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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 113 | 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 Bouleboubier
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Feint aroma of artificial lemon dish soap, color to match. Actually, somewhat resembles Bud in color, though slightly more yellow. Not pretty to look at, based on that.

From the pour, fridge-cold to glass, a nice bitter, lemony zing. Pencil-width head. Crisp, dry, champagne-like finish while it's still bubbling a bit. As it adjusts to the room, and all but loses the bubbles, the lemon comes out further, honey flavors take shape, and the feel smooths out, becoming, I admit, a moderately decent swig. The lemony quality dominates to the last drop.

Not all that bad, but not on par with the plis elite. No need to return.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a piss golden yellow color, little head and crystal clear. Bright vibrant yellow piss color.

Smell: Smells like a true german pilsner. Nice european aroma comming through with a solid crispness on the back end. Lemon peel and pith comes to mind.

Taste: Tastes very sound and crisp. Light in approach with lingering hop bite and disjointed bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly over carbonated, almost club soda like. Tingly hop bitterness leaves the palate semi-dry.

Drinkablility: Nice summer sipper. Great "lawnmower beer" but it has the umph to stand up to most white meat dishes.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Cmurren25 in a gracious thank you box.

I poured this into a standard pint and was surprised at how bright ad clear it was. It has been quite some time since I've had a Pils, so forgive this review.

This poured up with less than 1 finger of head, but the lacing is quite remarkable for such a light brew. And I mean light not just in the color. The body is light and airy and very refreshing. A floral and citrusy nose is certainly translated to the taste in a pleasant, innoffensive way. This is a good beer for those times when you want a beer, but you don't want to review it and think about it too much... It is like reading Ayn Rand. It passes the time.

I smell a lemony scent right now, as well a spicy note that mingles with the bittering hops and really smacks on the finish. I will blame the Hallertauer hops for that one! This really is a pretty refreshing beer, and the body, mouthfeel and carbonation level are in line with style. This isn't really my favorite style, so I'm trying to be objective--- but as decent as this beer is, I personally don't have any interest in drinking it again. If I wanted a hot weather beer, I would grab a nice pale ale or even a wheat beer over this one. That, is of course my preference, but I could understand why this particular beer is liked so much and is rated as highly as it is.

Overall impression- This is a great version of a style that I don't really care for. As such, it deserves a B+/A-, but this will remain a beer that I don't want to really have again.

Photo of BigDoug
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I love Troegs beers and wanted to try this since I'm a hophead and this is supposed to be a hoppy pilsner. It didn't let me down.

Pours a very very light clear yellow with a decent head that falls pretty quickly. To my surprise, it left a couple nice rings of lacing. Head is bright white and pretty rich for a pilsner.

Smell wasn't bad. Not as floral as I thought it would be since it's supposed to be a hoppy pilsner. Definately a nice smell and true to style just nothing special. Smells of pure ingredients malt and hops and no adjuncts.

Taste was surprisingly good. Bready and faint hop flavor. The bitterness is the high point of this beers taste. It has a refreshing long lingering bitterness that hits the spot for me. Tastes like a high quality pils but has more hop bite than your average pils. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was to style. I think the carbonation is lower than most pilsners but I like it cuz I don't like overcarbed fizzy beer. Light but not watery mouthfeel. Light fizz in the beginning but smoother medium carbonated feel halfway through.

Drinks like a light beer packed with flavor. Could drink this like Miller Lite but actually enjoy it. Great Summer brew.

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Scrapss
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just got done mowing the lawn...time for Sunshine Pils! Bottled in early March 2010, so you know it's fresh! Standard, boring, pint glass.

A: Crystal clear and very light straw. slight head that dissipates into a 1/32" thin disk. Wispy lacing.

S: Grassy, fresh scents. Nice. Nothing overpowering, just pleasant.

T: big flavor for a nearly clear beer. Any sweetness that might be there gives way quickly to a nice bitter finish.

M: watery, with clean, crisp finish.

D: Yeah, it is in a style that is inherently drinkable and it never failed to deliver. Complex enough to keep you interested, not heavy enought to stop you from the next.

I like. I will be seeking a full case of this for summer season sipping.

Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a solid gold color with not much head, but considerable lacing. The nose is intriguing, consisting of honey, fresh mown lawn and hay. The flavor profile is attractive, with some light honey initially that is quickly pushed aside by some biscuit, bread dough and hoppy bitterness. It's nice, though I do wish the beer had a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and drinkability is quite good. The alcohol is barely noticeable in this well made beer, and it comes across as light, crisp, and refreshingly bitter.

Very nice beer.

Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, some hops, a bit sour. Not a whole lot going on here. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a very mediocre offering.

Photo of alleykatking
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy pale golden straw yellow color. One finger white head comes and goes at a quick rate. Light ring lacing on the glass.

S- Light sweet malts mix well with a grassy hop scent. Some citrusy lemon grass earthy hints here and there as well.

T- Sweet malts come into play a little more in the front of this than I would have liked. Noble hops are a little faded and only come out in hints here and there. Light grassy notes in the entire beer. Sweet finish on this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light noble hops and a sweetgrass flavor is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Clean flavors throughout.

D- Refreshing drinker that I would love to get my hands on more of. Pleasant surprise from the boys at Troegs

Photo of donniecuffs
3.88/5  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.

Photo of PDXHops
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesty of Ryan011235, poured into a pilsner glass.

See-thru bright golden body with a modest white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aromas are mild but pleasant- floral, herbal, ligthly sweet and clean.

The flavors prove to be more interesting, with a grainy, wet hay malt and a grassy/lemony bite of hops. A hint of sourness. Lightly sweet, with a hint of something prickly along the lines of a sprinkling of white pepper toward the finish. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Goes down nice and easy. An enjoyable brew.

Photo of bosstone2987
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On: 12 oz. bottle poured into glass

Style: German Style Pilsner

Apperance: Clear, light gold; not many bubbles, but good head.

Nose: Floral and light; not a strong nose.

Taste: Very flavorful; medium body and medium-dry finish. Hoppy, crisp, and refreshing.

Commenting: I've not had too many Pilsners, but i tend to think of them being light in every aspect; flavor, feel, aroma. That being said, this beer was quite enjoyable. Light, crisp, refreshing, yet full and hoppy. Definitely a summer beer and I'll certainly remember it come June.

Photo of rye726
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a silky white head. Nice lacing and retention. Nose has grassy malts, light hops and some citrus. Taste has pale malts followed by crisp herbal hops. Light body is well carbonated. Nice pilsner from Troegs. Great beer drink outside on a hot summer say.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a single bottle of this while in MA. Bottled on 4/7/09. I didn't know it was 6 months old when I bought it, but I was surprised at how well it held up.

The pour was unimpressive. It was yellow, bright, and started with a big billowing head in the pilsner glass, all perfect attributes for a pils. But when it died down to a lame lace, the beer looked like a bad US macro lager instead of a great bright pilsner.

The aroma, after 6 months, is still very good. These American pilsners add more hops than the German style calls for, but all it does is improve the beer style. It's light, leafy, and slightly floral. Very crisp hop presence. Not as much hops as Prima Pils, which I had before, but it's still more than enough.

Flavor is light, simple....is refreshing a flavor? The bitterness isn't very strong. The malt is only a slight, sweet, hay flavor. The hops come through with a leafy, grassy presence.

The mouthfeel is medium for a pils. It doesn't get super dry, but its nice to have a decent bodied pilsner. Carbonation isn't quite "snappy" but maybe a step below.

This was a great surprise coming from a mixed six pack. If I were able to get troegs in CT, I would pick up more. This is on the same level of greatness as Prima Pils, which I've decided is the American Pils to judge all others against. I wonder how much better this bottle would be if it was fresh.

Photo of wampahoofus
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours light yellow with medium head and lots of carbonation.

The aroma is light and slightly hoppy. Maybe a bit of citrus.

Ah. This is summertime in a glass! It has a mild malt flavor with just touch of hops. The finish has citrus highlights with a hint of lemon. This will become one of my hot weather standards.

This is a very drinkable beer and goes down very quickly. I could drink 2 or 3 of these while playing a game of horse shoes while enjoying a cookout.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.7/5  rDev +26%
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 Arbitrator
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra from a trade with shuggy. Thanks Mark!

