Simpler Times Pilsner
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German Pilsner
Ranked #747
Ranked #47,307
3.12 | pDev: 22.12%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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Photo of beersampler6
2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not very good and the weird yeast reminded me of the other Minhas beer I just tried. No date on can. Actually looks good, slightly darker golden color with a nice cap of white head and some scant rings of clinging lingering lacing. Strong aromas of that weird yeast again, also some malt and grain and corn. Barely any hops. Taste follows the nose and I just can’t get over the yeast predominance. Maybe some corn and malt in the background. Why is it like this? Thin mouthfeel and carbonation quickly faded away to almost flatness within less than 5 minutes. Pass.

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Photo of alcoholicarrogance
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Compared to other beers, it's not great. But for its price, it's really good. It tastes better than most adjunct lagers and mass-produced pilsners out there (like Coors Light or Budweiser) because it has some hoppiness and a slightly bitter biscuity-ness that give it a nice flavorful touch to a basic beer, whereas other adjunct lagers and highly mass-produced beers have little or no flavor and taste like water or urine water. But if you compare this to more "craft" brewers, the flavor just isn't as good. Rising Tide's Back Cove pilsner, for an example, is exceptional and would blow this out of the water any day. But a four pack of 16 oz Back Cove cans is on average $12 where Simper Times Pilsner is 75 cents a 12 oz can, or about $5 a 6 pack. For the price, you cannot beat Simpler Times Pilsner. Because of this, I've rated it a little higher than I would've if only considering taste. If I was hard up on cash, I'd go to this beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.72/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light caramel copper color, Poor head retention, just a thin ring and no lacing.

Fruity, spicy and a weird, signature metallic/chemical off-smell from Minhas brewery yeast

Actually not terrible for the price. Kinda sweet, some hop flavors in there, some garbagey flavors too.

OK. Light, fizzy, a bit rough. But not too terrible.

This is not any kind of pilsner, the people who make this shit are dumb asses (yes, they make "Good Ass" beer, so we know they are Asses) .
It is marginally drinkable for the price, but why bother? Pass! and Shame on Trader Joes for peddling this fake, idiotic GARBAGE.

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Photo of defunksta
3.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark copper color with a slightly off-white follicular and bumpy head. SRM of 15.5 (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of banana and red apple. A little bit of roasted cherry and fig. Slight bread. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavors follow the nose with lots of banana and dark fruit. Leads with banana, followed by red apple and grape, ends with a slight dark fruit, cherry, and fig flavor. Leans sweet on the finish with flavors of dark fruit. The alcohol is detectable. Yet, overall the flavors are light and comparable with a pilsner. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. Crisp and light, but leans with some sweetness and a slight dark fruit bitterness on the palate. (3.50)

Overall: Just like the Simpler Times Lager, this one is completely different. It has strong banana and dark fruit flavors. It's like a German wheat meets an American Amber, but with the body of a pilsner. Great flavors, but for a pilsner, the flavors completely miss the mark and thus the lower rating (Final Rating: 3.54)

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Photo of Dnmindifido
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

People have got this beer all wrong. It’s not supposed to taste like “Miller Lite”. It actually drinks like a real beer. Unlike American Adjuncts it has malt and hop notes that are noticeable and it pours with a thick foamy head. It’s worth 3.99...wouldn’t pay more for it but I can respect this beer at that price point.

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Photo of BJDUCHENe
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Read many of the reviews about this beer here. Everyone tried to jam their review into it being a pilsner. When I tasted the first one, the first thing that came to my mind was this was a mis-canned filtered hefeweizen or a malty sour brewed by my local microbrewery that specializes in them. It must have wheat in the mash to be this sour and funky. If you review it as a wheat beer it is actually pretty good with a bunch of interesting esters. As a pilsner it is just weird. I really like the color, mouth feel, hop load. Just a weird flavor I did not expect. Might meed to throw a lemon or orange slice in the next one. As some one said I have had worse beers at 2X the price so will definitely finish it. No real comparison to Millet Lite. This beer is way off the pilsner path.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Deep gold, almost amber, with plenty of bubbles and 1.5 fingers of foamy white head.

Smell: Sweet malt, bright but not bitter hops, a distinct spiciness.

Taste: A strange, slightly sour flavor. Malt and mildly bitter hops are present just below the surface, but it almost tastes like it had gone off if I hadn't poured it from a new can.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than average, with a bit of carbonation.

Overall: Not good. I don't get why it tastes so sour for a pilsner.

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Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, sample purchased at Trader Joe's.

What do you expect for $3.49 a six pack? Nothing great but still a pretty drinkable, yet slightly rough for the first sip, American Pils. They value is there and there are many "craft" brewers that attempt lagers and don't even come close to this. Make sure this is served extra cold and knock them back quick.

