Simpler Times Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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69
poor
387 Ratings
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Simpler Times LagerSimpler Times Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct 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:
387
Reviews:
206
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
24.74%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
59
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: June 19, 2013
Consumed: June 21, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden semi-murky color with 1-2 fingers of offwhite head that parted pretty quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal-to-no lacing. Bad retention on the top.

Smelled a lot of different flavors, reminding me somewhat of a lager, hefeweizen, Belgian ale and a blonde. Got faint banana, sour fruit, honey, grass, ashtray, bread lemon and corn with a heavy alcohol backbone.

Tasted honey, corn, lemon grass, faint banana cloves, tropical notes, cereal and faint smoky ashtray. Somehow it all worked together.

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

Not bad lager. Not a great one, but such a great value ($0.58 per beer). I’d probably have it again (after this 6-pack).

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.44/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a rapidly dissipating head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Beer. Corn and beer.

Taste: Beer. Creamed corn and beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, crisp, and creamy. Slight spicy aftertaste that disappears quickly.

The Verdict: Not bad. Make no mistake, this is bargain beer ($3.99/6 pack at Trader Joe's). But if you keep that in mind, it's near the head of the class. Figure in the high ABV and you've got one of the best bargains in bargain beers.

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Photo of zaptone
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Amedlin18
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.11/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Simpler Times Lager has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and practically no lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of grain husk, subdued sweetness, and even a background smokiness. Taste is of sweet, lightly-roasted barley malt, with some slightly elevated hop bitterness to cut the sweetness. Mouthfeel is mostly light and watery, and Simpler Times Lager finishes semi-dry, fairly, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a passably good beer, and I suppose it’s worth checking out.

RJT

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Photo of bobbyr5
1.5/5  rDev -48.5%

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

By no means is this beer awesome, nor is it a drain pour. But at roughly 3-4 bucks for a six pack of 6.2% abv beer, it's a super value.

Sure it may not be the tastiest, but on a summer day, grab one of these and mix it with some lemonade and you have a pretty decent radler at roughly 4-5% abv for only 50-75 cents.

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Photo of Rusty_Pabst
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of warpedrevolution
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of fastrodney
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.75/5  rDev +63.2%
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 ranger7
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of wroywel
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of BESTIALEX
1.5/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of scantonio
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of timothybarney
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.75/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of OldTime
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of FrizWhiz
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of adams82
1.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours nearly golden, not quite fizzy yellow water; appears more robust than other beers of this style.

Smells like an adjunct lager. Sweet nose; slightly grainy smelling, but corn dominates. No hops, nothing offensive. How bad could it be?

Taste is dreadful! Super sweet, and I don't mean malty! Corn syrup dominates the flavor profile of this beer, with huge hints of sour apple and alcohol; no grains, no malt, no hops. Awful.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly firm; I figured with the amount of cane/corn sugar in this beer, it would be really thin and watery, but it actually has substance.

I imagine my great grandparents would have brewed a beer during prohibition that tasted much like this. If that's what Minhas was going for, then they hit the nail on the head, otherwise, this is a horrible representation of a fairly pedestrian style.

Note to self; beers labeled as coming from Monroe, WI must be avoided. Just because the can doesn't say Minhas, doesn't mean it didn't come from Minhas. I'm glad the 6 pack was only $3.49.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
3.67/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Light, bubbly head.

Light amber/golden color.

Simpler Times Lager’s sweet aroma mirrors its taste. I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. Generally I tend toward darker beers but this is one of the exceptions. Very smooth, sweet honey-like taste with no distinctive bitter bite you’d expect from such a light beer. It pairs well with a large range of foods, so you don’t have to worry too much whether the flavors will clash. It's also low enough in alcohol that you can appreciate the rest of your meal.

This is definitely not a complicated beer. Its flavor profile is fairly one-dimensional, but pleasant nonetheless. There are many beers out there that have more depth and character, but when considering its price category, it’s an outstanding value. It’s head and shoulders above anything else that’s this inexpensive.

In short, it’s a great value and I’d recommend it to anyone on a tight budget who appreciates quality beer.

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Photo of tubeyes
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.91 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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