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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 93 | 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 kshankar
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well carbonated clear golden with a decent head.

Aroma: Good hop aroma

Taste: There is some malt flavor to it, but mostly there is a good amount of hops that characterize this one. Hops are in the finish too. Its good, though a balance between the hops and malt could've been better to make this a better pilsner

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and goes down well

Drinkability: Refreshing, easy to drink, tastes good

kshankar, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Dulliwhig
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours straw yellow with a thick bubbly head that dropped to a lacy cover.

S - piney and herbal hop smell with a slight sweet citrus profile.

T - bright and refreshing with a pale malt light sweetness and a piney crisp bitter finish.

M - light, but not watery, well carbonated and refreshing.

D - good summer beer to sip on the beach.

I am revising this post because I have had this more recently and have not been nearly as impressed. It was better last year, this year it has a metallic taste. It's not bad, but not nearly as good as it resides in my memories of years past.

Dulliwhig, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with nice carbonation, but not much in the way of a head, even after a moderately aggressive pour. A crown at most.

Smells like a pilsner! I don't get much on the lager side of the equation, so this is a whole new distinct set of smells I'm dealing with. A smell I associate with macros, but again because that is the vast majority of my lager experience. Zesty? Hoppy.

Tastes lemon zesty, smooth, surprisingly full bodied, carbonation at a nice level. Get some hop bitterness on the finish, but overall this remains a pleasant easy drinker, and likely going to become a go to for when I have people over. Might be nice to get a case of this to divert people from my cellar.

sonicdescent, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forget some of what you read here: according to BA's own description, this one certainly fits the profile of a German Pilsener. In fact, I'm going to do something I've never done before and, using BA's style profile, go point by point in rating this. It seems necessary based upon the reviews I've read.

Classic German Pilsners are very light straw to golden in color: check.

Head should be dense and rich: check. A dense, rocky head leaves webby lacing on the glass as well.

They are also well-hopped, brewed using Noble hops such as (etc.): check. This is true both in the aroma and taste. A very strong, clean, pure hops shine through in this one.

These varieties exhibit a spicy herbal or floral aroma and flavor: check, though a great deal more floral and very minimal spice. Clean, earthy, herbal noble hops. Citrus and floral notes are strong.

Often times a bit coarse on the palate: now that's where it differs. This one's very smooth and crisp; I really didn't get any coarseness.

...and distribute a flash of citrus-like zest--hop bitterness can be high. Absolutely. This one hits hard with hops bitterness then gently lays down that strong hops bitterness in a smooth, lingering finish that leaves strong lemon citrus on the tongue as well.

Basically, when a beer is called "sunshine pils," this is exactly what ought to be expected: zesty citrus and earthy floral flavors with a strong hops back. Let's not forget that the label touts this beer as being hoppy. It is everything it claims. Just barely a step below Victory Prima, and a stellar example of its style. What are people expecting?

Brenden, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Bcaulin
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in Sam Adams glass from 12 oz. bottle.

Need to pour somewhat vigorously to get a real nice head, but it lingers around. The lacing doesn't hang around -- it mostly just slides right back down into the beer.

Typical pilsner appearance -- nothing too exciting on that front. Light golden yellow, nice carbonation coming from the etching in the bottom of the glass.

Surprising amount of hops in the nose. Get a little of the pilsner malt smell, but mostly just a nice wave of hops.

Not your typical pils in the taste. Lots of hops. Would be great for a hot summer day. Very refreshing, but leaves a little bit lacking. Basically tastes like a weak pils that is just blasted with hops.

Save it for a day mowing the lawn -- but it'll serve the purpose quite well.

Bcaulin, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of ajr24
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured somewhat aggressively into a pilsner glass. It's a light, golden straw with a foamy white head. Splashes of lacing slither down the sides of the glass throughout. Great foamy layer stays atop, too.
S- The pilsner malts are what come through first, and then a wave of hallertau hops.
T- Slight hop presence comes first followed by a strong, smooth pilsner malt finish.
M- Nice level of carbonation, it's very refreshing.
D- This is a great example of a sessionable pilsner.

ajr24, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of emsroth
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz

App: Pale gold with a white head.

Smell: Sweet malt and sour yeast/hops. Different than any pils I've had.

Taste: Biting attack of hops and carbonation on the first sip. Next comes a bit husky malt. Ends with a super dry malt/bitter hop combo. Light in the malt department. Tastes almost exclusively like water and hops with a minimal malt profile. It tries to fight though but gets crushed by the hops throughout. As it warms the hop profile settles and a sweetness comes through. Overall, the taste is lacking and leaves me wanting something more. I think that more is malt.

Crisp, clean pils mouthfeel, but with a slight film that adds to the bitter aftertaste. The bitterness covers the whole tongue which I find very unpleasant. Very light, almost like water.

I love pilseners, and I want to want to have another, but it's just not the case.

