Toña Cerveza | Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua

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Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
Nicaragua | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Imbiber on 02-16-2004

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Photo of BWED
1.97/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

350 ml can poured into a tumbler.

A- Straw yellow, clear. White head dies instantly. No lacing.

S- Fruity and floral. Straw, grassy, and grainy.

T- Plain grain, grassy, and floral hop.

M- Light, clean, a bit crisp.

O- Nothing good about this. Light, tasteless, and chuggable.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.52/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: diacetyl; a little light struck; a hint of bread and pilsner malt;

T: a balance between bread, pilsner malt, and skunkiness; finish is mildly bitter;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: date on the bottle is 6/3/16, so it's probably reasonably fresh; only takes a few minutes in the wrong light to get light struck;

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Photo of tigg924
3.09/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, straw yellow, with moderate carbonation. Taste is straw, honey, and light cracker. Tasty and refreshing, slightly above average adjunct lager. Nothing fancy, but just what I needed tonight.

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Photo of JoshFrantz
2.31/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Thin & light. Exactly what was expected when ordered. On its own, Tona is far from impressive. When you're getting lit up by habaneros and llajwa on your steak. It plays its part well in keeping the fire at bay. If I see it on the list at future latin joints, sure. But this isn't going on the dolly the next time I'm at the distributor.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I didn't feel like this one was as bad as most people make it. Sure it's not top quality but when enjoyed in hot weather and with the right kind of food it's actually really good. Decent flavor and aroma and a nice head to appease the eyes. Not bad at all in my opinion.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light golden, crystal clear body with a quarter inch of white head. Grain, adjuncts, corn, cereal grains. Similar flavor. Moderate sweetness with a syrupy finish. Below average.

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Photo of biegaman
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Toña has a very light complexion, predictable for a hot-climate lager. It's definitely more yellow than gold, but does at least have some colour. Same story for the head - retention is pour just as you'd expect from an adjunct lager but there is some. Still, the bubbles make it look refreshing regardless.

The aroma, on the other hand, is enough to make one hesitant to drink it no matter how thirsty they might be. It has a spoiled, sweet, and smelly scent that's far too reminiscent of creamed corn for my comfort. Some things taste different from how they smell but I'm not optimistic here...

If industry cutting corners had a flavour this would be it. Skimming costs by diluting a beer with cheaper fermentables like corn or rice or simply inferior grain in general has very real consequences that aren't hard to notice - where's that wholesome, malty lager flavour? And why does this taste like corn syrup?

This thin lager is anything but 'clean' and far from 'quenching'. Without the help of acidity or hops, it's difficult for anything this light-bodied to be either refreshing or satiating. In all seriousness, a cold glass of water leaves more of an impression than this (not to mention there's no unpleasant aftertaste).

If I had anything positive to say about Toña I'd have done so already. Without the scenery, people, or cuisine of Nicaragua to accompany it, I find zero appeal here. Hopefully the craft beer revolution makes its way to Central America and turns people off insipid, poorly produced brands like this one.

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Photo of mschantz
2.36/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Typical adjunct lager served ice cold in an effort to mask the shitty taste. While I loved visiting Nicaragua it is a beer wasteland. My recommendation - BYOCB

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Photo of chinchill
2.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz brown bottle with a twist cap.

Pours with a light golden color and a fizzy head that soon reduces to a minimal partial top coat.

Aroma: as expected for style - mild; mostly biscuits and spicy/herbal Euro hops.

Flavor: a bit better than expected given the aroma; on par for style - mild; biscuits and lightly spicy hops with a touch of corn. Thankfully, only the slightest hint of skunking.

Feel: carbonation is a touch lower than usual but no harm in this. Light body.

O: not bad as a refreshing light beer. Worked well with Mexican food.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Came across this at my local store so said why not? Who knew that non-descript AAL's were popular in Central America? I thought I was drinking a cross between a Miller High Life with a hint of Heineken.

Poured a typical pale straw color with the smell and taste dominated with adjuncts. The mouth feel is watery and there is no real finish.

Unless you are trying to drink beers from as many counties as possible don't bother with this one.

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Photo of jeranbrews
1.72/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Large bubbles. Big foamy aal style head. Some continued carbonation. No lacing. Color very pale and clear.

S- corn. Aluminum. Just a hint of wet dog.

T - very generic plain adjunct lager.

M - bit of fizzy harshness. I imagine the little scrub brush bubble cartoons from that popular toilet cleaner commercial running around my mouth.

D - this beer needs to be paired with spicy food and served ice cold to mask the tastes. If I had to choose between drinking this and getting disintary from Nicaraguan tap water I'd still choose this beer but I'd hesitate.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.24/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I have had Tona on several occasions inside and outside of the United States, with Costa Rica being the country I consumed it in the most (it is widely sold in Costa Rica or it was in 2010). It pours relatively pale, is watery, and has little noticeable aroma. In my opinion it does have kind of a bight going down, even though it is only 4.6% ABV, and it has a grainy taste. it is great for sunny and hot when exploring the beach or country.

San Jose/Punta Viejo, Costa Rica August, 2010

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.06/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

When in Nicaragua...probably the best cheap beer available, better than Victoria.

Very light and average tasting, but that's the point, on a hot day on the beach in San Juan Del Sur, this beer is the perfect choice!

The guy below me knows whats up though!

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Photo of milfgismvajay
4.79/5  rDev +77.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Alright nigga. Sit down and buckle the fuck up imma about to learn you some shit on the best goddamn bear in ever. Legit talking about the nectar flowing from Eve's sweet pussy once a month and had nigga Adam accin tha fool. If you havent guessed by now or are otherwise fucked in the head and havenn't had the glorious pleaseure of its cold embrace on your pallete let a nigga break it down for you.
Im talkin Tona.
Done? DElish? Fuckin thought so you're welcome. now lets get into the ratings and explanations.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Tipsy's Liquor World in Denver. Strong Simpsons' associations are stirring in me there.

