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Pre-Prohibition Style Lager | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Pre-Prohibition Style LagerPre-Prohibition Style Lager

Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pre-Prohibition style salutes a time when lagers had greater character and more distinct flavor, when beer wasn't full of the additives found in many of today's mainstream lagers. Lucky Bucket's version has a light, malty flavor that's easy on the palate. Filtered twice, the subtle maltiness nicely balances a floral hop. Dry-hopped with a fresh blend of aromatic West Coast hops, Lucky Bucket Lager is a great session beer with an ABV of 4.5% and 20 IBU's.

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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Passable lager gotten in trade. Some malty aroma, some white head on light golden colour. A tad light mouthfeel, easy drinking. Pure example of style. A bit of hops, clean, crisp, and refreshing.Not overall exciting but that's the style, the kind of beer that was craft available in the Late Seventies.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

better than the scores indicate here. an amber lager in color, with a little more depth and sweetness than most. clear copper color, short lived half inch of white head. a nose of English pale and caramel malt, slightly out of place, and of course bready fresh lager yeast. the flavor is the same, equal parts yeast and grain, im missing hops here. well structured through a clean, but big and semisweet finish. more body than the standard lager, but also a bit heavier in a bad way, filling, not sessionable as it should be. carbonation is fine, and even with a moderate metallic aftertaste, I still enjoyed this beer, sorft of a fall lager with a little more heft than the standard issue. nothing world class here, but a fine local beer from lucky bucket if you are an eastern Nebraska resident or visitor.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. The head was short-lived and left no lacing.

S - It smelled malty and somewhat fruity. Not what I expected from a pale lager.

T - It was malty and sweet with a nice caramel flavor. There was a fruity quality here, too. I couldn't identify the fruit but I'd lean toward cherry.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a pretty interesting pale lager. It is quite tasty and could be very sessionable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."

--W.C. Fields

Kruggerand gold with lemon-tinted edges and a lightly crackly crown of eggshell colored foam that isn't sticky enough to leave much of itself on the pint glass. Looks okay while the head lasts.

The nose is no great shakes. Pale and/or lightly toasted malt doesn't have enough of a say and the hops are citrus juicy rather than the more appropriate herbal-earthy. Too much like an APA so far... though I do like APAs.

American pale lagers should be primarily malty with a subtle counterweight of bitterness, not tangy and borderline lemon juicy like P-PSL. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but the brewers might have used the wrong varieties of hops. Either that or advanced age. I'm pretty sure, though, that this bottle hasn't yet reached 6 months.

The flavor profile is pretty much a one-note affair... and that one note is lemon juice. It doesn't taste or feel like there's enough malt, which again, should be the cornerstone of an old school pale lager (see Schlitz Gusto and others).

Even when keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel is too thin and too harshly fizzy. Of all the attributes, this one is the worst. In fact, the next lowest score was almost chosen.

It's a good thing that IPA was my first offering from Lucky Bucket and not Pre-Prohibition Style Lager. My opinion of these guys is still (mostly) positive, but they'll have to impress next time out to keep it there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Big ups to JMBSH for hookin' me up with my first Cornhusker brew!

Ah, we pine for the days before all that Prohibitive nonsense, don't we? Just as we pine for the fjords whilst preening our lovely plumage? Yup. This guy pours every shade of auburn from a tiger eye (from the darker amber on top to a pale straw at the base, with several gradients in between) with a minor bubbly head. Imagine a close-up photo of a tiger cub's left eye (the right looks different...we think it's some sort of genetic defect...). The nose is faint, with hints of light wheat and what I struggle to perceive to be caramel. Luckily (hey, that bucket worked! Fuck that dirty ol' rabbit's foot!) the taste has more strength to it, with notes of wheat (slightly darker than in the nose), random grains, raw corn (or, as the Indians call it, maize), and a very mild bitterness. The body is quite smooth and light, with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Why can't more lagers be this solid? I guess we're just gonna haveta hog-tie Peabody, jack his Way-Back, and rock our way to the days before those damn early progressives caved to pressures from...whoa, curse these historian's impulses!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucky Bucket Brewing Company Craft Brewery Lager, Est. 2006, Original taste, Pre-prohibition style., Brewed and bottled by Lucky Bucket Brewing Company, La Vista, Nebraska. 4.5% ABV.
"A lot of things go into making a great beer, This pre-prohibition style lager, for example, communes 100% malted barley with just the right amount of hops, making it smoother and more flavorful than today's typical lagers. But the most important ingredient isn't on the label. It's our passion for quality that goes into every Lucky Bucket brew. So take another drink and savor what real beer is all about."

