Simpler Times Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Simpler Times LagerSimpler Times Lager

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by blackie on 10-11-2008

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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of craigbelly
2.79/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Natkins99
1/5  rDev -65%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I didn’t think I could taste something as bad as a strippers rear end. Then I had a Simpler Times. I could barely contain my nausea and wrenching. I don’t care if a six pack is only $3.00. Would you buy a six pack of diarrhea if it was only $3.00? Because that is what Simpler Times is, canned diarrhea. Actually, it’s worse than that. It’s canned diarrhea infused with swamp water.

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Photo of samsbinky
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of buzzarooski
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of G_Shoe
3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely brilliant. Simpler Times Lager is like a unicorn. It's smooth, it tastes great, it has an abv of 6.2, and a six pack costs only $3.00! Are you kidding me? Even the ass water they call bud light goes for $6.00 per six pack. There is no other beer like it and I would absolutely choose it over most craft beers that cost 4 times as much. I love a good craft beer, but at 50 cents a pop this is a winner.

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Photo of Katseyz
3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good budget priced beer.

I generally drink local craft brews but was in Trader Joes browsing their beer collection when a guy rolled a buggy up and loaded two cases of this stuff. It wasn't much of a gamble at the price so I grabbed a six pack for myself.

I confess i drank it straight from the can so i did not look at the color or stick my nose in the can to experience the fragrance, however. I got a decent one beer buzz so it did its job.

Nice post work unwind beverage that would probly be good after cutting the grass this weekend. I confess I might not drink more than one in a sitting but I will buy a second six pack on Friday and let you know.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bierluverforeva99
3.98/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fascinating beer all about the basics, as the name implies. 4/5 is a high rating for such a beer but that is for its basic lager class. Good, clean crisp lagerness with a creamy corn finish. Wow. No metalic bs or off flavors whatsoever. I'm really impressed with how legitimate this beer is in comparison to the mainstream piss in a can. A great intermediate between fancy pants craft brew that you can only sip and the aforementioned slop. I really should rate it 5/5 because I don't know a better beer in it's class, but nothing is perfect. Thank you TJ.

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Photo of Jmcj474
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of IBUBrew
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rivarol
4.04/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Profundobaso
3.22/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look - golden yellow, frothy head that tapers off very quickly.
Smell - a bit metallic, but not much smell for the most part.
Taste - simple, crisp, and refreshing
Feel - light mouthfeel, high carbonation, and packs a slight punch at 6.2 ABV
Overall - Simpler Times indeed: doesn't get much simpler than this. This is a nice and refreshing drinkable adjunct lager that gets the job done at the end of a long day. At the price and the ABV, this is a bargain.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.68/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is absolutely clear and gold. A decent amount of, and lasting, off white soapy head. It smells like corn grains. It tastes fairly sweet and cereal like with a surprising bit of bitterness to balance it some. Crisp, semi dry, and really easy to drink. Nice lingering grain flavor instead of metal like many AALs. it is what it is, but it is better than a High Life, and actually cheaper. I could easily drink this one again. It would go great with some BBQ, nachos, or pizza.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.27/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Let Us All Praise Trader Joe's.
No one gives usa decent beer at a better price.
Simpler Times Looks like a lager should. Smell is very undistinguished, only hints of malt.
Tastes a bit better as malts are nicely bittered to balance.
Feel is somehow off... some prolonged dryness from hops, I presume.
Overall? First, it went well with polenta and tomato...a positive as I prefer blonde Belgians as companion. Second, Simpler Times gets high points for value. If I paid this little for a nice beer, it was in the previous Century and before the craft movement made a fetish of premium pricing.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.17/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not going to comment too much. It is like it says "simpler". It doesn't have that cheap beer aftertaste like the old classics (Old Style). A bit more kick than a normal domestic. Not worth more than what you pay for it.

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
2.49/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jjmj51
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikedc81
4.29/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't beat the price. It's a good beer especially at the low price. It's definitely a good alternative to mainstream bottom shelf beers. Good tasting. This will likely become my go to cheap beer from now on.

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Photo of christeraxe
5/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely a 'Best beer' that I have had in a long time. And I am talking about the Pilsner; so crisp and refreshing. No thick consistency or foam. No sweetness or ultra richness to digest. Flavourful and now the number one beer sold through Trader Joe's community grocery chain in California. Pure good tasting beer to refresh and enjoy. Old world or Scandinavian pils flavor, not new modern boutique flavour of hops.
I like the way it is brewed from the farming town communities of yesterday. Not sure what Huber or Stroh's did in their brew stint time at the historical plant, but this beer comes off more than satisfactory to anyone wanting a cold refreshing beer. Perfect for outdoor pleasure and as reward for a day in the fields. The 5.5 alcohol is a kick too. However, some of the average reviews I see down below are judging this brand against some boutique distillery and its not fair. Plus- the reviews here tend to be for the Lager, not the Pilsner which is lighter in texture and with a bit of bite to show it is real. Candy ass beer I do not agree with in average flavor results. This is old-timey from a Simpler Time.
I hear they have a great tour and gift shop in the town of Monroe, which is worth visiting. I look forward to supporting this beer and the hard work the owners did to overcome fire, hardship and revamping the 1845 or1865 facility.
This review is for the Pilsner in which the Lager is more generally accepted and general in flavor apparently. Either way... you cannot get a better hand made local grain beer for the money. Priced half as much as the big brands in the can form. Bottles not sure. LMK

Thanx, christeraxe
The CA in California
Born outside of Monroe on the Illinois border, when beer runs were allowed for 18 yr olds.

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Photo of godawgs
2.94/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jortonsbeer
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Cheap Trader Joe's beer. Looks nice. Smells:
Taste is alright, better than Miller.
The Feels, can be foamy.
Won't drink more than one.

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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 400 ratings
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