Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery
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2.75/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
01-23-2012 00:50:24 | More by elgiacomo
3/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-21-2012 05:08:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-08-2012 21:36:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
12-19-2011 04:12:30 | More by woemad
1.08/5 rDev -62.2%
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.
12-16-2011 22:55:37 | More by rekiwi
2.68/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
12-12-2011 22:46:06 | More by UnknownKoger
3.88/5 rDev +35.7%
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.
12-04-2011 00:49:00 | More by MrHurmateeowish
1.25/5 rDev -56.3%
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!
11-22-2011 02:38:59 | More by AleWatcher
2.63/5 rDev -8%
"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.
11-21-2011 01:23:10 | More by yemenmocha
2.42/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
10-25-2011 23:53:44 | More by jar2574
2.5/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
09-18-2011 19:46:16 | More by lawlerj
2.73/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
09-07-2011 05:47:43 | More by bennetj17
3.2/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
08-27-2011 16:02:32 | More by tone77
3.58/5 rDev +25.2%
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.
08-16-2011 23:38:52 | More by SDbeerguy
Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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