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Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Simpler Times LagerSimpler Times Lager

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186 Reviews

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 347
Avg: 2.92
pDev: 33.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: blackie on 10-11-2008

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Photo of MrGuinness77
1/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - looks completely disgusting out of the can

Smell - smells like cheap alcohol mixed with windex

Taste - very bitter and filled with chemicals

Mouthfeel - the windex taste fills more & more with each sip

Drinkability - absolutely not. never again

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Photo of jamex
1.06/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Some "friend" of mine told me that this stuff was pretty decent for the (very) low price. So I picked some up for I believe $1.99/six-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A) Putrid yellow.
S) An overpowering yet sickly sweet upchuck of malt. Very cheap tasting, and not in a good college-memory way but rather the opposite.
T) Picture yourself hunched over a rusty, metal trashcan. You've already vomited up most of the swill, but there's those really deep heaves that still bring up all that bile and pre-dung taste. Grab a sample of that concoction and you've got Simpler Times.
M) So disgustingly buttery and malty that you nearly pray for Bill and Ted to appear in their phone-booth, take you back about 5 minutes, and beat you senseless as to avoid consuming this devil liquid.
D) Let's put it this way; after attempting to drink this beer on two separate occasions, I let my kids make (supervised) "potions" from this crap. Besides, it seems there would be no way to make this beer any worse.

By the far the worst beer I ever consumed, taking the reign away from Schlitz.

More amazing is that some of these reviewers rated this beer the same or higher than Wipeout IPA and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. WTF.

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Photo of rekiwi
1.09/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sweet. Way, way too sweet. Vegetal boiled corn and very coarse carbonation overwhelms any other flavor or aroma. I poured the first can into a pint glass. I should've tossed the rest, but I'm cheap and drank the last two from the can to try and blunt the experience. Halfway through my first can I started to gag a little after a pull. I know this sounds melodramatic, but it was just bad. My wife agreed. It took the two of us a week to get through the six pack.

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Photo of HugePlume
1.16/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz can poured into a pint.

A- Pale yellow with heavy foamy head.

S- Awful. This is easily the worst beer I have ever had. Smells like weak pancake batter mixed with windex and cheap high alcohol wine.

T- Unbearable. Very skunky flavor with no malt character. The windex taste is overpowering. Im amazed anyone could finish a six pack.

M- Well carbonated but somehow feels chalky.

D- undrinkable

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.29/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Can into pint.
Grabbed a mix-n-match 6 pack of tickable cans from Trader Joe's...

Very clear dark yellowy golden body with a huge 3 finger beige head. Wait, make that two finger, no one... Well shit. A thin film of beige bubbles is all that's left. No lace.
Little notes of lemony citrus hops come through, but are barely noticed above the massive sweetness of cereal-like grains and notes of boiled sweet corn.
The flavor is very sweet... Way too sweet in fact. The finish is even sweet, and that's bad in a lager-- the crisp clean finish of a cheap lager is one of it's selling points for me, and this hath failed.

Body is syrupy and heavy feeling.

Overall-- no thanks. This is poor, even in terms of representing the style!

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Photo of ZekeMillz
1.3/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I can enjoy cheap, fizzy beer on occasion, but I would rather drink urine than another sip of this. Definitely in the running for the worst beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Thads324
1.61/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a basic yellow. Fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. Little lacing
Smells much like a fruity estery mess. Grain husks and creamed corn. Gross
Taste is right along with the smell. It's like drinking creamed corn juice that's been rotting for a few days. Awful overly sweet mess.
Undrinkable from the flavor. Medium body, fizzy complexion.

Never again.

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Photo of idResponse
1.61/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I want a cheap beer that will do me good.
This looks like a good match!
Oh god... it kinda smells funky...
OH god! OH GROSS! It totally reminds me of Steel Reserve, only with less alcohol!
OH yuck! Get this out of my mouth!
Why would anyone buy this swill when for a buck less I can get the awesome tasting RED OVAL!

Seriously, do not bother with this....

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.62/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can pours a mostly clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Surprisingly un-fizzy and sits around a good while. A few smattering of lace.

Nose is not very appealing. grainy, corn-esque malt and fusel alcohol notes with no hop aroma make for a very pathetic smelling beer.

Green apple grains with rough alcohol. Really not much else to describe this one, I have had many 40's that have destroyed this in the flavor department. This is waaay nasty; Grimace-inducing on the very first sip. Dont think I will make it very far into this one, it will definitely be a drain pour...its just a matter of how much of it I can hold down!

