• Ian

Tooheys New Lager

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Lager from Australia 🇦🇺


Brewed by Tooheys Brewery

Lidcombe, Western Syney, New South Wales, Australia. 

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A bit about the beer

Ingredients - Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast

Tooheys started around 150 years ago by two brothers - John and James Toohey in Old Sydney Town. Taking over a cordial factory in Darling Harbour they got a brewing license and started their operation. Their first hit was called the ‘Tooheys Black Ale’, now called Tooheys Old, which many people have come to love for the past 150 years.

With the success of the Black Ale and with demands surging they had to expand and move their operation to the Standard Brewery at Surry Hills in 1875 where it has stayed put until long after John and James passed.

The brewers at Surry Hills mostly created ales and porters, until a new wave of brewers decided to attempt brewing a Lager in 1931, the result of which was called ‘Tooheys New Special’. The New again was a huge hit, and again meant operations had to expand. In the early 1970s, the crew packed their bags and headed up Parramatta Road and set up shop at the new Tooheys Brewery in Lidcombe where it has been until today.

As for this lager, it pours gold in color, a little on the light side. It has a very fine head, nothing great. It has an aroma of proper grains, better than most commercial lagers out there.

It is, however, just another standard lager, although probably a cut above most standard cheap macro lagers in Australia, and probably beats quite a number in other countries also.

I do not think this is a bad beer, would say probably above average and it goes down well on a hot summers day next to the barbecue. Can definitely put away a couple of these, as they are light and refreshing, but if you are after the hops and great flavour, it will probably fall short on boldness and taste.

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