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Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

217 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 217
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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therealmattdamon


3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-14-2012 18:03:47 | More by therealmattdamon
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tfitzg2

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

06-01-2012 19:05:18 | More by tfitzg2
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Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +29.4%

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.

05-31-2012 18:17:23 | More by Luigi
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev +20.1%

Enjoyed out of a 12oz can.

Cool look to the can, nice color and font. Smell is sweet corn, grain, faint hops maybe. Taste is pale malt, bitter yet sweet. Reminiscent of Summit EPA, another favorite of mine. There are traces of corn, and the bitter presence of hops. Good taste for the cheap price, 'though there is an odd PBRish metallic/plastic taste that isn't altogether unpleasant but not great.

Surprisingly good for $3 a 6-pack.

05-04-2012 07:50:10 | More by jimmah120
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

04-25-2012 04:38:00 | More by scaliasux
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Nage37

California

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

04-23-2012 02:01:42 | More by Nage37
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thebornotaku

California

3.48/5  rDev +12.6%

Picked up a can of this for $0.50 at Trader Joe's. Figured for 50 cents if it's good, that's a bargain, and if it's bad, I could probably entertain myself by pouring out the beer, crushing the can and playing can-soccer with my friends. So that's already a win/win.

Poured from the 12oz can in to a conical pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a decent head that was big and foamy.

Smells fruity and cirtusy, with a little bit of cut grass. Interesting aroma, but not bad.

The taste carries the aroma forward -- fruity and citrusy. Kind of sweet and lemony. Has a similar mouth feel to most canned, yellow, fizzy beers. Watery and thin, but that's to be expected. Not necessarily a bad thing either.

Overall it's a much better beer than I expected, especially considering it was only $0.50 for the single. FAR better than other "cheap" beers like Coors, Bud, etc. About on par with PBR in my book, though for different reasons. This beer is citrusy and summery, easy to drink, pretty good tasting and cheap.

IF you're considering buying it, then stop considering. Just do it. $4 for a 6-pack is a much better price than you'll find on pretty much anything else and it's actually fairly good.

04-11-2012 08:12:18 | More by thebornotaku
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +22.3%

Picked up a sixer of these in cans from Trader Joe's. Poured this into a German Pilsner Tulip, and the brew produces mounds of bright white head, and has perfect clarity with an amber gold colored body.

In the aroma I detect lemony hops, grainy huskiness, a hint of a metallic trait, and maybe a little bit of freshly cut grass.

Taste wise, there is honey, toffee, spicy hops, and a slight tobacco flavor.

Feels medium to light in body, dry to the palate, and yet thirst quenching. I'd say this is not of the German style too. Maybe a strong Czech. I don't know what the preprohibition pils tastes like, so I cannot say this is what it is.

04-07-2012 22:12:42 | More by TheSarge
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jmcgahran1

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

04-07-2012 19:28:32 | More by jmcgahran1
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-05-2012 00:55:10 | More by Falcone
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KrausenRingKing


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%

I'm not sure if this is a German Style Pilsner. I think this is more of an American Pre-Prohibition style Pilsner. The use of adjuncts is present as which it should be with an American Pilsner. The color, aroma, body and hop character are where they should be for this style. I don't see that it's that bad of a beer. If I were offered Bud, Miller, Coors or any other macro-brew and this I would choose this all day long. I like my PBR and I would have to add this along side of my PBR as an after yard beer.

For 3.99 I'm not sure as why some people are bashing it. What did you really expect for 3.99? I mean really....It's 3.99 for 6 beers. Find that in any bar or pub. Anyway....It's an easy drinker that actually has some flavor compared to most cheapsters in a can. I'm not goanna fluff up the review with a bunch of adjectives either. Find a Trader Joes and pick up a 6-er. If you don't like it hand it out as a courtesy beer for those that show up and never bring anything.

04-03-2012 16:29:04 | More by KrausenRingKing
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

03-19-2012 00:40:14 | More by crob3888
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -9.4%

Thanks to Rudzud for supplying this interesting beer that I can have a fun review with.

As it gushes out of the can in spurts, it forces a fluffy pillowy 1 finger head to rise up out of the glass, and fades at a medium pace leaving a huge messy lacing that looks like the head threw up on the sides of the glass, and leaves a... dare I say, Belgian looking fluffy head covering. The beer itself is a semi clear chill hazed golden yellow colored, that is actually fairly hazy.

