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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 43
Gots: 116 | 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 hooliganlife
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours bright yellow and crystal clear with a ncie frothy white head, great retention, and great lacing.

light malts up front with a light earthy scent.

light hops at first. a blend of grassy and earthy with a touch of floral. light malts follow through the finish. light floral and malty aftertaste.

very light and very smooth. light carbonation.

this is one easy drinking pilsner! not too much of anything, a perfect blend overall. light and simple so this is beyond sessionable. a perfect summer beer.

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

Pours out a very clear, pale, lemon yellow with a medium sized white head that fades quickly to a cover leaving thin areas of lacing. It stays continually carbonated.
Smells of sweetened lemon and a good dose of grassy aroma up front.
Taste is similar to the smell with the addition of a bitter bite near the end the lemon smoothing it out at the end.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin with mild carbonation to the end.
Drinkability is very good.

Grab a case of these with one case each of Victory's Prima Pils, Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils and Stoudt's Pils and your German summer of drinking is set.

Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear yellow, small head that disappears quickly. Smells of sweet grassy malt and hops, some raw grain. Tastes of slightly fruity malt, some lemon followed by a nice earthy/neutral bitterness, some spiciness in the finish. Quite dry in the finish with some residual bitterness.

A great pilsner, right behind Prima. Malt flavor lacks a little i feel, but the hops are very powerful, spicy and work great here. A fantastic pils.

Photo of esv
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A) Crystal Clear. Light champagne color. Streams of tight bubbles rushing towards a tight, white head. Lacing is substantial.

S) Light grain and pleasantly hoppy. I'm not able to pick-out noble hops in general, but I wonder if these are noble. They are not particularly floral or citrusy. No grapefruits, no oranges. A little spicy, some grass maybe lemon.

T) Gentle sweetness. Subtle grain. Bread. Dryish. Slightly spicey hop flavor. Assertive bitterness that is crisp and refreshing.

M) Light bodied. Med-High carbonation.

D) Sky high.

Great German pils. Great beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Devon Seafod house in Hershey. Served very cold in a Pokal.

A - A straw pale gold w/ 1/4 inch of white cap - sheets of lace cling. The bead is fine, clarity is excellent and there is no visible carbonation

S - gentle grain and mild floral hop odor w/ plenty of noble spicy hop scent w/ mild mineral notes from the German yeast

M - Crisp and dry w/ spiced hop that is not overly bitter, light yet grainy malt and nice spice in the finish. Dry w/ mineral yeast texture

T - Very crisp and slight sweetness upfront w/ dry leafy hops and gentle slight grainy and light toasted pilsner malt flavors w/ a mellow floral and citrus tinge in the dry slightly peppery finish

D - A refreshing lager-excellent pils which was complimentary to the battered jalapeno and shrimp scampi appetizer. The spiciness was tasty with nice drinkability cutting the grease and refreshing the palate

Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 5.3% ABV. Pours a clear, straw color. Ample white, rocky head. Good retention, with a nice stream of tiny bubbles rising up to the surface. Nice patches of lace when the head disappears.

Grassy and herbal hop aroma. A small amount of pale malt in the nose. Pretty simple and clean.

Pale malt up front. Grassy hops provide a nice contrast. Clean and crisp. Nice dry finish.

Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Very little trace of alcohol. Very easy to drink, and refreshing in the heat.

Photo of weasbri
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear bright lemon yellow color. Good sized head leaves some nice lacing but dwindles quickly.
Some good grassy notes and some light hoppiness to the aroma.
Extremely crisp beer perfect for summer drinking. Just light enough to refresh, but not so light that it lacks in flavor. Some lemon flavors, just sweet enough to counteract the fine hop bitter finish and not overwhelm the mouth.
Like I said, a real nice summer beer.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tanger for my second Troegs offering...no freshness date found (maybe someone should teach me how to find these, since I can't ever seem to locate them!)

Since I unfortunately do not have a pilsener glass, I decide to pour it into my SN pint glass. A semi hard pour provides me with a nice pillowy white head, make that a pillowy AND sticky white head. The body is simply a watered down urine yellow.

The nose contains some hops and a bit of lemon zest. As I dig further in, I can even notice some hops present. This smells very summery.

This brew is very bready in taste, with a slight hop bitterness midpalate. There are some pale malts in the background and a tiny notice of tangerine as an aftertaste.

Sunshine Pils has a very solid mouthfeel for it's style, but is a bit watery at times...but for the most part it was consitently creamy with a nice bit of carbonation.

This has got to be one of the most drinkable beers I have had to date. If the Bros. had a six point system, it still wouldn't have been enough!

