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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
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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 Jacobob10
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow color with a thick white head. Great head retention makes for a very appealing appearance. Some might look at the straw yellow color as a weakness in the beer, but I see it as a sign that the beer is clean and fresh, and in this case, true to the pilsner style.

The aroma was very nice as well with plently of lemon, floral hops, and spice jumping out at you. The taste is very satisfying, but might be a bit overhopped. it's nothing over the top, but it caused a dry aftertaste that I think could be helped with a bit more balance. Still makes for a drinkable brew and one that tastes great on a hot summer day.

I have been very impressed so far with all the Troegs brews that I have tried and this one did not disappoint. Troegs is slowly becoming a new favorite brewery of mine.

Jacobob10, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one...and to his sis who lugged a case back from her trip to PA.
Mowed the lawn today, so figured it was time to enjoy this one...pours the faintest shade of yellow (seriously, most likely the lightest beer I ever poured into a pint glass).
A full two and a half fingers of the brightest, fluffiest white head I have ever seen....leaves behind some sporadic lacing.
Bready yeast and pale malt...even a subtle clove scent.
The taste is real decent for the style...very clean and balanced. I would prefer to see just a bit more hops to give this one some more depth. Mouthfeel thin and the carbonation is great right where it is at...very fresh.
I like this one, but certainly I have better offerings in the style.

warriorsoul, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of yeastpuppet
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pour into a really nice pilsner glass (thanks , babe ) pale straw in color , fluffy , dense white head that clings to the sides in a nifty lace pattern all the way down . Perfect carbonation tasty hop bitterness and flavor /aroma . yeah , I'll buy it again , perfect with burgers . An altogether pleasant summer brew .

yeastpuppet, May 30, 2006
Photo of normZurawski
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All around I think this is a slightly above average beer. I don't think the German Pilsener is really my thing, per se. As such, I really don't know how to rate this across the style category. So I rate it as it strikes me...which is a little better than average.

Appearance is light yellow/gold, looks thin. Aroma is the worst aspect, not a whole lot to speak of here. Taste is thin, light astringent. Mouthfeel and drinkability, the same.

I like Tröegs but this is not the reason why.

normZurawski, May 29, 2006
Photo of veggiemafia
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow....so, no Sunshine Pils for me this summer.

Very, very, extremely pale. The color of an especially light, watery looking Pinot Grigiot. Head started big and fluffy, and dissolved to islands within a few minutes.

Grassy, herbal noble hop aroma with some malty balance, but overall not very impressive, kind of macro smelling.

Taste is hoppy and clean, like the bottle says, and there are some fruity things from the malt, but really it's just very bland.

Mouthfeel is really light, and kind of slick.

Really nothing going on here that makes me want another.

veggiemafia, May 19, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huh. I've really tried to get into Troegs. I really have. But the same thing that typically happens when I try a Troegs brew happened here yet agian. Poured a watery, pale yellow with a small head which left little lacing. The aroma did have that grassyu hoppiness, but almost a skunky sweetness I wasn't all about. Yes, there is a fine line between a good pils and something resembling Coors but this was more of the latter. The taste had all this but also had mild malts, some sweetness, but I can't tell if it was fruit or plain sugars. Alcohol as well. Very watery mouthfeel, bild bitterness but once again that too-sweet maltiness was way out of place for a Pils. Was it drinkable? Depends on your aim. Wanna get stinko? Rock this out. Want a good example of a Pils? Look elsewhere.

sinistrsam, May 18, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent gold color with a 2-finger bleach white head that retained nicely. I was a little scared that I had received a Coors light or something...however, the aroma and taste put that scare to rest. Aroma is grassy hops, with some orange peel, and a few malty notes. Taste starts with mild hop kick up front that gives way to a mixture of orange peel-like bitterness, with biscuity malts showing through before a very, very clean finish. Quite refreshing!

M/F is thin, maybe even a bit watery, yet pleasant for the season, making drinkability high. This is not the best offering from Troeg's, but still a tasty one, and a good example of the style.

jockstrappy, May 15, 2006
Photo of k75
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

an American pils that hits it right.

very pale color that is not all that appealing, but you forget about that as you taste.

good nose, subtle - not overpowering - smells like a summer day at the park - just a little flower and grass - fresh water.

taste is inviting . quenching and just flavorful enough.

great with food or alone - PITCHERS OF THIS STUFF !!

session beer for sure.

k75, May 12, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yummy Pilsener from the good folks at Troegs. Pours pale sunshine with pillowy, sticky head. Aroma is fresh spring greens and faint lightly sweet malt. Taste is crisply subdued leafy hops with biscuity backdrop and clean dry fiinsh. Refreshingly light on the palate. Excellent Spring and Summertime choice.

Citadel82, May 08, 2006
Photo of gpackin
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have until recently ignored Pilsners or Pilseners, but I have become more interested in them lately.

