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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Bartzilla (597) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (2061) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Pours a half finger of head on a clear straw body. Aroma is a little cotton candy and caramel. Taste is fairly sweet, though with a good balance from lemon bitterness. Texture is softer. It favors a little sweet, but still nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
csaso (1992) - Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Can - average size foamy head, clear medium straw color, pretty sweet malt and corn aroma and flavor, fair hop balance, mildly flat finish, ok overall I guess ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
markas101 (2236) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2015
12 oz can, Ann Arbor, MI, USA via Trader Joes. Pale gold. No head. Visible carbonation. Bready aroma. Some faint citrus. Sweet, balanced with honey and light white pepper. Medium finish. Given the price and aim of the beer I’d say it’s great.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
tightslice (787) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Can from Trader Joe’s in Campbell, CA. Aroma is malts, honey, artificial caramels? This is some roof stoof-age and goes fittingly with all things "Pruneyard".

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ffbot (278) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2015
This is your basic bad beer. Basically. No real taste here, I buy it usually because of how cheap it is, $4 a 6-pack. A pale straw color, no head, medium carbonation. No real sweetness to it, because no real taste to it. Very bland. Corn, hay, grass, ground, mulch, rot, nothing to taste.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Oakes (14841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
Trader Joe’s getting into the malt liquor business I see. Very sweet, pretty strong alcohol, no balance. Kinda like a malt likka with a bit of that harsh alcohol taste, but the problem here is that with this much sugar and harshness it needs to be stronger to balance that off into a plausible malt liquor. So it’s neither a good swill lager nor a good malt liquor. It’s like when you try for a joke that isn’t that funny to begin with, and then you land it so poorly people get mad at you.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Eurlager (28) - New York, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Another crappy beer by Minhas. I don’t trust Minhas Craft Brewery with any of their beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
ectuohy27 (957) - ESTONIA - APR 13, 2015
Surprisingly not bad. Malty; sweet but not overly so; conceals a decent alcohol kick for a PL. Well-made despite being cheap, in short

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rdixon77 (2022) - Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Old rating. Yup, macro lager from Trader Joes…exactly what you expect. Something like 50 cents a beer. Corny, stale, some weird off funk. Tasted it with pils…almost exactly the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (6753) - Utah, USA - MAR 25, 2015
12oz can from Doug
Pours clear dark golden, small white head that dissipates to nothing, no lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, straw and honey. Taste is sour, banana, corn
Tastes like a malt liquor without the alcohol. Not terrible, but not very good.

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