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      29.07.2014 14:56
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      Mr Fosters Lager!

      Although I consider myself to be a girly girl I have to admit that since I have been old enough to drink (which is a while now!) I have always liked the odd pint or two of lager. I admit that I have tried lots of the alcohol that's on the market however always seem to go back to lager!

      Myself and my boyfriend go out often, either to a nice beer garden or for meals and the one lager I wasn't overly familiar with is this one. I've had it on the odd occasion but always tend to have Carling, Stella or Cobra however the other night we decided to stay in and have a takeaway and he went to a shop and picked me a couple of these up.

      With a blue and red colourscheme we are clearly told that it is indeed Fosters 'Melbourne Est 1888' on both sides of the can and then there is an information section telling us a bit about the product and that it is 500ml in size, that it is 4.0 % Volume and contains 2 units in a can this size ans contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough and certainly informative enough can this is.

      The Lager:

      To me this is a light lager. It's light golden in colour and rather fizzy when first opened and when poured really does foam up. It is a light and refreshing lager in my opinion and not too heavy and it sounds daft but isn't like some lagers I have had in the past that smell really strong and heavy and taste really alcoholicky!

      You can taste the hops and and it has a slight malty, yeast flavour but really this is a very light flavoured drink in my opinion. It has a gentle sourness in its flavour which does take a while to leave my mouth after consuming it and it does have a nice and natural sweetness to it.

      Best served really cold I quite like this one but wouldn't deliberately go out of my way to buy/drink it again. I think its probably a good lager to drink when eating due to its light flavour however me...I can't drink more than a couple of cans of this stuff without my belly really bloating up like a Buddha!

      This is widely available in all good supermarkets, off licences etc and can be bought in different formats my local shop sells these large cans for just 99p!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      25.06.2013 16:19

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      I used to drink Fosters in the 80s. Came in a large steel can and tasted good. A light beer with a real head on it that was unique it seemed. On a really hot day (California foothills) and living without air conditioning, life was bearable quaffing a can and passing out on the couch on those hot days. Now we have the aluminum can, tastes nothing like it used to and is brewed in places other than Australia. Don't know if Australia still has the original as I know it but we sure as hell don't have it here. Shame....

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      21.04.2013 01:05
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      good weaker lager which you can drink with a meal.

      Fosters Lager was the first beer that i remember drinking and at that time i drank it a lot, now i am older and have tasted the competing brands i must say that i would not be as likely to drink Fosters as i would drink a good pint of bitter. In some ways i consider Fosters to be my lager of choice for a party because the reduced amount of flavor means that i am encouraged to drink it slower and enjoy the average amount of flavor it does have. In a way i prefer drinking Fosters out of the can because that is the way in which i like to drink at a good party.

      Whenever i drink Fosters i do find myself enjoying it because it does in my humble opinion have its own unique flavor. Which makes it better out of the can because i find i can manage to drink more of it than pouring it into a pint glass in which you end up getting some trapped in the can. I also find Fosters to be a good drink to get with a meal and as a after meal drink when you are out with your family, you are also less likely when you are drinking before your meal arrives which i believe ruins your meal because you can't then be able to enjoy your meal as much as you would if you did not have a drink.

      If you want to get the best out of Fosters i would recommend that you chill it between 1 hour and an hour and a half in the freezer on fast freeze which gets the beer chilled to a nice level of chill which makes it perfect for drinking. This is one of the reasons why i actually prefer bitter because unlike lager the temperature of the drink does not affect the flavor of the drink as much. Although because i have not had Fosters in a while i would recommend that people take other reviews for this lager in account before making their purchase, as you should be comparing opinions to find the truth of the matter.

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        21.05.2012 22:58

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        Fosters. The "amber nectar". The drink of choice for Australians, so the ads would have you believe. Well actually, all my Australian friends would rather support England in the Ashes than drink this muck. Thin, unbelievably gassy with a sharp metallic bite and an aftertaste which is reminiscent of being poisoned by chlorine gas, this is truly one of the worst pints I have ever not drunk. After about 4 mouthfuls, the threat of being put in front of a firing squad would not have made me finish my first pint. I tried it again in another just to sure I hadn't got an "off" pint, but the result was exactly the same; at least it's consistent, if just consistently awful.

