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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Reviews: 634 | Ratings: 1,997
Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

despite what the world thinks, we Aussies don't drink this crap, once again i think it must be brewed by someone else in North America, coz the Aussie version tastes like chemicals.

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

440 ml can poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot. Was given a 'Fridge' 10 pack of this by a neighbour for 'sorting out' his internet connection for him. I DO NOT drink this shite as a rule but seeing as it was a free gift thought I would give it a review for what it is worth, so here we go.

A. Looks like piss with a 3 finger thick white bubbly head on it. Looking through the beer, the bubbles look like some kind of scum sat on top of the beer. Holding it up to the sunlight, it is not as clear as it appears, losts of haze and other 'bits' floating about. Yikes it is piss!!

S. Smells exactly like tap water. I think I got the faintest hint of malt, there again I could be wrong.

T. Taste is like the smell - coloured tap water.

M. Thin and watery.

D. Only one other beer I have ever had is worse than this hogwash - San Miguel. One to avoid like the plague.

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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 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 MrAleman
1/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Woeful lager, about the only one i've had that tastes of pretty much nothing. Also I think they must put some unpleasant chemicals in this, can lead to nasty side effects. So best to be careful drinking this. Then again it is lager so you could go on a bender and have 10 pints!

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

First had: ?

I know those crazy Aussies like to bad-mouth American beer. But, hello?

Poured clear straw color, with a fizzy head that fizzles out pretty quickly. Light aroma of malts and stale hops. More of the same to the tongue with an acidic bitterness that leaves a rotten aftertaste. Thin, soda-like body. Crikey...not very drinkable at all, mate. (Sorry for that.) Please avoid this beer.

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Photo of Duder_Jables880
1/5  rDev -61.5%

Fosters...Australian for piss. They foist this swill off on tourists while they chug the good stuff themselves. Don't let the commercials fool you. Stay far, far, away.

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Photo of diablo14
1/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

why am i bothering to review the worst beer in this country next to carlton cold and hahn ice? because for the first time in over 10 years i saw aussies drinking this, at a restaurant i was at last night.

ive always found it amusing that 'foriegners' especially americans, think this is our signature beer considering we rarely drink fosters here. like all other beers carlton are involved with, its no different to anything else they brew, if you can call it brewing. im not even going to describe its qualities, because its just like VB, only worse. i dont know if the breweries that brew it under license internationally do a better job, but here its the epitome of swill. if aussie drinkers wont have it, whats that telling you?

im ashamed that we get lumped with this beer. alas, its deserved on some levels. if aussies in general knew anything about beer we wouldnt allow it. dammit that this is not the case.

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

Less watered down and more of a full flavor than most cheap American lagers (I know it's not American), but at the same time it's nowhere near the best tasting.

During the summer this would be refreshing, but beyond that it's not worth your time.

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Photo of xvoltronx
1.06/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

APPEARANCE - Dull yellow. Almost no head. Tons of carbonation.

SMELL - Like a lake after it turns over

MOUTH FEEL - Club soda with a horrible bite.

TASTE - I imagine that if a swamp were downriver from a hog lagoon, Foster's Group would most likely erect a factory there and bottle their beer from the swamp water.

OVERALL - There have been only two beers that I have ever tried and vomited directly after drinking them. One is Miller Low Life. The other is Foster's Lager. I had the displeasure of trying this "beer" during my college years and I can honestly say that if I had to choose between Foster's, or a hand can of Steel Reserve with a wedge of Swiss Cheese blended into it, I would not hesitate to drink the Steel Reserve. Avoid like the plague.

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Photo of amstelcat
1.12/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A six pack of this was given to me by my future mother-in-law who said " I know you like fancy beer" (help me). In glass has a nice yellow gold color with a pure white head. Smells like rotting vegatables and tastes about the same. Couldn't get half of this stuff down my throat. Hmmm...maybe use the rest to boil shrimp in?

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Photo of rye726
1.13/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchases in some sort of minature oil can. Pale straw hue with a foamy head. Smells like old trash can ooze and cut grass. The nose is really unbearable. The body is fairly medium for a macro lager. However, still way too carbonated. Not exceptionally drinkable unless you drink it at freezing temperatures.

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.13/5  rDev -56.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.21/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Poured from a can into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 25th, 2010. Pours a clear, bubbly, urine yellow-gould. Appears overcarbonated. Head with good retention but too thin and lacking cream. Unappealing. Three finger head.

Smell: Stale and (thankfully) unpronounced. Malted, stale barley is the only detectable note. Not looking forward to this.

Taste: Cream, stale barley, flat finish. Pathetic. Oh, and some water. Quite terrible.

Mouthfeel: Way too watery and thin. Not enough cream on the open. Finish doesn't dry up to leave me wanting more at all (not that I would off the watery taste).

