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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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85
very good

1,101 Ratings
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Ratings: 1101
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was lightly lemony citric fruity but bitter and grassy and moldy and herbal tasting. Grassy aroma, golden colour and bit of head. Sweetness, light bodied. Crisp and dry aftertaste.An above average beer, and I am ranking it to style. On tap at the Standard Tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2005 00:04:57 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 15:28:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

This is how you start an afternoon. A new one for me, and glad I could give it a shot. This lovely pilsner was served cold and enjoyed with lunch on 06/21/2009.
 
The pour was about what I would expect, bright, light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a big white head on top. Decent settled left behind a good bit of lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Light aroma of citrus hops, blends with a big bready malt nose. Lots of interesting things going on in here for sure. Smooth, crisp, clean flavor. Nothing messing around here, this was just a straight up, hot summer day drink. Light hop aftertaste was enough to let it mellow out just a bit, but overall, very, very solid.
 
I could throw this down all day, really very well done and a fantastic version of the style. Another winner here.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 18:42:53 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale lemon yellow color with a perky white head that declines quickly and fails to leave any lace

Smell: Crisp noble hop aroma; rather lemony, although somewhat understated

Taste: Fruity peach and melon flavors up front followed by a crisp hoppy bitterness after the swallow; slightly metallic finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with relatively high carbonation

Drinkability: Superbly refreshing; the fruit profile is unique but very interesting

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:27:20 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color pils with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light floral hops with crisp hops is pleasant. Taste is also dominated by light floral malt with balanced sweetness and crisp dry hops. No adjunct could be detected which is nice but additional presence of Noble hops would have been even better. Well brewed and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 19:06:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing as it moves down my pilsner glass. The nose brings some light grainy notes as well as a bit of Noble hops.

The taste brings a nice amount of bitterness as well as some herbal and floral notes. Light grain fills out the light body, which has some nice carbonation. A really nice, drinkable summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:35:16 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear and very light yellow in color. A low amount of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles always covers the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grassy hops in the nose, along with some notes of grainy malts.
T: A mild amount of bitterness from the grassy hops stands out in the overall taste, which is not overpowering and balanced by the underlying grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a bit prickly on the tongue. The finish is very crisp and clean and has some dryness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing; the mild bitterness opens up your taste buds and palate so this is an excellent beer to start with.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:21:08 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 18:11:58 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Man, the bottle I picked up looks so much better than the one listed above. Sucks to be you, obviously. This guy pours a sallow color so clear Windex probably wants to contact Troegs for pointers. Seriously. This is capped by a tall, thick forest of white froth, which leaves some decent lacing behind as a death rattle. The smell is characteristically light, with notes of light lemon, wheat, and some hoppy citrus/florals. The taste is mostly a watery mixture of floral hoppy bitters, though some wheat-y citrus lies buried in the brewer's sands of time (industry secret, yo). The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a refreshing finish. I could see drinking this after laboring beneath a ravaging sun (though I wouldn't know: my domain is currently chilled by a perpetually-running air-conditioner) and being rather refreshed. I think it's time we ditched that worthless, bland water shit...what's it good fer, anyway?

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 20:56:43 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, but brilliantly yellow body is topped by an exceptionally creamy bright-white head that holds well, maintains a thin and creamy surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some very nice lace. Very tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface from all over the bottom of the glass; adding to its appearance. Very nice! The bouquet is quite floral with grassy, lightly citrusy (lemony), and mildly spicy hops (Saaz?) over sweet grainy malt. It's clean and fresh like the morning air after a spring shower. The body is light/medium; and it's delicately effervescent carbonation caresses the tongue. In the flavor, hops ride atop a wave of clean sweet malt that's very well-balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with a lingering note of lemony hop and sweet malt in the front of the mouth, and a dusty bitterness at the back of the throat. Really refreshing, but interesting as well. Exceptionally well done and well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2003 18:30:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a good amount of hops. It’s quite plain as you would expect from this style.

T: The taste is also very straight-forward with bready but light flavors of malt and grain, backed up by a decent burst of hops bitterness. Not a lot of sweetness, which is good for a pilsener. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink several of, it’s pretty refreshing as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 03:22:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent along with a dry, German hop aroma. It's crisp and clean with touch of graininess. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor. It's goes down easy with a mild hop flavor in the finish. It's a simple, easy drinking beer with little to no imperfections. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid pilsner. It's true to style and well brewed.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:24:58 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a strange. Beer is light yellow and clear. Forms a big white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is really weak. Nearly nothing.

