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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
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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 shadow1961


2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Toña, a Nicaraguan Lager, pours out a loose head over a clear,
pale yellow brew. The head collapses almost instantly, but the high
carbonation leaves a constant ring of foam in the glass. Not much of
a nose here, just a bit of malt. The flavor is thin thin thin- a suggestion
of barley malt, and a bit of rice as the brew gets warm. The mouthfeel
is also thin- just like water, in fact. I don't know why they would go to
so much trouble- it came in a proper silkscreened brown bottle, with a
proper crown cap, yet all they put in it was a product indistinguishable
from Corona.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 08:53:51 | More by shadow1961
Photo of umustdrink


2.58/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

2.99 for a six pack

A - Completely clear light yellow color. Head is white and fades very quickly to absolutely nothing. Lacing is about 5 or 6 small round patches.

S - Somewhat like a skunky pilsener but theres a very sweet almost metallic sugary smell.

T - Not as bad as I thought it would be, not as flavorful as it smells though. Faint earthy wheat-stalks and a sugary adjunct.

M - Overly carbonated as you would have thought. Very thin and watery body.

D - Not as bad as I was expecting. I'd probably take this beer over most US macros.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 02:37:56 | More by umustdrink
Photo of PeatReek


3.38/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I won't pretend to recall a whole lot about the appearance or aroma of Toña; I only bothered pouring it into a glass two or three times. It was a pale golden color with barely a rim of head, and a relatively standard American lager aroma. The taste is extremely clean, and more oriented towards malt and corn than rice extract. I'm absolutely shocked at everyone here comparing Toña negatively to American lagers like Bud and Coors; there's just none of the thick rice blechiness of those beers here. If you're tasting cardboard, blame poor storage and transport conditions; there's none of that at all when it's fresh. The body is light and thin, but in a refreshing way; very smooth and clean-tasting - I'm amazed that this is nearly a 5% beer, from the mouthfeel and utter lack of alcohol heat I would've estimated 3%.

But the area where this cerveza really shines is in drinkability. On a recent trip to Granada and San Juan del Sur, we literally drank Toña morning, noon, and night. And later at night. Every single day. And we never got sick of it, never got so much as a gross beer aftertaste. It goes with gallo pinto, it goes with indio viejo, it goes with lobster al ajillo. It's even a nice rum chaser. We really put this beer through its drinkability paces like no other and it succeeded hands down. I'm a little surprised that they bother importing it to the US, but taken in its parched tropical context, it's a sure winner.

I will resist the urge to bump up the score by filing a second review for canned Toña, as I don't think there's a damn bit of difference between the two.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 03:34:41 | More by PeatReek
Photo of mooseisloose


2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle smell is of corn and barley, very sweet. Pours to a very light yellow-gold color. A little bit of head but not much. Taste is very dry. Good carbonation but not really anything there. Mouthfeel is very good but not much substance to this brew. Finish is corny like the start, still sweet and consistent throughout. A very basic beer with no significant qualities. I won't be traveling to Nicaragua to stock up.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 23:33:18 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of Blakaeris


1.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours very light pale yellow, with a thick soapy white head that leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is sweet and syrupy. The lightest hint of hops.

Taste is sweet, with an unusual off flavor mustiness. Finish is dominated by the cardboard like mustiness.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

Even BMC is better than this. The off flavor in the taste is very distracting. Worse than Corona.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 21:41:32 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


1.58/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured a very, very, very light yellow with a light fizzy white head.

Smell is light and sweet with some hints of citrus.

Taste has a strong corn syrup quality, very sweet and corny with a bit of light grassy malts.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

Pretty standard Macro swill, a little bit cornier and sweeter than the average American version, I can't believe this is worth importing.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 21:33:05 | More by bashiba
Photo of whynot44


3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light clear straw yellow with a fizzy head that disipates quickly with barely a trace of lacing.

The aroma is mild, a bit of corn, very light malt and a hint of grassy hops.

The taste is about the same, very light, clean, slightly sweet with hints of citrus and grassy hops at the finish.

Thin, watery, but refreshing. A step up from bottled water. It will go down easily after a round with the lawnmower or while fishing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 03:19:25 | More by whynot44
Photo of Vancer


3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seriously, I have never seen such bright and clear straw yellow, small lace that tries to provide some lacing. This stuff is almost crystal clear. Sniffs of corn don’t help a whole hell of a lot. Quaff is crisp, clean and very dry – surprise, surprise. But, ya know, not unpleasant or not exactly enjoyable. This just needs a punch of body and some type of presentation – it’s a glass of club soda, for crying out loud.

