Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

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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%
 
 
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6
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25
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Photo of bernardo06
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of BeerDocT
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been meaning to review a can of this baby for quite awhile. This is one beer I wished I hadn't told all my friends about. I was once able to grab a six of these for under $4, now my local TJ's can barely keep them in stock and they've jacked the price up almost a dollar! Ah, well, if this is what I have to deal with to keep the Simpler Times flowing, then so be it.

-Appearance 3.5: Deep golden color. Foamy, 1/4" head that quickly dissipated and left no residue. Still, better looking than your average macro.

-Smell 3.5: Interesting and appealing bouquet. I smell sweet malt and some adjuncts, probably corn and also rice. Also, there's a nice hop aroma in there, but it is restrained.

-Taste 4.0: Front is just cool liquid, no real taste. Middle is big on barley and slightly sweet and quickly transitioned into a long finish with hops creeping up the sides of the tongue. Then there was more barley and slight sweetness and smooth adjuncts in the middle of the palate. Very nice. Finish is long and filled with slight hops and some fruity esters. Again, very nice.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Pretty typical CO2 mouthfeel.

-Overall 3.5: I don't understand all the snob reviews for this beer. Yes it is cheap, yes it comes in a can and yes it is brewed with adjuncts, but so what? This is a very good beer and does not do all the nasty things to your system that many more expensive US macros are wont to do. One of my favorite "go to" session beers and it will not leave you with a bad hangover. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of RhodyNative
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of elNopalero
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured a clear golden straw with light foam that rapidly dissipates. There’s an aroma of cereal malts & corn, followed by … no hops to speak of. The flavor is musty & on the sweet side with some light bittering but not much other than carbonation to speak of. It has all that musty corn adjunct lager flavor with not as much of the nasty aftertaste as a Bud, as well as and a little more malt body. Still, pass. At least it’s cheap.

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Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mechtech
1.64/5  rDev -46.4%
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 kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
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 valkyre65
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of beerme626
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, piss-yellow with substantial head of creamy white carbonation. Thick but erratic lace.

Nose is grainy, malty, and borderline adjunct.

Tastes rich and malty/grainy, with a buttery toast character and only a slight hops presence. Nice body, and quite drinkable, though not one I'd pursue again, even at the Trader Joe's budget $3.99/6pk price.

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Photo of MathNut
1.25/5  rDev -59.2%

Photo of titusgroan
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you trader joe! 2nd time trying TJs Simpler Times - first time i thought i was crazy. simpler times indeed... this beer tastes like what i thought beer would taste like when my dad and friends were knocking them back way back when... this is what budweisenheimer etc should taste like... its so fresh and so clean but with a malty little snap. and the hops are there just popping up a bit to tell you HI... its more complex than the label lets on - each little sip hits a little different - and your taste buds dont get worn out like with a raging IPA or some such stuff (which is good but c'mon - it is summer in TX at the moment...) its just good easy drinkin beer... but inneresting enuff to keep you looking forward to the next sip... and the price is crazy - really this is better than many other beers for its style and i've had similar in the upper price rangers - and I WISH the big macros tasted like this... this stuff is GOOD BEER!!!! thank you trader joe!!! i'll drive to Ft Worth to stock up no problem!!! good stuff!!!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of pandatron
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of therealmattdamon
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of tfitzg2
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear light golden color with a big fluffy white head. The retention settles down to a thin blanket on top of the lager, but the lacing leaves thick rings around the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma has a soft sweet malt mixed with a grassy hop.

The first flavor to hit the palate would be the mild sweet malt. Hints of honey, and some soft cereal grains. Quickly there is a grassy hop bringing a bitterness and a balance to the brew.

Light and carbonated in body yet crisp and easy to drink.

Overall this American take on a German pilsener matches every characteristic of the style. Easy to drink and only $.67 a can or 3.99 a six pack. This is a bang for you buck kind of beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.61/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 12oz can.

Cool look to the can, nice color and font. Smell is sweet corn, grain, faint hops maybe. Taste is pale malt, bitter yet sweet. Reminiscent of Summit EPA, another favorite of mine. There are traces of corn, and the bitter presence of hops. Good taste for the cheap price, 'though there is an odd PBRish metallic/plastic taste that isn't altogether unpleasant but not great.

Surprisingly good for $3 a 6-pack.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Medium gold. Clear and bubbly. Short white soapy quickly fading head.

Smell - Faint corny malitiness.

Taste - Light pale malt. Vaguely sweet, but fairly watery. A little corny. Not noticing hops.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Not sure that I'd call this a pilsener. Would compare favorably to many macrobrews, but lacks any real interesting characteristics.

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Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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