Foster's Lager
Foster's Group Limited

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #421
ABV:
5%
Score:
61
Ranked #48,892
Avg:
2.55 | pDev: 25.49%
Reviews:
698
Ratings:
2,192
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  402
SCORE
61
Poor
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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 12-pack cans $11.99 Long's
Brewed in the USA
Smell of malts
Light clear golden color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt flavors,
Overall not good. I do remember drinking the one brewed in Australia as being better, but can't find it.

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Photo of EMV
2.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a big-ass can into a Hofbrauhaus boot

L: Clear light golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Decent ring of lacing.

S: Sweet and grainy. Light veggies and hops.

T.F: Semi-sweet lightly toasted grains up front. Faint veggie adjunct and grain husk. Some herbal hops... modest bitterness. Clean and crisp, and fortunately lacking in 'skunk'. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Nothing exciting, but a clean adjunct lager. Easy drinking... good for some time pool-side or an afternoon grilling at the 'barby.

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Photo of Therealwhowasphone
5/5  rDev +96.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A BEAUTIFUL beer that that stands against the grain of IPA loving Hipsters (myself in that group to an extent). Do not be mislead, the perfect balance of wormwood hops combined with the aspects of an American Lager make this macrobrew a work of art.

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Photo of AUSNZBushRanger
2.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz (354 ml) bottle into a nonic pint glass. Golden appearance. Decent head. Very faint whiff of something botanical. The taste of Fosters has changed a bit. It is being brewed in Texas these days evidently. I first had this in England. It's brewed in Manchester there. Anyway on to the taste. Typical lager flavor. Slightly soapy aftertaste. The mouth feel was light, crisp. Overall an okay lager. Tbh I've had better but on a hot day an ice-cold bottle or can does the trick. Would I pick this up again? No, probably not, but if it is already in the cooler sure why not.

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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
3.46/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The marketing many American's remember is scenes from the outback where drinking Foster's is paired with Aussie lifestyle with the catchphrase "FOSTER's Australian for beer" ending the commercial. The idea of Aussies slinging back oil 'tinnies' getting right pissed (responsibly) is just a misconception and finding Foster's in Australia is rare. Oddly, the largest consumer base of Foster's was GB in the mid-2010s.

Originating from Australia in the 1870s, today this lager is made domestically at AB-Inbev's OIL CAN BREWERIES in Fort Worth, TX. Oddly in Europe, this beer was/ is contracted brewed through Heineken as it was once a SABMiller owned product really making this a "Pepe Silvia" of who's who brewing - It should be mentioned that this brand was sold to Asahi LTD of Japan with the sale finalizing in 2020.

Though brewed in America, the recipe touts the Pride of Ringwood hop variety grown in Tasmania and Australia which are dry-hopped into the finish the beer giving this beer (alongside its signature yeast strain) a unique taste known as Foster's Lager.

Pouring a darkened transparent yellow with highly aggressive carbonation, this clear lager develops a 2 finger quickly dissipating nearly semi-opaque white head that leaves a small retaining lacing.

The smell is of hops and barley - this is comical to me because I cannot put my finger on a comparable note outside of this.

As for the taste, front notes are a bit sweetness, clean water, a bit of syrupy rich malt that lingers on the mids, and finishes with a hit of hops and yeast. If you're a novice beer drinker you may find the hop character in this one too be a bit overwhelming. I don't really taste an adjunct, though the original recipe called for using sugar cane which I believe was transitioned to a brewers syrup... still clean taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a soapy hop feel.

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Photo of Waltwear
4.04/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an overall excellent macro American adjunct lager. My review reflects my opinion of its value within the AAL style. If you like Coors Banquet or Miller Highlife this beer belongs in your rotation. It has that same crisp bright finish as banquet and is slightly sweeter. There was no lacing and zilch for retention. It's one of the highest SRM macro lagers. I'd call it light bronze in color. Aroma is inoffensive. Ever so slightly floral with dank bready notes. Flavor is bright. Sweet and on the high end of bitterness for AAL offerings. That is not to say it is very bitter at all. It finishes with a sweetness and a flavor that I think can be attributed to Millercoors yeast. Try one, but look past the romantic "Australian" branding and know that you're drinking a Millercoors AAL!

