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Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

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288 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by blackie on 10-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,234
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
288
pDev:
22.4%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Photo of cb500rider
1.12/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst beer I’ve ever had. $3.99 at Trader Joes and that’s STILL way too much. I can’t decide if the flavor is cloves or citronella. Either way, disgusting! Stay away from this poison. Dumping the other five down the sink.

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Photo of billslingos
1.29/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Possibly the worst beer I have ever tasted. Mind you, I have been sampling beers, including pilsners, for more than five decades.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Purchased a 6 pack for $3.49 at Trader Joes. Poured a cloudy yellow to amber, but I realized the clouds were bubbles flowing up from the glass. Great head that stayed with it and lace that stayed like it was part of the glass. Smelled like a bit of a fruit note with grain, slight gumball. Moderate creaminess otherwise watery in the swallow. Not as dry as some pils. Light fruit with slight bitterness and pleasant grain overtones but a little cooked grain in the back. This is a cheap pilsner? Well, yes, it doesn't have some of the things a pils fresh from the tap has...but for the money...I'd get this again.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with thick frothy quickly fading head and golden color. Light and refreshing pilsner. Good value!

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- Looks about as average as we are. Light amber. Small head.
S - Smells like beer. Wheat, and stale bread.
T - Mildly Bitter.
F - Smooth, low carbonation.
O - Average, tasteful for the price. 75 cents @ Trader Joes.

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3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRock7755
3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GeemBru
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It' a shame that my first review of a beer is this one. I bought both Simpler Times lager and pilsener. The lager is good and will get a review at a later date. The pilsner has a nice golden color and smells like a pilsener but tastes like water at the beginning of each sip and has a horrible aftertaste (sour apple). It doesn't taste like any pilsener I've ever had.

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Photo of JThor80
2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of billab914
2.64/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CreightonSM
1.65/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of mynie
1.27/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I saw this was given an okay placement in a few "American Adjuncts: Ranked" lists, and that some of the more well-known beersmen on this site said it was totally decent. Woah, I gasped, has Minhas turned a corner? Since single cans were cheap at Trader Joes, I tossed one in the cart.

Two theories:
1. They sent out a beer for review that was not the one available in stores (which is totally plausible considering their business practices).
2. People have begun to like beer that tastes vaguely of citronella oil.

Or, most people don't really review the beers they purport to review, and many who do are more swayed by branding and a dumbass quest for authenticity than anything else, so while they piss upon totally decent beers like Coors Banquet, they mindlessly give an okay score to a beer like this one, which has some street cred but is very badly brewed.

I dunno.

I do know, however, that this reeks of Minhas' trademark "bugspray" aroma and flavor. It's an off node quite unlike any other. It's not as intense here as it is in their Shergill IPA (which is the worst beer I have ever had). But it's still the beer's defining characteristic. That is, it tastes like a product that's dangerous to consume.

Not just badly brewed, but revolting. A true horrorshow.

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3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.4/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Miami66
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.52/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.04/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 288 ratings
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