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Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

220 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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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1/5  rDev -67.6%

chrisp1090, Jan 28, 2012
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1/5  rDev -67.6%

pin, Jun 11, 2013
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1/5  rDev -67.6%

ssgunbond, Aug 18, 2013
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1/5  rDev -67.6%

jonstep, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Treath
1.02/5  rDev -67%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

**Beware: This beer gives instant headaches.**

A- Upon opening and pouring into a glass mug, this beer looks yellow with some head that disappears.

S- The smell is of tin and cheap beer.

T- Terrible. First, you taste a bittersweet taste (cheap) and then all of a sudden it turns into a nasty bitter metal chalky taste which lingers for a long time.

M- Bubbly and thin.

Overall- Not worth the $2.99, I rather drain pour this beer than give it to someone.
I got a headache from it in about 15 minutes.
This is a very unpleasant beer to drink. Never again.

Treath, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of dcook11
1.15/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Looks good in my pils glass. Nice large creamy head nice carbonation. Pale yellow in color, with a nice lacing on the side. The head does fade quite quickly, but the lacing remains,

S-Smells bad. Maybe I got a bad bottle but smells like cardboard. awful.

T-Terrible, almost to the point of being undrinkible.

M-above

D- above.

dcook11, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of MathNut
1.25/5  rDev -59.5%

MathNut, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of mechtech
1.63/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Canned from Trader Joes.

I bought Simpler times Pilsner hoping for a decent cheap beer. My cheap beer of choice is Yuengling, and while I didn't expect anything better, I was hoping for something better than BMC offerings/PBR, but... unfortunately didn't get it.

Appearance - Light/medium, very yellow. Nice fluffy head, very light small bubbles like a wheat beer.

Smell - sweet, citrus

Taste - sweetness, banana, fake butter, citrus, alcohol, metallic bitterness, acidity, and more sweetness to finish.

Overall - Very hard to finish... pretty poor. I'd take a coors light over it, there're just too many off flavors to even remotely enjoy it. It tastes very corn forward, but there's no "crackery" backend to provide back to the sweetness.

mechtech, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
1.68/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$2.99 a 6'r at Trader Joe's was worth a shot for one of my favorite summer styles.

Pours a golden crystal clear yellow with a half finger white head of loose bubbles that melt too quickly to a faint ring. Intermittent streams of occasional carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma seems to be all about corn and butter. Incredibly buttery aroma. Only slight breadiness and I can't find the hops at all.

Butter isn't as strong in the taste but the corn is still there as the predominant grain. Burst of lemon hits before you swallow and fortunately lingers a bit to clean out the butter.

I can't say a lot for this beer because it really isn't very complex. Just disappointing. Hard to call it a German Pilsner...more like an American adjunct gone bad or poorly brewed.

IntriqKen, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of vacax
1.75/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$2.99 for a six pack of cans. I am tempted to review this as an American Adjunct Lager instead of a Pilsener due to its lack of quality, but have decided to review it as it is labelled. After viewing the website it would appear that there is another beer just labelled a "Lager" so I will review this as a Pilsener, after all Minha calls itself a Craft Brewery.

Pours golden with limited cloudiness, generous two-finger head that is thick and pillowy. In fact, it is too pillowy, it reminds me of hops extracts in a cheap beer, not an appetizing lager. Only a bit of lace.

Smells of sweet corn, some musty old corn, and a some metallic notes. Full of off notes, but interestingly bright. Taste is mild at first, sweet then a smooth corn and pea flavor. Some metallic then a big plastic finish. Finishes with slight bitterness and some metal, which could be a lot worse. This tastes like a cheap lager, but sweeter than most, which adds its own little twist. No positive hint of hops at all. If you like your malt liquor with a packet of sugar in it, check this out. Light to medium body with high carbonation.

This may only be $2.99, but it is not worth drinking. I had to try it out of curiousity, but I am surprised Trader Joe stocks such a lame beverage. Terrible beer.

vacax, Sep 15, 2009
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2/5  rDev -35.3%

mchodge13, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Offa
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is drinkable, but barely, and less than ok, with the smell and taste a little off and heavy without corresponding character, so it even lacks the clean, crisp, or refreshing qualities that are some of the strengths of a basic lager or pilsner.

