Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

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73
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286 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:
286
Reviews:
139
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
21.9%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of CreightonSM
1.65/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of mynie
1.27/5  rDev -58.5%
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 +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wrecknut
2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.4/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Miami66
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kirbyderby
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
2.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of papat444
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rpcarr17
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pkalix
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beachgrrl
1.7/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
2.23/5  rDev -27.1%
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 Bissel328
3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChipChaight
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zak333
3.31/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chicagoish
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
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
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep clear gold with a huge white head and poor retention and splotches of lace. Smells bready malt corn and apple skins.
Taste is light malt corn adjunct and apple skin. Some light grassy hop note on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation is adequete.
Overall not even close to a Pilsner more like a mid level AAL.
I would rather pay extra and have a PBR or spend even more and enjoy a real Pilsner.
If it weren't for the apple skin note this would have been an OK lager.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, don't see a date

yellow on color, clear. Mild grainy aroma. Taste is also mild , well balanced. Easy drinking. Thinner bodied, overall on style.

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Photo of peachy-tay
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
3.06 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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