Simpler Times Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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69
poor
384 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:
384
Reviews:
205
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
24.74%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
59
For Trade:
0
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Photo of evbro
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of frozenem2002
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Treath
2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First time tasting this beer. 12oz can poured into a glass mug.

A- Golden yellow. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Tiny half finger head that quickly fizzles away. Looks OK.

S- Very little scent. Fruity malts, maybe corn. Slight alcohol.

T- Fusel alcohol up front, sweet fruity malts, corn, tiny bit of grassy hops. Tastes like a true Malt Liquor. Reminds me of Steel Reserve. Aftertaste is fusel alcohol, bready malts, and grassy hops.

M- Heavier than an average lager. Leaves the mouth feeling slick. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability- It's not as smooth as a regular AAL. It's very obviously heavier on fusel alcohol.

O- Overall, if this was recategorized as a Malt Liquor then I'd review it in a better light. It's an ok bargain beer to get drunk on. I would not want to drink it as a lawn mower beer. It's an ok drink at night beer.
It's better than the Simpler Times Pilsener.

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Photo of Miami66
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of carrollmel7
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of rabbitguy
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of fastrodney
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of steeltown71
2.04/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Recession Chic, etc. Bought at Trader Joe's for almost nothing, here goes:

A: I'm not pouring this into a glass, sorry. I'd bet it's bright yellow though.

S: Brings back collegiate memories...

T: Disclaimer - this is pretty much ice cold, but for the 6.2% it's not too bad. No depth of flavor to speak of but certainly not worse than the mainstream swill.

This makes me wonder why the macros are so "expensive." ST isn't great, but for the minimal expectations I can't say it's disappointing.

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Photo of Bockrules
2.09/5  rDev -28.2%
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 sitarist
2.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$3.99 at Trader Joes

A- Pale, clear straw yellow. Big head dies quickly. Some lacing.

S- Smells like an empty creamed corn can at the bottom of the trash. Exactly what you would expect from cheap beer.

T- Taste is like water filtered threw corn bread and pretzels.

M- Thin and uneventful. Leaves a scummy film like feeling on my tongue.

D- This is the hardest thing to palate that Ive had in a long time. Flavorless and scummy!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.13/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear straw color with almost no head whatsoever. Smells only of sweet adjuncts and fermented corn flakes. Not much malt presence in the nose. First sip is bland cereal and just a tad of hop bitterness. Not much positive aspects in this one. Simpler Times needs more complexity.

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Photo of hardy008
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours yellow with a one finger white head which fades quickly. The aroma has grain, corn, light hops.

Tastes much like it smells with grain, corn, and light hops. Both sweet and somewhat bitter.

Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Not a good beer, but somewhat better than I expected.

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Photo of HardyA
2.2/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of youngblood
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nothing special to this, just a decent value beer. Pours piss yellow with a frothy head that disappears pretty soon. Smells like corn and a hint of alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same, virtually no complexity. Goes down rather easy when chilled, but when it warms, the adjuncts become too overpowering.

Overall its not awful, but I would never pull this out to impress, only to wince the night away with.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a very thin, white head.

Smell: Vague floral hop character conjoined with a tired malt and corn flake scent.

Taste: It's a cheap beer with a cheap taste. Cereal grains with a drizzle of sweet corn syrup. Vague floral hops with just a touch of bitterness, though not quite enough to balance, leaving you with a somewhat sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. Even for a simple lager, it's a below average, underperfomer.

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Photo of Amedlin18
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of OldTime
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ammoser79
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jacobfern
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of bzach
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of haemphyst
2.26/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was paid by a customer with a six pack of this... I think he got the better deal.

Unimpressive, to say the least. Four bucks a sixer is probably more than you SHOULD pay, honestly.

Mouth feel was watery. It's wet. There. Nothing spectacular.

Aroma was all can. Even after pouring into icy mugs, we couldn't smell anything but musty can and alcohol, and the alcohol was really little more than a "note".

I'm not generally a light lager drinker, but this flavor is over sweet. WAY over sweet. Syrupy. And not in a good way. For it's style, I'd almost rather grab the PBR or the Keystone. Brutal, I know, but it's bad, BAD beer... The ONLY hops in this can, are printed on the label. Pull this swill out at a real beer party, and you'll be escorted to the curb.

Where's the malt? At times, I thought that I tasted some apple, as if someone had switched my Simpler Times for a Wyder's.

Yeah... Wide berth is all I can warn you of with this one. I'll be calling my brother to punk him with a review! He'll KILL me! :)

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Photo of CanyonCitySteve
2.28/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a sweetish taste and a bit of body, but mostly just tastes like cheap beer

You get what u pay for in this case.

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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.91 out of 5 based on 384 ratings.
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