ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2003
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was planning on getting Foster's because i haven't had anything from Australia yet, so i was like "ok, if i'm going to have a potentially crappy beer, i'm going to have the 'special' beer." i poured some into my glass and took a deep breath...and was rewarded with it's pungent aroma. yukko. i looked at it in the light and it actually looks nice with a deep coppery color. i winced as i started to drink it, but it wasn't that bad. somewhat fizzy with some light malty characteristics. you can definately taste the water in it. much better than i had thought it would be.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2003
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This slipped under my radar. I forgot that the last time I had this beer I recognised it as another absolute dog from the Foster's group, and therefore in keeping with most of the other beers in the stable. ABV 2.8% says most of it. Anything that is 97.2% water is rowboat beer. Thin, dry and tasteless, the offering from the can only exacerbating its metallic evil taste.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a better offering then the lagered blue label by Fosters. This has a nice dark green label and when poured it gets a fairly sizeable off-white head with lots of retention and the color is a lightish brown/orange, kinda pale looking. Smell is faint of malty sweetness and a bit of citrusy fruit hop. Taste is well rounded for a bitter, very smooth and semi-sweet with a nice drying bitterness but is dull and not as bright and toothy as other ESB types. Feel is a very sturdy medium body with a good sweet, semi-bittering hold and finish. Not bad, its a tad lighter in the bite for a bitter, but is smooth enough to suck em down easy.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2003
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
No - Don't drink it! EET WILL KEELE YOOOO! Whatever you do, if you *do* decide to be a brave beer-man like me, DO NOT smell this stuff. Plug your nose. It smells like barf in a stopped-up bar urinal. This beer is very heavy on carbonation, and pours with a heavy "soda-pop" head (e.g. not creamy). Pretty bad stuff. It's actually worse thatn Foster's lager... And at 2.8%, why even drink this crap? (I wish I could rate aroma at a -5). It almost finishes with a drinkable flavor, but there is just too much that is wrong with this weird-ass brew to make it enjoyable. Americans that like this stuff need to be checked (Budweiser drinkers). Look... Even the Aussies hate this swill.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was kinda excited about this brew til I discovered the 2.8% ABV. Oh well. Beer pours up nice cooper color with big white fluffy head. Brew is a bit on the carbonated side. Aroma is mostly non-existant with a very light hop, floral scent. Flavor is OK. Initial flavor is lighly sweet and the finish is lightly bitter. Not the worst, but with the very low ABV, what's the point?
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The other Oil Can is better than his brother. Some mild flavor and nicer looking beer. Drinkable.
freekyp (1926) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Amber body with pure white, quickly dissipating head. Rather shitty overall. Slight bitterness on middle on tongue on initial swallow. Slight metallic grassy hop finish. Watery body.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
white head with a nice amber body. A nice malty aroma. Had a watered down hoppy taste with a sweet subtleness to it.
Ernest (7323) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Can. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of DMS and plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Nearly undrinkable...horribly unclean aftertaste. Worse than I remember.
Holdwine (1176) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess you could call it "special", 'cause it does come in an oil can. Other than that, Fosters has managed to bring big beer production to a style that is better off wihtout the attention. This is a passable, average beer. Their attempt at a tasty bitter falls well short of the mark.