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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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582 Reviews
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Reviews: 582
Hads: 1,507
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 20.26%
Wants: 51
Gots: 205 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 582 | Hads: 1,507
Photo of jds16
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale, white head fades to a nice little cap. I smell crackers, grass, floral, lemon pepper. I taste biscuit, herbal hops, lemon. Simple and straightforward, very light and sessionable. Dryness and prickly carbonation make this easy to drink, very refreshing.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

looks pale golden, transparent, a lot of big bubbles, more like a cava than a pils, 1/2 inch white head leaves lacing.
smell's biscuit, honey, hint of herbs, barely getting citrus/grapefruit
tastes like a well balanced pilsner, a little sharp/gapefruity up front and on the finish, but it is supposed to be a hoppy pilsner.
feels a little over-carbonated when sipped, this goes away and it feels very smooth by the mouthful, medium light, not watery
overall a very nice take on a classic pils, more citrussy hops makes it refreshing on a hot day, don't look for a really hoppy beer or be afraid it's not a pils.

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Photo of Beric
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 11 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the can, but I love the can artwork. Looks festive and summery which is great. I have a bottle in the fridge that I'm using to test the actual appearance, so I'll update when I get to it.

Smell: Biscuity lager notes definitely present in the nose, along with fresh-cut grass and a burst of herbal hops.

Taste: Fine herbal hoppiness present on the mid-body which gives the beer a nice burst of flavor without getting bogged down in lupulin goop. Exceedingly drinkable. Nice biscuity/white-bread malt backbone helps carry the beer down. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with high carbonation makes this one a quaffer.

Overall: A magnificent US brewed pilsener. Still distinctively American, but not as out of line as other, hoppier versions of the style. Would highly recommend to South German pilsener fans along with lager fans in general. A great summer beer.

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Photo of djkman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My craft lawnmower beer. Just an FYI I am a fan of this brewery. Nugget nectar. Mad elf etc. solid summer ale that I personally would drink year round. For there are times That are not summer you just want a good beer that is not hoppy or a stout or an ale loaded up 6 percent or higher.
This is a good solis pils from this brewery. And that's my review.

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Photo of dd43
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great German pilsner, had it on tap served in the unfortunate choice of a shaker pint but that's all the bar had. Nice and dry, crisp finish as you'd expect, noble hop flavors and most importantly the bready malt base that distinguishes great pilsners from the rest of the lot. Not quite up to the level of the best true German pils but Tröegs really shows their dedication to Bavarian beers with this one, as they do with most of their lineup.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review date 5-2-15. Pilsner glass. No bottle date.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear straw color. 1 finger off-white head, fades quickly to thin foam. Steady stream of midsize bubbles. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Some noble hops, very clean. A lighter touch on the aroma than some others in the style. (Take two, MLYP, Nooner).

Taste: Light, clean arrival. Clean pils malt across mid-palate leading into a beautiful floral noble hop finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of mid-weight. Good, solid carbonation, not overdone.

A perfectly refreshing pilsner. Definitely of the German, not Bohemian style. Less maltiness/breadiness. Eminently sessionable, and looks great in my glass. Not as hoppy as Nooner or as malty, but reminds me of Warsteiner. Will buy a 6er this summer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice, long lasting. lacing;

S: light malt, grainy, a bit of DMS; a hint of floral;

T: classic flavors; light malt ; a touch of malt sweetness up front; noble hops take over before mid-palate; mild to moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; crisp;

O: very refreshing and thirst quenching;

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale gold with a thicker cap of sticky white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is lighter, but has nice grass and earthy hops up-front with a subtle biscuit note. The taste is good, but much more hop-forward at first, favoring the noble hops more than the malt. This balances out a little over time. The body is a little thicker, but not heavy, and there's a nice steady carbonation to it

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: extremely clear, straw color, 1 finger head, well carbonated
N: very crisp and distinctive straw notes, light lemon pepper, some dry floral hop finish
T: extremely crisp, dry, light hop presence, smooth
B: light, crisp, carbonated body

Without a doubt my go to summer pils and love that this is now available in cans.

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Photo of Jawn-Doe
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw color. A foamy, pillowy head dissipates to a thin, translucent cap. Typical pilsner taste up front with a hint of lemon and peppery noble hops. Afterward, a bold hop snap explodes. This is where SP transcends the typical pilsner. (Without offending the style). It leaves an oily, resinous taste on the tongue. Great American interpretation. This beer is bold, dynamic, and refreshing. Will buy again soon.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Very opaque goldish-yellow color; similar to that of champagne. Great head and good retention.
S - Smells of hops with faint floral aroma.
T - Not too complex, straightforward and enjoyable bitterness of hops.
F - Very light feeling beer. Little carbonation, can't really note.
O - Great choice for a light summer beer. Very drinkable and pairs well with most food flavors.

