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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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very good

582 Reviews
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Reviews: 582
Hads: 1,508
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 20.26%
Wants: 51
Gots: 205 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Reviews: 582 | Hads: 1,508
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemony sunshine yellow with a light haze of superfine particulates. The head is cotton white in color, is just firmsticky enough to indicate quality construction and deposits a respectable amount of lace in no discernable pattern. Wonderful nose. Bright and lemony (just like the color) with a tantalizing hoppiness.

The flavor is most enjoyable. Sunshine Pils is one of the best beers of this style that I've had yet. Lots of fresh grain and biscuity malt with all kinds of floral, lemon citrus hops zinging this way and that. The finish favors hops over malt and is ever so slightly dry. The label calls this a 'crisp, hoppy pilsener' and I'd say that description is right on the nose. The body is medium-full for the style, another positive in my book.

Although this beer doesn't reach the stratospheric heights of Victory's Prima Pils, I won't hold that against it since I consider Prima the absolute pinnacle for the style. Sunshine Pils is still light years ahead of most of its competition though and I'd love to have regular access, especially during summertime.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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

T: Grainy aromas with grass, malt, and alcohol

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

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Herze
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Floral finish is not desired.

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Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 chOAKbarrell
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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."

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Photo of sellmeagod
1.5/5  rDev -60.5%
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.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of shapudding
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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