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Tooheys Brewing

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +53.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +49.8%
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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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.

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Photo of eb003
3.6/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing over-special about this, but it's good. appearance is average for brews... smell is also average...it smells almost like a wheat beer to me. The taste is good... reminds me of some hefe's. Mouthfeel is also good as it's smooth. The drinkability is above average because I couldn't drink it all day into the night, but I could put a few back without problem.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev +37.6%
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 Monsteruss
3.48/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first experience with this beer was the light wheat/ white foam that was lacy and bubbly.
The color was a very nice light gold.
The smell was a crisp and hoppy pils witha hint of grain and not really after-taste. Mouthfeel was light and smooth.
To me, I thought this was a version of the classic American pilsners but better.

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Photo of JamesS
3.48/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep golden color, with just a bit of head and almost no lacing. Has a strong sweet scent, very malty, but not overpowering. Good taste, more robust than most macros with a nice malt kick. Goes down fine, although perhaps a bit too carbonated. I'd have it again, if I had to choose a macro. Excellent choice for a macro lager, although I'd still rather have a micro.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.43/5  rDev +34.5%
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 SargeC
3.43/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color. Short lived head and minimal carbonation movement.

Smell: Light hay-like aroma.

Taste: Very light hop bite, clean taste. Nothing extraordinary, but not bad either

Mouthfeel: Watery, light body. Limited carbonation. Waxy finish.

Drinkability: Decent brew. I remember drinking a lot of these in Sydney; I was surprised to see it here.

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Photo of gatornation
3.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from an 11.2 oz bottle it pours a golden yellow color with average head... the smell is bread and malts some hops nothing great or bad..the taste is average its a bready malt forward lager/pils followed by some hops this lager is very easy to drink a great summer beer and a low abv..its slightly above average if you like pils or lagers try this one

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.35/5  rDev +31.4%
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 MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev +30.6%
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 BeerBob
3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tooheys New draught beer pours a chill hazed amber from a 12.7 fl oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head of light tan foam went to over two fingers before settling to a broken carpet with a full ring of foam and spots of lacing along the walls of my beer glass.

Nose is of damp grains, carbon dioxide gas, and artesian well water. Palate is a crisp bight of carbonation followed by a lightly bittered thin barley malt.

Crisp, light and refreshing, this Tooheys New draught “TRADITIONAL AUSTRALIAN” beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.29/5  rDev +29%
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 WesWes
3.28/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
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 JBogan
3.24/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking medium golden color with a one finger white head which left good lacing.

Smelled a bit skunky. I checked the bottle and the "best by" date was 5 months ago....well then I suppose that might be a reason for that. Still, not that bad really.

Tasted better than the smell. Pretty much grains and a bit of malt. Not complex but not offensive either. Better than your average macro.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium to full bodied with a smoothenss and just enough carbonation to make it refreshing.

I could see this being a decent lawnmower beer. It's cheap, decent tasting and refreshing.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the everyday beer in Australia for me. Looks good, smells alright taste good. and its not that expensive for Australia brews.
It<s the everyday beer and one you can easily drink as lot as day off is coming by. It<s a decent brew, with a nice littl;e taste of hop,crispy end.
Go for it everyday beer in Australia. reminds me a lot of partys
Tree planting crew

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

Bottle (best by 4/27/08) poured into a Pilsner glass.

A- It poured a lightish gold color with a fluffy white head that left big sticky rings.

S- There was a decent doughy aroma with very light fruity hop tones.

T- More bread and fresh fruit flavors.

M- Clean taste with a bunch of carbonation.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker.

Overall- It's not a bad beer. It's definitely a step up from most of the domestic macros.

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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

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Photo of maddogruss
3.1/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Outback the other day. It poured a dark golden color with no head and pretty much no lacing at all. The smell was nothing really significant: slightly malty, but nothing truly noticeable. The taste was pretty malty, which was good. Tasted ok overall. The mouthfeel was fair at best. A little thinner than what I was expecting, like a light beer as opposed to an ale. However, this beer is pretty drinkable. It goes down pretty easy and the malts are not overbearing at all. It is worth a try, I'd say.

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.1/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I also had this beer at an Outback Steakhouse, in Hagerstown, MD. I asked the server about Tooheys New, since I had never even heard of it and he replied "Honestly, I've never had someone order it before."

Well then I knew I had to try it. It poured a typical, macro-lager color but I have to be honest right off the bat; I enjoyed this beer. Yes, it was a typical fizzy, yellow, boring macro lager, but I did find the taste clean and refreshing. It was not a good complement to the food, but it was certainly drinkable.

I thought that it was much better than a Fosters or most American Macros; it had a little more depth in my opinion, like it wasn't brewed with as much rice and adjuncts. Maybe I'm crazy, although most Outback's do offer Cooper's Sparkling Ale which is a much, much better option than any of their typical lagers.

All in all, I'm glad I tried it. I probably won't have it again, but I think it's better than the D+ rating it currently has at least.

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