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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 nickd717
4/5  rDev +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.

nickd717, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

WanderingFool, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

BeerPhan86, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
3.28/5  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.

jneiswender, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of confer
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

confer, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of happybear
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

happybear, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Jayli, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

generallee, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date stamped directly on bottle.

Poured a typical clear, yellowish, golden color of a pilsner style. The very small white head quickly subsided leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of noble hops and malts; again, pretty much what you would expect for the style.

True to the german style, the bitterness of the hops is the dominant flavor. Very refreshing with a faint sweet aftertaste. Nice and zesty taste.

Moderate carbonation is perfect for a pilsner. Clean and light bodied.

Very flavorful and perfect for the hot summer months. There is nothing distinct about this pilsner interpretation but it is faithful to the style.

jkrich, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small head. The aroma is of citrus hops with barely, not overall complex but more than you usually get for a pilsner. Taste is again like the smell there is some citrus hops and some barely present, again it is more complex than most pilsners. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. The drinkability is abover average on this, for the style it is solid and it does have some complexity. You could drink a lot of these, it is very smooth and flavorful.

goblue3509, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased for $1.50 at Heinen's in Greater Cleveland last week into my SA Summer Ale goblet.

A Basic Pilsener look of translucent yellow body under a brief white head with some lacing as I sip. 3.5

S Citrusy barley malt, some hops.

T Very grainy (barley) Pils with minimal hops and a bit of citrus. Right on target for the style.

M Light, refreshing (as it was intended).

D High as is the intention I believe.

adamette, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Celebrating Michael's proclivity to his helmet and, to a lesser degree, new cigars from J&R...
Glassware: Paulaner pilsener...
Appearance: rocky, white mountainous head sits atop golden yellow-brown body, clear and frefreshing to the eye...
Aroma: definitely hoppier than pilseners I'm used to--and I don't indict Troegs for trying something different; the light citric accents are subtle and remind me summer is to come...
Palate: balanced and abbreviated presence; a pretzel/chip beer by style, but its light floral fizz may demand lighter fair as an accompanyment...
Taste: Light in the tastebuds, with the hops adding a subtle, wheatlike flavor to the malt's base....highly drinkable by the sixes...
Overall: Mission accomplished here--a summer deck companion for lighter cigars, party food, more beer and friends--tonight I've got all but the friends, and it still works...

dacrza1, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow with a white head. Head has some legs and leave a little lace on the glass.

S- Citrus and honey with a little hop pine going on in the background.

T- Some malt at first followed by a nice bite of citrus which leads into a slightly bitter hoppy bite for the finish.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Finish is quick and clean with the slightly bitter bite of the hops.

D- Nice summer beer, easy to drink and at 5.3% ABV it's a session one.

Great one for a hot summer day.

ToddT, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a tight cap of bone-white carbonation, good retention and lace, the lager is a clear golden hay color

s: crisp and noble hops upfront provide a range of nice herbal aromas on a body of clean pilsner malts, mildly and appropriately sulfuric

m: lively carbonation just on the high side of medium, body light but not thin

t: flavorful pilsner malt body carries a big, crisp noble hop flavor and a delicate touch of sulfur, excellently balanced with a sharp and cleanly hoppy finish coming in just after the swallow

d: easy, and up there with Prima as one of my favorite American examples of the style

single from Westover Market, Arlington, VA...bottled 06/01/09

blackie, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden yellow body with a nice white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Citric and floral hops. Some grain and grass mixed with a clean lemon notes.

T: Nice floral hop bitterness takes center stage. The grainy malt backbone holds up well as this delicious pils serves up a summery citrus profile.

M: Smooth and light bodied with a crisp finish.

D: Not the best german pils, but its right there as the most refreshing pils.

callmemickey, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color; nice head initially which tapers off into not much more than a slight layer of lace on the top.
Pronounced grassy scent from the barley and floral hop character; an overall breadedness to the aroma as well.
Vegetal and fruity; the malts and decent hop character balance well together to provide a crisp, easy-drinking pilsner which is a step above the rest.

Natural510, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Tröegs Sunshine Pils is a clear, pale golden beer with a nice, elastic white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a fruity, grassy aroma with perhaps a note of pine. It has a smooth medium body with a gritty, caustic finish. It tastes nice and bitter with fruit and wood flavors. It demands attention. It leaves you thirsty, but it tastes nice.

yesyouam, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

argock, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass. Thanks, kadonny!

Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow. Thin white head retains fairly well and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

Lemony nose. Grainy and grassy, but lemon is dominant.

This is hoppier than most pilseners I've had, which I like. The bitter lemon hops give a nice zest to the grainy and bready malt flavor. Fairly bitter hop finish.

Very crisp and refreshing. Dry, but not bone dry, finish. The body seems to have slightly more heft than I'm used to in a pilsener, which, again, is more to my liking. Very, very easy drinker. Very tasty pils.

Gyle41386, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What another great looking beer from the Troegs brother's!! I am impartial to German Pilsners, but this one is another outstanding crafted brew by Troegs. It pours a rich cream head and your glass may need to be cleaned after drinking this brew. Nice scents of a bit of pine and toasty german malts. Easy to drink and quite hoppy for a pils. I will be getting this one again real soon.

bigdeuce, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm into my 2nd case of this for the summer but have never reviewed it. It's not my favorite PA pils but it's relatively cheap and easy to come by, and very drinkable. I actually like the Scratch 17 better, but this is still a very solid beer.

Pours a very light, clear straw yellow with two plus fingers of white head. Head retains very well, with a solid lace and some webbing on the sides.

Nose smells of grassy and lightly citrusy hops. A bit of spice, as well, along with some grain.

Taste has a nice smack of grassy and moderately bitter hops. Like the nose the hops also have some spice and citrus to them, and overall the hops do most of the work on this one. There is some biscuity, almost toasty grain flavor, but it's light and the hops are most apparent.

Mouthfeel is crisp but I'd say it's just a tad too thin. It's quite light, and I'd rather penalize here than taste. Carbonation is ample and appropriate.

As stated before I think this is a very solid pils; an easy drinker that I gladly keep around during the summer.

number1bum, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden yellow with a thin frothy head. Lacing is minimal, head retention is weak.

Smells of sweet citrus, hop and light malt.

Taste is pretty balanced.Starts with mild malt and citrus notes, wheat, and a mild bitter hop finish. Malt seems weak.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth to start with a crisp finish. Body is light to medium.

Drinkability is good. I could drink quite a few of these over the summer and its one of the best "summer" brews I've tried yet.

LumpyGuitar, Jun 23, 2009
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.