Simpler Times Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 251
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
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 Reidrover
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
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 (491 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of ddahlen
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Everything is simpler than you think, and at the same time more complex than you imagine."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sweet corn yellow with pastel lemon edges and a decent looking lid of bone colored froth that has enough stickiness to grace the pint glass with small shards of sudsy lace.

The nose struggles to be average... and falls short. Thankfully, it isn't powerful enough to get into too much trouble. A whiff of sweetish pale grains, hints of musky hops and metallic overtones is the sum total.

Given Minhas's rather dubious reputation, it's no wonder that the can reads 'Simpler Times Brewing Company'. Attempting to hide their identity is probably the only way they can sell any beer at all. So much for trying to avoid preconceived notions before the first sip.

Simpler Times Pilsner doesn' taste much like a German pilsner. Then again, neither does Budweiser, Miller High Life and Coors. It tastes like an adjunct lager and is as boring as they come. At least it isn't as gotta-spit-it-out bad as some of what these guys brew.

Simple is the operative word. The beer is slightly sweet, slightly corny-grainy, slightly musky-bitter, not as metallic as feared... and that's it. Assuming there's nothing else available, keep it ice cold and you'll be fine.

The body/mouthfeel is okay in terms of size, but the bubbles fade too quickly within each mouthful, which gives the finish a lackluster feel. The flavor is lackluster too, so there's a bit of synergy there.

Minhas Brewery Simpler Times Pilsner is cheap (read: inexpensive) beer that tastes cheap (read: not good). It's a sad and pathetic state of affairs that I would still prefer this stuff to the most popular lagers in America, circa 2011. (1,720 characters)

Photo of psychoholicagogo
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Simply put this is a cheap american pilsener made primarily for ease in drinking on a warm summer day. Flavor wise it has no extraordinary qualities, but no real flaws either. Mild, soft malt flavors with a simple and somewhat thin body. Refreshing in that it lacks the metallic flavors a lot of other heavily adjuncted beers have. I'm convinced this is the same beer as their lager, only lacking in said adjuncts. (414 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours leaving a decently thick head that doesn't stick around long. The color is a bright gold, with superb clarity. Carbonation bubbles arise slow and steady from the bottom. The nose is very expected for the style, it has a nice bready malt scent, low hoppiness. It's very clean and appealing.

The taste is quite nice. For $3 a sixer I was expecting an inferior product, but this is a solid Pilsener with no off flavors. Light, biscuity malt sweetness dominates, the finish is slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. I would prefer some more hop character here but that's just my liking. Overall it's clean and refreshing as it should be, without tasting too light or watered down. Has appropriate carbonation and body for style.

This beer might be one of the best values on the market. I can't believe I waited so long to finally try this, it's a solid Pils at an unbeatable price... (889 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can. Pours a lightly-hazed solid gold, with low carbonation and two fingers of frothy head that retains well and tries to lace the glass. Floral and spicy hops in the nose, with corn and light malt. Tastes almost metallic, grainy, with sweet corn, piney/citric hops that contribute a moderate bitterness, and a distinct, nearly overbearing apple ester from the yeast. The body is crisp, dry and light. Not as sweet and a bit more hoppy than the other Minhas lagers I've had, which is nice. If you are at Trader Joe's and trying to choose between Simpler Times lager and pilsner, go for this one. (609 characters)

Photo of Bmcg266
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing to American Adjunct Style, Not Pilsener style.

For a $3.99 6-pack this is a pretty good deal. Smell/Taste/Drinkability is better than the typical cheapo stuff, yet not by much.

Pretty much no hop presence, grainy malt flavor, a bit of corn, and some malt sweetness. Goes down like any other adjunct lager fizzy, light, yet has a bit more flavor than the typical suspects.

Overall not terrible, yet for a pilsener it isn''t very good at all. I couldn't detect the slightest hint of hops. For an American Adjunct though, I'd buy it over any BMC.

Pretty much my go-to cheap beer if I'm too broke/cheap to afford 'gansett or PBR, which isn't too often. (663 characters)

Photo of HBeezley
4.29/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a personal rule: when beer comes in a can (except for dale's pale ale) you must drink it in a can!

With that said, This beer really surprised me! The appearance may not be accurate, but honestly, who needs appearance with a beer called "Simpler Times"?

I had very low expectations for simpler times. As an employee at Trader Joe's, I always saw this beer and thought that it couldn't be anything too special. It's bland-looking and cheap, how good could it be?
BUT, this pilsner is not bad at all! Worth all three dollars invested into a six-pack!

The tatse is not complex, but it is tasty! There is a nice bready-ness to it and the alcohol hits nicely on the tounge. Of course, the name does it justice: Simpler Times. And That is exactly what it is, a great SIMPLE beer. One that I could easily make a night out of. (827 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden, straw yellow. mild hazy from the vibrant carbonation. huge fluffy white head. looks good so far.

S: sweet, bready pilsner malt. a faint bitterness at the tail end.

T: light, airy. metallic notes. a little too dry in the finish for the style. need more hops in the finish. or the body. or in general.

M: light body with a dense carbonation. all good.

D: overall, good beer with a really cheap price tag. got mine at a trader joe's for $3.99. kinda hard to argue with that when macro-canned piss is more expensive. (527 characters)

Photo of Erish
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. can into a pilsner glass.

A: clear, bright golden color, the frothy, abundant yellowish-white head falls into a nice cap with good lacing. You also get the wonderful cascade of bubbles that only a pilsner can deliver.

S: light, white-bread like grain aroma, a bit of sulfurous yeast funk, and a very faint herbal hop aroma, and a metallic note from the abundant carbonation.

