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Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

227 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 21.29%
Wants: 4
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 valkyre65
4/5  rDev +29%

valkyre65, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of beerme626
3/5  rDev -3.2%

beerme626, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

vfgccp, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, piss-yellow with substantial head of creamy white carbonation. Thick but erratic lace.

Nose is grainy, malty, and borderline adjunct.

Tastes rich and malty/grainy, with a buttery toast character and only a slight hops presence. Nice body, and quite drinkable, though not one I'd pursue again, even at the Trader Joe's budget $3.99/6pk price.

secondtooth, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of MathNut
1.25/5  rDev -59.7%

MathNut, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of titusgroan
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%
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 ColdPoncho
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

ColdPoncho, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Eriktheipaman, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of pandatron
3/5  rDev -3.2%

pandatron, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +29%

jheberle, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of therealmattdamon
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

therealmattdamon, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of tfitzg2
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

tfitzg2, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +29%
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 jimmah120
3.71/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jimmah120, May 04, 2012
Photo of scaliasux
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

scaliasux, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Nage37, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of thebornotaku
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thebornotaku, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheSarge, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of jmcgahran1
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

jmcgahran1, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Falcone, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of KrausenRingKing
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

KrausenRingKing, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

crob3888, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jlindros
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jlindros, Mar 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

carrollmel7, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

flagmantho, Mar 05, 2012
Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.