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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 186: Fosters Classic Lager
I said right at the start of this that I would try All The Beers, even Fosters. Let's get it over with.

Fosters Classic Lager

Pours a clear pale golden colour with a medium head. Lots of carbonation visible.

First sip: A mix of sweet and grainy malts, with a very mild hops bitterness that seems to wash away quickly. No real after-taste. Medium to thin mouth feel, with medium carbonation on the tongue.

To be fair, this isn't the usual Fosters Lager. Apparently Carlton United went back to the original Fosters recipe of 1888 to produce this. They should never have left it, because Classic Lager is better than Fosters Lager. Better, in the way a poke in the eye with a blunt stick is better than a poke in the eye with a slightly sharper blunt stick. So let's say something positive about this beer:

It's ... a beer. And I will finish the glass instead of pouring it down the sink.



No, that's about it.

Fosters Classic Lager
Carlton United Brewery
4% alc/vol
330ml bottle.

Fosters Classic Lager

Same again, sir? No.

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"Sex in a canoe", indeed...

That's why they ship all the Foster's up here to the US.

When it was first introduced here, the TV ads featured a voice-over from a man with a fairly thick Strine accent, saying, "Foster's... Australian for beeah!" Very soon those of us in the know corrected that to "Foster's... Australian for pisswater!" :-D

Years ago there was a rather (in)famous cartoon showing a horse drinking from a bucket labeled "beer" and pissing into a bucket labeled "Fosters."

Sounds about right - and I don't even drink beer!

I grew rather fond of Bundaburg Rum while I was visiting Australia. Pity they don't export any to the US.

But meanwhile I've discovered Crabbie's Brewed Ginger Beer, from Scotland. It's fermented from sugarcane juice with lots of natural ginger. Very low alcohol content (4.8%), but astonishingly tasty, and good with all kinds of food. And one of the places that serves it is a pub called The Thirsty Koala, which is owned and run by an Australian. The food is a modern take on Aussie delights (meat pies, prawns, lamb and beef, pavlova, etc.), plus various real beers and interesting drinks - and the place is close to where my son and his wife live. So we go there with them, and I order Crabbie's with my dinner :-D

Take this URL and get thee to a right proper brewery before the toxins settle in! http://www.ballastpoint.com/

You're a braver bat than I Den :)

Edited at 2016-10-04 03:31 am (UTC)

I have some non-macro brews lined up: 2 pales and a double stout.

I couldn't help but notice the resemblance to a certain other company that tried formulation changes.

Fosters: Australia's Coca Cola! (Has a nice ring to it, don't you think? :D)

Re: Beer vs Soda Pop

It's Australian for New Coke.

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