Circuit | Tin Man Brewing Company

CircuitCircuit
BA SCORE
2.93/5
64 Ratings
CircuitCircuit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tin Man Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
tinmanbrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Chaney on 01-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,220
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
64
pDev:
30.72%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 13
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3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.39/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
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 notjust4bfast
5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev +29%
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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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
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 kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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2.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of psmith161
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good example of a Bohemian pilsner.

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3.24/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KYGunner
3.57/5  rDev +21.8%
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 Bingja18
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of derekgw123
1.61/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Very let down by Tin-Man on this one. Tasted like a glorified Bud Light.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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 tykechandler
1.25/5  rDev -57.3%

A pilsner with ale yeast? You have got to be fucking kidding me.

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3.08/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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Circuit from Tin Man Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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