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Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

Simpler Times LagerSimpler Times Lager

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BA SCORE
68
poor

277 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 25.44%


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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Raligitano

Slovak Republic

3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can design brings to mind the beverages I see my grandpa drinking in old black-and-white photos. 'Simpler Times' is an appropriate name for an old school looking lager, the kind that would agree with the Good Old Boys at the VFW Hall, who all seem highly amused when I start raving about my new favorite fancy-smancy 'Sextuple RyeHopped Cocoa Cream IPA's' and 'Bottle Steam-Fermented Dopplepumpkin Snozzberry Lambics.'

"Kid, that ain't a beer. That's a dessert!," they chuckle. Then they buy me a Miller High Life and tell me to shutup-already-dammit.

It certainly looks like the classic Champagne of Beers on the pour. Bubbles dance in the crystal clear straw liquid, and the froth crackles like Rice Krispies when I hold it up to my ear. It has none of that tasty treat's stickiness, as the lacing slides right off the glass.

There's a bite of hops in the nose that's surrounded by a sweet smell of cool, Midwest tap water. (No, I don't use heavy narcotics; you just notice the pleasant odor of fresh water after going to countries where drinking from the faucet means permabonding your ass to a toilet bowl for the following week.)

At first it's malty and biscuty, like Fat Tire Amber minus the hops. After a second, I start craving KFC fried chicken. It's as greasy as the finest Southern cooking and a that's a damn good thing, believe me you sure 'nuff. The 6.2% ABV is pretty strong for this type of beer. I can't taste it. Or perhaps I'm a sad alcoholic already numbed to the pain.

Right when things seem great, a little bit of metal bites on the finish. The hops really try to fight it off, to no avail. I have to wait a while for the next sip. Fortunately, this beer actually tastes better when it's warmed up. That means I'll be consuming massive quantities of it this summer in the Ozarks--right before I fall out of my canoe and join the other drunk rednecks and empty beer cans floating behind me.

The VFW Hall would be proud.

Serving type: can

12-19-2008 10:00:02 | More by Raligitano
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 14 oz. pilsner glass

Pours out a clear light golden color with a fizzy white one half finger head. With decent lacing and retention to last through out the life of beer.

The aroma is light with cereal grains, soft sweet malt, and grassy hop.

The taste full of light cereal grain and honey sweet malt. I will assume that the alcohol plays a role in the mild sweetness. Either way the finish is smooth and clean, with only a bit of sweetness lingering. Refreshing

Light in body and moderately carbonated. Super easy to drink.

Overall this American lager is another example from Trader Joe's of a tasty example of an American style of lager. For the price yes i would buy again. Perfect for anything summer.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 03:35:19 | More by Luigi
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mpyle

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App - pale gold color, brilliantly clear. Pours white head, moderate in size and with decent retention.

Aroma - Generally clean, a bit of a spicy/solventy aroma (almost seemed like alcohol). A bit of copper penny. Some malt, minimal hop.

Flav - Bland initially, but some solid hop bitterness kicks in midmouth. Finishes dry and slightly bitter, clean.

MF - Moderate carbonation and high carbonation. While not necessarily style inappropriate, the high carbonation is a bit astringent and detracts from the beer.

D'ability - slightly bland, but a clean and nicely bittered lager. A nice, big lawnmower beer for the money.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 17:39:23 | More by mpyle
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a single can of this beer from Trader Joe's a few weeks ago. For $.67 a can I figured why not, how bad can it be, right? It ain't too shabby actually. Poured out of a 12 oz can into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium golden color. White fluffy head is well over an inch thick when poured. Settles fairly quickly to a nice medium sized ring surrounding the inside of the glass along with spots of foam here and there on the surface. Good lacing. Sweet aromas of corn and some malt. Not terrible, but not very interesting either. Sweet and malty taste wiith some definite corn, maybe a bit of rice. No discernible hop flavor at all, well maybe a slight bit on the back of the tongue as the beer starts to warm. Crisp, swirly, smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a nice way. This is like the American version of Baltika # 9 IMO, but the ABV here is not quite as high as it is for that beer. Not bad at all for the price I paid. Not something I'd go out of my way to drink again necessarily, but I'd take this over pretty much all American Macro BMC lagers any day.

Eric

Serving type: can

08-28-2009 01:50:46 | More by neenerzig
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mactrail

California

3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
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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SDbeerguy

California

3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 23:38:52 | More by SDbeerguy
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nycwinter

California

3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is with "style in mind".

Poured two cans worth into a gianormous mug.

A= Mostly translucent yellow with a tinge of orange. Thin white head. Minimal lacing (Am I putting too much thought into this?)

