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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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1,233 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,233
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 38
Gots: 74 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Dodo2step


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Underdog bar and grill.

A- pours a clear light yellow in color with a light tint of green. No lacey head hangsarouns. It looks very crisp andlikei mentioned, crystal clear.a few stragglers of bubbles rise to the topas well.

S- smells of sulfur and malt hit the nose. Also has an earthy/grassy type of smell as well. The aroma is quite different than whati have been known to smell of beer.

T-light in hops and i can taste more barley than anything. Very grainy and grassy/dry in flavor. I can also taste the malt with hints of sulfur.

M- wet yet dry. Very plain and nothing to extravagant to write about. It has an average feel like any other beer. Very good in aftertaste.

D- easy to put down and goes down smooth. Only issue i see is the grassy/earthy afteraste. It isnt all that appealing! A good brew from Troegs nonetheless considering it is a seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 01:23:45 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely light straw color, clear, with a solid half inch of big bubbly white head. In the aroma, I get a bit of sulfur, some lightly toasty grain, a little grassiness, slight DMS, and a bit of noble hop aroma. On the palate, it's a pleasant blend of light Pils malt (toastiness, some graham cracker) and bright, bitter hops. The Saaz and Mittelfrau that they use certainly bring a dry, bitter spiciness, and some floral notes. Overall, it's nothing really special, but it's very much to style and a joy to drink. I just wish it was sunnier and warmer out to enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 19:08:41 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of OldYoda


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into my trusty Troegs pint glass. Lovely golden yellow color with a small head and minimal lacing.

Smell is mild with hints of lemon. Nothing overwhelming.

Tastes like it's name - sunshine. Only thing I can think of is -- very nice.

Mouthfeel is excellent and drinkability is top notch. A summer classic, good job Troegs!!

4/17/2009 I looked forward to the reissue of this Troeg's seasonal all winter - and now I'm rather disappointed. This year's batch of Sunshine is not nearly as bright for me as last years. Something has changed, and not for the better. The beer is still a lovely golden color but the smell is weak and the taste as well. This years Sunshine Pils is thin and approaches being watery. Almost a classic macro light beer taste. Very disappointing for someone who is a huge Troeg's fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 02:37:04 | More by OldYoda
Photo of Hophead101


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pulled out of the fridge and poured into a wide mouth chalice glass. let it warm up a bit - but not too much.

appearance: very clear, 6/8 on the color scale. not much head. good yellow color.

aroma: didn't expect much smell and didn't get much either. there was a faint hop smel to it - but relatively flavorless.

taste: pretty impressed with the taste for this light beer. very crisp and had a nice initial bite. reminds me of a hoppier and tastier version of a domestic light beer (that was a compliment)

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 14:58:13 | More by Hophead101
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, bottled on 03/06/08, served in a pilsner glass.

A - clear, golden color beer with a nice white head that fell to a thin layer about halfway through, leaving some thin lacing.

S - bitter, German style beer aroma.

T - very good tasting brew. Starts out bitter, gets more bitter, finishes crisp and dry with a sweet after taste.

M - crisp and clean with good carbonation.

D - excellent drinkability.

Final Note: now that Tröegs brews are available at my local beer store, I will be going through plenty of this beer over the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 22:29:10 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of BeerSox


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear golden hue with a one finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap with bubbly edges. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Some crisp and sweet malt to go along with the mildly bitter hops. The hops create a mild spice.

Biscuity malts take the show in this one, with the hops only providing balance with some bitterness and spice in the back of the mouth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, providing a fizzy feel. The finish is the lingering grain.

Not a bad German Pilsner. I think this one, as would any Pilsner, would go great in the summer during a BBQ. Solid beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 23:28:00 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light translucent yellow color with about a finger of white head. Head recedes very quickly, leaving some light lacing.

Smells of lemon, honey and malts.

Up front is some citrus sweetness and mild hop taste. Finishes with malts and honey. Very crisp and light, about the feel expected from a pilsner.

Very drinkable, like most pilsners are, and well balanced.

