Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

282 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

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Added by blackie on 10-12-2008

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

I'm not sure if this is a German Style Pilsner. I think this is more of an American Pre-Prohibition style Pilsner. The use of adjuncts is present as which it should be with an American Pilsner. The color, aroma, body and hop character are where they should be for this style. I don't see that it's that bad of a beer. If I were offered Bud, Miller, Coors or any other macro-brew and this I would choose this all day long. I like my PBR and I would have to add this along side of my PBR as an after yard beer.

For 3.99 I'm not sure as why some people are bashing it. What did you really expect for 3.99? I mean really....It's 3.99 for 6 beers. Find that in any bar or pub. Anyway....It's an easy drinker that actually has some flavor compared to most cheapsters in a can. I'm not goanna fluff up the review with a bunch of adjectives either. Find a Trader Joes and pick up a 6-er. If you don't like it hand it out as a courtesy beer for those that show up and never bring anything.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of jlindros
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rudzud for supplying this interesting beer that I can have a fun review with.

As it gushes out of the can in spurts, it forces a fluffy pillowy 1 finger head to rise up out of the glass, and fades at a medium pace leaving a huge messy lacing that looks like the head threw up on the sides of the glass, and leaves a... dare I say, Belgian looking fluffy head covering. The beer itself is a semi clear chill hazed golden yellow colored, that is actually fairly hazy.

Nose is like a 12 year old tried to make a pilsner, yeah there's faint hints of straw, and it tickles a slight aroma section of my brain that makes me thing of lager, but just falls about 10 miles short in the marathon of pilsners. malts come in flat and light, with a bit of pilsner malt and cracked straw but just a hint of aromatic like malt. Bit it gets a bit weird, like straw sat in putrid water for a while and just festered. Then the bad lager comes through, a bit of metallic and soured like fruit lager, very unhappy lager yeast, and somehow a bit like mineral and chlorine loaded bath water. Weird, but overall not horrible.

Taste starts even worse than the nose... awck, ewww, blech! I really want to spit it out but for science I need to review it!!! I'll type as quick as possible. Pool water blended with bath water, and some hay and maybe a hint of malt in there, all sitting for months to almost rotting but not quite. It has a rice pudding like flavor as well, with a light fluff. Then lager, metallic still, a bit of a bitter unhappy lager, almost dandelion flavored. Weird flavors and icky flavors with good... wait not really good, just weird. A bad bittering finish with dry sticky and putrid water flavors, but there are some weird hops that try to pop in with a light grassy flavor but more like dried grass that a horse just rubbed his ass on.

Mouth is lighter bodied, a bit gritty and weird feeling, and lots of carbonation, like they tried to overcarbonate it to make up for the bad taste.

Overall pretty bad but not horrible, not coors light or Bud level of terribleness, its more of a macro extract like beer but a bit higher level than the crappy crap that's usually out there.

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Photo of carrollmel7
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale gold hue with a light effervescence. Head poured a pretty dramatic 3 fingers of frothy white foam. Not too bad, if a bit pale.

Smell: light malt with a bit of plastic. Not terrible, but this seems like it has got some adjuncts to it which are less than authentic to the style.

Taste: light malt with a little bit of noble hop character and a light but perceptible bitterness. Not a great beer, but mostly without major flaws.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: as I said, it's not a great beer, but it is palatable and moderately drinkable. For a beer in this price range (like $2.50 for a six-pack), it's pretty damn good, actually.

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Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of shortkut
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of DocJitsu
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a bubbly white head that tends to vanish quickly. Leaves some lacing as the head disappears. Light malty and mild Belgian yeast aromas. Decent mouthfeel and good carbonation. A pilsner that behaves like a lager, but well worth the few bucks I paid for a sixer of cans.

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Photo of jumbopanda
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of chrisp1090
1/5  rDev -67.3%

Photo of CherryGhost
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy yellow/gold with a one finger white head that leaves some rings of lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is some grassy & floral hops with a touch of citrus (mostly lemon), sweet-smelling grain/cereal, hints of hay, corn and faintly metallic. Fair strength.

Flavor is not bad...some citrus/lemon and grassy hops, sweet grains, a bit of bitterness on the finish, basically no alcohol detected. Finishes fairly clean, if a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, a bit sticky, sharp scrubbing carbonation.

