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2.57 | pDev: 26.07%
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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 180
Photo of Franziskaner
3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gold in color with a half inch of off white covering the top. The aroma is of corn and that’s it. I’m tasting some corn and light malt. There’s a trace of grassy hops. The mouth is highly quaffable and thin.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From can, pours Amber with thin white head which fades away very quickly. Aroma of grain, hops. Taste is some malts and a little hop bitterness. Not to bad.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.29/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Format: a mid-brown 375mL stubby with the age-old Tooheys New macro label.

Appearance: a solid amber in colour with plenty of chunky macro lager carbonation. A finger of white head drops to a thick cap. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma: an aroma of proper grain (rather than cheap grain and adjuncts). Better than most macro lagers.

Taste: again a touch better with those same flavours - Tooheys New surprises me a little whenever I have it (which is rare). There is a reason why this and VB are two of the most-bought macro lagers in the country.

Aftertaste: more grains and husk here with the slightest touch of hop bitterness. Some sweetness too from indistinct origins.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with a higher carbonation to bring through that fantastically refreshing crispness.

Overall: Tooheys New continues to surprise me when I occasionally drink it. It is one of the standard Aussie macro lagers, but there is a reason it is one of the mainstays in Australian pubs. It is a definite cut above most standard cheap macro lagers, and decent at AU$45 for a case of 24 x 375mL stubbies. Most importantly, one of my favourite pub beers wouldn't be an option without New (a 50/50 - or Black n Tan for you Americans - with half Tooheys Old and half Tooheys New).

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Photo of drpimento
2.15/5  rDev -16.3%
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

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Photo of jimiboi
2/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As a young, uninitiated whipper-snapper, this was my go-to beer, with the airwaves and pub signs enjoying marketing saturation from the Tooheys behemoth. This beer is a macro beer, no excuses offered. It is structured to move great volume at the expense of flavor, smell and texture. At least it’s cheap as chips, but you get what you pay for. Not a bad throw-down if you’re in the mood. The beer of choice for proud New South Welshmen.

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Photo of soju6
2.25/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a pale golden color with a fair head.

S: Mild aroma with a bit of citrus, malt sweetness and grian.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma mild and fairly bland. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, touch of crispness and a bit too sweet .

O: Another run-of-the-mill lager.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of matthewarmstrong
2.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Toohey's New served with a Gomez A New Tide 2009 beer cozy out of a 375ml bottle.

This beer has and industrial smell about it but some hoppy scents are present.

Tastes cool and crisp, it accomplishes its goals but does nothing out of the ordinary. It's not something I would ever drink on purpose but certainly wasn't offended by it.

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Photo of jjkatter
1.7/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330ml can poured into a pilsner glass...

A- golden (*yawn*) standard foam (*yawn*)

S- barley (*yawn*), maybe a hint of blah, blah, blah...

T- just a notch better than your basic Miller product (*yawn*). basic lager (*yawn*)

MF- (*yawn*)

O- the charactor of this beer may be coma inducing (*yawn*). And, I am not referring to the alcohol content. Typical mass brewed pish (*yawn*).

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Photo of doktorhops
1.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another in my self-imposed torture of reviewing Aussie lagers, when will it end!? (I did buy a bottle of Chimay White which I cannot wait to review). Anyway this one has always been an option when the only other thing on tap is Carlton Draught or VB, and only because the on tap version is -0.4 degrees Celsius, which means you can't even taste how bad it is.

Poured from a 375ml stubbie into a 500ml Pokal.

A: Body on the yellow side of gold, with a cappuccino foam white head that dissolved quicker than a Disprin to leave a "spider web" lacing.

S: Smells of musty grains and skunky vegetables. No detectable hop aroma. There is a hint of the damp sewer rat that was noted in my tasting of the VB, lets hope this doesn't present below.

T: Yep... almost as bad as the VB. There's really not too much betwixt them; annoyingly heavy "bad" malt grains (yes, as opposed to good malt grains, there is a difference), with that bad vegetable flavour and in this one more than VB I noticed something chemical tasting (???). If the hops are there I don't like what they are doing to the flavour profile.

M: Over carbonated to the point of "dreaded bloat" as I like to call it. I couldn't finish more than three of these before I called it a night. It is different on tap, but this is a bottle review, I may do a tap review later. Also watery... again common in Aussie lagers.

D: If I wasn't reviewing it I wouldn't have bought it. Lucky I only bought a single stubbie and I've got something else to drink so I can simply tip the rest down the sink. On another note; it's positive to see craft beers taking off in this country as we have suffered so long under the yolk of macro brewers and I really think Australians deserve a decent beer choice - VIVA CRAFT BEERS!

Food match: The cheapest meat pie you can find... don't forget to completely drench it in tomato sauce to completely drown out the flavour of this brew.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark golden to light amber, fluffy finger sized head with okay retention.

A sweet blandness about the smell with lots of grain & corn with faint hops.

Skunky, bland tasting beer. Other than some corn, bread and some syrup there wasn't much else of note coming forward in this beer. It had a mild bitter finish & is too skunky. It's light bodied & almost water like. Crisp & dry in the finish.

This one was a struggle to finish & if not for the blandness of it I probably wouldn't have. Australian lager has a lot to answer for.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.43/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden body, topped by a dense, persistent off-white head, thin scattered lacing, and moderate streams of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly sweet pale malt, with modest herbal hop notes. The aroma seems a little understated for the style.

