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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,345 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 99 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002)
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Reviews by BeerLover48Fan:
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just about the lightest pale straw golden I've ever seen. Great clarity. Head is fluffy, frothy, and leaves ornate lacing on about one half of the glass. Aroma is big, juicy, tea-like, herbal, mildly citrus hops with an underlying crackery malt backbone. In the flavor, the malts come out more than in the smell and forms a wonderful balance with the jasmine tea presence of the hops. Does not have as much hop sting as,others, but I rather like that about this one. Finishes dry and assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is rather light (even more so than what I'm used to within this style) and the carbonation is very lively.

I like Prima Pils better

BeerLover48Fan, Sep 19, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dull golden color with a relatively thin head for the style and is gone quite quickly,toasted slightly sweet aromas dominate but there is a sharp grassy hoppiness that shows itself lightly as well.Pretty well rounded pilsner not as hoppy as the bottle might lead you to believe but there is a sharpness to it mainly in the finish,lightly sweet and grainy mainly up front.As easy drinking pilsner good for the summer months with enough hop presence to give it some dimension.

oberon, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a treat just to stare at. The light yellow body was very hazy and held up a huge, fluffy white pils head.

Smell – The delicate Saaz hops were right on target here, although the grain aroma was a bit too harsh for my tastes. There was a pleasant spiciness though that evened things out.

Taste – The German hop flavor is definitely here, but the American grain and overly sweet finish throw this one a bit off-style.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was terrific. This pils is light and refreshing with just the right bitter bite at the end.

Drinkability – This was an excellent effort at the style and one of the better American-made Pils that I’ve sampled.

Comments – Thanks to Prostman for sending this one out my way.

RoyalT, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful bright yellow with a great head
but without retention. Great appearance of
carbonation.

T: Grainy aromas with grass, malt, and alcohol
elements.

S: Very limited aroma of any sort. Faint hints
of meadow and malt

M/D: Clean and crisp brew with a good drinkable
body not too thin and without lingering
tastes.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -19.8%

woodchipper, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

MikeC144, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If the beer that Budweiser/Miller/Coors made was quality beer that tasted good, Troegs Sunshine Pils is the beer they would want to style theirs after. In fact, for the rumored new line of imitation craft beer that Michelob is planning to roll out, they would be wise to take a hint from Troegs. Budweiser "Select" certainly could have used a clue.

If Troegs had an advertising budget, this beer could be HUGE. It has that mass-appeal quality to it, and it still tastes & looks good. A healthy pale color - not the washed out fizziness of BMC. Totally crisp & clean all the way through with very little aftertaste. Hops are present, unlike BMC, but not intrusive.

As for drinkability, you could sip these all afternoon (after mowing your lawn), and not feel full or bloated. This is the best pilsner I have ever had, behind Clipper City's "Small Craft Warning."

chOAKbarrell, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of sellmeagod
1.5/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What a disappointment. But, maybe, not really - it is a summer seasonal. And these tend to be known for weak, light flavorings with some false scents and sense of beach.

Atrociously light bodied and a forced smooth drinking leaves me wanting to take no more sips. A pilsner even weaker by trying to pretend to have some honey sweetness. At 5.3 abv, this is not worth it. Avoid.

sellmeagod, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +7%

csmartin6, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear golden brown. Pretty light in color actually. Minimal head, but does leave a bit oflacing behind.

S - Faint aroma of biscuit malts, a but of grassiness. Slightly sweet malts come through as well.

T - rather hop-forward with a nice crisp bite of bitterness, some spice, and a lingering earthiness. Very nice. Also a bit if sweet malt to keep the bitterness in check. This is pretty refreshing.

M - medium mouthfeel. I little thicker than I would expect based on the color. Nice lingering earthy dry finish.

