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Nova Schin Pilsen - Brasil Kirin

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: soper2000 on 06-18-2004)
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1.75/5  rDev -33%

07-05-2013 19:18:49 | More by Anacross
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New York

1.88/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: can

07-14-2012 04:04:27 | More by fmccormi
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1.88/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 01:36:16 | More by FLima
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2/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 13:42:27 | More by soper2000
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

06-20-2013 01:07:55 | More by cervezango
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

02-21-2014 00:18:27 | More by Oidmoe
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2.03/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 23:30:08 | More by cambabeer
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2.04/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 08:29:53 | More by homebrew311
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2.3/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 20:39:34 | More by taez555
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2.45/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 21:29:14 | More by Imstillthegman
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

02-25-2012 10:42:16 | More by BrazilianAussie
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

07-22-2014 11:42:44 | More by Etrusco
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

05-25-2014 12:56:05 | More by Latarnik
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2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
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?

Serving type: can

04-18-2009 01:53:23 | More by drinksandeats
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2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 00:19:25 | More by woodychandler
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2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 17:40:59 | More by WoodBrew
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2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-06-2010 00:00:24 | More by OtherShoe2
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2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

07-05-2014 05:18:18 | More by ssgunbond
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2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:44:33 | More by PorterLover83
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2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2010 22:55:05 | More by DrJay
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2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 23:04:55 | More by Offa
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2.88/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

light straw color, crystal clear. for the style, not bad looking. I could use a little more color though. This beer is very apply. smell and flavor remind me of apples. low malt profile. Some bitterness noticeable. Adjunct character is very strong obvious. I drank it, but it's definitely not my favorite. Another good substitute for water.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 03:06:36 | More by mlazzaro
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2.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: There's a low, white head that completely recedes. The beer is a clear, pale golden color.

smell: First, a sulfuric noble hop aroma dominates. Some pale, bready grains and rice come in later.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower half of the high range, and the body thin.

taste: Very watery and bland. Some pale grain sweetness is found, but mostly just watered-down adjunct flavors. Very slight, dirty hop flavor, and just a touch of bitterness in the watery finish. A hint of sulfur.

drinkability: Water is drinkable, so it follows that this is. Still, it's so drinkable that I have to give it a 3.5.

Review entered from notes taken on my first night in Brazil in Guarulhos

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 01:48:58 | More by blackie
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2.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with my friend at a beach in Capão da Canoa - RS (Brazil)...or was I in Xangri-La? Served ice cold, on to the beer:

The usual pale fizzy yellow lager tagline appears here, a decent sight. The aroma was adjuncty but clean with grassy notes. Now unlike most Brazilian macro lagers, this had fewer off flavors. Simple, somewhat clean, and decent drinking without getting too nasty. If you're stuck with Brazilian macro lagers, I would choose Nova Schin over the rest, though that says more about the competition than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 04:49:26 | More by DoubleJ
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3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

White head crackles, lacing drapes the glass and clarity shines. The aroma is reminiscent of crisp dumpling dough from the malt and lemon zest from the hops. Obvious Pale Lager crispness dressing a light body. Thin malt is a given, but there is enough to keep this beer together. Aftertaste is clean enough to want to take another sip.

In the realm of mass-produced Pale Lagers, this one sits in the middle. Sure, it does its job ... refreshing and drinkable, but there is not much to really talk about other than it is just a plain Pale Lager. The ho-hum side of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 21:52:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Nova Schin Pilsen from Brasil Kirin
67 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.