Circuit | Tin Man Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tin Man Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Chaney on 01-19-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
64
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
66.56%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 64
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, Smooth, Balanced, Dry

More and more breweries in the US are getting into the lager game, and I’ve got nothing to complain about there. With all the right malts, hops and yeast, the brewer’s intention here is quite apparent, too. Clear and crisp with spicy Saaz hops throughout, Circuit is grainy and grassy, appropriately bitter and has a drying finish. All in all it’s a good rendition, though the flavors seem a bit strained; both the malt and hops fail to really pop.

Look 4.50 | Smell 3.25 | Taste 3.25 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 3.50

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #106 (NOV 2015)

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Photo of navband
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Bingja18
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. I know that this brewery is going for a metal/computer theme, but do you really want to describe the finish of your Czech Pilsener emulation as 'crisp and metallic'?

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, silken white head, which leaves a uneven ring of chunky, droopy cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of biscuity, bready white cereal malt, a hint of strangled caramel, soft overripe lemon peel, and somewhat muted earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy cereal malt, with a suggestion of corn pops, a thoroughly neutered lemon essence, and leafy, dead grassy, and yes, kind of metallic hops.

The carbonation manifests on the mild side, with a slight, weak fizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the middling Saaz hops grassy, and indeed still somewhat metallic in a flinty manner.

Not a bad tasting pale ale (not quite sure why Tin Man calls it a pilsner), with a moderately successful attempt at Bohemian sexing-up. Nothing overtly remarkable about this one, but I could foresee having a couple of these before I got bored.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean, golden in my lager glass, with a huge head of lovely foam. Nice and thick lace, too.

Nose is malty/grainy, even approaching an adjunct. I get sweet corn and a hint of sharp wheat. Very average.

Taste is also grainy and sweetly malted up front, with a sweet corn-like funk up front, followed by a tinge of hops toward the finish. Leaves me with a metallic weirdness, too, which I can't forgive or forget. Not a favorite.

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Photo of BigJim5021
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of KYGunner
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not one to wax on about appearance, especially in a lager but this foamed up to a dense merangue of a head that was a gorgeous crown on a lemon yellow body.

Decent nose of light Pilsner malts, cracker and cereal grains.

Light flavor and feel, I get wheat like malts, cereal grains, Pilsner malt, yeast (Belgian) and a touch of lemon. Not sure I understand the poor reviews as this is well done for the style.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.71/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- Pours a chill hazed orange-ish/gold color that resembles honey. There isn't much head retention, contrary to what the description on the can tells me....what there is, is a small patchwork of thin white foam. Lacing appears decent at first but becomes unimpressive, as the bubbles go from thick patches but quickly dissipate into small strings back into the beer.

S- This smells more like a weak pale ale than a pilsner.....lots of malt upfront with subtle notes of hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness has no real citrus quality and the strength of the overall aroma seems like it is lacking effort....maybe the Saaz hops used were old....

T- A funny tasting pilsner is what I am experiencing! Overall, it follows the aromas and is weak. It is balanced nicely between sweet malty goodness and bitter finish, but it seems like it is quite metallic and slightly of adjunct. The more I drink it, the less flavorful it becomes unfortunately. I'm not an expert, but could the American Ale Yeast have something to do with the off flavor? It just seems like a run of the mill lager, with much more malt than normal.

M/O- The body is medium and it is a creamy beer to drink, as the carbonation is very smooth and refined....this is nice but not of the style in my opinion. There is no crispness or puckering on the palate....to use a wine term, this is a flabby beer! It's not a bad beer, but I think it's mislabeled and even then, I think there is much better out there. I'm disappointed and probably wont buy this again...it doesn't do anything for me!

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Photo of Highstplz
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jeff_Hallam
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of mullensj
4.24/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another tried at Winterfest.

A: Nice straw-golden color with crisp white head that lingered nicely.

S: Nice malty sweetness upfront with the subtle hint of Sazz hops coming through.

T: This had the same flavor profile as the aroma shining through with a crisp clean finish.

M: Light-Medium bodied with a crisp dry finish.

O: Thought this one was the strongest I have tried out of all theirs so far. I could see enjoying this one all summer long if I didn't brew my own to do the same with.

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Photo of UBrew1984
1/5  rDev -66.9%

Photo of redluvr
4.75/5  rDev +57.3%

Photo of Dorbeck
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BGrimes
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In homage to the taste that got the whole pilsner taste going, The brewers at Tin Man venture into the popular and tumultuous style with an authentic taste that celebrates all its worts and all its glory.

Circuit pours with a mostly bright straw but a faint nod to keller-like haze. As a creamy and cottony head builds, the scent of tart lemon and orange tingle the nose ahead of a cereal-sweet taste thats raw of grain and sweet of corn.

Its development across the middle palate is quick and crisp- delivering a mostly malty but partly grain sweetness that's freshly bready and of cornbread minus the grit. Its hop profile that starts floral closes with a spicy bitterness that invites a grassy, lemony and apple-like sulfur taste that lurks deep in the recesses of taste. Bitter but balanced, the beer's taste is chocked full of character and rusticity.

Medium-bodied for pilsner, the beer's creamy grain profile lingers briefly in finish while its hop showcase is herbal, sharp and peppery. Lemongrass wins out as the lager's texture holds firm and remnants of corn and bread live on.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kaybee86
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass. Crystal-clear pale straw color with a thick and delicate white head. Nice head retention. Aromas were mainly light grain and cracker with some spicy noble hops. Taste followed, with bread and cracker followed by a fairly bitter spicy hop flavor. Clean finish. Medium-bodied.

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Circuit from Tin Man Brewing Company
3.02 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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