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

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 24.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Imbiber on 02-16-2004)
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Photo of skittlebrau


3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This stuff is everywhere in Nicaragua and cheap as hell for Americans. I don't have a whole lot to say here because we've all had this type of beer before. It's a yellow macro beer with no head, smell, or hop character, and as such I had to ding it compared to the standard BA fare. On the other hand, when in Nicaragua, it's one of the best things you can drink and we had a great time over several of these. They are very sweet and very drinkable, much like Dos Equis. Most of the places we went it was cheaper than water, so that can only add to the drinkability factor, right? I wouldn't bother looking for this stuff in the states, it's probably expensive, stale, and hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 18:54:59 | More by skittlebrau
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up just to try something from somewhere fairly obscure like Nicaragua.

Poured it from a bottle to a pint glass. Gave very little head at all. The color was an orangey amber, with a thin, clear quality.

The smell was not particularly strong. Some hops and malt are apparent. Dissipates quickly.

The taste had a weak malty overtone with an almost bubblegum aftertaste. It finished weak with a sweet aftertaste.

There wasn't much carbonation, so there isn't much to say about the carbonation.

On the whole, not a terrible beer, but it's just overly average. Not much personality.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 23:01:12 | More by avalon07
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.35/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw with a white head that does not stick around at all. Nose is pretty uneventful. Mild cereal sweetness. Flavor is the expected slightly metallic, slight cereal influenced boring beer. Feel is full of bubble and the typical liquid feel. Overall this is just another boring beer. Who cares where it is from. It's basically the same thing you've had the world around.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 09:50:11 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this basic Caribbean/Mexican/Latin/South American -style bum lager.

A-crystal clear straw yellow with thin soda-like head. Heavy carbonation.

S-Corn, vegetal aroma. Very typical for the style.

T&M-Thin body with slight hop bitterness in the dry finish. Spritzy metallic taste produces very little flavor.

D-Lets put it this way...on a nice beach on a hot day, this would do the trick, but any other time, not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 23:55:27 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


1.38/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- Pours the palest color Ive ever seen a beer, it actually looks like slightly yellowed water, it has almost no color at all. No head and just some carbonation bubbles, ginger ale look alike.

Smell- Much like the appearance, almost no smell here either, very week odor of malt.

Taste- Weak notes of rice malt and a slight hint of alcohol, very watery.

Mouthfeel- An awfully watery beer, not good at all.

Drinkability- A bad beer, no doubt about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 16:25:59 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of becktone


2.25/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Eye: Color is extremely light and clear straw yellow. I'd go as far to say that it is more clear(water) in color than yellow, like clear(water) with some yellow infused into it. Believe it or not this beer does have a head, soapy looking small white film over top of the beer.

Nose: Pretty much the same as all other macros. Clean aroma, little bit of malt sweetness, corn adjunct is detectable. Better than most macros.

Tongue: Clean taste, not unlike any other macro. Corn taste is evident, reminds me of a tortilla. Better than most, but still not all that great. Little bit of sweet malt flavor, but really watered down. Flavor is pretty clean. All in all pretty much tasteless in terms of beer, all the flavors listed above are watered down, and they aren't all that great even, who wants to taste corn in beer?

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in body with higher carbonation as usual. Not bad for the price of 2.50 for a sixer, but still it sucks. You could drink this all night, but why, this isn't a great beer. I won't buy it again. But if you like the style you might want to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 20:06:31 | More by becktone
Photo of CanaanBob


4.58/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best tasting central American lagers I have tasted. It pours up to make a beautiful white head, and when one pours it straight into a pint glass, the bubbling action releases one of the cleanest smells I have experienced in a brew. The odor of malt combines with subtle adjuncts to provide an interesting smell that invites one to "breathe the beer" as they drink. It has a very even light straw color, the lightness of which belies the bite one gets after having two or three of these. Its drinkability is exceptional. It is, overall, an excellent session beer. Mouthfeel is very nonobtrusive -- once the beer leaves the palate, the mouth is clean, wanting more of this fine brew. Those who would fault it because it is clean, clear, and light just do not get it. This is Nicaraguan cerveza -- people of Aztec descent live in hot climes and have had corn as a staple for centuries. Hence, they have historically made the best beers to refresh and throw off the heat. Heck, if I want ale, I summon the Brits -- that's their specialty -- they get cold and want heavy stuff, and that is fine -- that's their heritage! I'd put this humble beer in the same bracket as Carta Blanca. Drink it ice cold, and you'll never again drink an American macrobrew.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 02:46:48 | More by CanaanBob
Photo of acrawf6


2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a very light straw with a fizzy white head that drops to nothing.