A: Pours a clear straw-colored body with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention, but no lacing down the glass.

S: Mostly grain with a component of grassy hops. A light hint of biscuit and citrus.

T: Pale, bready malt dominates. But it's surprisingly hoppy -- not overwhelmingly so, but enough that you notice them -- in grassy and floral varieties. I detect lemon near the end, which accentuates the dry and clean finish.

M: Medium-bodied. Kind of high ABV for a pilsener, isn't it? But it goes down very easily. High carbonation keeps it peppy and clean.

D: Quite a good beer. There are a few I like more in the style for their crisper, sharper flavors, but this is a solid offering.

Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jason's in Ellicott City. For my money, this is every bit as good as Victory Prima Pils, maybe even a touch better. Pennsylvania owns pilsners.

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color lasting white head and great lacing.

S - Aroma is malt, grain, and lots of grassy hops.

T - Pale malt, lemon, grain, and lots of spicy/grassy German-style hops on the finish.

M - Palate is dry, crisp , and light palate with nice lingering hop bitterness.

D - Very high. Great beer for the summer. Wish I still lived in Harrisburg - this makes me a little nostalgic, although not as much so as Troegenator, one of my childhood beers of choice, does.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunshine Pils pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a small, fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface of the beer. A thin line of lace circles the glass where the head once stood.

The aroma is faint yet has notes of crisp, toasted malt with some spicy hop character mixed in. Hints of fruity green apple are also present. Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a firm, fizzy feel on the middle of the tongue. It finishes moderately dry with a bitter finish.

The flavor is crisp pale grain, hints of green apple, lemon zest and a finish of floral hops. It finishes bitter with a lingering hop flavor once gone.

This is a very refreshing Pils that's good on a hot day.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light yellow gold color with a nice white head. Lots of carbonation rushing upward in the glass.

S - Very grainy. Smells like a macro...

T - Not bad. Nice hop bite to it, but well balanced. Dry maltiness after the initial hop bite. Clean and crisp like a good pilsener should be.

M - Very light, perhaps over-carbonated.

D - Would make a fine session ale, light and refreshing.

Overall a good representation of the style.

Photo of jneiswender
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 120z bottle into a tasting glass.

A-bright light yellow body with an white ring head

S-metallic, some grainy smell

T-nice grain flavor in the front some good hop balance in the middle and end. A touch of a fruit flavor as well in the middle.

M-light to medium, good carbonation

D-Good beer. Would be a nice beer with food like shellfish. I might have liked a little more of an assertive malt profile for this. Not as bready as the style should be.

Photo of confer
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow and absolutely clear.

S - sweet and fruity aroma

T- Near perfect pilsener, a small amount of hops are what you get and they stick around for awhile.

M- Bubble keeps coming

D- This is another great Pa. Pilsener. Great summer beer, refreshing and tasty.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for including this one in the Fight Club BIF.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a thin white head that retains quite well leaving good lacing by the styles standards.

Nose is a nice crisp grain smell. Some slight hoppage is noticeable as well. Very bitburgerish...beast likes...

Wow! A very nice pilsner. Crisp grain and an actually noticeable hop presence, even a slight bitterness on the finish. Very dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. A touch dry, but really not a big deal.

Drinkability is very solid.

Overall an excellent and very to style pilsner. This is up there with the better german exports, and certainly one of the best american examples ive had. A fine beer. Highly recommended for those pilsner requiring times.

Photo of happybear
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear golden color with white lacing, looks like summer in a glass

S- a faint odor of hops then follows through with a bready smell, not overpowering

T-nicely balanced, hops are there but not over powering

M- light bodied, well carbonated

D- easy drinking summer pilsner, slight hops, crisp finish. Enjoy several on a hot summer day and admire the lacing on your glass.

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color, a one finger of solid white head, retains alright leaving some wispy lacing on the glass. Nose is quite bready with some spicy, pepperish hops and a touch of citrus hops, nice malt presence. Taste starts with citrusy hops in the forfront, grapefruit and lemon is most detectable, lending in to a bready taste and a slight bite in the finish spice comes through here. Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, clean dry finish to it. This is a nice pilsner that one can sit with for a while.

Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.