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

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Toña CervezaToña Cerveza

Brewed by:
Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Imbiber on 02-16-2004

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 227
Photo of deereless
1.03/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Appears almost anemic, sickly pale yellow, head quickly dissipated - 1.5, S: Smells like a macro brew, probably some adjuncts - 1.0, T: Ouch, no redeeming qualities of beer and actually some truly undesirable aspects - 1.0, M: Thin - 1.0, O: Easily one of the worst beers I've had since rating beers - 1.0

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Photo of Imbiber
1.28/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I found this last week in Miami while dashing around in 84F heat and was thirsting for a beer. A Hispanic shop conveniently appeared so I thought 'what the hell', some of these Latino brews are ok...

Wrong on this one. I was going to take notes, but I had nothing to write as it turned out. Very pale in colour, like watered-down pee. Little aroma, no taste. Nothing, except carbonation - no true flavour at all. Just a hint of coarse grainy mouthfeel which was trying to be the flavour. Very watery, in spite of being 4.6%. Well, it briefly quenched my thirst, I'll give it that!

Ok for a hot day if water is in a short supply...

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
1.37/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.43/5  rDev -47%
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

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Photo of wagenvolks
1.51/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a (512) pint glass.

Typically thin macro lager hue: white grape juice in color and completely clear. What did impress me was the immense carbonation level, as torrents of bubbles keep a spittle-colored head from fully receding. The foam is mottled and unattractive, and tries desperately to disappear. Flavor smells like cooked corn, pilsner malt, and skunk. A hint of grassy hops tries to make it through, but this beer will not be remembered for its aromatics.

Yuck. Grainy, mineral sourness. Literally no hop or malt flavor to be found; just a watery mess with a stale, cardboard aftertaste. Mouthfeel is offensively thin, and the carbonation does little to help. Welp, this one's headed for the drain. I can't say I was expecting too much from a Central American macro lager, but at least Costa Rica's and Aruba's big exports (e.g., Imperial, Bavaria Dark) have SOME flavor. Avoid this beer like the plague.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.56/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear green bottle: Poured a clear pale yellow color lager with a small pure white bubbly head with not much retention or lacing. Aroma consists of light corn adjunct and bland aftertaste. Not much character to this one other then bland taste and light sweet malt notes. Another tasteless lager for mass consumption.

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Photo of Billolick
1.6/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
1.61/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
1.64/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i usually drank this from the bottle, but a couple of times it was poured into a glass. On the occassions that it was poured, it was clear, pale yelllow, the kind of color that scares me in a beer. But it had a decent head, some retention, lots of lacing and very active, continuous carbonation. So it scores highest on appearance despite the color. SMELL is almost non-existent, but partly because this one must be consumed at close to freezing to be drinkable. What smell there is grainy adjuncty. TASTE is not much better, but again is best camoflauged by being icy cold. When it starts to warm even a little, I am reminded why I don´t drink macro lagers (given an option). FEELS pretty thin and watery, because it is. To it´s credit it does finish fairly crisp. Again, it helps if it is very cold. DRINKS like an icy cold drink on a hot day should. But I find it satisfying in such a situation more like a cold glass of water, lemonade or soda would be, not like a beer.

Central America really is a desert waste land so far as beer is concerned. I don´t ordinarily rate (never have) macro lagers, but since this is my only style option, I figured it would be appropriate to let folks know what they are in for before visiting this beautiful country. The other main beer, Victoria, is hardly distinguishable from this one.

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Photo of stormstarter28
1.65/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of TheDeuce
1.68/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured this out into the glass very pale and exceedingly thin head, taste is grainy and more ,like a Miller Lite than a Dos Equis. Nothing of note in the taste, it goes down without a bit of flavor. As someone who has been to Central America I understand why lighter pale beer is popular down there, it can definitely be as refreshing on a hot day as a soda pop. Still, in terms of being a good beer, this doesn't come anywhere close.

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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 Blakaeris
1.73/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
1.8/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
1.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a pint glass... clear golden color, well carbonated, thin white head that dissipated quickly. Not impressive at all.