Note: Make sure to let this one warm some before you drink. The flavors balance as it warms.

emsroth, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

good all around summer drinker. nothing massively impressive, but has pours a nice straw as expected, some hints of maltiness that hide the slight hoppiness in the taste. balanced carbonation keeps this crisp and quite drinkable. good with appetizers or sitting around waiting for the brats to cook on the grill...and the nugget nectar to get cold...

mempath, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A bright, clear yellow-gold color with very apparent carbonation. The head is largish, frothy, and white, with nice retention and some solid lacing.

S: A touch of sweet malts, along with a lemony, herbal hop aroma. Clean, classic pilsner aroma here.

T: Grainy malt sweetness up front. Lemony, herbal, and floral hop flavors are firm and add a nice dose of bitterness. A somewhat yeasty, dusty flavor into the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with crisp, fairly active carbonation keeping things lively and refreshing. Somewhat dry into the finish.

D: A very solid offering across the board. A nice, refreshing pilsner with some character that would really hit the spot on a hot, humid summer evening.

Clydesdale, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Light yellow body, rather bright, with a fluffy bone white cap that looks very pretty in this glass. A little bit of lace left down the sides and some pretty active carbonation.

A light perfumey hop aroma mixes with a cereal-like graininess. A very pleasant balance as the malt slightly edges out the hops to take center stage.

Pale malt and a cereal-like graininess to start and then a rush of bitter hops with a dash of white pepper spiciness. A pretty solid dance between the malt up front and then the hops on the back end. Enjoyable.

Light-bodied with a crispy, dry finish. Exactly what you want in your pilsners.

Easily sessionable and highly enjoyable. A perfect lawnmower beer.

ColForbinBC, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im always happy to see a Pilsner around that I have not had before. This one was poured in to a Pilsner glass. Color was what a Pils should look like, very pale gold, with a sizable, fizzy white head. Smell is interesting, it almost has a briny shellfish character to it. Other than that, some bright malt. Taste is a nice mix of snappy hops, and biscuit like malt. A little more carbonation might help the drinkability here, but it still comes across as a very sessionable lager. Overall I think Troegs did a good job with this one. As others have said, there need to be more lagers out there, and this one is no exception. Next time I will most likely opt for a six pack as opposed to a single bottle. Cheers

jamie2dope, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A sunny golden yellow. Could be lighter than Hoegaarden. Must do a comparison sometime. Head is fluffy and quickly dissipating, but leaves good lacing.

S - Bright lemon and wheat. Good, but not very complex.

T - Clean and decently hoppy, with the citrus still intact. a little more bitter than I was expecting though.

M - Light and fizzy, but in a good way. Not those disgusting soda-like bubbles of BMC beers, but finer carbonation. Good for pilsener.

D - Very drinkable. I could definitely session a few of these.

Overall - A nice one that I think will be even better when the summer months come around. Will have to buy some more and have it on a hot day.

DannyS, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sunshine pils pours a light golden with a thick white head that quickly dissappears leaving a thin white ring. The smell is mainly wheat and yeast with a hint of lemony hops. The taste is strange--lemon & wheat are present, but there's also an almost medicinal bitterness to it that leaves a sort of undesireable aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp. This is an OK pilsener, but definitely not one of the stronger brews from Troegs.

theghost3, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and yellow, with a creamy, fluffy white head. Major bubble action going on in the glass.

Aroma is grassy, a bit herbal, with a definite crisp citrus zest.

Taste is a bit of biscuity malt up front, which trails off to a grassy, bitter hops finish, some lemon rind. The bitterness is by no means overwhelming, but it sits on the back of your tongue for awhile.

Palate is dry, crisp, with a moderately high carbonation appropriate to the style.

JohnQVegas, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light yellow in color - it was a little darker in the bar that I had this in and I would have almost sworn it was the color of Mountain Dew. I went and found a better spot of light though to make the final determination. It had a one finger head from the pour and that disappated into a thin lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops - not much of a strong smell with it, but typically when I smell citrus in hops, I'm apt to say it's typically grapefruit because I drink a lot of IPAs and APAs, but this was definitely not grapefruit. More on this with the taste...

Taste: Nice bitter, but again the citrus was killing me because I couldn't quite determine what it was. About half way through the pint it dawned on me -- lemon. Definitely lemon, almost like sucking on a Lemonhead when you were a kid at the movie theater.

Mouthfeel: Crisp in the mouth, dried nicely and it left a pungent/bitter aftertaste - kind of like if you've ever had a bit of lemon peel in your mouth. Very interesting.

Drinkability: Fair enough, a fine beer with a very different taste compared to what I'm used to. And this is strictly a matter of personal opinion - but I'm not the biggest fan of the taste of lemon. However, the beer was very good and tasty, and I will definitely drink it again if the opportunity arises.

bamadog, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light yellow color that produces a white head that retained moderately and left some lacing around the glass

S - Not a bunch a strong scents, some citrus, not much else

T - Light malts and grains taste, with some lemon and some sourness, like lemon zest around the edge of the glass

M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation, but a little off on the tongue

D - Crisp tasting beer, not up to Troegs' amazing standards in my opinion but a good beer none the less

cvfish, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second swallowing in a Troegs sampler from the trilingual beer superstar known as adamharbaugh.

