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Tröegs Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 1,548
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw yellow with a dense, creamy white foam head. Smells pretty skunky and citrusy with lemony citrus peel, bready honey grain malts, floral pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes bitter and citrusy with fresh pine, lemony citrus, biscuit, cracker, mild honey malt, tobacco, spice, and dank herbal earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice pilsner.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An elegant pilsner made with Saaz and Hersbrucker hops. The color is light, bright, and clear yellow, with a white head. The head is not large but does leave some lacing. Its aroma is floral and waxy, emerging gently and appealing, with a light bready malt in the background. The taste is nicely balanced, the malt and hops complementary. Since it is made with aroma hops one might not expect much bitterness, but some is definitely present. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. In fact, "clear" and "clean" are adjectives that apply to this beer in many ways.

Poured from bottle into nonic, best by date of "08 11 16" on bottle.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, lemon yellow color with a bright white head. The smell is fairly typical of a pilsner, slightly grassy, straw like. Very slight carbonation as well. Initial taste is very pleasant, crisp, clean and slightly sweet. The aftertaste is only slightly bitter. Overall, I'm really impressed with this brew for a light summertime beer, can definitely see drinking this after working outside.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Still trying to find a local pilsner that's better than Prima Pils and still haven't done it! This beer looks great, bright golden, honey color with a thick and foamy head. Leaves good lacing. Smell is clean and hoppy, slightly too hoppy for my tastes when it comes to pilsners, and with lots of lemon and crackery maltiness. Taste is sweet and slightly spicey at first, with grassy hop bitterness towards the end. Slightly too bitter for the style, imo. I also felt the feel was somewhat too heavy and lacking in the prickliness I like pilsners to have, I didn't find it as refreshing as some other beers for that reason. Overall, just pretty average in my book.

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: Bottle | Best by: 08/04/16

L: Pours pale straw in color. Clear. A soapy small head with solid retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Floral, spicy hop aromas up front, slightly sweet, crackery malt hovers in the background. A hint of DMS.

T: Floral notes are front and center, with spiciness lending support. A crackery malt base balances throughout. There is a long lasting, grassy finish. Excellent integration of hop and malt flavors.

F: Crisp, medium-high carbonation- but not prickly- remarkably soft on the palate. Light bodied and very easy drinking

O: Excellent. The flavors from the malt and hops are seamlessly integrated. The floral and spicy notes complement each other perfectly, and the malt backbone is intertwined brilliantly. Flavorful, and very, very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TTen
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Troegs Sunshine Pils

L: Clear, straw gold with a white head. Good retention and a nice bead or 2 of carbonation. 4.25
S: Unmistakable pilsner malt aroma. A wonderful floral hop character. Grainy, bready, sweet malt. 4.5
T: Firm bitterness. Enough of the grainy pilsner malt is there to support the bitterness and some of the floral, spicy noble hops come through. Really clean and very refreshing. 4.25
F: Light to Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly hop bitterness and a dry finish. 4.25
O: I was excited about this when I poured it and saw it's awesome straw gold hue. It did not dissappoint. This reminds me a lot of Prima but has a little more bitterness and a little less hop character. I'll pick up six of these every summer from now on. So many good pilsners in SE Pennsylvania. 4.25

Freshest by 7/22/2016

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Photo of thepenguin
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a very clear yellow with hints of gold and straw, medium-sized head, pretty decent lacing and a nice steady stream of bubbles. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

S: Some dry cracker-like malt and a disappointingly small amount of spicy, floral Noble hops. A bit of stewed vegetables ¬– not quite DMS in my mind but similar.

T: Pretty hoppy for the style, with grassy hops and more cracker-like, very dry malt. Strikes me as a bit stale, with an unpleasant herbal aftertaste.

F: Medium-light bodied with abundant yet soft carbonation.

Thoughts: Fairly disappointed by this one – not Troegs’ best. It’s not that it’s a terrible beer, it’s simply lacking in flavor, pretty uninspired, with a bit of an off-putting aftertaste. Bottom line: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fields far better pilsners than this.

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Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow with a thin bright white head and lots of little bubbles. Creamed corn malt aroma and flavor shines over the floral hops and mild bitterness beneath. Creamy mouthfeel for a pils. It's okay.

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Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear yellow color with a small, soapy white head. Smells of crackers, biscuit malt, and floral, spicy noble hops. Pleasant hoppy flavor, grassy and floral. Malt presence is lower, just some faint grainy sweetness blending into a light lagery finish. Light and crisp. Nice spicy hop character - very refreshing.

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Photo of lic217
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light yellow, clear, lacing
Aroma: lager yeast and bready
Taste: starts sweet and ends bitter, bready, floral hops
Feel: prickly carbonation, good feel for style
Overall: solid Pils

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the can which was canned on 5/4/15. Sampled on January 3, 2016.

Straw yellow pour with bubbly carbonation leading up to a tremendous white foamy head.

Nice toasted biscuit and bread malt character in the aroma with some mild grassy hops on the back.

Light to medium body.

