Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle to pilsner glass. Bottling date is smudged, but it was bottled sometime in late March, it appears. Single purchased for $2.09.
Appearance: The body was a totally translucent bright straw/golden color, probably one of the brightest pilsners I've seen. It's topped by quickly fading two-finger head of pillowy foam, which turns into a persistent cap of foam, leaving behind loose and stringy lacing - probably some of the best I've seen for the style. Lively carbonation bubbles race from the bottom of the glass. This looks like an inviting beer and perfectly matches summer.
Smell: Very bold for a pilsner, but still within the style. I noticed the bready and grainy notes of the pils malt out front, but there was also a penetrating note of citrus, particularly lemon. There are also some concentrated notes of spicy and floral hops, per the style. (Saaz, maybe?) Powerful nose on this one, and very well done. The citrus notes grow more as the beer warms, but through and through, this smells like a German pils on steroids, with the hops taking the forefront; the malts seem to be there for backing the hops.
Taste: Big bite from the lemon/citrus out front, but it doesn't collide with the other flavors; it's very well done and balances well with the spicy and floral hop flavors, which are the next wash of flavors on the middle of the palate. The finish rounds out with some bread and grainy malts as well as some emerging herbal flavors, once again the hops taking the lead. A more hoppy pilsner, perfect for hot summer days and for those looking for some kicki in their lagers.
Mouthfeel: Dead on for a pilsner, and especially great for a summer beer. Clean, crisp, and dry in the finish with a light body and medium carbonation. Some grassy notes linger on the back of the palate.
Overall: Fantastic summer beer. Hunt it down. And if you don't like pilsners now, this is one that will probably change your mind. A great thirst quencher and just an all around good brew, better than some of the American pilsners I've tried.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2011 03:20:23 | More by Groomsy
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