S= Grains and corn. A little bit sweet on the nose.

T= The expected.

M= Light bodied overall. Enough body to linger between bites of pizza.

D= Keep 'em coming. There is nothing objectionable here. Nothing heavy.

They probably were not allowed to call this brew any thing other than "Simpler Times". If you drink this, and don't reminisce of simpler times, you did something wrong in your teenage/collegiate years. I am ashamed to say I go back to my high school days. Man, were those simple beer drinking, hanging out, staying out late, killing brain cells (the weak ones) times or what? .50 cents a can is about what we paid then too. Thank T.J.!

Serving type: can

10-10-2009 03:37:01 | More by nycwinter
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emsroth

New York

3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with retro style

App: pure gold/dark straw with a frothy white head. perfect clarity

smell: sweet corn, a touch of honey an flowers

Taste: general malty sweetness. indistinguishable but pleasant. crisp clean aftertaste associated with corn adjuncts.

crisp mouthfeel with a bit of corny film

Highly drinkable, but the 6.5% might be hefty

A great beer for 67 cents a can. A good example of a well done american adjunct lager

Serving type: can

10-12-2009 21:14:10 | More by emsroth
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tripel_sSs

New York

3.69/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

considering the price, this is a very good beer. can get a little too sweet, but it works well as a cheap beer to enjoy casually. heavier and thicker on the palate than you would expect for this kind of beer. probably the best beer i've had for under $5/six

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 00:00:08 | More by tripel_sSs
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felipe2toes

California

3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a white head with pretty good head retention.

Not much to the smell, maybe aluminum and some grain and yeast. But pretty decent aromas for a cheap can of beer.

Tastes of grass and wheat. Fairly crisp in the beginning, but there is some hop bitterness on the finish. Not bad. I would definitely pick up another sixer of this at Trader Joe's for the $2.99 price tag.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Very refreshing actually and very easy drinking.

Considering the price, this is a beer I'd revisit again for a lazy afternoon of watching tv.

Serving type: can

09-29-2010 00:31:44 | More by felipe2toes
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AlCzerik

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:49:39 | More by AlCzerik
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kristenspaintings

California

3.71/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Light, bubbly head.

Light amber/golden color.

Simpler Times Lager’s sweet aroma mirrors its taste. I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. Generally I tend toward darker beers but this is one of the exceptions. Very smooth, sweet honey-like taste with no distinctive bitter bite you’d expect from such a light beer. It pairs well with a large range of foods, so you don’t have to worry too much whether the flavors will clash. It's also low enough in alcohol that you can appreciate the rest of your meal.

This is definitely not a complicated beer. Its flavor profile is fairly one-dimensional, but pleasant nonetheless. There are many beers out there that have more depth and character, but when considering its price category, it’s an outstanding value. It’s head and shoulders above anything else that’s this inexpensive.

In short, it’s a great value and I’d recommend it to anyone on a tight budget who appreciates quality beer.

Serving type: can

02-17-2013 14:36:44 | More by kristenspaintings
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Jimbo87

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

clear yellow/gold with ephemeral white head.

Smells faintly of grain and maybe a bit of fruit.

Taste is sweet and bready. I can't really taste hops, but I can never taste the hops in this style, though it seems to be balanced. Surprisingly flavorful.

MF: Not as thin/fizzy as macros.

D: Great cheap lager. A six pack is only a few cents more than a PBR six pack or high life, and it's seemingly better. I'll have to do a blind tasting to be sure.

Serving type: can

02-26-2009 23:52:15 | More by Jimbo87
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +30%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2010 12:49:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised after opening a can of this beer which
I bought at Trader Joes several months ago.

I was expecting a mediocre adjunct lager with a dull taste.

The beer poured an attractive light copper color with little head.

The smell was a very faint corn, but later changed to a nice fruit smell with warming.

The carbonation is mild.

The taste was surprising. Quite good. A vibrant light fruit taste which makes this a decent summer or light lager beer.

It's a decent beer and I agree with the Bros rating. Certainly better than the vast majority of the adjunct lagers available on the market. It's supposedly a craft beer as stated on the can- and I would agree.

Serving type: can

07-16-2012 02:24:18 | More by brureview
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light yellow with few bubbles. Rather unassuming.

S: A little lemon-lime note but otherwise just a little yeast.

T: Actually a very nice flavor. It's light but there is a great citrus note that compliments the light yeast note. I mean nothing complex but in terms of a lager it's very nice.

M: Sits pretty good. Actually the alcohol comes through a bit but otherwise pretty nice.

