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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,281
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 38
Gots: 84 | 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 Reagan1984


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

I was excited to try Sunshine Pils based upon Nugget Nectar and other Troeg's items I've either tried or heard about. I was hoping it would be an experience like that of Victory Prima or Stouts Pils. It fell well short of those two beers.

Don't get me wrong, this is a nice beer, but it just doesn't match up.

Poured a bright gold color and was crystal clear. There was lots of visible carbonation below the well formed and substantial foamy head. As I made my way to the bottom of my pilsner glass a good deal of lacing remained behind. A good looking beer.

The taste was nice, but really not that complex. A bit of grain, a slight amount of hop bitterness and not much else. The bottle says it was bottled in June of 2008, so the flavor shouldn't have faded at all. Doesn't have an off flavor, but not much flavor.
Not nearly the spice, hop bitterness or complexity of other quality Pilsners.

Mouth feel was very light and the carbonation was too light. No tingle on the tongue. Not flat, but not up to what I would expect.

Very drinkable.

Again, nice, but go for a Victory Prima Pils long before you grab one of these.

08-29-2008 19:09:54 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours clear,golden yellow with a small head and a thin lace.
The aroma is earthy,herbal hops,citrus hints.

The taste is lemon/citrus,malts,and a bit of bitter hops. Some grains.
The feel was average,medium carbonation and decent balance.Slightly watery finish.

Notes: A decent beer. Not so excited about it,but on a hot day it does the trick.

08-21-2008 16:18:17 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of thethrone


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

A - Pours a clear yellow, much like lemonade, with a shot white head that dissipates to a thin layer which lingers for the length of the drink.

S - Lemon and grassiness most prominent. Some earthy aromas of malt and yeast also come through.

T - Much like the smell, there is a grassy flavor, with a honey-like sweetness. A hoppy bitterness hold through the end.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, with some mild carbon/alcohol burn.

D - While I haven't been a big fan of pils in the past, I really enjoyed this one. Very easy to drink.

08-20-2008 03:41:25 | More by thethrone
Photo of bkilpatr


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/14/08.

Pours a clear straw yellow color with almost two fingers of white head. The head leaves a bit of lacing around the glass. Aroma is European hops and pale malts.

Taste has a lot of European hops, very earthy and a bit spicy. A decent amount of pale malt. A bit of lemon flavor as well. Feel is light bodied and well carbonated. Very light and refreshing. Dry, crisp, and clean finish. Very drinkable as well - easily sessionable. Great for a hot summer day.

08-14-2008 23:16:22 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of errantnight


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

An eminently drinkable, very good pilsner, that only fails in failing to completely knock my socks off. Only sorta off kilter. That said... delicious. Why can't, in sunny hot SoCal, can we have Pilsners like this?

Thank you, first, to JKane101 for including this as an extra!

Brilliant yellowy gold with a frothy white finger and a half of head into my tuliped pilsner. Decent lacing, beautiful color, good retention.

Aroma is grainy sweet with a mouth-watering spicy, herbal hop aroma. Sweet.

Taste presents a well balanced, moderate pilsner malt character with a nice after-taste of noble hops... a bit more earthy in the mouth than in the nose. Great dry finish.

Medium to light bodied without being thin or insubstantial, crisp and well carbonated without being spritzy.

Could drink this all summer long.

08-14-2008 22:54:25 | More by errantnight
Photo of Applesauce1


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

I picked this up at my beer store, The Westover Market, in Arlington, VA. I got it as part of make-your-own six pack.

Appearance: yellow, transparent, with a 3/4" head on the pour which actually stays as the beer is being drank (pretty good for a pilsener...one of my least favorite styles)

Smell: little bit of hops...and some type of skunky smell....it could just be the smell that im so used to from other lagers (macros) that's not necessarily skunk

Taste: actually, pretty damn good for being a pilsener; im not a fan of this style...but this aint bad at all; balanced, maybe some caramel malt?? not sure...

Mouthfeel: light body

Drinkability: could do two in a night

Overall, not a bad beer. This, as i said earlier, is not a popular style with me, but I like mixing up my beers and giving certain brewers a chance with me. My guess is that this would probably please most pilsener lovers.

08-10-2008 02:52:19 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of jordoo


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

This one is a very light but vibrant colored yellow with a large sticky white head that lasts forever and leaves sporatic lacing. Smells not overpowering but has a nice sweet grainy malt nose with some grassy and lemon hop sents. Taste is as in the nose with the hops winning out at the end. Medium mouth feel and super drinkable.

07-28-2008 14:48:31 | More by jordoo
Photo of Tbn2

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A-Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow with a two finger head. I watch the carbonation rise to the top the entire time I drink as the head sticks around in a small layer and laces all the way down the glass.

S-When I opened the beer, I smelled a nice light citrus aroma. Once poured, the citrus smell was balanced malt and yeast aroma. I detect the slightest hint of a pale malt as well.

T/M-A little bit of a let down from the smell. The citrus smell is nowhere to be found. The malts are very powerful but there are some hints of honey at the end of the taste. I also taste some off flavors from the yeast that linger on the back of your tongue after you swallow. The body of the beer is right on and the carbonation gives it a very bright feeling on your palette.

