Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fosterís is one of the most popular macro beer brands in the world, though theyíre known mostly for one beer (their lager). Lest we forget, they also make their ďPremium AleĒ 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 itís actually quite impressive they were able to brew it this way. That being said, itís most definitely not a good beer Ė little authentic taste, some off-flavors, and an inefficient body.
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 thereís more flavor to Fosterís 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 thatís not a sign of a good beer. I can tolerate this, as much drinkers probably will, but there isnít much to enjoy. (NOTE: I canít 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 thatís true of Fosterís Premium Ale. However, drinkability and enjoyment are not the same thing. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, thin and fizzy. Thereís a slickness to the texture while in the mouth, and the pasty aftertaste is not that pleasant (though itís not that annoying). At 5.4% ABV, there should be much more flavor and body to this beer than there is, though Iíd imagine the average Fosterís drinker will have no difficulty sessioning it.
Bork (397) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another flavorless, watery concoction from the people at Fosterís. Mildly refreshing, although some sweaty notes and unpleasant adjuncts take away from the experience.
slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
"sampled a can a while back: not horrid. some crisp hop bite but still a lot of generic corn flavor. no skunk present, which is a plus. not a bad lawnmower beer, but not a likely revisit. Canít remember the price, but the big can was cheap."
beertholomeus (1068) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Pours a clear amber color with a white head. Grain, grass and floral aroma. Grass, grain, floral and some caramel flavor. Medium light body and average carbonation. Grass and floral finish.
Metalchopz (2518) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big can in a convenient store on my trip to Maine. Pours a clean amber colour with a foamy warm cap, decent stay and dirty lacing. Corn taste with amber beer adjunct and a light bitter finish. The smell is not very good, with a typical big macro adjunct aroma. Not bad tasting, but still a big macro that I would not have again.
GTAEgeek (1392) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25.4 oz. can, given by Mason. Pours a light brown, with a big, foamy, beige head. Big bready aroma, with some earth, caramel, and rye. Very sweet and malty, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Light to medium body, sticky, and a little thin. Overall, this is a reasonably tasty beer; similar to a vienna lager, or a light brown ale.
Darkmagus82 (1937) - - AUG 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-24-12-
Poured from 750 ml can into pint glass
Appearance Ė Pours a darker golden/amber color with a big white head. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a decent level of lacing.
Smell Ė The aroma is very light overall. It consists of some lighter bready notes as well as a very light grassy hop smell.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a malty and sweet flavor. The malt is of a bready nature with the sweet being a mix of a corn and caramel. Toward the middle of the taste, it intensifies in sweetness with more caramel and corn coming to the tongue. In the end, a lighter haylike and grassy hop flavor bring some bitterness to the tongue. For the most part it would have been nice, except that with the hop flavors at the end there is a rather off papery flavor that pulls away from the rest.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess as well as carbonation. Both are rather nice for the style and make it rather easy drinking.
Overall Ė OK. If it wasnít for the paper taste that comes to the tongue at the end it would actually be a beer I would go to on more occasion as a session, but since the taste is there, I would likely take something else.
obguthr (4371) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rubbery garbage disposal smell. Clear dark amber, thick lacy head. Stale malt flavor, vanilla, tinny. Grassy cherries finish. Not great.
JHeath99 (1304) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Giant can from the grocery store. Pours a super transparent amber with a thick layer of off white head. Aroma of cheap malts and a hint of lemon. Taste pretty much the same as the aroma but way more malty.
Jow (2489) - New York, USA - JUN 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Last second nab at market. This was almost my 2k that would have been unremarkable. Pours clear amber with frothy head. Nose is grainy and metallic. Tastes caramel, metal, light florals, grainy, and some hop bitterring. Slight sticky palate come in nice big can.