Simpler Times Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Simpler Times LagerSimpler Times Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
minhasbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by blackie on 10-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
396
Reviews:
210
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
24.66%
 
 
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10
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66
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Photo of boneboy
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a little darker than expected. The color is a clear golden yellow. The snow white head quickly vanishes.

S - Smells like a lager. The aroma is corn with a definite sweetness.

T - A fuller flavor than I would have guessed. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the sweetness is the most noticeable. The 6.2% ABV alcohol comes through in the finish with a touch of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, leaving the tongue wet and sticky.

O - For $3.99 a six-pack, this is really impressive, and it may even edge out PBR as my favorite adjunct lager. If money were no object, it would be a while before I picked this up again. However, money is an object for me. I can find nothing offensive about this beer, and I find it better than many brews in this category. This could be great for camping, canoeing, or any occasion where a simple, cold can of beer is all that's required.

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Photo of Bockrules
2.09/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass
Reviewed from notes

A – Pours a dark blonde with a one finger head that quickly disappears to nothing. Moderate carbonation. Leaves behind no lacing at all.

S – Corn grit and sweet cereal adjuncts and some musty notes

T – A tiny bit of alcohol and sweet malt upfront. The body has a corn-grit taste that borders on sickly-sweet as well as a musty bitterness – perhaps due to the hops. A cereal adjunct finish that would be tolerable if it stopped there, but instead transitions into a horrid stale-sugar corn aftertaste. Down the sink this one went half-way through.

M – Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually much better than most macros.

Another freebie at my grandparent’s cabin. I was up here a year ago, and this wasn’t here, so it can’t be that old. Nonetheless, it tasted like someone threw a can of corn, sugar and water in a can and let it fester in the pump house for a decade or so. One of the worst tasting beers I’ve ever experienced. Apparently Simpler Times means that no hops or decent malt were used in brewing this beer.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a new belgium globe, this one pours a crystal clear goldenrod yellow with a frothy one-finger macro-esque head that fades to a thin collar that deposits fair lace.

aroma out of the can on the pour has a bit of that funky, strawy, adjuncty quality that reminds me of stale bmc...but once in the glass, it smells fresh with notes of caramel, honey, straw, and a bit of euro hopping. not bad.

taste is pleasantly clean with a decent fresh malt, some generic light caramel sweetness and a touch of hops to finish it off. it kinda works. nothing outstanding, but it's kind of hitting the spot at the moment.

mouth is acceptable... a bit fizzy, but as expected. moderate body. a touch slick, sweet, with a lingering sticky finish.

it's pretty much what I expected. which isn't bad. given the price point, its really hard to knock this one. Scores are based on the style... and for an AAL, this one is the bees knees.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

You simply cannot beat the prices at Trader Joe's. This cheap-o pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, and a light, though palpable, touch of very light grapefruit and lemon (not unlike Squirt). The taste brings in a bit more of this citrus character, but it's seemingly more artificial now. What's worse, it continues to be out-dueled on my tongue by the grainy wheat and mild flowers. I do not enjoy this particular fight scene (despite the obviously intricate choreography). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda slimy feel. Overall, I must be crazy to keep trying these Minhas brews. Damn you and your tantalizing prices, Joe!

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Photo of pressman57
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2.99 at Trader Joe's. How could I go wrong?

Poured a little darker than Budwiser with a similar head-retention.

Smelled pretty good, actually. Malty with a hint of citrusy hops.

Tasted pretty much like it smelled with a slightly sweet, spicy aftertaste.

Well worth the money. Much better than the more expensive, over-advertised alternatives.

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Photo of DJButters
2.86/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Trader Joes for $2.99 a six pack. Wow whata country. Thats like 50 cents a brew!

A- Deep golden color that I was surprised to see, good initial head retention when poured from the can. Not like those other "main stream" lagers. This one seems darker and thicker.

S- Sweet grain.

T- Grainy, a bit overly sweet for the style. Is that a heavy malt I taste?

M- A heavy lager. You can taste that 6.2% at first, but after 2 or 3 it goes down much smoother.

O- Nothing wrong with drinking this brew. Beware the wrath of drinking too much simpler times however as it can give you a nasty headache. However if on a budget and doing something outdoors, not much is better.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Utterly drinkable and forgettable light beer.

