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Tooheys New - Tooheys Brewing

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 25.49%

Brewed by:
Tooheys Brewing visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.65/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"People are very open-minded about new things as long as they're exactly like the old ones".


Pale goldenrod with a pristine interior and a dirty ivory colored crown that is on the small side following my usual pour. The foam has some substance to it, however, and isn't too shabby when comes to the deposition of lace. No great shakes, but not bad either.

The nose contains all of the best aspects of the style (if that isn't a contradiction in terms). It smells like the beer will be lightly sweet and malty, with a soft Euro hoppiness. The fact that this bottle is still three months away from the 'best by' date undoubtedly helps. New New is the way to go.

Tooheys New gets points for being more bold than most macro lagers. It doesn't taste like adjunct-riddled swill, but like grain (and husk) with more bitter hoppiness than most similar offerings. In fact, this beer tastes like what I imagine American beer tasted like in the old days, before BMC dumbed it down and began to worship at the altar of bland.

If consumed fairly cold (as I'm doing) this stuff is both tasty and drinkable, as long as one isn't expecting Duvel. There's a pleasant mix of sweet and bitter, with a fresh cereal grain flavor and a surprising zing of spicy, grassy hops. It isn't overly clean on the back end... and is a better beer for it.

The body/mouthfeel is at least medium for the style, if not medium-full. It's both firm and creamy, with an enlivening amount of carbonation that is just right. Will wonders ever cease?

I couldn't be more surprised by Tooheys New. There's nothing new here, just a return to good, solid, drinkable beer. The brewers of American macro lagers could learn a thing or two from this Australian pale lager. Or three. Or four.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 12:04:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one at outback last night, and to say I was a bit dissapointed would be an understatement. I should have known what I was getting into though. The pour was a dull straw colored gold with a small white fizzy head that lasted but a second. A small amount of side glass lace at first, but even that faded with time. There was lots of carbontion streaking up toward the service, just as one would expect. There was virtually no aroma, maybe the slightest bit of hay, and the flavor was about the same. Tons of grain with no balance or complexity. Super light feel, way too carbonated, and no aftertaste. I would defintly skip this one, it was just bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 15:36:31 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.03/5  rDev +58%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out the expectantly crystal clear, pale gold body with a long-lasting high crown of white froth.

Smell: Mild maltiness on the nose with some lightly sweet-scented, bready tones and an everso slender, thin background note of spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly grainy extra pale maltiness soon slides into a spicy, leafy hop character and faint bitterness. There's a faint, faroff hint of breadiness, but then the flavor and body lightens substantially prior to the smooth, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not a bad lil' lager. It's clean with decent, albeit light flavors, has a nice appearance, and, the key, it has no ghastly off-flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 21:49:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.85/5  rDev +51%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toohey's New... not bad, but nothing new. It's pretty standard. I guess they figured it was a good name to launch a new beer with.

It pours a golden colored body beneath a thick head of frothy white. It looks good initially, but the head falls rather quickly to an average collar, and only minimal lacing is left behind.

The aroma is fairly generic, displaying straight-forward golden maltiness and a bit of hops.

The flavor delivers sweetish malt upfront, but with a solid bitterness and a decent amount of herbal, grassy, and spicy hops mixed in it, it's completely balanced. It finishes dry, and short lingering as the hops fade.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth.

So, Australian for beer? Ahh, maybe not. It's alright. I'd have another but I don't think it has great drinkability. I'd compare it to most euro lagers on that score. It's a solid lager though, and nicely done though. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 16:46:41 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet slightly sweet scent that boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. The taste is average. It has a very dry, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This was a strange brew. I kind of like it, but it's way too dry all the way through. Overall, just another import lager, nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 01:10:12 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


2.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a white, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and fizzy.

S - It smelled of corn and faintly of malt.

T - It tasted strongly of corn ad malt. It also was sweet with a subtle amount of spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - The tasted was surprisingly good. Nothing else about this beer was very good, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 01:38:30 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


2.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Toohey's New pours out as a golden clear color with a fizzy white head on it. There really isn't much head left after a few minutes nor much lacing. The smell of the beer is is grainy with a decent amount of malts on the nose. Not much in way of hops. The taste of the beer is mostly like any other lager out there. The flavors of malts and a bitter aftertaste is about as moderate as they come. The mouthfeel was decent. The body was almost medium and had a good drinkablity. Overall it's a pretty standard lager, nothing much really stands out here.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 18:10:44 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce twist-off capped bottle. Best by 02/17/08. Trivia questions are posed under the caps.