Not a bad cheap Pils at all. Yeah, a bit adjuncty, but surprising hop balance helps a lot. Crazy drinkable, I’m thirsty and this is hitting the spot. Considering the price, this is pretty good and my score reflects its price to performance ratio. Noticeably better than other beers in its price range, but certainly doesn't stack up to better and more expensive Pilsners.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, light fruits, and alcohol. There is an almost artificial margarita smell to this one. Taste is of grains, corn flakes, alcohol, and some light fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but decent for the price ($0.50 a can). I could see myself stocking these for a party with non-craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of grantino9
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear bright yellow with a white head that left streaks of lacing.

S - grainy pilsner malt aroma.

T - starts out somewhat grainy with hints of hoppy bitterness turning grainy sweet on the finish.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O - an average beer.

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Photo of mchodge13
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of jonstep
1/5  rDev -67.3%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of alcoholinside
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.4/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can into pils glass.

Very clear and bright golden yellow. Giant 4 fingers of white head. Some streaky spots of lace trail behind the settling bubbles on their way to becoming a thick collar around the edges. Some ameoba like blobs of dense bubbles play in the center of the glass like bacteria colonies on an agar plate.

Smells of some nice lemony citrus hops... Oh wait... Those lemony citrusy notes are actually quite solventy... Lightly sweet bready malt comes up too...
The taste is surprisingly not as bad as I had myself prepared for-- it certainly isn't good, but I won't give it an F that I expected after the nose! Very light touch of bitterness on the finish, but the finish is much sweeter than I had hoped.

The body is a little syrupy, but holds firm carbonation.

Overall-- Meh. This is better than the regular lager, but it is another beer I don't care to drink again.

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Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- yellow color, nice looking head but dissipates quickly

Smell- bready malt

Taste- bready malt

Mouthfeel- I would say it is light bodied.

Drinkability- I would drink it again. Very drinkable and easy to drink, not spectacular but still pretty good, not bad either. It is also cheaper than Bud and tastes better.

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Photo of bpk59
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer and split it with Rudzud after our epic beer journey through New England (Ghoulschip release).

Poured into an Ommegang BPA Pint glass.

Color was hazy yellow/gold. Rather drab. Head was white and thin with little retention or lacing.

Smell was thin and one-dimensional - sweet and bready malts.

Taste isn't bad but isn't great. Dominated again by sweet malts without being cloying. Surprisingly drinkable and unsurprisingly generic.

Mouthfeel was typical of a cheap pils - fizzy and carbonated.

Overall this isn't an offensive or bad beer, it's just unspectacular. Rudzud said it exactly as I would - you get what you pay for, and this is definitely better than most of the swill in this price range (love that word).

Unremarkable but not bad by any means.

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Photo of rudzud
2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up from a Trader Joes up in Portland, Maine after the Ghoulschip release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a golden sun coloured hue with incredibly tiny particles suspended through the brew. Atop sat a fizzy one finger white head that faded relatively quickly to leave no lacing but a thin white halo and slight wisps.

S - Not getting much of anything here. Sweet malts and some baked bread aromas. Maybe some light grassy hops.

T - Average, at best, this stuff is more of the sweet malts and bread. Almost like an adjunct in that its just sweet and a little bit of bread or corn. Slight subtle bitterness on the end from your hops.

M - Well, its easy to drink. Fizzy in the mouth stuff is very gulpable. On the thin side, but, to be expected.

O - I paid $2.49 for a 6 pack and I can say I got what I expected. This stuff is incredibly cheap tasting, but, for the price its a solid option. I'd rather drink this than majority of the big beer swill you see everywhere else. Glad to try it.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. $3.99 for a sixer is a hard to beat deal especially when the beer is actually pretty decent. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Nice lacing on the glass as this one goes down. Appearance is yellow with just a tad more copper than your average straw-colored American adjunct. Smell, honestly kind of turned off by the smell. You can tell this is going to be a little sweet but it smells a little funky. The sweet taste is what you'd expect form the smell minus the funky. The hops kind of throw the balance off a little towards the bitter side but it works just fine for me. Nice moutfeel on this one, good carbonation.

Not sure I could drink more than 3 or 4 of these at a time so I can't see it being a lawnmower beer, but for one or two after work this is a great beer. Probably will make a few more trips to Trader Joes to pick this one up again.

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
3.06 out of 5 based on 282 ratings.
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