O -I really enjoyed this one. I would put Prima Pils a little higher, but I would definitely get this again.

warnerry, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +7%

SunDevilBeer, May 10, 2014
Photo of shapudding
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick mountain of white head which eventually settled into a nicely thick covering. Lightly scented, crisp and clean, slight citrus and hay. Incredibly smooth tasting with just enough of a bite to be noticable. Hint of raspberry in there -but not fruity, just a reminder in the background that kinda gets your attention. Light and refreshing, very drinkable. Nice!

shapudding, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -19.8%

TTripp725, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: Its body bright golden color with some cool sparkling carbonation. The head is small, about one finger thick, bright white in color and slowly fades down to a small slick ring of lace.

Smell: There is a full bouquet of mostly floral/spicy hops with light pale malt and just a slight hint of sulfur.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor is very crisp and clean with a solid medium body. Hop flavor is bright, floral, and clean with a pleasing level of bitterness. Just under the hops there is a modest level of crisp, dry, and pale white bready malt. The finish is quick, dry and fairly clean with some light hop bitterness. Its carbonation is quite active which gives it a lively and refreshing texture.

Notes: This is a great refreshing beer with excellent Pilsner Flavor.

generallee, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of renegadeburger
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got to pick this beer up when i went to the filling station over on the west side of manhattan on the way home from work near the high line pretty cool spot

this beer was recommended to me as nice light summer beer that is needed right now its over 100 degrees here in NJ/NY insane

beer poured really nice it almost looked illuminating like it was glowing golden color pure white head

nice smell lots of fresh meadow grass and some perfume of spicy and herbal hops

flavor is dry and crisp with bitterness just a little bit of malt sweetness in the very end

very light body easy drinkable and yes definitely a good beer for summer

nicely done

renegadeburger, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +7%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Doomcifer, May 30, 2014
Photo of BeerIsland
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This does look like bottled sunshine, very bright golden color. It's a very nice beer, a little on the citrusy side but well balanced overall. The Pils benefited greatly from a recipe change a while ago, my first tasting of it was not impressive. It now stands with the other excellent pilseners from south central PA.

BeerIsland, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This summer Pils pours an ultraclear, pale yellow body, with a white, two finger head that eventually drapes the glass with chains of attractive lacing.

Aroma is lemony citrus, with hint of grass, and a soft malt background.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and clean and crisp.

The taste reveals that this one is no pretender. Solid noble hops presence with a dry, lemony, citrus character. Smooth malt presence provides only a hint of sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing, all the way down. No hint of Euroskunk in this one. Finish is clean, dry, and slightly bitter. Aftertaste has a hint of lemon rind.

Very well crafted summer brew. Goes down way too easy. Nice thirst quencher after a warm, sunny, day.

merlin48, May 22, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, no freshness dating to be found. This summer brew pours light golden, clear, with a snow white head, tiny bubbles present and minor lacing left on the glass. The nose I pick up is of powdered sugar and perhaps a slight floral note. This is a pleasantly crisp and hoppy pils. Light and refreshing with a steady hop bitternes and bite late. Nicely crafted, more worthy brew from Troegs.

Billolick, May 29, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one...and to his sis who lugged a case back from her trip to PA.
Mowed the lawn today, so figured it was time to enjoy this one...pours the faintest shade of yellow (seriously, most likely the lightest beer I ever poured into a pint glass).
A full two and a half fingers of the brightest, fluffiest white head I have ever seen....leaves behind some sporadic lacing.
Bready yeast and pale malt...even a subtle clove scent.
The taste is real decent for the style...very clean and balanced. I would prefer to see just a bit more hops to give this one some more depth. Mouthfeel thin and the carbonation is great right where it is at...very fresh.
I like this one, but certainly I have better offerings in the style.

warriorsoul, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Prometal313
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Prometal313, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of jes167
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jes167, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +7%

mctizzz, May 15, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, light golden yellow

Smell: malt, hops, and grass

Taste: malt, wheat, grass, with a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light, high carbonation with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: This is perfectly refreshing summer beer. Between this and Oskar Blues, I am becoming more of a fan of this style. A little bitter as a pils, but it also does not taste like a run of the mill pilsner. I could easily session this.

tigg924, May 15, 2009
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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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