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Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
67
poor

291 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 25.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 10-11-2008)
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-04-2012 02:51:59 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is of sugar, grains, corn flakes, and some light fruity flavors. A very sweet taste to this one. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel but a somewhat thin body. Overall, this is an average beer but decent for the $0.50 per can price.

Serving type: can

01-21-2012 05:08:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.93/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 02:20:18 | More by mikesgroove
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a very thin, white head.

Smell: Vague floral hop character conjoined with a tired malt and corn flake scent.

Taste: It's a cheap beer with a cheap taste. Cereal grains with a drizzle of sweet corn syrup. Vague floral hops with just a touch of bitterness, though not quite enough to balance, leaving you with a somewhat sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. Even for a simple lager, it's a below average, underperfomer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 17:06:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

10-04-2013 19:49:02 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

You simply cannot beat the prices at Trader Joe's. This cheap-o pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, and a light, though palpable, touch of very light grapefruit and lemon (not unlike Squirt). The taste brings in a bit more of this citrus character, but it's seemingly more artificial now. What's worse, it continues to be out-dueled on my tongue by the grainy wheat and mild flowers. I do not enjoy this particular fight scene (despite the obviously intricate choreography). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda slimy feel. Overall, I must be crazy to keep trying these Minhas brews. Damn you and your tantalizing prices, Joe!

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 04:00:36 | More by TMoney2591
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largadeer

California

1.5/5  rDev -47.6%

11-26-2013 08:27:06 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Simpler Times Brand Lager Beer pours a clear (I can see my fingerprints through the glass) deep gold body that teems with life as average-sized bubbles race upwards toward the creamy bright white cap. The elevated carbonation (around 2.75 volumes CO2/liter) helps to buoy the head, and it holds remarkably well but leaves little lacing about the glass.

The nose expresses some slightly husky grain, some lager-yeast sulphur, a spritz of sugar, a hit of floral and gently grassy hops, and some noticeably estery higher alcohols. It's not particularly off-putting, but it's certainly not welcoming.

In the mouth it's zesty with carbonation before warming to become creamy soft and smooth. Medium-light bodied. Delicately astringent in the finish.

The flavor follows the aroma to a T, with the exception that the alcohols are more pronounced. It becomes a bit perfumey, and it lingers in the finish. As it warms, the adjunct becomes more pronunced and it takes on a syrupy sweetness that combines with the floral/perfumey character of the hops and alcohol, and it just sticks in your mouth, cutting down on drinkability.

It's inexpensive, and it's got some alcohol to it, but it's poorly made. Skip it altogether; but just supposing all you want is a quick, cheap buzz, try a mass produced malt liquor instead.

Minhas, you can do better than this :(

Serving type: can

05-12-2009 22:59:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2/5  rDev -30.1%

11-26-2013 09:19:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can time. Poured into a tulip to give it the illusion of quality. Beer is yellow and forms a nice head with lacing, moderately carbonated and completely clear. Looks nice.

Aroma is weak but sweet.

Beer is light in body and quite good. Its sweet and has an appropriate level of carbonation in the mouth. Finishes cleanly. Its a really good beer, seriously. If I had to have an American Adjunct lager, this would probably be it.

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 01:50:34 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev +4.9%

12-02-2012 05:12:15 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Utterly drinkable and forgettable light beer.

Looks nicer than a lot of craft beers in the glass-- or was I supposed to rate the appearance in the can? Lacing and everything. Quite malty, almost sweet. If you were in the late lamented Berghoff's in Chicago snarfing liver dumplings and roast pork, you'd say it was divine. I don't detect any actual hops, so for that you have to get the Pilsner version. But for thirst quenching it's fine, and give it a dose of IPA and you're in business.

Now if Huber can make this perfectly decent light lager to sell at TJs for $3.99 a six-- tell me how much the industro-brew factories are making on Keystone Light or Miller High Life.

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 04:29:57 | More by mactrail
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Zorro

California

3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.99 a six-pack at Trader Joe's so you know it has to be good!

Ultra clear yellow beer with a tall white head.

Smell is malt and soda crackers with a decent noble hop scent. Mostly grassy and herbal hops with a slight lemon edge to it.

