Simpler Times Pilsner | Minhas Craft Brewery

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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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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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Photo of Treath
1.03/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

**Beware: This beer gives instant headaches.**

A- Upon opening and pouring into a glass mug, this beer looks yellow with some head that disappears.

S- The smell is of tin and cheap beer.

T- Terrible. First, you taste a bittersweet taste (cheap) and then all of a sudden it turns into a nasty bitter metal chalky taste which lingers for a long time.

M- Bubbly and thin.

Overall- Not worth the $2.99, I rather drain pour this beer than give it to someone.
I got a headache from it in about 15 minutes.
This is a very unpleasant beer to drink. Never again.

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Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is pale gold (8 EBC), the liquid is clear. The airy off-white head is 3 fingers high; it leaves lots of thick lacing when it slowly sinks down.

The smell is very sweet and malty with lots of French loaf and corn bread. Some flowery hops, sweet nutty golden syrup flavours and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is excessively sweet, it is more like drinking wort than beer. Some fruity hops without much bitterness, hints of cereals (Corn Flakes in milk) and sugar solution. The aftertaste is sweet with some bitter hints and some warming alcohol.

The carbonation is light, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is very sticky, almost glue-like.

I don’t know. Is it supposed to have this extreme sweetness?

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden grassy hue, crystal clear with a decent two-finger head that leaves sheets of lacing down my pils glass.

aroma of bread, pale malts, crackers, grain, straw, a hint of funk kind of like rubber cement. a hint of sweetness... inoffensive at best.

taste is pleasantly malty, with clean, crisp pilsner malts. a bit sweet with honey and a touch of brown sugar which is a bit odd, and a hint of some hops in the finish. not bad. slight citric hop finish that seems out of place.

mouth is clean, crisp, although fairly full for the style and abv. a touch syrupy and thick. fair though.

all in all, not bad... but not great by any stretch. for the price though, wow. can't really complain that much. it doesn't seem like a true german pilsner, but a six pack is cheaper than most singles, so I'm decently happy and will drink again.

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

12 oz can from a 6-pack from Trader Joes,Salem. $3.99
Nice straw colured lager with a nice enough thick creamy white head.
Ok, pleasant malty/bready aromas,maybe a touch of grassy hop.
Taste is mainlly malty..some slight grassy hop and a strange fruit like bitterness..just odd,but not bad.
Ok on the palate..strange bitterness lingers..its not bitter-lemon.
Average beer..not really a pilsner, but OK.

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Photo of flexabull
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are grassy, corn like, and some sweet creamy malts.

Taste is creamy, lightly corn sweet, dough like, with some light grassiness. Finish is dry, with thick mouthfeel, and some herbal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is ok, but it might be a bit to thick for the style.

Overall, not a bad little beer, and this price is right. This might be a cheap summer sixer that I take hiking and camping.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: I wouldn’t call it hazy or cloudy, but it pours out a not quite clear honey body with a one finger, spongy head of generic white.

S: Frosted flakes with watered down white grape juice. A little apple works its way in. A slight sweetness, reminiscent of simple syrup dominates the end of the nose.

T: Fried rice with a mild fruitiness. There is an unfriendly sour pungency that comes in at the middle and then mineral water at the very end.

M: Light bodied but not entirely smooth, the beer doesn’t quite roll down and stalls right before the swallow and ends on a milky note.

O: There are a lot of pictures of The Band during the Big Pink era sitting back, laughing, playing, creating while drinking Piels Real Draft. Simpler Times reminds me of what I think that beer would have been. Maybe it just has to do with the name and how I want to associate this beer with those pictures, a simpler time of just being at the top of your game and creating something timeless. Is this beer timeless? No. But, it’s the times you have and the people you’re with while drinking this that matter. Back yard bbq’s, acoustic guitar songs, the sun setting, a baseball game on somewhere in the background… At least I’d like to think so.

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Photo of minterro
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joes

A: Fluffy white head that fades quickly leaving behind a mosaic of scatter foam. Mild quantities bubbles rising to the surface. The liquid is a darker straw or golden color.

S: sweet malty tones

T: lemon-ish citrus malt, hints of metallic, not super complex but pleasant. Finishes with earthy tones.

M: Crisp clean. Light body

O: pretty good for the price, nice relaxing beer. I've probably have bought it 4 or 5 times now, so I enjoy it and would recommend it

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect, slightly hazy maize with a low, foamy, coherent head. Glows a bit.

Aromas of hard candy, banana nectar, and yeast come through. Not very pilsnery, but not unpleasant.

