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Nova Schin Pilsen - Brasil Kirin

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BA SCORE
66
poor

36 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Brazil

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: soper2000 on 06-18-2004)
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1.5/5  rDev -41.4%

Igormatos, Sep 04, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Anacross, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
1.88/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Straight pour from 350ml can to a large wineglass (because who knows, maybe it’ll actually make a difference). Freshness date of September 24, 2012 clearly printed in black ink under the kick-up of this can (“11:32 L 6230565 VAL : 24 09 12 RJ”).

Appearance (3.0): A solid finger and a half of crackling white bubles rises quickly, topping a perfectly clear, pale golden body, but soon fades to a thin haze. No lacing to speak of, but it does kind of suds-up nicely on the swirl (yes, I swirled it in my large wineglass).

Smell (1.5): This gives off an odd, pale, fruity character that’s reminiscent of a packaged fruit cup where you’re not actually sure what fruits the chunks you’re eating came from. But a diluted version of that. Nominally bready, I suppose, and mildly vegetal.

Taste (1.5): Whoa, really f’ing hoppy! Just kidding. This is about what you’d expect: the malt character is not bready and grainy so much as it is moderately vegetal, along the lines of boiled corn, lima beans, and canned peas. It does have a slightly bitter finish, but the herbal bitterness slides into that odd vegetal character to create a faintly sour finish that is not a ton of fun.

Mouthfeel (3.5): This does have fairly decent carbonation, offering a pretty active display of foaming on the swallow while making the tongue tingle the whole time. Finishes pretty dry, and is definitely light in body but not as watery as a lot of other macros.

Overall (2.0): Well, in some regards (mouthfeel, appearance), this is slightly better than other Brazilian macros. In other regards (smell, taste), this is no better than the average piss-water macro. But, it is what it is. Drink it as cold as possible on a hot day, and it will be appreciated exactly as it was meant to be—and not without reason. Otherwise, don’t bother. There are better examples of the style native to Brazil.

fmccormi, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of FLima
1.88/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 2 finger head. Very pale yellow color. Good carbonation.
Aroma was very faint, it took me some time to identify some corn.
Light body, as light as possible before considered plain water. Mildly sweet, felt mostly non-barley cereals. A hint of bitterness (positive in comparison to some peers). A little dry ending. When it warmed up became New Iron Schin given its metallic aftertaste.

FLima, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of soper2000
2/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This recently launched beer has become uber-popular here for reasons i cannot begin to understand, must be the ads. It pours a very thin yellow color with a medium forced carbonation head that quickly disappears. Has a faint aroma of adjuncts. Tastes virtually like water, i swear the IBU's have to be around 2 for this beer. Body is very light, i guess that's why i always see people pound these beers down, but on the upside at least it didn't have a bad taste.

soper2000, Jun 18, 2004
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2/5  rDev -21.9%

EgadBananas, Aug 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -21.9%

cervezango, Jun 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -21.9%

Oidmoe, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of cambabeer
2.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice head, minimal carbonation. Golden body with a nice lace on the glass.

S- Nothing! A little veggies maybe.

T- Very little except the rotten metal veggies.

M- Very light and clean because of the big carbonation.

D- easy but not worth drinking.

cambabeer, May 12, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
2.04/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is pale straw color with heavy dizziness but minimal head. Nose is somewhat off putting with heavy corn and vegetal character. Taste is sweet and grainy with corn present as well as other flavors I can't put a finger on that are typical in malt liquors. Mouthfeel is not as light as it should be which makes for a less palatable experience. Overall, pretty disgusting and out of style, even for an adjunct lager.

homebrew311, May 17, 2013
Photo of taez555
2.3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a crystal clear, almost dull white, yellow body with a small white head.

Nose is pretty nondescript. Simple macrolager.

Taste is light bodied and pure watery macro lagerr. Light malt, no hops, no need for bitterness. Lawnmower action.

This is my first Brazilian beer and I gotta sya, it was exactly like I immagined, dumbed down corona type pilsner. Hmm.

taez555, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Imstillthegman
2.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a semi-cloudy pale straw color with a thin white head rapidly disappears. No lacing.

Smells like a bad day in the fields. Wet hay, grainy, light floral notes, rice and just a hint of that ol' skunk.

Husky grains, soured dough, sweet at the end...almost repulsively sweet.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. There is a decent crispness to it that gives it a bit of hope. I won't be grabbing another bottle this one.