EDIT: The more I drink this beer and the warmer it gets, the more I like it. I had to up some of my ratings.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 18:12:03 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of biggmike


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pilsener glass and was a bright yellow color that was clear and with little head. Aroma was not real strong but it was somewhat grassy. Flavor has a light hop taste to it and I detected a bit of a lemon taste and possibly some honey. Mouthfeel was good. Solid but unspectacular beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 10:56:13 | More by biggmike
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very straw yellow, similar to lemondade. A decent head caps it off with lively carbonation of big bubbles. Smell even has a light lemon zest. Very clean hop presence and light malt. Taste is nice and refreshing. Light hops with soft citrus and floral, again very clean. Some grain and malt but not too much. A great crisp mouthfeel. Easy on the tongue and goes down easy enough to make you wish you had more.

Thanks to Tom for the Troegs mega-pack!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 16:03:32 | More by ncvbc
Photo of JoeyJoe


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got a case of bottles from my work (Exton Beverage) and couldnt wait to get home and try it. Poured into a Victory pint glass, has a nice fluffy white head and a good lace all the way through. Appearance is a pale yellow color, typical for a German pilsner. Smells of citrus with definite notes of German aroma hops, most likely hallertau. This is hands down the most refreshing beer I have ever had! Finished it so fast I couldnt beleive it, I had to immediately go for another one. Taste is very sweet and citric with enough of a hoppy bite to balance it out. Very crisp and refreshing as well as flavorful, you cant help but smile while drinking this. A definite summertime beer. Could easily drink a ton of these and not even know it. Since buying my first case I have since bought at least five or six more and I now look forward to it every spring. BRAVO TROEGS!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 00:12:29 | More by JoeyJoe
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly foggy straw color. A white head of large carbonation bubbles doesn't stick around. Nose is clean with a touch of citrus it seems. Flavor is clean at first with a slight earthy metallic aftertaste hitting only after some time. Feel has a lower carbonation to it sending big bubbles over your tongue. Very drinkable. Definitely a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:15:04 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle with a big sun on it, pours an off-yellow almost white-wine color with some carbonation present... head is very minimal, almost non-existent... copped this singly from Wine and More in West Orange for about $1.50... Aroma is typical pilsener, slightly bitter and hoppy, but all in all, quite average in every respect... taste was decent, but nothing to write home about... this is a pretty average sample, and I expected more from a brewery which really impressed me with Dreamweaver Wheat... Mouthfeel is equally average, and the beer goes down crisp and smooth with only a slightly bitter aftertaste that is very hard to detect... drinkability is very easy, as this beer goes down effortlessly, although I'm not sure I'd make this my single choice of the night simply because it lacks an exciting factor seen in many other beers I've sampled... an average sample, though not recommended... Average in all respects...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 01:12:54 | More by dsa7783
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a good amount of hops. It’s quite plain as you would expect from this style.

T: The taste is also very straight-forward with bready but light flavors of malt and grain, backed up by a decent burst of hops bitterness. Not a lot of sweetness, which is good for a pilsener. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink several of, it’s pretty refreshing as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 03:22:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of AlephNull


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale, slightly hazy straw color with a finger of chunky white head. Carbonation is visibly active.

S - Sharp, grassy hop smell dominates the nose -- slightly citrusy with a little bit of a pineapple scent. A bit of a yeast smell, not much in the way of malts present here.

T - Lemony with a some hops lending a crispness to the beer.

M - Fairly thin, with moderate to heavy carbonation. A little bit astringent.

D- Would be good on a hot summer day. A great barbecue beer in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 02:00:52 | More by AlephNull
Photo of BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just about the lightest pale straw golden I've ever seen. Great clarity. Head is fluffy, frothy, and leaves ornate lacing on about one half of the glass. Aroma is big, juicy, tea-like, herbal, mildly citrus hops with an underlying crackery malt backbone. In the flavor, the malts come out more than in the smell and forms a wonderful balance with the jasmine tea presence of the hops. Does not have as much hop sting as,others, but I rather like that about this one. Finishes dry and assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is rather light (even more so than what I'm used to within this style) and the carbonation is very lively.

I like Prima Pils better

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 03:05:53 | More by BeerLover48Fan
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear straw color with a creamy head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. The taste is hop like - without much malt characteristics. There are some spices perceptible. The mouthfeel is this and watery. Overall, this is a clean easy to drink beer that has quite a fitting name.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 21:09:32 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of goochpunch


4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours just about the lightest pale straw golden I've ever seen. Great clarity. Head is fluffy, frothy, and leaves ornate lacing on about one half of the glass. Aroma is big, juicy, tea-like, herbal, mildly citrus hops with an underlying crackery malt backbone. In the flavor, the malts come out more than in the smell and forms a wonderful balance with the jasmine tea presence of the hops. Does not have as much hop sting as, say, Prima Pils, but I rather like that about this one. Finishes dry and assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is rather light (even more so than what I'm used to within this style) and the carbonation is very lively. Probably the best pils I've ever had. Extremely impressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 23:03:51 | More by goochpunch
Photo of tempest


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a single at Liberty St. Tavern.