Taste is bright and mildly acidic; notes of tonic water come to mind. There's some decent hop bitterness here, but no hop flavor. Still, what's here is crisp, and presents a drying finish. The lingering aftertaste isn't great, but that's what the next sip is for.

Mouthfeel is okay; you can feel the scrubbing bubbles in your mouth. Would be perfect to cut through the grease of some Carolina-sauced ribs.

All in all, not bad, and a great deal for the price point at 50 cents a can. Surely I've drank far worse. In some perverse way, it's so jarring to have actual hop bitterness in a cheap beer, and it may have hurt my review; rather than comparing this to its true price-point competition -- Natural Ice, Icehouse, High Life -- I find myself yearning for a Prima Pils. And perhaps that's not fair. I'll put it this way -- the beer was worth the 2.99 that I spent on the six pack. You can draw your own conclusions from there.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz can from a six pack into a US Pint glass with about 2 inches of head and a clear straw color.
The nose has mild hints of lemony citrus and mineral notes. Think wet rocks.
The taste is very mild with some bready malt and some scant bitterness.
The mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Definitely what I'd expect for the style.
Overall, this is a decent brew which is somewhat appealing at the price point and the fact that it's canned. Not necessarily a standalone brew I'd drink, but definitely would be appealing for a summer BBQ.

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Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a flavorful economy brew with nice Pils hops but a slight metallic off-taste that also appears in the aroma. The mouthfeel is normal for style with plenty of carbonation.

O - with a very low cost, this beer is a somewhat good value; otherwise not recommended.

Available in cans at Trader Joes.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

A: Perky, brilliant pale gold, though it's a good bit darker then most within the German Pils classification. A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head and better lacing then I'd expected, though it dies rather quickly.

S: Lemony-limey citrus, yet it doesn't come across overly acidic.

T: The nose doesn't lie, as I get a good dose of lemon marange and malt on the fore to mid. The finish showcases a bit of grassy biscuitiness.

M: Quite smooth and rich. The forced carbonation isn't overly brash and it all makes for an easy drinking lager.

O: Simpler Times Pils was an unexpected and enjoyable surprise. Is it a classical German Pils? Nope, though it certainly is an easy drinking summertime lawnmower beer. All things considered, this a budget friendly session lager you don't have to feel ashamed to keep in the fridge. Thumbs up.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Everything is simpler than you think, and at the same time more complex than you imagine."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sweet corn yellow with pastel lemon edges and a decent looking lid of bone colored froth that has enough stickiness to grace the pint glass with small shards of sudsy lace.

The nose struggles to be average... and falls short. Thankfully, it isn't powerful enough to get into too much trouble. A whiff of sweetish pale grains, hints of musky hops and metallic overtones is the sum total.

Given Minhas's rather dubious reputation, it's no wonder that the can reads 'Simpler Times Brewing Company'. Attempting to hide their identity is probably the only way they can sell any beer at all. So much for trying to avoid preconceived notions before the first sip.

Simpler Times Pilsner doesn' taste much like a German pilsner. Then again, neither does Budweiser, Miller High Life and Coors. It tastes like an adjunct lager and is as boring as they come. At least it isn't as gotta-spit-it-out bad as some of what these guys brew.

Simple is the operative word. The beer is slightly sweet, slightly corny-grainy, slightly musky-bitter, not as metallic as feared... and that's it. Assuming there's nothing else available, keep it ice cold and you'll be fine.

The body/mouthfeel is okay in terms of size, but the bubbles fade too quickly within each mouthful, which gives the finish a lackluster feel. The flavor is lackluster too, so there's a bit of synergy there.

Minhas Brewery Simpler Times Pilsner is cheap (read: inexpensive) beer that tastes cheap (read: not good). It's a sad and pathetic state of affairs that I would still prefer this stuff to the most popular lagers in America, circa 2011.

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

Simply put this is a cheap american pilsener made primarily for ease in drinking on a warm summer day. Flavor wise it has no extraordinary qualities, but no real flaws either. Mild, soft malt flavors with a simple and somewhat thin body. Refreshing in that it lacks the metallic flavors a lot of other heavily adjuncted beers have. I'm convinced this is the same beer as their lager, only lacking in said adjuncts.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours leaving a decently thick head that doesn't stick around long. The color is a bright gold, with superb clarity. Carbonation bubbles arise slow and steady from the bottom. The nose is very expected for the style, it has a nice bready malt scent, low hoppiness. It's very clean and appealing.

The taste is quite nice. For $3 a sixer I was expecting an inferior product, but this is a solid Pilsener with no off flavors. Light, biscuity malt sweetness dominates, the finish is slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. I would prefer some more hop character here but that's just my liking. Overall it's clean and refreshing as it should be, without tasting too light or watered down. Has appropriate carbonation and body for style.

