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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 91 | 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 KroMagnon
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

OK, it says Pilsner and it says its craft brewed, but man is it pale!! Yeah Pils are pale but this one looks lighter, more like a Budweiser. However, the aroma is pleasant, clean, a slight maltiness and a very slight floral hoppy hint. The flavor is good too, not as heavy as some Pilsners I've had and not nearly as bitter as others but pretty drinkable - starts dry, then comes a little malt and some spicy cool minty hops, then a little bitterness. Not very exciting to me but drinkable for sure, especially for summertime.

KroMagnon, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%

Served on tap in a standard pint. Pale transparent gold with a thin bubbly head. Head remained for quite awhile, leaving a bit of lace. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is excellent, and surprisingly full for a pilsner. Crisp hops and rich sweet malts form a great balance. The almost creamy sweetness to the nose really makes it. Very effervescent.

The flavor continues the balance presented by the aroma. Perfect level of hops for a pilsner, not too much, but enough to give it that sharp bitter bite. Crisp and clean with hints of lemon. Purely and simply just a great pilsner.

Drinkability is exceptional.

HugoGrim, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of Matthew
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks for Clockworkorange for the trade.
12 oz bottle, pours a very light hay like yellow color, very clear with a small white head that settles to leave a thin covering.
Faint spritzy lemony citrus aroma leads to some grainy malt and a bit of a spicy and pleasant hop character.
Crisp and smooth, refreshing lemon zest leads into a light bready malt character and a dry light hop finish.
Light mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation.
Very easy to drink, contains a good amount of flavor, nothing overpowering, a well rounded easy drinking pilsener from Troeg's. I'd like to see more breweries take a stab at the pilsener style.

Matthew, May 09, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +23%

Poured into a tall slender pils glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap. Review number 300 I always end up with a Troegs on my big number reviews 100,200,250,don't know why,but I do love Troegs.

White,creamy,fluffy looking head,good retention,but not a real tall head.Lively looking beer nice strings of tiny bubbles tightly knit streaming to the surface,leaving lots of clumpy lacing down the glass.

Clean,pleasing and inviting aromas,spicy,herbal and earthy,smells like Hallertau hops love those good German aromas. Smelled even hoppier than last year from what I can remember.

Clean taste,like the aroma, very earthy,woody,spicy. Nice hop tang light on the malt,great hop flavors. Finishes with a clean,snappy hoppiness with some citrus rind feel.

Light mouthfeel with some coarseness from the hop feel. Very easy drinking. Great summer session beer with puckering hoppiness,but an airee feel,great hop taste. Could drink this one all of a summer day long and have done it before. I'd recommend trying this beer this summer.

jcdiflorio, May 07, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Very light hay color with a frothy, well-retained bone-white head. Nice grassy character with a touch of buttery malt in the aroma. The palate features a restrained residual sweetness accompanies the mellow bready malt character and it’s perfectly balanced by a crisp, leafy hop spice.

One of the more authentic American-made Pilsners I’ve tried in quite some time: drinkable and perfectly balanced with all the right flavors. Very nice…


arguemaniac, May 07, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Trade at Dark Lord Day with ClockworkOrange I believe! Correct me if I'm wrong!

Pours a very pale yellow, almost clear, thick and tight white head forms, nice lacing, and good retention. Smell is very grassy, slight skunkiness, caramel, citrus, floral, not too bad. Taste is wheaty, caramel, very light breadiness, some floral and citrus, nice bitterness, very light however. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium to high carbonation, kind of sharp, but refreshing. Kind of seems like more of a kolsch than a pils to me, but refreshing nonetheless. Thanks Jason!

Viggo, May 03, 2007
Photo of mjc410
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%

The pour into my Prima Pils glass raises a head like whipped egg whites one finger high. It doesn't keep its height for long, though. The lacing is sparse but sticky. The body is a very pale gold, which sits at the edge of transparency. The nose is like cereal, with just a bit of acidity. No hoppiness makes its way through. The taste has a strong sulphery earthiness, with a bit of acidity to the bready maltiness. The hops are a buit metallic, but not very potent. It is balanced, though. The mouth is very thin, perhaps too much so even for this style. Overall, less than what I expected from Tröegs, but still easily drinkable and refreshing.

mjc410, May 03, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

Best by July 2007. Pours with a thin head. Very clear in appearance; almost yellow. Tastes of crisp hops. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth & this is one of the most drinkable beers around. Perfect session beer. Under $30 per case to boot. This may be my favorite of the style.


SkinnyElvis, May 02, 2007
Photo of ClassicBrad
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

If I've learned anything about Pennsylvania beers its that Troeg's means hops [with the exeption of a small few {ie. Mad Elf, Oatmeal Stout, etc.}].

When I saw there attempt at a Pilsner, I knew it was going to be good. However, I didn't figure it to be so balanced. Like I said; Troegs=Hops. And this beer is so beautifully balanced.