Nose is like a 12 year old tried to make a pilsner, yeah there's faint hints of straw, and it tickles a slight aroma section of my brain that makes me thing of lager, but just falls about 10 miles short in the marathon of pilsners. malts come in flat and light, with a bit of pilsner malt and cracked straw but just a hint of aromatic like malt. Bit it gets a bit weird, like straw sat in putrid water for a while and just festered. Then the bad lager comes through, a bit of metallic and soured like fruit lager, very unhappy lager yeast, and somehow a bit like mineral and chlorine loaded bath water. Weird, but overall not horrible.

Taste starts even worse than the nose... awck, ewww, blech! I really want to spit it out but for science I need to review it!!! I'll type as quick as possible. Pool water blended with bath water, and some hay and maybe a hint of malt in there, all sitting for months to almost rotting but not quite. It has a rice pudding like flavor as well, with a light fluff. Then lager, metallic still, a bit of a bitter unhappy lager, almost dandelion flavored. Weird flavors and icky flavors with good... wait not really good, just weird. A bad bittering finish with dry sticky and putrid water flavors, but there are some weird hops that try to pop in with a light grassy flavor but more like dried grass that a horse just rubbed his ass on.

Mouth is lighter bodied, a bit gritty and weird feeling, and lots of carbonation, like they tried to overcarbonate it to make up for the bad taste.

Overall pretty bad but not horrible, not coors light or Bud level of terribleness, its more of a macro extract like beer but a bit higher level than the crappy crap that's usually out there.

03-10-2012 02:22:11 | More by jlindros
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

03-06-2012 20:22:19 | More by carrollmel7
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flagmantho

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from 12oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale gold hue with a light effervescence. Head poured a pretty dramatic 3 fingers of frothy white foam. Not too bad, if a bit pale.

Smell: light malt with a bit of plastic. Not terrible, but this seems like it has got some adjuncts to it which are less than authentic to the style.

Taste: light malt with a little bit of noble hop character and a light but perceptible bitterness. Not a great beer, but mostly without major flaws.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: as I said, it's not a great beer, but it is palatable and moderately drinkable. For a beer in this price range (like $2.50 for a six-pack), it's pretty damn good, actually.

03-05-2012 20:55:30 | More by flagmantho
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Hanzo

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2.9%

03-03-2012 20:26:52 | More by Hanzo
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shortkut

New York

4/5  rDev +29.4%

02-28-2012 00:41:16 | More by shortkut
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DocJitsu

California

3/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a golden yellow with a bubbly white head that tends to vanish quickly. Leaves some lacing as the head disappears. Light malty and mild Belgian yeast aromas. Decent mouthfeel and good carbonation. A pilsner that behaves like a lager, but well worth the few bucks I paid for a sixer of cans.

02-25-2012 23:44:48 | More by DocJitsu
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jumbopanda

California

3/5  rDev -2.9%

02-01-2012 04:42:38 | More by jumbopanda
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chrisp1090

Illinois

1/5  rDev -67.6%

01-28-2012 04:35:30 | More by chrisp1090
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CherryGhost

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-23-2012 19:26:54 | More by CherryGhost
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

12oz can, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy yellow/gold with a one finger white head that leaves some rings of lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is some grassy & floral hops with a touch of citrus (mostly lemon), sweet-smelling grain/cereal, hints of hay, corn and faintly metallic. Fair strength.

Flavor is not bad...some citrus/lemon and grassy hops, sweet grains, a bit of bitterness on the finish, basically no alcohol detected. Finishes fairly clean, if a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, a bit sticky, sharp scrubbing carbonation.

Not a bad cheap Pils at all. Yeah, a bit adjuncty, but surprising hop balance helps a lot. Crazy drinkable, I’m thirsty and this is hitting the spot. Considering the price, this is pretty good and my score reflects its price to performance ratio. Noticeably better than other beers in its price range, but certainly doesn't stack up to better and more expensive Pilsners.

01-22-2012 23:54:36 | More by elgiacomo
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.95/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, light fruits, and alcohol. There is an almost artificial margarita smell to this one. Taste is of grains, corn flakes, alcohol, and some light fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but decent for the price ($0.50 a can). I could see myself stocking these for a party with non-craft beer drinkers.

01-21-2012 02:48:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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grantino9

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-17-2012 05:48:57 | More by grantino9
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear bright yellow with a white head that left streaks of lacing.

S - grainy pilsner malt aroma.

T - starts out somewhat grainy with hints of hoppy bitterness turning grainy sweet on the finish.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O - an average beer.

01-08-2012 21:31:13 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.