Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

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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

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Added by blackie on 10-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,235
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
298
pDev:
22.48%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of jzlyo
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Roberto11232
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of flokkki
4.11/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a european this is one of the few drinkable beers in the USA.
This beer is simple without weird flavors added after brewing.

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Photo of ilikepaleale
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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 real...at $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 +8.8%
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 +2.3%
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 BlueTomorrow
1.65/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

Photo of craigbelly
2.31/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mitchster
2.13/5  rDev -30.6%
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 -63.5%
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%
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 +25.7%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.1/5  rDev +33.6%
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 -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Stoutmaster9
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRock7755
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GeemBru
2.25/5  rDev -26.7%
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 -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of billab914
2.64/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CreightonSM
1.65/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of mynie
1.27/5  rDev -58.6%
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 einman
3.47/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
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