Taste: Lots of slightly sweet pale malt at the open, with some bread notes as well. The malt carries well throughout the taste. A flourish of hops appears at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Better than I would have reasonably expected. American brewers of the style should take note.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Plsener glass.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I did not think this was that bad of a beer. It was about average. The appearance reminded me more of a wine than a beer. It looked like a carbonated chardonnay. The white head was moderate but the lace was great with a lot of staying power. The body was very bubbly. The aroma is average and adjunct like. The flavor comes off as metallic with an bit of a pleasant herbal finish that restores your faith. The body is supper thin with some burn.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.03/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ah well, a review of New - had to happen as I drank this for the first few years after I moved to Aus. Not much since tho...

The reason for this review? My good mate Spud (name changed in case of retaliation threats) bought me a schooner down the local RSL thinking that was what I drank. Bless him. (For he hath sinned).

Ok - it looks like bland beer, it's Aussie Beer colour, it has a small head, and it's BLOODY COLD. Served at 0.6 degrees, mon derriere.... So funnily enough it doesn't smell of anything. Even a polar bear's fart wouldn't smell of anything at that temperature. And I ain't gonna stand in the RSL sniffing away because quite clearly my mates would think I was mistaking beer for glue.

Bland malt-driven taste, and the usual metallic aftertaste. it is refreshing. In summer, of course, not winter.

Ah well. Beer for the masses, not for me.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What the hell isn't there to like about this Aussie kick ass beer. Sure it may not be the best beer one has ever tasted...but it sure aint the worst. This is a smooth drinkable lager that can rival any shit macro in the states. It is better than BUD, Genuine, Heini-shit, Amstel, etc!!!! It is light copper color, with no real identifyable scent. Taste is solid and I COULD DRINK FOR HOURS!!!! HELLO!!! Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of fdw3
2.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the standard golden yellow with a bubbly white head that laces and retains moderately well. Aroma is what you would expect from the style -- a relatively weak grain smell with, for whatever reason, definite hints of metal. Taste mimics the smell with a mild grain sweetness that fades into slightly bitter hop notes. Body is light and carbonation is high.

Drinkability is fine if you want a very light beer that holds off on flavor. This combined with the low ABV means you could put back several on a hot day, but I wouldn't recommend it on anything beyond it's refreshing qualities. Not bad, not good, just a standard macro adjunct lager. Also, the cap is cool!

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
1.88/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Thin looking, head dissipates quickly, lacing a bit too meagre, carbonation not so evident as I expected.

N: A fair hit of Pride of Ringwood hops, not very pleasant really.

T: More than anything, bland.

M: Pretty thin and watery really.

Surprisingly I do find this reasonably drinkable, may I just think of it as water with some hop characteristics.

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Photo of cudmud
2.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark yellow in color with no head or lace. Also, a thin stream of bubbles.

Smell: Faint smell of cut grass. No yeast or malts detected.

Taste: Slight hop flavor. Nothing to get jazzed about.

Mouthfeel: Thin and burning.

Drinkability: Not all that interesting or enjoyable.

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Photo of rarbring
2.41/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear brass colored beer, lots of bubbles, with a small white head and very little lacing.

The smell is full of sweet syrupy canned fruit, maybe a yeasty whiff.

The taste is also mostly sweet, cornflakes and peaches, citric acid, a small bitter finish.

High carbonation, a soda-like feeling.

Too much raw fruits for my taste, the bitter finish can't compensate that.

Bottle, at MCO's Outback, with BBQ chicken sandwich.

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Photo of Japerrault
2.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Clear, very pale yellow. White head that dissipated quickly.

S: Corn, some grassy hops.

T: Water with some corn soaked in it. No sweetness percieved and a very small amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Very thin and watery. Dry and crisp with medium carbonation.

D: As drinkable as water. I guess it would be quenching on a hot day, but no flavor.

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Photo of david18
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this at a new restaurant on the upper west side of manhattan. It's called the Sunburnt Calf and it has an australian themed food selection.

The beer is typical for an american adjunct lager. I'm not sure why they bother. Typical light color, fizzy carbonation, little flavor.

Would not recommend.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.35/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting purchase from John's Marketplace; a 12.7 oz/375 ml twist-capped brown bottle, laser-dated 03/03/10 on the neck. Emptied to a standard shaker pint.

Beneath the cap, a fun quiz! "Q. Which Australian Boxer was Known as the 'Marrickville Mauler'? A. Jeff French" Gahhhh...I knew that one! Or not.

A: Perfectly clear golden, with larger rising bubbles but a miniscule head that never really covers. Whitish gauze topping remains in a crescent-shaped topping, carbonation breaking the surface here and there.

S: Grainy sweetness, corn-pops and such. Flowery, honeyed and all the appropriate smells. Not as brazenly sugary or 'adjunct-y', but still pretty bland to these nostrils.

T: Not nearly so sweet as I might have figured, based only on aroma. Bready (something like a saltine cracker?), with a fair tang of greens (vague hops) and a touch of pepper-dry spice.

M: Nice and crisp. Light feel but with some backing, a spicy-bitter zest that holds a long while. A healthy carbonation, springy without overexertion.

D: After a sip or two, Tooheys New began to grow on me; for a lager of its ilk, it's not bad at all. Refreshing and 'bright', airy and flavorful enough - for $1.59 a bottle I could do worse...much worse. Worth a try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +56.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +48.6%
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!

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Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 180 ratings