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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,107 Ratings
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Ratings: 1107
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%


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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Dougal

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +33.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:30:09 | More by Dougal
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esv

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 23:56:45 | More by esv
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TheDeuce

New York

4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 02:25:22 | More by TheDeuce
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 19:27:06 | More by AnalogReigns
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kegerator

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 11:56:32 | More by kegerator
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myxomatosis

New York

4.65/5  rDev +24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:34:12 | More by myxomatosis
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 00:07:18 | More by woodychandler
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OddNotion

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 19:48:42 | More by OddNotion
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Wonka

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12FL.OZ.
BOTTLED ON 041805 (printed on glass below neck)
45 IBU's
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal
Hops: Saaz, Mitt. Hallertau
Yeast: Lager
Case purchased today at Westy's in Camp Hill, PA

Appearance - clear golden body; 3-finger thick white head to open with good retention; very good lacing

Smell - a smell of summer; grainy and a bit hoppy/metallic; great nose of a pilsener

Taste - big on grains; somewhat spicy; level of hops doesn't bowl me over but I wouldn't expect this from a pilsener; great grainy, hoppy, slightly lemony close; overall it's a nicely flavor-packed pilsener

Mouthfeel - zesty carbonation combos nicely with the flavor pop for an opener; medium moves to light; reasonably dry close

Drinkability - Sha-pow! Extremely quaffable

What an excellent summer brew. Vacation beacons; thus my ratings may be a bit skewed but if its leading to summer and the beer takes the mind there and its deemed by the tongue and palate as highly acceptable for sessioning in the heights of summer, I'd say Troegs' intention and resultant product are 'spot on'. A sixer of Sunshine Pils may last until the trip to OBX in 3 weeks.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 01:10:04 | More by Wonka
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall slender pils glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap. Review number 300 I always end up with a Troegs on my big number reviews 100,200,250,don't know why,but I do love Troegs.

White,creamy,fluffy looking head,good retention,but not a real tall head.Lively looking beer nice strings of tiny bubbles tightly knit streaming to the surface,leaving lots of clumpy lacing down the glass.

Clean,pleasing and inviting aromas,spicy,herbal and earthy,smells like Hallertau hops love those good German aromas. Smelled even hoppier than last year from what I can remember.

Clean taste,like the aroma, very earthy,woody,spicy. Nice hop tang light on the malt,great hop flavors. Finishes with a clean,snappy hoppiness with some citrus rind feel.

Light mouthfeel with some coarseness from the hop feel. Very easy drinking. Great summer session beer with puckering hoppiness,but an airee feel,great hop taste. Could drink this one all of a summer day long and have done it before. I'd recommend trying this beer this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 23:31:58 | More by jcdiflorio
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is good.

I had this on-tap last year and have since decided that the line was bad, because today this beer is fantastic and back then it was not. I really think the establishment was to blame.

This pils is a nice golden color with ample carbonation and a very light head of white. The smell is nicely sweet, with some wildflower and spice in the hop blend. The taste is really great. This has a really clean feeling and the malt lends a bit of doughy sweetness. The hops are done perfectly, with Saaz at the helm giving some pepper, quite a bit of lemon and orange, and a nice green taste I can only liken to fresh grass and honeysuckle. I'm floored by this. It's much more approachable than some of the super hopped pilsners out there and it walks the perfect line between sweet fruit and prickly hops. Troeg's continues to impress me. A midstate rival to PA's other favorite brewery? Perhaps....

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 16:27:58 | More by 99bottles
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NolanGTI

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A true stunner. Agreat summer brew and a real surpirse. Pours an extremely pale yellow with a nice creamy head and lacing that sticks around. Smell give some slight citrus notes, nothing overpowering. The taste is what knocks you out. easily drinkable by the six-pack, this beer has a nice Saaz finish with hints of grassy-ness and lemon. Have yet to serve this to a BMC drinker who doesn't love it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 21:09:54 | More by NolanGTI
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, bottled on 03/06/08, served in a pilsner glass.

A - clear, golden color beer with a nice white head that fell to a thin layer about halfway through, leaving some thin lacing.

S - bitter, German style beer aroma.

T - very good tasting brew. Starts out bitter, gets more bitter, finishes crisp and dry with a sweet after taste.

M - crisp and clean with good carbonation.

D - excellent drinkability.

Final Note: now that Tröegs brews are available at my local beer store, I will be going through plenty of this beer over the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 22:29:10 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This case was purchased within days of the beer being bottled and so is about as fresh as it gets without getting one from the bottling line.

Appearance: Clear bright golden yellow color, ½" white head that recedes to a nice ring of foam around the glass with a patch of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves a layer of finely speckled foam on the sides of the glass. Repeated sips continue to leave lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is clean, crisp and full of grassy, floral hops with lemon zest and a background of pale malt.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the bready malt. This is crisp and fresh with floral hops and lemon zest. The flavors trade places a lot in this one but the lemon citrus and the pale malt never completely disappear.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice light, soft, creamy feel from the carbonation. The finish is medium to long with the malt and hops trading places frequently until the dry soft lightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and drinkable beer, each sip followed easily from the last and I could drink them all night or for several nights in a row.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 21:59:03 | More by drtth
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 053111 09:34 BATCH # 110503.

