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Tooheys Brewing

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 177
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.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.91/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this on the menu at the Outback Steakhouse near me and figured I'd give it a shot.

Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Straw yellow with a finger and a half white head that disapeared pretty fast. Fairly active carbination.

S- Very faint, a little sweet and a little grainy.

T- Basically the same as the nose but a little more bold.

M- Light bodied and crisp.

D- Fairly easy to drink. If there was nothing else available I'd get this before a B/M/C.

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Photo of kegger22
2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was a little disappointed in the Toohey's New, probably unfairly so. On a tour of Australia in 1993, I hooked up with a couple of slabs of Toohey's Classic, which is no longer available, and I was hoping to catch lightning in a bottle for a second time with the New. While nothing about the New was offensive to the senses, everything was bland. Average looks, little aroma, faint taste, somewhat watery, but you could probably drink it forever if it didn't put you to sleep. Just very average.

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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 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 TubaManJack
2.78/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hooray it's billed by a local transplant from the States as the "generic Bud." But hey there is a place for generic lager in everyone's life.

Appearance- A light yellow color with no lasting head or lacing to speak of. Also a moderately high amount of carbonation.
Smell- Sweet, homely, and generic
Taste- Like a Bud, with light malt, corn syrupy, and something like fresh cut grass.
Mouthfeel- Typical Slickness with the right amount of bubbly
Drinkability- Decent, if your not drinking on taste alone but rather with a generic crowd or friends its a better choice then most. A "Bud" for Down Under.

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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 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 wheatyweiss
2.94/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce shorty brown into a pint.

Pours a light straw with a nice two finger head that leaves pretty impressive lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, with a hint of clover honey. Weak, I really has to search for that much.

Flavor is light roasted malt and sweet adjuncts. Hops are not present at all and if they have been added to the wort or dry hopped later they were a waste of monsy because the flavor is npt present at all. The sweet adjuncts take over.

Mouthfeel is watery and fizzy, pretty close to any BMC I've ever had.

Not overly terrible, but not good either.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.64/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden/pale that is quite nice to look at. A frothy white head tops the beer. Smells like a typical lager with a tad of corn in the nose. First sip is mostly malt and corn with not much of a hop presence. Pretty typical for the style - light bodied with plenty of carbonation. At 4.5% ABV this beer would be a great session beer if you are in eighth grade and need to stay sober for band practice.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.29/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is grain with just a hint of sulfur and a touch of grassy hops. The aroma is also a little metallic, nothing really special here.

T- The taste like the aroma is light bodied with some grain and not much in the way of hops except for just a touch of grassy hop bitterness way in the back.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and fizzy from the high amount of carbonation.

D- This is a below average lager that I really wouldn't have any interest in drinking again. Not a bad beer, but nothing really stands out at all to warrant a repeat purchase.

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Photo of colts9016
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour a very pale yellow. The nose is corn wheat and yeast. The taste is mildly bland and watery. No flavor kinda taste a bit of corn, straw and yeast.. The finish is simple and clean. Just and ok beer. This beer is quite similar to a Budweiser or Coors.

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Photo of Goliath
2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a quarter inch foamy white head. Terrible retention and no lacing.

The aroma is pretty typical. Kind of sweet, bready, adjuncty (can I say that?).

The taste is not too impressive. Sweet corn, pale malt, that's about it. Really clean finish. Was I just drinking something? Don't think so...

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Drinkability is low. It's not very good, so although it's sessionable there's no way I could drink this in any sort of quantity, or with much enjoyment for that matter.

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

This beer poured a brownish yellow with a thin head. The smell was pretty tight, although there is a little malt and hops there. The taste echoes the smell, starting off with some malt that is quickly followed by some hops. A very standard tasting beer, nothing to get excited about. The mouthfeel is pretty watery with some crispness due to the carbonation. A thoroughly average beer that may not even be the sum of its parts.

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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 1fastz28
2.31/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a light golden amber color with hardly any head smell is nonexistent apparently this is australias 2nd most popular beer, shame taste is devoid of flavor its not bad just tasteless mouthfeel is weak as is drinkability ive yet to have an australian beer that is worth anything but maybe im looking in the wrong place

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Photo of chiapete
2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ended up being a very average beerfrom color and aroma down to the taste.

poured the color of what the average beer drinker would think what a beer should look like . orange , gold color.

Had a white , finger size head that faded rather quickly , lots of carbonation . the nitro widget held some but not much . left a little cap of lace.

aroma was like the smell of your local bar. a little stale smell.

slight bitterness from the hops but nothing that really stands out , some fruit , and a little sweet all mixed in. had a carb. tingle on the tongue.
over all a very average beer . nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of jdmorgan
2.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber hue with a small white lacy head. Looked promising.

The smell was rather light with some malt and hop flavors present. The taste had a medium malt body but seemed to have some other "cheaper" flavors as well. Taste had a slight sweetness to it as well. The hop flavor was medium/light and had a slight astringent quality to the taste. Consistency was light/medium and carbonation was medium.

Not a horrible beer, but not top quality either. It just seems like a corner was cut somewhere in production and it seems to show. Better than alot of other macros though. There are better beers out there.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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 pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this one at Outback Steakhouse...when in Rome right?

A - I like the bottle, and this beer pours a dark bronze hue with minimal head and only a little creamy lace on the glass. Not much to look at really, but I appreciate the darker shade for the style.

S - I smell some deep (for the style) oatmeal notes along with some grainy husky aromas. This smells decent enough. It's actually pretty assertive for the style.

T - This is husky and grainy, with a unique flavor that almost reminds me of baked beans or something. not bad at all.

M - Light, but approaching medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation and a creamy finish.

D - If this is called a macro lager, it's right up there with the good but slightly boring Japanese lagers. This is similar to Asahi or Kiriin Ichiban...must be the Pacific DNA.

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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 scottoale
2.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the first beers I had on tap (as well as in bottles and cans) when I lived in Australia in 1980.

Imported 375ml. brown stubby with a code date printed on glass and a twist-off cap. It pours into a pint glass, a golden-yellow straw with nearly a finger of white foam. The foam settles quickly leaving thin patches on the surface, despite the ample carbonation visible.

The smell is faint...husky, grainy sweet malt, that's it.

The taste is sweet grainy malt that fades to a dry, crisp finish. The flavor reminds me of a typical American macro malt liquor with a much drier finish.

Light-medium body with a watery mouthfeel...drinkability is average at best, on a really hot day.

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Photo of generallee
3.08/5  rDev +20.8%
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 +21.6%
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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