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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
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 +19.6%
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 -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 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 heavy216
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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 +10%
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 -42.2%
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 gkunkle
3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
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 +18.5%
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 +40.7%
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 -19.3%
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 roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
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%
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 +5.9%
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 -7.4%
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 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 Fieldzy27
2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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%
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 +17.8%
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 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 BedetheVenerable
3.32/5  rDev +23%
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 +8.1%
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%
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 +6.7%
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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Toña Cerveza from Industrial Cervecera S.A. / Compañía Cervecera De Nicaragua
2.7 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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