Foster's Lager | Foster's Group Limited

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Foster's LagerFoster's Lager

Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited
Australia | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 622 | Ratings: 1,954
Photo of Hyptochrons
2.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear straw gold with a sudsy white head, nice lacing, tons of carbonation. on the nose is corn, hay, grass, sweet grain. taste is pretty rough, finishes on this slightly bitter metallic note. damn this is pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
1/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is soo bad. I never would have guessed beer could be this bad. Absolute skinny/nasty beer. Nothing good to say about it. They need to spend less money on advertising and more on r&d to make better beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Here comes the prototypical fizzy yellow beer. Aroma of macro stuff more than barley/malt.

Lots of carbonation, bitter mouthfeel. Not that it has hop flavors really. One of those beers that the warmer it gets, the more the alcohol intensifies along with every other negative aspect of the beer, which there are many. Has that metallic dry hop with copper penny kind of bitterness not counterbalanced with barley or flavor.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.55/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz can. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sweet malt. Body is light and crisp. Taste is of something I’m not sure what. Finish is short, barely noticeable. Standard macro crap.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.16/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very pale orange with a decent head. The aroma is of sweet corn, with metallic notes, as well as corn syrup, and sweet crackery malts. The flavor starts with a little dusky toast, with some corn, rather strong metallic notes, bug spray, and uncooked grain. The mouthfeel is quite light and fizzy. Overall this is a pretty terrible beer. The metallic notes are oddly stronger when taken out of a glass than the can. In fact, the flavor improves slightly sipping from the can.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes taken 05/17/16:

Very clear straw gold with occasional particles in suspension. Pure white, fine, light, foamy head of lower-moderate retention. Superb lacing but only near rim of pokal with first pour. With second pour from 25.4 ounce can, legs chase body to the bottom. Very lemony aroma, more Pilsner-like. Plenty of adjunct grain, bread, and honey notes as well. Grassy and floral throughout, strongest and most bitter in back with, with lemon tartness taking the middle through past the finish, bitterness approaching rind. This is all quite good for the style, in my estimation. Light to medium in body, refreshing, tingly, and sudsy.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.35/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

It certainly doesn't matter which version of fosters you're enjoying, it's certain to be terrible. I've had from a large can, the blue bottle, and in draught form. I see few scenarios in which I'll drink this again, straw/gold, thin bodied, lacking in barley flavor, plain Jane hops, slightly sour. It's intriguing a market even exists for this brew.

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Photo of Abbaskip
3.57/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This site would be a whole lot more accurate if Americans and Brits paid attention to what they were reviewing. This is for Fosters 5% Lager - the one that is in a bottle (as pictured) and brewed and sold in Australia.

It's a crisp, Australian style lager - possibly a little light flavoured for the style it's aiming at (think: A Premium style Australia pilsener like Hahn Premium or Boag's, watered down), but is very different than the 4% mass produced stuff brewed in the EU and sold everywhere in the UK and US in huge cans (and on tap).

These are totally different beers (as is Carslberg in the UK compared to real Carlsberg, 1664 compared to 1664 etc) and shouldn't be confused simply because British lagers are all marketed under foreign brands.

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Photo of Beric
2.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Serving: Huge ass can into a pilsener flute
Served: 5 May 2016

I needed half of this beer for a carne asada marinade.

Look: Pours a perfectly clear, beautiful golden color with huge carbonation screaming up from the bottom towards a pearly white head. The head dies after a while but a shimmer of bubbles remains. Looks great, honestly.

Smell: Sweet corn, earth, "beer".

Taste: Honestly terrible. The corn sweetness is undercut by a pervasive earthiness that I just can't shake.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: One of the worst beers I've ever had, flavor-wise, but one that really made a great carne asada marinade. I needed 12oz of cheap lager and this did the trick when I couldn't find any singles of PBR or BMC.

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Photo of Squire123
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

What happened to Fosters?

Memory is a tricky thing but I sure thought this tasted better 30 years ago. Picked up some recently for no particular reason and was interested in tasting until I tasted it. Smack in the middle of AAL city. Light in color, flavor, hops, nothing really bad just nothing really interesting either.

If you can pick this one out in a blind tasting with other AALs I will buy your next six pack.

This is the one to choose when you want higher ABV than found in the usual light beers.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps I'm a victim of my own experience but I enjoy Foster's. Look is clear amber and the taste is light and mild. It feels like a great hot weather brew like I envision Australia to be. It's not great, but it is what it is.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is grain, grass, and slight beach wood. Fosters is a lot better than I remember it from my college days. Super tasty and fresh--really easy to drink. I think this beats most beers in the style. When I want an adjunct lager, I will be looking for this one.

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Just had a Carlsberg for an experiment. Not good. I am hoping this is better...

Brewed in the EU, no one in Australia drinks this.

The can looks nice at least.

