Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

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73
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282 Ratings
Simpler Times PilsnerSimpler Times Pilsner
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by blackie on 10-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
282
Reviews:
138
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
21.9%
 
 
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6
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Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The taste is not too complex, but it is tasty beer! There is a nice bready taste to it and the alcohol hits nicely on the mouth. The name says it all: Simpler Times. That is exactly what it is, a great SIMPLE beer. One that I could easily drank many of them.
Best values on the market. It is a solid Pilsner at an unbeatable price. This beer tastes like what thought beer should taste like! It is is ver fresh and so clean but some a malty little snap. and the hops are there just popping.
It is more complex beer than the name . Each taste hits a little different. It is just good easy drinking beer. Also , it keep you looking forward to the next drank.
I wish the big breweries tasted like this one Great BEER!!!! Thank you trader joe! The two buck chuck of beer!

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.58/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3.99 for a 6er.... an excellent price, and much much much better than pretty much any other beer in this price range, other than Simple Times Lager, Nametag Lager (which are also sold at Trader Joe's) and Gold Mine Lager, which is sold at Whole Foods, which are all the same price, and all taste pretty much the same.

Look - nice dark gold, clear and bubbly

Smell - grainy, malty, a hint of overipe apple, some mild herbal hop

Taste - malty, sweet, slight grassy hops with a mildly bitter and clean finish

Mouthfeel - crisp and light, with a moderate amount of carbonation

Overall - an excellent brew, way better than pretty much any BMC cheapo beer, you can get. Tastes kinda like PBR, which I love, but more perceptible hops and a stronger flavor. I highly recommend and definitely will buy again.

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Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of titusgroan
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you trader joe! 2nd time trying TJs Simpler Times - first time i thought i was crazy. simpler times indeed... this beer tastes like what i thought beer would taste like when my dad and friends were knocking them back way back when... this is what budweisenheimer etc should taste like... its so fresh and so clean but with a malty little snap. and the hops are there just popping up a bit to tell you HI... its more complex than the label lets on - each little sip hits a little different - and your taste buds dont get worn out like with a raging IPA or some such stuff (which is good but c'mon - it is summer in TX at the moment...) its just good easy drinkin beer... but inneresting enuff to keep you looking forward to the next sip... and the price is crazy - really this is better than many other beers for its style and i've had similar in the upper price rangers - and I WISH the big macros tasted like this... this stuff is GOOD BEER!!!! thank you trader joe!!! i'll drive to Ft Worth to stock up no problem!!! good stuff!!!

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Photo of TastyMcBeerson
4.31/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my first review, so here is my amateur experience:
Purchased from Trader Joe's in Midtown Atlanta for $3.99 for a six pack.... My expectations were pretty low. I've been a fan of IPAs and the like, and my only Pilsner experience has been w/ either Pilsner Urquell or Miller Lite, if those count...
Beer at Trader Joe's is not refrigerated, so the first one I drank was room-temp.... Surprisingly, it was better than even an ice-cold <cheap> macro-brew. No macros, that I know of, are available at this price point.
Serving - Can, poured directly into mouth
Appearance - Didn't get a good look at it, but it appears slightly darker than a macro
Smell - Reminiscent of apple juice; not the typical makes-me-want-to-gag macro smell of adjuncts
Taste - Very good! It's not heavy or too complex, but pleasant and very drinkable... It is better cold than off the shelf....To be less general, it does seem to have the above mentioned apple juice notes. No lingering aftertaste or gross burp flavors.
Mouthfeel - It does have some body, and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not in a bad way...
Overall - I would recommend this brew to anyone who appreciates a flavorful non-macro beer that isn't too full of itself. Also, it's Vegan, which is interesting

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Photo of HBeezley
4.29/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a personal rule: when beer comes in a can (except for dale's pale ale) you must drink it in a can!

With that said, This beer really surprised me! The appearance may not be accurate, but honestly, who needs appearance with a beer called "Simpler Times"?

