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Half Acre LagerHalf Acre Lager

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We open the Half Acre time capsule and pull out an old battle axe, Half Acre Lager. In years past, this beer was taken through the ringer of inexperience. Sadly, this beer was pistol whipped and rolled by goons.

However, in the end when we were brewing it at our brewery for draft sales, it was a lager to be respected. Unfortunately, we soon abandoned it as a perennial offering because the lagering time was killing us. A glimpse at what could've been. So with a tip of the hat to nostalgia we dusted off the cob webs and laid down some serious lager tracks to offer you, Half Acre Lager, as it always should’ve been. Clean, crisp and noodling your hot spots with quenching cold power.

Added by rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of dedbeer
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice clear copper color at the bottom and a darker amber at the top. Ok head and foam, with some meager bubbling. The aroma isa light minty hop and toasted, homemade white bread. The taste and palate are very simple. Starting wet and mlaty, the middle eldudes to the aforementioned minty smell from the hops. PLus some toasted white bread, but now with some wiches herbs spinkled on the top. Just super faint herbal tones. The palate is pretty dry from middle to finish. While the taste has a dried bread crumb texture to it as well. Nice session ale. How a tastey and drinkable lager should be. And its LOCAL!!!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a rich cloudy gold color. A short lived 1 1/2 finger layer of foam quickly melts down to a thick creamy collar that is fed by some rather ample carbonation. Sadly, no lace was left behind.

S: Noble hops flash over a malt backbone that shows off aromas of toasted bread crusts and spicy yeast.

T: See above. Light lemon and toasy malt with white pepper. When I came back to the growler, after having opened it a few hours earlier, the taste took on a definite grassy/herbal tone.

M: Suprisingly spicy and peppery. A rich fullness spreads across the palate becoming a bit oily before it finishes prickly.

O: Waaay better than I remember. I was able to try this out of the bottle and on draft during its' first go around many moons ago. This is how it always should've been.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Blind Robin, and this new "brewery-brewed" batch was far superior to the contract-brew I remember from 5ish (?!) years ago. Smooth and balanced with crisp light bready flavors and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Clean and sessionable, no hint of hawaiian punch this time ;)

08-29-2007 3.5/3/3/3.5/3

Sampled at the Charleston...

Well-designed label: white type on a faded grey-blue background, depicting a water tower that is a familiar symbol in the industrial landscape on the Near West Side of Chicago. A bright red star gives a nod to the Chicago city flag. It has the visual feel of a letterpressed show poster a la Hatch Show Print.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange, with a meager one finger head of foam. The head settles, but still manages to maintain itself. Malty aroma, hint of vague mystery fruit.

Decent amount of Munich and pale malts, cereal-like barley, with a dry bitterness in the finish. Hops are leafy and herbal, possibly of the Saaz variety. The fruit element seemed to add mild sweetness, but seemed a little out of place. It was like artificial pink grapefruit or passion fruit (not citrusy hops), which brought me back to the Hawaiian Punch I drank as a kid. It was hard to separate from this association once it hit me.

Adequate carbonation, finish is dry, sort of frothy. Malt load gives it an above average body. A pint was easy enough, but I didn't have another.

Contract brewed for Half Acre Beer Co., Chicago, IL.

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Photo of danolson312
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Jmikepow
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of kodt
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tapman
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Body is a dark orange/light red, whatever you like best. Head is thin with medium lacing. Not a '4', but I would rather look at this then some piss yellow, over-carbonated lager.

Nice pilsner malt smell with a hop aroma that is part earthy Czech and part bright American. Check out the balance, baby!

A bit too pilsner-like to be mixed with this level of hoppiness, but still pretty good. I like this one better from the bottle than the tap. The tap version is a lot more hoppy and I think the greater malt presence in the bottle version does much for it. Good session brew. Slight mettalic aftertaste.

This brew tastes like a small version of an imperial pilsner. I like the mouthfeel because it isn't very thick and goes down smooth.

Like I said, a good session. Goes down easy with maximum taste. I would like to see this recipe as an Imperial, however and I think that the company could do a lot for big recipe craft beers.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a clear but not crystal clear look. There is a think soapy head that is gone after the first sip but is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft toasted malt nose that is more dry than sweet and leads to a soft hop bitterness that has hints of noble hop qualities.

T- This caramel malt notes have some toasted hints to them with a hint of biscuit and pale malt in the background. There is a light carbonic acid taste and sulfur note in the finish which is soon covered up by softly citrus green hops that linger as a dry bitterness just briefly.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no alcohol heat at all. The fizz enhances the hops bitterness while it is pretty cold but soon overpowers it a bit.

D- This beer has nice smooth malt qualities but good depth of flavor making it a solid session beer, however the fizz starts to wash out the flavor as the beer warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

went through a sixer of this faster than expected. clear bright amber color, decent creamy head. bready and caramelly malts in the slightly subdued nose along with grassy and citrus notes from the hops. nice light malt sweetness is well balanced by the smooth moderate hop bitterness. frothy mouthfeel, crisp finish, just over light in body. very drinkable, and an interesting sessionable lager.