Overall this is a another good beer from the fellas at Troges. Pick on up, you won't go wrong. A good classic pils.


07-24-2008 01:38:21 | More by Tbn2
Photo of ShrLSU


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A. thin white head and light yellow clear color.

S. Classic pilsner scent. Grainy malts and earth tones. .

T. Not much at all other than your classic pilsner taste. Hints or malts and grains. Very faint hops.

M. nice carbonation, very refreshing.

D. A solid pilsner. I'm no pils fan but this one was ok.

07-22-2008 03:27:47 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of HopDerek


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap at Bistro 614

Poured a clear straw yellow color with thin bubbly white head, ok retention and nice sticky lacing. Smells of earthy hops, honey, toasted pale malt grain, grass, and herbal hops. Tastes of lemon rind and grass up front followed by sweetness from honey and pale malt. Medium light in body with good carbonation. A good bitter start followed by nice sweetness and graininess and a crisp refreshing finish.

07-18-2008 01:09:42 | More by HopDerek
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden straw-colored body with moderate carbonation coming to the top, along with hints of white lacing left around the top of the glass.

Smell: Herbal, citrus hops with a mild bite, along with some earthiness, bread crust, and mild pilsner malt.

Taste: Major citrus and herbal hops as the backbone, with a nice citrus bitterness. Not as much pilsner malt or malt flavors in there, but it's mild and nice for the summer.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation and nice burst near the end.

Drinkability: I enjoy this, but I was hoping for more, especially since I love Troegs so much. I got a six-pack, which is perfect for the weather right now, but this is more like a summer brew than a pilsner, though I suppose it's supposed to be a hybrid.

07-11-2008 21:13:44 | More by asabreed
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +7%

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, nice one-finger white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind, very nice carbonation. The nose is slightly malty, hoppy, very slight spicyness. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, some malts, spices. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice thirst quencher, Thanks Joe.

07-06-2008 01:35:57 | More by Wasatch
Photo of bosco7


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a really pale straw color with fluffy bone white head.

Hay, mint, citrus rind, a little caramel and spicy aromas. Pleasant.

Starts with just a bit of malty sweetness that immediately is overshadowed by the spicy hops and the dry finish. I am picking out some honey and lemon flavors at the begining. The hops are pepperminty (?) and floral.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. The body is light as expected.

Solid Pils for sure. I am just so spoiled now that I live in Pennsylvania and all these great lagers are so available. I think that this beer is slightly more crisper and more refreshing for the summer months, but Prima Pils and Stoudts Pils have the edge in the flavor department.

07-02-2008 01:51:32 | More by bosco7
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

A. From the looks, I was very excited. Everything you want in a pilsner, straw yellow, clear, a nice head and bubbles forming. Every sip I took was documented in the lace.

S. Nothing.

T. Not much more, really, just a hint of malt.

M. Good enough I suppose.

D. Good as well, but this is a run of the mill Pils.

07-01-2008 22:58:13 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a very clear yellow tint with a nice frothy snow white head, some sticking with some visible rising carbonation.

S- Subtle toasted malts and delicate hop aroma.

T- A very mellow malt character, some hop bitterness throughout and a lingering lemon/citrus character, not much going on but im pretty sure thats the point being a summer seasonal.

M- light body, bright carbonation.

D- This one would go down all day long, but alas it is a pils.

good beer here, searching for a summer session? try this one out, but make sure you have a back up or 2 because this 6 will disappear very quickly.

06-26-2008 19:00:26 | More by ATPete
Photo of fishtownhxc


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

the first time i had this beer i wasn't really sure if they 5.3 abv was correct because i slammed down a few of them and didn't feel a thing. maybe it was the nachos i had right beforehand. either way, this is a great beer. light and refreshing but has a great hop finish that's crisp and delightful. pours a light yellow that is somewhat deceptive, but has a nice white head and great lacing. very little malt taste to speak of making it a perfect beer for relaxing at the poor or on the beach or right after mowing the lawn. get into it.

06-23-2008 13:32:30 | More by fishtownhxc
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

A pair of fresh 12oz bottles thanks to SkinnyElvis!

A soapy, spotlessly white head. Crystal clear body. A pale yellow colour with slight lime tint. Little bubbles drift, appearing like flakes of salt.

The aroma is a little herbal, a little floral, but mostly malty. The hopping is evident, but not pronounced. Troegs make things quite clear from here - this will be malty.

A crisp, snappy bitterness which, along with how hefty and filling the body is, makes this incredible quenching. So damn refreshing! Flavour of drying, slightly sweet malts with a hint of lightly grassy hops.

This is textbook pils. It is also ideal pils. If only the masses could try this they might experience the aroma, the flavour, and most of all the refreshment a true pilsner is capable of.

It would seem that some of the American craft brewers are mastering the art of the pilsner - Troegs is certainly one of them.

06-17-2008 20:03:36 | More by biegaman
Photo of czfreeman


4/5  rDev +7%

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!

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

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

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. . . .

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

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

05-30-2008 12:11:48 | More by akorsak
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,281 ratings.