Fairly deep gold, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a lasting, wispy foamy top and leaving a little lace. It looks pretty good.

The aroma is fruity grain, musty old apples, grass, a hint of clean sweat and sulphur. It's mostly an ok basic lager smell, but a little unpleasantly funky.

The taste is similar, mostly a decent pale lager with fruity grain plus noticeable hops, mostly grassy. It starts somewhat sweet before a more bitter finish, but it's all a little off. It has an odd, light, faintly acrid, cooked vegetable-old-grass-burnt butter quality that I have encountered in sub-par lagers sometimes, and this taste and the bitterness are a bit rough and faintly unpleasant. However, these qualities do not detract too much and overall it's still basically drinkable. It's not terrible, but it almost is.

Offa, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz aluminum can served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. Acquired at the Culver City Trader Joe's a few hours ago. Six pack ran me $3.49 - that's just over 1 cent more per beer than budweiser costs at the local Superior, making this the cheapest non-BMC beer in the LA area - at least that I'm aware of. Reviewed live. Expectations are as low as can be. That said, I've had some surprisingly good brews from auld Trader Joe's.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food.

Opened clean, with no liquid shooting out or anything.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of some cream, average thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear bright yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not horribly appealing, but it's average for the style.

Sm: Straw. Hints of crystal malt. Stale barley. A light aroma. Quite a turn-off, but it could be worse (see Budweiser Chelada).

T: Some nice cream on the open. Probably its best attribute is a light buttery quality. Stale barley and surprisingly full-bodied clean generic pilsner malt comprise the foundation. But that's all there is: foundation. There's nothing really on top of it. Maybe a dash of hops. Clean and bland. No subtlety at all here. No complexity to speak of. Meh.

Mf: Clean, smooth, thin, and slightly overcarbonated. Hardly complements the flavours, but it doesn't run against them either.

Dr: Drinkable but very bland and boring. Would make a decent beer pong brew for frat boys, if you're into that. I probably will be buying this again given its price and my current poverty. That said, I'd never recommend it to friends. Might pair decently with spicy thai food or something. I've certainly had worse.

A horrible candidate for aging.

D

kojevergas, Sep 17, 2012
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2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear straw color with almost no head whatsoever. Smells only of sweet adjuncts mostly corn. Not much malt presence in the nose. First sip is bland cereal and just a tad of hop bitterness. Not much positive aspects in this one. Simpler Times needs more complexity.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of DijonKetchup
2.1/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up at TJ in Arroyo Grande.

Poured a nice golden hue in a 12 oz pils glass. Foam dissipated quite fast, left no lacing. Missing the aroma hops that one may expect from a pilsner. Smells of malt, corn & biscuit. On second pour decent foam, which means my glass may have been not properly cleaned. Still fast dissipation thereafter.

Taste is quite boring. Good carbonation, decent hoppage but certainly not enough to save this. Much too malty for a pilsner - missing that clean, crispness that one might expect. Tastes thin despite labeled 5.5% ABV. as it tastes around 4.5%. This tastes like a macro attempt at pilsner craft beer.

I gues for $4.99 I shouldn't expect any better - I was just hoping that TJs quality standards might help - to no avail. I will try to pawn the rest off on the neighbors - quite dissapointing.

DijonKetchup, Dec 28, 2008
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2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a very thin, white head.

Smell: Vague herbal hop character conjoined with a tired malt and corn flake scent. Hmm. Very similar to its brother, the Simpler Times Lager, as if they were two sides of the same untasty coin.

Taste: It's a cheap beer with a cheap taste. Cereal grains with a drizzle of sweet corn syrup. Vague herbal 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. Again, I'll say it's suspiciously similar to the Simpler Times lager. Even for a simple pilsner, it's a below average, underperfomer.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 27, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Medium gold. Clear and bubbly. Short white soapy quickly fading head.

Smell - Faint corny malitiness.

Taste - Light pale malt. Vaguely sweet, but fairly watery. A little corny. Not noticing hops.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Not sure that I'd call this a pilsener. Would compare favorably to many macrobrews, but lacks any real interesting characteristics.

scaliasux, Apr 25, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a good-looking can. The brewery has nice cans.