For a lager it's pretty good. Could just a tad bit more hops but otherwise solid. Good flavor notes to compliment the light nature of the beer.

Serving type: can

09-25-2012 00:22:26 | More by Jamesthebrit
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srrn

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deeper gold/honey color than is usual for the style. Fizzy thick head, but this quickly goes to nothing with no lace.

S: is pleasant and exactly like any other macro, light with malts and maybe a bit of corn.

T: at this price it is near perfect. Smooth easy drinking. There is not enough carbonation to offset the malt sweetness. There is a bit of 'pepper' I think from the alcohol but no heat.

M: full and rich, very nice and better than any other lager I've had.

D: The sweetness is a bit much, needs more carbonation.

All in all a winner.

Okay I'm not altering my initial impression, but on further tasting it reminds me of a plain old malt liqour. I must've been thirsty that day. closer to a C rating I guess, kind of an off taste.

Serving type: can

11-06-2008 02:46:45 | More by srrn
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beertunes

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impulse Buy at Trader Joes, can's for $3.99. all in all... pretty delicious. as an Ale man, i find this little morsel quite delectable, and over many macros, rich. not much head to speak of, but i can get around that. a nice golden/amber look, but not much to mention. a reverberant taste, that sticks around, but doesn't overstays its welcome. a sterling brew. one of the better impulse buys, for me... but i don't want to speak too soon. at 6.2%, you can't wag you finger too much, and at the nice price, its a value beyond most. Simpler Times Lager, why not beer in a can. as far as drinkability, i could drink many of these, repeatedly. its nice that you can get the sixer in cans and after one, just loop them in your belt. a welcome change of pace for me, get them for a god price.

keep in mind, this is a lager, and it rates high in spite of the bias.

Serving type: can

01-26-2009 05:36:58 | More by foggymountainman
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yupitsmeadam

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this beer at TJ's for $3.99 for a sixer...cans.

poured the beer out into a tall beer glass. lots of carbonation initially produces a lot of head. color is dark amber.

smells like cereal or corn. not horrible.

tastes sweet on the onset...almost like malt liquor. can definately taste the corn everyone who has reviewed this is talking about. however it is easy to drink...for my taste anyway. i can see myself drinking quite a few of these.

it has a full mouthfeel for the style. not watered down at all.

good drinkability. it is smooth and you can't really taste the 6.2 % ABV.

overall, it is a great value at $3.99 for six cans. it is not the best beer but a great session beer at a fantastic price! nothing more, nothing less...

Serving type: can

08-27-2009 04:36:50 | More by yupitsmeadam
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 00:49:00 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +35.9%
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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Mooch273

California

3.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow body that poured watery creating a temporary foam of large carbonation bubbles that dissipated quickly.

A: Slightly metallic with a blend of light hop aroma.

T: Crisp and clean with a sweet malty flavor and slightest bitterness on the tail end.

M: Slightly thicker than expected given the lightness of color and clarity.

D: At 6.2% ABV, this is a winner in my book. Quite flavorful and a step up from the commercialized majors who dominate the market.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 21:59:46 | More by Mooch273
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is excellent for the style. Is it the best beer ever - No. Is it the best American style lager .. maybe.

Pours a dark gold with a stark white head. If anything it is a little too dark for the style.

Aroma is grainy, a nice lager aroma. Clean, grain, if this was a blind tasting I might guess Hellesbock.

The taste is what I expected from the aroma. Clean, grainy, there is some hop presence and the finish is sweet.

Full bodied for the style. Finishes sweet. A bit too big, and definitely too sweet for the style.

It doesn't quite hit the styl. But thats because it is a little bigger and better in each category. Plus I think a 6 pack of cans was $4.
I can see myself buying a lot of this for summer BBQs and yardwork.

Serving type: can

03-04-2009 21:16:06 | More by mschofield
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Mosstrooper

California

4.4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a fairly large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace.

Smell: Sweet apple is predominant, along with butter and grains.

Taste: Begins with a sweet buttery flavor, finishing with sweet/tart green apple. The finish also reveals mild grainy flavors and very very slight hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation and a very clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: As an overall beer, this is largely average. However, this is an adjunct lager and, unlike most adjunct lager, this one has a decent amount of flavor (I especially like the tartness at the end). This is a very easy drinker, it's extremely refreshing, and it's dirt cheap. At only $3.99 for a sixer here in NYC, it's well worth having around. With a 6.5% ABV, this also packs a decent punch.

Again, not necessarily a great as an overall beer, but this is excellent for its style.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 01:13:46 | More by Mosstrooper
Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.