This beer might be one of the best values on the market. I can't believe I waited so long to finally try this, it's a solid Pils at an unbeatable price...

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can. Pours a lightly-hazed solid gold, with low carbonation and two fingers of frothy head that retains well and tries to lace the glass. Floral and spicy hops in the nose, with corn and light malt. Tastes almost metallic, grainy, with sweet corn, piney/citric hops that contribute a moderate bitterness, and a distinct, nearly overbearing apple ester from the yeast. The body is crisp, dry and light. Not as sweet and a bit more hoppy than the other Minhas lagers I've had, which is nice. If you are at Trader Joe's and trying to choose between Simpler Times lager and pilsner, go for this one.

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Photo of Bmcg266
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing to American Adjunct Style, Not Pilsener style.

For a $3.99 6-pack this is a pretty good deal. Smell/Taste/Drinkability is better than the typical cheapo stuff, yet not by much.

Pretty much no hop presence, grainy malt flavor, a bit of corn, and some malt sweetness. Goes down like any other adjunct lager fizzy, light, yet has a bit more flavor than the typical suspects.

Overall not terrible, yet for a pilsener it isn''t very good at all. I couldn't detect the slightest hint of hops. For an American Adjunct though, I'd buy it over any BMC.

Pretty much my go-to cheap beer if I'm too broke/cheap to afford 'gansett or PBR, which isn't too often.

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Photo of HBeezley
4.29/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a personal rule: when beer comes in a can (except for dale's pale ale) you must drink it in a can!

With that said, This beer really surprised me! The appearance may not be accurate, but honestly, who needs appearance with a beer called "Simpler Times"?

I had very low expectations for simpler times. As an employee at Trader Joe's, I always saw this beer and thought that it couldn't be anything too special. It's bland-looking and cheap, how good could it be?
BUT, this pilsner is not bad at all! Worth all three dollars invested into a six-pack!

The tatse is not complex, but it is tasty! There is a nice bready-ness to it and the alcohol hits nicely on the tounge. Of course, the name does it justice: Simpler Times. And That is exactly what it is, a great SIMPLE beer. One that I could easily make a night out of.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden, straw yellow. mild hazy from the vibrant carbonation. huge fluffy white head. looks good so far.

S: sweet, bready pilsner malt. a faint bitterness at the tail end.

T: light, airy. metallic notes. a little too dry in the finish for the style. need more hops in the finish. or the body. or in general.

M: light body with a dense carbonation. all good.

D: overall, good beer with a really cheap price tag. got mine at a trader joe's for $3.99. kinda hard to argue with that when macro-canned piss is more expensive.

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Photo of Erish
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. can into a pilsner glass.

A: clear, bright golden color, the frothy, abundant yellowish-white head falls into a nice cap with good lacing. You also get the wonderful cascade of bubbles that only a pilsner can deliver.

S: light, white-bread like grain aroma, a bit of sulfurous yeast funk, and a very faint herbal hop aroma, and a metallic note from the abundant carbonation.

T: cracker-like malt and a faint citrus note up front, the middle has a bit of sulfur yeast, some spiciness, and a metallic core from the carbonation, the finish is dry, refreshing, and features light floral and herbal hops. This is probably the best beer I have had in a can, and it was $4 a six pack at TJ's!

M: light-bodied, silky, abundant carbonation. Good pilsner body.

D: This is a damn good beer that happens to sell for under $1 a can. Oh, for simpler times!

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Photo of RarianRakista
3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a 16oz Ceramic Stein.

Like other reviewers noted I'm simply impressed by the suds action and resultant head from a canned beer. A nice surprise.

No ricey and metallic or white bread aroma like some other pilsners in a can I have encountered. Whiff of Simpler Times Pilsner, a redolent noseful of decent hoppiness, good.

Sweet spike of indeterminable fruit flavor and a wash of bitter notes that dissipate pleasantly on the back of the tongue and throat without any industrial can flavor.

Mouthfeel, meh, for all those bubbles it doesn't have a lot of texture at all.

I'm drinking my first can but I can see this becoming a good standby beer when my own Ale keg runs dry.

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Photo of Redrover
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can from Trader Joes priced at .67 cents as a single. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a crystal clear gold with a large fluffy white head. The head is dense and pretty impressive.

The aroma is of grains, a bit of plum and some mild spicey hops.

The taste does not quite live up to the smell or the looks. It is grainy with a bit of medicinal alcohol. There is a hint of hops in the aftertaste and some bready malts late.

The beer has a decent mouth with active carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. I like it better than most budget type beers in its category.

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Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
3.06 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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