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Photo of classixIII
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking a fair amount of pilsener lately and this is yet another good one. Pretty much what you would expect for the style, maybe a bit more hoppy than I prefer, but overall a very good beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Nice aroma of hops, malt and a slight floral backdrop.
Appearance- Pours a soft yellow with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice malt and hop flavor with a yeast or bread flavor tossed in.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a nice crisp understated finish.
Overall- A real good pils, I would drink this again.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice hopped pils, with a good malt back. Smooth, not fizzy. Poured a golden yellow with a nice 1 inch head that stays, creamy feel and look. Very nice. No European malt flavor. American made and tastes. Too bad the big boys can't brew one like this.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Excellent craft American pilsner. Light, lemony, perfectly balanced, and uber drinkable. I find a beer of this sort
more enjoyable than the craze of session IPAs out there, and I am a devoted hophead....

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Photo of Act25
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Sunshine in a glass: pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace. A bit sudsier than other pilsners. 3.3

S: Pilsner aroma of light malts and bright, grassy hops. Kind of plain. 3.3

T: Taste is bready w light flavors of malty grain, layers w hop bitterness. The after-taste is slightly soapy, bready and slightly bitter. 3.3

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is too sudsy/soapy for me. 3

OK at best, odd soapy quality. Like my pilsners razor clean.

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Photo of SkywardJ
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A- Hazy Yellow with a nice effervesence.
S- slightly floral
T- rich and smooth, very bright and crisp flavor. Perfect back porch beer.
P- Pairs best with a bleak, violent, desaturated atmosphere like Takashi Miike's OldBoy. Contrasts Dae-Suh's hopelessness nicely.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 4/25/14. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent pale yellow with a huge fluffy eggshell white head that eventually falls leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of corn and malts. Some pear and green apple in the mix, but it's very subtle. Flavors are clean and crisp. This stays pretty true to the style and doesn't try to be flashy or anything unique. There's not much of a hop presence going on, which is okay. There's a very subtle spiciness, and I mean subtle. Malts are there, but seem to take a backseat. Mouthfeel is great. It's light and crisp with a nice creaminess to it. It's slightly fluffy and very smooth. This is perfect for the hot weather.

This is a nice pilsener. It's extremely easy to drink and is something you can toss back all day in the summer. It's refreshing and thirst quenching. It's pretty standard for the style, but it's well crafted.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled awhile ago, 4/16. Poured 7/31.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow color, true to the style. Soapy white head floats on top with a good amount of lacing, and tons of carbonation streaming up from my laser etched glass.

Smell: Still smells fresh. Hay, wheat-like aroma, pale malts, and a slight hoppy note as well. Like many in the style, simple, light, but pleasant.

Taste/feel: Talk about a refreshing beer. Light on flavor, maybe even so for the style, but what's there is super tasty. No corny sort of flavor that sometimes comes through for me in the style, just crisp as hell.... and I hate the word "crisp." Light biscuit malt character with hay and a liiiittle bit of hops. Mmm, a fantastic summer beer. The feel is also awesome.. Super drinkable with what initially seemed like a thin body, but it's not quite watery. Solid carbonation, on-point for the style.

I've been drinking loads of crap like Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Labatt Blue, and even -- gulp -- Bud Light recently, so this hit the proverbial spot, and I'm probably overrating this a bit because of that fact.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours beautifully, with a couple fingers of sudsy head and reall nice lacing. Straw gold and clear as can be.

S - smells like not much really. Sort of a musty generic lager smell with a little honey sweetness.

T - Tastes musty for a split second, but instantly turns crisp and snappy, with nice lemon zing. There's some hay in the middle and pepper and grass on the finish, all in a very cohesive and subtle fashion. Maybe a tad on the sweet side for a pilsner.

M - mouthfeel is nice because it lingers on the palate much longer than you would expect, with some honey-like heft. A little chalky around the edges.

Overall, nicely structured and refreshing. I could drink this all day, though I wish it was a tad dryer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
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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Photo of EvoRich
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: I'm drinking this straight from the bottle. I can't really say much about the apperance.

Smell: Meh. Smell like what I remember smelling/tasting beer for the first time as a kid.

Taste: Same as the smell. I don't find this to be all that great. It's drinkable, but it's just my style.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied. Decent carbonation and thirst quenching.

Overall: I probably won't drink this again. I can't say this beer is Bad, but it's not something I'd really like to drink. Given to me, I'll drink it, but I'll likely never pay for it again. Troegs beers with me are hit or miss. Some I love, some I really dislike.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice light pilsner with a little citrus bite to it. Very refreshing. Fairly sweet finish, which could be off-putting but actually doesn't detract from the refreshing character. Good summer session beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into glass. 4.5% abv.

Appearance- Light and bright golden yellow and almost crystal clear. Lots of carbonation producing a thick white head.

Smell- Fresh bread and a grainy aroma. Sweet scent of lemon as well.

Taste- Sweet cracker malty taste comes on first that becomes more falvorful. The citrus notes also stick around on the back end, reminiscent to lemon just like the nose. A bit of a grassy taste is evident also. Very very faint hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin in the feel similar to a lager. Carbonation is high which is on par for the style.

Overall- On the refreshing side and goes down easy. The flavor was not really too bold. Not too far off from a Coors in my opinion. Still not bad and appropriate for a hot day as the name suggests.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a one finger head that falls to an eighth inch layer with erratic lacing. Pale gold color. Aroma is pilsner malt and grassy/spicy German hops. Flavor is subtle yet spot on with perfect balance of the malt and the noble hops. Mouthfeel is true to style. Damn good Pils.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.