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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1100
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%

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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief write-up regarding a fresh batch on-tap. This was everything I had hoped for - a refreshing, easy drinking pilsner with a pleasant earthy/lemony hop profile. No, it won't win awards for complexity or depth, but when you're washing down some delicious "steamed crab" chicken wings, I can't think of a better beer for the task. I also think it does an okay job of coming across bigger than it really is, both in mouthfeel and flavor, without ruining its drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 02:51:17 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of garuda


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw, white head has nice retention with some lacing.

S - Bready, biscuit malts with an herbal, floral hop finish.

T - Taste is a little more hoppy than the aroma. Hay, grass, some lemon, floral and herbal. Finishes with a lingering pine/grassy bitterness.

M - Light, refreshing, finishes crisp and clean.

O - Another solid pils from PA. Wish I had gotten it in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 15:00:05 | More by garuda
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Amity Hall in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, light floral hops, and some earthy notes. Floral notes are nice.

t - Tastes of floral hops, wheat, grains, bready malts, earthy notes, light citrus hops, and light fruity malts. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, the body is smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink and great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a good pilsner; I could see a lot of non-craft beer drinkers enjoying this one. The nose doesn't have a ton going on but the taste is much better, and it is super easy to drink. Could definitely see myself having it again if I was looking for a pislner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 15:05:32 | More by mdfb79
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a standard pint at Al’s Wine and Whiskey in Syracuse

Appearance (4.0): Medium gold, 1/2-finger fluffy white head with some lacing; moderate haze. Could use more head, but what's there is nice and creamy.

Smell (4.0): Very American-smelling hop profile here: piney and citrusy notes underneath a cloud of very floral hops. There’s some lightly sweet, pale malt in the nose. Very nice.

Taste (4.5): Hop-forward, but yields to that crisp malt body quickly. It’s got a long, moderately bitter finish, coming after that nice, lightly sweet malt body. Yeast is pretty neutral, does not stand out but you can tell it’s a lager. Malt and hops are nicely balanced, hops aren’t too heavy but the malt base gives them enough room to express themselves fully without tearing your tongue out.

Mouthfeel (4.5): DRY, crisp, inviting and light. This is a quaffer. No problem having a few pints of this in one sitting.

Overall (4.0): Thank god not all pilsners taste the same. This is a high-drinkability, hop-forward pilsner with a hop profile that feels very American. Website says they used Saaz and Hallertau, but it doesn’t taste very Old World, like Prima Pils does, for example. I got less spicy / herbal and more citrus / floral from the hops, personally. Whatever the case, I enjoyed this very much!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 16:05:57 | More by fmccormi
Photo of corby112


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Johnny Brenda's.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Small streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with an earthy hop presence that counters the sweet pilsner malts. Hints of pine and citrus fruit along with some grass and straw. Faint light fruit as well.

Thin bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that provides a decent amount of bitterness without overpowering the other flavors. Earthy with hints of grass, straw and pine. This is countered by subtle citrus notes from the hops as well as sme light fruit, especially apple and pear. A bit watered down but still well balanced and easy to drink, especially during these warmer months.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 02:14:53 | More by corby112
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a 1 finger cloudy while head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing as the beer goes down; a ton of bubbles race up the glass, leaving a creamy layer on top.

Smells of sweet malt, wheat, grass, hay, lemon zest, light yeast and light citrus hops; a pretty mellow nose overall that was rather faint but still pretty nice.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, wheat, grass, hay, lemon zest, light yeast, floral hops, citrus hops, grains or other earthy tones, and a zesty citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with high carbonation, a light body and refreshing overall feel. A great session beer that went down fast and easy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 02:45:34 | More by CHickman
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty solid pilsner. Not much of a smell to it. Pours a light yellow/straw color. Slight foamy head that lasts throughout, leaving a faint lacing along the glass. Taste is very good -- dry and malty. Nothing spectacular, but went very well with the kilbesa on pretzel bread sandwich I was having.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 02:31:23 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of warnerry


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 21:09:33 | More by warnerry
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow with a pure white two finger head that fades quickly and leaves behind a slight lacing.

S- A light hoppy aroma along with some sweetness. Its profile reminds me of a fresh crisp beer.

T- I love the character of this beer. The hop bitterness is pronounced throughout the entire sip, but its not overpowering, and fades nicely. There is also a hint of a very light sweet and malty flavor.

M- A very light and low carbonated mouthfeel.

D- Highly drinkable. Could easily kill a six-pack every summer night.

