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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 elgiacomo
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

elgiacomo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of grantino9
3/5  rDev -2.9%

grantino9, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of mchodge13
2/5  rDev -35.3%

mchodge13, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jonstep
1/5  rDev -67.6%

jonstep, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of pgofman
4/5  rDev +29.4%

pgofman, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of alcoholinside
2.75/5  rDev -11%

alcoholinside, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
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
Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +29.4%

teyuders, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- yellow color, nice looking head but dissipates quickly

Smell- bready malt

Taste- bready malt

Mouthfeel- I would say it is light bodied.

Drinkability- I would drink it again. Very drinkable and easy to drink, not spectacular but still pretty good, not bad either. It is also cheaper than Bud and tastes better.

jeffjeff1, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of bpk59
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer and split it with Rudzud after our epic beer journey through New England (Ghoulschip release).

Poured into an Ommegang BPA Pint glass.

Color was hazy yellow/gold. Rather drab. Head was white and thin with little retention or lacing.

Smell was thin and one-dimensional - sweet and bready malts.

Taste isn't bad but isn't great. Dominated again by sweet malts without being cloying. Surprisingly drinkable and unsurprisingly generic.

Mouthfeel was typical of a cheap pils - fizzy and carbonated.

Overall this isn't an offensive or bad beer, it's just unspectacular. Rudzud said it exactly as I would - you get what you pay for, and this is definitely better than most of the swill in this price range (love that word).

Unremarkable but not bad by any means.

bpk59, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rudzud
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up from a Trader Joes up in Portland, Maine after the Ghoulschip release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a golden sun coloured hue with incredibly tiny particles suspended through the brew. Atop sat a fizzy one finger white head that faded relatively quickly to leave no lacing but a thin white halo and slight wisps.

S - Not getting much of anything here. Sweet malts and some baked bread aromas. Maybe some light grassy hops.

T - Average, at best, this stuff is more of the sweet malts and bread. Almost like an adjunct in that its just sweet and a little bit of bread or corn. Slight subtle bitterness on the end from your hops.

M - Well, its easy to drink. Fizzy in the mouth stuff is very gulpable. On the thin side, but, to be expected.

O - I paid $2.49 for a 6 pack and I can say I got what I expected. This stuff is incredibly cheap tasting, but, for the price its a solid option. I'd rather drink this than majority of the big beer swill you see everywhere else. Glad to try it.

rudzud, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. $3.99 for a sixer is a hard to beat deal especially when the beer is actually pretty decent. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Nice lacing on the glass as this one goes down. Appearance is yellow with just a tad more copper than your average straw-colored American adjunct. Smell, honestly kind of turned off by the smell. You can tell this is going to be a little sweet but it smells a little funky. The sweet taste is what you'd expect form the smell minus the funky. The hops kind of throw the balance off a little towards the bitter side but it works just fine for me. Nice moutfeel on this one, good carbonation.

Not sure I could drink more than 3 or 4 of these at a time so I can't see it being a lawnmower beer, but for one or two after work this is a great beer. Probably will make a few more trips to Trader Joes to pick this one up again.

bigdrewsmoove, Sep 09, 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 bark
2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
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?

bark, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden grassy hue, crystal clear with a decent two-finger head that leaves sheets of lacing down my pils glass.

aroma of bread, pale malts, crackers, grain, straw, a hint of funk kind of like rubber cement. a hint of sweetness... inoffensive at best.

taste is pleasantly malty, with clean, crisp pilsner malts. a bit sweet with honey and a touch of brown sugar which is a bit odd, and a hint of some hops in the finish. not bad. slight citric hop finish that seems out of place.

mouth is clean, crisp, although fairly full for the style and abv. a touch syrupy and thick. fair though.

all in all, not bad... but not great by any stretch. for the price though, wow. can't really complain that much. it doesn't seem like a true german pilsner, but a six pack is cheaper than most singles, so I'm decently happy and will drink again.

djeucalyptus, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can from a 6-pack from Trader Joes,Salem. $3.99
Nice straw colured lager with a nice enough thick creamy white head.
Ok, pleasant malty/bready aromas,maybe a touch of grassy hop.
Taste is mainlly malty..some slight grassy hop and a strange fruit like bitterness..just odd,but not bad.
Ok on the palate..strange bitterness lingers..its not hops..like bitter-lemon.
Average beer..not really a pilsner, but OK.

