Tooheys New

Tooheys NewTooheys New is an Australian lager of 4.6% alcohol by volume. I had picked it up while looking for a Mild for the previous Session, not knowing it was a lager (and therefore unqualified), but game to try something new as always.

Appearance: Very clear. Light copper in color, turning to gold-orange.

Smell: Grainy lager smell—typical of that import type of lager, I’m finding (the macro lagers from the part of the world around Southeast Asia), with a bare hint of sourness and skunkiness.

Taste: Raw grain, steel-cut grass, lightly malty. Actually pretty drinkable. It has a retro feel to it—kind of a generic draft beer you’d find in an older tavern. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, with an edge. Not watery, but has a similar character cutting through it.

On BeerAdvocate, they don’t find it as drinkable as I do, scoring it only 69 out of 100 with only an astonishing 13% of reviewers approving. On RateBeer it’s the same story: 1.97 out of 5 and in their 7th(!) percentile.

Gee, I didn’t think it was that bad…


  1. As an Australian it’s interesting to see a third-party review of Tooheys New. It’s a mainstream macro here and so it’s unlikly to get a truly unbiased taste amongst Aussie beer afficianados as they grew up on it, or something like it, before discovering the joys of boutique beers. I’ll have to try and check my own bias next time a give it a try and see whether I agree it’s not that bad…not that I’m going to rush out and try one soon!

  2. I wanted to see where I could import some Toohey’s New. My Brother visited Australia and loved this beer. i wanted to get this for a special celebration. Please let me know.

  3. I’m with Gregg. I lived in Australia for a while and loved this beer. If it can be imported to Kansas City (Middle US), please let me know.

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