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 crossovert
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +5.5%
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 -7.7%
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 wagenvolks
1.51/5  rDev -44.3%
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 Fieldzy27
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First review. Grabbed a sixer of these guys to go to the pool with and had one left over.

A: Pours a golden straw color with a near non existent head that dissipates in a matter of 15 seconds. No Lace to speak of.

S: Nothing amazing here. No real strong scent of anything..just hints of hops that are indistinguishable.

T: Cant really pick out any strong flavors here either. Tiny amount of barley and hops... Has a slight sweetness when it hits the tongue and that fades into a slight bitter upon swallowing. Nothing impressive but I don't find it totally offensive.

M: None really...has some carbonation pretty much the same consistency as almost flat soda water....wait....with less carbonation that actually.

D: Well this is a pretty run of the mill south american beer. If you drink Corona than this is your cup of tea. You can for sure put a bunch of these guys away in one sitting as it drinks like...well water. at $5 a six pack I would get it again to take to the pool.

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Photo of Portertime
2.16/5  rDev -20.3%
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 TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Mebuzzard
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 BedetheVenerable
3.32/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown screw top bottle with best by date clearly marked; this is just SLIGHTLY past its date.

Appearance: Light straw colored beer with lively carbonation; a hard pour produces a soft cap which actually sticks around a little bit

Smell: Cereal grains are dominant, but this isn't as sweet as a lot of the American macro versions; this is ultra clean; there's not much of anything here though. Still, I'd say this is above average for the style.

Taste: Cereal malt sweetness up front, but then with a dry, almost toasty malt backing, and an unforeseen fruity quality. Not a lot there, but again, above average for the style in that it doesn't have that overly sweet "corn" flavor going on.

Mouthfeel: Light. Duh

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Would I get it again? Probably not. But then again, I hardly ever buy adjunct lagers. This one, it must be said, is better than most. I got this in a mix-a-six, so I have no idea what the price is like.

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Photo of katan
2.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden to almost straw color. Lots of head - 1/2". Very bright white. Lots of bubbling - this thing appears extremely carbonated.

S - Strong pilsner malt - almost skunky at times. Very potent.

T - Starts off rather empty, with a light graininess and a small amount of malt sweetness. Mid-stream gets dry, with a hair of astringency. Finishes with some pilsner malts. Finishes clean.

M - Light beer body, strong carbonation bite. Very edgy. Finishes clean again.

D - Drinkability is good - abv is manageable. Flavors are overall easy going. Certainly has accomplished the goal of "drinkability" of a macro lager.

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Photo of Andreji
2.43/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So the bolivarian axis is in town - in NYC that is - as i decided to go grab a bite with a friend at "Caracas", a venezuelan arepa place downtown. guess what? they sell nicaraguan beer. i'm sure Hugo Rafael is proud the ALBA is working, at least expanding through capitalist NYC where this lousy beer and a decent but small socialist arepa rellena is drawing the capitalist dollar now worth at least 4,30 per "strong bolivar". no petrodolares here, comandante.

anyway, pale straw colored soda with fizzy white head and no excitement. you know what you're in for, mass produced sandinista rubbish.

smells like....nothing. bland, poor, central american by all means. so is the taste, probably what they feed their soldiers to keep voting ortega. yawn!

anyway this is a capitalist macro lamo lager in a chavesian country. yawn.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 theboozecruise
1.9/5  rDev -29.9%
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 HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. gringo bottle into a pint glass. Pours your standard pale golden in color and offering a light stream of bubbles emanating from the base. Half an inch of foam settles to and maintains a surface cap throughout and leaving some random lacing.

Sweet malts and corn on the nose, typical of Central American breweries and with just a hint of Europe, by way of the Caribbean, in the form of a light noble hop presence.

Taste is smooth and with a bit of a light syrupy finish. Good carbonation yields a decent feel which cleans up by the finish as the carbonation keeps the malt structure from overwhelming the palate.

An easy drinking beer, and yet another tropical brew I think is better dubbed a Euro Pale Lager vs. an American version thereof.

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Photo of rallison
2.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought in Costa Rica and compared to the Costa Rican national beers. Between Imperial, Pilsen, Bavaria Gold and Tona, Tona was the worst.

Rather standard in appearance, but it quickly goes downhill from there. Relatively strong vegetal smell that leads into a taste that is both harsh upfront and then quickly drops off to nothingness. Even by adjunct lager standards, this is rather bad.

Fun to try..and glad they are sold in singles at the AutoMercado supermarkets.

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Photo of yesferro
3.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at The Corner Store in Tupelo MS

Pours a very pale yellow with about half an inch of head, looks like a normal lager to me, same with the smell, nothing special, nothing bad.

There's a fruity sweet flavor to this, nothing strong at all, but better then the average run of the mill lager, very crisp and refreshing.

Not bad, I won't go out of my way to ever buy it again but today on this 95 degree day, it's not a bad beer to have.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +31.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
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 PTB25
2.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of my Dad's favorite vacation spots is Nicaragua. Last time he went, he brought me a Toña shirt. I happened to be wearing it at the beer store today and saw Toña Beer for the first time. Figured I better try it...

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Very pale golden yellow. Virtually no head, but plenty of carbonation coming from the bottom

S - A little nutty, a little skunky.

T - The skunky smell was no lie...although it's not terrible. The nuttiness is still there too. Light flavor, really nothing else of note.

M - Very effervescent, a lot of carbonation. A bit of a funky aftertaste.

D - It goes down easy - definitely a hot weather beer. I can definitely see this being better in hot, humid Nicaragua.

Overall, not great. Would I drink it on the beach or in the jungle? Sure.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.41/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color with a crackling white head that actually does'nt fade in an instant. Some lacing is evident as well.

Has a pretty typical Latin lager nose on it, sweet malt and rice and a bit like the lime has already been added. Very light and hard to discern much else.

Taste is not too shabby. It is very light and crisp, but there are not really any blaring off flavors. Decently balanced and plenty refreshing. As an adjunct lager, this rates fairly high for me. If I was on a beach in Nicaragua, this would do just fine.

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Photo of sprucetip
1.64/5  rDev -39.5%
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 puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of brdydvrs
2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of unclejimbay
3.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Toña Cerveza
Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
Style: American Adjunct Lager
ABV: 4.60 %

A 3.0 clear pale star color, noticeable carbonation, mediocre head , short retention
S 3.5 semi sweet aroma, semi skunky notes also
T 3.0 American macro adjunct type taste - clean and thin, some minor caramel notes
MF 3.0 - semi watery, medium carbonation
D 2.5 - not very interesting, I would drink it for free, don't see myself ever buying it.

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Photo of Amalak
3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of this simply because it was from Nicaragua because I was intrigued. It had a very light, unimpressive head. Nothing interesting, either, with the scent.

The taste was actually quite crisp and I would say have more flavor than a Corona or Sol, which is the style of beer this is. Not bad.

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Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
Beer rating: 2.71 out of 5 with 242 ratings
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