Beer is thin and has a slight aftertaste of grains. Its a little bitter in the back and I wasn't expecting it. Overall its light and simple.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:50:20 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer as an extra.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops with pilsner malt. The flavor is pilsner malt as well as earthy and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:34:36 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

1.83/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If you look over any other reviews I've done you'll see I really don;t like Pilsners. This brew falls into that same category. I really found this beer to be incredibly light on flavor and mouthfeel. The only flavor I got was the gross fresh cut grass flavor that I really can't stand. For me this beer is not good. If you're into these styles you'd more than likely enjoy this one as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:44:53 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours almost clear with a slight yellowish tint. The color is not impressive at all, but the bubbly well-retained head makes up for it a bit.
The smell is a slight hop, yeast aroma. It's a bit musty. Nothing much else. It lacks the grainy aroma that this style should have.
The taste and mouthfeel are heavier than the appearance and the smell. Almost too heavy for the refreshing summer drink that this should be. It is a bit watery, but the hops and yeast, which I did not find particularly well-balanced, make up for the wateriness.
The mouthfeel was not awful, but it was not as refreshing and clean as the style should be.
It's not complex enough to be anything but a pils, but is too heavy in the mouth to be refreshing like a pils should be. The aftertaste lingers for awhile, but not in any refreshing way.
While it is not terrible, there are much better examples of the style for the same price or less.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 22:49:42 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a slightly foggy straw color. A white head of large carbonation bubbles doesn't stick around. Nose is clean with a touch of citrus it seems. Flavor is clean at first with a slight earthy metallic aftertaste hitting only after some time. Feel has a lower carbonation to it sending big bubbles over your tongue. Very drinkable. Definitely a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:15:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden pale note with a bright white frothy head leaves big sporadic chunks of lacing behind with each sip. Aroma: Grassy hop presence with a zesty Saaz bite to it when you get down to it very citrusy in nature nice hops semi sweet pale malts barely peek through which is a good thing. Taste: Classic hoppy pils here starts out with the citrus, grassy, and pepper notes of the hops finishes softly and a bit dry with the pale biscuit malt sweetness. Perfect blend of flavors but the hops quench my hophead desires, good stuff. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied brew with a nice fuller carbonation typical of the style, dead on this beer has character. Drinkability: Lawnmower beer all the way may just pick up a case when I get situated in my apartments this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 16:27:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin head that had some large bubbles hugging the sides of the glass. The aroma was great for a pils, huge amounts of malt, lemon, and hops. The flavor follows the aroma as malt and bitterness is nicely balanced. Citrus tones are all over this one.

There is a slight smooth mouthfeel with some crispness at the end. There is a subtle spicy bite during the finish. The malt lasts on the tongue for several seconds after swallowing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 13:15:57 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good initial head that settles into a single layer of fine bubbles. Clear greenish yellow color. Spotty lace to start; disappears by the end of the tasting.

Raw grain smell dominates the odor. Light hop in the background.

Good hop presence in the taste; some raw grain. Not as crisp as some--full body with above average amount of carbonation. The aftertaste has an element of lactose, but it's mostly hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 19:26:13 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is right on for an American pils, its got everything it should have and nothing it shouldn't, while remaining interesting enough to keep my attention though several. it has a barely cloudy bright yet pale yellow color, with an inch of white foam that recedes back into the glass slowly. I smell classic german pils malts, light and clean, refreshing for sure, with all kinds of citrus in both lemon and hops. a uniquely refreshing taste, hopped better than most, but still malt forward and nicely balanced. I have always admired the bigger beers from troegs, but this one proves they can cover the spectrum. this is a great summer beer, a good potential segue into craft for those who don't already drink it. fizzy carbonation and a clean finish, I could session this stuff all summer. fantastic when ice cold, not as much when it warms up, so slug it down.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 14:36:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a single at Liberty St. Tavern.

Overall, a pretty nice pils, but it lacks the malt complexity of a great one. The hops dominate and there's a nice lager tang that goes along with it. The hops are grassy, herbal and citrus, all quite tasty with a perceived bitterness on par with decent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 15:40:12 | More by tempest
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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
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tumbler glass served cold at the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, PA.

A: I forgot how pale the pils is. It is a carbon copy, appearance-wise, of a Bud or Miller. The pale straw color does not obscure the body though and, other than bubbles, there are no imperfections or sediment.

S: The nose is sharp, cut nicely by a strong earthy hop aroma that combines the herbal and grass elements. Pale malts also stand by, adding a grainy effect.

T: The taste is front-loaded with noble hops. The result is a bitter taste that has grassy herbs and touches of lemon peel. The bitterness is quickly washed away by the carbonation, leaving the grains, pale and bready, to linger on the palate.

M: The mouthfeel is not overwhelming. The hops are present but not concentrated, reducing the bitterness angle.

D: Very drinkable, a good lawnmower beer to say the least. This is not my first go-to in the Tröegs family but it would work in a pinch.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 12:11:48 | More by akorsak
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