Tooheys New | Tooheys Brewing

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Tooheys Brewing

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2002

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of generallee
3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a pale yellow color with a frothy white head. The aroma is light with a grainy and hay like nose. The flavor has a bland cereal grain malt with some grassy hops. A thin body lively carbonation and a clean finish make it very drinkable and refreshing. For a pale lager it's about what you would expect but for over 5 bucks for a 12 oz. bottle at the Outback Steakhouse, its way over priced.

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
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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Photo of Portertime
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this one at Outback Steakhouse. I wanted to try something different but it just ended up tasting the same! They gave me a sickly looking jaundice yellow brew served iced cold in a pilsner glass. I took a whiff and caught some quickly fading grains, a little grassy note, and maybe a hop or two. The taste was meager with sort of a dried grass mixed with malt and a tiny bit of hops. Nothing special.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev +27%
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 GRPunk
3.13/5  rDev +22.3%
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 bilyboy65
2.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a basic pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow color. A not a very thick white head or one that lasted came from the pour.

S: Left a lot to be desired. There was no really strong smell. The scent was of grassy malts and hops.

T: Doesn't have a very strong taste. Is a little more hoppy then most american lagers, but that is the flavor Australians like. Lacked any really defining taste, but did have a bready quality to it.

M: Not very carbonated. Again another trait of an Australian beer. Smooth on the tongue and kind of buttery.

D: If you can get used to the differences of an American and Australian lager it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.41/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.99/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
2.09/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I just about poured this out but I will review it. If it is a good beer in Australia then it is the responsibility of the company, exporter and distributor to keep the beer fresh. This beer is in a dark bottle and is labeled good until 5 months after my drinking date.

I poured this and could smell the skunkyness and grassiness or horse barn before I even held it to my nose. It got better after it aired but I still don't like it. The nose was more malty afterwards. The taste was better than the nose. Pretty big roasted malt and some hops but watery tasting.

Mouth feel is OK. Overall this is crossed off my list. The smell is enough for me to refuse it.

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Photo of JamesS
3.48/5  rDev +35.9%
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 LittleCreature
2.16/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured 2 fingers of white head with a hard pour, which reduced quickly to a thin layer. Colour is golden yellow with a slight orange tinge.

Smell - 2.0
Not much smell. Slightly sweet, but not discernible malt, faint "beery" smell, almost zero hop presence. No off smells.

Taste - 2.0
Somewhat refreshing, but exceedingly boring. Almost no upfront flavour at all, vague grain taste, finishes dry, metallic and slightly bitter. In other words, crap.

Mouthfeel - 2.0
Very thin at first, then ends with sharp, stinging carbonation. Carbonation is moderate to high throughout, moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 2.5
I've seen many people knock back many of these, so it can be used as a session beer. Apart from the metallic flavour, there are no off tastes.

OVERALL - 2.05
Word has it, this beer causes awful hangovers due to all the chemicals etc. Frankly, I am not going to test that theory out, because I'll be happy to never taste this beer again. Most macro lagers out there are better, and I think that says it all. Forget the relatively cheap price, this is a bad beer and is bad value whatever the price.

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Photo of onid678
2.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I have had this from the tap and the only way i would buy this again is if there was another promotion get a pint for schooner prices which is why i first tried it.

The blue colour on the label, gives it the look that this is a top level beer, but no.

Pours light yellow, good head, slowly disappears leaving a little bit of lacing.

taste, has that tang, but ends with a sour taste. this is not a beer for holding onto and chatting this is a beer for downing quick. When it heats up, the taste gets worse.

there are alot better australian beers than this.

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Photo of whynot44
2.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice clear golden color with a modest fizzy white head that disappears quickly.

The aroma was hard to detect, light corn and carbonation.

The taste watery bread, corn and grass with a carbonic overtone.
The finish is slightly sour and metallic.

Plenty of carbonation, very light body, drinkable ice cold on a very hot day. Don't let it warm up.