Let's do it.
Clear and yellow look, slim whitish head. Not much else.

Aroma: cereal grain, typical lager-y smell, very malty, pleasant and all that.

Taste: a little sweet, a trifle corny, but not bad. Just enough sweetness, but not enough hops. A tasty lager, though, and very consumable. A little dry, then a touch sweet, …a kiss of the hops, a tiny touch of bitter. Not even tiny, but plenty more than you'd get from a non-craft lager.

Great balance, excellent pad de deau between the factors. Ultimately satisfactory. I can drink this, that's for sure. As a non-lager-lover, I'm not ultimately going to turn to this often, but it's fine for what it is.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber in color with a one inch head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: light bread aroma with a hint of floral hops are the main aromatic components.

Taste: mild bready malt profile with some grass, apple sweetness, a hint of citrus, and a soft floral bitterness are most notable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a nicely flavorful lager that is a serious session beer. This represents the style well.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pre-Prohibition Style Lager
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Style: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.50 %

LOOK: Deep golden straw color with a fine clarity and carbonation rising briskly to the surface. A bit dark to be considered pale, this lager sits beneath a white head leaving wisps of lace.

SMELL: Bread, caramel, grains and floral hops are all there up front. Typical lager aromas suggesting hops and some sweetness.

TASTE: A well balanced beer, with sweet caramelized grains upfront and a sturdy leafy bitterness as well. Faint citrus, brown sugar and herbal elements. Finishes clean and bready with an even finish.

FEEL: Medium bodied, yet crisp, clean and refreshing. Well carbonated brew.

OVERALL: A solid, serviceable lager from Lucky Bucket. Drinks easily with mellow and agreeable flavor. A perfect companion for a hearty meal, this would go great with a loaded burger and fries.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange/ amber color with a one finger off white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heavy of grain and bread. It has a big biscuit and dark wheat bread smell. Mixed with these aromas are notes of light caramel and some floral and earthy hop.

Taste – The taste begins big of a biscuit and caramel sweet flavor. As it advances some flavors of wheat and earthy hop meet the tongue. These flavors overall create a smooth taste and take the flavor to the end where they are met with a very light floral and pine hop which when combine with the caramel and biscuit take the taste to the end where they leave a nice slightly bitter flavor to linger on the tongue..

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a slightly higher then average carbonation level. The higher carbonation makes for a good refreshing beer.

Overall – A easy drinking fairly nice flavor profile makes for a decent session beer. Not bad, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Little to no head, nice effevescence, clear but hazy orange-gold.

S: Lager yeast, slightly skunky, slightly fruity, touch of hops.

T/M: Actually quite pleasant. Lemon-tart and crisp with green apples, earthy hops, and lightly dry hops and/or yeast. Crisp and drinkable.

O: I don't generally like lagers, but this one gets my seal of approval. Consumable, interesting, and goes great with food.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was gonna start this review out by saying naw, naw no way, this ain't no APL, it's obvious an adjunct. But the bottle says it's 100% malt, so I dunno.

See, it smells and tastes a lot like corn. Very pleasantly, but still adjuncty. The malt is pale and simplistic. The hops are a little earthy, a little citrusy. And then this corniness just hangs over everything, inexplicable. It's a tangy grain taste. I usually associate it with corn. Kind of like lemongrass, but usually that means corn.

So, hmph. Guess I'll just go with my gut here:

This tastes nice. It's crisp and simple, but it's not quite like anything I've ever had before. It's sweet but not agressively so. Not particularly well balanced, but that's par for the style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost no lacing. The aroma is of light caramel with hints of floral hops. For the style the aroma is rather strong. The taste is similar to the aroma, but fuller. It finishes clean with a mild pale malt taste that lingers for a few seconds then goes away. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice easy drinking beer. I could drink this again without complaints, but there are better beers in this style that I would choose first.