Overall, a pretty nice pils, but it lacks the malt complexity of a great one. The hops dominate and there's a nice lager tang that goes along with it. The hops are grassy, herbal and citrus, all quite tasty with a perceived bitterness on par with decent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 15:40:12 | More by tempest
Photo of GPHarris


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a three-fingers thick white head into a weizen glass. left really sticky and clingy lace and the head was thick and long-lasting. the body was crystal clear, bubbly and a light golden color.
s - lightly hopped with a faint metallic tone and also lemony.
t - grainy with hints of lemon.
m - dry and crisp.
d - this goes down easily and is a wonderful summer brew. really light and refreshing and i could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 21:44:20 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Dubbercody


3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade. Showed up on my porch yesterday...bang into the fridge it went, and I'm enjoying it today, hot and muggy....

Tasty if a wee bit astringent with some lemony overlapping. Goes down easy as I'm halfway through my glass already...

Not bad for a East coast beer. I'll stick to my west coasties, but not a bad trade bonus beer. Nice average beer....

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 02:33:06 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of acrawf6


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear golden straw with a white head.

Smell. A bit neutral to me, but i do get some graininess and just a little lemon in it.

Taste. A nice and light maltiness that is refreshing. Certainly on the bitter side, but not overly. A little more lemon tartness comes out as it rests in my mouth. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

Mouthfeel. I'd say this one is fuller than others like it. good amount of carbonation and good balance.

Overall, an enjoyable beer good for a session out in the hot heat. I do not think it is the best for the price, as i would rather get other offerings from troegs at the same price, or get one like this for cheaper. Probably not one i will pick up again, but nothing in this is bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:04:06 | More by acrawf6
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pilsner time!
I've been wanting to try this fellow for quite awhile now and finally got my chance.
9pm and still 90 degrees outside, a cold, well brewed pils is a good, good friend.
Excellent bready/cracker characteristics in the flavor. Has a good bite of hops with a flavor that finishes up smooth.
There's no problem making a night out of this beer. Ranks right up there with Victory's and Stoudt's offerings.
This sounds like a taste test I'd like to conduct.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 01:18:35 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of edskirk3


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to glass it sits bright gold with a slight haze. White head with excellent carbonation. Sunshine has a light aroma that's both spicy and lemony. Similar palate with a kiss of noble hops at the end. Very refreshing. I could go through many a bottle on a hot summer day. A Pils done right.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 01:15:05 | More by edskirk3
Photo of MmmIPA


4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer out of a Warstiener glass and it was heavenly outside on a nice night.I had this beer on tap about and year and a half ago and I really enjoyed it then and never got to have it again untill now....

Very clear golden body with a thick two finger white head.TONS of carbonation,the most I think Ive seen in any beer before.Tons of nice lacing rests on my glass.
Stinky pils smell,earthly hops and some skunky smell.
This is a very easy drinking pilsner and it is for anyone that is trying to break through from the BMC world.Its the least offensive Ive ever tasted and I taste some bannana in there.Earthly hop taste is in there as well.
The carbonation is very easy on the palate and that is a welcome from a pilsner.I love this beer,I wish I had more of it.Great beer for summer and a peerfect session beer.Amen Troegs

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 00:29:28 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of bennetj17


4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color is a very pale straw. Almost white like a Witbier. The head is thin and dissipates quick. Decent streams of carbonation present. The aroma is very clean with a light citrus character.

The taste is a lot more potent. Intense leafy and bready flavor with a medium hoppiness and some nice citrus notes. The finish is excellent, lightly drying with a sharp bitterness to round things out. Quite alot going on for a Pilsener. Light bodied, the strong carbonation builds on the palate toward a nice foaminess.

I thought this Pils was very nice. Plenty of flavor, very refreshing, I wish I could get this here in Arizona. Highly Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 05:23:45 | More by bennetj17
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.