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Photo of SargeC
3.43/5  rDev +34%
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 Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +53.1%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Brown twisty, 11.15 fl. oz. (300 ml), 4.6% abv., best by lasered into the neck of (smudge)/27/08, sampled 10/10/07.

Aroma: Powdered yeast with sharp metallic filings. Some mild grainy base malts peek out.

Appearance: Painfully bright yellow glass holds a ¾ finger head of snowcapped white that gives good lacing to the glass.

Flavor: Over sweet, first blush tasted of turkey for some odd reason. That’s a completely new one on me, got it in the second taste as well; cold cut turkey. Taste quickly goes over to a bit of corn, mild flash of leafy hops, then just a faint metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Over-carbonated, light body, dry finish.

Overall Impression: Yellow, fizzy, turkey juice. The turkey thing faded pretty quickly, but I have to call them like I taste them. Really odd. Not much going on here, a slightly funky American lager. I guess it has hot day session potential, but that’s a crowded market.

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.77/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of karst
1.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours light yellow with a slight green tinge with its brief white head quickly falling back to the surface leaving no trace on the sides of the New Belgian tulip glass.
DMS (corn) on the nose getting stronger as it warms. Cold (usually a barrier to flavor) is the friend of Tooheys. Warming brings out stale pilsner flavor. Small amount of hop bitterness cleans the finish a bit but still leaves that predominant staleness. Mouthfeel drops off quickly as the beer off gasses its carbonation. A light body turns to water ( polluted by corn and stale grain).

I have heard from friends who stayed in Australia that "Tooheys was about the worst on the continent.

Still if your teaching flavors it would be an excellent example to serve to demonstrate a couple of off flavors.

I suspect that the heat of an Austraian summer would make one thirsty enough to consume this on a regular bases.

For me, One & Done!

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Photo of BeerBob
3.3/5  rDev +28.9%
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 khiasmus
1.57/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Looks like a typical macro lager, with slightly better head retention and a bit of lacing.

S- Yuck. Smells like corn and formaldehyde. Reminds me of dissecting frogs in biology class.

T- Faint pale malt, a bit of hops, and then a sourness that overtakes the rest of the flavor.

M- Thin and watery, with a clinging slight astringency that ends up just leaving the awful taste in your mouth...

D- Stay far away. Honestly, almost as bad as bud light, which is the worst beer I've ever had. Off to the sink...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12.7 oz. twist-off

AP: Crazy, spiraling bubbles, crystal clear golden color, 2" thick, bubbly all-white head that dissiptes to almost nothing quickly.

Nose: Bready makt, wheat, very,very subtle herbal hop, corn and grains. Metallic sourness after a while in the glass.

Flavor: a very thin corn and wheat malt flavor, very light and subtle flavors, basically not much more impressive than the usual imported macro lager.

Feel: light, crisp, becomes softer and flatter after only a little while.

DA: Pair this rather meek brew with some spicey indian food and the sweet malt flavors really pop out a bit more.

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Photo of woemad
1.68/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.15oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59. I picked this up strictly becaue I had never had it. "Best before 10/13/07"

This poured a darker shade of pale than I expected - a coppery gold. The head was fizzy and extremely short-lived. When I drank this not only was there no lace, but I'm reasonably certain lace on beers being consumed in glasses throughout the greater Spokane region promptly disappeared.

The smell was of a massively sweet corn scent. No other elements were detected.

This tasted like what I'd imagine a cold glass of liquified corn sugar would taste like. I'm making no effort to go beyond that to describe the taste of this beer.

The mouthfeel is not crisp in any way, largely negating for me it's value even as a desperation choice for a lawnmower beer.

I will be avoiding this beer for the rest of my days.

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Photo of Billolick
2.2/5  rDev -14.1%
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

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tooheys New

Appearance- Light copper brown with a thick soapy head. No lacing and the head disappated quickly.
Smell- Sweet corn syrup and rice, basically adjunct.
Taste- A sweet corn and rice mixture. Some sugary malt that becomes metallic.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and flat up front with a tangy metallic finish.

Overall- Blahhh. A cheap macro here, nothing more. Use it for drinking games.

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