Transparent super light yellow. Like a glass of liquid sunshine. It's weird to see the white head sitting on top. Sounds like Rice Krispies.

Light smell of lemon. Or a mental conjuring of such. Not a lot of scent.

Taste is rather bland. I haven't had a lot of pils, but it seems to me the style too closely approximates bud light. Or course the body is better, but the taste has no kick. Is a friggin hop or two so much to ask?

The bottle says "Crisp. Hoppy. Pilsener." I'll agree with crisp. I'll agree with pilsener. Hoppy my ass.

Guess I need to further my pilsener education. Someone send me ten of the best and ten of the worst for further study. Now. And put ten from the middle in as well. Until then, I'm not diggin'em.

Overall: next

PatronWizard, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Jettanbass9
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow with a egg shell white head that doesn't quit. Exceptionally clear, looks refreshing.

S - Grainy pils malt, light noble hop aroma, faint hay like aroma (possibly from the hop selection?), aroma is light and crisp better than any pils out there.

T - Light, crisp, pils malt graininess, light flowery, haylike noble hop that lasts well past the finish.

M - light and crisp this beer finishs pretty dry, as it should be.

D - The summer go to beer... draft, bottles, whatever it may be this beer goes back real smooth. No cloying sweetness, not over hopped, this could be the only pils id ever drink again.

Jettanbass9, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, buttery gold with a pillowy soft 2 finger dull white head that displayed amazing retention leaving a sticky and splotchy lacing around the glass. The head flattened to a thin sudsy covering that lasted for the whole drink. There was an incredible calmness and gentle carbonation to this beer with a light showing of slow lazy bubbles that made their way to the surface.

S: soft fresh lemon peels and wheat with a light floral hopping. An every so soft and faint peppery touch lingers about in the background.

T: starts out sweet with buttery grains and a light sour muskiness of wet hay and lemons. After the first initial sip the flavor proceeds to dry grains, light lemon pepper and a light lingering tart lemon hopping for the remainder of the drink. The finish is dry with a lingering tart lemon hopping with some stray and hay notes rounding things out here.

M: light and slick, smooth and effortlessly slides off the tongue. A light detection of carbonation is felt adding just the right amount of accent.

D: Nice drinkability, dry and well hopped. A big drinking pilsner that I would by all means drink as a session. 6 pack worthy by all means. A big showing here and worthy by all means.

beerthulhu, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely clear light straw color with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy brite-white head. Thin layer of solid retention that flares up well, leaving a good amount of lacing behind. The aroma is spicy, floral, hop character, citrus, and bready Pils malts. Not overly assertive but it's there.

The taste is a tingling hop profile set against citrus notes and a slight bisquity maltiness. Finishes sweet and dry. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a fairly crisp feel that goes down well.

A solid Pils from Troegs that while a little lighter than I prefer in the style, stills holds it's own with some nice flavors and crisp drinkibility. Good summertime brew.

Kegatron, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last night at Pickels Pub in State College, PA...Served in a pint glass...

A: Let me just say this is one of the lightest looking beers I have ever seen. It is clear, but almost as light/white as Hoegaarden. It doesn't however have much of a head at all.

S: Smell is mainly pale malts, cereal grains, and a nice hop presence in the nose which I liked.

T: For a Pilsner, this is excellent. The taste starts off light with pale and cereal grains, but finishes with a blast of pepper and hop bitterness. One of the most flavorful Pilsners I have had.

Overall, this is a simple, tasty, refreshing brew. I prefer this one on tap, but pick it up regardless if you have the chance.

treyrab, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw-colored with a frothy, finger-length head that hung around until the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Lemony and grassy.

Taste and mouthfeel: Starts out with a hop blast that's both lemony and grassy, then a slight sweetness from the malt and a metallic twinge from the alcohol. Finishes bone-dry. Mouthfeel is terrific: crisp and spritzy with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down so easily you'll be surprised how quickly your glass empties.

Notes: Supremely refreshing, but with more than enough flavor. An excellent pils, one that's drinkable at any time of the year.

bklynbeerbaron, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ampther go at this one. I'm not a huge pilsener fan, but this one was definitely one of my favorites. In the bottle, it was definitely solid still. Crisp and light, with a nice smooth caramel malt flavor and some nice mild swirling fruit. Body was well carbonated and medium in body. A good beer, although, again, I prefer a nice wheat when I'm in that summer-heat-need-a-beer kind of mood.

soupyman10, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It poured a pale, tranlucent yellow with a decent head. On the nose are a mild hop aroma. The taste is just like the bottle says- crisp, hoppy - I would add clean. The beer is light bodied and very drinkable. This is a very solid pilsner and a great alternative to a lager at a BBQ.

bonkers, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, light, lemony golden color with a cap of fuzzy white fluff.

Lemon-grassy, peppery-spicy hops in the nose. Nice.

The flavor is light and crisp. Some dry lemon and grain, with lots of grassy and spicy nobles. Light medium body with very nice fuzzy-tingly carb.

Damn solid pils. One of the best I've had.

Slynger, Sep 08, 2008
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.