Nova Schin Pilsen | Brasil Kirin

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Brasil Kirin

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 39
Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.08/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of FLima
1.84/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
1.89/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of taez555
2.28/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.05/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of Bigvalbowski
3.18/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I couldint resist trying this beer. It was on special at my local international supermarket, $8.99 12pk cans. To tell you the truth this is reminicent of an American Macro Lager but a little better, would reach for one of these rather than a Bud at a bbq if I had the choice. The beer was light and crisp with a slight hoppy aftertase, smell was a little off, I chalked it up to the can. I would have again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.89/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of bala747
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a Brazilian restaurant in Singapore, and for a macro, it was pretty decent. Poured it from a bottle into a Warsteiner pilsener glass.

A: A mildly cloudy yellow with a big bubbly head that dissipates quickly leaving a light trail that is too faint to be even called lace but otherwise nothing to complain about.

S: Corny, adjunct smells, with some hint of sweetness and some bread, and some sweet esters.

T: Tasted like a typical macro pilsener but with some hint of sweetness. There were some candy flavours but not too significant. There was also very little hoppiness and some mild skunkiness. Nothing bad, but nothing really fantastic either.

M: Mouthfeel was again nothing to write home about. Mild to medium bodied with lots of bubbling, but tastes great with a Brazilian steak or meatballs.

D: Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer day. Much more flavourful than a Corona or an American macro lager, but not too heavy, so goes down pretty well.

Overall, a decent macro beer, that has a little bit of everything, though nothing really stands out.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head and lots of floating yeast and/or other debris. I don't know that this is normal. Smell is very weak, maybe a bit of malts. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, malts and corn. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.51/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of drinksandeats
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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?

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Photo of Offa
2.84/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.93/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent little summertime beer. Opens with a typical straw color, perhaps a bit on the light side. A somewhat fizzy carbonation produces a spritzy head that could use some staying power. The beer has a protien haze and 'clouds' of coagulated protiens floating about. Perhaps the beer had been sitting around for a bit too long. Aromas are freshly malty with hints of grain, lemon, grass, and yeasty breads. Flavors do much the same, but emphasize the acidic lemons, apples, and fully attenuated pilsner malts. As the beer warms, light vegitable taste and aroma gains intensity but never overwhelms. Textures also pick up on the acidity and the scrubbing carbonation. This does give a clean palate with every drink which I find refreshing. Alcohols give a light mint flavor and cooling that extends well into the finish. For what it is, I thought it was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright yellow with a 1 finger foamy, bone white head that was very well retaining for most of the drink and left a nice sheet lacing behind. Visible carbonation was extremely aggressive in nature with showering carbonation streams racing upwards.

S: The nose was fresh with corn and grains and a nice herbal hopping complimenting the natural aroma.

T: The flavor had a slight buttery flavor up front of corn and fresh grains followed by a nice grain sweetness. There was some light lemon and a spicy hoppiness in the finish to liven things up. Overall was clean, crisp, with a good full flavor per style.

M: very light, slick with a light fizziness and slid of the tongue effortlessly on the swallow.

D: Really nice drinkability and pleasantly surprised by this one. Can definitely down plenty of these with no complaints.

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Photo of PorterLover83
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.45/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of blackie
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nova Schin Pilsen pours a crystal-clear, very light straw-gold body beneath a bright white head of creamy foam. The head retention is surprisingly good, and it leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is slightly odd, but not really off-putting. It's mild, but there are notes of candy and wet tobacco there. Fortunately it's just slightly floral as well, and that helps to balance it a bit.

It's gently crisp in the mouth with a median carbonation and a dextrinous, if that's possible, light body. The carbonation releases easily, and it becomes a bit airy and smooth as it warms across the palate.

The flavor explains where the candyish note comes from in the nose, as it's kind of sweet, and not particularily grain-like. And the wet tobacco note may be coming from the dull, muddy, herbal and leafy hops in the underlying background. They're there somewhere, but you can't really pick them out through the sugariness of the malt (if we can call it malt). Bitterness is limited in the same way that the hop flavors are, and the candy-like sweetness carries over into the finish. It's not cloying, and it fades within a moment, but it leaves the beer with an overall stickiness.

Clearly brewed for those that enjoy beers without any hop flavor or bitterness, I'd imagine that this might do very well with the younger "disco" crowd (18-25).

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Photo of Jason
3.29/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

Pours a thin spritzy lace, very pale color with a bright clarity.

Watery hay like graininess in the nose, muted hops as well.

Wet on the palate and light bodied as well. Solid crispness. Clean on the tongue with a faint maltiness that leaves a dry grain husk character in the finish.

Middle of the road mass-produced lager ... nothing more.

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Beer rating: 2.51 out of 5 with 39 ratings