This beer pours a clear, very pale, diluted golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, but mostly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves damned near nothing in the way of persistent lace as it quickly falls away.

It smells of a gritty, grainy corn and pale malt sweetness, musty, overripe drupe fruit, mild acetone, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is dusty pale malt, dried corn husks, echoes of apple and pear skins that once were, and earthy, weedy hops. Simple, that's for sure.

The carbonation is quite frothy in its one trick fizzy pony show, the body medium-light in weight, and a mite bit clammy in its sticky smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the graininess of the mixed malts and plain-ass hops gettin' 'er done, but without much in the way of overt crispness.

An average offering, for this well-below average style. At least the off-flavours are kept to a minimum, all of which just results in a stark, unadorned canvass of grainy water. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, with these national lagers, I suppose.

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Photo of Tone
2.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, corn, rice, and a hint of sweet malt. The aroma is very muted. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct, pale malt, and a hint of hops. The body is equally as muted as the aroma. Overall, decent appearance, but weak in every other category.

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Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on January 18th, 2013. Poured form a can into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Beer is an exceedingly pale yellow. A white head a finger and a half tall foams up and dies off fairly quickly. Plenty of active carbonation throughout the glass.

Aroma is lightly sweet and ever-so-slightly floral.

Flavor is also a little sweet with a slight corn edge to it. A touch of malty grain and a fleeting dash of bitterness on the finish. Clean and inoffensive, as it was no doubt intended.

Mouthfeel is a little fizzy but otherwise similar to water.

Nothing wrong with this beer's flavor, which is an achievement in brewing, of course. I wouldn't drink this again, though. Just not enough going on to hold my palate's attention.

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Photo of janubio
2.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ml. bottle, Pours a clear yellow colour, good head but fades away too quickly. Smell of yeast and grain, maybe some citrus. Thin and light palate. Taste is nothing. Just like a soft drink with some alcohol. Not bad if you're looking for a refreshing drink. but if you're looking for a beer try some other.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can brought back by a good friend from his trip to Costa Rica, Thanks for the opportunity Rob!
Pours a solid adjunct lager golden yellow with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet pilsner malt with hints of honey and enough hops to keep it from being called Goya. The flavor is fairly clean nothing objectionable and nothing fantastic. Sweet grainy malt with a slight floral hop to bitter. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slightly sweet mouthfeel. Solid clean easy drinking lager, better than some but still an adjunct lager.

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Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose—hints of rice and corn are noticeable.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of malts, although no adjunct flavors are detectable. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really thin or watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. This finish has a bit of dryness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is actually a bit refreshing. I really enjoyed this compared to other beers in the style because the taste doesn’t have flavors of adjunct malts.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear extremely pale straw yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin (maybe 1/8 finger) bright white head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of adjunct malt aroma with mostly hints of corn. This beer is very light in aroma.

T: Overall the flavor of this beer is very light (mild) but there is a subtle presence of grassy hop notes and light bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery with light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is refreshing, easy to drink, and super sessionable - I could see this being extremely satisfying on a very hot summer day.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: thin head on a straw colored clear body.

S: mostly musty light pale malt. stronger on the nose than I expected.

T: incredibly light beer with some grain and sweet corn notes.

M: very light and high carbonation.

Overall: watery, ridiculously simple but the aroma is stronger than I was expecting.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straw yellow in color with a lot of visible carbonation. Head was white and gone quickly. Typical.

S - Light corn with a metallic twang. Smells like pennies.

T - Some light corn with a little sweetness. Getting a little lemon as well. Nothing offensive. Just average.

M - Mouth feel is pretty good and pretty crisp. Tons of carbonation. Like sparkling water.

O - Pretty average all around. Nothing complain about. Ive had worse.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean macro-yellow with a strong visible carbonation presence. The head is off white with a gloss to it, 2 fingers high it stood dominant for a good length of time. A good amount of lace adheres to the glass walls with a modest full band. Don’t know what people expect visually out of this style, but came off pretty good as can be expected from my stand point.

S: The aroma was faint of dried maize, grainy, and modest in strength. Comes in at average expectations.

T: The flavor was sweet and grainy, fairly clean with no off flavors. A decent grain base for an American adjunct. A bit of maize comes on the swallow. Simple, low hopped and again pretty much what you would expect per style.

M: Would of liked to see a bit more sharpness and crispness here, light on the tongue but comes with a fairly clean exit which is always good.

O: As far as American adjuncts go, setting personal preference aside, this is clean, very easy to consume and would trump any BMC in my book. Will it make you go wow, again no, but did show some flashes of grainy sweetness and cleanness to make it above par. If I was a fan of this style this would be a good candidate for multiples. Very cleanly brewed helps.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, the whole time in Costa Rica, I was drinking Imperial, etc. Then I came across CR's Craft Brewing Company, and their two fine offerings. I was in a store, and saw bottles of Toña, and thought "cool, a beer from Nicaragua". But sadly the bottle smashed on the floor as it fell from the fridge in the hotel the next day. Towards the end of the trip, I found Toña again in cans, and bought it once more, just so I can try a beer from a different country. Served into a red wine glass, because that was my only choice. Bright yellow color, with a clear body. Lots of carbonation. Not a lot of aroma, which is not a negative thing with an adjunct. Better nothing that skunky. Taste was actually not too bad. Pretty enjoyable for a macro. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thinner (if that's possible) than the macros from Costa Rica. But that just made the beer even easier to drink. I am glad I bought this because it was really not a horrible beer, and also got to try a brew from a different Latin American country. Would have bought this more if Imperial didn't rule CR.

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Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
65 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.