Foster's Special Bitter | Foster's Group Limited

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2.82/5
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237 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 07-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,180
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
237
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.79/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I think this might have been one of the first 750ml size beers I ever had. Pours a feint yellow and mild amber kind of beer with half way decent clarity and a thin 1/5" white head that disappears faster than personal responsibility among failure types. The aroma is metallic to say the least. Like, very metallic, we're talking early Metallica up to the And Justice For All . . . album. Not much beyond that.

The taste has a metallic bitterness, but isn't really what you come to think of when thinking ESB or English Bitter. It doesn't seem to derive from the hopping. Other than that, it is essentially slightly watery and thin. Its like, without the metallic aspect, this could be a cream ale for all I can tell. The color made me think this might have more of a malt body.

I dunno, there just doesn't seem to be much going on with this beer. What is there is relatively bland, and when it goes beyond bland, it isn't a desirable flavor (metallic bitterness).

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MRLott
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of OzmanBey
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure but everyone gets this at least ounce in their life and it is a good starter beer into the bitter world but ounce you have a few top quality beers you quickly move on. Not bad but not great either.

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Photo of BeckHardy
1.24/5  rDev -56%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Other than having caramel coloring added please see my review for the original Foster's.

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Photo of fthegiants
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
2.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mikr
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NavyVet1959
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Definitely better than regular Fosters, but not what I would call a "great" beer. Still, it's a quite a bit better than any of the American mass market beers (e.g. Bud, Miller, Coors, etc). But then again, even regular Fosters is better than *them*. I think that the version we get is make in Fort Worth these days, so technically, I guess it's an American beer with Aussie influence. I'll still buy it in a pinch, so I guess that says *something*.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SFNC
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 31Sam13
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brenden
2.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not the bronze or brown color of some, neither is this beer extremely pale; it's pretty much an even copper, clear and fairly bright. The head is a bit more than expected, a bubbly off-white foam that might top at half a finger. Retention is above average, and the little bit of lace left clinging may just be as well.
The aroma, as expected, is pretty light and altogether unexceptional. Tangy fruit esters, grainy dryness and mineral make up the nose, while the flavor is marred by something not quite vegetal and the mineral aspect taken to metallic proportions. It seems like someone made an effort with hops, though it went wrong and only made it a little sulphuric.
IT's a little slick and dry at the same time, though it evens out and goes to a cleaner semi-dry in a light but almost medium body. It goes into a quick finish.

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Photo of Winston3737
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jooler
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really an ale, it's more like an India pale lager. Has a really hoppy lager taste to it

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Photo of corywalston
2.64/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of NorCalAussie
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Lovethemhopps
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Sellen
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pixarnick
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Damian74
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 237 ratings