Foster's Lager | Foster's Group Limited

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Foster's LagerFoster's Lager

Brewed by:
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 SixpointJMH
2.15/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

any time i drink a foster's, it's only because i feel like drinking a beer that comes in a big-ass can. that's about it's only appeal to me. it's basically australia's (and by australia's, i mean canada's) version of a budweiser. minimal flavour (save for that sweet, sweet taste of tin) and minimal colour. pours just like it tastes, light and boring. blah.

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Photo of Morris729
3.1/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace. Nose is sweet malts and grains with a hint of honey. Taste is light and crisp. Flavors of sweet malts come through up front followed by a bready taste and then a mildly bitter hop finish. An average beer that’s nice on a hot day.

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Photo of JISurfer
1.88/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was one average, well, actually below average beer. I thought it would be good, since most things from Australia is good, ie surfing, rugby, and women. It was really light and had no head at all, except for the carbonation. The taste was that of a skunky one. I had it once, and that was enough for me.

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Photo of Zraly
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Australian lager is a pale-straw yellow. The head is huge, fluffy, and white. A nice lace does form and cling to the glass.

Sweet notes of grain linger through, with a tiny, astringent bite in the finish. Nothing to get excited about, although thirst quenching. This drink lacks in body and the mouthfeel is...well, not much to speak of. The taste is mild and not the least bit offensive. A very safe beer.

When I read the definition of what an Australasian lager is suppose to entail, Foster's encompasses many of the features. So, I must give it credit where due. I wish there was a way to evaluate the beer's "form or stylistic interpretation" -- I would rate this factor very high.

I would be willing to try this drink on tap sometime to contrast the difference with the canned product. I'm not a huge fan of the style but do give it approval if you like this sort of thing.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.13/5  rDev +63.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Fosters Lager that I had on tap was an exellent brew. It came to me with a deep medium golden hue and a mid-full body. It had a thick foamy crown that stuck around, but eventually faded to a large lacy island.
Aroma was crisp and clean and was a very well balanced brew. A joy to drink.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has the appearance of a brew of far less quality. That is not to say that this is a good beer. It's merely average; many people say this is a good beer simply because of its allure of being imported and slightly above average price. Pours a light head on top of its molson golden look a like body. Just looks flavorless. Has no noticable fragerances worth mentioning. Taste is clean and crisp...not many beers are meant to be drank very cold, but this is one that is. As it has no real prominent flavors to hide it serves best as a 'cooler offer' than something to relax and indulge in.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
2.8/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fairly average beer. Not very impressive but not too bad either. One of it's characteristics its that it's easy to drink and i mean really easy to drink. Not that its watery but refreshing

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Photo of Winter
3.56/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a Foster's at the Outback Steakhouse on draft. Served up in a 12 oz frosted mug. Color is clear golden with a slight amber hue. Body had small bubbles and a thin white foamy head. Mouthfeel is very watery and the only taste comes in the mild bitterness of the finish. Taste gets more bitter and unpleasant as it warms to room temperature. This is an overrated import beer. Pairs well with BBQ and spicy foods and is very refreshing when icy cold.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light colored, not too much hops. This is a bad beer. One oil can is all it takes to realize how bad it really is. You have to force down every sip. There must be something better from Australia.

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Photo of Lupe
2.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color that you could read something through if it wasn't reversed. Very nice frothy of white head that slowly dissipate and leaves some lace. Head and lace are pretty good for a lager. Smell is pretty clean with some grain. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Taste is a little sweet with a touch of hops. Beer is typical of most American competing lagers. Better than the big boys, but nothing great.

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Photo of putnam
3.06/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a single-blind format with bottles of Budweiser, Rolling Rock, Labatt Blue, and Red Stripe.
Scarce, very fine bubbles in a amber liquid. Stiff white head. Aromas of wilted veggies and grain with sugar. Nice dry toastiness to the palate which leads off with roasted grain bitterness, caramel and lemon candy. Some cleansing bitterness on the finish. Not bad at all. Won't offend anyone. Might even keep a Beer Advocate interested.

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Photo of boblinneman
2.92/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent yellow color, or lack of. When poured displayed a nice white head that lasted almost through the whole 22oz. draft. Has a clean malt taste followed by a bitter hop nip. Lacks flavor of hops, but does have a desirable bitterness. Overall a very dry, thirst quenching lager.

