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 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 GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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 danolson312
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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 jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex to bringing this retired beer to enable my ticking...12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...A nice dark gold with two fingers of white head, ok retention, no lacing. An above average looking lager...Aroma is pretty malty and lacking in skunk which is a big plus for an American lager. Malty toffee and caramel mostly, tart apple, only a little hops on the back...Taste is pretty decent again pretty malty, coffee, corn on the back, some tea in the middle, no skunk again nice, a light bitter finish. Some sugar in the middle, this reminds of a homebrew in taste and quality...Light feel distracts but this is drinkable.

An above average lager, don't really care that is being retired because despite being drinkable this isn't something that I would get to have arond the house, at a bar maybe.

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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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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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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a tight cap of foam, which stays rich and leaves some thick patchy lacing behind. The aroma is fresh and floral, with a sharp backing tang of earthy citrus and bready caramel giving this a sweet grittiness in the nostrils. The nose here is fairly hop forward overall.

The malts splash the tongue in the taste with a toasty sweetness that is well balanced by some leafy feeling bitterness that leaves behind a good bit of lingering earthy grit that really sticks in the finish of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little lighter, with a creamy softness to the carbonation that then gets crisper as you swallow.

This was decent. While the flavors came off as mostly sweet, I actually picked up a decent amount of hop activity in this that helped keep it balanced. While not the most full flavored selection that I've had, there was certainly enough here to make things interesting and keep this drinkable for the most part.

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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 diabecktic
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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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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 trbergman
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a somewhat hazy amber with one finger of rocky off-white head.

S - Toast, cereal graininess, floral hop aroma.

T - Clean toasted cereal flavor with a hint of nuts. Spicy and floral hop flavors with fairly aggressive (for style) bitterness. The finish is very dry and slightly astringent.

M - Solid, not-quite-medium body, with perfect carbonation.

D - Drinkable, though I'd prefer a little less graininess and astringency.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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 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 Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 bluemoonswoon
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 nickynick
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Acre Lager poured a very light amber, with a good sized white head and very nice lacing. The smell was faint, citrus hops and some bready malt. The taste was mostly the citrus hops, making it very crisp. The Mouthfeel was good for a lager. The drinkability was good to. Overall I found this to be a pretty decent lager. It had some good flavors and was very easy to drink. I will buy this beer again. It is very nice to have another brewery he in my hometown of Chicago.

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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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Half Acre Lager from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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