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Photo of aerailn
1.68/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's been too long since I've had Milwaukee's Best or Natty Light to accurately remember whether or not this tastes better or worse. I think it's a little better. Anyway, how else can you get just a 6 pack for $3.99? It actually wouldn't taste so bad if it weren't for this after taste of a tin and gin (or something awful like that) amalgam.

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Photo of bwan15
1.77/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark golden-yellow with copious amounts of carbonation. Head is huge and fluffy on initial pour, but quickly dissipates to practically nothing, leaving little trace of its presence on the glass.

Smell: Lightly malty, with a few twinges of hops.

Taste: Sickeningly sweet. Ugh. Liike, syrupy, sweet. A stale sweet. Like a really sugary candy past its prime. Some skunky hops keep it from being overwhelming, but this is not something I am enjoying at all.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied for a lager. Nothing clean or crisp here. its all saccharine stickiness, blegh. There is an interesting bitter aftertaste, but it seems so feeble compared to the sweetness.

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Photo of Lukafer
1.77/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes

awesome can, awesome name, terrible beer. 

Pours a clear gold with no head.  Smells  grainy, bad.  Taste is bad, real bad.  Some weird bitter flavor in there that I can't pinpoint, just nasty and drying. Mouthfeel sucks, drinkability sucks, avoid it.

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Photo of mjrod2142
1.8/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like most people, I admit drinking this beer for two reasons:

1) extremely cheap six-packs at Trader Joe's
2) 6.2% ABV packs a punch on the cheap

Then, you drink it and you remember why it's so cheap. I can't get past the strong apple juice flavor. I leaves a bad taste in my mouth and I ultimately end up regretting drinking it. It serves its purpose, but avoid if possible.

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Photo of adams82
1.8/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours nearly golden, not quite fizzy yellow water; appears more robust than other beers of this style.

Smells like an adjunct lager. Sweet nose; slightly grainy smelling, but corn dominates. No hops, nothing offensive. How bad could it be?

Taste is dreadful! Super sweet, and I don't mean malty! Corn syrup dominates the flavor profile of this beer, with huge hints of sour apple and alcohol; no grains, no malt, no hops. Awful.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly firm; I figured with the amount of cane/corn sugar in this beer, it would be really thin and watery, but it actually has substance.

I imagine my great grandparents would have brewed a beer during prohibition that tasted much like this. If that's what Minhas was going for, then they hit the nail on the head, otherwise, this is a horrible representation of a fairly pedestrian style.

Note to self; beers labeled as coming from Monroe, WI must be avoided. Just because the can doesn't say Minhas, doesn't mean it didn't come from Minhas. I'm glad the 6 pack was only $3.49.

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Photo of Greybeard
1.81/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dog water in a can. I picked up one at Trader Joe's on a whim and could barely finish it. Made me yearn for Champale. A bad example of fizzy, yellow American beer. Nasty stuff. I am required to write at least 250 words for the review so I will throw down some modifiers to fill up space:

Urine like.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.85/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours golden with a tall, long lasting white head and soda like carbonation. Nose is of lemon, hint of hops and malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is sweet corn, perfume, herbal hops, alcohol, some fruity esters. Hard to drink, easy to drain pour brew.

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Photo of fizzy
1.93/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have read most of the reviews about this beer. They bounce from "pretty good" to "pretty bad". Just goes to show that taste is in the mouth of the beholder. For me, I come in on the low end of rating. The old Huber brewery never made anything this poor even when "poor" beer was their business. At least Huber didn't try and put yellow corn syrup in a bottle and call it lager beer. Ugh, just plain UGH, and I intend to tell Trader Joe's next time I am there.

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Photo of RalphSMouse
1.95/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, a foamy, bone white head rises to the top. It shrinks considerably after a minute or two. The beer's color is that of filtered apple juice.

It doesn't look awful, but it doesn't look particularly good, either. 3/5

Smell: During the pour, this beer has a really malty fragrance. This quickly transitions to cidery and metallic notes, neither off-putting nor appetizing. 3/5

Taste: What begins as a rather unremarkable bubblegum mutates into an unpleasant flavor not unlike cough syrup. There are no perceptible hops here. The rather strong (for the style) ABV is somewhat concealed by the overwhelming sweetness, but that does nothing to save this mess of a brew—in fact, it reinforces its striking similarity to Robitussin. 1.5/5

Mouthfeel: It's flat and viscous—exactly the opposite of how this style ought to be. Very, very disappointing. 1/5

Overall: I purchased a six pack of this beer for $3.99 at Trader Joe's. Even at that price, I assure you, it's no bargain. Lackluster appearance and scent cannot much compensate for abysmal flavor and syrupy mouthfeel. There are better beers at this price point. Don't punish yourself with this swill. 1.75/5

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Photo of jimmah120
1.95/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Enjoyed" out of the can. Tried this one because I enjoyed their pilsner and thought this would be similar.

