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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 43
Gots: 116 | 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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Photo of tempest
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a single at Liberty St. Tavern.

Overall, a pretty nice pils, but it lacks the malt complexity of a great one. The hops dominate and there's a nice lager tang that goes along with it. The hops are grassy, herbal and citrus, all quite tasty with a perceived bitterness on par with decent pale ale.

Photo of GPHarris
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a three-fingers thick white head into a weizen glass. left really sticky and clingy lace and the head was thick and long-lasting. the body was crystal clear, bubbly and a light golden color.
s - lightly hopped with a faint metallic tone and also lemony.
t - grainy with hints of lemon.
m - dry and crisp.
d - this goes down easily and is a wonderful summer brew. really light and refreshing and i could drink a few of these.

Photo of Dubbercody
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade. Showed up on my porch yesterday...bang into the fridge it went, and I'm enjoying it today, hot and muggy....


Tasty if a wee bit astringent with some lemony overlapping. Goes down easy as I'm halfway through my glass already...

Not bad for a East coast beer. I'll stick to my west coasties, but not a bad trade bonus beer. Nice average beer....

Photo of acrawf6
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear golden straw with a white head.

Smell. A bit neutral to me, but i do get some graininess and just a little lemon in it.

Taste. A nice and light maltiness that is refreshing. Certainly on the bitter side, but not overly. A little more lemon tartness comes out as it rests in my mouth. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

Mouthfeel. I'd say this one is fuller than others like it. good amount of carbonation and good balance.

Overall, an enjoyable beer good for a session out in the hot heat. I do not think it is the best for the price, as i would rather get other offerings from troegs at the same price, or get one like this for cheaper. Probably not one i will pick up again, but nothing in this is bad.

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

Pilsner time!
I've been wanting to try this fellow for quite awhile now and finally got my chance.
9pm and still 90 degrees outside, a cold, well brewed pils is a good, good friend.
Excellent bready/cracker characteristics in the flavor. Has a good bite of hops with a flavor that finishes up smooth.
There's no problem making a night out of this beer. Ranks right up there with Victory's and Stoudt's offerings.
This sounds like a taste test I'd like to conduct.

Photo of edskirk3
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to glass it sits bright gold with a slight haze. White head with excellent carbonation. Sunshine has a light aroma that's both spicy and lemony. Similar palate with a kiss of noble hops at the end. Very refreshing. I could go through many a bottle on a hot summer day. A Pils done right.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer out of a Warstiener glass and it was heavenly outside on a nice night.I had this beer on tap about and year and a half ago and I really enjoyed it then and never got to have it again untill now....

Very clear golden body with a thick two finger white head.TONS of carbonation,the most I think Ive seen in any beer before.Tons of nice lacing rests on my glass.
Stinky pils smell,earthly hops and some skunky smell.
This is a very easy drinking pilsner and it is for anyone that is trying to break through from the BMC world.Its the least offensive Ive ever tasted and I taste some bannana in there.Earthly hop taste is in there as well.
The carbonation is very easy on the palate and that is a welcome from a pilsner.I love this beer,I wish I had more of it.Great beer for summer and a peerfect session beer.Amen Troegs

Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color is a very pale straw. Almost white like a Witbier. The head is thin and dissipates quick. Decent streams of carbonation present. The aroma is very clean with a light citrus character.

The taste is a lot more potent. Intense leafy and bready flavor with a medium hoppiness and some nice citrus notes. The finish is excellent, lightly drying with a sharp bitterness to round things out. Quite alot going on for a Pilsener. Light bodied, the strong carbonation builds on the palate toward a nice foaminess.

I thought this Pils was very nice. Plenty of flavor, very refreshing, I wish I could get this here in Arizona. Highly Recommended...

Photo of geexploitation
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light gold, with yellow highlights and a slight dusting of pearly white head. The aroma is a bit lemony and sandy, with little in the way of malt balance. On the palate, a touch of astringency and citrus notes that are very out of place in a pils. Little of the expected zesty, earthy hop aroma. This beer isn't really made to style. It's not bad, just middling, but could be a lot better with some more orthodoxy.

Photo of crzyd12
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color lacking any head. The bouquet lacks any distinct aromas and disappoints. Taste is light, easy and highlighted with delicate hop flavors. Strong laces form along the glass. The beer rolls off the tongue and down the throat with ease. Despite the weak aromas and mediocre flavors the beer is quite drinkable and suitable for a summer BBQ.

Photo of jayw73
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured much lighter than I anticipated. Light cloudy yellow color. Nice head retention, looks very inviting.

Has a fruity, flowery smell.

The taste is exceptional. Very crisp, nice taste of hop flavor on the finish, very smooth beer.

This beer is a fine example of a great tasting pilsner. Highly recommended!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale gold with a very nice initial head that sticks around as a decent cap throughout my enjoyment of the beer. Excellent lacing. The smell is of soft noble hops and the clean lager yeast. Taste is fairly soft, but with a nice lingering bitterness, clean flavors and some earthy and floral hops. The mouthfeel is more soft and creamy than crisp, and it is light to medium bodied for a pilsner. Very easy drinking. I don't like his one as much as Prima pils from Victory, but its still awfully nice, especially on a hot day like today.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale golden color with a white head. In the aroma I can already tell that it is hoppier than a standard pilsner. In the taste, it has hops and a balanced profile that is not standard with pilsners. This is a fantastic beer for summer, light, hoppy and just great. Anyone that likes IPAs with love this beer.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Matthew
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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…

Recommended.

Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mjc410
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Cheers.

Photo of ClassicBrad
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of yelterdow
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beerphan
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.