Reidrover, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are grassy, corn like, and some sweet creamy malts.

Taste is creamy, lightly corn sweet, dough like, with some light grassiness. Finish is dry, with thick mouthfeel, and some herbal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is ok, but it might be a bit to thick for the style.

Overall, not a bad little beer, and this price is right. This might be a cheap summer sixer that I take hiking and camping.

flexabull, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: I wouldn’t call it hazy or cloudy, but it pours out a not quite clear honey body with a one finger, spongy head of generic white.

S: Frosted flakes with watered down white grape juice. A little apple works its way in. A slight sweetness, reminiscent of simple syrup dominates the end of the nose.

T: Fried rice with a mild fruitiness. There is an unfriendly sour pungency that comes in at the middle and then mineral water at the very end.

M: Light bodied but not entirely smooth, the beer doesn’t quite roll down and stalls right before the swallow and ends on a milky note.

O: There are a lot of pictures of The Band during the Big Pink era sitting back, laughing, playing, creating while drinking Piels Real Draft. Simpler Times reminds me of what I think that beer would have been. Maybe it just has to do with the name and how I want to associate this beer with those pictures, a simpler time of just being at the top of your game and creating something timeless. Is this beer timeless? No. But, it’s the times you have and the people you’re with while drinking this that matter. Back yard bbq’s, acoustic guitar songs, the sun setting, a baseball game on somewhere in the background… At least I’d like to think so.

phantomwyse, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joes

A: Fluffy white head that fades quickly leaving behind a mosaic of scatter foam. Mild quantities bubbles rising to the surface. The liquid is a darker straw or golden color.

S: sweet malty tones

T: lemon-ish citrus malt, hints of metallic, not super complex but pleasant. Finishes with earthy tones.

M: Crisp clean. Light body

O: pretty good for the price, nice relaxing beer. I've probably have bought it 4 or 5 times now, so I enjoy it and would recommend it

minterro, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of ithacabaron
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect, slightly hazy maize with a low, foamy, coherent head. Glows a bit.

Aromas of hard candy, banana nectar, and yeast come through. Not very pilsnery, but not unpleasant.

Taste is bright and mildly acidic; notes of tonic water come to mind. There's some decent hop bitterness here, but no hop flavor. Still, what's here is crisp, and presents a drying finish. The lingering aftertaste isn't great, but that's what the next sip is for.

Mouthfeel is okay; you can feel the scrubbing bubbles in your mouth. Would be perfect to cut through the grease of some Carolina-sauced ribs.

All in all, not bad, and a great deal for the price point at 50 cents a can. Surely I've drank far worse. In some perverse way, it's so jarring to have actual hop bitterness in a cheap beer, and it may have hurt my review; rather than comparing this to its true price-point competition -- Natural Ice, Icehouse, High Life -- I find myself yearning for a Prima Pils. And perhaps that's not fair. I'll put it this way -- the beer was worth the 2.99 that I spent on the six pack. You can draw your own conclusions from there.

ithacabaron, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of ddahlen
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

ddahlen, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a flavorful economy brew with nice Pils hops but a slight metallic off-taste that also appears in the aroma. The mouthfeel is normal for style with plenty of carbonation.

O - with a very low cost, this beer is a somewhat good value; otherwise not recommended.

Available in cans at Trader Joes.

chinchill, May 29, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

A: Perky, brilliant pale gold, though it's a good bit darker then most within the German Pils classification. A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head and better lacing then I'd expected, though it dies rather quickly.

S: Lemony-limey citrus, yet it doesn't come across overly acidic.

T: The nose doesn't lie, as I get a good dose of lemon marange and malt on the fore to mid. The finish showcases a bit of grassy biscuitiness.

M: Quite smooth and rich. The forced carbonation isn't overly brash and it all makes for an easy drinking lager.

O: Simpler Times Pils was an unexpected and enjoyable surprise. Is it a classical German Pils? Nope, though it certainly is an easy drinking summertime lawnmower beer. All things considered, this a budget friendly session lager you don't have to feel ashamed to keep in the fridge. Thumbs up.

Rhettroactive, May 18, 2011
Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.