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Photo of bditty187
2.49/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale-gold, big white head that lasts a moment, does leave lace. The smell is almost all metal... you can taste the can. The flavor is a mild lager, not complicated... it does have a funky aftertaste. Foster's does feel smooth in your mouth and going down, probably the highlight of the beer.

It is fair to drink, looks better than it tastes.

It is Union made! (In Canada... what?)

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Photo of ADR
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Outback Steakhouse in Inver Grove Heights, MN...

Very pale yellow but with a better than expected head that wasn't foamy. Aroma is slightly grainy, a little sweet. The malt flavor is surprisingly satisfying in sweetness, just a little bit of caramel. The hoppy portion was fairly standard, just a balancer to the backbone flavor. Swallow is mild (a touch of hop-crisp) but not a dissappearing act. I was a little surprised that this brew seemed better than all the "oil cans" from my memory. Hardly a world beater though.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

foster's is not austrailian for beer. a few of my best friends are austrailian, and they swear by cooper's which i have yet to sample, but they all say foster's is not what you should think of when you think of Oz. it is light and it is a decent lager. it is nothing special, a little bitter, but definitely drinkable. out of the oil can, it was not so bad. i probably won't have it again soon, but you can drink it

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Photo of BillyBrew
2.43/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nothing striking but drinkable. The brew has an odd crystal yellow with a foamy head that actually stuck around for a while. The taste is mildly sweet with a fraction of a hop present and absent malts. A pretty light body with a slight scratch of the tongue. Its light, sweet body and taste make it best for quenching a warm thirst. Try it so you can say you have.

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Photo of marc77
1.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear light golden hue topped by a fluffy relatively persistant head that leaves a loose lace. Cooked corn, light graininess, generic sweetness and a metallic note in the aroma. Hop nose is virtually absent. Husky, almost astringent grain hit the palette upfront, and are followed by flavors of corn and subtle sulfur. Typically watery mouthfeel. Finishes a touch grainy w/ residual lingering sweetness that isn't particularly enjoyable. There's nothing to be savored here at all. Rough yet weak all around.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just like my rating of this lager, average across the board. The aroma is not bad and the taste is OK at best, but there is nothing to get excited about here. I would rather drink a Yuengling if I had a choice. And for me, that is really saying somethign about this beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.33/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly above average standard beer. I would only advise if your only other options were along the Budweiser line. That isn't really meant as a compliment either.

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Photo of ZAP
2.83/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Back in my college days I thought Fosters,Moosehead, and Michelob were THE smoothest, best tasting beers to be found on tap...I always kind of equated Fosters with Michelob for smoothness(I've learned about Michelob since then too)....I'm drinking this one out of the ol master cylinder and the memories outshine the actual product in my hand. This is decent for a basic lager..clean...crisp...thirst quenching..and it does have a smoothness to it...what I also notice is a bit of a hop bite on the long is not loaded with flavor and in some regards tastes like the Canadien Beers where it is now made for U.S consumption...On a par or better than most American Lagers but I wouldn't call this a special beer by any means (like I used to)...

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light pale yellow with a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. The taste is quite sweet with a very strange bitter aftertaste. This is not a very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is quite watery and drinkability is not quite what I expected from a highly marketed beer that are usually smooth due to lack of character. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of Pegasus
1.83/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium gold color with a decent snow white head, quite carbonated, good lace. Aroma of cooked grains with faint malt. Tasting yields an initial slight sting of carbonation, followed by slight malt. Finish is very dry with an odd bitterness. Another reviewer noted that the bitterness is not like that typically associated with hops - I found this to be true as well, more of a medicinal character than hoppy. Unless its free, I will not be trying this one again - the medicinal bitterness put me off.

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Photo of jackndan
1.53/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Foster’s Lager: in the 25.4 ounce oil can, brewed in Canada. Very light looking lager, with a dense head. Adjunct-y aroma. Awful. The overwhelming taste is bitter, but not hops bitter, aspirin melting on your mouth bitter. Soapy aftertaste, but not a pleasant aftertaste. . . . I used to like this beer, not anymore

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Photo of proc
2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An Australian beer brewed in Canada and drank by me in the U.S. Very uninspiring. A hint of hops on the finish, but nothing exciting. Where are the big "oil" cans of this stuff that I remember from years ago? Below average at best.

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Photo of bmills1608
2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Typical yellow, a bit darker maybe then most mega-beers of the same style.

Taste is very average. Solid, refreshing, but not challenging or complex by any means. Fosters seems to have a bit more body in terms of mouthfeel then others of the same style.

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