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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 96 | 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 drtth
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This case was purchased within days of the beer being bottled and so is about as fresh as it gets without getting one from the bottling line.

Appearance: Clear bright golden yellow color, ½" white head that recedes to a nice ring of foam around the glass with a patch of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves a layer of finely speckled foam on the sides of the glass. Repeated sips continue to leave lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is clean, crisp and full of grassy, floral hops with lemon zest and a background of pale malt.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the bready malt. This is crisp and fresh with floral hops and lemon zest. The flavors trade places a lot in this one but the lemon citrus and the pale malt never completely disappear.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice light, soft, creamy feel from the carbonation. The finish is medium to long with the malt and hops trading places frequently until the dry soft lightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and drinkable beer, each sip followed easily from the last and I could drink them all night or for several nights in a row.

drtth, May 06, 2009
Photo of MLasoski
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a pilsener glass with a very small head, small enough it need not mention. The body is golden and clear. The aroma smells of light hops. I took a swig of the beer and it tasted just as a pilsener should; however, it didn't overly impress me with its hoppy complexion. The beer was enjoyable to drink; however, I found myself not really wanting more. Maybe it was my mood, not sure, but I am more of a fan of Troegs' Nugget Nectar and Double Bock.

MLasoski, May 06, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop in West Hazleton for $1.75. Poured into my Tröegs shaker "pint" glass and appears a crystal clear bright yellow color with two fingers of pure white foam. The head leaves no lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of grassy hops, a generous dose of lemon, earthy, bready yeast. Ultra crisp and quaff able. A notch above medium in both body and carbonation. A great warm weather pilsner.

ClockworkOrange, May 05, 2009
Photo of william5586
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light clear yellow that got even lighter when held to the light. Finger of white head that left a little lace. Not to much to look at.

S- Earthy, grainy, hoppy smell with a touch of lemon. A Good pilsner smell.

T- Slightly sweet grainy malt backbone. Lemon zest. Grassy hops. Dry, bitter, lingering finish.

m- Light body. Clean and well carbonated.

D- Refreshing and easy to drink.

I love pilsners and found another to add to my list of possibilities. Now I have to decide between prima, slyfox, and sunshine every time I'm thirsty for a pils.

william5586, May 03, 2009
Photo of iNHaze
2.35/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle into a wine glass

Beer pours a lemon-juice yellow with good clarity and a light head which dissipates quickly into a very light lacing.

Smells very faintly of bitter hops and damp sponge. Not quite skunky but maybe an odor of wild yeast?

First taste is a light hop citrus which fades almost immediately into bitter wateriness lacking other flavor entirely.

Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly at first and then straight to watery and lacking identifiable character.

Overall, I'm not impressed. I noted that based on some other reviews I've read I may have had a bad bottle, but the beer appeared to be fine and didn't taste skunked. Pilseners are supposed to be richly hopped and flavorful...I don't think Troegs is doing the style justice if my sample was an accurate one.

iNHaze, May 02, 2009
Photo of TPatuto
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow... light head which runs away as fast as it possibly can.

S - Smell of wet bread and activating dry yeast. Very faint citrus, but you have to search for it. Smells dry.

T - Dry, light lemon with a muddled finish.

M - Extremely light. Good carbonation.

D - Easy drinker. But the aftertaste isn't exactly pleasant. Does however make you go back for more.

TPatuto, May 02, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- very light, thin, lemony-straw color. Pours without an abundance of head. Beer is transparent, and very light and thin looking, even for the style.

S- nose is also fairly thin. Mainly a sweet malt, and some hops backing it, though you really have to go looking for it. This improves as the beer warms, and as there is more room in the glass for the aromas to gather. The dominant flavors becomes a sweet breakfast cereal malt with a hoppy background.

T- first impression is the thinness of the body, but the boldness of the hops becomes apparent next, and really carries the beer. The malt is definitely in the background here, until the swallow, which is bready and biscuity, and the aftertaste, which is a fresh-baked-bread malt. The flavors alternate, more than co-existing in balance, but they do so very well, and the overall flavor is surprisingly bold, and works very well.

M- the body is a bit thin, but it works out well, creating a very light mouthfeel, and allowing the medium dose of carbonation to keep things crisp, without needing too much CO2.

D- pretty high. This would be on regular rotation, for me, if it was a year-round beer. Generally American Pils are not especially impressive, and with a case of Stoudt's in the fridge, this had a hard task in front of it, but it is a very good beer, one of the best I've had from Troegs.

WalrusJockey, May 02, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours pale yellow with a thick fluffy white heading. Lacing all the way down rings and all to the last sip.

Smell is very earthy,bready even,orange peel, and nice aroma of hoppiness.

Taste and Mouth is very crisp and clean kind of a dry grapefruity aftertaste, also a little nutty.Light bodied, Carbonation is ok I wanted a little more sting on the palate very bland mouthfeel.

Drinkability is awesome very light and refreshing. Easy to enjoy any day of the week.

A definite must have in the fridge now.

