Foster's Lager
Foster's Group Limited

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #421
ABV:
5%
Score:
61
Ranked #50,403
Avg:
2.55 | pDev: 25.88%
Reviews:
704
Ratings:
2,210
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Australia
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  408
SCORE
61
Poor
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Crystal clear, with a white head that doesn't do much but comes and goes as it pleases. Typical of AALs, not much on the nose until it warms, and then it gets a bit corny. Some mineral and grass notes struggle to fit in. Taste is pretty bland out the gate - and then there's the adjuncts and some mineral notes, maybe a little grass. Nothing is jumping out each sip, but there is a dry grassy bitterness that builds a very light foundation as I drink. Unfortunately, the mineral to metallic note (which is quite light, but all things are realitive in this beer) doesn't work for me and detracts from what would could be an completely inoffensive bland offering.

Apr 02, 2021
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Tantonys from Maine

4.75/5  rDev +86.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of our favorite beers growing up and pounding at the park. Now brewed by Oil Can in Fort Worth, Texas it tastes very similar to the one which I have such fond memories of back in the day.

Jan 19, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For old times sake, probably twenty years, an oil can is emptied into a clear glass liter mug. Not much head to stare at, but the glass lacing is actually nice. It smells just like almost every other mass produced lager, bread baking sweet and starchy. The taste is more complex than some in the category. The malt isn't just rice bland nor corn sweet, there's a tad of earthiness in it, too. That's the taste highlight. It feels no different on the tongue and is devoid of aftertaste. A multinational brew that's only slightly above average in its field.

Jan 14, 2021
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

L- Crystal clear, bright yellow with a large head
S- Very mild, almost non existent
T- Clean and very light, Im shocked by how not alcoholy it tastes
M- Like water
O- It was surprised and enjoyed the first couple sips, but after like five minutes I threw the rest out

Oct 02, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Grabbed an oil can of this guy with really low expectations. Honestly, I have only ever seen empties of these littered in dark alleyways, but we at 1009 are ready to try anything. Not going to lie, it wasn't terrible. Pours super foamy, but produces a classic glowing golden lager color. The aroma was malty and tasted very sweet. It drank fairly smooth for a mass-produced lager and left me fairly content. A cheap option that doesn't impress nor depress.

Sep 14, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from 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.

May 23, 2020
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foster's 'Lager' @ 5.0% served from a bottle
A-pour is clear to a yellow/gold in the glass with a large white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-weak malt & hops?
T-watery lager , easy drinking
MF-lots of carbonation , weak body
Ov-not a good beer
prost LampertLand

May 17, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

May 05, 2020
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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.

Apr 25, 2020
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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.

Apr 10, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

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.

Mar 25, 2020
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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!

Feb 01, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 10, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

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)

Nov 02, 2019
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GroundBreakingError from Illinois

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.

Oct 29, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Oct 22, 2019
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BeerByBelle from Florida

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!

Oct 07, 2019
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spectru from Florida

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.

Oct 02, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

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.

Aug 23, 2019
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Beertsipper from New York

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.

Jul 26, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Apr 16, 2019
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 13, 2019
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ChrisBeerDrinker94 from Colorado

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.

Feb 10, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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.

Jan 25, 2019
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

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

Jan 23, 2019
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