Its appearance is so unique. This brew is an even paler yellow than most macro, like lagers I have senselessly poured into a glass. An almost impressive head that leaves a timely lace would comprise the beers effects on the Woodchuck Cider pint glass that I poured it into.

Smell leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, my desires were met when I took my first swig.

Taste is where this beer strives... Taste and Mouthfeel. But as for Taste:

It is your traditional, craft, hoppy pilsner combined with your average hoppy, hoppy, and hoppy Troeg's beer and some beautifully delicious and spicy citrus notes. Like I already mentioned as hoppy as this beer is, it is so far from offensively hoppy. I don't gather the most malt flavor out of this brew aside from some moderate (you guessed it) pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel is so average that I give it just .5 below average as it doesn't compare to the outstanding characteristics that make up this expeptional pilsner.

Drinkability, for a Troeg's beer, is utterly delightful. I would recommend this to any craft novice who hasn't experienced the wonderful world of the Hopheads. Let him try this and frollick with them and become one... whoa. I've gone too far.

ClassicBrad, May 02, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

Thanks to clockworkorange for this one.

A - Pours a very pale straw yellow with 3 fingers of creamy white head that quickly disappears to no lacing.

S - Light aroma of spice, lemon and citrus with a faint bready pale malt.

T - Bready grains with spicy noble hops and a hint of citrus. Very clean and refreshing.

M - Thin body with just the right amount of carbonation. Clean with a dry finish.

D - Very tasty and refreshing on the first 85 degree of the year. This one could definitely be my summer beer if it was available here.

brewcrew76, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Bottled on 3/27/07, tasted one month later. Served at fridge temperature in a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Extremely pale yellow-gold with excellent effervescence... it creates a two finger white head that retains very well. Nice structure overall... bubbles continue to rise from the bottom for many minutes. Moderate, spotty lacing forms throughout various areas in the glass.

Smell- Saaz hops, spicy and grainy. Zippy, clean, quick nose that really deepens once the beer comes to temperature. The malt sweetness becomes more prominent as we go forward.

Taste- An atmosphere of fresh cut grass, grains, and a cutting hop profile that feels quenching and balanced. The sweet, mellow malts are present enough to peek through yet stand clear of the everlasting, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A lively, active mouthfeel that really emphasizes the clean, honest flavors and ingredients. Light bodied and so easy to drink on a day where burgers and grilled fare might be on the menu. An excellent, highly recommended choice this summer.

yelterdow, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle -> pint
freshest by: 07.14.07 on the case
bottled on: 03.14.07 on the bottle

Pours a clear palest ever yellow, with a thin white head that has some staying power. A few walls of lace along with sporadic clumping. Carbonation appears modest.

Nose: Light lemon citrus, grains, some sourness

Quick lemony flavor, with some gritty grainness and a biting citric bitterness. Good malt presense balance this out pretty well.

Thin and crispy mouth.

Easy to drink in the spring. Probably my least favorite Troegs brew though.

beerphan, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

A- completely transparent straw yellow. tiny head with great lacing.

S- hops, citrus, some sweet malt. very light.

T-This has a very light summer taste. light hop bite to it. The citrus and malt can't be detected in the taste as well as they can in the smell. Could be just me but I detected a faint nutty lingering aftertaste.

M- high carbonation and very light body. However- this is not in any way a watery brew. quiter impressive.

D- with its light cripsy taste this is a very drinkable and good session beer in the summer when you need something light and refreshing.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +7%

Appearance - Pale golden color. Good lacing.

Smell - Mild hops. Earthy. Mild citrus (orange?).

Taste - Earthy hops with a light bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Crisp and dry finished.

Drinkability - I definitely will be drinking more of this through the summer months.

stereosforgeeks, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

Bought two cases a the brewery in Harrisburg, PA.

A- A very pale, straw color, with a thin, snow-white,head. Not very inviting at all.

S- Mild hop aroma, with hints of grass and citrus.

T- Mild malt flavor with decent hops, especially dry in the finish. Some citrus noted.

M- Very carbonated, thin on the tongue.

D- On a hot day this will quench your thirst, but isn't as good as other pils out there.

Try a Stoudt's Pils or a Victory Prima Pils instead. I was quite disappointed with this beer, all the other Troegs beers are outstanding.

cichief, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of pavandal
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Beer poured an awesome pale color. No real head, just a small white foamy film on top.

Smell was decent. Strong notes of grapefruity hop goodness. Very light on the nose, not much to detect.

Taste was very interesting. Started out with a hop bitterness, then it transistioned into that grapefruit taste I detected in the smell. It finished with a nice bready flavor.

A very light, refreshing brew. Great beer for this time of the year!

pavandal, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Picked up this bad fella as soon as the Summer brews showed up at the local 6 pack shops.

Appearance - Extremely clear golden color with a thick white head and lots of fizz.

Smell - Nice light, crisp citrus smell with a hint of spiced hops.