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy/bubbly white head that becomes a vanishing patch.

The smell is of grain, husk and a touch of sulfur.

The taste is of sweet grain with husk and some cereal. There's a slight bit of oxidation/"wet cardboard". A vague hop bitterness balances out most of the sweetness.

Light-bodied with some fizz. Crisp, not watery. Smooth.

Inoffensive and smooth. Refreshing. An easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 04:00:24 | More by jwc215
Photo of Billolick

New York

2.17/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ouncer, best before dating etched onto the bottle.

A- Pours clear, medium golden, with mucho larger bubbles rising to the top, white minor head, that leaves some sliding lace.

S- Sweet nose, corn?

T- Don't drink this one for the "taste"...

M- Middle of the road macro at best

D- Lawnmower beer, and that is being kind

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 03:51:18 | More by Billolick
Photo of lacqueredmouse


1.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, time to review the ubiquitous Tooheys New. I'll try to stay unbiased.

Dark gold body, clear. Heavily carbonated. Head is a shade off pure white and made of huge bubbles, so it disappears quickly, although a ring around the edge leaves some lacing.


Um, does this have a smell? No. Nothing at all. Maybe a little bit of malty sweetness? I'm probably imagining that though. Really. No, nothing at all.


Eh. It's a little toasty, and a little bitter. Smooth drinking (that means it has no flavour). I mean really this is what you expect, a bland cold beer that you can slug a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 05:16:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a four finger white, head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Grassy, hoppy nose. Flavor is light grass and hay, watery. Best by Aug 11, 2008 but it doesn't matter could work as a lawnmower beer. $1.50 for a 375ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:57:29 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


2.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold colored lager with a short lasting white head, nice gold color though.

Smell is very sweet and malty with a fairly good herbal hop aroma. Doesn't smell bad at all but it does smell too sweet.

Taste is a bit sweet with a fair fruity flavor from the yeast. A bit of toffee candy in the malt here but it is too sweet for the style. Hops don't really contribute much to the flavor, probably masked by the malt.

Mouthfeel is thin.

An OK lawnmower class beer here but not something to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 10:51:22 | More by Zorro
Photo of DoubleJ


1.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Tooheys New, what's so new about it? I can't tell you because I haven't have the old one before. The blue background on the label makes the product look richer, so I grabbed a single bottle of this. Now that I have it, I have to see if its as good inside the bottle as outside. Comes with a Q&A beneath the bottle cap. On to the beer:

Highly carbonated yellow to gold in color with an okay head that retains well. One whiff from the beer brings an odd fermented corn aroma, sourness, and some lemon. In the taste, there's a plain flavor of grain with a fading sourness. It sorta has a creamy feel to it with bread in the aftertaste. That's it. There's isn't much to this brew. You would at least expect this brew to be chuggable. This isn't.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 22:19:04 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a very clear medium orange with a thin, fizzy off white head that quickly dissipated while leaving a slight rim lacing. Overall very ordinary at best.

S: The nose had light traces of caramel, and oranges. Again not much here.

T: oranges and sweet caramel with some sweet honey malt. A brisk carbonation and dry oranges comes through in the finish.

M: The mouthful was light with some effervesce around the edges with some dry caramel.

D: less then average drinkability, though unlikely I would sit around and drink in multiples or anytime in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:02:06 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After its departure from the stubby 300ml bottle, presents a clear gold color with a brilliant white creamy head, that is statuesque, as it dematerializes, the lace forms an encircling sheet. Nose has a delightful malt sweetness, citrus like crispness, start has a decent malt profile, slightly sweet, with a touch of hop bitterness, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a perfect acidity, the hops perfect in their spiciness, dry and somewhat sweet till the end. Personally I found this beer quite refreshing and the best macro lager I’ve tasted in a long time, I’m sure not everybody’s glass of beer, but that’s what makes the world go round.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 20:26:15 | More by Gusler
Photo of Bitterbill


2.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with a medium sized head of foam that shrank quickly leaving a fine broken layer.

The smell has a bit of hops and malt that I've smelled before in many a macro brew. Not impressive at all.