Drinkability: Please. The Aussies export it almost exclusively, and for good reason. Don't delude yourself into thinking this is an Australian beer. Fermented Kangaroo urine might do better for your taste buds.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
1.22/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 12/10/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a very light yellow color body, very clear. Has a big head which is diminishing. The aroma is sweet, with some malts. Has a bitter taste, dusty, and very little flavor. Has a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of cratez
1.26/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This was shockingly bad. I had never tried Foster's before and was surprised to see it on tap last night at a bar in my area, so I figured what the hell.

Appearance: bright golden in colour with a half inch of bubbly white head that fades away quickly. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: a strong mixture of malt, corn, and fruit that amounts to a tangy sort of pissy smell. Not good.

Taste: terrible. A bittersweet malt flavour turns into a dry, corny aftertaste that lingers around for a while. This was tough to get through.

Mouthfeel: annoying. The beer has a strong initial bite and the malt-corn aftertaste doesn't go away. Basically all you're thinking about while drinking this is what beer you'll be ordering next.

Drinkability: I got through it. That's an accomplishment. Avoid this beer at all costs.

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Photo of tenesmus
1.27/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

According to the can the provenence of the beer is Heineken UK in Edinburgh. 4% alcohol.

500ml can poured into a straight pint glass. Looks pretty good, crystal clear straw coloured liquid with a nice pure white head with decent retention, leaving streaky suds rather than lacing down the side. Medium carbonation.

Smells distinctly unpleasant. Something undefined but faintly medicinal and vegetal, also a sweet graininess.

First impression when tasted is of water, some biscuity maltiness, a little crackery. Some saccharine sweetness and seltzer from the carbonation. There is a metallic note on the back of the throat, something almost chemically bitter. Aftertaste is a sweet and cloying breadiness despite the apparent lightness when first imbibed. Overall really unpleasant.

Fosters in the UK is viewed as just another characterless corporate pale lager, brewed cheaply with no regard to quality. It definitely lives up to the hype. There are many beers I would rate as average that are far superior to this.

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Photo of Kestrel452
1.28/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Nasty nasty beer. Goes down good the first second, then the NASTY after taste starts to kick in. God awful. Do not ever buy this beer.

You would expect something better for the price. You could buy Miller products which are way better than this nasty brew for half the price.


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1.3/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely disgusting beer. I only bought it because it was the only beer in the bodega that wasn't bud, corona or coors light. the taste makes me want to vomit. Don't be fooled by it being an import or the fact that you can buy it in an "oil can". Go elsewhere. Or buy the Bud, it tastes just as bad.

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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 ADZA
1.35/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow id never thought i review this but after travelling overseas and seeing alot of this especially in the UK i thought i set the record straight this isnt our only macro beer but it seems to be doing well especially in Europe and unfortunately is well known and it pours a crystal clear yellow colour and leaves a frothy two finger head and no lacing really,the smell is grains,barley sugar and a touch of herbalness,the mouthfeel is a little fuller than expected and definately a little fuller than our other macros and the taste is basically the same as smell pretty insipid really with hints of malted barley,grains and liquid hops and overall i wouldnt drink this again unless of course its the only Aussie Macro option.

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Photo of RootedFool
1.35/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a keg can into a sturdy beer mug. Huge, feathery, bright white head fires up toward the rim of the glass, nearly overflows. The body is translucent, dull gold, much like -- oh, nevermind. Smell: a ragged, dirty sweetness, and a slight twist of old lemon rind. Taste: opens with a stale cracker taste toward the back of my palate, proceeded by a very slight and shortly lived scratch of grassy bitterness over the center of my palate; a sickening push of canned corn sweetness comes next and sticks around through the finish. Sure, sure, I know you can't really taste the corn in an adjunct lager. But canned sweet corn is what this sweetness reminds me of. Mouthfeel: what do you think? Lots of carbonation, thin body. This isn't any better than the top American macro swill lagers, in my opinion.

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Photo of soupyman10
1.38/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got two cans of Foster's the other day cause the store wouldn't sell me a 40. Honestly, I'm betting the 40 would have been better. This beer - at least the canned version - is truly disgusting. Strong, in your face malt and skunk, coming off a definite piss yellow color. Thin and insipid. Really, if I'm looking for something refreshing, I'll go for a wheat or even a freakin' Miller Light.

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Photo of santomark
1.4/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Poured a tainted yellow color.

Smell - light hops with a slight lemon note.

Taste - Can't really taste anything in this beer. The way i can describe drinking this beer is like swallowing heartburn, had no flavor and made me feel nauseated.

Mouthfeel - was extremely carbonated and had a medium body. To be honest this would be better as a campaign, but I'm sure Fosters would find a way to screw it up too.

Drinkability - Was not drinkable at all; not because of what it has in it, but rather what it lacks in it.

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Photo of Tresha
1.45/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is always served ice cold - maybe to mask the lack of flavour! While the appearance of the beer is light golden colour this tastes like any lager beer available in India. The beer is simple, no nonsense and a thirst quencher. Works well in Indian humid and hot weather. Ok to have one once in a while.

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