Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

Simpler Times PilsnerSimpler Times Pilsner
Liked This Beer
3.09 w/ 286 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by blackie on 10-12-2008

View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of Rast
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of BAsbill
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of drsarver
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of gory4d
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of shawnohall
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ssgunbond
1/5  rDev -67.6%

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Mixed six from Trader Joe's in Tally. Drank in the hotel room while up there visiting FSU for Hadley.

102 characters

Photo of cnbrown313
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

 974 characters

Photo of WizzardOfHops
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of PhotoMattT
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of irs
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Khutso
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

 478 characters

Photo of zaptone
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of JSchock7
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Wedcat
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -67.6%

Photo of McStagger
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,141 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.