This is one of my favorite warm weather beers with character, if not my favorite. The hop character of this beer is excellent. It is highly drinkable. Victory Prima Pils definitely has more hop character but can be over powering after a few. Sunshine Pils is a lighter version of Prima Pils, perfect for late spring or summer night. I remember having this for the first time at a local beach themed bar on a hot summer of night, I fell in love instantly after the first sip.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 04:06:09 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of jlindros


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at prezo

Nice creamy fizzy 1+ finger head fades semi quickly over brilliantly clear light golden translucent and mostly no colored beer.

Nose has nice light pilsner malts, bit of straw and toasty wheat, light fruity lager yeast, and light fruity hops.

Taste starts with a nice toasty pilsner malt, straw, light lager yeast fruity flavors, crisp and clean, some light spicy and grassy as well as fruity hops, light bitterness, very drinkable. A mild sweetness fades quickly to a nice dry finish, very clean and crisp, light bitterness and mild spicy and grassy hop finish.

Mouth us a bit lighter bodied with decent carb.

Overall a great pils, nice malts, light and nice hop addition, crisp and clean, great summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 11:40:55 | More by jlindros
Photo of smakawhat


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a shaker pint glass.

A simple white head that looks a little foamy is presented, sitting on a pale gold lemon/straw clear body. Simple carbonation from the bottom and not much lacing from the bottom. Looks like sunshine indeed.

A very unexpected nose but a good one. Melon, literally the first thing I felt was cantaloupe and some simple malted grain. Man evaluating a light beers nose is hard sometimes for me.

Taste is a simple crispness, with a faint but sharp hop spice. Once again there is that melon cantaloupe thing going on, and there is a slow but small faint baked bread on the finish. A little fizzy and carbonated.

This is pretty good for style, but I think I'd go for Prima Pils over this for it's Pennsylvania brother connection. However, if melon is your bag this is your summer melon beer right here.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 21:57:38 | More by smakawhat
Photo of orangesol


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Troegs tasting room into a Pilsner Glass.

A - Pours straw yellow with a thick pillow of one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a tick film, leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pale, dry, malt with some earthy hops cutting thru it toward the end. Some very faint citrus fruits come out as it warms up a bit but I really don't get more than that.

T - The initial crisp feel is enveloped quickly by the huge amount of chewy malt. Mixed in with all that chewiness is hints of grassy hops and dulled citric fruits. Finish is just as chewy as the start with plenty of it sticking around long thru the finish. I am not sure but I have a feeling this draft might have been from the bottom of the keg. I like this beer a lot, it is one of my go to beers during summer, but the overall chewy feel really wears on you over the course of multiple servings.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering long thru the finish.

D - Not bad. I do enjoy this time of year when the sunshine comes out. The only drawback to this beer is the over the top chewy feel. It really prevents me from having more than one or two of these at a time. Still solid tho.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 19:58:14 | More by orangesol
Photo of JayS2629


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery tap. Fresh.

A- Light transparent yellow with fizzy head and fun carbonation bubbles.

S- Mellow hops, citrus and sweet bread.

T- Watery, with crisp mild hops a bit of spice and a biscut like undertone.

M- Carbonation is high and spritzy, but not too much. Light bodied.

D- Very easy to drink. Slight citrus tones. Very good pilsner style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 03:22:36 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a frosted glass at the Nantucket Lobster Trap restaurant this summery specialty shows a very clear, pale straw gold color with a healthy white crop of head and plenty of lacing foretelling a good quality brew. The aroma is skunky cereal wheat and rice, much to my liking for pilsners, deep in doughy bread sourness. The flavor speaks of fairly creamy citrus rice and light rye wheat. This pleasant taste suits me. It's got the kind of crisp refreshment you look forward to but it feels pretty chewy for a pilsner, creamy with relatively subtle, "tiny" carbonation. Unusually smooth without sacrificing too much of the refreshing quality you expect from a pilsner. Very edible and equally drinkable. Great with food and flavorful on its own merits. A highly satisfying pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 05:01:28 | More by Durge
Photo of david18

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this because one of my favorite bartenders at one of my favorite bars said this was a good beer and she really seemed to mean it. I also liked this beer but would not put it in my list of great german pilsners. A little on the smooth side to be considered a german pilsner and not quite bright enough but a very good summer drinker which, if it gets hot again, i'll have a few pints of.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 17:54:37 | More by david18
Photo of dwarvenfriend


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


Beer was poured into a 20oz imperial pint. Had a nice bright white head with a good bit of lacing.


Nice soft floral notes with a touch of fresh hops, yet not as much as you might expect from a Pilsner


Beer was very soft, the floral notes carried over to the taste but the hops seemed be lacking. Again, for a Pilsner I expected a bit more hoppiness. There was a biitter after-taste that I found unappealing.


