Tooheys Extra Dry - BOTTLETooheys Extra Dry

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Company info:
Tooheys Pty Limited

[No website listed on bottle]

Bottle size sampled: 345 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.4

Cap type: Twist

Cost: I picked this up for AU$2.60

Label info: N/A

What the label really means: N/A

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Putting aside my intense hatred for clear-glass bottles, the label for Tooheys Extra Dry is printed onto the glass. (This is the first beer I have reviewed for this site that has employed this method. Unfortunately, someone screwed up at the printers and this bottle’s label is a little off alignment, with quite a bit of bleeding around the letters). Green stripes run behind the ‘Extra Dry’ lettering, and it reminds me a little of a Max Headroom video clip. The Tooheys deer head sits above and does little to convince me of anything. The only place this label would look good is cracked over the head of a real estate agent.

I give it a label rating of 3 out of 10.

AROMA: A pleasant, malty, almost floral, scent. Very surprising.

Taste: GLASS – Very mild, very generic. My mouth continually searched for something distinct during this tasting, and found nothing. 

Tooheys Extra Dry - GLASS

Yes, it’s definitely ‘extra dry’ in taste but it’s also extra boring. Give me a break.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 4.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Gassy, watery, dry, and dull. I’ve seen more taste in Elton John’s wardrobe. This beer is actually hard for me to drink. Ordinarily, I am against the practice of putting a wedge of lemon in beer, but for Tooheys Extra Dry, I suggest hollowing out a large lemon, pouring the beer inside it and drinking it straight from there – just to give it some taste. This beer is an insult to me and all beer fans – avoid at all costs. 

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 4 out of 10.

A word from the wife: “Not a great beer but I’d still have a few”

She gave it a taste rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: See my lemon comment above.

Best season to appreciate: Whichever season is the one where you are offered the alternative of a bottle of this, or face a firing squad.

All-nighter beer? Not for me thanks.

NEXT WEEK: I’ll endeavour to find something stout lovers can appreciate.

  1. McLean not MacLean says:

    This made me laugh out loud. Several times. And I haven’t even had a beer yet. Great investigative work Agent Hellcat. Love your work.

    By the way, I tasted the best Australian stout I’ve ever had at the weekend (while in Melbourne). Trouble is, I got a bit pished and cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. Now I see why you always write up your tasting notes after the first beer of the night.


  2. BargeDave says:

    As with many other mass-produced Australian “lagers”, I understand that the brewing process is a combination of traditional brewing and the involvement of chemicals to complete the process. The result is a pretty rough beer. But it’s cheap. So if we compare this with another dry beer (such as the Kirin reviewed last week), Toohey’s is appalling. But it costs less, so the comparison is only so fair. I just don’t drink cheap Australian beers because they all taste boring, rough and bring on hangovers.


    • BargeDave says:

      Actually, further to previous, I’ve just noticed that the Toohey’s is actually the same price as my regular tipple, Coopers Sparkling Ale. I can assure everyone that the Coopers ‘Red Lable’ (as it’s known to South Australians) is far better value. If it’s a cheap drinkable lager you’re after, I tend to go the ‘Amsterdam’ (made by the same folks who make Grolsh, as I understand it) or one of the other cheap imported lagers available through some large chains (eg ‘Bavaria’, ‘Hollandia’ etc). These make much cleaner drinking than your Toohey’s, XXXX or VB’s, or any of the other mass-produced local beers.


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