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Photo of UristMcBrewer
2.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer is goldenrod with a surprisingly nice head for this style (I did pour it a little bit harshly). It does not smell particularly good. No discernible hop notes. There is a medicinal tone to the aroma, though it is subtle. It smells something like stale bread. The taste is comparable to the nose. The medicinal taste is present after swallowing. The body isn't bad and actually feels somewhat solid. the carbonation is minimal however. Overall, this beer has a good body for the style but the flavors aren't appealing.

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Photo of defunksta
4.18/5  rDev +63.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, light-golden color with a massive white head that is billowing, white, tall, and foamy. SRM of 7. An extremely nice pour. (4.50)

Aroma: Standard aromas of malts and corn. Pretty basic.

Flavor: Flavor is more complex. First lager yeast upfront that evolves into a massive bready flavor. Huge white bread flavor, similar to what you would be served as an appetizer at a restaurant. Finishes with a nice, dry, bready astringency. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-heaviness. Massive body. Good carbonation. Feels like huge bite of cotton-candy as it billows on the palate. Almost a milky feel too. (4.50)

Overall: For a adjunct lager this one pleasantly surprised me. One of the better adjunct lagers I've had. Tons of breadiness. Huge billowing body, without being too heavy or sweet. Clean like a lager. This beer could be an example for the style. (Final Rating: 4.18)

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Photo of GroundBreakingError
2.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Foster's Lager, I'm drinking it while I write this review, and honestly, I don't think anything about this beer. It's watery, weak, and smooth for 5% ABV and is dangerously easy to put down. It's the kind of beer you'd let your kid nephew sip, or maybe finish off to watch him puke on the duvet in your guest bedroom. Not my cup of tea... because it's beer.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +62.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 22 oz (750 ml) mug at Outback Steakhouse in the Orlando Airport. Underrated like most AALs on the site.
A: Pours a crystal clear, sparkling golden color with lots of champagne-style bubbles, a frothy, white, one to two finger head, solid rim retention, but somewhat limited of lacing.
S: Aromas bread rind, pepper, grasses and grains (especially corn). It has a really inviting aroma, certainly when compared the other AALs.
T: Dry, but with just a touch of ?corny sweetness on the tongue. Palate follows the nose closely but lightly. Very light bitterness tucked in, leaving a refreshing finish without astringency.
M: Light bodied with light, but steady carbonation overall.
O: Had quite a few “oil cans” in my youth. Foster’s lost some of its romantic quality, when it started being contract brewed out of Canada. Hadn’t had it in years. At least on tap, it really has stood the test of time and place. Will consider it for one of my go to AAL choices going forward.

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Photo of BeerByBelle
4.45/5  rDev +74.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An inoffensive lager- like inviting your cousin to your birthday party, a safe bet. Slightly hoppy aftertaste, but not so strong that it could be confused with an IPA. Crikey- it’s good!

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Photo of spectru
2.33/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I was served a large mug in an Outback Steakhouse: Clear yellow beer, white head dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing, not much aroma, flavor an mouthfeel, are okay. It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful. Unremarkable, but not unpleasant. I had another. I haven't had a Budweiser in quite a while, but that's what this reminded me of - Aussie Bud.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.31/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was at Outback and decided to try the full Aussie experience.

A thin, non-offensive beer that is a typical macro. Better than some domestic choices, but not by much.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.13/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Color is a light gold. Nose is corn, barley, hops, and some lemon notes. Taste follows the nose. Very sweet malts. It's a sweet lager and on the finish I can detect faint hints citrus. Mouthfeel is light. Watery, but slick. Overall, it's a good AAL for the money. Paid $1.75 for a 25.4 ounce can. The last time I had this beer was in Bermuda on tap, way back in 1996. I did not like it at all. The canned variety tastes so much better. Don't know if there's been a recipe change, or if the draft lines weren't up to par back in '96. Or if my taste buds have changed. I would definitely but again because of the price point and what this style of beer has to offer. Good thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jkblr
3.46/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 can bb SEP0919 poured into a fishbowl chalice at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright deep gold in color with off white head. The head recedes to a film and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is yeasty, at first, with some sweetness, nuttiness and pale grain mixed in. The taste is semisweet pale malt with a hint of tart and a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and an undry finish. There is a mouth coating buttery, oily, soapy aftertaste & feel that is slightly distracting and unpleasant. Overall, aroma and taste are fine for what it is, but the feel suffers from lack of lagering. Fair AAL and an Australian tick.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.17/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