Imstillthegman, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of bird_soul
2.48/5  rDev -3.1%

bird_soul, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

269 ml can bought and consumed in Belem.

Poured light yellow-gold with a decent head.

Feel: watery light body with medium-high carbonation. Notably weak head.

Flavor: slightly sweet and fruity. Very mild flavor with just a touch of hops and a short-lived aftertaste. Slightly metallic. The aroma is also very subdued.

O: an drinkable fizzy, light beer.

chinchill, Aug 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

Etrusco, Jul 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -2.3%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of drinksandeats
2.53/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Old Colony Liquors, Quincy Mass.

This was in a mini-fridge display next to the cash register, so I made an impulse buy of this.

Can: Gold pinstripes on white, with a bold italicized Nova Schin logo on a red parallelogram background, adorned with a golden goblet overflowing with a strong heady foam, flanked by hops leaves and amber waves of grain.

Appearance: a sickly yellow, with floaties. I waited fifteen minutes and there were still floaties. Not much head, not many bubbles coming out of the beer.

Smell: nothing. Some maltiness, something like diluted grape juice. Like a weak macrobrewed light beer.

Taste: A bit of acidity, but not from hops, more like, again, grape juice. A bit of fruity flavor but lots of corn taste. I'd compare this to Schlitz Light or Stroh's Light.

Mouthfeel: No floaties on my tongue or sticking to my teeth. That's good.

Drinkability: I could put a few of these back, but why?

drinksandeats, Apr 18, 2009
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2.53/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not only did this Brazilian (!) beer come in a CAN, but it also had an aluminum foil cover over the top of the can to keep it from gathering dust or what-not. No matter, I still made like a raccoon and rinsed it off. CAN you dig it?

I got a finger-and-a-half of bone white head with decent retention off of my pour. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like cereal. Aw, come on, fellas! Doesn't anybody have any imagination?!? I am tiring of CANned beer after CANned beer being just filled with adjuncts. No wonder CANned beer has such a bad reputation. Mouthfeel was medium with a more characteristic lager sweetness than I might have expected from the nose. Finish had a slight sulfur characteristic but again, not anything that I could not overcome. It was better than some, less than most and since it was in a CAN, it merited a try.

woodychandler, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
2.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nova Schin is like any other big macro pilsner beer. Pours golden clear with good carbontaion that provides an intial froathy white head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are bolstered by grain with some hop in an effort to balance the beer. This is a standard no-frills beer. Drink it cuz its beer.

WoodBrew, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this as a tasting/promotion in a local liquor store. $7.99/12 pack. I passed, but tried the beer.

Received a straw yellow brew with a foamy white head. Not alot of opportunity for lacing. Decent clarity and bubbles in the brew.

Scent was pure macro. Corny, some sourness.

More of the same in the flavor. Light malt sweetness, with some light grain and a little bitterness in the end. The one thing I noticed as I drove home was the aftertaste. Just this sour beer flavor that lingered.

Beer was decently carbonated and medium-light bodied. Not a watery beer at all. There are American macros that are far worse.

Overall, for the style, not bad, but nothing I'd have again. THis is summer swill, or Brazilian BBQ palate cleaner at best. Nothing worth chasing.

OtherShoe2, Mar 06, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

ssgunbond, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of PorterLover83
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light straw yellow with a head that dissapates quickly. Pale malts lace the taste heavily along with a slight hop bitterness. Yeasty, earthy tones are in the nose. Lighter mouthfeel with a pretty good drinkablility to me. Maybe a hit or a miss but probably worth trying to me.

PorterLover83, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of DrJay
2.8/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet can with foil covering the top. Clear and straw yellow, there was a thin cap of bright white foam covering the beer for a few minutes, supported by constant bubbling. A bit of lacing. Not bad. Light aroma, notes of corn and grain along with herbal/grassy hops. Bitterness was nearly absent and made the beer sweeter than it needed to be. Hops were pulled way back as well. Slight mineral/metallic flavour. It reminded me a bit of candy with a grainy aftertaste. Thin body with fizzy carbonation. Not much to recommend here.

DrJay, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Offa
2.8/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an ok, but very mediocre and rather thin, lager.

Pale gold, it has a smallish, airy white head quickly shrinking to a wispy top and ring.

The aroma is fresh grain, hints of honey and apple, light herbal hops.

The taste does not live up to the smell, being vegetable with grain, grass, some old apple. Lightly sweet with very faint bitterness, it is bland and thin and has an old-vegetable aftertaste.

Offa, Apr 07, 2009
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