Starts out sweet with a faint hop flavor and a fairly big corn flavor right up front. Aftertaste is mostly sweet. Some cooked vegetable flavors here, but a hop bite too. Tastes like sweet Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not good, but not horrible either. Tastes a bit like fermentation was halted before the yeast used all the fermentable sugars. Not great but not awful either.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 02:41:41 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At one point in the CANQuest, I began to despair that I could crack 100, now there is no end in sight! CAN you believe it?!?

I liked the idea of this one as soon as I saw it on the shelf. 6.2 ABV in a CAN, from Monroe, WI where they had to understand Lagers. What a bummer to see that it is another Am. Adjunct. Don't we have enough of those floating around?

A finger of bone-white head that dissipated as quickly as I could pour. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was simple all right, simply cereal sweet. Bah! Mouthfeel was medium with the standard cereal sweetness on the tongue that is the trademark of such beers. It was not bad, per se, but it was not the type of lager that I was hoping for. Finish was semi-sweet. You know the drill. Ho hum.

Serving type: can

08-17-2009 00:31:46 | More by woodychandler
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plaid75

New York

2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light to medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured pure sweet corn.

The taste was upfront overly sweet adjunct malts witna slightly doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a heavy and sweet adjunct lager. Heavy ABV without the malt depth to support it. Difficult to drink.

Serving type: can

08-11-2009 02:59:49 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wasn't impressed with the appearance and aroma, not much to either, yellow, faint.

Taste, a little reminiscient of Weinhard's, which ain't a bad thing. Kinda plain. Minimal hops, minimal malt. This is a plain beer, not bad, just, well simpler times I guess.

It's real drinkable, its pretty cheap and there's nothing to like or dislike.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 00:42:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

04-15-2014 19:48:05 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

03-09-2014 00:13:35 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2012 20:17:37 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured with a thick, white head of tight bubbles. Head lasted a little longer than I expected, but still dissipated in less than 2 minutes. Minimal lacing. A bright, clear, yellow color. Slightly grainy aroma. A crisp, clean flavor with nothing really standing out. Smooth body is typical for the style, to say, thin. Very drinkable. If you're in the mood for this style beer, this beer would be a great choice. This is what is called lawnmower beer, when you just need a quick refresher. A 6pack is only $4 at TJs so it'll be easy to keep a couple sixers around for your favorite BMC drinkers.

Serving type: can

02-08-2009 16:29:18 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with only slight head and no retention. There also wasn't any lacing present. Smells of adjunct in lager and especially sour ones at that. Fits the style. Tastes of adjuncts in lager with a strong sour aftertaste. Crisp body with quite a bit of carbonation. Got this at Trader Joe's and the price was very cheap. Overall, quite a bite to this lager and not very good at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 18:51:55 | More by Tone
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Brad007

Vermont

3.39/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild golden hue with a frothy white head into my glass. This was on the shelves at Trader Joe's.

Sweet and grainy upfront. Smells like a typical adjunct lager.

Clean, crisp and toasty. That's how I'd describe the taste. Very simple.

Finishes clean unlike a few other examples I've had.

Another decent, competitively-priced beer that I feel gives more popular examples a run for their money.

Serving type: can

05-18-2014 01:08:50 | More by Brad007
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zestar

California

3/5  rDev +4.9%

05-31-2014 06:30:59 | More by zestar
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billab914

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured golden in color with a thin, bubbly white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of crisp fruits to it with strong apple and pear notes to it. I get some sweet, almost sugary graininess to it as well.

The taste also shows a lot of crisp fruits to it throughout. I get a little more of a balancing bitterness in the finish though, which helps a little. The apple and pear like flavors are still pretty dominant for me though.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I didn't think it was that great of a beer even for the style. The crisp fruitiness and sweet, sugary flavors were just too dominant and took away from the drinkability for me. I don't think it compares favorable to other readily available beers of the style.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 21:32:08 | More by billab914
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LiquidAmber

Washington

2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a decent half finger white head with good retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt and a hint of biscuit malt. Starts out very sweet with pleasant malt, but quickly changes to a sweet juice flavor and then disappears with a faint hop memory. It looked and smelled slightly promising (I didn't have high expectations), but revealed its character pretty quickly. No off flavors, and is hovering around cloyingly sweet, but drinkable. I'm a bit surprised that at this ABV it doesn't have more flavor or character. It tastes like a much lower alcohol beverage and might suffice for someone looking for that. Glad this is ticked, moving on….

Serving type: can

09-23-2012 03:25:26 | More by LiquidAmber
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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.