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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 108 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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
4.55/5  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 +10.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.5/5  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 +21.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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%
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 +12.3%
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…


Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
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
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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.


Photo of ClassicBrad
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 -1.6%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cichief
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pavandal
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Muse
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.