is one of the most popular macro beer brands in the world, though
they’re known mostly for one beer (their lager). Lest we forget, they
also make their “Premium Ale” that comes in a green can. This is
allegedly an English-style pale ale, but it has so many similarities to
that of an adjunct lager it’s actually quite impressive they were able
to brew it this way. That being said, it’s most definitely not a good
beer – little authentic taste, some off-flavors, and an inefficient
I poured a 750ml can into a mug. It had a best before date of 2/5/15 and cost $2.19 ($0.09 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful copper color (though this is due to added caramel
coloring); completely transparent with spastic carbonation clearly
visible. Pours to a small, ivory, soapy head which mostly dissipates and
leaves no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Similar to an adjunct lager, though milder and slightly cleaner-smelling.
Taste: I actually made a point of drinking this beer a little warmer
than I normally would in hopes of detecting all the flavor it had to
offer. And indeed there’s more flavor to Foster’s Premium Ale than their
usual lager. Just a faint hint of bready/biscuity malts and a touch of
confectionery sweetness is apparent throughout the first half. Once it
hits the apex, an astringent, tannic sensation of metal-like flavors
come rushing in. The same thing happens with their lager, but to a
lesser extent here. It has a slight sour tinge, and leaves a dry,
starchy aftertaste. The more I drink, the less prominent it becomes,
though that’s not a sign of a good beer. I can tolerate this, as much
drinkers probably will, but there isn’t much to enjoy. (NOTE: I can’t
help but wonder if this is brewed with a pale ale recipe and fermented
with a lager yeast)
Drinkability: A beer like this is meant to be quaffable, and that’s true
of Foster’s Premium Ale. However, drinkability and enjoyment are not
the same thing. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, thin and fizzy.
There’s a slickness to the texture while in the mouth, and the pasty
aftertaste is not that pleasant (though it’s not that annoying). At 5.5%
ABV, there should be much more flavor and body to this beer than there
is, though I’d imagine the average Foster’s drinker will have no
difficulty sessioning it.