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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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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 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 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 BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 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 emerge077
2.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.28/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a thinnish, brief, white head. It's a lager!

Smell: Aroma centered on sweet-scented cereal notes with a faint, faint background hint of floral hops. It's a lager!

Taste: A light taste of simple, basic barley stirred up with an addition of corn-based sweetness. The merest hint of hops and bitterness, but it's not enough to scrub away the sweetness that persists until the smooth finish. It's a lager!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. It's a lager!

Drinkability: By no means is it terrible -- there are no glaring off flavors or aromas, it's light, it's refreshing, and you may even forget you're in Nicaragua, if only for a few minutes.

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

Amazingly pale maize with water-like edges. TC is one of the lightest beers I've ever seen. Top-10 at least. The crackling cap is just bright enough to escape being called dingy and isn't sticky enough to leave more than a smattering of lace. It still manages to make it to average.

The aroma doesn't even make it that far. It's incredibly weak and features a mere hint of watery grain and musty hops. If it was stronger, the score would be lower. Things aren't looking so good for the flavor.

This is terrible beer no matter its Latin American country of origin. Again, the only thing keeping it from being full-on offensive is a lack of... well, just about everything. Corona Extra is almost hearty compared to Tona. Scary thought.

The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. It tastes like the brewers soaked a few handfuls of poor quality barley (including the husk) in a stainless steel drum full of cool tap water, drained the water, lightly bubbled it and then put it into bottles. No thanks.

The mouthfeel is barely acceptable since it's supposed to be light. Actually, it's on the light side of light. The carbonation briefly fizzes on the tongue and is then gone.

Tona Cerveza is crappy beer that has quite a bit in common with Bud Light, if you want to know the truth. If I ever find myself in Nicaragua, I'll stick with bottled water.

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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 TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a very pale straw with a somewhat strong white foamy head that leaves a good amount of sudsy lacing behind. The nose is mostly corn, not unlike a bag of tortilla chips, with some mild floral notes filling the background. The taste is kinda bland, with a vague corn-syrupy sweetness and a light bit of blunt bitterness. The body is quite light, with moderate carbonation and a watery texture. Overall, very ho-hum, but rather drinkable nonetheless.

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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 woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues its multicultural, multinational tour of the world. Our motto: "You put it in a CAN and we will give you a review!" Yeah, it probably needs work, but our budget is small and our minds are equally tiny. If you CAN come up with a better motto, let us know at company headquarters and if you are chosen from the thousands of entrants, we will send you a CAN of beer! How exciting.

From [TONE]77 comes Tona in a CAN and where is the tilde?!? I CAN't work without a tilde! The Crack & Glug was fine, lack of tilde not withstanding. I created two rocky fingers of bone-white head with poor retention, but I was enthralled by the pale lemon-yellow color of the beer to pay much notice. Color does not matter?!? Color absolutely matters and this was low on the SRM/Lovibond scale. Lots of CO2 in evidence, however. Pretty. Nose was not horrible for an AAL, though, with a grassy hoppiness cutting through all of the {ahem}, although I caught a good whiff of corn. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was about as big with corn and cereal as I have had in recent memory. Wow! It was like opening a box of Chex and hoping for the best. Finish was equally extra-cereal. Cooler? No! But at least the CAN was eye-catching.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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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 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 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 Mebuzzard
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was fairly impressed with this one, all things considered. I haven't had any barely good beers from the Southern Continent.
This one is a pale pour with a huge foaming white head that actually chunked up a bit. That saved it from a lower score. Looks just thin, no lacing.
Musky malt aroma. This is what I don't like about macros. That old sock smell. Still, it's not overwhelming.
Taste doesn't follow the nose, surprisingly. Sure, it lacks in many categories, but it does balance the musky malt with some sort of spice, not sure what it's from. A bit tingly. Could be the carbonation, but I don't think that's it. some faint pear in there.
I drank it rather chilled, so it went down pretty easy except that last sip.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear macro yellow with a minimal white head. The aroma is kind of hard to find, but what is there appears to be corn. The flavor is standard macro, but is actually one of the better adjunct lagers I have had. Still not full of flavor by any means, but this one is definitely drinkable. Thin mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation. I won't seek it out again, but it was a decent beer for the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild and slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. This is a good hot weather beer and overall not a bad choice.

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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 flagmantho
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. In honor of our huge heat wave right now, I'm drinking all international lagers tonight. First up: Nicaragua!

Appearance: pours an extremely pale white-wine hue with three fingers of foamy white head. Color is light even for the style, but the head is quite nice.

Smell: quite light; a little sweet malt and a little grain. Not wonderful, but it could be worse. I will call it below average, though.

Taste: extremely light and unflavorful. While not *bad*, per se, this is basically slightly alcoholic fizzy water. I'm not gagging, nor am I a fan.

Mouthfeel: not as watery as some other beers of this style, though still quite light in body. Carbonation is nice and actually yields a rather pleasant experience. I'm rather astonished.

Drinkability: I could slam these on a hot day. There's no pesky flavor to get in the way of getting a little refreshment and crafting a buzz. Of course, there's little beer enjoyment, either.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine brought this back to me after a trip to her homeland. Taken from the 12 fl. oz. can marked 080809-1509C1. Sampled on March 14, 2009.

A - The pour is pale yellow with a quick burst of bubbly white head that fizzles in short order. No lacing to speak of.

S - The malts are the leading aroma followed by something a little grainy. It was better than I expected.

T & M - The mouthfeel was not quite watered down but not heavy either. The flavor had a strong sweet malt element to it.

I did not think it was too bad.

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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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