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Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

221 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 10-12-2008)
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Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The taste is not too complex, but it is tasty beer! There is a nice bready taste to it and the alcohol hits nicely on the mouth. The name says it all: Simpler Times. That is exactly what it is, a great SIMPLE beer. One that I could easily drank many of them.
Best values on the market. It is a solid Pilsner at an unbeatable price. This beer tastes like what thought beer should taste like! It is is ver fresh and so clean but some a malty little snap. and the hops are there just popping.
It is more complex beer than the name . Each taste hits a little different. It is just good easy drinking beer. Also , it keep you looking forward to the next drank.
I wish the big breweries tasted like this one Great BEER!!!! Thank you trader joe! The two buck chuck of beer!

bbluemzbeer, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of titusgroan
4.5/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you trader joe! 2nd time trying TJs Simpler Times - first time i thought i was crazy. simpler times indeed... this beer tastes like what i thought beer would taste like when my dad and friends were knocking them back way back when... this is what budweisenheimer etc should taste like... its so fresh and so clean but with a malty little snap. and the hops are there just popping up a bit to tell you HI... its more complex than the label lets on - each little sip hits a little different - and your taste buds dont get worn out like with a raging IPA or some such stuff (which is good but c'mon - it is summer in TX at the moment...) its just good easy drinkin beer... but inneresting enuff to keep you looking forward to the next sip... and the price is crazy - really this is better than many other beers for its style and i've had similar in the upper price rangers - and I WISH the big macros tasted like this... this stuff is GOOD BEER!!!! thank you trader joe!!! i'll drive to Ft Worth to stock up no problem!!! good stuff!!!

titusgroan, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of TastyMcBeerson
4.34/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my first review, so here is my amateur experience:
Purchased from Trader Joe's in Midtown Atlanta for $3.99 for a six pack.... My expectations were pretty low. I've been a fan of IPAs and the like, and my only Pilsner experience has been w/ either Pilsner Urquell or Miller Lite, if those count...
Beer at Trader Joe's is not refrigerated, so the first one I drank was room-temp.... Surprisingly, it was better than even an ice-cold <cheap> macro-brew. No macros, that I know of, are available at this price point.
Serving - Can, poured directly into mouth
Appearance - Didn't get a good look at it, but it appears slightly darker than a macro
Smell - Reminiscent of apple juice; not the typical makes-me-want-to-gag macro smell of adjuncts
Taste - Very good! It's not heavy or too complex, but pleasant and very drinkable... It is better cold than off the shelf....To be less general, it does seem to have the above mentioned apple juice notes. No lingering aftertaste or gross burp flavors.
Mouthfeel - It does have some body, and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not in a bad way...
Overall - I would recommend this brew to anyone who appreciates a flavorful non-macro beer that isn't too full of itself. Also, it's Vegan, which is interesting

TastyMcBeerson, May 19, 2013
Photo of HBeezley
4.33/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a personal rule: when beer comes in a can (except for dale's pale ale) you must drink it in a can!

With that said, This beer really surprised me! The appearance may not be accurate, but honestly, who needs appearance with a beer called "Simpler Times"?

I had very low expectations for simpler times. As an employee at Trader Joe's, I always saw this beer and thought that it couldn't be anything too special. It's bland-looking and cheap, how good could it be?
BUT, this pilsner is not bad at all! Worth all three dollars invested into a six-pack!

The tatse is not complex, but it is tasty! There is a nice bready-ness to it and the alcohol hits nicely on the tounge. Of course, the name does it justice: Simpler Times. And That is exactly what it is, a great SIMPLE beer. One that I could easily make a night out of.

HBeezley, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

crob3888, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of lou50rp
4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

lou50rp, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.2/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. This Pils poured a clear golden color. The aroma consisted of husked malt and lemongrass. Light in body, this Pilsner had a foundation of malted grain, a husky bite that brings a nice level of complexity to a traditional style. Here is just a touch of citric bittering hops that round out the swallow. Finish is dry. Overall, a nice brew and an excellent buy at 1.00 a can at Trader Joes. If your going to serve a Pilsner on a hot summer day, check this one out your pallet and your wallet will be glad you did!

GossageBrewery, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours leaving a decently thick head that doesn't stick around long. The color is a bright gold, with superb clarity. Carbonation bubbles arise slow and steady from the bottom. The nose is very expected for the style, it has a nice bready malt scent, low hoppiness. It's very clean and appealing.

The taste is quite nice. For $3 a sixer I was expecting an inferior product, but this is a solid Pilsener with no off flavors. Light, biscuity malt sweetness dominates, the finish is slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. I would prefer some more hop character here but that's just my liking. Overall it's clean and refreshing as it should be, without tasting too light or watered down. Has appropriate carbonation and body for style.