The color of this example is quite pale, reminding me of a light beer. The head was impressive though, it almost got away from me on the pour. The smell was like what you would expect from a German Style Pilsener, hoppy with a touch of grass and citrus. The taste was better than I expected based upon the appearance. I found it to be crisp with a nice hoppyness and bit of that grass and citrus that I noticed in the aroma. A very slight bitter but welcome aftertaste follows but doesn't last for long. The mouthfeel was a little heavier than I would have guessed it to be based on the appearance again, yet still pretty light and the carbonation was just right. As far a drinkability this beer does what I think it should. I found it to be very easy to drink and quite quenching. This is a beer I will buy again. I have some yard work I need to get done this week, when I'm done I know what I'm going to drink. Even though It has no bearing on the taste I wish it had a bit more color so it doesn't look like a light beer in my Pilsner Glass.

gpackin, May 08, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit I am not a huge fan of this style. I can enjoy one sure but this is a decent beer. It is not extremely stand-out; but it is approachable and easy tro drink. It is a good transition beer.

Appearance: Pours a completely clear barely tinted water (almost no) color at all. If anything you would take a few drop of yellow coloring added to a pitcher of water to get this "color". It did have a huge sudsy white head measured more than 3 figures in my pilsner glass. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell: Pretty typical German hops smell. Very reserved and mostly clean but pleasant.

Taste: This is certainly miles ahead of macros (like Becks, in my opinion) but it is just not a stand-out special taste to me. There is a bit of grain and breadiness with a light hint of lemon or citrus hop character. The finish is crisp and has a very gentle grassy hop nudge (not a bite, just a nudge:) .

Mouthfeel: Very light and thin, sits easy in the stomach, certainly apropos for the style. Pilsners are supposed to be refreshing and easy, and this one fits the bill.

Drinkability: The best thing about Tröegs Sunshine Pils is how amazingly easy it is to drink. A BA friend brought a case to this summers first cookout and it went over very well, even with the macro drinkers. I think this is a perfect summer beer and certainly a great session beer!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, May 08, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours almost clear with a slight yellowish tint. The color is not impressive at all, but the bubbly well-retained head makes up for it a bit.
The smell is a slight hop, yeast aroma. It's a bit musty. Nothing much else. It lacks the grainy aroma that this style should have.
The taste and mouthfeel are heavier than the appearance and the smell. Almost too heavy for the refreshing summer drink that this should be. It is a bit watery, but the hops and yeast, which I did not find particularly well-balanced, make up for the wateriness.
The mouthfeel was not awful, but it was not as refreshing and clean as the style should be.
It's not complex enough to be anything but a pils, but is too heavy in the mouth to be refreshing like a pils should be. The aftertaste lingers for awhile, but not in any refreshing way.
While it is not terrible, there are much better examples of the style for the same price or less.

jwc215, May 06, 2006
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden color of straw. Clear and bright. Decent amount of visible carbonation. 1/2" white head that falls to a cap in under a minute. Good lacing.

S - Characteristic pilsner soft hop aroma. Herbal, grassy (hay). Light malt in the nose. Mineral. Slight tang of citrus.

T - Bready malt. Nice lingering mild hop bite in the finish. Very well balanced.

M - Full-bodied pilsner. Much rounder than I expected. Carbonation is just right. Clean and dry finish.

D - Highly quaffable. Great summer brew. Between this and Prima, you PA guys got it made for pilsners!

Thanks to Maltygoodness and BIF Across America for the beer.

Photo of tom444
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal-clear, a light gold with a generous white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Soft malty aroma, with plenty of floral, earthy, grassy, and a bit of citrus hop notes.

Mouthfeel is clean and somewhat light, although not quite as much as expectedTaste is fairly crisp, with a good bit of pilsner malt and just a touch of sweetness, with a solid dose of grassy, earthy hops. Finishes well, with a bit of lingering malt.

A good solid pilsner, and one I look forward to drinking plenty of this summer.

tom444, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow pour, crystal clear, with cascades of streaming bubbles fueling a substantial white head that persists and sticks.

Aroma is crisp, clean pilsner malts, wildflower honey, and plenty of dry grassy, herbal, and soft floral hop notes.

Flavor is surprisingly clean and crisp, with solid pilsner malt flavor backing up a pleasant bite of grassy, earthy Saaz hops. A pronounced hop flavor really stands out.

Body is between light and medium, very slick and thirst quenching, with ample carbonation. Excellent drinkability, nice and light for supreme refreshment.

AlexJ, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear pale yellow with two fingers of head that leave frothy rings of lace on the sides of the glass. The head has impressive retention fueled by intense carbonation. I don't like the color, but I can't hold it against them

S - Grass mostly, a touch of pineapple and light-bodied malt. A bit of latent chemicals, like a checimal storeroom might smell, very subtle though. It isn't terrible.

T - Grasses and light malt. A bit of chemical taste too. There is a bitter aftertaste. The flavor is very dry.

M - Thin, not really refreshing, tad abrasive.

