Monday, February 14, 2011

Foster's Lager (2011 original review)


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Since I’m nearly a decade too late in reviewing this particular beer, I think it goes without saying that Foster’s is not truly an Australian imported beer, but a Canadian brew of an Australian recipe based on a generic American-style lager. This isn’t to say that Foster’s is a bad beer, but it’s not a very good one either. It’s basically a light beer with more weight and taste.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

Beers that pour to crystal-clear colors, no matter what they may be, always impress me. It’s basically looking at colored water and this is true of Foster’s which is a clear blonde. It forms a foamy, bright white head that doesn’t have much taste or other notable features. It does leave quite a lot of lacing on the glass, although the head doesn’t linger for very long.

There isn’t much of an aroma here at all, just a very generic beer smell. Mainstream lagers aren’t known for their intoxicating aroma, just their intoxicating alcoholic content when consumed in high enough quantities.

TASTE

I have no problem with a beer with a flat taste, because sometimes you just want something easy to drink. Foster’s is extremely reminiscent of our current king of mass-market lagers, but actually has a cleaner taste.

The problem is this beer should be drunk at very cold temperatures otherwise its acetaldehyde component becomes noticable (it’s almost a green apple taste). Since the beer is pretty flat, it’s best consumed as a partner to dinner or snack foods (i.e. while watching “Monday Night Football”).

FINISH

If drank while ice cold there is no bite to Foster’s at all, but as it warms its bite becomes stronger. But since this isn’t the kind of beer you’re likely to drink as an appreciator of the craft of brewing, you’re unlikely to encounter this effect.

BODY

For a mass-market lager, Foster’s is surprisingly light in body. It’s probably the closest a beer can get to being a light without actually falling into the “light” category. Foster’s is generally drank arbitrarily so there’s no reason it should have anything other than a light-medium body. In fact, it’s probably easier to drink in large quantities than most major American and Canadian lagers.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Although there isn’t much to Foster’s, I do find it slightly tastier and lighter than most mainstream American lagers. It’s priced just slightly higher and its availability is pretty close to those beers it attempts to compete with. It’s certainly no masterpiece of brewing, but as a social beer it’ll do.

Grade: 3/10

NOTE: Read and watch my 2011 re-review here:  http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/02/fosters-lager-2014-re-review.html