Smells... like a budweiser. Not very good at all. Maybe a little sweeter, but still that's the first thought into my head.

The taste is more of the same except not even as strong as the smell... like watered down beer. It's drinkable, sure, but not in a good way, and there's nothing that makes me want another.

Really, not a good beer at all, avoid this one if possible.

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Photo of kmeves
1.96/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lght pale golden with a small white film head. Aroma is lightly sweet malt and fruit. Flavor is a bit doughy, saome grain and metallic. Finishes abruptly and metallic. Light bodied, very thin mouthfeel. This one was a mistake, I should have known better.

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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 Reidrover
2.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok weird bottle spotted at local grocer. Nice packaging in the 12 oz screen printed bottle.
The appearance of the beer itself however is very bad..its the palest yellow I can imagine, no head whatsoever..just plain ugly.
The smell..is sort of faint grassy hops..at least its not skunked.
The taste again has some faint hops but its overwhelmed by a sweetness that begins to get sickening near the end.
Very thin and spritzy mouthfeel on this one.
I suppose I have to say its better than Corona..probably because the darker bottle..but not one I will reach for again.

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Photo of matjack85
2.1/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago - not because I heard anything good about it, but just because I never had a Nicaraguan beer before. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a perfectly clear gold color with a ½-finger of white head that disappeared in 30 seconds and left no lacing.

This beer has no smell - not even a beer smell.

Just an ordinary macro lager here - not that good but not bad either. Slight grain flavor and a bit on the sweet side. No hop presence to speak of.

Light body with medium high carbonation.

It'll do on a hot day, but not anything I would seek out again.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.12/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is just one of those pretty typical lagers. It's got the pale yellow color with foamy white head that vanishes within a few minutes. The beer tastes like grains and barley, not much of a hop essence to it. This beer would be one for someone that enjoys the Southern style lagers, or for just some kind of social gathering.

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Photo of alexgash
2.12/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle.

Very pale straw body. Clear and clean. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Nose of honey, cookie dough, creamed corn, and slightly skunky hops. Light honey sweetness, hints of cookie malt, and cardboard start this Latin American lager off. Adjuncty, sweetish, corn-y flavors settle in. Very faint hop bitterness in the finish--mineral water like. Fizzy, soda-like carbonation does not help. Light bodied. Very forgettable, and assuredly not good.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
2.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this one up at the local supermarket. Never had a Nicaraguan beer before! Poured a clear to slightly hazey goldish color. Smells skunky but not in a bad way, just that funk some South American and European lagers give off. Taste was thin with some musty hops and light cereal grain. Maybe a watered down Heiny? I tried this one just to say I tried it but didn't go in with high expectations. Drink it ice cold on a warm day with some friends or use it for beer pong.

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Photo of Rayek
2.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Bright pale gold with a steady flow of big bubbles. A soapy white cap meanders down to a patchwork film. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Not much here. Straw, plus some steamed cabbage is pretty much it.

T: This beer is mild and perfectly acceptable cold. As it warms, the flavors start coming through in a bad way. The initial hit is almost tasteless. There's maybe a hint of straw at work. Bitterness is sharp, yet relatively flavorless. The bitterness is followed by wince inducing flavors of overcooked corn and cabbage, mixed with the aluminum pot they were cooked in.

M: The light body is hyper-tingly on the tongue. Someone at the brewery needs to turn down the pressure on the CO2 injection machine.

D: Not good. The beer is OK when very cold. Letting it warm was a disaster for my palate.

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Photo of brdydvrs
2.2/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tona, the staple of Nicaragua, and when spending a semester one tends to grow to like the local brew, but it is hard when your choices include mainly CCN cerveza.

Tona has a very light, pale yellow appearance, little to no head and basically no lacing.

The smell consists of what I would call corn and rice, not sure how afficionados would call it

Taste leaves something to be desired, it is like there is a fundamental beer ingredient missing....

The feel is smooth, goes down like the water it is

When the temperatures hover in the 90's almost all the time I think anything cold would be drinkable, and Tona will definitely hit the spot of a refreshing ice cold drink, but I wouldn't put it up with refreshing ice cold beer...

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Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
2.7 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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