Taste - Loved the crispness of this brew, with a very nice amount of hops and a touch of citrus to compliment. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Nice light textrue to go along with a very nice slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability - This was an excellent session brew which made for a very nice light, crisp drinking experience while still providing a lot of spice and flavor. With the lower alccohol level you could defintely pound a few of these in a row without much ill effect. Excellent balance for a warm spring day.

jdg204, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Muse
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

I'm an ale drinker, generally leaning towards hoppy IPA's, but I've been searching for lighter fare. Troegs Nugget Nectar and Hopback are among my all time fav's, so I had to give the Pils a try...

Not much to add on the basics -- other reviews are farily consistent (straw color, light carbonation, nice lacing, etc.). This beer presents itself very well.

My addition is just with regard to my ale-drinker's search for lager...

While I'll always go back to my IPAs, I have to say that this Sunshine Pils is not at all a disappointment. It's light but flavorful, with a bite of hops to counter it's citrusy sweetness. Refreshing and complex, it lingers bitter on the back of the tongue in a way that is not at all unfamiliar to the ale advocate.

Maybe I'm just in a good mood, and maybe I'm partial to Troegs since they make my favorite ales, but I think this is my lager/pils to beat. I'll continue my quest and chime in when I find better.

Muse, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, it pours a pale straw color with some slight haziness along with 2 fingers of white, seafoam head that clings to the glass much like a good ale would. Aroma is featured with some slightly lemon and floral hops aroma. Malts are pale and uneventful. Sipping reveals a crisp citrus flavor along with a peppery pure pilsner malt. A quite refreshing flavor and feel. Alcohol is nearly non-existent, and this one makes for a great summer drinker, and to be honest it is an easy drinking brew any time of the year when you want smoething not overwhelming to your senses, and you want to drink a bunch of it! Cheers!

Fish113d, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Appearance: pale golden color, quite clear, with numerous streams of slow-rising carbonation. The fairly large head quickly collapses to a thin collar and scattered patches of foam, the lacing is quite good.

Aroma: Mild malt presence, rather like home-baked bread, with lemon and noble hops strongly present.

Taste: Devastatingly hoppy from start to finish, with grapefruit and pine tar notes the most prominent. Excessively harsh hop bitterness overshadows the malt presence. The finish is quite dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with slight zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: The bittering hops completely overshadow the malt presence. While otherwise a well-crafted Pilsener, the hop use is a bit aggressive.

Pegasus, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Minkybut
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%

Beer poured into glass at 50 degrees which was to warm for this Pils. Beer is certainy hoppy with a very crisp bitter aftertaste. A bit too hoppy for me but I think hoppy beer folks would like this product. Beer was very pale very freash tasting. Thin head.Will not purchase again.

Minkybut, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

First, I would like to say that I have drank this beer many, many times and just wanted to drink it and not geek it!

Served in a pub glass. Pours a clear straw color with large frothy white head that is well sustained throughout drinking. Large thick lacing on glass.

Smells. Earthy, floral hops, light citrus, lemon notes. Light bready yeastiness.

Tastes: Dry bready/crackery maltiness with earthy, floral hops that present a pleasant bitterness. Very light citrus back note.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Initial brief mildly sweet bready maltiness finishing with a dry, pleasantly bitter earthiness. Not very complex, but executed very well. Light bodied without being thin, refreshing, very easy to drink.

laintringulis, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of psinderson
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color. Very clear with a great foamy head with staying power - good lacing down the glass.

Smell: Noticeable noble hops aroma, a bit spicy.

Taste: Clean and smooth. Refreshing finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great feel with the carbonation.

Drinkability: A little scary how easy this goes down...watch out!

This is another fine example of a very drinkable craft pilsner. Nicely defines the style.

psinderson, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev +7%

I found this on tap at The Grey Lodge Public House.

This beer came a crystal clear pale yellow with just a hint of brown. The little collar of head managed to leave some nice spots of lace behind.

Smells of doughy popcorn and strawberries with a pit of celery that’s faded into an abrupt dryness.

Tastes of light, white flour, slightly pasty cherries and a touch of play-doh. There’s also a very nice crisp hop that works well with the malt base.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light and easy carbonation that leaves my tongue dry.

This is a really solid yet simple beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of NolateM
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into a large pilsner glass (the type that looks kind of like a wheat glass). Almost clear yellow color (slightly golden-orange when held up to light). The fluffy white head and sticky lace was just about the only thing it had going for appearance.

The aroma wasn't all that impressive. Kind of skunky. I was starting to wonder if I'd like it...

...Well, turns out I did like it. The flavor was light and crisp, but with a definite herbal hop character in the background. There was some slight skunkiness in the flavor, but not too much... I always wonder about how long my beer was sitting on the shelf at the liquor store before I purchase it (and how much light it's been exposed to), so I don't necessarily blame skunkiness on the brewer.

The mouthfeel was near perfect, except for a VERY slight drying (less than most beers, really). It's sessionable as a mofo - almost goes down too well. I might deem this the most refreshing pilsner I've ever had.

NolateM, Aug 31, 2006
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.