The Mouthfeel was lacking, there was just not much. Everything about it was fleeting.


For a light, Summer beer, this one was o.k. Light, drinkable, a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 04:11:29 | More by dwarvenfriend
Photo of mrgrinch

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

There are five categories to evaluating a beer with your review:

Appearance - Beautiful golden color. Robust carbonation. Very clear and inviting.

Smell - Nothing about the smell jumped out at me. Could be the temperature at which it was served on tap. Smelled like beer but not overpowering.

Taste - Tasted like grain and was very clean. There was a bit of lingering bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This beer really felt thin, almost too thin. Nothing you could really sink your teeth into.

Drinkability - German Pilsner is one of my favorite styles of beer. This one has a beautiful look to it, but pretty much the other aspect of it left me wanting. Not a bad beer and certainly drinkable, but not earth-moving for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 23:11:20 | More by mrgrinch
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at TJ Rockwells.
Served to me with a small bone white head. Pale gold in color with good clarity. Smells fresh with just a kiss of grassy hops and a little grainy husk smell. Taste is clean and mild. More balanced than than most but still has some good hop flavor. Mouthfeel is fluid and lively and is only slightly dry on the finish. Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer afternoon. Overall, a decent pils that is an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 20:36:54 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of BeerCon5


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with very little fluffy white head, good lacing throughout though.

The scent wsa of grains, some citrus and floral hops.

The taste was of citrus right away, it then gave way to fairly bitter herbal hops. There was also a hint of spiciness.

Light bodied, smooth and very crisp, average carbonation.

This was a pretty decent beer, very easy to drink a few. Pretty good flavor, also quite refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 20:35:06 | More by BeerCon5
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 3/29/10

On tap in the Troegs sample room it pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a white head that displays minimal retension and a little bit of lace clings upon the glass. Nose is slight piney hops with a note of sulfur twang. Taste is bitter upfront from the pine-like hops with some notes of sulfur clashing with the slight malty character. Finishes relatively clean and crisp, slightly bitter. Light feel with minor carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 17:45:41 | More by stakem
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly transparent gold into a pilsner glass, with obvious quantities of carbonation, two fingers of bright white head, and great lacing. The smell was certainly Noble hops-ish, with floral notes, grass, hay, and dry bitterness. The flavor certainly echoed the nose, with herbal hints throughout, and a nice crisp dry finish. Nicely carbonated, light mouthfeel. A great session pilsner. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 06:04:53 | More by donniecuffs
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Fins Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Poured a very clean and clear straw amber color with a thin head of white foam and loads of carbonation. Lacing is nil.

S: Smells fairly faint and zesty with a clean cereal malt smell and some light dry hops.

T: Taste is crisp and grainy with toasted biscuit flavors and a little bit of lemon peel. Hopping is slight and clean, mostly to add balance and zest. Just a bright drinking, slightly sturdier pils.

M: Mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean and very refreshing.

D: A great summer quencher, but not a lot of character beyond thirst quenching. A nice pairing for fish and lighter summer fare, so in that regard, it's a good enough brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 23:16:44 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 22:51:46 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of argock


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in 20oz clear pint glass at 12th Street Taphouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing bright lemon yellow with thin cap of white head and numerous lace formations down the glass.

S: Delicious bready aroma is first but quickly followed by strong noble and floral hops aromas.

T: A beautiful, complex pils that measures up to any of the big boys. Bold biscuit, bready flavors with light lemon flair are met with spicy, sharp noble hops and accented by some floral hops notes. Very satisfying brew.

M: Great crisp mouthfeel with medium-full body and perfect carbonation to give it the right level of activity without being fizzy.

D: A top-notch pils that puts a nice body and strong but not overdone hopping to offer up one of the finest on-tap pilsner. In the bottle, it's Victory Prima Pils for me. But on-tap Troegs Sunshine outshines PP but maintaining firm but even hopping to give a more balanced, fulfilling flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 04:13:33 | More by argock
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly cloudy, bright golden color. It was served to me with a white fizzy cap that faded to lace.

s: Slightly sweet, biscuity grains and some fairly assertive floral, grassy hop aromas.

t: Lightly sweet up front with a floral, almost spicy finish. Very refreshing!

m: Crisp with long lasting carbonation. The mildly earthy aftertaste lingers for quite awhile.

d: PA is supposed to be a great state for pilsners. I'm just now begininning to appreciate that fact. Good stuff from Troegs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2009 09:40:39 | More by DIM
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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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