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Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Simpler Times PilsnerSimpler Times Pilsner

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133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 258
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 30.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 devilben02
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I feel like I can appreciate a variety of styles, enjoy nuance over boldness, and take simple pleasure in a straightforward pilsner. I just plain didn't enjoy this beer.

It looks about as good as a pilsner can, pouring with a golden straw yellow color and a dense pillow of off-white head. The aroma is dull and uninviting, though, with a musty, grassy character contrasted by some white bread. The flavor is even more disappointing, with my first taste being most comparable to dirt, and further tastes revealing a little lemon, but mostly a dry, stale cornbread character. The texture does what it can to bolster this beer's drinkability, with a medium-light body and a light carbonation that plays off of the light, dry flavor nicely.

Overall, however, this beer is just dull and earthy in an unsatisfying way. It is not as offensive as the descriptors I used above would indicate, but I'd never call this a good beer.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The taste is not too complex, but it is tasty beer! There is a nice bready taste to it and the alcohol hits nicely on the mouth. The name says it all: Simpler Times. That is exactly what it is, a great SIMPLE beer. One that I could easily drank many of them.
Best values on the market. It is a solid Pilsner at an unbeatable price. This beer tastes like what thought beer should taste like! It is is ver fresh and so clean but some a malty little snap. and the hops are there just popping.
It is more complex beer than the name . Each taste hits a little different. It is just good easy drinking beer. Also , it keep you looking forward to the next drank.
I wish the big breweries tasted like this one Great BEER!!!! Thank you trader joe! The two buck chuck of beer!

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.19/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. This Pils poured a clear golden color. The aroma consisted of husked malt and lemongrass. Light in body, this Pilsner had a foundation of malted grain, a husky bite that brings a nice level of complexity to a traditional style. Here is just a touch of citric bittering hops that round out the swallow. Finish is dry. Overall, a nice brew and an excellent buy at 1.00 a can at Trader Joes. If your going to serve a Pilsner on a hot summer day, check this one out your pallet and your wallet will be glad you did!

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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 mfnmbvp
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can, with no apparent canned on date, just a vague code on the bottom which I won't bother with. Have been impressed with Minhas Craft Brewery Name Tag Lager, and got this same Minhas Craft Brewery Simpler Times Pilser at the local Trader Joe's for 67 cents a can. Can't go wrong with that deal, either way.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an impressive two fingers of bubbly, fizzy, carbonated white foam head, which reduces itself to a doughy impression. Body is a bit darker than the Minhas Name Tag Lager.

S - Light corn husk adjuncts, some sweetened malt. Some strong honey. Doesn't smell off-putting, and in comparison to beers like Bud Light and Miller Lite, this beer smells damn attractive, while keeping itself in the same arena.

T - Bubbly, carbonated, adjunctive corn husk. Some light alcohol astringency, but very faint considering this beer's modest 5.50% abv. Nicely bodied, and nicely balanced, much smoother, cleaner, and more natural feeling than any swill American adjunct lager that permeates the market like Bud Light, Coors Light, or Miller Lite. If beers like this were more readily available, I'd bet they could stand a chance at being more popular than they are.

M - Feel is sweet, sugary, somewhat carbonated. Typical of the style and the brewery. Simple, but to the point.

Overall, Minhas failed to impress me with some of their more "crafty" offerings, but their sub-par everyday blue collar man's beers are far more enjoyable and palatable. Like I said, beers like this Minhas Simpler Times Pilsner and the Minhas Name Tag Lager are simple, yet satisfying beers for what they are. And considering the fact that a 12 oz. can of this sells for 67 cents, I don't see any reason for you not to be buying this if you can. I would personally opt for the Minhas Name Tag Lager, but if you have the opportunity, grab them both.

Minhas Simpler Times Pilsner ---3/5.

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Photo of Stothep
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You pretentious jerks need to get past the price of this beer and realize that just because you not getting ripped off doesn't mean it can't be good I'd bet the farm that if I put this beer in front of you in some foolish glass and told you it was from a brewery in Germany and cost $4 a bottle you simple minded fool would be creaming all over it this is a solid brew for an unbelievable price

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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 BigH75
3.82/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Further proof that there is absolutely no reason to buy a big macro beer. This is a simple decent quality American lager. Nothing special but nothing offensive. Light body with a tinge of bitterness. $3.49 for a 6-pack at Trader Joes. Lawnmower beer at its best.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been meaning to review a can of this baby for quite awhile. This is one beer I wished I hadn't told all my friends about. I was once able to grab a six of these for under $4, now my local TJ's can barely keep them in stock and they've jacked the price up almost a dollar! Ah, well, if this is what I have to deal with to keep the Simpler Times flowing, then so be it.

-Appearance 3.5: Deep golden color. Foamy, 1/4" head that quickly dissipated and left no residue. Still, better looking than your average macro.

-Smell 3.5: Interesting and appealing bouquet. I smell sweet malt and some adjuncts, probably corn and also rice. Also, there's a nice hop aroma in there, but it is restrained.

-Taste 4.0: Front is just cool liquid, no real taste. Middle is big on barley and slightly sweet and quickly transitioned into a long finish with hops creeping up the sides of the tongue. Then there was more barley and slight sweetness and smooth adjuncts in the middle of the palate. Very nice. Finish is long and filled with slight hops and some fruity esters. Again, very nice.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Pretty typical CO2 mouthfeel.

-Overall 3.5: I don't understand all the snob reviews for this beer. Yes it is cheap, yes it comes in a can and yes it is brewed with adjuncts, but so what? This is a very good beer and does not do all the nasty things to your system that many more expensive US macros are wont to do. One of my favorite "go to" session beers and it will not leave you with a bad hangover. Heartily recommended.

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

This poured a clear golden straw with light foam that rapidly dissipates. There’s an aroma of cereal malts & corn, followed by … no hops to speak of. The flavor is musty & on the sweet side with some light bittering but not much other than carbonation to speak of. It has all that musty corn adjunct lager flavor with not as much of the nasty aftertaste as a Bud, as well as and a little more malt body. Still, pass. At least it’s cheap.

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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 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 secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of titusgroan
4.5/5  rDev +46.6%
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!!!

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Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.61/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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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 thebornotaku
3.47/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.81/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of KrausenRingKing
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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