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 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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Photo of Nvrmind16
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Feels very heavy, its better than a cheap bud, but not by much.

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Photo of Chuck88iroc
1.02/5  rDev -64.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +33.2%
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 +7.3%
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
3.39/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ccamic78
3.21/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of John58
3.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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 -1.4%
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 -32.9%
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 Gusmanthecat
3.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
2.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Paulenator
1.78/5  rDev -37.8%
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 +17.8%
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 TheGreatBeersby
1.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of tmalt
3.06/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of eldoctorador
1/5  rDev -65%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Riff
2.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fizzy, white head that fades away to basically nothing. Smell is creamed corn with hints of grassy hops and a touch of malt. Notably bitter with corn, hints of honey, and the taste that turpentine leaves when you walk into a room that hasn't been ventilated properly while someone is using it, and grass. Blessedly fast finish. Light body, moderate to light carbonation. You couldn't pay me to drink this again.

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Photo of Dalkri
2.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Shane757
3.6/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

4$ a six pack here in va. 6.2% abv and tastes as good if not better then its high priced competitors. For the price it's a great deal.

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Photo of beardloaf
2.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

At $3 for a six pack this is a no brainer. Not the tastiest beer. Its somewhat metallic with a nice hoppy note. A nice light amber color and a small head. The can is absolutely beautiful and I like the reminiscent name: simpler times.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.06/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of 8BaconBits
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Odin_Son
1.8/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of rclangk
4.52/5  rDev +58%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/9/18 Trader Joe’s at Isle of Palms

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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 428 ratings