D - A good pilsner if you are looking for something best described as a step above the average macro. Otherwise, there are better options. It is pretty easy to drink, despite being very dry all around. It is certainly sessionable and good for foods.

mrasskicktastic, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle - my first taste of the newly "tweaked" recipe

Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a mountain of a white head. The head thins, but maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of crisp pilsner malt combined with a load of Saaz hops.

Taste is crisp and malty upfront followed by the zing of Saaz hops. Plenty of hops to go around, but the bitterness is held in check and well balanced. Finishes dry and rather clean with just a touch of hops that lingers.

Medium-light body, plenty of carbionation.

I can drink this all day. A great pils that I look forward to every year. I think that the new recipe has improved on an already great beer.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was shocked when this local dive bar had the Sunshine Pilsner on tap...the bartender looked a little stunned when I asked for one, too...

It pours a cloudy, light-golden color, and smells of hoppy barley. Tasted a bit hoppier than I had expected, but not enough to overpower that great pilsner taste. Also, it's much lighter and smoother than I anticipated. My favorite Troegs, next to Dreamweaver.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of BeerIsland
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This does look like bottled sunshine, very bright golden color. It's a very nice beer, a little on the citrusy side but well balanced overall. The Pils benefited greatly from a recipe change a while ago, my first tasting of it was not impressive. It now stands with the other excellent pilseners from south central PA.

BeerIsland, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of johnshuster
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at MCP in Carlisle, PA, at their biweekly glass night event. Beer was served in a matching Troegs' pils glass. Had a nice, light off white one finger head on it that dissappated pretty radidly. I sat near the window at the bar, and since it was late in the spring, the sun shone in through the window onto the beer, illuminating its clear golden color. Nice.

A-great-light head, golden yellow, crystal clear. Refreshing looking.

S-A hint of lemon, citrus-y refreshment. The kind of thing that makes you think of warm spring and summer.

T-Highly carbonated, citrus hints in the aftertaste. Very pure and clean tasting throughout. Yum

M-Light, balanced, very carbonated. Refreshing.

D-High. Light in body and consistency. Not a heavy taste. Crisp, refreshing, could easily get this stuff down.

johnshuster, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who slipped a hefe into my Pils? That was my thought throughout drinking this beer; there are quite a few hefe like qualities to be found here...

The beer pours a very cloudy light golden color with a frothy, snow white head. The foam dies down reasonably quickly but leaves some very sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite yummy though a bit off-style. Noble hops are quite evident as are some phenols. Not quite a full on 'bananas and clove' experience but the sweetness is certainly there. Taste follows nose with an even more pronounced phenol presence. Strong hopping saves the day but doesn't really yield that "clean, crisp" experience one looks for in a Pilsner. Yeasty notes overshadow any grain and become the predominant flavor.

Mouthfeel is fine - a little heavy for a light bodied lager but otherwise works okay. Carbonation is a bit on the light side.

All in all a drinkable summer brew that goes well with a baseball game or a hot day watching the grass grow in the backyard. The strong yeast presence moves this away from being a good Pilsner but it's a pretty good lager with hefeweizen like qualities.

[Thanks to mntlover for sending this interesting PA brew westward...]

RedwoodGeorge, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If the beer that Budweiser/Miller/Coors made was quality beer that tasted good, Troegs Sunshine Pils is the beer they would want to style theirs after. In fact, for the rumored new line of imitation craft beer that Michelob is planning to roll out, they would be wise to take a hint from Troegs. Budweiser "Select" certainly could have used a clue.

If Troegs had an advertising budget, this beer could be HUGE. It has that mass-appeal quality to it, and it still tastes & looks good. A healthy pale color - not the washed out fizziness of BMC. Totally crisp & clean all the way through with very little aftertaste. Hops are present, unlike BMC, but not intrusive.

As for drinkability, you could sip these all afternoon (after mowing your lawn), and not feel full or bloated. This is the best pilsner I have ever had, behind Clipper City's "Small Craft Warning."

chOAKbarrell, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of gus
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat of a slight hops aroma, appearance is light goldon in color, very clear. Head was average, off white and maintained itself while drinking. Flavor was moderately bitter, you could taste the hops throughout with medium carbonation. What i would consider a moderately good tasting pilsner.

gus, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a nice pale, yellow, a little hazy due to being in my fridge for awhile. 2" inch foamy white head slowly dissipated leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation never seem to stop.

Smell: Fresh herbs, grassy, slight hint of citrus rind.

Taste: Very slight malt beginning that transitions to a floral, somewhat grassy middle that finishes with a nice little hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a great session beer. Very easy to drink, a thirst quencher, perfect for those hot summer days. The 1st one goes down way too easy. A beer that I will certainly keep around in my fridge.

SwillBilly, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of orsulacp
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a clear straw color with a white head that disappeared quickly. There is a malty sweetness on the nose with some citrus and hops. Nothing really stands out in the taste, some malty sweetness and some hops. Lots of carbonation, very crisp, feels good in the mouth, very refreshing, it leaves behind some bitterness from the hops. Good hot day outdoor beer.

orsulacp, Aug 11, 2005
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.