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

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Added by Imbiber on 02-16-2004

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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of Dyerseve
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mimi
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of FriedGold2112
1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of wizo
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ericjubeck
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of ltdantheman
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of depechemode1983
2.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straw yellow in color with a lot of visible carbonation. Head was white and gone quickly. Typical.

S - Light corn with a metallic twang. Smells like pennies.

T - Some light corn with a little sweetness. Getting a little lemon as well. Nothing offensive. Just average.

M - Mouth feel is pretty good and pretty crisp. Tons of carbonation. Like sparkling water.

O - Pretty average all around. Nothing complain about. Ive had worse.

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Photo of hogrider
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean macro-yellow with a strong visible carbonation presence. The head is off white with a gloss to it, 2 fingers high it stood dominant for a good length of time. A good amount of lace adheres to the glass walls with a modest full band. Don’t know what people expect visually out of this style, but came off pretty good as can be expected from my stand point.

S: The aroma was faint of dried maize, grainy, and modest in strength. Comes in at average expectations.

T: The flavor was sweet and grainy, fairly clean with no off flavors. A decent grain base for an American adjunct. A bit of maize comes on the swallow. Simple, low hopped and again pretty much what you would expect per style.

M: Would of liked to see a bit more sharpness and crispness here, light on the tongue but comes with a fairly clean exit which is always good.

O: As far as American adjuncts go, setting personal preference aside, this is clean, very easy to consume and would trump any BMC in my book. Will it make you go wow, again no, but did show some flashes of grainy sweetness and cleanness to make it above par. If I was a fan of this style this would be a good candidate for multiples. Very cleanly brewed helps.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, the whole time in Costa Rica, I was drinking Imperial, etc. Then I came across CR's Craft Brewing Company, and their two fine offerings. I was in a store, and saw bottles of Toña, and thought "cool, a beer from Nicaragua". But sadly the bottle smashed on the floor as it fell from the fridge in the hotel the next day. Towards the end of the trip, I found Toña again in cans, and bought it once more, just so I can try a beer from a different country. Served into a red wine glass, because that was my only choice. Bright yellow color, with a clear body. Lots of carbonation. Not a lot of aroma, which is not a negative thing with an adjunct. Better nothing that skunky. Taste was actually not too bad. Pretty enjoyable for a macro. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thinner (if that's possible) than the macros from Costa Rica. But that just made the beer even easier to drink. I am glad I bought this because it was really not a horrible beer, and also got to try a brew from a different Latin American country. Would have bought this more if Imperial didn't rule CR.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -7%
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 matjack85
2.1/5  rDev -22.8%
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 -22.1%
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 heavy216
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz twist top bottle, different than the picture, 1 finger head, heavy lacing, pours goldenrod in color

S: smells like a budweiser nothing special

T/M: served cold had light body strong carbonation. somewhat watery with a very sweet aftertaste.

D: overall not bad...would be good chilled on hot summer day/night

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Photo of e11iott
2.97/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 fat finger head, heavy lacing, light straw in color.

S: Light fruit aroma, sort of hard to place.

T/M: Served ice cold had light body. had a very sweet after taste, stong carbonation.

D: Taste didn't improve with warmth, would be better ice cold on a beach.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.56/5  rDev -42.6%
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 gkunkle
3.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the best Adjunct Lager I have ever tasted. The beer pours a transparent gold/straw color with visible carbonation. The smell didn't have much going on, but i liked the little bit of graininess it had. The taste was where this shined, compared to any other adjunct lager I have ever tried, it had the most taste by far. The taste was good, it had a little bit of citrus flavor, a good slight bitterness and an interesting sweetness to it. I would love to try this on a sunny beach someday, it would sure kick the snot out of a budweiser. The mouthfeel was light, refreshing and crisp and the drinkability is great.

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Photo of sleazo
3.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tona is ubiquitous in Nicaragua. You cannot find a bar that does not serve it in its' own refrigerator with a handy thermometer on the outside. This comes in handy as this beer is best served cold which in a hot climate is ideal anyway. the beer is rather light in flavour, slightly malty with a barely discernible hop presence. This is perfect however and goes down really easily while on the beach, in a bar with a fan or a hammock.

I would say I liked its counterpart, Victoria slightly better which had more taste and alcohol. Between these two, you are not likely to find much else in Nicaragua.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.8/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tona Cerveza has a medium, frothy, white head, and a clear, straw appearance. Carbonation is high, and lacing is minimal. Aroma is of tosted barley, and that is the essential smell I picked up. The taste is an interesting mix of sweetness, barley, citrus, and maybe some other grain, with almost no hop bitterness. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Tona finishes refreshing and not as dry as American lagers. Overall, I found this to be a surprisingly different-tasting beer. I enjoyed it and recommend others give it a try.


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Photo of Rayek
2.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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 roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tonic glass. Look: Golden glass color, without head and lacing. Smell: Malt-sweetened cereals. Taste: The same, malt-sweetened with cereals. Mouthfeel: Very clean and crips, slightly bitter that lies with the high carbonation, light body. Drinkability: Very acceptable for the these hot days of july.

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Photo of crossovert
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz brown twist-off bottle. Different label than shown here.

It pours a super super pale hay color with a huge white head that looks pretty crappy. Lacing, yes, but does it matter?

Smell is pretty subdued, that is all i have to say.

The flavor is odd, has almost a coconut paper candy soda taste to it. Definitely a big paper character. It has alot of sweetness, some crackery malt and some maize.

Interesting, but bad taste, forget about it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.86/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear straw/yellow color. Poured a 2 finger white billowy head with good retention. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Strong, sweet malt. Hay, grass and citrus. Light peppery hops.

T: Wet crackers and grain; mildly sweet. Dry ahead of a light peppery bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, dry and very carbonated.

D: Very drinkable, easy abv. Initial taste is flattish and surprisingly malty.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
2.72 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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