        Perhaps Fosters should concentrate on improving the quality of the beer by buying some decent ingredients and employing brewers who know how to use them rather than making very funny and clever adverts. Have they ever tasted a real lager, like Budweiser Budvar? But perhaps the fact that this dross still sells shows that there are enough people who can be easily influenced so that clever adverts can sell a truly dire product.

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        A good beer that is not my favourite?!

        Let me start by saying that I am a lover of lager, I have tried and tested almost every lager available :p fosters is a very commercial beer, with brilliant adverts on tele which tend to make you laugh, it's a shame the beer isn't as good as the adverts. Fosters is an average beer, it tends to be cheaper than other brands because it usually contains only 4% alcohol, which is low compared to Stella etc. it's the best beer to have on a night out if you have a bit of a budget.

        ------ taste --------

        Fosters doesn't actually have much of a taste if I'm being honest! It is rather dull. Its light and boring. It's not a bad taste, but it's not the nicest lager out there. I do enjoy it as a lager top though, it adds a bit of flavour to I, which I believe it is lacking. For a lot of my mates, this is there standard beer they would buy from the supermarket or when out down the pubs/clubs. For me I prefer carlsberg, I think It's got a better taste.


        ---- colours -----

        Fosters "tinnies" are mainly blue. That's what makes the brand of fosters appealing, the vibrant blue colour they use to intice you in. I would say it works because they are the nicest looking cans on the shelf and they stand out. Fosters is all about branding, it's a shame the brand doesn't live up to the high expectations. What I will say though is fosters gold, which is slightly stronger beer, really is rather nice! The taste is mich better, but this is far more expensive and only is available in bottles. Maybe they will bring it out on draught soon? I do really hope so! Haha


        ----- draught ------

        I think fosters is best bought from the tap! It tastes much nicer than from the can, so if I'm going to have a fosters, it would probably be down the pub :)


        Overall I do really like the branding and the idea of fosters. It's never going to be my favourite beer, but maybe it will grow on me. I will still drink it however, and after a few pints, most beer tastes the same to me. Fosters has been around for a while now, and i think it will be in the future!

        Thanks for reading my review :) hope it helped you out a bit :)

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        04.01.2012 09:05
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        I'll buy it again, and recommend it!

        I quite enjoy a pint of lager now and again when I am out with friends and have tried out many brands and types over the years. My fondness for the refreshing drink has led to me buying a variety of canned and bottled lagers to enjoy whilst at home, and one brand that I buy regularly is Foster's, which is a popular Australian lager.

        Foster's is widely available to buy in good off license shops as well as supermarkets (such as Asda and Tesco) and grocery stores. I recently bought a box containing twelve cans - which are 440ml in size - for around £7 in a local off license store, and it seems to be a lager that is often on promotion and available at a discounted or 'promotional' price. I would usually only buy six cans at a time, which usually costs me in the region of £5, but as we were approaching the festive season at the time of purchase, I thought it would be a good idea to have some cold lagers chilling in the fridge to offer to guests and visitors who might visit over the festive season. Plus, my husband wanted some lager to enjoy on Christmas Day, so it made more sense to buy a larger 'bulk' load on this occasion, which resulted in us saving a little money.

        The metal cans are made of recyclable material and are a bright blue colour which makes them stand out on the supermarket shelf. There is a ring-pull opening at the top of the can, and an easily-recognisable sort of 'badge' or emblem detailing a large red "F" adorns the front of the can. I think the packaging is quite eye-catching, but I do think that it is a product that is aimed at males rather than females, though this doesn't put me off from buying it.

        I have never had any problem with opening up one of the cans of Foster's using the ring pull on top of the can, apart from the occasional time when the lager seems to fizz up eagerly in its anticipation of its newfound freedom, resulting in a frothy mess over the kitchen worktop (and myself). This is most likely due to the cans being jostled in transit, during their journey home, rather than a fault of the product or the packaging, however!

