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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 38
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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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 czfreeman


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a straw-lemonade color. lots of lemony tart hops, some grassy aroma, actually "sunny" to get a little corny. Flavors are spot-on pils-slightly bitter, tart, light, well balanced. Troegs nailed this one on the head. If you be drinking Pils in Germany during the summer, drink Troegs and Victory Prima!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 23:57:34 | More by czfreeman
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is clear light yellow with a half-finger bright white head. Some splotches of foam left behind. Bubbles of carbonation rising and swirling nicely. Reminds me of the glasses of beer you'd see in beer commercials.

S: Aware of the nose immediately upon popping the cap -- florally hops and grass, with a hint of lemony citrus.

T: Light malt foundation followed by a hop spice bite. Grassy, lemony bitterness coats the back of the throat and lingers nicely. "Crisp" is the word that keeps coming to mind, followed closely by "grassy." Tough deciding whether to give this a 4 or 4.5. . . .

M: Definitely light in heft, good carbonation levels for a pilsner.

D: Very good. Nice beer for a hot afternoon. Looking forward to having a couple. . . .

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 20:46:03 | More by Kendo
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Tall, thin pilsner glass.

A - Very clear, very light yellow. Small white cap of head with visible bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Smell of pilsner malt, with a tiny hint of grassiness.

T - A very crisp, but light taste. Clean overall with a nice hop note. This is a "crisp, hoppy pilsner" as the bottle indicates.

M - Light bodied with lively carbonation.

D - I can dig this one as a nice brew to drink cold on a hot day. Could do quite a few servings.

Notes: My favorite pilsner to date. I generally just can't get into the style I'm really trying to give it another chance. This is a nice quenching brew for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 01:12:20 | More by EStreet20
Photo of sjohansen


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. A thick and fluffy two finger, perfectly white head. Minimal carbonation can be seen floating to the top of the brew. Great sticky lacing, although other then that, not much to look at.

Citrus notes. Fresh cut grass. Does actual sunshine have a smell?

Lemon and lime zest. Crisp, hoppy bitter finish. More citrus. Distinctive pilsner malts.

Light body, but not at all watery.

I popped this one open on a 97-degree day in Philly, and it hit the spot. Sunshine is definitely a great summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 21:31:50 | More by sjohansen
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of this into a pint glass.

A: Pours a straw yellow body that was pretty clear. A decent, white head with some retention and minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, subtle malty smell that was very pleasant.

T: A nice, sweet malty taste that was very nice. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste did very well to balance the malts. The hops were not very evident, but you can taste them and they were there for balance as opposed to taste.

M: A very nice, light, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel. Definitely an excellent summer beer.

D: A very drinkable beer. Easy going down and an excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Definitely an excellent pilsner and a well-rounded overall summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 21:33:11 | More by maddogruss
Photo of phantomwyse


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery when I was at school. Troegs finally found its way to my pocket of NJ, so I felt compelled to buy a six pack - though I felt like a Troegs nerd, I had my shirt on at the time. I wasn't impressed when I had it at the brewery, but decided to give it a second chance, glad I did.

A: Poured a light, lemon-tone. Minimal head, small, small bubbles -- dissipated quickly, but leaves a miniscule frothy, soapy looking layer. Clear through and through, like looking at the world through yellow-rose colored glasses.

S: Amstel Light with hops.

T: Good, it tastes like a Pilsener, so it has the eerily familiar taste of most beers you encounter on the mass market -- but it does include a hop bite, a fun little sting that fades into a bit of lingering bitterness after the swallow. I like.

M: Light, a bit watery, with that polite sting I mentioned above, maybe more of a tingle.

D: Oh yeah, it's drinkable I'm out on my deck, under a shade tree, it's hot, this beer is cold and crisp and oh, my, my refreshing.

Glad I gave it a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 18:30:29 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of deanwilson

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of 12 oz bottles from Martin's liquors in Mount Laurel Nj

A. clear and very light

S. fruity with a very slight floral smell

T. medium dry with a light malt taste followed by a light to moderate hop taste at the finish

M. smoothe and light

D. Very drinkable

This is one of the best Pilsener style beers I have ever tasted. This has become my warm weather favorite for all occaisions.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 14:49:21 | More by deanwilson
Photo of akorsak


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of Proteus93


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very pale yellow, even moreso than I might have expected. No head, rather just a trim of lace. Kind of disappointing, overall.

S: Light, some gentle hoppiness, citrus notes, a little grassy and a little grainy.

T: A little bit of a bite of citrus, which is a rather suitable to the style. A little splash of bitterness on the finish. Perhaps a little bit soapy, but strangely not a negative thing.

M + D: Carbonation is perhaps pushing aggressive in some ways... strange that it didn't leave a head with this. Finishes semi-dry, leaving a bittering aftertaste. I prefer the flavour of this as it warms, which would actually make it more of an ideal summer drink, with the heat outside warming it up quite quickly. A reasonable crack at the style from Tröegs... perhaps not among the favourites, but something I'd enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 00:19:03 | More by Proteus93
Photo of DMXLOX22


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decided to give back to my state's local craft brewers. Picked up a sixer of this bad boy on the way home from the drones I work for.

