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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.2   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


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1.2
   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Pretty decent summer time beer for the price at Trader Joes. This beer gets very cold and goes down smooth. Flavor is fresh malty sweetness.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HippieFee (48) - - JUL 6, 2014
Can - Lots of malt sweetness on this beer. Very little hops to balance the sweetness.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Trader Joe’s, cost a buck. Pours a bright orange color with a small white head. A light grainy nose, not the best aroma. The flavor reminds me a lot of cheap cider, bubbly, some sweet husky grains, slightly terrible, honey. OK. Drinkable. Longest day of the year.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
I bought this at Trader Joe’s in DC pretty much to find out what $4 for a six pack would taste like. I wasn’t surprised. Sweet, canned corn, medium bodied and rough to get down.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2014
I wasnt going to rate the Trader Joes house brand lager, but this was just so bad, so very terribly bad. Like up there for the worse beer I’ve ever had bad. Lots of malts, no balance, too sweet. But at least its 6.2% abv for dirt cheap? I’ll factor that into my overall score, but that’s it.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AllHailtheAle (5) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
Honestly $3.50 for a six pack? I can’t turn that down. If you want to get a cheap beer, then you can do much worse.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Masterkush7 (494) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
one of the worst beers ive ever had from one of the worst brewers ever. pure crap poured it out.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4034) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Lightly sweet malt aroma. Clear yella, bad can, whitish head. Eh, not terrible. Sweetish, lightly astringent, straw flavors. Medium-light body, lightly bitter finish. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz can. Medium gold pour, light white head. Fresh lake water aroma with some corn syrup notes. Flavor has some corn syrup notes, some buttery accents, a bit of graininess. Smooth mouthfeel. Better than expected.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
355mL can. Pours a clear deep golden. Medium, soapy white foam. No retention or lacing. Nose is candy corn, sugar cube, green apple/acetaldehyde. Sticky. Taste is sticky sweet, cloying sugar, green apple candy. Sticky, cloying palate. Type 2 Diabetic Bomb.


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