Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Appearance Pale gold, with a moderate head and spare lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt, corn, and a hint of spice.
Taste: Corn, sweet malts, a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with very little aftertaste.
The Verdict: Not bad. Another of the Trader Joe's bargain brands, it's much better than their Name Tag, but I prefer the tasty Simpler Times Lager. If you're looking for a cheap six pack of beer, it's hard to beat. Much better than any of the macro brews on the market.
06-20-2013 23:23:45 | More by TheMarkE
3.6/5 rDev +16.5%
At 3.49 a sixer, what do I have to lose?
A: Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Fairly aggressive (too aggressive) pour leads to three fingers khaki head. Head is fairly light bodied and dissipates somewhat quickly. Beer itself is a couple shades darker than your standard BMC straw yellow. Clarity is still good, and carbonation is lively. Lacing is minimal.
S: Husked grain and dirty straw. Malt sweetness involved. However, does seem to be missing that corn flake element so dominant in AAL's. Bit of herbal spiciness from the hops in there as well. Still strikes me as being mass produced ala six row barley and extracts.
T: Tastes similar to that as well. Fairly subdued, crackery malt, with a shot of herbal bitterness interjected before things get flabby. Finishes dry, with a decent level of hop bitterness. Distinct sourness in the aftertaste I usually associate with Euro Pale Lagers. Almost like the rind of a granny smith apple.
M: Light bodied. The carbonation is subdued for the style. Again, more along the lines of the Euro Pale than the AAL.
O: Better than most macrobrews for literally half the price. I'll take it.
06-10-2013 01:50:54 | More by McStagger
2.78/5 rDev -10%
Simpler Times Pilsner has a thick, somewhat off-white head, a clear, golden appearance, with lots of bubbles and tiny white specs floating throughout, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of dank, sickly-sweet grain husk and dirty barley, and the flavor is of those elements, with a cheap, store-brand bread flavor and an unpleasant hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Simpler Times Pilsner finishes wet, dirty, and marginally drinkable. Overall, the only thing going for this beer is that it has such unusual characteristics, that it’s worth a try, just for the novelty of it. Price is not an advantage, because one can buy much better-tasting Miller or Anheuser-Busch beers for a lower price. Also, Simpler Times Pilsner should be consumed at the lowest possible temperature above freezing. I recommend it, and that’s for the weirdness of it, not the overall quality. I will not ever have it again, for sure.
06-06-2013 16:19:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.34/5 rDev +40.5%
I think this is my first review, so here is my amateur experience:
Purchased from Trader Joe's in Midtown Atlanta for $3.99 for a six pack.... My expectations were pretty low. I've been a fan of IPAs and the like, and my only Pilsner experience has been w/ either Pilsner Urquell or Miller Lite, if those count...
Beer at Trader Joe's is not refrigerated, so the first one I drank was room-temp.... Surprisingly, it was better than even an ice-cold <cheap> macro-brew. No macros, that I know of, are available at this price point.
Serving - Can, poured directly into mouth
Appearance - Didn't get a good look at it, but it appears slightly darker than a macro
Smell - Reminiscent of apple juice; not the typical makes-me-want-to-gag macro smell of adjuncts
Taste - Very good! It's not heavy or too complex, but pleasant and very drinkable... It is better cold than off the shelf....To be less general, it does seem to have the above mentioned apple juice notes. No lingering aftertaste or gross burp flavors.
Mouthfeel - It does have some body, and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not in a bad way...
Overall - I would recommend this brew to anyone who appreciates a flavorful non-macro beer that isn't too full of itself. Also, it's Vegan, which is interesting
05-19-2013 02:37:10 | More by TastyMcBeerson
2.61/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
05-03-2013 16:59:18 | More by devilben02
5/5 rDev +61.8%
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!
04-26-2013 22:43:51 | More by bbluemzbeer
4.2/5 rDev +35.9%
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!
04-19-2013 23:09:12 | More by GossageBrewery
2.53/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
04-11-2013 05:07:56 | More by BucannonXC5
2.88/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
03-27-2013 05:19:41 | More by mfnmbvp
4/5 rDev +29.4%
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
03-13-2013 18:17:15 | More by Stothep
Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
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