Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 bwan15
1.77/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Blueribbon666
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.
Pours a straw yellow into my trusty dimpled mug with a good fingers worth of head that dissipates fairly quickly w/o lacing.
Smells of sweet cereal grains, mostly corn with a slight hop smell as well as the alcohol within'
Taste/mouthfeel the aforementioned sweet grains hit first followed by a bit of hop for a crisp, yet boozy finish with the 6.2% abv very much in evidence, and despite the finger's worth of head the carbonation was mild giving the beer a medium body that could definitely work one over in the heat or sessioning. Never saw the stuff before and for $2.99 for a sixer of cans @ Trader Joe's, where I always seem to find something interesting to try, and a pretty heavy abv for the price it's definitely worth the pick up. Overall not bad, in my notes I wrote, "Like a Yuengling, minus the skunk/funk; add sweetness, abv and a Charles Shaw price."

Photo of brewcore
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Light gold in color. Yields a one finger white head. Not many bubbles rising. Good lacing.

S: I believe they claim this beer does not use adjuncts but the taste still comes across as cereal grains, primarily corn. Dry wine aroma. Very interesting for the style.

T: Similar to many other adjunct lagers with maybe a little more cereal sweetness. Very faint citrus hops.

M: Big body for the style, but not so much to affect drinkability. Moderate carbonation.

O: Great beer for the price. Good to have in stock for "in-home" consumption but will not find a place in the cooler as my "boat beer" or "lawnmower beer." It's just a little too sweet and full bodied for a hot day.

Photo of AlCzerik
3.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for the money, and it also very convenient because it comes in a can.

Appearance: Its an American Lager. I think you know what you are getting here.

Smell: See above.

Taste: It is a little on the sweet side, even for an American lager, but for the hooch that you are getting out of it....well worth it.

Overall: GREAT BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Adjunct Lager from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced a nice white head, average retention, it did not produce any lacing on the glass. The aroma was very week, fresh with only a slight hint of grain. Base of grainy malt, this lager is light in body, clean with some bitter hop flavor. Produces a semi-dry finish. At 6.2% ALV, I would say its a cut above the macro brewed light lagers. Prost!

Photo of elgiacomo
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy light amber/gold with a small white head that disappears pretty quick leaving only a faint cap and ring.

Aroma is sweet corn and grain, faint hay and herbal hops.

Flavor is sweet grains, corn, a bit of grassy/citrus hops on the finish. Quite sweet, minimal bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a hair above light bodied, a touch sticky with fair carbonation.

Doing this back-to-back with thier Pilsner and I definitely like the Pils better. This one is sweeter with less balance and overall aroma and flavor. Appearance and Mouthfeel also don’t stack up to the Pils. Still, for a dirt-cheap lager this is better than the macros.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - grainy with light grassy hops in the background.

T - mostly sweet grainy taste with just a hint of bitterness towards the finish.

F - medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O - just another average AAL.

Photo of woemad
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can from a 6-pk. purchased at the Spokane Trader Joe's for $3.99. No freshness date. According to the can's label, this was brewed by "Simpler Times Brewing Co." that has apparently been around "since 1845." Hmm.

Poured a golden color just a tiny bit too dark to be characterized as "straw-colored," with a big, bubbly white head that took a while to drop, with lots of lace.

Fairly crude cereal grains scent, with a little hint of some floral hops.

This tastes similar to mass market lagers like PBR and Oly, and actually better than some others of the style. Mostly malty, with a very slight hop tone to remind you this is beer.

Slightly bigger body than is normal for the style, but not to an overwhelming degree. Mouthfeel is about average for the style, meaning it's adequate and nothing more.

I think I have found a new designated shit beer for the fridge in mi casa. Not a terribly interesting beer to taste, it's still tough to beat at it's price considering the awful beers I have tried at that price point.

Photo of rekiwi
1.09/5  rDev -61.8%
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.

Photo of UnknownKoger
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another 50 cent can purchase from Trader Joe's just for fun. I've had this before but don't really remember it. Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance is straw color with a bit of gold. Big fluffy head with great lacing. Looks somewhat promising. I don't particularly smell anything at all. Hm.

Taste is better than Name Tag. It's a bit more full and flavorful. Rice and corn dominate the flavor. Nothing overly remarkable here.

Mouthfeel is good and goes down smooth.

Overall, for 50 cents you can't really complain. Between this and Name Tag, their other 50 cent/can offering, I'd easily go with this one. It's much better.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a yellow body with a half inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells very bready with just the slightest hint of cooked vegetable. Bready flavor with very little else going on, maybe some yeasty or DMS notes but only ever so slightly. Clean finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Wow. Middle of the road, sure. Simple enough. But refreshing and the pleasant bready flavor with little else competing with it sets this beer apart. I would definitely get this again. Really good.

Photo of AleWatcher
1.29/5  rDev -54.7%
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!

Photo of yemenmocha
2.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Sweet" tasting breakfast cereal taste is something I just can't get past in this beer. It's like someone put a semi-sugary cereal into the beer somehow, and it has entirely taken over. Pale gold in appearance, thin white head. Minimal nose, with some light cooked corn. Finish is sweet and cereal-like.

Photo of jar2574
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Trader Joe's. Gold can.

