Half Acre Lager | Half Acre Beer Company

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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: 60 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of beerfairy
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- This beer has an orange body with a nice look. There is very little head but strong carbonation and lots of bubbles when poured.

S- This beer has a cheesy and slightly bad feet smell.

T- Tastes like a light caramel malt, slightly acidic and dry taste. Hops are strong but not overpowering, bitter flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with an acidic carbonated finish.

D- Too much carbonation drowns out the flavor over the long haul.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of SiphonKing
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One might expect from the label that this "lager" would be a light-bodied experience. On the contrary. The beer pours with an amber color and minimal head. The taste of citrus hops lingers with a slight maltiness. I bought this beer to help support the "local" beer scene in my city. This beer is brewed in WI for Half Acre Brewing Co. I hope that Half Acre puts out other beers to tempt the palate that are more to style.

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Photo of robbyc1
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, interesting label.

Pours with a decent white head that lasts, light caramel color looks better than most American Red lagers, I believe this should be categorized as an American lager, not red or amber.

Nose is hoppy, but a bit off smell, like spoiled hops.

Taste as expected, nice malt, a bit grainy and bready, with a decent finish.

Decent mouth feel and drinkable, just nothing special. OK lager, better than the Macros at least.

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Photo of Twifiter
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of KDawg
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from growler into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium gold color

very good aromas of grains, malts, and cereal. Nice balance, but lacking some depth

medium bodied with good balance and a good feel. This is lacking on the middle and finish though with notes of grains and malts

I was hoping for a bit better, but a very drinkable beer

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Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a one finger head that gets very rocky and leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Sweet caramel and a bit of grain

Taste: Sweet caramel up front and though there is a bit of grainy bitterness mid-palate; the beer finishes very sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thick on the tongue

Drinkability: Neither well-attenuated nor well-balanced, this beer has limited appeal to me

Thanks, ghostee, for the opportunity

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into my end 0))) tulip. Courtesy of Hexxed in our beer exchange. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber that glows vividly against the light. The head is a finger or so of off-white foam that retains for about a minute before retreating into a collar with some bubbles scattered on top.

S: Pear, toasted malts, wheat bread, and herbal hops.

T: Toasty, with grain and bread in the mid-taste. The finish has a light peppery bite to it. Some pear and herbal hops in the aftertaste, which has a small, but still surprising, lingering bitterness.

M: Fairly clean flavor, nearly crisp finish. The carbonation stings a bit, aiding the lightly dry finish.

D: It's decent. I'm not well-versed in the style, but I enjoy Brooklyn Lager quite a bit more, and Live Oak does a better interpretation.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Half Acre's first beers - a contract brewed lager made in Black River Falls, WI and now discontinued. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of eggshell foam that settles to a thick chunky cap and leaves behind spotty lace. Body is a slightly hazed dark golden orange color with a ton of bubbles visibly racing upwards.

S - Light toffee, roasted grains, herbaceous and zesty noble hop character that verges on too much for me.

T - Taste is a touch better, with a bit of lemon zest, tart apples, cereal, and toasted malt character. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

M - Carbonation is lively and zesty, and the body is surprisingly on the fuller side of medium. Finishes sticky, with a bit of oiliness.

D - Easy to put back a 12oz, especially on a hot day like today. It's a step up from macro swill, but it's decidedly average for the most part. I can see why they discontinued this and went with Gossamer instead.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to masterski/Sean9689 for this.

A: Not bad looking. A little bit of red highlights Mostly a hazy copper color with a little less than a half finger of white head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Smell is of faded grain and a fairly clean yeast smell. Little bit bready as well.

T: The taste is a little hollow. Truth be told it is what you want in the style. Lots of ceral grains. Its not bad at all just is lacking something to really make it stick out. Just the slightest hint of hops.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is interesting. One sip it is a little abrasive the next smooth.

D: A slightly above average lager. This would be a great beer for someone just getting in to craft beer. Too bad it is retired.

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Photo of malcontent
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an outstanding red lager; clear, amber body with fluffy white head that shows impressive resiliancy and leaves lots o' lacing.

A little adjunct aroma pushes out front ahead of a caramel/biscuit nose. Mild noble hop scent is faintly detectable.

The malt can't quite decide if it wants to be barley or corn and as a result, lingering sweetness hangs around on the back of the palate. However, I find their to be more than enough hop character to balance it out. Certainly not a bad stab at the style.

There is unwelcome slickness on the back end that tarnishes and otherwise crisp, medium-bodied lager. Drinkability, however, is quite strong; an easy session lager than doesn't remove the possibility of moving on to a different beverage at some point.

Note; as this beer warms the malt sweetness really gets cloying and the "corn" taste starts to rear its ugly head.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, orange color with a nice white head.

S- Smells of light, sweet malt and a a hint of citrus hops and a bit of honey. This last bit is intriguing.

T- Malt at first with a finish of citrusy, piney hops. Didn't get any of the honey from the nose.

M- Very smooth feeling but also pretty well carbonated.

D-This is pretty easy to drink. However, I've had equally sessionable ambers that were more interesting. I don't know if I would back to this.

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Photo of birchstick
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nice head - light amber in color
S - not much to the smell. A bit of malts and hops.
T - Nice, crisp flavor. A Little spicy, some hits of malt and some faint hops and bitterness on the finish. Nice balance.
M - thin, but creamy
D - very easy drinking beer. This is a very good, well-balanced lager. I would recommend this as an alternative to other American-made lagers.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clean golden color with a small head and not much lacing.

Smells of honey and malts, a little grains. Maybe a kiss of hops.

The honey sweetness comes through at first, finishes with cereal grains. Clean finish. Carbonation is fine, goes down easy.

Drinkibility is where this beer lives. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but this a light American lager, great as a session beer.

Notes: It's not fantastic, but the interesting honey aroma and flavor is enough to set it apart from your typical American lager.

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Photo of wspscott
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: dark golden color with a one inch off-white head that never completely disappears, leaves lots of lace.
S: Grainy and a little sweet, no hint of hops.
T: Again, grainy with a little bit of huskiness, slightly sweet, bitterness in the background so it is not cloying. A little too malty/rich for my preferences. No hops other than a slight bitterness.
M: A lot of carbonation helps balance some of the sweetness, but could use just a bit more attenuation.
D: Goes down pretty easy, I would be pretty happy to find this at a baseball game or a BBQ, but I don't think I would be picking up a six pack very often. Not bad, not great, worth trying.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at 45 degrees on a warm night. Thanks to Kegatron for sending the bottle.

Pours a nice orangey/yellow copper color. I don't understand how this is classified as a Red Lager, since the color is more akin to a normal lager, only maybe a little darker. Lots of vivacious bubbles rise from the floor of the glass, up to the bright white, perfect two finger width head. Good retention and quite good lacing too.

Smells chiefly like hay-bails. Some fresh baked bread is in there too, and a slight grassy characteristic that I wish was intensified.

Taste is a little more complex than the aroma, with a nice bready sweetness. The surprise flavor I'm getting is a bit of green apple, which is nice. There's a grassy component too, but it's pretty muted. Alcohol actually is fairly apparent towards the end, but doesn't detract too much from the flavor.

It's maybe a little heavier than most lagers, but still quite lively and refreshing. Finishes pretty dry.

Pretty good drinkability, but hampered a little by the bit of alcohol flavor I'm getting in there. Still, all in all a pretty nice lawnmower beer offering from Half Acre.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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