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Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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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
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: blackie on 10-11-2008

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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 347
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
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 :(

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with light to moderate amounts of corn adjuncts. Hints of light fruits (apple) and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts and corn adjuncts with light to moderate flavors of light fruits (apple and pear). That is followed by light amounts of grassy hops which imparts a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin/watery.

O: This is not a bad AAL but it is certainly not a standout beer in any way... Compared to other AALs, this beer is better of price and very similar on flavor/aroma. Not a bitter as some of the bigger name brands in the style, slightly sweet. Easy to drink but not interesting enough for me to have more than one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
2.38/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.95/5  rDev +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….

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Photo of Tone
2.3/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has rich golden color with a 1.5 inch head. Smell is on the sweet side, some malts. Taste is different, some grapes, sweet, fairly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked 13-314-17. Sampled on December 31, 2012.

I picked this up at a Trader Joe's in Nashua NH. It pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head.

The aroma is not all that special but it does have a corny, pal malt note like many adjuncts do. There is a hop crispiness at the end.

The body falls into the light to medium range.

The taste is acidic with a loud sweetness followed by a slightly hopped ending. It is better than many adjuncts but there is nothing that really jumps out to make it unique. Pound 'em down.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can, picked it up as a single at Trader Joe's this morning for 59 cents. Might as well try it at that price! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The brew smells like sweet malt and corn, and not much else from what I can tell. Taste is mostly the same as the aroma, it's pretty much just sweet malt and corn, but there's also some slight bitterness, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy enough to drink. For the style of beer it is, it's not bad. I wouldn't buy this very often, but it's not like I can complain about the price. I would try it again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
2.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is laden with corn and reminiscent of malt liquor, with sweet malt and alcohol leading into a somewhat estery, perfumy finish.

Flavor reveals more esters, which are slightly fusel, followed by sweet malt and corn adjunct. Alcohol is present throughout, even into the slightly dry finish.

Body is a touch heavy, with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth lingers.

A bit more like a malt liquor than a lager, complete with adjunct and estery flavors. Not a beer I'll frequent without a paper bag.

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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 gtermi
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This pours a clear golden body with a half inch thick white head that quickly fades.

S: The smell of this beer is VERY sweet. It almost smells like melted sugar added to corn.

T: Like the smell, I get a ton of sugar sweetness. I want to love this beer, but the sweetness becomes way too much. It's for sure not like yourbasic adjunct lager.

M: This beer goes down pretty darn smooth and doesn't have much crispness.

O: I feel this beer needs more hops. It is way too sweet and though it goes down easy, it is just way too sweet.

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Photo of illidurit
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Clear gold color with a nice white head albeit fizzy. Cereal grainy aroma with some generic sweetness. Flavor is grainy with banana and corn syrup. Very light, easy to pound. Cheap as hell, so I guess it is a decent alternative to macro swill or maybe it could be a summer barbecue beer but nothing I would ever really seek out.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Canned beer still has too many myths tied around it: Sure, craft brewers are canning, but the typical lager in a can has been shunned by the new emerging beer snob.

Crystal-clear golden color, decent enough head retention to last the duration of this session. Not much to the aroma; very clean with only a hint of cereal. Very crisp and light bodied. Right off, the crispness is in the hop bitterness, which aims all of its sharpness at the malt. The malt comes off grainy but clean; grassy with a hint of animal feed grain and cereal grain. Faintly nutty and husky; clean and dry palate throughout. Small breath of alcohol. Dry almost all the way with a linger of the alcohol and cereal grain on the tongue.

Pedestrian? Sure, but that is what the style calls for, and where Minhas lands with its beer. Good balance, and just enough in the aftertaste to know you want more. We dig this beer. Even though it's 6.2-percent ABV, we'll tag it as a session lager LOL. We envision a pitcher of this beer and a plate of chili-filled nachos grande.

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