Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Simpler Times PilsnerSimpler Times Pilsner

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by blackie on 10-12-2008

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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of chrisp1090
1/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of ssgunbond
1/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of RonJensen
1/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nothing special here. This is not a German Pilsener. I don't trust Minhas Craft Brewery with any of their beers.

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Photo of jonstep
1/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of Treath
1.03/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

**Beware: This beer gives instant headaches.**

A- Upon opening and pouring into a glass mug, this beer looks yellow with some head that disappears.

S- The smell is of tin and cheap beer.

T- Terrible. First, you taste a bittersweet taste (cheap) and then all of a sudden it turns into a nasty bitter metal chalky taste which lingers for a long time.

M- Bubbly and thin.

Overall- Not worth the $2.99, I rather drain pour this beer than give it to someone.
I got a headache from it in about 15 minutes.
This is a very unpleasant beer to drink. Never again.

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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 dcook11
1.18/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Looks good in my pils glass. Nice large creamy head nice carbonation. Pale yellow in color, with a nice lacing on the side. The head does fade quite quickly, but the lacing remains,

S-Smells bad. Maybe I got a bad bottle but smells like cardboard. awful.

T-Terrible, almost to the point of being undrinkible.


D- above.

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Photo of MathNut
1.25/5  rDev -59.3%

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 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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1.5/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of mechtech
1.64/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Canned from Trader Joes.

I bought Simpler times Pilsner hoping for a decent cheap beer. My cheap beer of choice is Yuengling, and while I didn't expect anything better, I was hoping for something better than BMC offerings/PBR, but... unfortunately didn't get it.

Appearance - Light/medium, very yellow. Nice fluffy head, very light small bubbles like a wheat beer.

Smell - sweet, citrus

Taste - sweetness, banana, fake butter, citrus, alcohol, metallic bitterness, acidity, and more sweetness to finish.

Overall - Very hard to finish... pretty poor. I'd take a coors light over it, there're just too many off flavors to even remotely enjoy it. It tastes very corn forward, but there's no "crackery" backend to provide back to the sweetness.

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

Photo of IntriqKen
1.69/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$2.99 a 6'r at Trader Joe's was worth a shot for one of my favorite summer styles.

Pours a golden crystal clear yellow with a half finger white head of loose bubbles that melt too quickly to a faint ring. Intermittent streams of occasional carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma seems to be all about corn and butter. Incredibly buttery aroma. Only slight breadiness and I can't find the hops at all.

Butter isn't as strong in the taste but the corn is still there as the predominant grain. Burst of lemon hits before you swallow and fortunately lingers a bit to clean out the butter.

I can't say a lot for this beer because it really isn't very complex. Just disappointing. Hard to call it a German Pilsner...more like an American adjunct gone bad or poorly brewed.

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Photo of beachgrrl
1.7/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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1.75/5  rDev -43%

Photo of vacax
1.78/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$2.99 for a six pack of cans. I am tempted to review this as an American Adjunct Lager instead of a Pilsener due to its lack of quality, but have decided to review it as it is labelled. After viewing the website it would appear that there is another beer just labelled a "Lager" so I will review this as a Pilsener, after all Minha calls itself a Craft Brewery.

Pours golden with limited cloudiness, generous two-finger head that is thick and pillowy. In fact, it is too pillowy, it reminds me of hops extracts in a cheap beer, not an appetizing lager. Only a bit of lace.

Smells of sweet corn, some musty old corn, and a some metallic notes. Full of off notes, but interestingly bright. Taste is mild at first, sweet then a smooth corn and pea flavor. Some metallic then a big plastic finish. Finishes with slight bitterness and some metal, which could be a lot worse. This tastes like a cheap lager, but sweeter than most, which adds its own little twist. No positive hint of hops at all. If you like your malt liquor with a packet of sugar in it, check this out. Light to medium body with high carbonation.

This may only be $2.99, but it is not worth drinking. I had to try it out of curiousity, but I am surprised Trader Joe stocks such a lame beverage. Terrible beer.

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2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of JThor80
2.05/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz aluminum can served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. Acquired at the Culver City Trader Joe's a few hours ago. Six pack ran me $3.49 - that's just over 1 cent more per beer than budweiser costs at the local Superior, making this the cheapest non-BMC beer in the LA area - at least that I'm aware of. Reviewed live. Expectations are as low as can be. That said, I've had some surprisingly good brews from auld Trader Joe's.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food.

Opened clean, with no liquid shooting out or anything.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of some cream, average thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear bright yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not horribly appealing, but it's average for the style.

Sm: Straw. Hints of crystal malt. Stale barley. A light aroma. Quite a turn-off, but it could be worse (see Budweiser Chelada).

T: Some nice cream on the open. Probably its best attribute is a light buttery quality. Stale barley and surprisingly full-bodied clean generic pilsner malt comprise the foundation. But that's all there is: foundation. There's nothing really on top of it. Maybe a dash of hops. Clean and bland. No subtlety at all here. No complexity to speak of. Meh.

Mf: Clean, smooth, thin, and slightly overcarbonated. Hardly complements the flavours, but it doesn't run against them either.

Dr: Drinkable but very bland and boring. Would make a decent beer pong brew for frat boys, if you're into that. I probably will be buying this again given its price and my current poverty. That said, I'd never recommend it to friends. Might pair decently with spicy thai food or something. I've certainly had worse.

A horrible candidate for aging.


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Photo of Offa
2.06/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is drinkable, but barely, and less than ok, with the smell and taste a little off and heavy without corresponding character, so it even lacks the clean, crisp, or refreshing qualities that are some of the strengths of a basic lager or pilsner.

Fairly deep gold, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a lasting, wispy foamy top and leaving a little lace. It looks pretty good.

The aroma is fruity grain, musty old apples, grass, a hint of clean sweat and sulphur. It's mostly an ok basic lager smell, but a little unpleasantly funky.

The taste is similar, mostly a decent pale lager with fruity grain plus noticeable hops, mostly grassy. It starts somewhat sweet before a more bitter finish, but it's all a little off. It has an odd, light, faintly acrid, cooked vegetable-old-grass-burnt butter quality that I have encountered in sub-par lagers sometimes, and this taste and the bitterness are a bit rough and faintly unpleasant. However, these qualities do not detract too much and overall it's still basically drinkable. It's not terrible, but it almost is.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear straw color with almost no head whatsoever. Smells only of sweet adjuncts mostly corn. Not much malt presence in the nose. First sip is bland cereal and just a tad of hop bitterness. Not much positive aspects in this one. Simpler Times needs more complexity.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
2.13/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up at TJ in Arroyo Grande.

Poured a nice golden hue in a 12 oz pils glass. Foam dissipated quite fast, left no lacing. Missing the aroma hops that one may expect from a pilsner. Smells of malt, corn & biscuit. On second pour decent foam, which means my glass may have been not properly cleaned. Still fast dissipation thereafter.

Taste is quite boring. Good carbonation, decent hoppage but certainly not enough to save this. Much too malty for a pilsner - missing that clean, crispness that one might expect. Tastes thin despite labeled 5.5% ABV. as it tastes around 4.5%. This tastes like a macro attempt at pilsner craft beer.

I gues for $4.99 I shouldn't expect any better - I was just hoping that TJs quality standards might help - to no avail. I will try to pawn the rest off on the neighbors - quite dissapointing.

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
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