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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 10/1/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and sugar. Taste is of grain and sweetened corn flake flavors. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip and turns into a slightly medicinal flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer in the main area: flavor. The sweet corn mixed with the medicinal flavors on the aftertaste aren't too tasty in this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | 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, which I would always prefer, it refreshes with the best of them. light malt and hops in balance, 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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing too special here, as expected, but I thought it was much better than most of the other mass imported beers and a lot better than BMC stuff. It was super drinkable and really quenches your thirst with no off flavors at all. Pours very light, but the taste is nice and barley loaded and goes down smooth. You can even say I was impressed with this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good beer after that Labatt Blue that I just had. Looks vibrantly yellow. Nice carbonation and head retention. Left traces of lacing. Smells mildly malty and vegetable like and earthy. A bit yeasty. Tastes also lightly malty, corn like, grain like, powder sugar like. Light butteryness. bittered a bit by mild hopping. A bit astringent, but mostly clean. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Lightly creamy. Finishes modestly sweet, cornlike and and bitter. Not bad, unless you paid retail for it.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A sunny afternoon on the strip, looking for a decent patio to enjoy the weather and the sights, and lo and behold, the old standard student hangout has morphed into an Aussie-themed pub! The Outback now has competition in the kitschy 'Down Under in the Great White North' booze biz, it would seem.

I couldn't sit down in such a place and not have a full 20oz draft pint of that most infamous of Australian potables in this part of the world. The beer arrives at the table, in the appropriately labeled glass, and appears a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a minimum amount of thin, wispy off-white head, which leaves a bit of sparse sudsy islet lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet rice patties, grainy corn grist, soaked Wonderbread, an ethereal cheap table pepper zinginess, and mildly skunky grassy, herbal hops. The taste is sweet, very corn-flakes-like cereal grain, a metallic flintiness, and soft, dankly earthy, leafy, and grassy hops - somewhat acrid, all.

The carbonation is weak, just a plain, innocuous frothiness manifesting, the body medium-light in weight, kind of pithy and clammy, and not particularly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the now stinky corn and rice simulacrum malt wallowing in its crapulence, while the dank hops throw in the towel.

For a sunny patio, not a bad choice, given the happy-hour pricing and the other myriad distractions, but overall, nothing special, just another macro lager, transposing international boundaries and breweries. I don't think I'd order it again in many other circumstances.

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Photo of largadeer
2.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale gold with a bleached white head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: Pale malts, light sweetness, a bit vegetal. Standard macro aroma I suppose, nothing fancy here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grainy sweetness, a bit husky and rough around the edges, but reasonably clean overall. Not much of a hop presence, even in the finish. This is somewhat excessively carbonated; the mouthfeel is annoyingly fizzy. The finish is moderately drying and extremely brief. This is drinkable but mediocre.

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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 Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap Canadian version - Clear yellow brew with a nice head. usual macro brewery taste of malt/sugar/water. Maybe a tad too much water. This is drinkable but overall a middle of the road lager for hot summer days. I get the feeling this might not even be imported ber bu brewed under license in Canada.

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Photo of zeff80
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a two-finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of grains and malt.

T - Tasted of grains and wheat. It starts sweet and then finishes with a slightly bitter hoppiness.

M - It was crisp but a little flat. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not bad for the style. It has a little more hops than most of this style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color. A bit darker than many of the style. Visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is grain with a bit of light adjunct. The taste is slight grain but most of the taste is washed away by carbonation fairly quickly. Crisp and light. Drinks decent enough and will quench your thirst, but not a particularly good beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden body, clear with a small head and little lace.

S - Malty with a light aroma of hops and a hint of sulphur.

T - A light grainy flavor with a hint of hops and a clean finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not a bad example of a light lager, a bit bland and the sulphur aroma is slightly off-putting, but highly drinkable nonetheless. I really surprised myself with this review as I thought I really disliked Fosters, but it had been years since I had it and for what it is, it really isn't that bad.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.36/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As brewed by Molson. Oil can. Crystal clear gold. Fairly good head retention. Some nice lacing. Aroma is clean and lightly sweet with some malt character (although there's an obvious use of adjunct here). The flavor is somewhat sweet with a husky/grainy/hay-like/biscuity malt character. The huskiness actually helps to balance it along with the sulphur from the yeast. Firm/solid bitterness seems as if it's out of a can. Minimal non-descript hop flavor in the background.
It's pretty much as I remember it prior to '83 when Carlton and United was bought by Elders, but it's smoother now. And maybe that's just my changing palate; I'm not sure where it was brewed then.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S: The aroma is of light malt, corn and other adjuncts, with a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste is predominantly heavy flavors of corn and grain. It has a thin malt character and is not as sweet as most macros, but has very little hops.

M: Crisp and not too smooth, kind of watery, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, doesn't seem to have much of a kick, I wouldn't stick with this beer if I had another choice.