But, actual taste puts this heads above Crapona.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 03:48:26 | More by Vancer
Photo of zeff80


2.33/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a very, very clear and pale yellow. A one-finger head that left no lacing.

S - It smelled of corn.

T - It tasted of corn and was quite sweet.

M - It was a little thin and watery.

D - Despite one of the most clear appearances I've ever seen, the flavor was better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 02:23:06 | More by zeff80
Photo of Billolick

New York

1.58/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 ouncer, pours very light and clear pissy yellow. Minor white head, zippo lacing, c'mon what was I expecting? And the sweet, corn/rice nose, that screams "adjuncts!" How do you saw "drain pour" in Spanish? Oh man this is some bad stuff, cant even say 'lawn mower" brew for this one. At least I was smart enough to purchase only a single bottle of this swill. Thank god I dont live in Nicaragua.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 00:22:58 | More by Billolick
Photo of dstc


3.73/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale, light clean looking lager with white head that totally disappears leaving no lace.

Smells as clean as it looks, little malt and a little corn.

I love the taste of this lager. It's definitely light and a bit metallically but quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel is also light and watery and well carbonated.

Typically I drink dark or heavy beers but then again I do live in South Florida so sometimes you need something to quench your thirst and that's what this beer does. I know most people get down on this style but when it's 95 degrees and your cutting the grass in 100% humidity a stout won't do. I love a lot of Mexico/Central America/South America/Caribbean beers for this reason, it's just a good summer brew that beats the big American macro brew out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 17:57:20 | More by dstc
Photo of xav33


2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a shaker
Recent brewing, refreshed 01/07

Poured a clear light yellow with a medium fizzy white mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate corn and light crisp hops.

Taste was upfront moderate corn and soft grassy hops followed by more of the same, maybe with a bit more accent on the hops, on a short finish. Palate was light bodied, watery, and fizzy.

Overall, it tastes good, but there are similar products brewed locally for way cheaper. Not worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 22:16:14 | More by xav33
Photo of ZAP


2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Never saw this brand before so I decided to give it a try. On the plus side is not horrible. By that I mean there are no bad off flavors or skunk notes. It drinks easy....has a slight lemon/lime note...light bodied...fizzy....finishes fizzy in the mouth...mildly sweet for the style....the more I drink it the more I get the lemon/lime impression.

I can drink these in the hot sun...the lemon/lime notes might become bothersome after awhile but this isn't bad for the style....more like average.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 22:21:03 | More by ZAP
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at good ol' Ronkonkama beverage while home for the holidays in a place where its actually cold in December. Pours extremely light golden and very clear with decent but temporary head and a corny, grainy, nose. Taste was decently clean and refreshing, with some hints of hop and a basic but reasonable flavor. Slight citrus tones. This is pretty much as expected and little better but certainly not a drain pour or anything like that.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 04:24:30 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Pegasus


2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear pale golden color, with a large white head, which retains quite well, with slight carbonation and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Mild malty aroma, with slight grassy hop aroma, rather clean.

Taste: Mild tart malt at the open, this carries through to the end of the taste, where slight grassy hop notes appear. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with sharp, soda-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, well-crafted example, although rather lacking in character. Still, there is certainly nothing to offend.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long neck bottle with enamel labeling, and a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 04:15:32 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Padron4KM


1.43/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle, nov 06 date code on neck.

Clear yellow. Fluffy white head, no lacing.

Initial aroma is chemical, akin to Raid ant and roach spray. After that burns off it’s all cooked corn and sugar.

Flavor is of pennies soaked in water.

Awful, I knew I should have only bought a single instead of a 6er. I can barely finish 1 bottle, let alone 6. Drain pour for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 08:32:38 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of Dubblebock


4.33/5  rDev +61%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I was pretty much blown away by this Nicaraguan offering. I had never seen it in the market before, and I just sort of stumbled on it while shopping at an HEB one afternoon. The bottle looked cool, and it had a shelf-talker from one of the store clerks recommending it, so I took the chance and picked up a sixer. Damn glad I did, too, as this surprising beer was actually quite excellent.

The beer pours quite well, with a pillowy head and a clear complexion. The nose was sweet and malty.

