Simpler Times Lager
Minhas Craft Brewery

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American Lager
Ranked #524
Ranked #47,612
2.92 | pDev: 25%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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Photo of ncjoshman
1.72/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

My buddy dropped this off for me to try because he found it repulsive. Goddamn, I thought he was just being a prima donna.

Look is a very clear, brassy gold (way too brown for golden hay colored that I’ve seen other reviewers use to describe it). Head disintegrates within seconds of pouring, and leaves no lacing to speak of.

Faint on the nose, but when you do catch it, good god is it sweet, mainly with corn and grape, but also with boiled vegetable notes. Very offputting.

Cold, the hoppiness comes through with the grape very strongly. As it warms up, the corn syrupy sweetness and boiled vegetables come through much more strongly. Woof, this stuff is rough to put down.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent at first, but it goes nearly flat in only a few minutes.

Good god, it’s a good thing I didn’t pay for this stuff because it’s completely repulsive to me. I’ll take a watery craptastic adjunct light beer any day over this, but it’s Banquet beer still exists so I don’t really have to as long as it stays cheap!

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Photo of defunksta
3.47/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, rich, honey-color with a small white head that fades quickly. SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Wow the aroma here is weird! I get a lot of banana upfront. It has banana and orange citrus. Faint toasted malts. (3.50)

Flavor: The banana is even more pronounced on the flavor. It's huge banana and some orange, Belgian spice quality. A little yeast, pepper, clove and coriander too. Finishes with a touch of sweetness. Reminds me very much of a wit. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied, lower carbonation. Smooth. Light, but average to heavier for the style. Belgian flavors are left on the palate. (3.50)

Overall: I really don't know what to make of this beer. I ventured into this thinking I as drinking an American Lager and ended up with a Belgian witbier. It's a witbier with less carbonation and yeast so drinks a little heavier. Not sure if anyone else can confirm this is such a surprising flavor for this beer. Great flavors, but I have to rate it lower because it misses the mark for an American lager. (Final Rating: 3.47)

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Photo of Amendm
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A very strong pour from a 12-oz. can yields a short lived finger of white fizz with zero lace.
Clear yellow-gold color with rising bubbles. The smell features toasted and sweet lager malt, corn, toasted grains and faint floral hops. Uniform throughout the drink, the taste is neutral on sweetness and light on bitterness, just a faint peppery bite. Green grape and apple cider create a false sense of sweetness. The finish is refreshing and clean, bitterness and dryness climb a little as a mild astringency haunts the aftertaste. Light body, average carbonation, dangerously quaffable considering the 6.2% ABV. Simple label, straight forward beer. This one would clean up in the AAL category, corn is noticeable yet moderated by malt.

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Photo of lisa_d14
3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I’m impressed with this easy-to-drink, perfect summer beer. Think poolside, on the boat, at the beach, etc. It is light, but flavorful and very reasonably priced. This lager can be purchased at TJs in VA for just $7.49 a 12 pack! It tastes a heck of a lot better than the traditional American beers, too. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of wcarey23
3.79/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The name says it all. It’s a simple lager that is neither exceptional nor disappointing. While the can may not be overly complex, the idea behind this beer is interesting and a good option when you’re trying to keep things easy.

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Photo of cardfan212
1.81/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on other American (adjunct) lagers.

Look - The can is plain and simple. Not huge on the green color. Overall, it looks like a soda can. Not that impressed.

Smell - Malty and corny. Slightest tiny bit of herbal hops. Pretty normal fare here, nothing crazy.

Taste - Disgustingly sweet. Past the point of cloying. Like a moldy sugar cookie. It's honestly hard to drink.

Feel - Medium body and almost no carbonation. Too thick and too still. Kinda gross.

Overall - I hate this. I don't want to finish this. I never want to see it again.

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Photo of MNJR
2.18/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This beer is foul. Tastes like a Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse that sat in the trunk of car in 100 degree heat for six months (or years). This is disappointing even at $4/6. It is foamy, has bubbles, and it is beer. But the predominant stale clove and banana juice flavor is accentuated only by pure boozy harshness. The old Huber brewery in Monroe, WI has been making some of the worst beer in history since Minhas took over a few years ago. They should close it down. It is an abomination at this point.

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Photo of paging12
2.64/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can poured into a pilsener glass.

L: A very pretty beer. Good yellow straw color. A lot of champagne style streaming bubbles.
S: A ton of sweet banana peel.
T: Again, a lot of banana peel. Other than that there was no flavor. It was like yellow, foul tasting alcohol water. Not very good.
F: Light to medium mouthfeel with good sparkle.
O: I wanted to buck the trend and rate this beer well. Unfortunately, it was just not good.