In all honesty, I don't think that pilseners get the respect that they deserve nowadays. Since I also drink alot of wine as well as beer, I feel pretty confident that I can compare pilseners to rieslings...because they are so simple and basic, they are often looked over, and I am as guilty as anyone. Sometimes it's nice to have a beer that isn't so complex that you need two pieces of paper to write down all the different tasting notes that it contains. In a world of imperial this and double that, it's nice to know that I can always crack open a pilsener to remind of how simple life can really be...

Photo of AVDeuph
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Very pretty beer in this glass. It pours a medium golden color with fleeting hints of greens. One finger all-white head.

S: Well the aroma somewhat surprised me. This beer is more aromatic than I was expecting, and in a good way. Some strong floral hops, grassy and earthy characteristics, and a sweeter perfumed scent that I eventually likened to honeysuckle.

T: Wow this is full flavored, it just goes to show how wrong the BMC pilsner taste is. This is one of the most floral, grassy beers I've had. Quite bitter, the hops are coming through strongly, specifically the floral characteristics.

M: Medium-bodied, and gives the impression of being a little thicker than you might expect. Low carbonation levels are a little disappointing, I think this beer would definitely benefit from a boost in CO2 volume.

D: This is tough to say. Part of me thinks this goes down easily and is sessionable, but close to the end of my serving I'm beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by the sharp floral-ness of the beer, particularly the aroma, which is unrelenting. It might be one of those things that you are loving and scarfing down until all of the sudden you realize you just can't have anymore. Two might be the max for me.

Not having had too many craft pilsner beers, I was pleasantly surprised at how complex this beer was, especially the smell. That said I don't think it is completely my cup of tea, though I'm looking forward to trying other good examples of the style.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will be a quick review as I had this on tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse and just wanted to capture some thoughts.

A: Pours golden colored with some white head that reduces down to almost nothing.

S: Some hoppiness and grassy straw scents.

T: Tastes like a mild pilsner with a touch of sweet hops. The flavor is very mellow and "mild with an edge" is the best way I can put it.

M: Nice and full bodied, not thick, but not overly thin.

D: Really good mild/non-intense flavor and easy to take down.

Photo of thecarster1
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, extra large fluffy head that lasts a long time, clear straw color, minimal carbonation, great lacing, leaves head residue all over glass.

s- bright hoppy smell, smack of citrus, spicy, slight malty notes.

t- very hoppy, lemony notes, good amount of bitterness on the backend, complex although crisp indeed.

m- a little thin on the mouth, by no means watery though, not overly carbonated.

d- very drinkable, perfect for a nice hot day, easy to session, impressively tasty.

Photo of u2carew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Light golden yellow in color. Pours with a thin half inch head. Visible carbonation from bottom to top. Big bubble lacing. Transparent.
S) Pils -esque in aroma. Yeasty. Light citrus notes and earthy tones.
T) Grainy. Slight sourness just under the surface. Mostly bland lacking character in the taste.
M) Crisp. Fairly dry feel. Light bodied.
D) A nice light and refreshing beer for warm weather days, but not a standout in terms of flavor and taste.

Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty standard pils pour--very light straw with a voluminous head. Personally I like them a little darker, but since this is German Pils, not a Czech pils, I'll just forget about it.

Smells of strong herbal and spice hops. The malt is a little strawy, but the hops are strong and varied enough to see it through.

Tastes very good. A little rough on the pallet, in a good way, with nobel hops exuding coarse herbs and flowers. Sweeter malt nodes are present only in the far, far back, but they do a wonderful job of balancing out the aftertaste so you're not left with a scuzzy hop feeling in your mouth.

Calling this a fine session beer would be a bit of an understatement. I don't know if I'd rank this as high as Victory's Prima Pils, but it's certainly up there with Brooklyn's pils and better than the mainstream imports.

Photo of philbe311
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A pale, yet glowing, lemon yellow color... Lush cloud like white head made up of chunky bubbles... A lot of carbonation noticeable during the pour quickly settles and the beer becomes tranquil and still... Fully translucent... Cotton candy like stickiness on the glass...

S - Grassy notes... Sweet lemon... A trace amount of yeast... A hint of honey... Simple, but effective...

T - Lemon... Honey... Biscuit... A faint herbal notes...

M - Light bodied and on the thin side... Absolutely lack of carbonation is a little disheartening... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - A terrific German Pilsner in all categories, except mouthfeel... The complete absence of carbonation seriously degrades an other wise excellent brew... Great appearance along with a good nose and taste are unjustly lost as a result...

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

A: Light golden yellow with a very nice foamy head that leaves supurbe laceing

S: Good strong hoppyness some pine and grasseyness with a little bread like ending.

T: Very good not complex at all slight sweet hoppyness up front with a lemon ending.

M: Very crisp, clean and smooth With good carbonation.

D: Very very drinkable this may be my go to beer this summer well at least the next cupple of weeks.

