Foster's Lager
Foster's Group Limited

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #420
ABV:
5%
Score:
61
Ranked #50,124
Avg:
2.55 | pDev: 25.88%
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
2,207
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Sep 02, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 25.4 oz can with no description of the beer and no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale sunny clear golden colour, good frothing of a white head when first poured. Yields a rocky and slowly dissipating two fingered head that soon enough is virtually gone.

Smell: Hint of malted grain, traces of cooked veggies and husky undertones make up the aroma which is relatively clean.

Taste: Crisp and grainy with a slightly refreshing smoothness. Light to moderate body. Sweet grain leans towards husky with light biscuity and powdery flavours. Even hop bitterness that couples well with the fresh graininess. Vague astringent flavours are mild and hard to trace back to their grain and hop origins. Husky finish that gradually dries.

Notes: A pretty drinkable lager, nothing to go “beer crazy” over. A good beer to wash down a working man’s meat and potatoes meal.

Mar 31, 2002
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Turkzil from Florida

3.63/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I live in Florida. We can't drink heavy beer in hot weather. Fosters is cheap, it's light, and it's refreshing. I'm an IPA lover but Fosters is a good beer to take down when you're in the middle of a hot summer. It is not a specialty beer but I prefer it over Budweiser any day. It is light gold in color, smells citrusy but tastes bland, has white foam, and is not bad when taking down a pint in ten seconds to cool down. Gives a good buzz.

Aug 05, 2015
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(750 ml can, US brewed, JAN0818... poured into a fat wine glass)

review # 1100

L: crystal-clear, pale yellow-brass colored liquid; poured with more than a finger width of loose, sizzly foam, which receded to a spotted, broken cap in under a minute, eventually gone entirely

S: fresh, finely-ground corn meal, corn stalk, vague dry cidery esters, mild cereal graininess... weak overall, but not Natty weak

T: corn tortilla and sand... dry with a delicate husky bitterness... mostly grain-forward, maybe only a faint blond tobacco-like hop flavor lingering in the finish, maybe a little nip of candy sweetness as it goes along... by the end, notably dry with one of the most minimal residual aftertastes in memory

F: not terribly gassy - either a good or bad thing, depending - here, in this glass, it could use a little more gas, as it does have marginally more body than the flavor warrants - kinda just slogs through - tall, narrow glass might be best... would be more of a chore to drink if it didn't leave nearly no mark of it having passed through your face

O: passable, as in 1) it'll do, 2) I'll pass... Bud and Miller has more flavor than this... Foster's lager may be more on par with a Japanese rice lager... it's greatest asset and defining character is its dryness and uncompromising absence of character

Aug 17, 2017
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docoman from Michigan

3/5  rDev +17.6%

Funny when younger I thought this was a premium beer... still OK, but only ice cold, I'll get one with a steak at good ole Outback steakhouse now and then.

Dec 16, 2014
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danasofia from California

3.01/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

One of the better mass market lagers as far as I'm concerned, on par with craft pilsners in appearance and feel, only falls short in taste but is still solid for what it is and it's style.

Aug 17, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another one of those beers that used to be an import. Now they use the original recipe but brew it in another country from where it was born . It is not all that bad though.

Apr 23, 2017
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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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mdargis from California

3.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden in color and produce a small head
S - Sweet taste
T - Taste is easy to enjoy, no bitterness
M - light to medium
O - I love the can, nice and big like me, great for a warm day

Mar 01, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: brilliant gold with a vigorous 3" ivory cap with good retention

S: grain, some fresh bread dough, and a mild dose of floral hops

T: bready with a pleasant bitter accent and a mild sweetness. It finishes dry and crisp

F: medium body and medium carbonation

O: It is not a great beer but it is a lot of beer and if you are really thirsty or have some Vegemite, the big can is nice

Jul 17, 2017
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Stockatron from Australia

1.52/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Just another truly awful bland lager. You cant find it anywhere in Australia, I guess its just contract brewed everywhere ... the recipe is probably pretty simple. The bigs cans you can get in the US are hilarious though, thumbs up for that, makes me remember the Simpsons. Perhaps its best drunk over a game of knifey spooney !!

May 18, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

2.72/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL can poured to pint glass
Sight: light amber golden liquid, medium white foam dissipates quickly
Smell: Malty
Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness
Fell: good carbonation, abrupt finish
Overall: good beer, ok to repeat, but not look for
drank: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:03 PM

Apr 12, 2017
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TCP2017 from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not saying that Foster's Lager is by any means the best American Adjunct around, but I believe it deserves a lot more credit than it's getting on this page. It is true, most Aussies aren't fans of Foster's. But, more than anything; it's a good brew, for a good price. What's not to love about that?

