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 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:
390
Reviews:
207
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
24.66%
 
 
Wants:
10
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61
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Photo of illidurit
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Clear gold color with a nice white head albeit fizzy. Cereal grainy aroma with some generic sweetness. Flavor is grainy with banana and corn syrup. Very light, easy to pound. Cheap as hell, so I guess it is a decent alternative to macro swill or maybe it could be a summer barbecue beer but nothing I would ever really seek out.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Canned beer still has too many myths tied around it: Sure, craft brewers are canning, but the typical lager in a can has been shunned by the new emerging beer snob.

Crystal-clear golden color, decent enough head retention to last the duration of this session. Not much to the aroma; very clean with only a hint of cereal. Very crisp and light bodied. Right off, the crispness is in the hop bitterness, which aims all of its sharpness at the malt. The malt comes off grainy but clean; grassy with a hint of animal feed grain and cereal grain. Faintly nutty and husky; clean and dry palate throughout. Small breath of alcohol. Dry almost all the way with a linger of the alcohol and cereal grain on the tongue.

Pedestrian? Sure, but that is what the style calls for, and where Minhas lands with its beer. Good balance, and just enough in the aftertaste to know you want more. We dig this beer. Even though it's 6.2-percent ABV, we'll tag it as a session lager LOL. We envision a pitcher of this beer and a plate of chili-filled nachos grande.

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Photo of Lovely85
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Reidrover
2.97/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simpler Times..apprently had simpler beers. It's not bad, bit on the sweet side and not too much artificial flavours. Its just a "beer" what else can I say?
Its reasonably priced and a nice BBQ/grill out choice .
I wouldnt buy it for my own consumption but wouldnt turn my nose up either.

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Photo of shoegueuze
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An alright brew. Good price.

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Photo of blackie
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pretty sure this is a TJ exclusive

a: pilsner glass, big noisy white head that recedes slowly, golden colored beer

s: pale malt and sweet adjuncts, the anticipated vegetal DMS, old hops give a touch of spice, pretty typical of the style

m: light-medium carbonation and body

t: pale malts and an adjunct (corn?) type sweetness, doesn't seem so bad initially but the off flavors really start to build and linger in the finish, DMS present in excess, probably some higher alcohols, not so good

d: not horrid but certainly not something I'd recommend

single can from Trader Joe's Reston, something like $0.67

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Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.46/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Spaceman_Jer
2.99/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3.27/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Let Us All Praise Trader Joe's.
No one gives usa decent beer at a better price.
Simpler Times Looks like a lager should. Smell is very undistinguished, only hints of malt.
Tastes a bit better as malts are nicely bittered to balance.
Feel is somehow off... some prolonged dryness from hops, I presume.
Overall? First, it went well with polenta and tomato...a positive as I prefer blonde Belgians as companion. Second, Simpler Times gets high points for value. If I paid this little for a nice beer, it was in the previous Century and before the craft movement made a fetish of premium pricing.

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Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HardyA
2.2/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.97/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - grainy with light grassy hops in the background.

T - mostly sweet grainy taste with just a hint of bitterness towards the finish.

F - medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O - just another average AAL.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, drinkable needs to be really cold.

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Photo of Moose90
2.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden hay color with a white, 2 finger head. Average retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Sweet and fruity; tart apple and sugar, mostly. Hints of grain and, buried deep, the faintest note of alcohol.

Taste - A jumbled mess of malt and sugar; subtle, faded green apple candy character. Faint hints of grain. Virtually no hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and sticky. Moderate carbonation. Where's the light, clean crispness of a lager?

Overall - Minhas delivers another malt liquor in disguise, this time as a lager. I didn't expect much out of a beer that costs roughly 60 cents per can, so I can't say I'm disappointed, only that I got what I paid for. Maybe a decent beer with which to play beer pong?

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shopping yesterday at Trader Joe's, found a lonely can on the 'singles' shelf. Priced at just $4.59/6-pack, the can was just 67 cents, worth a try IMO. 12 oz. poured to a pint glass.

A: Fairly typical, golden lager, perhaps a little deeper/richer than most. Pretty good carbonation, a number of random streams. Decent head, a fizzy 1/2 finger of whiteness, dissolving to a thin film and then a creamy ring. No lace.

S: Corn pop sweetness, pretty sugary. A little perfumed flower, honey-like. Pretty average, but not bad.

T: Rather sweet, but not overbearing. Enough peppery bittering to give balance and actually one of the most flavorful examples I can recall tasting of the style. I get a little wheaty spice, bubblegum and clove(?) - huh, wonder what yeast this is?

M: A bit heavier mouthfeel, due to a slightly higher alcohol level undoubtedly. Exceedingly smooth, with a vague carbonation prickle. Finishes rather sweet, trailing spices.

A: Pretty tasty, all in all. Wouldn't mind having this again - a good option for the budget-conscious macro-drinker.

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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 yemenmocha
2.64/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Sweet" tasting breakfast cereal taste is something I just can't get past in this beer. It's like someone put a semi-sugary cereal into the beer somehow, and it has entirely taken over. Pale gold in appearance, thin white head. Minimal nose, with some light cooked corn. Finish is sweet and cereal-like.

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Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -31.5%

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

Grabbed a six pack of these at Trader Joe's for less than $4, figured I'd give it a shot.

Pours a bright and crystal clear gold color with a faint white head.

Faint nose, some sweetness, and not much else.

Taste is sweet, a little bit bready, grainy, and with a slight corn like flavor. Finish is crisp, with a mineral water like crispness.

Mouthfeel is quite thick, too much so for my liking. Kind of feels like a malt liquor.

Drinkability is ok, but this is a miss. To heavy feeling and tasting to be one I'd want to have again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well-filtered straw-golden in color, with a head that looks like the first snow of the season--ultra-white and loosely packed. It stays fluffy for quite awhile, thanks to the multitude of never ending bubbles feeding it.

Aroma-wise this leans on the sweet side of things; flowery; lemon water; Corn Pops cereal. Clean and, well, simple...just like the can says. Thankfully, there's nothing wretched happening, as with so many others in the category.

There's a sweet fruity taste at the front of the sip, reminding of a juicy pear, but it yields quickly to a crisper, more bitter hops character, along with a lightly tart lemon-ness. Bready/grainy, like fresh-baked white bread. Mildly astringent bitterness lingers in the finish. Also some Juicy Fruit brand gum in the finish, which I also detected in their Red Oval lager yesterday. Hmm...

Mouthfeel is creamier than expected, balancing a round, slippery texture with the tickling bubbles.

What can you say about a brewery that currently has seven "Amercian Adjunct Lager"s in rotation...and 4 malt liquors!? Lots of negative stuff, surely, but you have to admire their commitment. And this is surprisingly decent stuff, easy to drink, if entirely lacking in depth, and without any kind of walloping flavor. There is room in the world for this kind of thing after all...

[thanks to bruthaman mnwags for this!]

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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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Simpler Times Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.92 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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