Smell. Grainy and sweet…nothing good but nothing really offensive.

Taste. For what it is and trying to be, not bad. Flavor is neutral and light. Certainly on the sweeter side, even can get a little cloying. Aftertaste dries up a little.

Mouthfeel. One the lighter side, and with the higher carbonation, remind me a little of club soda.

Overall, Just another imported macro that leaves you wishing you had something better. It's not horrible, but it's one of those beers I cannot ever imagine buying again...There is nothing in this Nicaraguan beer causing you to seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 07:54:16 | More by acrawf6
Photo of baos


2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Von den Anmerkungen.

12 oz into Lord of the Rings collectors glass that's lit with a red light from the bottom.

A: Golden with white head, good clarity.

S: Malts and a bit of Diacetyl smell.

T: Not so good, like a bad Heineken.

M: Not much there.

D: Once this strange tasting brew settles on your tastes bud it really isn't so bad I had two of them before i decided that I'll never drink another. Not that its really that bad, but there is just so much good stuff out there and so little time.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 23:51:47 | More by baos
Photo of matty


3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale colored beer with a very light corn aroma.Taste is pretty much your run of the mill macro lager.The best quality of this beer is it's smoothness it does go down like water.I would buy this again and recommend to my friends.Nothing great but nothing horrible.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 06:36:11 | More by matty
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer leaves the 12 ounce brown bottle a crystal clear golden yellow, the head average and bright white, as it quickly settles, the lace forms a patchy sheet upon the glass. Nose is the prototypical lager, somewhat sweet with a hint of malt; start is light with a modest malt presence. Finish has a benign acidity with a bit of lingering sweetness, also some bitterness in the bone dry aftertaste, not something I like as it’s a bit light for me, but it is refreshing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 21:14:08 | More by Gusler
Photo of tgbljb


2.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smellis sweet, but not really a malt sweetness.
Taste is refreshing, but too sweet.
The best thing I can say about this is that it does not taste bad, it just barely has any taste.
Could be a good beer for a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 22:37:09 | More by tgbljb
Photo of stormstarter28


1.63/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light yellow, with very little head and almost no head retention. Wow, that's some carbonation if I've ever seen it. Tastes watery, with a little lemon kick. Very little flavor, mostly just carbonation leaving a sickening bubbly feeling in my mouth. Wait a second...I think somebody put a watered down Sprite in my Tona bottle!

Avoid at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 14:04:44 | More by stormstarter28
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.35/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

This beer is watery and refreshing, which is probably what I would want too if I lived in Nicaragua (it gets hot there I hear). Nonetheless, its extremely pale color, soda pop head, non-existent aroma, and virtually non-existent flavor did not really move me to give it a glowing review.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 04:05:03 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of putnam


3.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My pal Mike brought me a sample of this Nicaraguan beer. I resisted tasting it for a few weeks (I have been suffering from a summer cold).

True to Mike's report, this beer has a somewhat deeper malt profile in the aromas than a typical industrial "world lager." I smell spices and blonde hash too, punctuated with toasted biscuit crust. The color is very pale (practically no head retention).

The balance on the palate leans toward richness and creamy texture, with dull, caramelized lemon fruit before the telltale industrial lager water essences assert themselves on the pleasantly dry finish.

This beer is better than Budweiser. It is a little sweeter than Miller High Life, which itself verges on too sweet for my palate.

Perhaps with some pupusas or empanadas filled with beans and pork...

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 18:31:35 | More by putnam
Photo of BEERchitect


2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sometimes I think that the Cerveza-type beers should have their own style of beer. Althought the style is often problematic, it still displays separate character than it's current style -- American Micro-Lager. This beer fares well compared to most Cervezas, but not so much with even average world Lagers. It opens with a crystal clear, lightly straw appearance, with efforvescence, initially comforting head retention, but lacks staying power. Smells, well, light but of a typical blend of pilsner malts and raw, adjucnt grains. The flavors fare better with a sweetness that sways toward light malt sweetness, but with a blend of corn, and over-sparged astringency. The feel continues with a light bite, but otherwise quite clean. A light coat of unnecessary sweetness persists, but does not deter. Finishes quite clean with a hint of unfermented corn sugars. Not a bad experience with this beer, just one with not much character -- about as good as you can ask for from the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 03:09:40 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can you smell the revolución?

