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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 RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly foggy straw color. A white head of large carbonation bubbles doesn't stick around. Nose is clean with a touch of citrus it seems. Flavor is clean at first with a slight earthy metallic aftertaste hitting only after some time. Feel has a lower carbonation to it sending big bubbles over your tongue. Very drinkable. Definitely a session brew.

Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle with a big sun on it, pours an off-yellow almost white-wine color with some carbonation present... head is very minimal, almost non-existent... copped this singly from Wine and More in West Orange for about $1.50... Aroma is typical pilsener, slightly bitter and hoppy, but all in all, quite average in every respect... taste was decent, but nothing to write home about... this is a pretty average sample, and I expected more from a brewery which really impressed me with Dreamweaver Wheat... Mouthfeel is equally average, and the beer goes down crisp and smooth with only a slightly bitter aftertaste that is very hard to detect... drinkability is very easy, as this beer goes down effortlessly, although I'm not sure I'd make this my single choice of the night simply because it lacks an exciting factor seen in many other beers I've sampled... an average sample, though not recommended... Average in all respects...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a good amount of hops. It’s quite plain as you would expect from this style.

T: The taste is also very straight-forward with bready but light flavors of malt and grain, backed up by a decent burst of hops bitterness. Not a lot of sweetness, which is good for a pilsener. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink several of, it’s pretty refreshing as well.

Photo of AlephNull
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale, slightly hazy straw color with a finger of chunky white head. Carbonation is visibly active.

S - Sharp, grassy hop smell dominates the nose -- slightly citrusy with a little bit of a pineapple scent. A bit of a yeast smell, not much in the way of malts present here.

T - Lemony with a some hops lending a crispness to the beer.

M - Fairly thin, with moderate to heavy carbonation. A little bit astringent.

D- Would be good on a hot summer day. A great barbecue beer in the sun.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just about the lightest pale straw golden I've ever seen. Great clarity. Head is fluffy, frothy, and leaves ornate lacing on about one half of the glass. Aroma is big, juicy, tea-like, herbal, mildly citrus hops with an underlying crackery malt backbone. In the flavor, the malts come out more than in the smell and forms a wonderful balance with the jasmine tea presence of the hops. Does not have as much hop sting as,others, but I rather like that about this one. Finishes dry and assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is rather light (even more so than what I'm used to within this style) and the carbonation is very lively.

I like Prima Pils better

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear straw color with a creamy head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. The taste is hop like - without much malt characteristics. There are some spices perceptible. The mouthfeel is this and watery. Overall, this is a clean easy to drink beer that has quite a fitting name.

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

Pours just about the lightest pale straw golden I've ever seen. Great clarity. Head is fluffy, frothy, and leaves ornate lacing on about one half of the glass. Aroma is big, juicy, tea-like, herbal, mildly citrus hops with an underlying crackery malt backbone. In the flavor, the malts come out more than in the smell and forms a wonderful balance with the jasmine tea presence of the hops. Does not have as much hop sting as, say, Prima Pils, but I rather like that about this one. Finishes dry and assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is rather light (even more so than what I'm used to within this style) and the carbonation is very lively. Probably the best pils I've ever had. Extremely impressive.

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.

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