Another nice toasted bread malt character and mild sweetness with a modest grassy hop finish. It represents the Pilsener style well and is easy to drink.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear golden tone, light carbonation. Medium to thin mouth feel, crisp and grainy taste with a bright piney hop finish. Leaves a floral peppery aftertaste. Very easy drinking, would buy again.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked this beer. Very good representation of the style, but beyond that it was crisp, lighter bodied, not too sweet, perfectly balanced and no odd flavors or aftertastes. Extremely drinkable. Glad I bought a whole six pack. It won't last long--especially at just 4.3% ABV.

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Photo of Redrover
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Proper Pizza & Tap in Pittsburgh.

Served in an imperial style glass, the beer is gold with a slight chill haze. The off white head leaves sheets of lace.

There are grains and floral notes on the nose.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of delicate hopping which adds a hint of pepper and floral. It actually becomes slightly bitterer mid glass.

The beer is crisp with great carbonation and a nice feel.

It's an easy drinking, tasty treat.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pils glass. An extremely attractive pilsener. The palest of straw colors, and crystal clear. Threads of carbonation rise to form a few fingers of rocky white head which settles into a nice cap and some spots of lacing here and there. Aroma or lemony biscuit and floral hops. Taste if bready malt and a bite of hop on the end. Nothing to knock the socks off, but a solid choice, certainly for a hot day.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on tap at Isaac Newtons in Newtown, PA.

L - light yellow in color. Very clear hue. Good amount of foam on top.

S - citrus up front with a strong pale malt background. Not a whole lot of aroma coming out of the glass.

T - strong malt up front, citrus notes come after with a bitter finish. Not a whole lot of that classic malt taste.

F - very light in body, classic pilsner feel.

O - it was okay. It didn't really have a summer feel to it. Not sure what kind of pilsner they were going for but it felt more like a golden ale.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/28/15. Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice malty nose of biscuit complete with graininess. Only a touch of spicy hops are present.

Light body with a touch of smoothness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding. It begins with a burst of noble hop flavor with just a touch of spice. Underneath is a light biscuit sweetness. A mild flavorful bitterness appears in the middle. The finish is crisp and a noble hop bitterness lingers.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. This is my first experience with a beer from this brewery. I am a German Pilsener fan and I found this one to be quite good. Light, crisp and refreshing. That plus an ABV on the lower side of Pilsners makes it a good summer beer. Not a threat to Victory Prima Pils or Sierra Nevada Nooner, but definitely a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a big white head and light lacing. Notes of unbaked dough, herbal, floral, light lemon, and grass. Light body with a crisp feel and a clean finish. Nothing fancy but a great Pilsner.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/13/15 at 42 degrees into weizen
Aroma of grain
Head large (eight cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1.2 cm frothy layer
Lacing average – many irregular medium islands with tiny to medium bubbles
Body straw yellow, clear, some effervescence
Flavor slightly bitter, perhaps some grain; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of HawkGP
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm no beer snob. These guys make great beer. I search out a great Pilsner or Lager as an alternative to an IPA. This is a good Pilsner. Maybe a little too light? Need to give it another try. For now good, not great.

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Photo of jds16
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale, white head fades to a nice little cap. I smell crackers, grass, floral, lemon pepper. I taste biscuit, herbal hops, lemon. Simple and straightforward, very light and sessionable. Dryness and prickly carbonation make this easy to drink, very refreshing.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

looks pale golden, transparent, a lot of big bubbles, more like a cava than a pils, 1/2 inch white head leaves lacing.
smell's biscuit, honey, hint of herbs, barely getting citrus/grapefruit
tastes like a well balanced pilsner, a little sharp/gapefruity up front and on the finish, but it is supposed to be a hoppy pilsner.
feels a little over-carbonated when sipped, this goes away and it feels very smooth by the mouthful, medium light, not watery
overall a very nice take on a classic pils, more citrussy hops makes it refreshing on a hot day, don't look for a really hoppy beer or be afraid it's not a pils.

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Photo of Beric
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 11 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the can, but I love the can artwork. Looks festive and summery which is great. I have a bottle in the fridge that I'm using to test the actual appearance, so I'll update when I get to it.

Smell: Biscuity lager notes definitely present in the nose, along with fresh-cut grass and a burst of herbal hops.

Taste: Fine herbal hoppiness present on the mid-body which gives the beer a nice burst of flavor without getting bogged down in lupulin goop. Exceedingly drinkable. Nice biscuity/white-bread malt backbone helps carry the beer down. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with high carbonation makes this one a quaffer.

Overall: A magnificent US brewed pilsener. Still distinctively American, but not as out of line as other, hoppier versions of the style. Would highly recommend to South German pilsener fans along with lager fans in general. A great summer beer.

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Photo of djkman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My craft lawnmower beer. Just an FYI I am a fan of this brewery. Nugget nectar. Mad elf etc. solid summer ale that I personally would drink year round. For there are times That are not summer you just want a good beer that is not hoppy or a stout or an ale loaded up 6 percent or higher.
This is a good solis pils from this brewery. And that's my review.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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