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


on tap

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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.31   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
spclerk (47) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2006
I guess Fosterís "Special Bitter" is to Fosterís Lager as Michelob Amber Bock is to Budweiser. An improvement, to be sure, but not much of one. This really isnít any sort of bitter at all, but just Fosterís Lager with a bit of extract added. Pretty boring but not awful, and definitely more drinkable than the stuff in the blue can.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zool (41) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2001
Certainly better than regular Fosterís, it has a rather neutral taste that goes down smoothly. The relatively higher alcohol % puts it into the íbuyí category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
russ71cj5 (40) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 3, 2002
nicely acidic. with a surprising amount of flavor. nothing super special, but just a damn good infinetly drinkable beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Allie (40) - USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 OK, I admit that I am a sucker for everything Australian. This isnít really an Aussie beer anymore, itís a Canadian one with an Aussie label on it. Nobody I knew in Oz drank it. Still, itís the only even vaguely Aussie brand most of us can find here, and Canadian-Australian is OK with me because I am a fan of the British Empire. So, why else did I pick this? First of all, I love the Fosterís oil can. Whenever I see one, I can hear the flies buzzing and someone playing "Waltzing Matilda" on a mouth organ. The dark green color and the reddish, English-style label are very nice visually. The beer itself is not as good as the package. My test was probably a little unfair; this is best drunk ice cold, and I didnít let my can sit in the fridge long enough to chill as much as it should have. I poured part of it and let the rest stay in the can. The pour produced a fine, fizzy head that diminished slowly leaving some lacing behind. There were many small bubbles in the body, which had an attractive, golden-copper color The aroma was not very nice, rather more sourish than I like. The palate was unremarkable, but not excessively watery. The carbonation is noticeable and OK--not too flat, not too Bud-bloaty. The taste was less bitter than sour, though some bitterness became more noticeable after the first few sips. I find this more tasty in the can than the glass, really. The dregs in the glass were nasty (watery and quite sour), but much smoother in the can. There is not too much taste of hops, just enough to give it an astringent taste and distinguish it from the Fosterís lager. Despite the low percentage, this has quite a noticeable alcoholic kick that will stay with you. (I was a little tired next day after just one can.) This canít really match up against a true English bitter. I think Ballantineís XXX Ale, another guilty-pleasure favorite of mine, is a better comparison. I like this OK and I buy it when I see it; itís not nearly as easy to find as the regular Fosterís. One can each of the lager and the bitter makes for a pleasant glow. The price is certainly right for 24 oz. the can.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmprdood (37) - - DEC 8, 2012
Aroma has some hop and a kind of "twang". Appearance is acceptable (but what does caramel color added mean?). It is overcarbed, thin and dry. The hop bitterness is passable. It is a doable beer for the pricepoint, but "premium" might be a stretch.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
If one could sample this brew on drought it might be much better fresh. At first glance it is a satisfying example of a commercial bitter- slightly sweet, a bit of malt, none too strong on hops. It is smooth, best drunk cool. It is also a bargain. A session ale to be sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2001
A light, somewhat hoppy bitter. Definitely the best beer in the Fosterís line, it has a lovely amber color, smooth texture, and clean finish. A great beer to get drunk on!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
nothing special. light body, slightly bitter taste. slight hoppy hint in palate. finish is tastless. not much to this one. easy to drink and nothing too good or bad about it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DW78715816 (33) - Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
I'll admit I like picking this up time to time. $2.15 for a big oil can, only reason I get it. Very little aroma or taste, can says "Ale with Carmel color added". T think that says it all. It is not a good beer but I like the novelty of it so I get one occasionally. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 Fosterís ,but this one is smoother,and Tastes Even BETTER than the lager! the English Bitter is a good way to go!

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