A) A lot of carbonation when poured. I can hear it, it's calling to me. Big, white head, tight bubbles, thick, with medium size divets. Head didn't stay around too long.

S) Some corn. The lightest hint of malty grain.

T) Soft sweet malt, no real bread. It meets with a weak bitterness and washes-out in a corny thinness.

M) Thin

Tastes like something AB would come up with to compete with good beer.

esv, Dec 08, 2009
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2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It is not bad looking it has a very clear finish to its yellow body. It has an average head with loose lace. This beer is sort of cheap tasting it reminds me of malt liquor. It has a fruity adjunct after taste. It has a some what fruity and bitter flavor. It is very thin with some bite.

MTNboy, Jan 07, 2010
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2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thank you to Bobby for gifting me a spare can of this fine libation.

A: The pour is a light straw color with a short lived white head that initially towers in the glass.

S: The nose is skunky, buttery, and sweet. Lots of grain and adjunct notes, along with plenty of diacetyl.

T: The amount of butter in this beer is shocking, and definitely not enjoyable. A light sulfur note and slightly sweet with grain providing most of the other "flavor".

M: The body is light and the beer is very highly carbonated.

D: This is one of those beers that should be consumed as cold and as quickly as possible. I honestly cannot recommend this beer to anyone.

womencantsail, Aug 02, 2010
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2.33/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow color, with a huge, foamy white head. Smells grainy, sweet and a little like corn. Not a whole lot going on in the taste department either, just carbonation and adjuncts. Thought for the price ($2.99 at Trader Joes), and considering the lager was pretty decent, that this might be a good buy. I was wrong.

emmasdad, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of asabreed
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter than straw yellow with a quickly dying head and little-to-nothing lacing.

Smell: Tons of buttery residual sweetness. No hops. All candied, fake sweetness. I don't see how this is a Pils.

Taste: Kind of like soda crackers. There's not a lot there. A bit of residual, fake, and adjunct corn-esque sweetness dies. There's maybe a hint of hops, but that dies too. Just not very good or pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not enough carbonation, and way too sugar-syrupy feeling, heightened by the lack of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these, but the quality seems way too long for even an attempt at a Pils. Most of the beers at TJs I can do, but this one's something that I wouldn't try again unless it was hot out, the beer was ice cold, and there was nothing else. But I may opt to snag another 6-pack of something else at a local mini-mart, especially if there was one nearby.

asabreed, Jul 06, 2009
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2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can into pils glass.

Very clear and bright golden yellow. Giant 4 fingers of white head. Some streaky spots of lace trail behind the settling bubbles on their way to becoming a thick collar around the edges. Some ameoba like blobs of dense bubbles play in the center of the glass like bacteria colonies on an agar plate.

Smells of some nice lemony citrus hops... Oh wait... Those lemony citrusy notes are actually quite solventy... Lightly sweet bready malt comes up too...
The taste is surprisingly not as bad as I had myself prepared for-- it certainly isn't good, but I won't give it an F that I expected after the nose! Very light touch of bitterness on the finish, but the finish is much sweeter than I had hoped.

The body is a little syrupy, but holds firm carbonation.

Overall-- Meh. This is better than the regular lager, but it is another beer I don't care to drink again.

AleWatcher, Nov 25, 2011
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2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this for $2.99 for a 6-pack at Trader Joe's. Low expectations.

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a thick layer of foam. Not much lacing, head retention is decent but very thin and aerated, not at all creamy.

S: Smells predominantly of corn, grains, alcohol and aluminum. Faint honey aroma as well. Not very appealing.

T: Tastes like a watered down version of what a Pilsner should be; definitely no Pilsner Urquel. The flavor up front is pretty bland and dominated by a sweet corn, grain and metal flavor. The backend of the swig slightly redeems itself with some buttery flavors, but overall rather on the dull side.

M: Way too carbonated, like many other cheap beers. As others have said, kind of malt-liquor-ish. Not outright watery, but not much body to speak of.

D: Probably the best thing about this beer is how sessionable it is, though I would definitely grab something else if given the choice. But hey, at around .50c per can I can't really complain.

kflorence, Mar 14, 2010
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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.