        The lager is a gorgeous, warm gold-like colour and it is not difficult to see the copious amounts of little bubbles throughout the amber-coloured liquid, which rise to the top of the glass, finally resting underneath the layer of white froth on top of the glass. There is no bitter aroma evident from the lager, nor does the appearance of the drink have any sort of 'cloudy' hue. In fact, the Fosters lager looks very clear, and very appetising and refreshing as a result.

        This impression is absolutely spot on, and the taste of the refreshing lager is very pleasant. It is not a particularly strong lager, especially when compared to other brands that my husband has purchased before. I have found that rival brands of lager can be slightly 'denser' in their flavour which tends to make them slightly bitter to my own taste buds at least. Furthermore, I have found that other lagers are lacking the rather smooth and even 'edge' that the Foster's lager possesses within its flavour, which means that there is no bitter after-taste evident in the Foster's make up. The addition of such an after-taste in a lager is something that I find quite off-putting, so I am pleased that there is no evidence of it in my Foster's.

        I often enjoy drinking lager on its own, but will usually opt to mix it with either a generous dash of lemonade and make a glass of lager shandy, or I find that a small dash of Lime Cordial added to a freshly-poured glass of lager makes a really tasty, refreshing drink. I have found that both of these additions work well with the Foster's lager, such is it's well-rounded flavour.

        At 4% Alcohol/Volume, each can has 1.8 units of alcohol in it, which is on a par with most of the other brands of tinned lager that I buy regularly.

        All in all, I would highly recommend the Foster's Lager brand and will continue to buy it for myself. I will also continue to buy the occasional pint of it when I see it for sale in a pub.

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          27.12.2011 16:12

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          Great taste and colour and good price

          I really do like a Foster's - the Australian beer. It is a good tasting lager in my opinion and goes down a treat every time. Fosters is brewed over here in the UK by Heineken.

          I actually really like the bright blue can that Fosters comes in - it's quite eye catching. The lager is 4% alcohol by volume and this is perfect for me to drink as an easy light drink during the week after a day at work. I occasionally enjoy taking a can in the bath with me along with a couple of scented candles - it sets the mood and calms me down.

          I buy eight cans for just under eight quid, that's not too bad at all. The cans are also recyclable and I do save them all up, honest.

          The taste of Fosters is smooth and refreshing and quite light. It is certainly a thirst quencher and goes down a treat every time. One can has 1.8 units of alcohol and I usually stick to the one can if I am going to have one. It makes me feel a bit heady and gassy if I go over this limited.

          It is definitely served best very cold from the fridge. If you drink this stuff warm it's not a nice taste.

          It is certainly the "Amber Nectar" and I really do recommend it.

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          16.07.2011 22:17

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          You are either a Carling or a Fosters man. Either will do.

          Fosters was initially introduced into the UK in the 1970's during a time when the traditional ale drinker was being replaced with lager drinkers. Cool and crisp it was totally different to the bitter most people drank. It was around this time that advertising really took off for lager and Fosters rode the wave into the nation's hearts.
          Despite its Australian heritage it may surprise you to know that it is not very popular down under. Whether you are downing a pint in a pub or supping on a few cans at home you will not be disappointed. At just 4% it is not as strong as its continental competitors but its light flavour and cheap price keep it a firm favourite in the pub and at home
          Best served cold this iconic lager is great on a hot summer's day and is a welcome refreshment after a long day of work or play.
          You are either a Carling or a Fosters fan. If Carling isn't available then it's no great loss as Fosters is just as worthy.

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          10.06.2011 16:44
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          G'day mate

          Fosters the famous Australian beer is a decent lager that is very common over here in England - a lot more common than it is in Australia! The Aussies have tended to shun Fosters lager during the last decade, and do not consider it to be a premium lager anymore, much preferring to drink Crown lager, whereas in England, Fosters is actually the second best selling lager behind Carling.