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Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with small head. Not too much lacing. The smell has a very faint grassy flavour, but very mellow. Taste was quite mellow as well. Carbonation level was pretty much on for the sytle. A pleasant enough beer, but I didn't find it a ton better than some macro lagers.

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Photo of Redrover
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass, the beer is a dark gold with a fluffy off-white head. It has decent lacing.

The aroma is of grains a bit of floral hops.

The taste seems about right for what they are aiming for. It is slightly sweet with some cracker like malts and there is a bit of spice and floral hops to add some balance. Mid-glass the beer takes on a toastier note that is a little like Blue Point toasted Lager.

The mouth is medium and seems right for the beer.

I had this one with some Chinese food and it was a good match. All-in-all a tasty lager.

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Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours a slight hazed golden color with a fast receding 1 finger head with very little lacing

S- is malts and bread a touch of caramel

T-malts and baked bread with a touch of citrus hops

M- low,medium carbonation with light tastes,crisp in the mouth

O- an average lager

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Photo of philbe311
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger's worth of perfectly level crisp off-white colored head... Minimal retention gies way to an enticing veil of lace ind slight collar... Lots of medium sized carbonation bubbles, half of which cling to the sides of the glass and the other half of which rise at a very rapid pace... The color is a darker than expected mix of bronze and copper...

S - Bread crust... Cereal grains... Fresh biscuits... Perhaps some corn notes... Some slightly sweet fruit notes... Very little if any hop presence...

T - Starts as expected with lots of bready malts... Biscuit... Grain... Bread crust... The finish is unexpectedly sweet and even a bit tart... In an American Pale Lager, those are desired flavors...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Briskly carbonated... A bit sleek... Rather one dimensional...

D - An honest, but uninspired attempt... Not something I would drink again nor recommend... Even at the highly accessible 4.5% ABV, I'm not sure this one is worth seeking out... The slightly odd flavor is a killer for me...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pre-Prohibition lager pours a golden color with a dissipating head. There wasn't any aroma from this beer. The taste had crisp malt undertones, with a strong overly sweet fruity, almost apple like taste. Hard to drink, and way to sweet. Overall its a very sweet and fruity like lager.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bottle, pouring into our shiny new Boulevard Nutcracker pint glass. It offers a crystal clear golden brown coloring, with a quick half finger head of crispy tan bubbles. This is more of a film than a head, but leaves spotted lacing once the beer begins to descend. No haze or sediment is found whatsoever, and carbonation appears to be light and deliberate. The aroma speaks highly of chemical-rich lemon cleaner, heavy adjuncty grain of white flour and brown rice, marshmallow sugars, ice, gingerbread warmth, fried egg metallics, Styrofoam, oily breadiness, apricots and fermented strawberries, burnt caramel malts, nickel metallics, and raw sunflower seeds and peanuts. The taste shows a bit more candor with flowing pale, crystal, and metallic adjuncty malts, bitter floral and grassy hops, bitter diacetyls and acetylaldehyde twinge, baked corn husk, raw plastics, white wax, apple sauce sugars, toasty caramel sugars, lemon zest, and uncooked pasta starchiness. The body is lightly medium but bready, and the carbonation is high and tight. The mouth is mildly coated, but quickly fades to a clean, tannic dryness. Otherwise, the mucosa feels cool and cleaned. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back easily.

Overall, this is a fresh brewery for us. They certainly advertise this brewing company across Omaha locally enough, but we are kinda happy we got a sampling chance on this visit. We had just finished “pint night” actually at a local beer bar, and were coming back to the hotel to finish out our night in the room. In passing the snack area of the hotel lobby we came across a beer cooler, and obviously happily selected any local beverages that required rating, including this one. This, as we expected from the description, was a simple lager. It had a nice drinking face to it, but the flavor just wasn’t there in full force. To retract, the flavor and nose were there in simplicity, but didn’t make you want to drink many more of these. Perhaps if you’re going after a non-exclusively craft audience then it’s okay, but you’re not going to sway any IPA or stout seekers with this one. The job is done, and one can move on from there.