Simpler Times looks pretty good. High level of carbonation, decent white head over clearish yellow beer. Not as transparent as BMC beers.

The smell is unremarkable. You can tell it's a beer, but it's pretty faint. Smells more malty than hoppy.

The flavor is disappointing. Metallic, mild malty sweetness, a touch of hop crispness but not enough. It's not horrible but it's not great. Too sweet for a lager, in my opinion. Lagers are meant to be session beers and this one would get old after 1 or 2.

Mouthfeel is OK because the high level of carbonation makes up for an otherwise uninteresting beer.

Photo of lawlerj
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a translucent pale gold color. Not much head, appears to be fairly well carbonated.

S - cereal grains and malt on the nose. No hop character to be found here - almost sugary.

T - upfront not much taste at all, but kind of crisp and watery at the same time. The taste through the middle and back end opens up with malty sweetness and fruity flavors, but it's a cloying sweetness that I do not enjoy.

M - medium light bodied, crisp. Decent enough I suppose.

O - overall this would have been much better if that cloying sweetness could be cut down on. Or balanced with something, anything! But, then again, at $4 for a six pack, who am I to complain? When I'm broke, I will probably buy this again.

Photo of bennetj17
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold color, slight haze, with delightful streams of carbonation bursting about. The head is 1/4 inch of white foam, holding decently before leaving behind some sudsy froth. Bready, cereal malt nose, with a keen fruitiness. Nothing too impressive, but doesn't smell bad either.

The taste is really quite sweet for this type of lager, almost cloying. It has the banana-like sweetness of a Hefe, but minus any spiciness or other flavors to give it balance. No real bitterness in the finish either, the sweet maltiness lingers on the tongue long after. This thing tastes hefty, almost a chore to drink. The body is slightly chewy, with the carbonation foaming up onto the palate.

This lager is not for me. If it were a bit more clean and crisp, and had some hop balance I might dig it, but this one is just a heavy, malty lager. I think some folks will definitely like it though. With the 6.2% ABV and only $2.99 for a 6-pack it's a good value, and if you're just looking to get drunk it will probably do. Don't have high expectations for it going in, and it might be worth a try.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of SDbeerguy
3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had seen this at Trader Joe's and for some reason didn't buy it ($2.99 for a six pack) until today. Wow was I surprised. It's sold warm so you've gotta chill it but that's okay. Very good lager with a nice overall taste and no aftertaste to speak of. The 6.2% ABV is also an added plus. If you have a Trader Joe's in your area I would seriously consider getting this.

Photo of barrenbane
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light golden with a slightly amber hue -- looks more appetizing than a BMC brew.

S - Boozy, hoppy, and bitter. Not too offensive for its alcohol content.

T - Slightly bitter from hops, followed by a warm rush of alcohol.

M - Consistency is akin to syrup. Lightly carbonated. Full bodied for the price and style.

O - For $2.99 (on sale) per 6-pack at Trader Joe's, it's hard to go wrong if one is on a budget or wants to catch a quick buzz -- or both. Although I rarely frequent Trader Joe's, I'll pick up a sixer each time I visit.

Photo of hwwty4
2.49/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz can into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The beer pours a highly fizzy gold with a big 3 inch head that quickly disappears into nothingness. No head retention regardless of the major nucleation point on the glass. The aroma is overwhelmingly sweet. Almost to the point where it reminds me of unfermented wort. Just a bit of grassiness but not much else. The flavor is the same with just malty sweetness in whats supposed to be a light, clean lager. Almost a vegetal undertone. Not very good. The mouthfeel i sweet finishing just south of dry. Overall, its meh for a cheap beer. I don't think I'll be buying another 6 pack.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Sam Adams perfect pint, no clear freshness date.

The bone white froth is very pretty on top of a yellow a shade or two darker than you get from most AALs. Retention is also better than most.

Primarily the aroma is sweet graininess with possibly a touch of sugarcane. There may be some alcohol developing as it gets warm, but hey, this is bargain beer and the kind you drink very cold anyway.

And on we go with sweet grains. Assorted cereal grains are very pleasant and there's a firm but kind bitterness. This is all utterly simple. The sweetness is kind of corny and almost too much.

Somehow this isn't fizzy enough. It does most things better than the big boys of fizzy brewing, except out fizz them. Drink it fast to keep it refreshing.

The Simpler Times Pilsner is better and actually has some hops. I wanted to try the lager, and now I know. For the three bucks grab a six of the Pilsner.

Photo of boneboy
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a little darker than expected. The color is a clear golden yellow. The snow white head quickly vanishes.

S - Smells like a lager. The aroma is corn with a definite sweetness.

T - A fuller flavor than I would have guessed. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the sweetness is the most noticeable. The 6.2% ABV alcohol comes through in the finish with a touch of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, leaving the tongue wet and sticky.

O - For $3.99 a six-pack, this is really impressive, and it may even edge out PBR as my favorite adjunct lager. If money were no object, it would be a while before I picked this up again. However, money is an object for me. I can find nothing offensive about this beer, and I find it better than many brews in this category. This could be great for camping, canoeing, or any occasion where a simple, cold can of beer is all that's required.

Photo of Bockrules
2.09/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.