          Fosters is actually brewed for the UK by Heineken UK Ltd in Edinburgh - and the cans make reference to this in a short statement reading 'This beer was brewed to thirst - quenching perfection by the fine fellas and sheilas of Heineken UK Ltd'

          Fosters lager comes in a nice bright blue can, with a large amber coloured circle on the front of the can, which contains a large red 'F' inside it. The lager within the can is fairly average, and I would personally compare it to the likes of Carling or maybe Carlsberg in terms of price, looks, strength and flavour.
          It is 4% alcohol / volume, and is a pretty standard colour for lager. It does taste reasonably good in that it doesn't have a particularly bad after taste that some other lagers can have.

          I purchased an 8 pack of fosters cans from my local off license yesterday at a cost of £7:50, which is a reasonable offer, and will last me all weekend (well maybe). In most pubs, clubs and bars, Fosters is usually readily available on draft, and typically costs between £2 and £2:50 for a pint, which is not to bad in today's world.

          Over the years Fosters have advertised their lager on our TV's, and radio's mainly by using Aussie actors and popular catch phrases such as:

          'Well ya wouldn't want a warm beer would ya'

          'Put another shrimp on the barbie'

          'The amber Nectar'


          The cans are recyclable, and this is mentioned on the can in the typical Aussie theme by words stating 'Keep the planet Bonzer, Recycle this little fella'.

          Overall this is an average lager, which is very popular in the UK, and one that I do prefer to Carling or Calrsberg. It is a nice light golden colour, and keeps it's fizz quite well, producing a good and long lasting foam head when poured into a glass. It is reasonably priced, and readily available in most off licenses, shops, supermarkets, pubs, clubs and bars. It tastes clean and crisp, and smells ok too, and does not leave an awful aftertaste. I find it a great lager to add a little lemonade to, making a refreshing lager shandy.

          It is best served cold, and as aways it should be drunk in moderation.
          A 440 ml can contains 1.8 units.



          Thanks for reading


          Copyright © 2011 L500589 2011

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            04.01.2011 14:47
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            It's everywhere you go, but you don't have to drink it

            I was gifted a quantity of Fosters Lager this Christmas and last night I have sampled some - for the first time in quite a while. The cans I have are 500ml and constitute 2 UK units of alcohol.

            It has been in the fridge and although it is pleasantly chilled, I have to report that this lager has no head, no body and is 'armless. Well, drunk in quantity I suppose it would actually be quite harmful - an armful would be harmful. Only 2 cans of the amber nectar down your neck and that's your limit for the day according to the UK Chief Medical Officer. The drinkaware website has detail which can be frightening and this year at Christmas and New Year, a huge number of people will have drunk to excess.

            It's a worry, but not for me. When all around me are fuzzy headed in the morning, I am always up and about and free of any ill-effects through the demon drink.

            I don't rate Fosters, I'm afraid. It is a refreshing drink and has apparently been refreshing Aussies since 1888 according to the can but it has no discernible taste that I would crave or indeed particularly enjoy. My thirst would be slaked as well by a glass of water and I have no particular need or desire to get drunk, so a glass of lager to me has to have a decent taste.

            Fosters in the UK is brewed by the Heineken brewery in Edinburgh, contains barley and wheat and contains 4.0% Alcohol by Volume. It enjoys a good following amongst drinkers of all ages and has established itself as one of the top selling lagers with one of the widest circulations and great brand awareness. However, to me it has little to offer that makes it special or indeed a lager of choice

            Had it not been a gift, I just wouldn't have bought it. I just don't get it!

            3 out of 5 for ordinariness.

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              26.11.2010 15:21

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              A good all rounded lager..

              I would consider Fosters as a bread and butter type product for the lager industry.. It is in pretty much every pub I go to.

              They describe the product as amber nectar... I'm guessing from the orange color it gives off. Its hard to describe a lager taste... its fizzy and this particular one doesn't taste overly strong.. In fact it tastes weaker and weaker the more you drink consecutively but that happens with most alcoholic drinks lol. Its quite an acquired taste lager as its a little bit bitter... its hardly a re-freshing drink but after a hard days work one of them will go down an absolute treat! Fosters is pretty easy going so if your not much of a drinker or haven't tried lager before this is a good one to start with as its pretty mellow and not overly strong or bitter.

