Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

Simpler Times PilsnerSimpler Times Pilsner
BA SCORE
16.1%
Liked This Beer
3.09 w/ 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
Ranking:
#43,064
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
286
Liked:
46
Avg:
3.09/5
pDev:
21.68%
Alströms:
4
 
 
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6
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25
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Mixed six from Trader Joe's in Tally. Drank in the hotel room while up there visiting FSU for Hadley.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Simpler times is a brand sold at Trader Joe's for $3.49 a 6-pack. An ale, a lager, and a pilsner are all offered, reviewed here is the pilsner. The pilsner pours a pale golden color, darker than straw, about the same as a Budweiser, with a nice soapy head and some satisfying lacing on the glass. A very pleasing aroma; sweet malts, grassiness, and a slightly metallic scent. The taste is very appealing, a soft graininess, cereal, sweet grass, some herbal and mineral tastes show up in the finish. I feel like this may come from the varieties of hops used and they fit nicely in the profile. A sip sits nicely in the mouth with a medium-thin body and a nice level of carbonation that doesnt over-do it. This is not a complex brew by any means, but it's more pleasant and drinkable than you would expect. A drawback is the sweetness that become somewhat cloying after several beers, but It's become my everyday session beer based on its price, availability and drinkability.

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Appearance Pale gold, with a moderate head and spare lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, corn, and a hint of spice.

Taste: Corn, sweet malts, a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Another of the Trader Joe's bargain brands, it's much better than their Name Tag, but I prefer the tasty Simpler Times Lager. If you're looking for a cheap six pack of beer, it's hard to beat. Much better than any of the macro brews on the market.

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At 3.49 a sixer, what do I have to lose?

A: Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Fairly aggressive (too aggressive) pour leads to three fingers khaki head. Head is fairly light bodied and dissipates somewhat quickly. Beer itself is a couple shades darker than your standard BMC straw yellow. Clarity is still good, and carbonation is lively. Lacing is minimal.

S: Husked grain and dirty straw. Malt sweetness involved. However, does seem to be missing that corn flake element so dominant in AAL's. Bit of herbal spiciness from the hops in there as well. Still strikes me as being mass produced ala six row barley and extracts.

T: Tastes similar to that as well. Fairly subdued, crackery malt, with a shot of herbal bitterness interjected before things get flabby. Finishes dry, with a decent level of hop bitterness. Distinct sourness in the aftertaste I usually associate with Euro Pale Lagers. Almost like the rind of a granny smith apple.

M: Light bodied. The carbonation is subdued for the style. Again, more along the lines of the Euro Pale than the AAL.

O: Better than most macrobrews for literally half the price. I'll take it.

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 16.1% out of 100 with 286 ratings
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