L - Transparent body, yellow in color with a frothy two finger head

S - generic and bland for the most part, some wet cardboard and grain

T - Tasteless throughout until the aftertaste, which is dirty and metallic.

F - Think and watery. Not crisp.

O - Most macros are bland, but this falls a notch below due to the unpleasant aftertaste. Not undrinkable. Tolerable macro.

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Photo of ChrisBeerDrinker94
4.6/5  rDev +80.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice translucent, straw color poured into a Lager glass. Bright white head with minimal lacing. Strong aroma of malt, very refreshing. The taste is very smooth, even ratio of malt and hops. Sweet and smooth going down, perfect hint of alcohol at the end. Carbonation is medium. All in all a great solid, daily driver lager.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank it for a few summers in college when we stayed on campus and did landscaping. Wednesday night was Fosters night. Can't remember how it started. Who knows, we were drunk ass dumb ass college kids. Not a good beer, but it was always cheap and easy to drink when quantity was far more important than quality.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.17/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent hop aroma from the brew and it pours straw colored with a thon white head. There is a medium carbination. The flavor is balanced with sweet, nutty malt, bitter hops and a hint of alcohol. Unfortunately, there is an astringent off note that strenghtens as the beer warms. Too bad because if not, this would be a very good lager. As is, decent and much better than the major American macrobrew offerings

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Photo of beersampler6
2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This actually wasn't so bad - tastes like many other AALs but with a little more depth and balance than I'm used to. Pours a nice golden color with some fairly nice-looking fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing that eventually faded. Smells faintly of malt, grain and some caramel. Tastes similarly, along with some corn and trace hops without much bitterness. Smooth mild thin mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nothing special, but still better than many other American-made AALs that I've sampled in the past.

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Photo of FriedSlug
2.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank it from the can to see how it was compared to my memory a million years ago. My tastes have changed but it is a pretty flavorful adjunct beer. Grainy and sweet with decent carb. A little bit of bitterness is appreciated but can't make that grainy taste pleasant.

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Photo of Scottish_Lad_48
1.76/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Today I am reviewing Foster's. I however should point out that the lager I had was brewed in Manchester, England and not the Australian version that most people are familiar with. This was on draft and poured into a sturdy plastic pint glass. There was no foam telling me the beer was improperly poured or flat. It smelled of damp leaves. overly sweet taste that I did not care for. Like most lagers this was way too watery and served way too cold. There was also a rather unpleasant aftertaste. I was suddenly and rather rudely reminded why I didn't usually favor lagers. Basically flat Sprite spiked with some kind of unpleasant alcohol.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.38/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes 10/10/12: Pours a clear deep straw producing 2+ fingers frothy soap bubble, somewhat lasting head that leaves thin pasty lacing. Aroma is adjunct grains, lemon, grass, a faint sulfur and medicinal hint. Taste grainy cereal, corn, a little honey, lemon and grass with a mineral/ash hint in a sweetish finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of huthuty
3.91/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like their EBS but just realized I haven't rated their lager so here goes it.
Color is pale gold with seemingly good carbonation.
Smell is of grain and tires/b vitamins, but in a not too shabby way
(taste) hmm this is kind of like a super light euro lager, I'm getting that euro malt and a bit of pepper (I thought this was an adjunct?)
Overall a good lager, as with other ultra light euro tasting brews, refreshing but vaguely interesting

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drove all the way here and all you have for me is this beer! I like it and it once again a welcome break from all the overwhelming variety of craft brews! Still not as good as Hamm's though!

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