Appearance: Pours a very German pilseneresque clear yellow with a thin, yet sticky white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Heavy pils malt aroma with a hint of hops. Very enticing. Outstanding!

Taste: Very dry and an appropriate hop flavor for the style. Slightly grassy and very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated and light enough to be very refreshing.

Overall: An outstanding representation of the style. In fact, I'd argue a better representation than the overly-hopped and infinitely popular Prima Pils. Too bad this is just a summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 13:54:43 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a standard pint. Pale transparent gold with a thin bubbly head. Head remained for quite awhile, leaving a bit of lace. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is excellent, and surprisingly full for a pilsner. Crisp hops and rich sweet malts form a great balance. The almost creamy sweetness to the nose really makes it. Very effervescent.

The flavor continues the balance presented by the aroma. Perfect level of hops for a pilsner, not too much, but enough to give it that sharp bitter bite. Crisp and clean with hints of lemon. Purely and simply just a great pilsner.

Drinkability is exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2007 16:25:56 | More by HugoGrim
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jayw73

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured much lighter than I anticipated. Light cloudy yellow color. Nice head retention, looks very inviting.

Has a fruity, flowery smell.

The taste is exceptional. Very crisp, nice taste of hop flavor on the finish, very smooth beer.

This beer is a fine example of a great tasting pilsner. Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2007 14:42:01 | More by jayw73
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goochpunch

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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, say, Prima Pils, 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. Probably the best pils I've ever had. Extremely impressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 23:03:51 | More by goochpunch
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generallee

New York

4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 20:59:34 | More by generallee
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Gasp100

Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 1/6 keg of this today. Pours a beautiful sunny gold color with a thick powdery white head and heavy lacing down the glass. The carbonation level is PERFECT and the smell is of fruit punch, sweet malt, grassy and earthy with just a slight touch of bitter hop bite. The taste is more of the same, clean strong mellow malt backbone with smooth and silky mouthfeel with a nice crisp aftertaste. This is unbelievably drinkable... this is on my list as a top 5 Pilsner and a welcome taste after a few too many Imperial Pils over the last few weeks. I could drink this anytime, anywhere morning, noon or night --- I'll try not to though. Will this be a seasonal that turns into a full time brew for Troeg's.... God I hope so!

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2004 19:12:48 | More by Gasp100
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dragonWhale

New York

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has quickly become a summer favorite and rightly so.. From its clear straw color throwing smatterings of lace upon the glass to its noble and floral aroma with a hint of grain behind it, it has all the makings of something wonderful before even the 1st sip has been drawn. But quickly a sip becomes a gulp, the beer becomes a nearly empty glass, and you realize in this heat, you'd better stay hydrated. Is a 6pack enough?
Crisp bitter that becomes a bit coarse mid-palate, lasting until a hint of sweet malt fades in at the end, leaving a lingering sense of purpose and pleasure. Or maybe I've been in the Sunshine a bit too long.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 18:25:10 | More by dragonWhale
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow (light gold) with a moderate white head and decent carbonation which leaves nice sheets of lace. Nice flowery hop (Saaz and Mitt Hallertau) bouquet. Nice malt and bitterness combination. Light-medium bodied with a light creaminess and a crisp dry finish.

Label states: "crisp. hoppy pilsner"

Per Troeg's glossy flyer: 35 IBU, Pils and Crystal malts, Saaz and Mitt Hallertau hops.

On neck: 061102 (2002 version)
Tasted: 03/12/03

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 12:51:24 | More by RBorsato
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another excellent beer from Troegs. Why did it take me so long to sample this one!? This is a lovely dark golden beer with a head of white frothy foam. The aromas are all crisp, herbal, german hops and nice bread-like malts. There is also a hint of lemon in there as well. The taste is hoppy up front, and there is a lovely flavor of fresh cut grass and pine needles as well. The middle of this beer is bready and excellent and the finish is crisp, dry, and oh-so refreshing! This is like prima-pils lite, but this is not a bad thing at all. The mouthfeel is light and very carbonated and the drinkability is damn excellent! A less hoppy Prima, that is almost better than Prima!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 20:54:09 | More by francisweizen
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear straw yellow with tiny bubbles of carbonation rushing to the top of the glass in a constant stream. Big rocky white head boasts great staying power and leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Classic pilsner smell: crisp and clean with grassy and herbal Noble hops, hints of lemony citrus zest, and a grainy, doughy malt base.

T: Noble hops hit first with light herbal notes and citrus zest. Grassy Noble hop flavors are present too. Very clean and crisp. Doughy malt base turns grainy in the quick, dry finish. Very good.

M: Light and crisp with lively carbonation.

O: Great beer. Refreshing and spot-on for the style.

Notes: One of the best American-brewed pilsners. Very tasty and refreshing, damn near perfect. Great drinking in the warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 21:35:34 | More by ryan1788a5
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plaid75

New York

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pale straw hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell was upfront peppery hop oil. Very reminiscent of Einbecker Pils.

The taste featured a sharp spicy hop oil flavor that cut right through to the tastebuds. There was also a nice light pale malt biscuity body and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was very clean and light. Very crisp.

Overall an excellent hoppy Pils. An absolute perfect summer beer. A toned down version of Prima Pils.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 00:36:21 | More by plaid75
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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.