Pours a crisp, bright yellow, and almost memorable pour. Reminds me of something cheap and played out already. Yet as we continue.

Smell really does bring a host of caramal malts and somewhat appearence of grains. A tad of spice and something quite overtaking. Possibly the hops. Still I wonder.

Mouthful is something to be envied by brewers across this great state. Great balance of carbnation and overall great taste. The notable hops are the first thing I noticed and still notice as I drink. Leaves a not too threatening aftertaste. I love the fact of how the lemon zest and somewhat sweet malts balance each other out for something great.

Drinkablity is something I did enjoy with this beer. First off, your giving your taste buds a jump start for the session and it doesn't leave a harsh undertone on the old belly, nor should it.

Final Thoughts: One beer a individual should add to his or her collection. This beer did give me a shock since at first sight I figured it was going to actually be somewhat of a disappointment. I learned not to judge a beer by its look and never shall I again make this mistake. Drink one for me!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:56:40 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color, rough pour barely brings a one-finger foam that quickly settles to a thing bubbly covering that doesn't lace much at all.

Not too much smell. Sweet and kinda funky grain smell, white bread, a bit dank.

A bit more flavor than I expected from the smell of things here. Honey and bready light malts balanced by some grassy and minerally hops.

Smooth, almost creamy, but the carbonation does sting a bit, light-moderate body. Drinkable, but slightly subdued American Pils.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:30:18 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Kadonny


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my tap at home into a pilsener glass.

A: Poured a light golden straw color with a thin white head. The head disappears fairly quickly and leaves decent glass lacing.

S: Light fruity lemony smell with hints of grass and a nice saaz hop smell.

T: Citrus with lemon and grains with a nice mellow hoppy bitterness. I detect other light fruits flavors with the crisp hops bitterness lingering on. A tad on the thin side to compete with the other mega pils guys.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel that has creamy tones to it. Bitterness lingers on the tongue as a good pils should.

D: High, a very sessionable beer that should be drank in the summer. You can drink these all night.

Overall a solid pils from Troegs, but not outstanding. I perefer the hoppier pils produced by Victory and Sly Fox, but this one comes in third. It just does not carry the same amount of hops as the others do, even though the label calls it "hoppy". Still, a solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 13:46:40 | More by Kadonny
Photo of Lenny2884

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a 2 finger cotton-like head. Top ring of lacing sticks very well, with the rest of the glass being spotty. Great clarity.

Smells of lemon, citrus hop, and the traditional metallic-like lager aroma. Nice aroma, especially compared to other beers of the same style I've had.

Taste is spicy and citrus at the same time which plays a nice game on the tongue as flavors come and go. Slight sweetness is present balancing the brew. Finishes slightly dry, bitterness is excellent. I get a strong metallic flavor towards the end which is a little unpleasant but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice medium to full body, almost velvet like in the mouth. I noticed that as the beer warms, so does the mouthfeel which is very interesting

Overall, a nice take on the style. I keep trying more pilsners and always seem slightly let down in the end. I'm begining to think I just don't prefer the sytle. Definately one of the better pilsners I've ever had and you can't go wrong with anything from Troegs. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 00:05:34 | More by Lenny2884
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very bright golden yellow color. Had a small amount of foam after a hard pour. Minimal lacing.

S: Small smell of grass, very faint. Also some lemon hints as well.

T: Toasty malt flavor, with some hints of citrus (lemon I presume). Very crisp on the palate.

M: Good mouthfeel, crisp, clean, no bitter after taste.

D: A good summer beer. I prefer it more on the colder side.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 12:42:30 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of largadeer


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straw-colored and perfectly clear. The head starts strong but dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus, subtle grass/earth, some bready malts. Clean and fresh.

Taste: Dry biscuity malts are at the forefront here with grassy undertones. Moderately hoppy with flavors of citrus and freshly cut grass. Firm bitterness but clean in the finish; nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Dry throughout with a crisp medium body and high carbonation.

Notes: Excellent stuff. I'm glad to see more American craft breweries making good pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 22:19:20 | More by largadeer
Photo of Atron67


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to skinny elvis for this as an extra!

A- poured a golden straw color with a decent frothy white head on top with a pretty strong lacing.

S- strong malty charachter. medium hops, strong enough to balance but not enough to stand out against the malt.

T- strong smooth malty on top clean throughout with a great crisp finish.

M- full body with a strong carbonation

d- pretty solid and a good session beer

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 00:30:20 | More by Atron67
Photo of Rootdog316


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale light golden/ yellow topped by a white head. The aroma has lots of fresh barley, light dough and tons of crisp grassy hops. Light fluffy body with a crisp flavor. Has some mild biscuit notes and a balancing dryness. Grassy and pleasantly bitter finish. Solid profile and extremely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 23:15:50 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, even if reviewing to style, if a pils doesn't turn you on, looks-wise, how do you rate it? This looks boring: small head, pale yellow color, not much else. I like a good pils just like any other advocate...they just never look all that great to me (maybe because they often look too close to U.S. macros and bad Chinese beer to make a fair observation).

