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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
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
12 oz can courtesy of beastiefan2k. The pour is clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head that falls quick. The aroma is generic sweet malt, with a hint of earthy corn. The taste follows the nose, mostly about the sweet malt, thought the corn is pretty well integrated and subdued in the taste. The palate is light to medium bodied, course carbonation, and a sweet finish. Overall, clean enough, though a bit too sweet of a Lager for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Can->mini lager glass. Pours gold with medium frothy white head. Aroma has apple, corn, and malt. Taste is sweet, with corn and malt. Not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1093) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
April 23rd, 2012 - Trader Joe’s Simpler Times Lager is another of the simple, cheap and affordable lager offerings alongside their informal award winning Name Tag Lager. This kind of beer is typically relegated to the room temperatures of my pantry where they await to be used in culinary applications, but I can’t turn down sampling at least one serving, if not for the review, than to expand my understanding of what the proverbial bottom of the barrel looks like. Simpler Times isn’t dreck per se, but it’s a thin brew, chasing minimalism over complexity. The color is the anticipated deep fried gold color, clear and true, and produces a nice winter morning frosting effect on the glass. Apple and a touch of nutmeg deliver their scents to the smell, though it’s a bit shallow. Simpler Times probably stands out from the rest of the lagers on the shelf in its depth of flavor. A deep, essence-of-lager flavor permeates all the way through the sip, bringing some of that apple and nutmeg from the aroma to the taste too. Considering the style it’s not bad, and would probably boost recipes that call for a pour of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (4076) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Plastic lemon and cherry nose. Clear amber, medium head. Artificial cherry flavorcorn, and plastic. Very chemical.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Canned from tj, yellow pour with slight foam, aroma and flavor is quite sweet, canned peach nectar, sweet finish as well

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
my face is hot .. . pours gold .. mild foam .. . corn and woozle wuzzle .. . thin lightly sweetened corn mouth .. . the alcohol comes through a bit .. . a lager with no frills .. . . what the hell you readin books for??

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours average cheddar orange with a nose of leaf-infused Play-Doh. Flavor is brackish lager with a smidgen of melon and crisp leaves in bread dough. Average mouthfeel. Need more complexity, I guess.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
bjtrbjtr (1) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2012 does not count
12 oz can from Trader Joe’s. Beer was clear and pale in color with lots of white foam. Heavy cloying sweetness, insufficiently offset by the slightest of bitterness. Light body, fizzy. This beer is sweet. Way too sweet. Not nearly enough offsetting bitterness. Tastes like someone poured sugar in my beer. Eww.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mike67 (830) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2012
12 oz can. Pours golden with a tall, long lasting white head and soda like carbonation. Nose is of lemon, hint of hops and malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is sweet corn, perfume, herbal hops, alcohol, some fruity esters. Hard to drink, easy to drain pour brew.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nickls (1886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Can. Thin white head, yellow piss color. Maize yeast and fusel alcohol. Flavor is just nasty with sweet corn and lethal fusel notes. Jet fuel would be better. Ick

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