Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
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.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
PorterPounder (4942) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.
Block (1124) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A regular beer. Plain and simple. You knew exactly what you were purchasing and you got it. Not too bad, definitely like and usual. No outstanding characteristics.
Caytinator (776) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
BucannonXC5 (665) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
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).
marzenloverNM (14) - - JUN 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good looking pour with substantial head and golden hue. Neutral aroma. Apply first impression. Creamy on the palate.
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NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
ronaldtheriot (973) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
jbrana (246) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very light with a sweet corny tasting malt profile and tastes nearly hopless. No the worst beer, but certainly not anything special.