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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Caytinator (997) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2013
12oz can. Referring to the description, I’d rather have the full menu, thanks. What an interesting niche market that’s forming - craft-y! It is pretty simple, and this yellow pale lager has a ’fine’ aroma and appearance, but the taste isn’t there for me...there’s something unpleasant in the aftertaste that reminds me of malt liquor. 6.2% is too strong for this type of beer without better ingredients. Drinkable, though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1035) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: Manzanita pint glass From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif. Price: $3.49 for a 6-pack Purchased: June 19, 2013 Consumed: June 21, 2013 Misc.: N/A Poured a golden semi-murky color with 1-2 fingers of offwhite head that parted pretty quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal-to-no lacing. Bad retention on the top. Smelled a lot of different flavors, reminding me somewhat of a lager, hefeweizen, Belgian ale and a blonde. Got faint banana, sour fruit, honey, grass, ashtray, bread lemon and corn with a heavy alcohol backbone. Tasted honey, corn, lemon grass, faint banana cloves, tropical notes, cereal and faint smoky ashtray. Somehow it all worked together. Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. Not bad lager. Not a great one, but such a great value ($0.58 per beer). I’d probably have it again (after this 6-pack).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
marzenloverNM (22) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Good looking pour with substantial head and golden hue. Neutral aroma. Apply first impression. Creamy on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NachlamSie (2918) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Can from Trader Joe’s. I had hopes for these cheap canned beers from Joe’s. They have been dashed. While this is better than Name Tag, this isn’t very good. All I wanted was generic lager with reasonable Euro hop use. This is sweet, candy corn beer with nary a hop anywhere. This is more like malt liquor than anything. Still not horribly offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ronaldtheriot (1469) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Simpler Times Lager has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and practically no lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of grain husk, subdued sweetness, and even a background smokiness. Taste is of sweet, lightly-roasted barley malt, with some slightly elevated hop bitterness to cut the sweetness. Mouthfeel is mostly light and watery, and Simpler Times Lager finishes semi-dry, fairly, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a passably good beer, and I suppose it’s worth a try. RJT

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jbrana (551) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Very light with a sweet corny tasting malt profile and tastes nearly hopless. No the worst beer, but certainly not anything special.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2013
12oz can. Pale yellow color, that is slightly darker than a standard American macro-lager. Aroma is lightly malty and sweet. Flavors taste like an upgraded American lager, but really not much better. It doesn’t make me sick to my stomach the way a bud or miller would. It may be cheaper than the other beers at Trader Joe’s, but if I wanted something like this, I would have bought a Macro.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Scrapersnbeer (1504) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2013
This beer mocks you for expecting a range of choice? It smells sweet, corny and sugary, and almost estery as if it is in on some cruel joke about false style-expectations. Effervescent yellow beer, initial head collapses fast. Apple core sweet taste, hairy aftertaste. Described as ’lawnmower beer’ it also has the consistency of a cola. Take a pass on this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2013
Can at Vanessa/Darren’s house in Portland, OR. Golden pilsener body with medium head. Nose of corn, malts, sweet. Taste is caramel, malts, toffee, honey and. Watery and slightly syrupy texture. Just rather thin and not so good really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
theisti (3414) - 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.

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