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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 dbrauneis
2.45/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at The Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that slowly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malts with some grainy adjuncts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of malts with some grainy adjuncts and a moderate amount of sweetness. Very light amounts of floral hops that impart just a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not horrible but I'm certainly glad that more craft beer from Australia is becoming available in the US - this one is fairly easy to drink but pretty sweet but is certainly not anything special. I will likely not be getting this one again but if you are going to get it, I recommend the oil can.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a foamy, frothy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma with mere, vague hints of barley and little else.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with faint, fleeting grain hints. Incredibly small amount of floral hops and bitterness, leaving this one to finish sweet and somewhat crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass this one by, folks. Foster's has very little to offer beyond a simple, basic sweetness and some carbonation -- like a soda!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.79/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When I was a kid I had a beer can collection and the Foster's 'oil can' was one of my favorites. I've never had the beer though and I'm interested to see what the stuff tastes like. An Australian beer was pretty cool (at least I thought so) in those days, but I see that Foster's is now brewed in Canada, as is Sapporo. Is nothing sacred?

Perfectly clear bright amber with a dirty white, medium-sized head. The cap is a little more substantial than expected. It's actually firm, stays humped in the middle as it falls and leaves a fair amount of lace. Will wonders ever cease? Standard macro lager nose with a pungeant, skunky smell that is way below average while stopping short of offensive.

The flavor has little to recommend it. Foster's Lager is worse than the vast majority of lagers I've had recently and I've had some pretty bad beer. It isn't horrible at first, but once the beer leaves my mouth, a foul, sour, chemical flavor starts to seep across my taste buds, causing me to wince. Only Bud Light has had that effect on me of late. Thin, watery body.

Sorry to say, this is a drain pour. The label on the back of the bottle says that Foster's Lager is 'the definitive Australian beer'. I've had very few beers from the land down under, but that has to be the biggest load of bollocks that I've heard in a very long time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, is really all I can say, and not in a good way,LOL. Poured rom an oil can in a pilsner glass, no real head, no lace, just pale golden nothing. Smell was must and moldy grain. The feel was too light, essentially non existent with just a light bread like taste. Overall this was just not very good, it tastes old and has no life or character. Dont know whay I drank this wehn I was younger.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

original rating -2.75 re-review from an oil can into a goblet chilled.

The color is clear golden with thick white head with fine bead and retention is very good with sudsy lace stickage. The smell is grainy light metallic scent with gently herbal hop odor. The feel is lightly sweet with faintly husky and medium low carbonation with low malt flavor and no hop in feel with subtle alcohol and mostly dry finish.

The taste carries some of the aroma qualities which are mild malt flavor and slight sweetness with light adjunct-type corny element with thin body and mild yeast with gentle spice of hops but pretty bland yet a slick and mildly fruity almost buttery quality hints at diacetyl with a drying finish. Overall Not the worst I have ever drank, but not great in a category with so many options this is substantially less than average in overall enjoyment.

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Photo of Jason
3.11/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.46/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Foster's is an Austrialian company, but the label on the beer I had tonight said mine was brewed in Canada. I guess eventually its cheaper to buy a plant in north america than ship accross the planet.

Appearance- Standard pale golden lager color. Fairly large and fluffy head.

Smell- The beer smelled alright at first, but after I started drinking I noticed some moderate skunky smell.

Taste- Fairly watery, but drinkable. Comparable to many American macros.

Drinkability- I could drink these on a hot summer afternoon or at a party, but they aren't something I'd buy again for personal consumption.

I guess Foster's is Austrialian for "mediocre". I didn't like this brew much and would probably rather save the money and buy a similair tasting American macro for less.

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Photo of woodychandler
2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This just hurts my heart, to be reviewing this from a bottle! Yes, I have already reviewed it from its iconic oil can CAN, but it just is not the same in a 12-oz. bottle.

I had about a half-a-finger of bone-white head that was on the wane by the time I was done with my pour and my lamentation. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. My, but the nose was heavy in terms of cereal adjuncts! Man, if they were looking to nail the style, this was how to do it. Mouthfeel was medium with a curious admixture of cereal adjuncts and a metallic tang on the tongue. Still think that taste is relegated to the area of CANs? Guess again! Finish was bland, cereal-like and that metallic taste was what lingered. If I am ever to drink this again, it will be either on-tap or out of a CAN. This was brutal!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Outback Steakhouse. Had to be done.

The beer is completely transparent and light yellow colored with a thin, wispy head. The aroma is really mild. Hard to get much in the nose even after letting the beer warm up a bit. Perhaps some grain and general macro lager scents. The flavor is pretty bland, with some hints of corn and grain. Not awful or offensive in any way, but wholly unexciting. The body is extremely thin, as expected from an adjunct lager. Watery and easy to drink rapidly. Perhaps a decent beer to guzzle whilst eating spicy chicken wings or play beer games with, but not something I would choose to savor or relish.

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