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: 405 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of christeraxe
5/5  rDev +74.2%
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 bbluemzbeer
4.75/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Yellow body and good head.

Sm ell: Smell likes and malt with a blend of light hop aroma.

Taste: Crisp and clean with a sweet malty flavor and small amount oft bitterness at the end.

Moutful: Slightly thicker than expected given the lightness of color and clarity.

Overall: For around 4 dollar a six pack at traders joes beats the other beers at higher price point. At 6.2% AB this will give you some kick. This is a great session beeer. I will sure buy some more of this beer !

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.54/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice think pour to a golden body. The head is white and stands about a half in tall before fading away at a medium pace.

S - The scent is firm and malt with a hint of orange and alcohol.

T - This lager is very good. The flavor is well rounded with spectacular malts.

M - The feel starts out a bit coarse but quickly levels and spreads in a soothing coat throughout my mouth. I really don't know of a way this feel could be better.

~ I'm obviously very impressed with this brew. I beleive it to be the best all around lager I've ever had the luxury to enjoy. My thanks to my hard working, intelligent and of course beautiful wife.

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Photo of rclangk
4.52/5  rDev +57.5%
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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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.37/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a fairly large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace.

Smell: Sweet apple is predominant, along with butter and grains.

Taste: Begins with a sweet buttery flavor, finishing with sweet/tart green apple. The finish also reveals mild grainy flavors and very very slight hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation and a very clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: As an overall beer, this is largely average. However, this is an adjunct lager and, unlike most adjunct lager, this one has a decent amount of flavor (I especially like the tartness at the end). This is a very easy drinker, it's extremely refreshing, and it's dirt cheap. At only $3.99 for a sixer here in NYC, it's well worth having around. With a 6.5% ABV, this also packs a decent punch.

Again, not necessarily a great as an overall beer, but this is excellent for its style.

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Photo of mikedc81
4.29/5  rDev +49.5%
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 IrishTank
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +48.1%

Photo of mschofield
4.13/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is excellent for the style. Is it the best beer ever - No. Is it the best American style lager .. maybe.

Pours a dark gold with a stark white head. If anything it is a little too dark for the style.

Aroma is grainy, a nice lager aroma. Clean, grain, if this was a blind tasting I might guess Hellesbock.

The taste is what I expected from the aroma. Clean, grainy, there is some hop presence and the finish is sweet.

Full bodied for the style. Finishes sweet. A bit too big, and definitely too sweet for the style.

It doesn't quite hit the styl. But thats because it is a little bigger and better in each category. Plus I think a 6 pack of cans was $4.
I can see myself buying a lot of this for summer BBQs and yardwork.

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Photo of Rivarol
4.04/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Kirbyderby
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of anberlin90
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of josssmith
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of SpenceLillywhite
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of y2korey
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of pikachupikachu
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of bierluverforeva99
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
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 dehm77
3.89/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There are quite a few very low reviews. I found it to be very drinkable, slightly too sweet, but overall have a nice corn like flavor. Smell was a little bit off, I thought it might be oxidated first. For $3.56 before tax for a sixer, you can't beat the price. Solid beer, I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Mooch273
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow body that poured watery creating a temporary foam of large carbonation bubbles that dissipated quickly.

A: Slightly metallic with a blend of light hop aroma.

T: Crisp and clean with a sweet malty flavor and slightest bitterness on the tail end.

M: Slightly thicker than expected given the lightness of color and clarity.

D: At 6.2% ABV, this is a winner in my book. Quite flavorful and a step up from the commercialized majors who dominate the market.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can time. Poured into a tulip to give it the illusion of quality. Beer is yellow and forms a nice head with lacing, moderately carbonated and completely clear. Looks nice.

Aroma is weak but sweet.

Beer is light in body and quite good. Its sweet and has an appropriate level of carbonation in the mouth. Finishes cleanly. Its a really good beer, seriously. If I had to have an American Adjunct lager, this would probably be it.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a yellow body with a half inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells very bready with just the slightest hint of cooked vegetable. Bready flavor with very little else going on, maybe some yeasty or DMS notes but only ever so slightly. Clean finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Wow. Middle of the road, sure. Simple enough. But refreshing and the pleasant bready flavor with little else competing with it sets this beer apart. I would definitely get this again. Really good.

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Photo of yupitsmeadam
3.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this beer at TJ's for $3.99 for a sixer...cans.

poured the beer out into a tall beer glass. lots of carbonation initially produces a lot of head. color is dark amber.

smells like cereal or corn. not horrible.

tastes sweet on the onset...almost like malt liquor. can definately taste the corn everyone who has reviewed this is talking about. however it is easy to drink...for my taste anyway. i can see myself drinking quite a few of these.

it has a full mouthfeel for the style. not watered down at all.

good drinkability. it is smooth and you can't really taste the 6.2 % ABV.

overall, it is a great value at $3.99 for six cans. it is not the best beer but a great session beer at a fantastic price! nothing more, nothing less...

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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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