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Photo of rangerred
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Fairly good head retention and lacing with the head hanging around for awhile.

Aroma of cooked vegetables and some corn. There is really a lot of DMS here and I'm not sure if it is intended or not. Some caramel and grassy hops are buried in the background.

The flavor thankfully has less in the way of DMS but does bring along an odd, sour tartness that really detracts from the flavor. Some toffee and bready malt along with hay in the background but again I feel like there are too many off-flavors up front. Pretty watery mouthfeel but that is not out of line with a beer that is only 4.5%

Overall, I'm not really impressed. If this was cleaned up a little it could really shine.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%

Picked this one up for a future trade, so I thought I'd do a review on it. I've been really impressed with lucky bucket in the past.

Serving style : Stubbie bottle poured into Miller Lite 16 oz glass.

Appearance (3.75) : A hard, center-focused pour yields a stable 2 finger head with tightly knit bubbles. The body is honey-copper colored and sits at about 30% opacity. Lacing can be seen leaving rings and webs as the diminutive head recedes.

Aroma (4) : Lovely malt and barley, with some distant hops. It hits all the right platforms. Wheat, barley, with a distant cry of grapefruit hop. Just enough to be enticing but not overwhelming in a lager of this stature. I like it already. Bouquet is soft to medium strength.

Taste (4.25) : Eye-popping good... wow. The malt and hop come together absolutely perfect, with a duo punch of flavor right to the palate. This is better than "okay". A freaking 76 overall? This beer deserves much better.

More subjectively... your tongue is hit first with a buzz of exciting carbonation, and then wheat and malt character comes in, with a backbone of fruity hop. If I was going to brew a lager, especially a pre-prohibition type lager, this is how I would do it. Right here.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy, smooth, with just the right dash of zip. It ends with a barley dryness that is pleasurable.

Overall (4.09) : Can Lucky Bucket do no wrong? I'm starting to believe it. I'm still amazed these guys have such "mediocre" ratings overall... I've been drinking beer for awhile and their brews are some of the best I've had - period. This is most certainly the best pre-pro lager I've had, by a mile. You owe it to yourself to check this out.

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Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is pale yellow with a moderate white head. The aroma is non descript, hay, grass, sweet. Taste like a typicla lager, light and easy drinking. A decent all around lager.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled back on 12/31/15 but had this a couple times before a few years back. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle that is brewed down the road. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "LUCKY BUCKET" 16 ounce handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a deep amber in color with close to a 3-finger foamy off-white head. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of roasted malts for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste with some grains, yeast and spice also in the mix. Some bitterness is found for the finish but it is still a decent brew. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall it is OK.

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Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, light brown color. Little bubbling, appears lightly carbonated. Head formation is light, just a film of light white.

S - A light scent of grainy notes, lightly malty. Some caramel and toffee is present, lightly toasted.

T - Light malty note, 2-row light sweetness with some grainy caramel notes. Little hopping - little bitterness. Finishes with some caramel malt notes.

M - Lightly carbonated, little sting on the tongue. Finishes very clean, smooth. Clinging sweetness on the tongue.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is well within sessionability. Lightly filling at times. Malting is pretty assertive, leaving a sweet finish.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Pours a deep copper with a one-finger white head head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some light sticky lacing.

S - Faint aromas of bread, yeast, and biscuity malt.

T - Taste has a lot of caramel sweetness and bready malt. There is a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - This is an average beer. Nothing to complex, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Fugazme for some fine local Nebraskan brews.
Cystal clear pale golden colored. Large fluffy white head quickly recedes to a thin white film on top of the beer.
Lot's of pale malt in the aroma. Fresh baked biscuits. Faint hint of a spicy hop and fruitiness.
Flavorful for the style. Lot's of pale malt. Biscut flavored. Fruit--green apple. Hint of Juicy Fruit gum.
Light bodied and crisp in the mouthfeel. Very clean finish. Mouthfeel is made for sessioning.
Very drinkable. One to keep stocked in your fridge in the summer. Would be a good beer to have in cans.

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