Photo of krisandajt
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pick up a couple of bottles to round out my mix-a-six...

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden color with a half inch of head that fades quickly and leaves just a little bit of lacing behind. Steady stream of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell: Light smelling with hints of sweetness and a slight grassy smell.

Taste: Mild tasting, light and smooth with a nice subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy in texture. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: An excellent summertime beer. Perfect for relaxing on a warm night, or quenching your thirst after doing some yard work. Very drinkable.

Photo of BigMike
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/03/09
Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a thick 2 finger head.
Smell is clean and crisp. Spicy and grassy with light malts.
Flavor is well balanced. Lemon zest, ginger, and spices.
Clean finish with just enough carbonation and just the right amount of bitterness.
Sunshine Pilsner from Troegs is my top rated pilsner. I only drink pilsners in the summer and this is my go to followed a close second by Prima.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden color with a finger of white head. Dead on for the style.

S:Typical pilsner nose with a sharp spicy hop profile. A touch hoppier than it's German friends.

T: Sharp bite with the hops right up front. Very smooth all around quite a bit of malt. Really well balanced.

M: Very nice and crisp mouthfeel.

D: Very enjoyable beer. I was craving a pilsner last week so I grabbed a six pack. Very nice warm weather beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, pale lager malts, and sweet light fruits. Flavor is quite similar, sweet and fruity upfront with a malty/bready finish. A little boring, just a basic pilsener lacking in originality. On the other hand, for a pils, it gets the job done!

Photo of myxomatosis
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours pleasant, clear and light yellow, with an inch of foamy head which recedes over one or two minutes. Some lacing, but not much.

S - Nice and light; smells a little fruity, with a slight breadiness.

T - Clean and crisp, with some hoppy bitterness; not at all overwhelming. Again, a subtle bready note to the aftertaste. Nice and tasty.

M - Refreshing and thin-ish. Not overcarbonated, and bubbles are pleasingly small.

D - Delicious, light and easy-drinking. Great summer seasonal; fairly thirst-quenching. ABV is probably borderline high for a session beer, but I could definitely see having more than one of these in a session.

Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this, figuring it its from Troegs it should be quite good. Now this style is not a favorite of mine, but I feel what Troegs has done here is very good. Poured to a nice golden color with a good-sized white head that stuck around for a good while leaving some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma, at least to me, seems to be a little more in the face than other Pils that I have tried. Lemony hops are there and I notice that first but then the Saaz hop spice aroma. Slight grain aroma there, seems sweet, but it goes well with the hops I am picking up. The flavors are also quite refreshing with a sweet malty flavor taking my first notice. Hops break in and seem to add more of a lemon zest that sticks around in your mouth. Nice brew, not a favorite style but based on what I have had in the past this is very good. Very easy drinking brew, would be a great brew to enjoy on the deck during the summer.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 3 25 09:

Poured a clear golden with a nice fluffy white head.

Grainy aroma, light hops maybe a hint of grass.

Taste is above average. Nice malt flavor with a hint of lemon perhaps with a little, light bitter aftertaste.

Light body, smooth, good carbonation finishes dry and has good drinkability. This would be a very good summer beer.

Photo of albern
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a very noticeable spicy hop bite that diminishes it in my estimation. The beer pours a pale straw color with not much head or retention and just a little bit of lace. The nose on the beer is herbal grassiness, maybe a touch of mustiness right out of the bottle. This is a very typical lagery aroma with this beer.

There beer is moderately carbonated, light bodied, refreshing, quite dry, a touch lemon tartness, but then we get to that spicy hop bite. This is made from Saaz hops for sure and there is that graininess you would come to expect. The spicy bite is just too much for this beer and is a bit of a turn off. The beer is not bad but not my favorite pils.

Photo of SPRichard
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

crystal clear...gold color....decent amount of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my glass...healthy white cap that dissipates pretty fast, looked good while it lasted

light bits of grain and citrus in the nose....some skunkyness but nothing off setting

exceptional pilsner taste....grainy with hints of wheat and citrus....refreshing and satisfying especially while watching a baseball game

light bodied...crisp with a hint of a hop bite

way too easy to drink...super refreshing on a summer day (or any day)...could easily finish a 6 pack without second guessing

Sunshine Pilsner along with Victory Prima Pils and Sly Fox Pikeland Pils are 3 staples in my fridge over the summer months...gotta love living so close to some great PA breweries

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, light golden yellow

Smell: malt, hops, and grass

Taste: malt, wheat, grass, with a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light, high carbonation with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: This is perfectly refreshing summer beer. Between this and Oskar Blues, I am becoming more of a fan of this style. A little bitter as a pils, but it also does not taste like a run of the mill pilsner. I could easily session this.

Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.