terefere (395) - Durham, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Can. Pours amber, clear, average frothy head. Aroma of corn, caramel, malts, hint of hops. Taste: malts, caramel, corn, hops. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 7, 2015
750 ml can from Safeway. It pours a super clear light amber color with a huge frothy head that shrinks to a reasonable level within a minute. The aroma is weird and tangy with some strong herbal hops, metal, hints of fruit and caramel. The flavor is pretty much the same. Mild caramel and fruit up front followed by surprisingly strong herbal bitterness that clashes with a harsh metallic aftertaste. The body is pretty weak. If I had this at a small craft brewery, I’d say it’s a pretty decent attempt at an English Pale. Not offensive, but certainly not anything to write home about. I would’ve liked it better without the harsh herbal and metallic finish. foyle (430) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 28, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2015 Sampled from 25.4 oz can in pint glass.
Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head that drops slowly. Color is a clear amber with abundant carbonation.
Aroma: mild with bread being dominate, some caramel and a bit of earthy/floral hops.
Mouthfeel: medium and slick with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: bready malts dominate, some caramel sweetness with a definite hop presence.
Overall: had to update my review on this one. Originally I rated it very average, but after several revisits this beer has really grown on me and I could drink it everyday. A very tasty ESB at a bargain price. User134089 (1644) - - DEC 23, 2014
Type: 25.4-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Vons in Pacific Beach (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.00 (w/ Vons card)
Purchased: Dec. 22, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 22, 2014
Misc.: Best by May 11, 2015
Poured a honey, orange, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white, frothy head. An average amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.25)
Smell was rather bland. Worked for it and got light caramel, grainy malts and apple. (Smell - 2.50)
Tasted bitter, boozy, metallic malts up front. Also some red apple, sugary caramel and earthy grains. (Taste - 2.88)
Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 2.50)
Not a big fan of this beer, especially for the style (Beer Advocate labels it an ESB). If it was an AAL, I might have it a tad higher, but just not that good. (Overall - 2.75)
2.76 65 C
ajnepple (7104) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2014
750 ml can from Biggie Wine & Liquor, into a pint glass. Orange and clear appearance with a fluffy white head, light lacing and active carbonation. Mild aroma of lightly toasted grains and some earthy hops. Flavor is mildly bitter and lightly sweet, not too much going on. Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Better than their lager, for sure.
andrewje41 (4278) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2014
25.4 oz bomb of a can. Typical grainy, corny aroma. Really light grassy flavor, but surprisingly drinkable. I could session on thus stuff. According to the can, I got some tabby topper to play. I’m sure I’ll drink this again someday. Enjoyed the experience. trapped (3615) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 23, 2014
Can. Pours clear amber colored with small creamy light beige head, doughy aroma, flat watery taste despite the high carbonation, little bit of malty taste, abrupt finish. If there is a light ale, this must be it! geologyguy (1662) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2014
smells like an average ale...slightly reddish color, taste is smooth and malty...tastes like a standard ale too! Perfect strength and smoothness to have a real beer that you can drink many of...good, but no character to it...very generic AdamT (268) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Oil can from Food Lion. Light amber hue, good clarity with somewhat lasting fizzy white head. Virtually no lacing. Aroma of skunk, light fruit and some floral notes. Light sweet floral and funk from start to finish. Fizzy carbonation on the palate. I have had worse!! ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Foster’s 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 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 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 5.4% 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.