The nose was very faint corn and maybe a touch of grassy hops. OK for a pilsner smell, I thought. The taste turned out to be awful, it was extremely sweet to the point of being syrupy. It tasted like someone took the juice from canned corn and added beer flavored Kool-Aid mix. The one good thing I can say is that it hid the alcohol well.

If you like sweet canned beer that gets you hammered, look no further. If not, go with their pilsner - it costs the same and is a much better beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.98/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

had a couple of these tj six packs that were brought over to the house last night and decided to drink a couple to cleanse the palate.

a bit darker of a golden hay color then the one i had before, not that i would really say it looked good, but at least there was a touch of color to it as it broke the surface. tight little head of white wraps around the sides. aroma is light and muted hops with a touch of light grain and a hint of some cereal and rice notes. however the flavor was non existent, i swear it was like drinking water with a light flavor of stale grain and rice it was just nothing there. light feel, lighter then water to honest and then a hint of grit in the finish.

overall no thank you. this one was just wrong plain and simple.

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Photo of Treath
2/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First time tasting this beer. 12oz can poured into a glass mug.

A- Golden yellow. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Tiny half finger head that quickly fizzles away. Looks OK.

S- Very little scent. Fruity malts, maybe corn. Slight alcohol.

T- Fusel alcohol up front, sweet fruity malts, corn, tiny bit of grassy hops. Tastes like a true Malt Liquor. Reminds me of Steel Reserve. Aftertaste is fusel alcohol, bready malts, and grassy hops.

M- Heavier than an average lager. Leaves the mouth feeling slick. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability- It's not as smooth as a regular AAL. It's very obviously heavier on fusel alcohol.

O- Overall, if this was recategorized as a Malt Liquor then I'd review it in a better light. It's an ok bargain beer to get drunk on. I would not want to drink it as a lawn mower beer. It's an ok drink at night beer.
It's better than the Simpler Times Pilsener.

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Photo of steeltown71
2.04/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Recession Chic, etc. Bought at Trader Joe's for almost nothing, here goes:

A: I'm not pouring this into a glass, sorry. I'd bet it's bright yellow though.

S: Brings back collegiate memories...

T: Disclaimer - this is pretty much ice cold, but for the 6.2% it's not too bad. No depth of flavor to speak of but certainly not worse than the mainstream swill.

This makes me wonder why the macros are so "expensive." ST isn't great, but for the minimal expectations I can't say it's disappointing.

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Photo of Bockrules
2.09/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass
Reviewed from notes

A – Pours a dark blonde with a one finger head that quickly disappears to nothing. Moderate carbonation. Leaves behind no lacing at all.

S – Corn grit and sweet cereal adjuncts and some musty notes

T – A tiny bit of alcohol and sweet malt upfront. The body has a corn-grit taste that borders on sickly-sweet as well as a musty bitterness – perhaps due to the hops. A cereal adjunct finish that would be tolerable if it stopped there, but instead transitions into a horrid stale-sugar corn aftertaste. Down the sink this one went half-way through.

M – Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually much better than most macros.

Another freebie at my grandparent’s cabin. I was up here a year ago, and this wasn’t here, so it can’t be that old. Nonetheless, it tasted like someone threw a can of corn, sugar and water in a can and let it fester in the pump house for a decade or so. One of the worst tasting beers I’ve ever experienced. Apparently Simpler Times means that no hops or decent malt were used in brewing this beer.

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Photo of sitarist
2.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$3.99 at Trader Joes

A- Pale, clear straw yellow. Big head dies quickly. Some lacing.

S- Smells like an empty creamed corn can at the bottom of the trash. Exactly what you would expect from cheap beer.

T- Taste is like water filtered threw corn bread and pretzels.

M- Thin and uneventful. Leaves a scummy film like feeling on my tongue.

D- This is the hardest thing to palate that Ive had in a long time. Flavorless and scummy!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.13/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear straw color with almost no head whatsoever. Smells only of sweet adjuncts and fermented corn flakes. Not much malt presence in the nose. First sip is bland cereal and just a tad of hop bitterness. Not much positive aspects in this one. Simpler Times needs more complexity.

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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.