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Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 257
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 30.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: blackie on 10-12-2008

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Photo of Treath
1.03/5  rDev -66.4%
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.

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Photo of dcook11
1.18/5  rDev -61.6%
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.


D- above.

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Photo of mechtech
1.64/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
1.69/5  rDev -45%
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.

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Photo of vacax
1.78/5  rDev -42%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -32.9%
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.


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Photo of Offa
2.06/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.08/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
2.13/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of esv
2.26/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.29/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.31/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of kflorence
2.45/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Picking up from earlier proceedings...

A: Pours an ever-so-slightly murky golden color. The head is about two fingers high with a white shade and excellent creaminess. Retention is alright, shockingly. A nice ring of soft lacing is left on the glass. This has a genuinely attractive look.

S: Whoa, heavy on the diacetyl. It's kind of cotton candy-like, too. There are faint traces of hops, but they're really damn mild. Really uninspired for a pilsner, but hey, at least the adjunct qualities don't come off offensively! That's good, right?

T: There is, like, an assload of butterscotch flavor to start. Unlike the Simpler Times lager, it seems like someone bothered to throw a few hops in it, but not enough. Not much of a pilsner at all - it's just too damn sweet.

M: The first thing I notice: there's actually a twinge of dryness to counter all of the beer's sweetness. Second thing I notice: this is REALLY well carbonated, almost to the point of being harsh. It's easy to drink, like all cheap lagers should aspire to be.

O: I can't hate on it for $4 a six pack. Just like its identical cousin, it's a great choice for cheap drunkery. It's just a bit crisper/drier than its aforementioned cousin, and would make a decent hot weather beer. Personally though, I'd rather drink something else.

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Photo of plaid75
2.51/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt and traces of diacytl.

The taste consisted of a sweet slick grainy, adjuncts and green apple.

The mouthfeel was slick and unpleasant.

Overall a tough one to drink. Oh, and not a pils.

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Photo of rodney45
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: Hazy golden yellow with a big foamy head that doesnt go anywhere for a while.

S: Very noticeable perfume aroma with a touch of corriander or belgian spice. It smells better than it has any right to.

T: First notes of pilsner malt, slight lemon and citrus. Secondary flavors, which came out through the nose, are of a banana and floral perfume. No discernable hop flavor. Finish is airy and non dry.

M: Light mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Easy drinker.

O: Not a bad pilsner, just nothing special. Not a bad go to beer for about 4 bucks a 6 pack. Throw it in the cooler for a hot summer fishing trip day, or mowing the lawn.

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Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is pale gold (8 EBC), the liquid is clear. The airy off-white head is 3 fingers high; it leaves lots of thick lacing when it slowly sinks down.

The smell is very sweet and malty with lots of French loaf and corn bread. Some flowery hops, sweet nutty golden syrup flavours and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is excessively sweet, it is more like drinking wort than beer. Some fruity hops without much bitterness, hints of cereals (Corn Flakes in milk) and sugar solution. The aftertaste is sweet with some bitter hints and some warming alcohol.

The carbonation is light, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is very sticky, almost glue-like.

I don’t know. Is it supposed to have this extreme sweetness?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Everything is simpler than you think, and at the same time more complex than you imagine."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sweet corn yellow with pastel lemon edges and a decent looking lid of bone colored froth that has enough stickiness to grace the pint glass with small shards of sudsy lace.

The nose struggles to be average... and falls short. Thankfully, it isn't powerful enough to get into too much trouble. A whiff of sweetish pale grains, hints of musky hops and metallic overtones is the sum total.

Given Minhas's rather dubious reputation, it's no wonder that the can reads 'Simpler Times Brewing Company'. Attempting to hide their identity is probably the only way they can sell any beer at all. So much for trying to avoid preconceived notions before the first sip.

Simpler Times Pilsner doesn' taste much like a German pilsner. Then again, neither does Budweiser, Miller High Life and Coors. It tastes like an adjunct lager and is as boring as they come. At least it isn't as gotta-spit-it-out bad as some of what these guys brew.

Simple is the operative word. The beer is slightly sweet, slightly corny-grainy, slightly musky-bitter, not as metallic as feared... and that's it. Assuming there's nothing else available, keep it ice cold and you'll be fine.

The body/mouthfeel is okay in terms of size, but the bubbles fade too quickly within each mouthful, which gives the finish a lackluster feel. The flavor is lackluster too, so there's a bit of synergy there.

Minhas Brewery Simpler Times Pilsner is cheap (read: inexpensive) beer that tastes cheap (read: not good). It's a sad and pathetic state of affairs that I would still prefer this stuff to the most popular lagers in America, circa 2011.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 5, 2013
Misc.: Meant to get the lager

Poured a golden hazy color with about two fingers of frothy white head. Initially looked like it was going to be pretty bubbly, but that calmed down quickly. Average wet, foggy lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Pretty good retention for a pilsner.

Smelled cereal, wheat bread, lemon grass, honey, bread, tropical fruit, sour fruits and faint caramel.

Tasted like a watered-down version of the smell. Even a bit like a hefeweizen. Got water, cereal, grass and corn. Also faint banana and/or sour fruit. Not as good as the smell (which wasn’t that good).

Light body. Thin texture. Average- carbonation. Abrupt, but clean, crisp, refreshing and watery finish.

Nothing too special about this pilsner, besides the price ($3.49 for a 6-pack). I can see this beer being consumed in about any whore movie.

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Photo of ddahlen
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 oz can from a six pack into a US Pint glass with about 2 inches of head and a clear straw color.
The nose has mild hints of lemony citrus and mineral notes. Think wet rocks.
The taste is very mild with some bready malt and some scant bitterness.
The mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Definitely what I'd expect for the style.
Overall, this is a decent brew which is somewhat appealing at the price point and the fact that it's canned. Not necessarily a standalone brew I'd drink, but definitely would be appealing for a summer BBQ.

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.