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-yellow approaching copper. Nice two fingers of rocky head with decent retention. Appreciable lacing. This is a fine looking beer.

S: Primarily lightly toasted malts rounded out with some very light green apple and nondescript hop character.

T & M: Malts. Lots of malt, but not heavy malts. Black pepper on the tongue fades to a malty creaminess. Clean with some mild hops. Medium in weight with higher carbonation levels.

D: A solid session beer. Far better than your average beer, with a good dose of malty flavor, but it just seems like it missing something.

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Photo of infideltaco
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rich amber color

S: slight malty scent, not too overpowering

T: malty flavor, very crisp and refreshing, with a citrus tasting finish. the hops are present but not too strong. not an overly bitter taste, very well balanced.

M: medium mouth feel, very carbonated and you can definitely feel the bubbles, not necessarily a bad thing

D: very smooth, with a complex taste. overall a great local brew

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a peachy gold and copper, topped with an inch worthy of frothy, sandy white head that unfortunately does not retain very well or leave any traces of lacing.

S: Light and slightly toasty malts do most of the heavy lifting in the aroma department. Very fresh and very crusty whole wheat bread with a splash of light and fruity hoppiness, white apple and pear to be specific, but really more of a malt-centric brew.

T/MF: Toasty and sweet, very clean and very fresh. Soft and fizzy mouthfeel with a decently chewy body, light but certainly shows a decent amount of oomph to get the point across. Slightly peppery and with a bitterness that is more evident in the finish than anywhere else as it remains slightly sticky and slightly dry and prickly on the back of the tongue.

D: An easy sipper, if a bit one sided. I'd say Brooklyn and perhaps even Sam do a better job for me in regards to this particular style.

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Photo of RDW
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JakeMorgan13
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mday
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A :: Clear golden orange with a small white head that disappears and forms a thin white film on top.
S :: Very light sweet malt and a light hop aroma. Nothing strong about this. Very light and balanced.
T :: It tastes like it smells, which is a good thing. Crisp light malts and a little citrusy hop. It finishes with a quick bitterness and then sweetness.
M :: Smooth, creamy and active carbonation.
D :: Easy drinking lager that needs to be cold and I definitely enjoyed this one. I'm glad I picked this up.

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Photo of koganator
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, glad to have this beer in my hands it's pretty rare in that it's distribution is only in the city of chicago, so it isn't widely avaliable.

Smell: Yeasty, hoppy, beery, not too strong, beery. Hint of grapefruit.
Looks: Darker than your average lager, cloudier and darker, although not hefe cloudy, just cloudy in typical american lager terms. Appealing.
Taste: Good, very tasty, Deeper than macro, but not so deep as to offend, casual, nothing radical, but it has an atypical and slight grapefruity flavor; rare. Intresting, solid beer.
Mouthfeel: could be smoother?
Drinkability: Easy like sunday morning, but probably wouldn't want to drink it in too great amounts.

Overall: Get it if you want a solid lager, get it if your in the chicago area and happen to stop in a store that carries this beer. Distinct and well designed bottle label worth purchasing if you happen to collect beer bottles. PEACE!

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Photo of Treebs
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at the Half Acre taproom. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Vienna malt with light fruity hops. Some mild citrus with a lager yeast sweetness.

T: Same as the nose. The Vienna malt is stronger and sweeter than the nose. Lagery yeast is present again with very light grass and fruity hops on the backend providing a touch of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet malt finish.

O: Solid lager overall. Wouldn't order this too often, but it's very well put together.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, hard pour yields ~2 fingers of creamy, white head which slowly disappates; retention and lacing are pretty good. The beer itself is a slightly hazy golden color with a hint of red. I find the carbonation to be visible, but not excessive.

The nose is fairly floral with a bit of hoppiness to keep things in check. A bit of the corny malt becomes more apparent upon subsequent wafts. It almost resembles a "classier" macro, but it's not nearly as sweet in a "corny" sense.

I find the flavor to be pretty well-balanced. It matches the nose for the most part, but the malt seems to be a bit more apparent. Again, to me it most resembles corn, but the sweetness is more akin to honey or something like that. I think that the subtle hop character prevents this from becoming too much like a cheaper beer.

The body is medium; it's somewhat dense, but not too dense. There's enough thickness to give it some character, but not too much to the point where it becomes "sticky."

This somewhat sweet brew, is more crisp than bitter so it's quite easy to drink. I found it to be more enjoyable at a slightly cooler temperature, which is expected of most lagers.

I think some other posters alluded to this in their reviews, but I will echo the same sentiment here: this beer is like a better macro. The corn malt is strong enough to make you associate this with American macros, but it's not overpowering in a bad way. I think that the floral and honey notes add enough to give it some character of its own, so that's a good thing. When factored with the alcohol content, I think that this is an excellent "step up" from your standard American fare. It's pretty good, but I wouldn't call it great (even though I much prefer it to the aforementioned).

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