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Photo of steve-b
2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I came here to dispel the theory that this is better than Miler Lite, as someone else suggested. This beer sucks. For 3.99 or whatever it is, yeah its a decent value but you get what you pay for. Make sure its really cold before you drink, so as to lose the harsh bite you'd get otherwise. But no, Id trade this beer for a Miller Lite in a second.

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Photo of Germanexpat
1.62/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Bought in cans at TJ's. I signed up for BA because I want to tell the world how bad my experience with this beer was. Poured nicely into a Pilsner glass, head was well developed as it should be for a Pils. Color much darker than expected. Doesn't smell like a German Pils or a Stella at all. Taste is not at all Pilsner, with dominant notes of burnt something and missing the crisp bitterness of a Pils. I might prefer a cheap American Lager over this one but I don't drink those either except in an emergency.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.24/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pale malts/grains and a hint of Worcester sauce/spaghetti os. The flavor is pale malts/grains, mild fruit and a mild/medium sweet/smooth finish.

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Photo of ilikepaleale
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

OK...obviously it's ridiculous to rate color, nose, head, blah, blah, blah with a beer such as this, but let's get $3.99 a sixer at Trader Joe's, and a nice 5.5% ABV this is a killer deal and it tastes way better than Miller Lite (which I happen to like in a pinch). I've had worse beers at twice the price. Look - who cares, Smell - who cares, Taste - decent enough, Feel - who cares or knows, Overall - based on price to value a solid 5.

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Photo of daybreaker
3.34/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For what this beer is, it's great value. Here in New Orleans, we have plenty of occasions that call for drinking plenty of beer: crawfish boils, football tailgating, music festivals, parades, etc... PBR used to be my go to "cheap" beer for the combination of price and taste.

But now that we have a Trader Joe's, I can get this beer for $3.49/6pk, *and* it tastes better than PBR to me. I definitely have a new go to "cheap" beer when I'm looking for quantity over quality.

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Photo of Crackblind
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Is it a good beer? No. Is it a shit beer? No. Did it serve its purpose? Absolutely!

And what purpose was that? My wonderful wife got me a showerbeer caddy for Valentine's Day (basically a 3D printed cup holder with a suction cup on it). After I put it up, she was a little leery of trusting it with a bottle. We were in Trader Joe's and I saw a six pack of Simpler Times Pilsner for less than $4, definitely a reasonable price to test the caddy out with multiple trials. It held!! And that's a very successful use of this pilsner.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.13/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bought a single 12oz can at Trader Joes for like $0.59. 5.5% ABV. I went to the website to procure some information and I was amused with a huge "variety" of market driven/cost effective (shall we say crap?) contract brews with generic "craft beer" wannabe packaging.
Pours out to a limpid yet clear pale copper, forming a small head which quickly recedes into a scum of bubbles, no lacing. Aroma of apple juice, grape juice and bug spray. No hop nose, no yeast character, no malt character. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Taste is of a nondescript "I fermented something?" flavor. There is some toasty/bready malt character (shouldn't be in a pils), and a medium bitterness with flavor of copper pennies and dilute bitter apple juice. Toasty/Fruity pils anyone?

This is just atrocious as a pils, but does constitute something that -some people- might call beer. I always wondered what beer tasted like in the Renaissiance. Now I know!

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Photo of cb500rider
1.12/5  rDev -64.1%
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 Ricochet
3.86/5  rDev +23.7%
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 AverageJoeReviewers
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of GeemBru
2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
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 mynie
1.27/5  rDev -59.3%
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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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

first off just wanna say that a sixer of this is less than $5

appearace is golden and translucent, thin head recedes quickly with no lacing left behind.

nose is malts and the taste is similar. finishes with a light grassy note. mouthfeel is pretty nice, good carbonation. crisp and refreshing

overall this beer is pretty good for what it is. a dirt cheap easy drinker. so yeah i wouldnt seek this out if I have over $5... but I also wouldnt pass one up on a hot day.

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2.23/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Had this just after Thanksgiving at a family party. Never seen it before, so when I saw the cooler, I grabbed one. I wasn't all that impressed. Felt and tasted very light, not very memorable. Didn't have a real distinguishable smell either. Overall impression was very lackluster.

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Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, pale-golden color with a thin, fizzy, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel and grasses. Malty and sweet with caramel and very little bitterness.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a can of this German Pilsener bought on the cheap from Trader Joes into a pint glass.

Clear golden color. With a thick rocky head.
The aroma consisted of husked malt and lemongrass. Just a touch of citric bittering hops that round out the swallow. Finish is dry. Overall, a nice brew and an excellent buy at 1.00 a can at Trader Joes. Wish I would have bought more on my trip. Can't get it in Penna.

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Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep clear gold with a huge white head and poor retention and splotches of lace. Smells bready malt and apple skins.
Taste is light bread crust malt Some light grassy hop note on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation is adequete. Finish very lightly dry and bitter.
Overall like a generic German Pils. From a 12 ounce can and much improved over the last can I tried in 2015. Edited 2/02/2019.

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 318 ratings