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Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Simpler Times LagerSimpler Times Lager

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300 Ratings

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of youngblood


2.23/5  rDev -22%

Nothing special to this, just a decent value beer. Pours piss yellow with a frothy head that disappears pretty soon. Smells like corn and a hint of alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same, virtually no complexity. Goes down rather easy when chilled, but when it warms, the adjuncts become too overpowering.

Overall its not awful, but I would never pull this out to impress, only to wince the night away with.

09-28-2009 16:49:35 | More by youngblood
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2.23/5  rDev -22%

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.

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

2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

06-12-2013 21:21:28 | More by Amedlin18
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

I was paid by a customer with a six pack of this... I think he got the better deal.

Unimpressive, to say the least. Four bucks a sixer is probably more than you SHOULD pay, honestly.

Mouth feel was watery. It's wet. There. Nothing spectacular.

Aroma was all can. Even after pouring into icy mugs, we couldn't smell anything but musty can and alcohol, and the alcohol was really little more than a "note".

I'm not generally a light lager drinker, but this flavor is over sweet. WAY over sweet. Syrupy. And not in a good way. For it's style, I'd almost rather grab the PBR or the Keystone. Brutal, I know, but it's bad, BAD beer... The ONLY hops in this can, are printed on the label. Pull this swill out at a real beer party, and you'll be escorted to the curb.

Where's the malt? At times, I thought that I tasted some apple, as if someone had switched my Simpler Times for a Wyder's.

Yeah... Wide berth is all I can warn you of with this one. I'll be calling my brother to punk him with a review! He'll KILL me! :)

03-09-2010 22:48:29 | More by haemphyst
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

03-02-2013 23:19:35 | More by OldTime
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

06-19-2014 02:50:38 | More by ammoser79
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

06-23-2012 23:25:37 | More by jacobfern
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

10-21-2012 05:40:50 | More by bzach
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2.28/5  rDev -20.3%

12 oz can into a pint glass. I like to think of today as National Trader Joe's Shitty Beer day.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a bit less than a finger high and white in shade, with NO retention - literally none at all. No lacing, either.

S: Let's see, I get a bit of white grape, maybe some apple (not the nasty formaldehyde-y green apple, either), and cereal grain. Hops? No. It smells extremely bland instead of horrifying - that's good I guess.

T: Holy balls is this sweet. There seems to be a fuckload of cotton candy flavor throughout. Luckily, it covers up some of the nastier notes (cooked veggies, creamed corn) fairly well. It honestly reminds me of drinking a super sweet, cheap white wine...eh, I've drank worse.

M: Heavy on the sweetness, but the finish *is* slightly dry. It's not oppressive, at least - certainly I can get it down without retching. Fairly well carbonated.

O: Not a bad malt likka. I'm pretty sure buying 6 packs of this is cheaper per oz. than buying 40's of Mickey's or OE. This one is pretty good for getting drunk on the cheap. Sure, that's ALL it's good for, but sometimes this is an important facet of life. Why blow your $10 bombers in the pursuit of drunken bastardry (bitchery if you're female) when you can just get a case of this for about 44 cents?

05-17-2014 19:42:35 | More by ThisWangsChung
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2.3/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours a fizzy, off yellow sort of golden color with thin, tracing white head.
Smells like fresh, right out the can Budwiesser, very grainy.
Taste is fairly pedestrian, its a pretty grainy brew, like your favorite macro.
Finish is crisp, but it definitely gives me bitter beer face.
Drinks ok. and it's got a 6.2% which is a bit higher than average but it doesn't make it more drinkable than average.

06-05-2009 22:20:46 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of Tone


2.33/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

12-16-2008 18:51:55 | More by Tone
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2.35/5  rDev -17.8%

12oz can
6.2% abv

Simpler Times Lager was golden in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head that didn't last. The smell was light and clean with a little grain, and a touch of hops and alcohol coming through. The taste was sweet malt upfront with alcohol noticeable towards the semi-dry finish. It was medium-light in body with medium-light carbonation. Drinkability was below average. It's just a cheap crappy beer.

01-10-2011 01:26:39 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of dareiff


2.35/5  rDev -17.8%

Not terribly awful. Like others, I spotted this nicely-designed can in a local Trader Joe's. I poured into a glass, smelled, and tasted.

Tastes like hairspray. Second sip was better, but still not so great.

No mention of this beer on the Minhas Craft Brewery site. Odd?

I'll finish the six-pack, but will not buy more.

03-04-2009 02:28:37 | More by dareiff
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.38/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

08-11-2009 02:59:49 | More by plaid75
Photo of blackie


2.4/5  rDev -16.1%

pretty sure this is a TJ exclusive

a: pilsner glass, big noisy white head that recedes slowly, golden colored beer

s: pale malt and sweet adjuncts, the anticipated vegetal DMS, old hops give a touch of spice, pretty typical of the style

m: light-medium carbonation and body

t: pale malts and an adjunct (corn?) type sweetness, doesn't seem so bad initially but the off flavors really start to build and linger in the finish, DMS present in excess, probably some higher alcohols, not so good

d: not horrid but certainly not something I'd recommend

single can from Trader Joe's Reston, something like $0.67

10-11-2008 04:52:13 | More by blackie
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2.4/5  rDev -16.1%

I too found this at Trader Joe's for $3.99 a sixer and decided to give it a try. Pours a clear light straw color with a small fizzy white head. Hardly any retention and no lacing.

Smells very fruity, like apples. Acetaldehyde? I'm really not sure. The lager crispness that I was expecting is hiding in the background.

Very watery and light on the palate. That same sweet apple and banana fruitiness is very present in the taste. Bubblegum like flavors as well.

All in all, its an interesting beer but its a terrible example of the style. Way too many off-flavors. When I'm looking for a lager I want something thats clean, crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. This one just didn't cut it.

02-07-2009 04:55:03 | More by RodBurg
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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
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2.45/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

12-13-2008 09:09:22 | More by illidurit
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

03-09-2014 00:13:35 | More by tdm168
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

06-28-2014 01:20:11 | More by forever_deluxe
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

12-22-2011 23:15:15 | More by pgofman
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

04-21-2013 01:10:45 | More by warpedrevolution
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

03-31-2012 19:22:35 | More by bh123
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

08-12-2011 01:38:23 | More by hwwty4
Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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