Jun 01, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

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

Oct 26, 2018
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TPZEM from Illinois

2.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with a thick head. Lots of lacing here, but as soon as the head dissipates there is not really much in the way of lacing. Carbonation seems to last forever. Smells of a corn and wheat mix. No real hop aroma. Tastes of a lightly sweet corn but no flavor outside this. Light body. Not a bad AAL, just not a good one.

Jul 26, 2017
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer. The only reason I don't drink it more often is that it is only available in the oil cans around here. Tastes and smells just like "beer" to me.

Dec 11, 2017
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metter98 from New York

2.4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of corn adjuncts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors aren't as prominent because they are somewhat masked by a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing overly special about the taste of this beer, but it seems to be a little more palatable compared to other beers in the style because the bitterness helps to mask some of the flavors of adjunct malts.

Mar 15, 2013
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DoctorRobert1969 from California

2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I used to like this quite a bit but now it's a little subpar. Goes down easy but has a touch of a rank taste. Basically a bbq beer. But there are better options for that.

Nov 26, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.89/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

as the adjuncts go, I like fosters. interesting fact is that nobody in Australia drinks this, but it has been marketed in the united states as their national drink, remarkable commentary on global capitalism, but I digress. oil can is a great serving after a long shift as a line cook, let me tell you. crisp and clean, no off aromas or flavors, and while it lacks the feel and complexity and richness of a great ipa or some other craft offering, which I would always prefer, it refreshes with the best of them. light malt and hops in balance, not overly minimal which i like, but the point is to be drinkable, and that it is. perhaps a bit more carbonation than necessary, but it works for me, I just burp a lot. this is not Australian for beer at all, as they have a diverse and burgeoning craft industry there that is way underrepresented in American markets, but fosters has a niche here and it fills it well. a little more to this one than the American crap beers, so I choose it for those reasons.

Nov 21, 2013
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Kelby777 from Iowa

2.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing Foster's Lager. Poured out of a 750ml can. Let's begin.

Appearance - A large, foamy head. Standard yellow. It appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Immediate grainy scent. Good scents... maze, maybe rice, good grains and malt.

Taste - An unexpected, weird flavor off the bat. Has notes of citrus. Tastes of faded hops and almost sour tasting, with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Standard carbonation, standard thickness. Drinkable.

Overall - Not a terrible beer, however, it's not the greatest. If you're already drunk, this may appeal to you.

Cheers.

Nov 27, 2017
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SeBreeze9000 from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +85.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my shit.

Delicious

A Donald H u g e Trump Oil Can. Used to get one after work from working all day at Acura in the Texas heat. Telling you this thing does the job well. I'm a lightweight so 2 cans will have my on my rocker for sure I think it taste great has a subtle smell nothing overbearing at all. Also the price point? Cmon you buy one and you're buzzing real nice with zero complaints.

Aug 02, 2018
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scottfrie from California

3.1/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml can into SN imperial pint glass. Rated to style.

A: Pours a clear light yellow color with a frothy and thick bright white head that faded into a dense cap of foam. A complex network of lace was left down the glass.
S: I get light notes of crackery malt, corn, minerals, and a touch of peppery hop spice.
T: Clean, light, crackery malt taste mixed with maybe a touch of flaked corn. Very low hop presence is spicy and slightly leafy. Not the worst flavor profile, although the aftertaste has sour quality. Peppery, corn, creamy, crackery, bready, and sour. Light mineral quality as well.
M: Light body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, lightly peppery, fluffy carbonation.
O: Not the worst adjunct swill on the market. Fairly east to drink and more flavorful than most. As it warmed though, this became harder to drink.

Dec 12, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is what I ordered the first time I ate at the Outback Steakhouse. I ordered it simply because I hadn't tried this beer yet. I knew going into it that it was a standard lager and wouldn't be overly amazed by this. The beer is basically what I expected. It's yellow and clear with a pretty good head on it, the head actually leaves some nice lacing. The flavors are of the standard hops and malts. This beer is a little bit heavier on the belly than something like a Coors original or Budweiser. Apart from it's fuller body this beer isn't much different than the rest of the lagers in America.

Apr 07, 2011
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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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Lemreway16 from England

1.13/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Only bearable if stone cold this is just an example of how a nation that creates such good wine has no idea of how to brew. Quite simply a disgusting tasteless example of lager rather than beer.

May 16, 2015
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