Brewed by Fosters Brewing (CUB)
Style: English Pale Ale
Southbank, Victoria, Australia
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.32   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Nice amber color with a thick white head. Kind of metallic tasting out of the HUGE can, but still pretty decent. A good malt flavor and more hops than I expected from Foster’s. A decent, but not exceptional bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Nice copper-amber color with a very attractive head. Aroma malty and just a tad too yeasty for my nose, but not bad. Overall, taste was excessively mild in all important respects: malt was mildly sweet but uninspiring, and the hops didn’t make any real contribution until the finish, which is slightly dry with quite nice hints of fruit and spice. Body is about right for this type of brew. I’m actually surprised by the good balance and body of this. If the flavors were more assertive across the board, Foster’s would really have something here...Hello! Part of a plant stalk just poured out of my can! Honest to God!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 Not exactly sure what to make of this one. Supposed to be bitter, and maybe I just have a different definition of bitter, because this is more on the sweet side. (Same with the ESB’s I’ve had.) Nice orange-brown color, and this one got a pretty big head on it pouring from its 25 oz. can. Pretty mild in the taste, thin and watery in the body. Did a reasonably good job covering up the adjuncts with whatever is supposed to make it ’bitter.’ About average overall; above-average for a macro.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2002
Amber color, bitter to the taste (as billed), a little bit dry, not too pleasing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Smoother and better tasting than Fosters Lager

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2002
I liked Regular Foster’s ,but this one is smoother,and Tastes Even BETTER than the lager! the English Bitter is a good way to go!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2002
Much better than the lager. Only had it from the can - and I generally don’t like canned beer. Dry and not too watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2002
I was actually surprised by this one. I figured it would be Australian for wallabee piss but shone above fosters other beers. Not very bitter, but not bad. Looks really good with a nice head, goes down easy but doesn’t leave much of a lasting impression.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
This medium-bodied ale pours with a deep honey color and produces a thick pillowy head that will lace up your glass. It features a soft, fruity nose with some hop aroma. Despite its name, this ale is not very bitter. There is a little initial fruit sweetness in the mouth, and the beer finishes to a somewhat dry, bitter finish. I found this beer to be quite delicious, and I definitely enjoy this Special Bitter ale and find it to be a superior beverage when compared to the blue-label Foster’s Lager. Compare in flavor to Bass Pale Ale, only think of something a little less fruity and a little more bitter.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2002
They have stoped making this beer, what a loss to the world of beer.

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