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Photo of Munka
3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a great beer for the money. A six pack goes for $4. Not even kidding. So for .67 cents a beer you can't go wrong. The look is a deeper yellow-orange akin to apple juice, and the taste is unexpectedly strong and hoppy. Theres a weird fuelish tinge to the smell, but the feeling is good and the ABV is in the sweet zone. No better way to get drunk with a $5 bill

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Photo of Vasilek
5/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm on of those that just created an account to leave a review. Usually I do it just to leave a bad review on products or experiences. However, this beer needs a good review. It's so underrated and need my and your love, it deserves it.
Great lager, difentaley better than any lagers you can buy for this price. This lager is even better than some of it's more pricey competitors, and better than it's foreign competitors. Thanks TJs for introducing us to this treasure.

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Photo of Bgmac
3.83/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Leave it to TJs for selling this hidden treasure. Its less then $4 a six pack everyone! A solid lager with 6.2 % ABV! Figuring .64 cents a can, the profit margin here is low. I know I can make a good craft beer at home in 10 gallon batches for around .52 cents per beer. Of course, Minhas is brewing in bulk so ingredients are cheaper etc... But still, look at the typical mark up when you go to a local craft brewery where your paying $5 to $7 or more per pint. Or a craft brew at the grocery store typically costing $10 a six pack. Once again TJs comes through just like their 3 buck Chuck for all the wine drinkers out there. A good second bottle, wine drinkers know what I mean. Of course, I happen to drink both so I am in luck thanks to TJs!

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Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, floral notes and grains. Sweet caramel. Slightly toasty with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of Nicole150
4.23/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guys. It’s a beer. It’s cheep. It tastes good. I live in St Pete. We have a LOT of delicious craft beer. I enjoy it. I spend a lot of money on delicious craft beer. In fact, I spend more on one glass of delicious craft beer than I did on an entire 6 pack of Simpler Times.
This does not taste like a Bud Light. It’s much more favorable than that. It’s absolutely worth trying ($4 come on you cheapies and just try it)
The rating of this did have the price factored into it. Duh. That’s how it should be. Do I think this is as good as some of my favorite craft beer? No. Do I think it’s excellent for the price?! Yes.
I also know for a fact that I would much rather enjoy this beer than a lot of the highly sweetened beers that are around today.

This beer is insanely underrated and I created an account just to share my feelings on this matter.

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Photo of Punchy
4/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let’s be real guys, Stella promotes their beer as a simple beer made with hops, Marley, water and corn. Stella is an expensive beer highly touted here in the USA, but yet considered a bottom tier brew in Belgium. I just returned from Belgium, and I must say they do have some amazing beers—especially their Trappists.

But Simpler times is highly underrated and the idiocracy of reviews only shows to prove that. Given a blind taste test I’d bet the majority of reviewers would choose Simpler Times, yet rate Stella nearly twice as high due to price alone.

I’m not saying Simpler times is the best beer (again I just returned from Belgium and among my trips to their chocolate and beer factories I must say, I got to experience the best of both worlds).

But simpler times is a solid 4/5 overall, let’s not forget 4/5 is 80% on a scale out of 100. If you reviewed this beer as a 3.8, your giving a review of only 76/100, and in the US schooling district that’s a C, and a barely passing grade.

Tastes/aroma/feel, all (nearly) reflect that of a classic Belgium beer, and in Belgium, the beers are nearly the same price we pay for Simpler times here in the US. Comparing Simler times with, let’s say Chimay (blue) or Westmalle is like apples and oranges; however in a blind taste test I guarantee 90% of reviewers would classify simpler times in the same category (and I would be willing to bet on this if anyone wants to challenge this).

All in all I can’t say Simpler times meets all the same standards as some of the best Belgium beers, but It is definitely underrated here in the US due to the price and materialistic individuals who think cheap price = cheap quality. Up the price on simpler times, sell It in only dark glass bottles, and the rating would increase a point or more—but please don’t, and let me enjoy a decent underrated lager for the time being.

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Photo of Chuck88iroc
1.02/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This has to one of, if not the, worst example of an American Lager I have tasted. It is one step removed from carbonated water with a really weird taste. Save your money and buy something else.

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Photo of illpass78
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the can. This was supposed to be the bottom of a Black and Tan (with Allagash Black) and it did NOT work.

Appearance: Crystal clear straw. Heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Grass, corn, malt, cereal.

