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Simpler Times Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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2.86/5
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399 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#44,653
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
399
pDev:
25.17%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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10
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Photo of Murchmac
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a big foamy white head that drops down to microwaved marshmellow shrapnel. From above the beer looks orange, from the side a beautiful urine yellow.

This smells like rice cakes taste, nothing.

Not too bad of a taste, kinda sweet. Kinda like carbonated sugar pops without any sugar.

This beer is complexingly confusing, not memento confusing, but Nick Nolte in Lorenzo's Oil confusing.

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Photo of droomyster
3.16/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's impossible to have high expectations of a beer that runs this cheap; I'm ready to call it "good" as long as its taste is not repugnant. I was pleasantly surprised when it poured an attractive deep golden with a big white head that was held aloft by hyperactive carbonation. The smell and taste were nothing to cringe at: a bit of grainy and sugary sweetness and a touch alcohol. Nothing special but for 4 bucks I'm not about to complain. This lager promises to be average and keeps true to its word. The honesty of the "Simpler Times" ad is refreshing...so is the beer.

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Photo of everetends
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Trader Joe's Midtown in Atlanta, GA. It was was 3 bucks a sixer, so why not? Served up in my Terrapin Pint glass.

A: Well it looks like a macro. Has a very light yellow color. It is incredibly light yellow. It did pour a finger or so of white foam off a moderate pour, impressive I suppose. Still, it had zero retention and falters to absolutely nothing a all. With that said, of course there is no lace sitting on the glass whatsoever. There is a pretty lazy carbonation bubble activity slowly working its way up the glass. Its pretty average for a macro.

S: Well me oh my, its a macro. Got a lot of sweet corn in here, I mean big time. The corn is a bit much. Then you get some grains, but mostly its all corn. Sugar and corn. Thats about it. Did I mention corn? I guess its pretty standard.

T: This is a bit below the ok line. This tastes like your standard macro, such as a Bud or Coors, with just quite a bit of salt added. Its not exactly appetizing. Lots of corn and sugar, then that salty sense. Uh . . . no.

M: Its light in body with a nice wateriness to it. Lots of carbonation makes this crisp and refreshing. The ABV is a bit higher than I expected and I am shocked that I would not be able to buy this in Alabama because it is a smooth over 6 percent lager. Aftertaste is that sugary corn.

D: Well, its not that great. That sugary sweet and salty taste really throws me off. Other than that its pretty average in every other category. Its a macro, its damn near water and its not dynamic whatsoever. I'll pass on this, give me a High Life.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.13/5  rDev -25.5%
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 JohnTurano
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vidisad
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Sam Adams perfect pint, no clear freshness date.

The bone white froth is very pretty on top of a yellow a shade or two darker than you get from most AALs. Retention is also better than most.

Primarily the aroma is sweet graininess with possibly a touch of sugarcane. There may be some alcohol developing as it gets warm, but hey, this is bargain beer and the kind you drink very cold anyway.

And on we go with sweet grains. Assorted cereal grains are very pleasant and there's a firm but kind bitterness. This is all utterly simple. The sweetness is kind of corny and almost too much.

Somehow this isn't fizzy enough. It does most things better than the big boys of fizzy brewing, except out fizz them. Drink it fast to keep it refreshing.

The Simpler Times Pilsner is better and actually has some hops. I wanted to try the lager, and now I know. For the three bucks grab a six of the Pilsner.

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Photo of IBUBrew
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bh123
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev +39.9%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Adjunct Lager from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced a nice white head, average retention, it did not produce any lacing on the glass. The aroma was very week, fresh with only a slight hint of grain. Base of grainy malt, this lager is light in body, clean with some bitter hop flavor. Produces a semi-dry finish. At 6.2% ALV, I would say its a cut above the macro brewed light lagers. Prost!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
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 javlin624
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lukafer
1.77/5  rDev -38.1%
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 milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of TwoTrees
3.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As many have said here, for the price point, this little lager is not bad and doesn't deserve your disdain.

Soft corn sweetness, soda like carbonation...it had a deeper malt feel than I expected. Tasty overall.

Are you going to break out your uber-special Teku for this? No. But it hits the spot if you're in the mood for something cheap and easy.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear, clean, light straw yellow. Three fingers of dense, white head developed but dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Adjunct grains, mostly corn. It's sweet with a faint floral character.

Taste: Simpler Times is surprisingly tasty despite the name, packaging, and price...not to mention appearance and smell. The sweetness from the smell is prominent, masking any kind of cheapness the corn might offer. The corn is still there, which is why BA recommends drinking it close to the freezing point.

Drinkability: They drank pretty well back in Simpler Times. I bet they pounded it down during those hardcore sessions of euchre and dominos. PHONE CHECK, HOMIE!

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Photo of whatthehull
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
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 conoraugustine
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of sitarist
2.11/5  rDev -26.2%
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 Blueribbon666
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.
Pours a straw yellow into my trusty dimpled mug with a good fingers worth of head that dissipates fairly quickly w/o lacing.
Smells of sweet cereal grains, mostly corn with a slight hop smell as well as the alcohol within'
Taste/mouthfeel the aforementioned sweet grains hit first followed by a bit of hop for a crisp, yet boozy finish with the 6.2% abv very much in evidence, and despite the finger's worth of head the carbonation was mild giving the beer a medium body that could definitely work one over in the heat or sessioning. Never saw the stuff before and for $2.99 for a sixer of cans @ Trader Joe's, where I always seem to find something interesting to try, and a pretty heavy abv for the price it's definitely worth the pick up. Overall not bad, in my notes I wrote, "Like a Yuengling, minus the skunk/funk; add sweetness, abv and a Charles Shaw price."

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Photo of robbyc1
3.52/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice buy at Trader Joe's, I believe it was $4 for a six pack, this beats the Big guys (Bud etc.) for sure.

Clear light straw with a 1 1/2 inch white head, dissapates in a minute or two.

Grassy, malty, and sweetness on the nose. Can't tell if it's an all malt or adjunct lager.

The taste underwhelms a bit, but has the good malty sweetness not over done.

A bit light and watery in the mouth, good carbonation, a little more body need to make it above average. Goes down well, especially for hot days in the sun, take this over any BMC. Good work Minhas.

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Photo of mpyle
3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App - pale gold color, brilliantly clear. Pours white head, moderate in size and with decent retention.

Aroma - Generally clean, a bit of a spicy/solventy aroma (almost seemed like alcohol). A bit of copper penny. Some malt, minimal hop.

Flav - Bland initially, but some solid hop bitterness kicks in midmouth. Finishes dry and slightly bitter, clean.

MF - Moderate carbonation and high carbonation. While not necessarily style inappropriate, the high carbonation is a bit astringent and detracts from the beer.

D'ability - slightly bland, but a clean and nicely bittered lager. A nice, big lawnmower beer for the money.

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Photo of Luigi
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 14 oz. pilsner glass

Pours out a clear light golden color with a fizzy white one half finger head. With decent lacing and retention to last through out the life of beer.

The aroma is light with cereal grains, soft sweet malt, and grassy hop.

The taste full of light cereal grain and honey sweet malt. I will assume that the alcohol plays a role in the mild sweetness. Either way the finish is smooth and clean, with only a bit of sweetness lingering. Refreshing

Light in body and moderately carbonated. Super easy to drink.

Overall this American lager is another example from Trader Joe's of a tasty example of an American style of lager. For the price yes i would buy again. Perfect for anything summer.

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Photo of ranger7
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 399 ratings
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