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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 45
Gots: 120 | FT: 2
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Ratings: 1,373 | Reviews: 562
Photo of ShrLSU
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of asabreed
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bosco7
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ATPete
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of fishtownhxc
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. . . .

Photo of EStreet20
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sjohansen
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of deanwilson
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very pale yellow, even moreso than I might have expected. No head, rather just a trim of lace. Kind of disappointing, overall.

S: Light, some gentle hoppiness, citrus notes, a little grassy and a little grainy.

T: A little bit of a bite of citrus, which is a rather suitable to the style. A little splash of bitterness on the finish. Perhaps a little bit soapy, but strangely not a negative thing.

M + D: Carbonation is perhaps pushing aggressive in some ways... strange that it didn't leave a head with this. Finishes semi-dry, leaving a bittering aftertaste. I prefer the flavour of this as it warms, which would actually make it more of an ideal summer drink, with the heat outside warming it up quite quickly. A reasonable crack at the style from Tröegs... perhaps not among the favourites, but something I'd enjoy again.

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decided to give back to my state's local craft brewers. Picked up a sixer of this bad boy on the way home from the drones I work for.

Pours a crisp, bright yellow, and almost memorable pour. Reminds me of something cheap and played out already. Yet as we continue.

Smell really does bring a host of caramal malts and somewhat appearence of grains. A tad of spice and something quite overtaking. Possibly the hops. Still I wonder.

Mouthful is something to be envied by brewers across this great state. Great balance of carbnation and overall great taste. The notable hops are the first thing I noticed and still notice as I drink. Leaves a not too threatening aftertaste. I love the fact of how the lemon zest and somewhat sweet malts balance each other out for something great.

Drinkablity is something I did enjoy with this beer. First off, your giving your taste buds a jump start for the session and it doesn't leave a harsh undertone on the old belly, nor should it.

Final Thoughts: One beer a individual should add to his or her collection. This beer did give me a shock since at first sight I figured it was going to actually be somewhat of a disappointment. I learned not to judge a beer by its look and never shall I again make this mistake. Drink one for me!

Photo of BeerZack
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color, rough pour barely brings a one-finger foam that quickly settles to a thing bubbly covering that doesn't lace much at all.

Not too much smell. Sweet and kinda funky grain smell, white bread, a bit dank.

A bit more flavor than I expected from the smell of things here. Honey and bready light malts balanced by some grassy and minerally hops.

Smooth, almost creamy, but the carbonation does sting a bit, light-moderate body. Drinkable, but slightly subdued American Pils.

Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my tap at home into a pilsener glass.

A: Poured a light golden straw color with a thin white head. The head disappears fairly quickly and leaves decent glass lacing.

S: Light fruity lemony smell with hints of grass and a nice saaz hop smell.

T: Citrus with lemon and grains with a nice mellow hoppy bitterness. I detect other light fruits flavors with the crisp hops bitterness lingering on. A tad on the thin side to compete with the other mega pils guys.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel that has creamy tones to it. Bitterness lingers on the tongue as a good pils should.

D: High, a very sessionable beer that should be drank in the summer. You can drink these all night.

Overall a solid pils from Troegs, but not outstanding. I perefer the hoppier pils produced by Victory and Sly Fox, but this one comes in third. It just does not carry the same amount of hops as the others do, even though the label calls it "hoppy". Still, a solid beer.

Photo of Lenny2884
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a 2 finger cotton-like head. Top ring of lacing sticks very well, with the rest of the glass being spotty. Great clarity.

Smells of lemon, citrus hop, and the traditional metallic-like lager aroma. Nice aroma, especially compared to other beers of the same style I've had.

Taste is spicy and citrus at the same time which plays a nice game on the tongue as flavors come and go. Slight sweetness is present balancing the brew. Finishes slightly dry, bitterness is excellent. I get a strong metallic flavor towards the end which is a little unpleasant but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice medium to full body, almost velvet like in the mouth. I noticed that as the beer warms, so does the mouthfeel which is very interesting

Overall, a nice take on the style. I keep trying more pilsners and always seem slightly let down in the end. I'm begining to think I just don't prefer the sytle. Definately one of the better pilsners I've ever had and you can't go wrong with anything from Troegs. Cheers!!

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very bright golden yellow color. Had a small amount of foam after a hard pour. Minimal lacing.

S: Small smell of grass, very faint. Also some lemon hints as well.

T: Toasty malt flavor, with some hints of citrus (lemon I presume). Very crisp on the palate.

M: Good mouthfeel, crisp, clean, no bitter after taste.

D: A good summer beer. I prefer it more on the colder side.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straw-colored and perfectly clear. The head starts strong but dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus, subtle grass/earth, some bready malts. Clean and fresh.

Taste: Dry biscuity malts are at the forefront here with grassy undertones. Moderately hoppy with flavors of citrus and freshly cut grass. Firm bitterness but clean in the finish; nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Dry throughout with a crisp medium body and high carbonation.

Notes: Excellent stuff. I'm glad to see more American craft breweries making good pilsners.

Photo of Atron67
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to skinny elvis for this as an extra!

A- poured a golden straw color with a decent frothy white head on top with a pretty strong lacing.

S- strong malty charachter. medium hops, strong enough to balance but not enough to stand out against the malt.

T- strong smooth malty on top clean throughout with a great crisp finish.

M- full body with a strong carbonation

d- pretty solid and a good session beer

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