Someone threw this into my bag when I wasn't looking. I asked if they had any glasses, & when I come back to the counter, the cashier has a sly look on her face.

It pours mimicking ginger-ale, white fizzy head, golden body, strong, soda-like carbonation. The head fades almost as soon as I finish typing.

Smells of oats, dry leaves, fruit roll-ups & Juicy-Juice.

Taste is devoid of anything I just mentioned. Watered down apple juice & a peel of the skin for the slightest hint of bitterness. A little lettuce keeps my tongue dry on the finish.

Hard water from my faucet puts up more resistance going down.

A good alternative to bottled water. :)

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 00:37:49 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of Drew966


1.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tona Cerveza pours a golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. It smells primarily like adjunct. The taste is fairly harsh, it's all adjunct with no redeeming value. This beer is particularly bad even for a Latin American lager. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 00:47:08 | More by Drew966
Photo of Commandogeraldo


2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, first off, this beer is completely transparent. All it does is color the image opposite the glass yellow. As for the smell, the head smelt skunky, but after it faded (which it did, and quickly), the nose was much more subdued. Taste is that of a light lager but with a more substantial and slightly sweeter finish. Mouthfeel is okay, more tooth than a light lager, but not by much. Carbonation okay. Drinkability is pretty easy, I could see someone knocking back several of these. To close, I quote my mother, who said, "It was weak enough for me to drink!" That is all.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 04:03:43 | More by Commandogeraldo
Photo of shbobdb


3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this baby as a special at Alabama Liquors in downtown Indianapolis. At $0.75/bottle, how bad can be it?

Well, it isn't that bad, really. I popped the cap and drank it from the bottle (personally, I think the proper glassware for the American macro-lager style is the bottle it comes in) and I gotta say it tastes nice. Very light, with a pleasant prickly carbonation. It has a very strong fruit-loops taste and smell, which is a pleasant change from the nasty, adjuncty mess I was expecting.

A top tier beer this ain't, but for the style (and the price) I've got no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 18:11:16 | More by shbobdb
Photo of Gump


2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow pilsner pour, evenly dense head.
One of the more difficult styles to review, due to the common subtleties of each.
Sharp corn mealy-grain aroma, light bitter hop aftertaste which matches the aroma is what sets this beer apart from the others. Similar to Pacifico in that they both have a real "beer" flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 23:58:05 | More by Gump
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a suprising beer. Sure, the bottle looked "classy", but as you all know, looks aren't everything in the world of beer. Very well balanced malts and hops. I would drink this over most any other American Macro anytime. The smell and taste kind of had a very light smokey vibe going on. Overall a nice beer, especially for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 03:28:04 | More by JISurfer
Photo of emerge077


2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drink this cold and from the bottle. The nice silkscreened bottle.
Lime was thrown on top, not a bad additon to a mediocre beer. Looks clear and yellow in a highball glass. Slight foam, nothing substantial. Bready malt aroma.

Tastes mostly of the bready malt hinted at in the aroma. Otherwise it's watery and undiscernable from other macro lagers. This was on special at a bar for $2.50, which I would take over the usual macro crap. Very plain, but drinkable...fairly clean overall. So is water, you'd be better off with that, if you're strictly looking for refreshment without inebriation.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 07:03:58 | More by emerge077
Photo of cdkrenz


3.33/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.22 / Bottle
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Very clear pour with hint of gold. It has alot of action as the carbonation swirls. The white head is about 1/4 and fades after a minute or two.

Smell - The smell af barley is obvious with this lager. It's not as pungent as I like.

Taste - The taste offers the barley flavor I do like in a good lager. However, as I noted previously I prefer that attribute to be even stronger.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is really noticeable in the feel. The beer is felt strongest toward the back of the tongue. Not a very smooth beer.

~ This beer reminds me of something my friends and I would slam back in college. I know, I know. I really shouldn't be so critical but that's what this is; a forum for criticism whether it be constructive or otherwise. Let me just say this. I would most certainly drink this beer again. I'd love to take a 12 pack out to the beach, or with me and my friends out on the boat. This is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 03:40:18 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Maerzen


3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer this weekend at a Nicaraguan restaurant down in the outer mission in San Francisco. Though it is very light in both appearance and taste it paired with the food quite nicely. I would think that if one were in Nicaragua in the summer this light beer would be refreshing and one would be glad not to have something much "heavier." Bit more floral in the nose than comparable Mexican light lagers and enough difference in the taste to enjoy something different.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 18:42:52 | More by Maerzen
Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
64 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.