Foster's Lager | Foster's Group Limited

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Foster's LagerFoster's Lager

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Foster's Group Limited

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of Hackattack
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of gandres
2.72/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
2.33/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Look - Clear yellow in color, quickly vanishing thin white head, no lacing.

Smell - Sweet corn syrup, grain, metallic

Taste - Thin malt body, very odd and off-putting sweetness, almost an overly ripe/rotten white grape flavor, finishes with the lingering sweetness

Feel - Light body, sufficient carbonation, could be more crisp

Overall - No idea what's going on here. I bought a can so I know it couldn't be skunked. The borderline offensive sweetness makes this unenjoyable.

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Photo of mdargis
3.04/5  rDev +16.9%
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

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Photo of Holderness
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Piss yellow, fizzy head, and a lively carbonation dont make for a particularly visually appealing brew, but damn does that can design look fantastic. The smell is vegetal -- particularly corn -- with sharp notes of compost pile and malt liquor. Taste is pretty standard AAL: heavy on the grain and corn with little hoppiness or maltiness. At least it feels refreshing.

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

Straight 3s for this beer. Its actually exceeding my expectations quite honestly. Goes down pretty smooth and would be enjoyable on a hot day for sure. Golden color with little to no head after a few seconds. Poured from the 25.4 oz can into a big mug, got this and a tall fosters pale ale for 4$, not bad.

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

I bought the 25 oz can for $2.50, thinking it'd likely be a good value. But boy, was I wrong. This is supposed to be beer, not water. Pure swill. The ABV is supposedly 5%, but seems more like 2-3%. There is barely any taste to speak of and what I was able to taste was a bit of malt. I took a few sips and poured the rest down the toilet. Perhaps I've been spoiled, since my introduction to beer was Sierra Nevada Torpedo, but this is the first brew I've never been able to finish.

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Photo of DocRoc
3.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Golden in color, thin head dissipates < 20 sec.
S - Sweet grains...corn and malt
T - Taste like is smells, a lower ABV malt liquor.
M - light to medium to mouthfeel, goes easy on the palate with a "drink more" appealing aftertaste
O - A good go to everyday beer for those who don't ride high horses.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's really not as bad as some people would lead you to believe. It's just not that good either.

Had on tap at Outback Steakhouse, where else? It's clear and yellow, not much carbonation, smells like any AAL. Tastes like corn and a bit of hops, but not much. Feels light and sessionable, though I'm in no rush to have another anytime soon.

Overall it's fine. It's like PBR to me. I'm not gonna go out of my way to get this, but if it's around I might have one.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the classic oil can into a big mug, it has a pillowy white soapy head, the beer in neither bad nor great, it is easy drinking with no bad after taste, it would be refreshing on a hot day. This is better than a lot of adjunct lagers.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.7 oz oil can poured into English pint glass.

L - Pours a clear, golden straw color typical of other AAL, maybe a little darker. Maybe it pours differently from the oil can or I had a bad pour, but it left a thick two inches of head that disappeared like a magic trick, but plenty of bubbles.

S - Corn, cereal grain, grass, earthy malt, a little metallic oil so it might be a can that held actual oil at one point.

T - Surprisingly better than any Bud Light or Coors I've had. Very biscuit-malt heavy up front, little to no hops, definitely a sweet corn syrup flavor that lingers but I'm a fan of the aftertaste it leaves.

F - Light-bodied, very drinkable, lots of carbonation with a slightly dry, watery finish.

O - I can't imagine this is the beer/product that represents/hails from Australia, but it's good marketing--and kudos on the can. Can't beat $2.50 for one of these. Sure, it's low-grade swill and there's lots of better beers out there, but this stuff is drinkable, not hoppy but not too sweet, and you can't beat the price.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All I have to say is it's better than Bud, Coors or any of the other US lagers. Is it the next Pliny the Elder? No. but it is a decent affordable lager. Malty, light, a little bitterness on the finish, no skunkiness, a solid lager. Nuff said.

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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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