Taste: Clean, classic US lager. Cereal, grass, some malt backing.

Mouthfeel: Very light/thin.

Overall: Decent basic lager. Sure didn’t work as part of a B&T though.

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Photo of BruinBEERguy
3.81/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I have seen several reviews by people saying they signed up just to say how bad a beer is. I've drank many very fine and very expensive beers at very fine and expensive taprooms. I signed up to review this beer and to say that I believe it is underappreciated.

The beer is a very translucent, light amber lager. The tiny bubbles from light carbonation rise through to form a subtle head. This looks like your quintessential "dad comes home and grabs a can from the fridge" in your average 1950s situational comedy. That's right, a beer from "Simpler Times." It doesn't claim to be anything other than what it is. It isn't dressed in a fancy bottle with a fancy label. It doesn't have a particularly fancy sales channel or a fancy price-tag. It looks like...a beer.

The beer tastes It's crips. It's clean. It's taste is consistently non-offensive (which is more than I can say for many much more renowned beers when they don't strike my mood). The beer has slight notes of citrus an coriander. It is not overly sweet. In fact, it's barely sweet. And, I must add, sweetness is a component of many newer craft beers that is far to prevalent, is not frequently identified, and IS the source of a beer-drinker's nemesis. Nope. Here you have crisp, light, refreshing, beer.

The taste on the palate is light and refreshing. The beer is excellent for washing down anything from chips, to a Hot Pocket, to your finest gourmet jalapeno poppers! I imagine it would do just fine with a perfectly-cooked rib-eye and potatoes, or even lobster and shrimp! The beer is not heavy on the stomach, or on the head (no headache, probably due to lack of excessive sugar and calories). The beer is, however, intoxicating! Yes, at 6.2% ABV, this beer packs a bit more punch than your average lager.

In the end, why do you drink beer? To wash down food? For "refreshment"? To get a bit "buzzed"? This beer checks all boxes. And it does so at $3.50 a six pack. Sure, you could have any $30-a-pint complex craft brew around. But sometimes you just want a beer. "Simpler Times"; for simpler times.


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Photo of chitoryu12
3.07/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Very attractive, perfectly clear dark gold. Large rush of bubbles on the pour that turns into half a finger of thin white head.

Smell: Bubble gum is a major part, strangely enough. Extremely sweet with a bit of malt and pepper, but predominately bubble gum.

Taste: Very mild sweet malt. Basically no hops or any other flavor or bitterness to balance.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than average for a lager, with good carbonation.

Overall: The taste is very mild, but overshadowed by the bubble gum hitting your nose every time you lift the glass to take a sip.

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Photo of FxLB
3.49/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Biggest con is feeling light and watery, though it does have some nice carbonation. Pros are the bright gold color, unsalted pretzel flavor, and super low cost.

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Photo of John58
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't shopped at Trader Joe's for years, and them came across the Simpler Times Lager a week ago, at $3.49 for a 6.2 ABV six pack, what the heck. Pleasantly surprised. I generally prefer IPA's now, but the price often backs me off the purchase of them. Good bargain and refreshing, I definitely prefer it to the main brands twice its price.

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Photo of TheMintHippo
2.82/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The merits if this beer lies solely on its price and ABV. $3.50 for 6% sixer at TJ's. There are thirsty poor youth out there that demand more products like this. This beer proudly claims it is from a simpler time when a beer was just a a beer and alcohol content was just a happy bonus. Somewhere, deep down, lies true craft spirit that you could be drinking a macro-conglomerate. But you aren't and sometimes that feels good too.

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Photo of Burly
1.92/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is not good beer, but it is cheap and strong. Comparable to Green Death, which has its purposes when you are young or a poor alcoholic. Make sure it's cold!

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Photo of Paulenator
1.78/5  rDev -39%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I hate giving negative reviews but if this were the only beer on the planet, I wouldn't drink beer. It has about the worst after taste of any beer I have ever had the pleasure, or in this case, displeasure of drinking. I can't imagine their brewmeister sampling this and thinking he had a winner.

If all you need is a buzz regardless of how a beer tastes then this is highly recommended.

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Photo of pauly921
3.37/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Trader Joe's find 3 some bucks for a 6 pack abv 6.2 taste not bad very mild bite to it. Overall not bad only real complaint is the carbonation died off rather quickly.

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Photo of tmalt
3.06/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the price it is enjoyable. Golden clear color. Smells like apple juice and white wine. Taste is very light and slightly sweet pear and apple flavors. Good moderate carbonation feel. On a hot summer day it is refreshing and simple.

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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 446 ratings