Looks nicer than a lot of craft beers in the glass-- or was I supposed to rate the appearance in the can? Lacing and everything. Quite malty, almost sweet. If you were in the late lamented Berghoff's in Chicago snarfing liver dumplings and roast pork, you'd say it was divine. I don't detect any actual hops, so for that you have to get the Pilsner version. But for thirst quenching it's fine, and give it a dose of IPA and you're in business.

Now if Huber can make this perfectly decent light lager to sell at TJs for $3.99 a six-- tell me how much the industro-brew factories are making on Keystone Light or Miller High Life.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smell has a sweetness to it. carbonation is nice when it hits the tongue. almost an apple taste to it...with bubbles. it is rather satisfying on a hot day. 6.2 abv sneaks up on you after 3 of them. this beer is not a bad bargain at 3.99 a sixer, well worth it. much better than the 5.99-6.99 alternatives.

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Photo of adrock
3.36/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating this style can be tricky for hop heads or other beer lovers.

A- Bright, deep golden color that I was surprised to see, good initial head retention when poured from the can.

S- Mostly grain.

T- Grainy, a bit overly sweet for the style.

M- Very full.

O- Enjoyable brew that surprisingly comes in at 6.2%. And the price can't be beat!

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Photo of richkrull
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged this one from my buddy's fridge. Drank it straight from the can. Smell was faint, a little grainy. Taste was pretty decent. Better than I was expecting. Very smooth drinking light bodied beer. Surprised it was 6.2%. This isn't the best beer ever, but it's definitely worth the money.

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Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a clear light gold with a small but lingering white head.
The beer smells of grains and a slight hint of bubble gum.

The taste is grainy and slightly sweet. A bit of floral hops and a hint of apple. Simple with no flaws.

The mouth is crisp with good carbonation. Easy enough to put down a couple and the price is right. I think you could match this beer with a cheese pizza or maybe a ham & cheddar on rye.

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Photo of madpentzer
2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a sixer of this for $2.99 at the local Trader Joe's.

A-Light-Golden yellow similar to any mass produced lager.

S-Smells grainy with a little bit of cereal.

T-Decent malt character with a little bit of hop bite.

M-Nice carbonation and goes down smoothly.

D-Very easy to drink and goes down dangerously easy for a beer of 6.2%. One of the best bargain beers I've ever had if not the best bargain beer. Why pay $6.99 for a six-pack of Bud Light when you can get this for $2.99, and it tastes better and has a stronger ABV.

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Photo of Lukafer
1.77/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes

awesome can, awesome name, terrible beer. 

Pours a clear gold with no head.  Smells  grainy, bad.  Taste is bad, real bad.  Some weird bitter flavor in there that I can't pinpoint, just nasty and drying. Mouthfeel sucks, drinkability sucks, avoid it.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden with an amber hue, fizzy head, no lace

S - Yeast, apple, honey, grass and pear

T - Lots of fruit, floral, malt and yeast

M - Very light with a super slight stickiness at the end

D - Super easy to drink and for $2.99 a six pack even better

Final thought - I love this beer for the price. Not my favorite but the price gets me everytime

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can from Trader Joe's. Pours bright gold, lightly carbonated, with a few floaties and an inch of frothy white head that dies fast, but retains a collar and leaves a few wisps of lace. Metallic and minerally in the nose, along with corn, cooked grain, hops?, and a bit of sulfury yeast. Fairly mild on the palate, except for some sweet corn, maybe some hops and a light apple note on top of a moderately carbonated, fairly full body that has a drying finish. Not that bad of a brew, but it tastes very industrial, and reminds me more of a malt liquor than a standard American lager.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
2.87/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to admit, we picked up a six pack of this from Trader Joe's because it was $4.00. We figured that we could use it as a general house beer if it was of Bud Light standards. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The beer pours very clear golden straw in color with a thick rocky white head on top and light carbonation. Aroma is crisp and light with a malty sweet behind it. It has a sharp amount of hops upfront with a smooth sweet maltiness in the drink. There's a hint of alcohol on the finish. It drinks very dry. Great for watching sports with the guys.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This shit is like $2.60 a 6-pack at trader joes. It was left over in my fridge after the holidays, so thought I'd review it.

Yellow and fizzy in color. Vigorous pour yields an average head. Lacing is sub par.

Very little on the nose. Metallic lager twang that american adjuncts are known for.

Very sweet. Maltiness is there, but over powered by the sweetness. Kind of odd.