I had very low expectations for simpler times. As an employee at Trader Joe's, I always saw this beer and thought that it couldn't be anything too special. It's bland-looking and cheap, how good could it be?
BUT, this pilsner is not bad at all! Worth all three dollars invested into a six-pack!

The tatse is not complex, but it is tasty! There is a nice bready-ness to it and the alcohol hits nicely on the tounge. Of course, the name does it justice: Simpler Times. And That is exactly what it is, a great SIMPLE beer. One that I could easily make a night out of.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of lou50rp
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of DOCRW
4.24/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When taken into account the price, $4 and 6 pack at Trader Joe's it's a real bargin! I'm really impressed with it and I am a BJCP beer judge. The low score is off when you really look at the bros rating of 90.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.19/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. This Pils poured a clear golden color. The aroma consisted of husked malt and lemongrass. Light in body, this Pilsner had a foundation of malted grain, a husky bite that brings a nice level of complexity to a traditional style. Here is 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. If your going to serve a Pilsner on a hot summer day, check this one out your pallet and your wallet will be glad you did!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours leaving a decently thick head that doesn't stick around long. The color is a bright gold, with superb clarity. Carbonation bubbles arise slow and steady from the bottom. The nose is very expected for the style, it has a nice bready malt scent, low hoppiness. It's very clean and appealing.

The taste is quite nice. For $3 a sixer I was expecting an inferior product, but this is a solid Pilsener with no off flavors. Light, biscuity malt sweetness dominates, the finish is slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. I would prefer some more hop character here but that's just my liking. Overall it's clean and refreshing as it should be, without tasting too light or watered down. Has appropriate carbonation and body for style.

This beer might be one of the best values on the market. I can't believe I waited so long to finally try this, it's a solid Pils at an unbeatable price...

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.1/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm grading this based on what it is, not on how it compares to other beers.

As an American Adjunct Lager that makes no bones about what it is (even the name of "Simpler Times" in basic lettering) and the "Simpler Times" pricing of $3.99 a six pack, this is pretty damn good.

It tastes like a BMC, sweet corn, clear yellow, white head that quickly dissipates... all in all though, this is exactily what BMC should be: Simple and cheap. I can't imagine how anyone would buy this beer expecting the slightest bit of complexity... I don't know how a brewery can make it more clear that this is just cheap beer.

Will buy again, probably a case, for the next time I BBQ,

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

It's great to see Retro Lagers become more widely available--you know all of the hipsters are happy to see this.

Filtered clarity shows off the pale golden color. The aroma is a little dusty from the mild husky character of the malt; hint of spicy lemony hop in the back. Fluffy crispness, light bodied with a hint of residual dextrin in the body, so it's not too light. Simple, one-way malt flavor is pleasant and clean, with perhaps just a quick sting of husk in the middle. Hops drop a thin but sharp bitterness that does its job to balance the malt. Faint metallic salt taste fades quickly in the clean, dry, grainy finish.

Solid all around, everything you want in a Retro Lager--drinkability, clean palate and just enough flavor to be different from the mainstream. A fun, no-brainer beer that is perfect for a few rounds of slop cricket.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +30.7%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Sazz9
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.99/6er... thats the best deal for a more than decent Pils. Love this beer. I have passed it up so many times, and now it will be my go to for when having non-craft beer drinking friends over.

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Photo of pgofman
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of irs
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of bernardo06
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of shortkut
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Taylor1989
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Stothep
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You pretentious jerks need to get past the price of this beer and realize that just because you not getting ripped off doesn't mean it can't be good I'd bet the farm that if I put this beer in front of you in some foolish glass and told you it was from a brewery in Germany and cost $4 a bottle you simple minded fool would be creaming all over it this is a solid brew for an unbelievable price

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Photo of RhodyNative
4/5  rDev +30.7%

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
3.06 out of 5 based on 282 ratings.
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