T: cracker-like malt and a faint citrus note up front, the middle has a bit of sulfur yeast, some spiciness, and a metallic core from the carbonation, the finish is dry, refreshing, and features light floral and herbal hops. This is probably the best beer I have had in a can, and it was $4 a six pack at TJ's!

M: light-bodied, silky, abundant carbonation. Good pilsner body.

D: This is a damn good beer that happens to sell for under $1 a can. Oh, for simpler times! (868 characters)

Photo of RarianRakista
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a 16oz Ceramic Stein.

Like other reviewers noted I'm simply impressed by the suds action and resultant head from a canned beer. A nice surprise.

No ricey and metallic or white bread aroma like some other pilsners in a can I have encountered. Whiff of Simpler Times Pilsner, a redolent noseful of decent hoppiness, good.

Sweet spike of indeterminable fruit flavor and a wash of bitter notes that dissipate pleasantly on the back of the tongue and throat without any industrial can flavor.

Mouthfeel, meh, for all those bubbles it doesn't have a lot of texture at all.

I'm drinking my first can but I can see this becoming a good standby beer when my own Ale keg runs dry. (700 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can from Trader Joes priced at .67 cents as a single. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a crystal clear gold with a large fluffy white head. The head is dense and pretty impressive.

The aroma is of grains, a bit of plum and some mild spicey hops.

The taste does not quite live up to the smell or the looks. It is grainy with a bit of medicinal alcohol. There is a hint of hops in the aftertaste and some bready malts late.

The beer has a decent mouth with active carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. I like it better than most budget type beers in its category. (580 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

another new one from my local trader joes, i dont know why i decide to pick this one up, more then likely the 6 dollars for the six pack. anyway...

the pour was a pale golden yellow with a huge cap of white foam that quickly settled down and left behind only minimal lacing around the top of the glass. lots of carbonation. aroma was light, hay, grass, straw, touches of light flowery things but nothing really coming together or working for me very well at all at this point. super light feel was barely noticeable at all and the further into it the more bland the flavor was. really just a macro lager that went no where. clean, and flavorless finish fit the bill for a boring can of beer.

overall you get what you pay for sometimes, no more on this one (757 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

50 cents? Can't go too wrong there, even if in a creepy can. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a short finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, grass, flowers, greens, and a hint of pepper. The taste is very similar, with the addition of light orange peel and even lighter banana. The body is rather light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp feel. Overall, a kinda surprisingly nice pils; not the best out there, but plenty of enjoyment for the price. (519 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can. Lukafer deserves the thanks for this one.

A- Pours a clear yellow color. One finger white head that shows poor retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet grains and light well sweet malts. Some light alcohol in the backing with some metallic overtones.

T- Sweet grainy taste in the front end of this. There is a light bitter hop bite in the backing of this that goes hand in hand with the metallic ending. Some sweet alcohol offsets the metallic flavor in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but dead on for the style. Sweet grains left on the palate with bitterness, metal, and light sweet alcohol left in the aftertaste. No true balance between the hops and the cereal grains. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a little too much for me. And by too much I mean off putting bitterness to this beer. I didn't really like the taste or the aftertaste. Don't really like this one too much but it does taste about average and on par with more adjunct lagers. (1,044 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light gold, chill hazed like a mofo. Moderate lacing, as this bee can manage a small head.

S- Weak, sweet cereal smells, grain and corn meal. Its not too bad.

T- Much like the nose, its mostly all cereal and grains. Moderate hops give it a light floral essence at the finish.

M- Slick, odd and carbonated.

D- not bad. Ryan gave me this as a joke beer but its not that funny. (382 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother left two cans in the fridge before he returned to Santa Cruz for school. It looks like I've been dealt those cans by defualt. On to the beer:

The head has a fuzzy, thick, bone-white appearance on top of the paleish gold colored body. Thin strings of lacing cling to the glass as the head slowly drop, but still respectfully thick. Sweet grains hit the nose while revealing some hints that adjuncts were used in this beer, but still not too bad. Decent to smell.

It's got that "retro American lager" flavor; clean, adjuncty sweet flavor, notes of grape, light hop flavor, and a tickle of alcohol. Giving a number will be hard because of its categorization; as an adjunct lager its got a good flavor, as a pilsner merely okay. There is one thing both categories will like; a crisp bite in the mouth, and being easy to drink.

While this beer may not be for every BA type, it does have a strong point; it's cheap at $2.99 a six-pack. Given that and the fact it doesn't taste bad, you'd think beer pongers and broke college kids would be filling their refrigerators with this stuff. (1,093 characters)

Photo of hmk22
3.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, great price, and a bit less harsh (and a little lower ABV) than its lager sister beer. I drink it "castle temperature" (stored in my non-heated cement-slab garage) and find it preferable that way to refrigerated. The famed Trader Joe's detectives must have made some kind of offer to this brewer to exchange volume they could never have dreamed of for a bargain price, but I'll raise a can to capitalism since it's to the beer aficinado's benefit. Spend what you save on the beer on some of TJ's awesome nuts. (527 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

It's great to see Retro Lagers become more widely available--you know all of the hipsters are happy to see this.

Filtered clarity shows off the pale golden color. The aroma is a little dusty from the mild husky character of the malt; hint of spicy lemony hop in the back. Fluffy crispness, light bodied with a hint of residual dextrin in the body, so it's not too light. Simple, one-way malt flavor is pleasant and clean, with perhaps just a quick sting of husk in the middle. Hops drop a thin but sharp bitterness that does its job to balance the malt. Faint metallic salt taste fades quickly in the clean, dry, grainy finish.

Solid all around, everything you want in a Retro Lager--drinkability, clean palate and just enough flavor to be different from the mainstream. A fun, no-brainer beer that is perfect for a few rounds of slop cricket. (896 characters)

Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.