              Best enjoyed cold and down your local pub! It's pricing is always in the what I would class as average level.... Stuff like Stella & Kronenbourg normally costs more due to the higher alcohol % where as Fosters is just your basic average all around lager.

              Fosters advertising campaign is also worth mentioning as some of their adverts are great which might be another reason you want to give their lager a go!

              After about your 2nd or 3rd pint it will make you pee loads and when you get to the 4 - 6 pint ranges you start feeling a bit bloated. Definitley not a good choice if your going out for an indian later in the night lol.

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              Average Australian lager

              Fosters is one of those lagers which shows the power of advertising. It's an amber coloured lager, nicknamed 'Amber Nectar', as it's promoted as being glorious to drink. Ultimately, it's a decent lager that is often one of the cheapest around, due to a combination of factors such as amount produced, content of chemicals and other ingredients, etc.

              It's not a lager that I would discount straight away if I saw it available, but it's definitely not the first one I'd go for. There's something very middle of the road about it, I find. I'm pretty sure that with most lagers, the first few sips are always going to taste nice, with the exception of maybe a few of the 'out there' brands or the various lighter lagers available. Fosters pretty much does this as well. I find the first half a pint, if drinking it from draught, is always rather nice, but a pint quickly loses its fizz and flavour. Other beers, such as premium lagers, tend to retain this element, making them worth the few pence more per pint they tend to be available for.

              Once you've had one or two Fosters, then the appeal really does start to disappear, for me. I find the taste becomes a bit bland and boring, whereas other beers tend to retain this, and make me want to continue drinking it. The curious thing about this is that there's a distinct difference between Fosters on draught and Fosters if you buy it from a shop, either in cans or bottles. The prepackaged cans or bottles are much nicer than the draught, and perhaps this is just an indication of how it is stored and what happens to it. I know that the chemicals in lagers have an effect on how the product tastes and smells once it gets into a glass, and perhaps the storage element of these different containers makes the difference here.

              Fosters is one of those lagers which doesn't really give you too much of a fuzzy head in the morning. The taste and feel isn't overpowering, and I think this is a good thing. So many lagers have the power to give you a fuzz even after only a couple of pints, whereas Fosters doesn't really do this to me. However, I have the conundrum of the fact that I don't really enjoy drinking it in the first place!

              Overall, then, Fosters is a decent lager, but not my first port of call. Its 4.9% ABV (alcohol by volume) is probably higher than average, especially given the amount of 4% versions of popular brands being produced these days. Even so, it's not an excessive strength, and still makes for a decent relaxing pint. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

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                Good for a couple of pints in the sun

                Fosters is the self styled classic Australian beer, at least it is here in the UK. After living in Australia for a year in 2006 however, I can confirm that most Aussies would rather burn their own house down than drink a can of Fosters. To be fair to them, when you compare Fosters to other, more authentic Australian beers (such as Toohey's and the iconic V.B.) it pails into insignificance. I actually ordered a bottle of Fosters in Sydney once and it tasted absolutely horrendous! This leads me to conclude that the Fosters that they have in Oz is different to the stuff we get here.
                That being said, I quite enjoy the odd pint of Fosters (at least the stuff we get in the UK). It is a light and not too overpowering beer with a moderate alcohol content of 4%. It is quite fizzy but not overly gassy in my opinion. I should say that I am not a fan of stronger lagers like Stella, so Fosters suits me down to the ground. It may not be the boldest or most flavourful beer in the world, but I find it quite light and refreshing, especially in the summer time. It's a good drink for the beer garden!
                Price wise Fosters is usually around the £2.40 mark for a pint in a pub. You can buy the 440ml cans in supermarkets for much cheaper than this, usually they retail at about £5.00 for a pack of 6. With their famous blue and gold tin they are very easy to recognise, even if you've already had a few!

                If you are a beer connoisseur or enjoy fuller flavour beers you will no doubt turn your nose up at Fosters. It is quite a generic beer with little to distinguish it from its competitors. That being said, it is light and affordable, and by no means undrinkable. I would recommend it for things like summer barbecues or an afternoon in the beer garden.

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                Give it a rest.

