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Simpler Times Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
67
poor

307 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | 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 Redrover
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a clear light gold with a small but lingering white head.
The beer smells of grains and a slight hint of bubble gum.

The taste is grainy and slightly sweet. A bit of floral hops and a hint of apple. Simple with no flaws.

The mouth is crisp with good carbonation. Easy enough to put down a couple and the price is right. I think you could match this beer with a cheese pizza or maybe a ham & cheddar on rye.

Redrover, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +4.9%

cliff1066, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of barczar
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

barczar, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Simpler Times Lager has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and practically no lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of grain husk, subdued sweetness, and even a background smokiness. Taste is of sweet, lightly-roasted barley malt, with some slightly elevated hop bitterness to cut the sweetness. Mouthfeel is mostly light and watery, and Simpler Times Lager finishes semi-dry, fairly, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a passably good beer, and I suppose it’s worth checking out.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Herky21, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.28/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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?

ThisWangsChung, May 17, 2014
Photo of charlzm
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed from can 2009/11/30.

Cannot comment on appearance as I drank straight from the can, so beer will go down as "average".

Aroma is sweet and slightly floral with traces of grain and corn.

Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent and ever so slightly dry.

Flavor is mild; sweet and husky grains. Bready. A little wash of bitterness towards the end. Lightly resiny, very slighty buttery.

I liked the beer well enough at first when it was quite cold, but one can was enough. It doesn't taste nearly as smooth and easy as it warms up.

charlzm, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Lukass
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Lukass, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a can into a pint glass, pours a deep yellow/golden in color with a half inch white head. Retention is moderate and settles to a surface as a steady carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is of toasted rice and barley and somewhat sweet, reminiscent of an Island Lager. A notable malted barley nose, European to a degree in the hops/malt department.

Taste follows suit and offers a vibrant carbonation effervescence. Bit of orangey sweetness on the finish is unusual but decent.

Decent feel and drink, somewhat creamy in body given the malt base. A nice tasting simple lager that one is not likely to tire of.

HalfFull, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of richkrull
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged this one from my buddy's fridge. Drank it straight from the can. Smell was faint, a little grainy. Taste was pretty decent. Better than I was expecting. Very smooth drinking light bodied beer. Surprised it was 6.2%. This isn't the best beer ever, but it's definitely worth the money.

richkrull, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
1.25/5  rDev -56.3%
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!

AleWatcher, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
2.63/5  rDev -8%
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.

yemenmocha, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of OldTime
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

OldTime, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of bennetj17
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

bennetj17, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of BAsbill
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BAsbill, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of woemad
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

woemad, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I walk into Trader Joe's today and see a huge display of this totally never seen before brew at a ridiculously low price ($3.99/ 6 pack of cans, a dollar more for the same in bottles). Looks like our buddies at Minhas "Craft Brewery" are now contract brewing for TJ''s. I wasn't even planning on buying any beer, but for that price I'll change my plans. Simpler Times indeed. It would have to be awfully bad to not be worth that old fashioned price.

It doesn't look or smell like much. You've got a slightly noxious, over sweet nose on top of a basic, headless yellow body. The taste is similarly laden with unnatural sweeteners but there is a tiny bit of hop bitterness and a mellow caramel note to make this cheapie somewhat palatable. The carbonation could be toned back a bit. This isn't real good but it's significantly better than most macros and you can't beat that price.

daliandragon, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of BEERMILER12
3/5  rDev +4.9%

BEERMILER12, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of JISurfer
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JISurfer, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow, with a nice white head that dissipates into attractive spider-web lace.

Nose is corny, adjunct, malted barley or rice, really pretty typical.

Taste is super-sweet, even syrupy. Hop presence is practically null. To it's credit, this has a much fuller flavor profile and heavier body than macro lagers, but I'd still avoid this one again. A nice deal, though, at $3.99/6pk at Trader Joe's.

secondtooth, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of MTNboy
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very adjunct beer. It was also very basic. The aroma was sweet with a little bit fruity and floral tones. It had a golden yellow body that was average all around. Average head, lace and body carbonation. The taste was corny and grainy. This beer has light and easy to drink body with a decent amount of fizz.

MTNboy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can from Trader Joe's - Cincinnati.

Poured clear pale color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate grass hop and grain aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Light to medium sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration.

Simple, cheap and drinkable.

tmoneyba, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.46/5  rDev +21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: June 19, 2013
Consumed: June 21, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden semi-murky color with 1-2 fingers of offwhite head that parted pretty quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal-to-no lacing. Bad retention on the top.

Smelled a lot of different flavors, reminding me somewhat of a lager, hefeweizen, Belgian ale and a blonde. Got faint banana, sour fruit, honey, grass, ashtray, bread lemon and corn with a heavy alcohol backbone.

Tasted honey, corn, lemon grass, faint banana cloves, tropical notes, cereal and faint smoky ashtray. Somehow it all worked together.

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

Not bad lager. Not a great one, but such a great value ($0.58 per beer). I’d probably have it again (after this 6-pack).

BucannonXC5, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of mmmbeer
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can from Trader Joe's. Pours bright gold, lightly carbonated, with a few floaties and an inch of frothy white head that dies fast, but retains a collar and leaves a few wisps of lace. Metallic and minerally in the nose, along with corn, cooked grain, hops?, and a bit of sulfury yeast. Fairly mild on the palate, except for some sweet corn, maybe some hops and a light apple note on top of a moderately carbonated, fairly full body that has a drying finish. Not that bad of a brew, but it tastes very industrial, and reminds me more of a malt liquor than a standard American lager.

mmmbeer, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Eriktheipaman, Jun 24, 2012
Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.