The taste has a bitter-malt buttery flavour to it. If I had tasted this blindfolded, I'd just know it was an Australian brew. Hey, it was a staple of mine back in the early 70s when I lived in Australia.;^)
The finish is not good at all and when the aftertaste finally left my palate, I was a happy camper.

After a few more sips, I find myself saying...yeah I'm glad I got to try this again but I'm certainly glad my palate has evolved in the right direction. I think I'd prefer a Canadian brewed Fosters over this.

Bottom line: I couldn't give a very descriptive review of this beer cuz not a lot was happening with it. *Another* old favourite bites the dust. :^(

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 21:43:47 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of tone77


3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12.7? oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a very small head. Aroma is of mild malts and grains. Taste a tad malty with some bitterness, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre selection.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 22:49:03 | More by tone77
Photo of scruffwhor


3.23/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light amber hue and hardly any bubbles. But a decent and cosistant film of foam. The aroma is dry and toasty with a light hint of grass. The taste is a clean toasted malt with a dry hop pop. Then an adjuncty funky finish. The palate is smooth until the finish. Ok to drink one after another without thinking about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 04:08:38 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of drpimento


2.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty grim. Looks a lot better than it tastes, but that's not saying much, believe me. Flavor a this beer is adjunct flavored grain with some generic sweet that wont go away. Not good. I feel a headache coming on. Weird body; almost feels like there's glycerin in it. Stay away from this beer. :You'll thank me

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 15:47:50 | More by drpimento
Photo of Brent


2.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm going to paddle against the current of opinion on this beer, as just about everyone else has given it a thumbs-down. Had this on the patio while firing up the grill. Opened before the best-by date, if I read it right, but there was some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, which I managed to avoid decanting. Fearing the worst, I took the plunge. I was pleasantly surprised by how bright this beer tastes - a nice, lemony citric tang. That's about all this beer had going for it, otherwise, but it was refreshing as a knock the dust out of your throat beer. Nothing stellar here, but I think I'd take it over most American macros on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 14:04:44 | More by Brent
Photo of laituegonflable


1.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance lagery, but with a good head that sticks around. That's really quite rare, for such an adjuncty lager.

Nose not nice. Smells bitter-y and vomit-y and really just very, very standard.

Tastes very adjuncty but then what did I expect? Has that sharp, crisp but unpleasantly bitter taste. Very simple. Slight hint of walnuts but not enough for me to stand on my table and shout at a bistro full of people "Hey! This beer has hints of walnuts!" It's very cheap-tasting and quite nasty. Mouthfeel is sharp and tangy and taste is cheap and bitter and simple. The working man's beer. What more can I say?

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2006 07:25:31 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of Suds


3.08/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tooheys New pours a light golden-yellow beer with a fizzy whitehead. The brew is clear, and moderately carbonated. The aroma is quiet, but there are notable malt scents, along with a small dose of hops. The mouthfeel is very light and soft, without being watery. For the style, it’s a fairly sweet beer. The finish has just a touch of hops. This is an un-engaging brew, but it is a few steps above most macros.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 10:54:32 | More by Suds
Photo of Vancer


3.13/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep straw yellow, an aggressive pour popped up a nice white head, even some sticky laces in my Sammy Adams freebie glass.

Light aroma of sweet malts and corn, not a bad aroma, but husky. Quaff is a bit different, some metallic and cooked veggies. I've had better, this ain't the worst - just an average drinking "draught beer". (How the hell can a bottle be draft?). 4.6% alcohol, a summer lawn-mower beer - but to high a price to pay for an average lager

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 01:58:46 | More by Vancer
Photo of Reidrover


2.42/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375ML bottle (12.7 oz) Typcal light golden clear lager, with a small white head. Very slight hoppiness in the aroma, drowned by the breadyiness. LIght semi-sweet malts dominate the taste, some slightly astrigent bitter, grainyness and a dry finish. OK for style on the palate. Pretty average pale lager, not horrible at least.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 05:34:38 | More by Reidrover
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap on Magnetic Island. From notes.

A - Poured bright and golden with decent carbonation. Good fluffy one finger white head, quite good lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Very mild, grainy.

T - Sweet grain, a little dusty, a little skunk as well.

M - Sweet, grainy finish, with good carbonation, and a light to medium body.

O/D - Faily inoffensive and forgettable. Not enough good flavour. Passable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 04:28:41 | More by tbeckett
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Tooheys New from Tooheys Brewing
62 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.