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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 38
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
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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 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
Photo of ffejherb


4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 4/19/08.

A - Vigorous pour revealed a clear golden straw colored body with almost two fingers of soapy, bright white head that left plenty of sticky lacing around the glass. Mild amount of active carbonation is present.

S - Classic pilsner aroma of grassy hops, biscuity malt, bread and lemon zest. I also sense the slightest tinge of vanilla for some reason.

T - Mmmm... very nice classic pilsner. All of the flavors blend together quite nicely here, with plenty of grassy hops, biscuits, citrus fruit and lemon juice.

M - Light body with watery texture with just a tinge of oily residue on the palate. Pretty mild carbonation for a pilsner. Finish is crisp and clean with a nice bitter hop bite.

D - This is a perfect session beer for the summer months. I can (and will) drink this all day on a warm summer afternoon. I anticipate its release every year with bated breath! Hey Troegs... can you please make this a year 'round offering?

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 19:35:05 | More by ffejherb
Photo of CrellMoset


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the tallest, slenderest glass I had in the cabinet.

Appearance: A crystal-clear greenish-yellow-bodied beer with crisp-looking effervescence, a small, moist, one-finger head that fades rapidly, and spotty and sparse lacing. Looks like a pilsner, although the color freaks me out a lil'.

Aroma: Mild, but what is there is pleasant. Light, ester-like citrus notes - lemon in particular - a very mild, sweet pale malt smell, and very faint spicy, floral hops. Very springlike, although I wish it were a little more pungent.

Taste: The light malts dominate here, with some light grassy, herbal hops leaving some faint bitter aftertastes. Not too much to say about it - it could stand to use a little more hops, perhaps.

Mouthfeel: Watery at first, but it becomes less noticeable with time. The carbonation profile is rather large - big bubbles make for a nice, crisp feel.

Drinkability: What do you expect from a pilsener? They're low in alcohol, light, thin, crisp, not too sweet, not too bitter ... they're all going to be very manageable. Despite lacking in some of the traditional pilsener "departments," this one remains just as drinkable, and would be great for a pilsener session.

Another beer that's not really my style. I have to be in the mood or the right atmosphere for something this light and bubbly, but I could definitely see myself having one of these on my balcony on a warm day. Considering it solely for what it is - a German pilsener - it's decent, missing some of the spiciness and stronger hop presences of those beers, despite claiming to be well-hopped. Not the best Tröegs brew, but not a miss, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 04:42:07 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of thirtysixbelow


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - a clear pale straw yellow color with a white clingy head.

s - biscuity malt smell with grassy hops

t - biscuity malt in the flavor as well. Some hops that go from very faint to quite present as it sits in your mouth. The aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter.

m - extremely light, well carbonated

d - This is definitely a good summer beer, but I think I prefer zatec for a pils. It's less bitter and dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 05:21:05 | More by thirtysixbelow
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased at American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn. Crystal clear, golden colored, thin wet looking white foam. The aroma is malty and a little estered, and the taste is satisfyingly malty with a real nice but slightly bitter after-taste. This is a really good beer, I'm starting to turn towards these light and more subtle beers more and more.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:59:27 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw color with a nice and clingy pure white head. The aroma is quite faint, I pick up some light grains, kind of disappointing. The taste is grainy sweet with a slight hop presence, nothing too pilsner-y about this brew. The hops sort of show up toward the end, a little too late though. The feel is light but not watery, nice carbonation, finishes with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste. The drinkability is fine. This would be a fine brew for BBQs and the like. This pils just doesn't standout and barely resembles a true pils. Troegs makes good brews but I think this one just missed the mark.

Re-review 5/09/09
This sample had more of a traditional grassy nobel hop flavor and a light cracker like malt though still a bit bready on the malt and I thought I tasted some lemon.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:32:19 | More by Gmann
Photo of DefenCorps


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my Troegs pint glass

A: Crystal clear straw yellow with a dense but thin white head. Good amount of carbonation and this looks pretty, especially as I drink it and it leaves nice looking lace. Could use a little more color but the head makes up for it

S: Crisp with a sharp grassy hop aroma with a definite biscuit (Marie biscuits?) aroma. Appealing. Am i getting just a hint of butter?

T: Strong biscuit malt presence on the palate with a herbal hop character coming through. The finish is a tad dry and a tad bitter. Definitely not the hoppiest of the American German pilseners i've had but still delicious.

M: Excellent - in between the carbonation and the dry finish, this one is great for the style

D: I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 23:12:59 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Dodo2step


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +11.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.7%
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 +22.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +18.4%
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%
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 +9.1%
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 +15.8%
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 +9.6%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.9%
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 -8.3%
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 +5.1%
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
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.