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Foster's Lager | Foster's Group Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foster's Group Limited
Australia
fosters.com.au

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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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +13.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

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3/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev +5.9%
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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2/5  rDev -20.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.8/5  rDev +10.7%
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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1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of metter98
2.4/5  rDev -5.1%
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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2.83/5  rDev +11.9%
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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2.63/5  rDev +4%
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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1.21/5  rDev -52.2%
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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2.53/5  rDev 0%
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 +5.9%
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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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of largadeer
2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.36/5  rDev +32.8%
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 dbrauneis
2.45/5  rDev -3.2%
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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2.31/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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