The taste was flat-out great. Very smooth and relaxed, a slight crackery tone to the malts and an excellent balance from the hops. I was very impresed with how tight this beer was. It's basically a Nicaraguan macro, but it's just miles ahead of most of it's domestic competition. Although the smell had some sweetness, it wasn't readily apparent in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was good, the finish just as good as the first taste. VERY drinkable. I'll definitely pick this one up again, especially in the warmer months. This beer could easily go toe-to-toe with most of the US macros and win handily. Note that my rating is high based on that criteria. For a macro lager, it doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 18:54:12 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of ADR


2.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, pale, pale yellow, clear, but with a decent 1/2 inch fizzy head with fairly good duration for the style. A few isolated strings for lace. Pale malt aromas, some maize and a touch of a lemony bite. Light mouthfeel, but the carbonation is not excessive, which adds a decent drinkability. Calm and straightforward sweetness, light brown sugar and slight yellow corn, with little hop to notice as distinct. Slight sharpness like old wet Army canvas in the second half of the profile. The last bit takes away from a clean impression somewhat, but not really seriously destroying the overall effect.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 00:03:51 | More by ADR
Photo of Hollenbeck2


2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer being marketing at my local Mexican Market where I find all the best tamales and homemade tortillas, this was good beer, nothing exceptional, the first beer I have heard of from Nicaragua. I put a lime in it because I figured you should with most beers from that region but found it did not need one, a good lager, especially when it is hot out, but I woul dnot go out of my way to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 03:48:01 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger white head that vanishes to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Sweet citrus/hoppy nose. Starts with some sweetness but not much flavor, incredibly watery. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 22:19:10 | More by jdhilt
Photo of HardTarget


3.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Very light brown (enough protection?) 12 oz. bottle lists 4.6% abv.

Aroma: Green apples and light notes of buttered corn (not good).

Appearance: Painfully clear, almost white pale yellow glass sports a good white cover that gives solid lace, but the lace fades very quickly.

Flavor: Pretty straightforward taste, standard macro lager range. Mild hop bitter followed by a sweetish seemingly adjunct finish. Very mild flavors and no obvious flaws that I feared given the nose. Mild corn/rice finish, I can never tell the two apart.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy carbonation, thin body, fairly dry finish

Overall Impression: It is what it is; An American macro lager from Nicaragua. A tough style to brew so kudos to the brewers. There’s nothing wrong with this beer, just a “plain Jane” beer. Glad I tried, but I can’t see getting another.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 03:14:25 | More by HardTarget
Photo of burtn


4.43/5  rDev +64.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma - a strong lager yeast aroma was apparent after pouring Tona into a glass, the aroma had a faint maltiness also.
Taste - There was a fine balance between the sweet malt and the aromatic hops.
Mouthfeel - The body was consistent with a European Style Lager.
Drinkability - Balanced and refreshing with just the right amount of maltiness for this style.
My over all impression was very favorable so I contacted the friend that gave me the 6 pack and asked him about the beer. He knew the importer so he gave me his name and I contacted him with my thoughts. He felt it was appropriate to ask the brewmaster and so I exchanged e-mails with him, Rudiger Adelmann.

My impressions were that the beer was brewed with less adjunct grain and it was probably rice and more two-row than six-row barley malt. The brewer informed me that he uses only two-row barley and only 30% of the mash is rice in comparison to 40% being the average American Lager with adjunct grain.

I wanted to make sure the sweetness didn't come from DMS so I asked him about that and he responded that his level is about 30-50 ppb which places it at the bottom or below American Lager levels. They are the third brewery in the world to install a new wort boiling sytem called "Stromboli" from the German company Krones-Steinecker which is designed to get rid of undesired off flavors like DMS during wort boiling.

I love this beer...viva la Tona!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 22:19:21 | More by burtn
Photo of nekronos


4/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IT is a way of call a Woman named Antonia in spanish way, like a friendly way, like Bill for William. OR Pancho for Francisco. The beer is quite great, a little dark, but not enough to be a Vienna, it is perhap a semi dark lager. IT is drank by young people at parties. BUt the flavor is good, not at all a crappy lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 14:06:32 | More by nekronos
Photo of robertp1024


3.48/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will say the same as everyone else. Pale, pale, pale. This beer is quite appealing, given the economical situation of this country. It's not the best in the world, but one of the best in central america. The scent of corn is strong enough to recognize fairly quickly. The taste of corn and slight hops is what gives this plain beer a somewhat exciting taste and puts it above the other central america beers you will see in Nicaraguan bars.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 18:33:53 | More by robertp1024
Photo of mrgrandefromage


2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As mentioned ad naseum, this may be the palest beer ever. Light aroma, slightly hopped. Slightly sweet. Surprisingly I can actually taste hops. I also get an unusual after taste...remember those really old taffies your grandma would have on the mantle, and how they had a sort of musty after taste from being so old? Sort of like that, but very slight. Anyway, it's 10 trillion times better than Corana which isn't saying much, but it's something. Good with pozole and menudo.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 05:04:33 | More by mrgrandefromage
Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
64 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.