Simpler Times Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Simpler Times LagerSimpler Times Lager

Brewed by:
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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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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Photo of Russ32579
3.27/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my go to when times are tough. Easy to put down and gets the job done.

I don't see how anyone can rate the palability of this beer. Its 3.50 a 6 pack for gods sake.

Try the Lager...its less bitter then the Pils. Gives me a Bud meets Fosters kinda feel.

6.2...not bad

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Photo of rpcarr17
2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PhilHeinricke
1.58/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The Good Old Days

When I was a kid, my dad used to drive over the state line (tax purposes) and get some extremely cheap beer. It was awful. This reminds me of that. This is one of the worst beers ever. Maybe if you're in college or on a tight budget and need to get a buzz and you don't care about taste, then this would be your go-to beer on Friday after classes. But other than that, there is no reason to drink this beer. It's bloody awful.

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Photo of northbynorthwest
1.59/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those Trader Joe's generic beers from someone else. The appearance is yellow and weak, feint, small white head, 1/5". Aroma was macro industrial not much.

Taste, its that simple lager stuff, BMC AAL under another name. Strangely the alcohol is amped up, so I guess if you're looking for a buzz, this is the one to have I guess relative to style. Its basic stuff at a somewhat premium price.

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Photo of Benjammin87
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon research, this beer is the exact same as Cold Creek Ice. Just repackaged for Trader Joe's. You can get a 30 pack of Cold Creek Ice in MN for about 11 bucks. Probably cheaper in WI.

I remember drinking it in college and remember it being one of the worst beers I'd ever had. (Surprising for a college student because I drank a lot of bad beer)

My wife just picked me up a six pack of Simpler Times and was pretty well in the bag when I had my first one. Didn't think it was too bad. Just tried a second one my opinion shifted a bit.

I finished it and my wife asks me how it was. "Pretty skunky, reminds me of that really nasty beer I had in college" Natty Ice she asks, " no, but similar. It was something even cheaper"

Long story short, Google and found out it's brewed by Minhas and is the same as that "nasty beer I had in college"

Final review: drink it when already drunk.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.54/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For a simple lager, and at the price point of about $3.75 a six pack, this beer is pretty amazing.

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Photo of prisoner1572
3.54/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jovich
1.99/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Rotten cabbage flavor typical of bad sanitation practices and repitched infected yeast. This is NOT the normal DMS flavor of well-made light lagers, it is quite plainly infected wort, and likely the cause of the "disappearing head" and lack of lacing. It was completely decarbonated (flat) in less than 20 minutes of sitting in the glass, for crying out loud. On the positive side, it looked promising when poured, and didn't nose too badly. And it was cheap, but infected beer should not be sold at any price.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Six-pack picked up from Trader Joe's for about $4

L - Pours a clear, honey gold with a good inch of head that disappears like a magic trick. Almost no lacing left.

S - Grains, malt, artificial fruit (grape?), metal, adjunct-y

T - Sweet definitely overpowers all other tastes. Sugary, honey, malt, some cereal grain. Finished up with a bitter, metallic aftertaste reminiscent of other cheap adjuncts.

F - Light, thin, watery, crisp, high carbonation, like drinking a soda.

O - $4 for a six-pack? Sure. You get what you pay for. It tastes cheap and on the sweeter side, kind of reminds me of Honey Brown. But there's enough going on to make this feel like a malt liquor, which, I'm not above. A good beer for a hot day--simpler times, if you will.

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Photo of Jodio
1.35/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of hopphead31415
3.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look-It pours a very clear golden yellow with some mild hues of orange. The head is thin and white.

Smell-A semi-sweet and malt-forward aroma characterizes this lager’s aroma. Prominent adjunct malts and probably only trace amounts of hops come through as well. The corn malts manifest themselves as fresh cut hay or straw.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but has a more noticeable sweetness to it and the summer-cut hay flavors are noticeable. This light-bodied brew has low carbonation levels and alcohol content. There is little or no lingering flavors on the tongue as is expected from this style.

Overall-This isn’t the greatest beer ever nor even of its class, but it finishes clean and crisp making for a worthy summer beer in the late afternoon if you want something to cool you down and take the edge off. You’d probably need to down 2-3 of these to get a mild buzz after a hard day’s work though. To each his own.

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Photo of Kirbyderby
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Soothsayerslayer
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried it in a nonik pint. It pours nice, clean, and golden but leaves lackluster lacing. Thoroughly sub-par beer for a commensurate price. It tastes and feels like malt liquor (if malt liquor didn't have an offensive diesel-like aftertaste) without nearly as high of an ABV.

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Photo of SilverStar83
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.25

I like the Simpler Times Lager because it's exactly what it says. Sorry this is my first review so I'm not going to get into details. It is a cheap drinkable beer. Perfect for when you just need to unwind after a hard day or work and don't want to spend $12 for a damn 6 pack.

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
2.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dhannes
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First from a 4-pack...poured with a nice foamy head, and strong and pleasant barley and hops smell. Paired with sausage pizza...first tasted seemed the temp warmed up, taste evolved into apples, with excessive sweetness...had I not known better, I would have guessed a malt liquor. Modest carbonation, but feels flat, a bit to thick, and a bit too syrupy.

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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 407 ratings