                I have to be honest about this beer: cheap, boring, tasteless and fraudulent, all of which I will explain.

                Cheap~~

                I have for ever and ever gone into supermarkets and found this beer on special deal. I don't know how fosters are still afloat. It sells for less than 50p a can generally, and so the binge drinking youth have finally found a comparative cheap beer alongside carling, and the cider white lightening.

                Boring~~

                Well it doesn't really taste of anything. It's a really plain beer, with not much fizz, no real kick, and very weak. Just a disappointment.


                We're all being tricked~~

                It's not really Australian at all. Fine, maybe originally someone made it in Oz, but ever since they have been churning it out in factories somewhere near sheffield. It's another of those bland English lagers that we have come across. This problem stems from the advertising campaign where the motto "well you wouldn't want a cold beer would you?" is based around the idea that it is a totally Australian beer. Well I went to Oz a couple of years ago (sydney, melbourne, brisbane) and couldn't find any of the stuff anywhere. It was probably quite lucky though!


                Stop going with the flow and ditch the drink....

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                A good tasting beer!

                What is it?

                Fosters also known as "the amber nectar" is a popular lager throughout the UK. It can be found in most super markets & can also be found on tap in most pubs & bars usually in drought form, though some places serve it in bottles as well. Surprisingly Fosters is not so popular in Australia despite the slogan stating it's "Australia's Famous Beer". In fact it is not even viewed as a "Premium" brand.

                What does it taste like?

                Unlike other lagers Fosters is quite mellow in taste & not as potent as other brands such as Stella Artois or Kronenbourg where you can be left with a strong after taste. It is slightly fizzier & gassier than its rival brands. The only downside to the taste is that it is rather bland & quite chemically. Fosters in my opinion is a lot easier to consume than other brands due to the higher level of fizz & low alcohol volume. This can put off more 'seasoned drinkers' but for me personally I find the overall taste quite refreshing.

                What do I like about it?

                The taste is what I like best as well as the fact that it is not too over powering & does not carry too much significance. Lagers such as San Miguel & Stella Artois have more of an intense flavour; however that doesn't always fit my needs. The neutral taste of fosters accompanies well with a casual meal, bar-be-cues & even a snack, my personal favourite being cheese & onion crisps, especially when watching the football. Admittedly not being the world's strongest drinker, it's a lager that I can cope with well on a night out on the town. Another thing I like about fosters is the fact you can mix it well with lemonade, also known as having "Fosters Tops" which can be easily requested at any pub. Lemonade is a very refreshing drink in summer months & when applied to fosters can bring a little extra to pint. I don't always drink fosters this way, but during hot summer months after a hard days work this way of drinking it can go down a treat.

                What don't I like about it?

                There's not a lot I don't like about fosters apart from the slight reminiscence of a chemical like taste which can creep up on you once in a while when drinking. Also due to the fizz and gassiness drinking more than a couple of pints can easily make you feel bloated. Due to the yeast content, drinking more than the recommended units per day can easily bring about an unwanted beer belly which I acquired over the Christmas period, but you tend to find that with any lager. Drinking warm beer is the only other thing I don't like, but again this is a generalization of how I prefer to drink any lager.

                Who would I recommend it to?

                I would recommend fosters to people with a low threshold of beer tolerance if they was on a 'night out with the lads' due to its low alcohol volume and easy consumption, also to people who prefer a nice neutral taste or cold refreshment. Fosters is best served ice cold & is so much satisfying this way. Fosters also goes down nicely with your average pub meal.

                What are your final thoughts?

                Fosters is a drink for all. Even if fosters is not your first choice lager it is a lager you're likely to order if a pub/retailer does not stock your specific choice, it is well known in the UK. It is for beer what coca cola is for coke. It's an obvious choice. Its success I feel is due to its refreshing and neutral taste, with it not being too over powering most people can enjoy it. You can drink it as a lager, sweeten it up as "fosters tops" or even drink it as a "lager shandy". It is a good option for drinking on a night out, a good option to accompany a meal, overall a genuinely good lager.

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                Lager, 4.9 percent Alcohol. Brewed in Australia since 1888.