Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 110 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Dougal
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a lager/pilsner beer should taste like.... very clean, crisp taste.... the hops are pleasantly sharp... compared to prima pils it is cleaner and more direct to the point of a good lager where prima wanders in it's flavor towards maltiness.... Sunshine Pils stays with the crisp hoppiness and it's perfect for summer

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of esv
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A) Crystal Clear. Light champagne color. Streams of tight bubbles rushing towards a tight, white head. Lacing is substantial.

S) Light grain and pleasantly hoppy. I'm not able to pick-out noble hops in general, but I wonder if these are noble. They are not particularly floral or citrusy. No grapefruits, no oranges. A little spicy, some grass maybe lemon.

T) Gentle sweetness. Subtle grain. Bread. Dryish. Slightly spicey hop flavor. Assertive bitterness that is crisp and refreshing.

M) Light bodied. Med-High carbonation.

D) Sky high.

Great German pils. Great beer.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.78/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sunshine Pils....

Appearance-pours a radiant golden color with a huge three fingers of head that lingers with big bubbled carbonation, exceptional clarity on both the body and head of the beer, making it a pleasure to look at. Huge amounts of lace stick to the glass as well.

Smell-Saaz, tons of Saaz hop aroma, a little pilsner malt to balance it out but spicy hop aroma dominates the nose begging me to drink it.

Taste-light and crisp but with a flourish of Saaz hops, the hops dominate with malt desperately trying to balance but failing as the hops dominate all the way down.

Mouthfeel-hoppy and bitter, leaves a bitterness of hops on your toungue leaving you thirsty for more.

Drinkability-quite a nice pilsner, at only 5.3% you can have many and enjoy the sheer hoppiness of it.

Overall-a superb pilsner, as a person who likes hops I think this is among the best pilsners around and along with Victory's Prima Pils sets the standard for craft-brew German style pilsners, a shame this is only a seasonal. An absolute Saaz hop explosion. Pick this one up NOW.

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4.76/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks lovely, with a long lasting lace head that sticks to the glass (always a good sign)

Has an aroma of unique, citrus hops combination--not of a Western IPA exactly, but approaching that.

Taste is totally unique amidst pils, and must be a combination of traditional noble hops and west coast citrusy tasting hops. Very (very) interesting, and refreshing in a well ballanced, but, quite hoppy pilsner. NOT for your typical bud drinker!

Good solid mouthfeel...exactly right for a pilsner.

Very drinkable, especially in warm weather...

Photo of kegerator
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very nice. definitely a top shelf pilsner
pours a light yellow straw color with a big 2 inch head thats creamy and sticks around leaving good lacing throughout.
smell was floral with hints of orange and bread dough.
taste was a very nice blend of citrus/floral hops and a nice background of carmely malts.
its smooth yet crisp and finishesd slightly dry. The hops do not overpower and its definitely not too sweet. it had this creamy mouth feel almost butterty like on the tongue that i really enojyed.
very very nice refreshing pilsner.

Photo of myxomatosis
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours pleasant, clear and light yellow, with an inch of foamy head which recedes over one or two minutes. Some lacing, but not much.

S - Nice and light; smells a little fruity, with a slight breadiness.

T - Clean and crisp, with some hoppy bitterness; not at all overwhelming. Again, a subtle bready note to the aftertaste. Nice and tasty.

M - Refreshing and thin-ish. Not overcarbonated, and bubbles are pleasingly small.

D - Delicious, light and easy-drinking. Great summer seasonal; fairly thirst-quenching. ABV is probably borderline high for a session beer, but I could definitely see having more than one of these in a session.

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4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Fantome Tulip

Appearance: Transparent gold. A careful pour produces a one half finger white head that leaves lacing. A lot of caronation bubbles come up from the bottom.

Smell: Light, sweet, lemony. Nothing overpowering but it does happen to be quite pungent for a Pilsener.

Taste: Light, sweet, fruity, refreshing. I may have found the perfect Summer beer. I would never expect to notice any alcohol in a 5% beer and I do not here either. Probably the best tasting pilsener I can think of.

Mouthfeel: Perfect to style. Very light, nice and carbonated.

Overall: Another winner from Troegs. This was the last of the seasonals I have tried from them and now I can say that they officially have my favorite seasonal lineup from any brewery. The numbers may seem a little high but reviewing to style and comparing to other Pilseners, this is far and away my current favorite.

Photo of woodychandler
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No visit to Pinocchio's in Media is wasted when it comes to The CANQuest (TM)! CANs of every stripe seemed to line their shelves, including this one, which is fitting since I first had this beer at the Iron Hill (Media) Brandywine Valey Brewers' Festival many years ago.

From the CAN: "Crisp. Hoppy. Pilsner."

I miss the anthropomorphized sun, beating down with an angry look on his face, but the Crack! took place in his absence. An inverted Glug was next and we were off and running. It quickly settled into two fingers of dense, bone-white head with very good retention and I suddenly felt nostalgic for our salad days together in Harrisburg. Color was a fittingly beautiful sunshine yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. The nose was redolent with grassy Noble hops underlain what smelled like lemon zest. The Trogner brothers have been tight-lipped as to the lemony quality of this beer since its inception, but that is what makes it stand out in a crowd. I CAN identify it blindfolded, if need be. Wonderfully sticky lacing formed as I typed and so it was time for a sip. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and as always, it was the best iteration of the style that I know. It CANtains a biscuity maltiness, a grassy hoppiness and the characteristic lemoniness that makes it unique, IMHO. It makes me want to swoon in delight. Finish was crisp and dry, but not gaspingly so. It is a great summer beer and I am elated to see that they have begun putting it in CANs!

My original, on-tap review dtd 05 Mai 2008, scores 5; 4.5; 4.5;4.5; 5 follows:

It was Lager Sunday, boys & girls! I was out to Sly Fox (PHXville) for goat racing and bocks of every stripe. Upon returning home, it was more lager-style beers at my local (Brendee's Cafe - N. Mary & W. Lemon Sts., LNC, PA).

It arrived with a foamy, bone-white head with low retention. The color was a lemon-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity (truly bright). The nose had a light lemon-citrus scent. It looked and smelled like summer. The mouthfeel was medium with a definite Saaz hops bite on the tongue. It must be nice to have access to the good hops during a time of drought. The finish was refreshingly dry. Yummy!

I have to give props to Sly Fox Pikeland Pils; Victory Prima Pils (Silver); as well as Stoudt's Pils, but if you like Pils, Troegs ain't no slouch, baby.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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