TheFightfan1, May 01, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (thanks gary) poured in to a pilsner glass.

pours a clear golden with steady carbonation and a fluffy white head.

smooth floral smell and slightly hopped.

kind of bitter at first taste then a little buttery. some metallic taste also.

good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

I guess there is something I am missing from this style. maybe i needto go to germany or the czech republic.

aubuc1, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 3/25/09.

A - Pours a crisp straw yellow with a very small off-white head. Good head retention. Noticeable carbonation.

S - Pilsner malt, hops, lemon, grassy/earthy smell. Reminds me of summer.

T - Grainy start, smooth malt in the middle, and a lightly bitter and dry hoppy finish. Slight hint of lemon/citrus.

M - Light body, high carbonation. Very refreshing feel.

D - Very nicely balanced and very tasty. Goes down really easy.

Another great SEPA pilsner....up there with Prima and Sly Fox! Less hoppy than I expected, but a great brew. Excellent for warm weather.

gciccarelli, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours bright golden color with a white foam that leaves some nice lacing.

S- A balance of sweet malt and citrus (lemon) hops make up the nose. Some light grain and some fruity esters are present.

T- Grainy malt flavor with a dash of hop bitterness in the finish. Spicy and dry with a fair amount of astringency.

M- Light and crisp with ok carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, but a mediocre flavor.

projectflam86, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Mt. Washington.

Poured clear pale color with an average white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body. Good well balanced hoppy flavor with a moderate smooth balanced bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable beer.

tmoneyba, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A bright, transparent golden yellow body...a decent head forms but falls quickly...leaves some lacing

S - Grains and some pils malt

T - Not very sweet in the beginning...but it does have a malt dominance...grainy and a little yeast shine through...a subtle hop presence in the background that makes you want more

M - Light...a little too thin...but definitely crisp

D - The drinkability is here on this one...this was great to have on a sunny 85* day...and besides you can't go wrong with Troegs

thain709, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good initial head that settles into a single layer of fine bubbles. Clear greenish yellow color. Spotty lace to start; disappears by the end of the tasting.

Raw grain smell dominates the odor. Light hop in the background.

Good hop presence in the taste; some raw grain. Not as crisp as some--full body with above average amount of carbonation. The aftertaste has an element of lactose, but it's mostly hop bitterness.

smcolw, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 04/01/09. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with about a half inch white head. Lacing is average. It smells like bready malt, grain, light hops and some lemon zest. Taste is the same as the aroma, but it starts off a bit malty and finishes a bit hoppy. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a decent enough beer, but there's other pilsners out there that I like better. However, I would drink this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a mug. "Bottled on 04c 09" stamped onto the bottle.

A- Clear, light golden appearance. Pours with 1+ fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Moderate lacing.

S- Slightly lemony, nutty, and earthy.

T- Lightly sweet, grainy / malty flavors. Slightly lemony,with a fairly sturdy bitterness on the finish. Not nearly as hoppy as I was anticipating.

M- Medium/high carbonation. Crisp and light.

D- Good. Light feel and mod-low ABV, and goes down easily.

Future outlook: Not real interesting or popping on the flavor end. Decent, but easily the weakest offering I've had from Tröegs to date. Probably won't seek out again soon.

DoctorDog, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of UA8
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a half inch white head.

S- Lemony sweet citrus notes, along with a light bready yeast scent. Very fresh and summery.

T- Leads with a soda biscuit flavor, moves to a lemon citrus flavor and finishes big with floral and herbal bitterness.

M- Crisp and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

D- I would prefer this a touch colder than I have it served right now but out side of that its very clean and refreshing. I think the only beer in this style that I like better so far is Prima Pils.

UA8, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a head of large bubbles.

The aroma is zesty and spicy. Oranges? Something sour is hidden in there, too.

The spicy and zesty character carries into the palate along with the malts. A little hop bitterness is present. The aftertaste is fruity and pleasantly astringent.

This is very refreshing, and as a summer seasonal, it's a great brew.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very light crystal clear yellow, quickly fading small white head with a quickly fading lace. then things start to get better. nice garden herbal nose and i seem to get a hint of mint in the nose as well. grainy malt hoppy taste, nicely balanced full body and well carbonated. easy to drink with good taste and body to it. another good beer from troegs brewing.

billybob, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to my troegs pint glass: a one finger head rises to the top, and it quickly reduces to a thin layer of soapy bubbles. the body is a nice straw yellow, but slightly opague. lacing sticks down the sides of the glass.

a nice pilsener malt smell with some noble hops, but more towards the malt for certain. easy on the nose.

a nice crisp and well balanced flavor. while the nose leads you to believe it's all malts, the flavor has plenty of noble hops in it. the malts come first, but not sweet at all. followed by hop flavor and assertive bitterness.

prickling carbonation dominates the beer. it adds to the zestiness of the beer, and makes it feel quite nice for a rather light bodied beer.

this is a great beer for summer. easy to drink, and i've had plenty of it before. maybe it's time to look for a sixel of this guy...

beerorRIP, Apr 22, 2009
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
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.