Aroma-wise, it's typical, and this one is nice and clean: straw-like earthiness, lemony brightness, flowery, and a friendly hop snap.

This pils is definitely on the hoppy side, plus a hint of lemon tartness, with a fruity roundness giving it some edge and a typically crisp, just slightly toasty finish. Ample carbonation gives the crispness of flavor an actual physical bite.

After a couple of these over the weekend, it seems clear that this is a simple beer: a solid pils, a worthy example of the style, huge drinkability, great for summer, and probably a good diversion from the strong, syrupy, big-ass beers lots of us like to drink. Takes me back down to earth a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 21:12:41 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of johnnyirishman


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Nice bubbly golden yellow color with a good head and retention.

Smell- Nice malts in the nose.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Malts in the fromt and a pleasing hops at the finish, good carb and body, tingley.

Drinkability- Wonderful summer session beer, I LOVE THIS BEER!!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 22:48:33 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of Pleepleus

New York

2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 6 pack of this the day the "Season" started at Seiberts in Yonkers. Unfortunately for me I was trying to catch the end of the Nugget Nectar season and buy all she had left, which was none. So I got this instead and the disapointment did not stop there.

Poured from bottle to pint glass and it looked like a hazy piss with minimal 1/8 inch of foam head, on par with Coors Light. The smell was like lawn clippings that I forgot to dump out of the lawnmower's catcher 2 weeks ago. Bitter, metalic taste that is quite nasty. Long bitter aftertaste on this, not like any Pilsner I have had, in a bad way. Would not buy again, and will not drink the rest of these since I am forcing the end of this Pint down.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 02:30:02 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_straw golden coloured liquid with a cappacino like foam crown.

S_mild smelling. Light grain aroma.

T_dry grassy noble hops hit upfront. Light sweetish grain taste in the middle and a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Seems to be extremely fresh. Nicely done.

M_light bodied overall but with a little more oomph than the common pils. Nice small tingly carbonation

D_extremely drinkable pils. Very refreshing and a great summertime brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 03:48:10 | More by sleazo
Photo of therica


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop-heads will love this because it's rather hops-bitter and more like an APA than a Pils. I'm rating it as a Pils, not an APA and I have a difficult time giving it higher numbers as a result.

A= light golden straw-yellow, foamy head, apparently representing its "sunshine" title.

S= very light, bubblegum and honey notes, hints of laundry-fresh hops-florals and malts.

T= nice, not a bold beer, rather bitter for a pils with a bit of a bite; slightly creamy malts, light grassy notes and a drop of honey.

M= light creamy tongue, lingering strong hops bitters.

D= very drinkable, but not a good representation of its Pilsner style. Drink it like an APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 23:05:30 | More by therica
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 2008 bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear, pale golden color with a moderate white head with great retention and some web like lacing. Steady carbonation
S: Clean, crisp smell with floral, grassy and hoppy notes. Lemon background and a little sweetness.
T: Light medium body, that is still pretty thick on the tongue. Lots of carbonation and a very refreshing body of hops, grass, lemon, etc. Not quite as hoppy as expected, but still has nice bite from the hops and lemon, earthy flavors. Aftertaste lingers for a while and is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 21:08:18 | More by yourefragile
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my Sunshine Pils pint glass, what else.

12oz bottle poured into my Troegs pint glass

A: Pale golden color with a pillow bright wide head. Lots of carbonation. Very clear and the head goes nowhere.

S: Crisp with a very subtle hop aroma, used to more of a hop scent from future batches of this beer. Lemon, grass, and a bit of pound cake sweetness.

T: Grassy hops more than the aroma with striking bitterness of a good pils. I hope it was just this batch that lost some of the hops but they were still there.

M: Carbonated and crisp- on par for style.

D: These can be drank all night and all summer days. Nothing you will get tired of. Best word to sum up is refreshing.

This one didnt have the same hop bite that I was accustomed to from previous tastings but as a whole Im guessing it was just this batch. Not the best of Troegs but still more than a solid beer and one that is a great summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 12:49:35 | More by marcpal
Photo of Deuane


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden straw yellow with a full, bright white head that leaves plenty lacing.

S-Grassy hops followed nicely by biscuity malts and bit of a sharp lemon.

T-Nice sharp hop zip supported by the biscuit malt and that refreshing lemony zing.

M-A bit too light in body for me but I understand this is the nature of the beast. Nice crisp finish with a pleasant bitter hop aftertaste.

D-A nice warm season session beer. This one is easy to drink and a beer with enough satisfying flavour that even flavour whores like me wont turn away from. A solid offering for sure....a classic American done German Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2008 13:22:50 | More by Deuane
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.