybe a hint of hops.

T- Just a tad more than the smell... has a bitterness that isn't from the hops maybe the added carmel color? All and all plain in flavor with only a touch of hops and cereal malts. Has a strange metal after taste though.

M-D- Just a beer. Foamy, regular old beer. Not to bad on the taste buds...but not a regular. Finished can but would go any further.

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Photo of Dmann
3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average outing for Fosters, I will take this one over their regular lager any day. Nice pour with a light amber color and respectable lace that hung around for awhile. Smell was of grain and sweetness but a touch of caramel malt as well. Flavor is smoothe yet not too complex with a touch of caramel malt in the front and your standard astringency in the middle. Decent clean finish and balanced carbonation round out this brew. A simple and effective brew, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

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Foster's Premium Ale from Foster's Group Limited
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 524 ratings