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There are times when an ice-cold beer fits the bill. This is an easy-drinking brew that’s reliably tasty without being fussy. It’s a straightforward beer with good hop flavor without it being over the top. This speaks of a simpler time when you could order a beer, and they wouldn’t bring you a full menu. They’d just bring a good beer at a good price. Life can be complicated, but your beer does not have to be. Enjoy the taste of Simpler Times.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 12, 2012
12-ounce can at Trader Joes. Pours a clear deep golden color with no head or lace. Perfumy aroma. Light to medium body. Slight hop flavor. Mild slightly sweet malty flavor. Nothing distinctive.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DBob5150 (187) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2012
A friend of mine grabbed one of these from Trader Joe’s. The aroma is a sweet, musty, almost "old" if that makes sense. Pours a typical medium gold with a white head the fades fairly quick. Decent carbonation & lacing. The taste is a bit too sweet and almost medicinal. Not undrinkable, but not really enjoyable either. Glad it was cheap.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
JohnnyJ (4217) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
This beer is terrible. Sweet corn, syurpy adjuncts, and boozy. I would rate this higher if it had 10%abv because I know it would be cheap bum swill.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2012
12 ounce can, picked it up as a single at Trader Joe’s this morning for 59 cents. Might as well try it at that price! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The brew smells like sweet malt and corn, and not much else from what I can tell. Taste is mostly the same as the aroma, it’s pretty much just sweet malt and corn, but there’s also some slight bitterness, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s smooth and easy enough to drink. For the style of beer it is, it’s not bad. I wouldn’t buy this very often, but it’s not like I can complain about the price. I would try it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Vir4030 (494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pours a clear yellow with a nice head from a can. Aroma is a bit wince full but then you sorta get used to the nose bite. M wife, who has already tried this, is shaking her head. Yuck! You call this beer?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
We all wish for simpler times, when Little Kings 40s were 99 cents, when delivering telephone books was a legitimate excuse for work. Simpler times... when a hangover meant watching Alf, back to back before back to back Cheers episodes... waiting for your employed pals to get off work so you can repeat the last night’s beer guzzling festivities. Yes, this beer reminds me of those simpler times. So does Ballantyne. If I were homeless (ultimate Simple Times), I’d panhandle outside Trader Joes and trade Joe my daily merits for these inconceivably awful cans of fortified bum juice. Like Leelee Sobieski below me notes, this is your stereotypical adjunct ale. Catering to a class that favors function over fashion.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Yet, again, another adjunct-laden crap of a beer, poured with no head and was nearly sickly sweet, with little hint if the higher abv. Reminds me of cheap Euro strong lagers.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
davezal (4) - - JUN 19, 2012 does not count
Too sweet and heavy alcohol taste. $4 still isn’t worth it. At trader Joe’s will refund the $4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ribman (13) - Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2012
I picked this up at Trader Joes in Santa Fe, and drove three hours home. The taste was of alcohol, and, well, beer. The body was unexpectedly robust.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
HughConway (769) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2012
12 oz can from TJs. Tastes like rice. Kinda bad saki esque. Even ice cold it’s not pleasant and the Pilsener is the better choice.

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