Foster's Special Bitter

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Australian Beer... Imported All The Way From Toronto

Jun 28, 2001
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Pros:ice oil-can size 25.4 ounce can, good Canadian beer.

Cons:Not Australian beer anymore.

The Bottom Line: I enjoyed this ale from Foster's more than I have it's lager cousin. Round and balanced, and actually more pleasant in flavor.


Well, here's a beer from Toronto that I like a lot: Foster's Special Bitter. That's right. This Australian beer is brewed in Canada by Molson.

Yes. This is an imported beer, as is so boldly pronounced on the big oil can I bought. And the fine print reads: "Brewed and bottled under the supervision of Carlton & United Breweries, Melbourne, Australia by FBG Breweries, Toronto, Canada. Product of Canada.".

No problem, mate... eh?! Whether the beer was brewed in Toronto or Melbourne, it makes no difference to me. It's the taste that counts.


Foster's Special Bitter
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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.


A Silly Question
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Why are the contents of this oil can being expressed in ounces... if the beer is brewed and canned in Canada? I thought that America was the only country in the world that has not converted to the metric system. A 25.4 ounce can is equivalent to "one serving" or 750 ml -- the same size as a normal bottle of wine.


Price and Availability
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I purchased a 25.4 ounce can of Foster's Special Bitter at a specialty liquor store in Southern California. I do not see this beer in too many locations, and consider it hard to find in my local area. Price was about $2.70 U.S. Surely this beer is easier to find on the Eastern Seaboard and the New England states.


Recommendations
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I really liked this beer. I thought the price was fair, and I found this ale to be quite refreshing. I recommend this one to others and I would buy it again.

This would be a good beer to serve with some hot fish and chips. I am getting hungry and thirsty just thinking about the combination. I think I'll go back to the store to get some more. My next challenge will be to find a good place in Southern California to find some decent Fish 'n Chips. I may have to settle for a fish taco... but, then, this beer would go better with fish tacos than, say, a Corona.


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