Lagerish look, washing-up liquid head that goes down fast.

Aroma has maltiness, more than Carlsberg. Much better though than Carlsberg overall, in terms of aroma.

Taste is much much better than Carlsberg also. This surprises me lots, as I was expecting this to be at a similar level. This is very balanced, with fruity overtones. Quite apricotty. Would be quite nice as a cold beer on a hot day.

Still a bit weak and watery though, and obviously mass-produced

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Photo of Mexwald
2.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Foster's Lager typically comes in a 32oz can (I don't think I have ever had it in bottles) and does its job for the price. I would describe the taste as somewhere between a Pabst and a Budweiser, and it's not bad to have one on hand if you're watching sports.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.06/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a classic can. Pours a golden yellow with an average head that recedes quickly with it sticking to the side of the glass as it goes down. Smells of wheat and malt. The taste is very smooth with a light malt taste with a solid grain finish. Has a good amount of carbonation so that it goes down rather easily. Great beer to chug.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.81/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden color with a frothy one finger white head and lots of streaming bubbles.

Smells of sweet corn and white bread.

Taste is like the smell with the bready sweetness followed by a hint of hops playing around.

Mouth feel is clean and crisp with a nice semi dry finish.

I really do not like to see this beer get such a low rating. For an adjunct lager I believe this one sits well above a lot of the mainstream macro lagers. And with the big 25.4 oz. cans this one provides a lot of good beer refreshment.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Consumed from an "oil can." This wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Could smell hops with an undercurrent of corn. Pours a straw color. Head has staying power. Has lots of carbonation, as evidenced in the glass.

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Photo of matuka123
3.66/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, there. Yup. This beer is the epitome of Mediocrity. it's mediocre simply put. Not a bad beer but nothing GREAT either. Just decent beer :)! not bad at all. Aussie australian fosters lager. Im not a lager fan. But yeah, its drinkable and a cool can.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.33/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although it's labeled as an American Adjunct Lager, it's quite different. It has a good hop bite to it that most American Lagers lack, making a very interesting beer. I always liked Foster's for that reason.

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Photo of dcotom
2.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 25.4-ounce can into Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance is a sickly pale yellow with a nice head of white foam that recedes rather quickly. First thing I noticed on the aroma was an unpleasant musty funk giving way to roasted corn. Taste was surprisingly not bad, refreshing but not too overly carbonated. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, not much body, some bitterness on the back end that I was not expecting. I'd probably pick this over a lot of the AALs I've tried.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains but not much else on the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean. Very drinkable, but also an average lager.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First purchased this in a large oil can style. Used to have a giant display of it in my store, but eventually I managed to sell down enough that I could shelf the rest and rid my store of that obnoxious Australian cardboard stand. Drank it cold that night and had no problem finishing it. Crisp, clean lager straight from a land composed entirely of criminals. Forgot about it until a wild night some months later wherein a buddy and me had a few too many 11% crafts at a convention and got lost in the city, eventually ending up in a very unsafe neighborhood. Only solution? Fit right in with the locals. Hoods up, bought some Fosters from another location of the chain I work for. Tossed them in some paper bags and took the city by force afterwards. Which basically meant wandering the deep south and ending up on a train trying to find our way home.

Taste is not bad honestly. I found it very tolerable, even when sober, and very refreshing. No idea what the look was as it was straight out of the can. Can itself was obviously fairly unique, so that counts, right? The mouthfeel wasn't bad. Lot's of carbonation, though. Made it hard to chug while walking in the middle of the street.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.73/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's part #3 of "bottom shelf beer review week"!

Appearance : Pours a pale straw color into a tumbler, 90% opacity, and a towering head that quickly recedes to a small ring. Lacing surprisingly is left in vertical streaks on the sides of the tumbler glass. Not a shabby display.

Smell : I'm using my hand as a desperate attempt to waft a smell whatsoever up to my olfactory. It's very hard to detect what's going on here. Some straw, corn, maybe a little bit of flower...that's it. It's a very weak nose - this beer is not meant to be smelled.

Taste : Stale grain and sweat sock flavors out front, this seems more like a punishment than an indulgence. Some faint pasty hop bite comes eventually, and it leaves off with a faint malt note. This is honestly one of the most terrible beers I've ever tasted.

Feel : Busy carbonation out front, with a light champagne-like quality (High Life, anyone?), and it ends semi-dry and otherwise unremarkable. I'm getting a sticky film on my teeth from the sweetness of the corn.

Overall : This beer reminds me of all the bottom shelf 40 oz malt liquor beers I've had. It's pretty awful, has no real balance, no good flavors, and hides itself behind carbonation. If there was no carbonation in this beer, or even reduced carbonation, it would taste like unsweetened corn syrup blended with sweat sock and grass clippings. It's truly one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Turkzil
3.63/5  rDev +39.6%
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.

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