It's probably the most syrupy yellow lager I've ever had.

Relatively drinkable. There is something about it that just doesn't seem right. Way too much alcohol for an adjunct lager.

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Photo of afinepilsner
2.4/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can
6.2% abv

Simpler Times Lager was golden in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head that didn't last. The smell was light and clean with a little grain, and a touch of hops and alcohol coming through. The taste was sweet malt upfront with alcohol noticeable towards the semi-dry finish. It was medium-light in body with medium-light carbonation. Drinkability was below average. It's just a cheap crappy beer.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.47/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: golden, translucent. 1/2 finger bright white head settles to small ring around the cap

S: subtle sweetness, apples

T: suprsingly good. Sweet up front with light malts and some honey; non-biting hop bitterness is crisp through the middle; finishes with a clean hop bitter presence mixed with tart/sweet apple flavor; ABV of 6% unnoticed which is great

M: light and crisp; very clean overall but got a little watery towards the end

D: very easy drinking adjunct lager. I have no problem with canned beered so this had no bearing. I was partially biased by the price tag, thinking now way a beer this cheap could be any good. I was wrong. Next time at trader joe's I will pick this up again and see if this can't be a great gateway beer for some of my buddies.

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Photo of bogeypro64
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Unimpressive appearance, looks like any American lager.

Smells better than BMC lager offferings- a little bit of hop aroma and maltiness.

Tastes much better than anything else in this price range (3.99/6 pack) Malty sweetness with a crisp hop finish and a little dryness.

Mouthfeel is ok nothing impressive but not offensive.

Could easily drink many of these at a party or as a backyard brew. Would not sit down to "enjoy" this as I would a great craft brew but this hands down beats any adjunct out there.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.98/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

had a couple of these tj six packs that were brought over to the house last night and decided to drink a couple to cleanse the palate.

a bit darker of a golden hay color then the one i had before, not that i would really say it looked good, but at least there was a touch of color to it as it broke the surface. tight little head of white wraps around the sides. aroma is light and muted hops with a touch of light grain and a hint of some cereal and rice notes. however the flavor was non existent, i swear it was like drinking water with a light flavor of stale grain and rice it was just nothing there. light feel, lighter then water to honest and then a hint of grit in the finish.

overall no thank you. this one was just wrong plain and simple.

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Photo of Keithpb
3.22/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had one lying around in my fridge and thought I'd give it a go.. judgements aside on the name and logo.

Cracked it open and poured it gently into a tulip glass. Immediately noticed how brilliant the head looked. About two fingers in a cream white with a crisp golden color.

Smell was nothing too noteworthy. Bland with a cornish smell.

Taste was far more than I had expected. A touch bitter with a slight citric and light hoppy feel.

Crisp and light.

Drinkability was average for a beer of this caliber. Could probably take down a few before getting bored of the flavor.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical lager color with moderate white head that dissipates quickly.
Not much aroma, but within the style.
Good taste for a adjunct lager. Clear and crisp.
Mouth feel is moderate with plenty of carbomation.
Even with its 6.2 APV a very drinkable beer. Would be a good session, especially at "Trader Joe's" price of $3.99 a six pack.

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Photo of jamex
1.06/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Some "friend" of mine told me that this stuff was pretty decent for the (very) low price. So I picked some up for I believe $1.99/six-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A) Putrid yellow.
S) An overpowering yet sickly sweet upchuck of malt. Very cheap tasting, and not in a good college-memory way but rather the opposite.
T) Picture yourself hunched over a rusty, metal trashcan. You've already vomited up most of the swill, but there's those really deep heaves that still bring up all that bile and pre-dung taste. Grab a sample of that concoction and you've got Simpler Times.
M) So disgustingly buttery and malty that you nearly pray for Bill and Ted to appear in their phone-booth, take you back about 5 minutes, and beat you senseless as to avoid consuming this devil liquid.
D) Let's put it this way; after attempting to drink this beer on two separate occasions, I let my kids make (supervised) "potions" from this crap. Besides, it seems there would be no way to make this beer any worse.

By the far the worst beer I ever consumed, taking the reign away from Schlitz.

More amazing is that some of these reviewers rated this beer the same or higher than Wipeout IPA and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. WTF.

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Photo of Mooch273
3.88/5  rDev +32.9%
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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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.92 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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