This beer might be one of the best values on the market. I can't believe I waited so long to finally try this, it's a solid Pils at an unbeatable price...

bennetj17, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm grading this based on what it is, not on how it compares to other beers.

As an American Adjunct Lager that makes no bones about what it is (even the name of "Simpler Times" in basic lettering) and the "Simpler Times" pricing of $3.99 a six pack, this is pretty damn good.

It tastes like a BMC, sweet corn, clear yellow, white head that quickly dissipates... all in all though, this is exactily what BMC should be: Simple and cheap. I can't imagine how anyone would buy this beer expecting the slightest bit of complexity... I don't know how a brewery can make it more clear that this is just cheap beer.

Will buy again, probably a case, for the next time I BBQ,

cadenwhitaker, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

It's great to see Retro Lagers become more widely available--you know all of the hipsters are happy to see this.

Filtered clarity shows off the pale golden color. The aroma is a little dusty from the mild husky character of the malt; hint of spicy lemony hop in the back. Fluffy crispness, light bodied with a hint of residual dextrin in the body, so it's not too light. Simple, one-way malt flavor is pleasant and clean, with perhaps just a quick sting of husk in the middle. Hops drop a thin but sharp bitterness that does its job to balance the malt. Faint metallic salt taste fades quickly in the clean, dry, grainy finish.

Solid all around, everything you want in a Retro Lager--drinkability, clean palate and just enough flavor to be different from the mainstream. A fun, no-brainer beer that is perfect for a few rounds of slop cricket.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +29.4%

valkyre65, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +29.4%

jheberle, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of PhotoMattT
4/5  rDev +29.4%

PhotoMattT, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of pgofman
4/5  rDev +29.4%

pgofman, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +29.4%

teyuders, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of irs
4/5  rDev +29.4%

irs, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of bernardo06
4/5  rDev +29.4%

bernardo06, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of shortkut
4/5  rDev +29.4%

shortkut, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Taylor1989
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Taylor1989, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Stothep
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You pretentious jerks need to get past the price of this beer and realize that just because you not getting ripped off doesn't mean it can't be good I'd bet the farm that if I put this beer in front of you in some foolish glass and told you it was from a brewery in Germany and cost $4 a bottle you simple minded fool would be creaming all over it this is a solid brew for an unbelievable price

Stothep, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of RhodyNative
4/5  rDev +29.4%

RhodyNative, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear light golden color with a big fluffy white head. The retention settles down to a thin blanket on top of the lager, but the lacing leaves thick rings around the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma has a soft sweet malt mixed with a grassy hop.

The first flavor to hit the palate would be the mild sweet malt. Hints of honey, and some soft cereal grains. Quickly there is a grassy hop bringing a bitterness and a balance to the brew.

Light and carbonated in body yet crisp and easy to drink.

Overall this American take on a German pilsener matches every characteristic of the style. Easy to drink and only $.67 a can or 3.99 a six pack. This is a bang for you buck kind of beer.

Luigi, May 31, 2012
Photo of Erish
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. can into a pilsner glass.

A: clear, bright golden color, the frothy, abundant yellowish-white head falls into a nice cap with good lacing. You also get the wonderful cascade of bubbles that only a pilsner can deliver.

S: light, white-bread like grain aroma, a bit of sulfurous yeast funk, and a very faint herbal hop aroma, and a metallic note from the abundant carbonation.

T: cracker-like malt and a faint citrus note up front, the middle has a bit of sulfur yeast, some spiciness, and a metallic core from the carbonation, the finish is dry, refreshing, and features light floral and herbal hops. This is probably the best beer I have had in a can, and it was $4 a six pack at TJ's!

M: light-bodied, silky, abundant carbonation. Good pilsner body.

D: This is a damn good beer that happens to sell for under $1 a can. Oh, for simpler times!

Erish, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of BigH75
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Further proof that there is absolutely no reason to buy a big macro beer. This is a simple decent quality American lager. Nothing special but nothing offensive. Light body with a tinge of bitterness. $3.49 for a 6-pack at Trader Joes. Lawnmower beer at its best.

BigH75, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found at Trader Joe's, which opened their first VT location several hours ago.

Pours a mild gold with a huge white head into my glass. It was cheap at $3.99 a six pack and two other varieties are available.

Light and easy on the nose. Bready texture.

A faint dose of hops greet the taste buds along with buttered bread. I'm not sure if it's all-grain or adjunct but it tastes very restrained.

Finishes clean too with only a touch of sweetness. Very clean.

This would make an awesome lawnmower beer. It's very easy to drink and the price is attractive. It gives me hope for the other varieties that are available.

Brad007, May 16, 2014
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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.