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

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Toña CervezaToña Cerveza

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Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua

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 jmbranum
4.37/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I decided to give this beer another try after a previous sub-par tasting and I am very, very glad I did.

Somehow Toña has become one of the tastiest adjunct lagers I've ever tasted.

A nice balance of toasty malt and hops. Dry start and sweeter finish.

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Photo of Try-em-all
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Of all the beers I try, there is always going to be times where you shoot craps. This is one. THis review is short, don't bother with this one. Next, please!

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Photo of hman43
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: It porus light golden with a head that quickly disappears.

Smell: It has grainy sweet aromas with some musty elements, and grass.

Taste: It is somewhat grainy sweet with grass, and a bit of musty to it.

Feel: It has a light body with high carbonation that leads to a carbonic bite.

Overall, this is a beer that doesn't have much complexity or flavor, but what is does have is okay.

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Photo of Myotus
2.96/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 43°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 09Sep16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 23Sep16.
SMELL: This legitimately does not have a smell to it.
3 out of 5
TASTE: An instant balance surprises me as mild flavors of biscuits and spicy hops first roll out on to the palate. Subtle earthy hop flavors and hints of peaches and floral hops quickly trail as the biscuit and spicy hop flavors dwindle to faint levels. The subtlety of the brew closes with flavors of bitter hops and hints of grass and car exhaust while all previous flavors now maintain.
2.75 out of 5
NOTE: I was expecting something dreadful, but instead, I received a simply bad beer. I would not recommend to any craft beer lover unless you just want to scratch a Nicaraguan beer of your list. I would, however, give this to my macro loving friends as this is a much better alternative to a Budweiser or Coors.

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Photo of Suds
2.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

So, I don't think that I've ever had a beer from Nicaragua. The brew that I have has a different label, but it is clearly the same product. The appearance is a pale yellow, clear, effervescent, with a (frankly) better than expected head. The aroma is of adjuncts...corn, a bit of dms, but also (surprisingly) a hint of malt. The taste is light, slightly sweet, and bland. Light in body and watery finish. Honestly, it is better than I would have expected.

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Photo of BWED
1.97/5  rDev -27.3%
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 -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%
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 -14.8%
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 The_Kriek_Freak
3.26/5  rDev +20.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -3%
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 -12.9%
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 +1.1%
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 +1.5%

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 -36.5%
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 -17.3%
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 +12.9%
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 biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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%
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 +10.7%
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 -17.7%
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%
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 -0.4%
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 +6.3%
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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Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
2.71 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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