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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 39
Gots: 96 | 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 DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

A-bright yellow color, clear. 1 inch head that dwindled to about 1/2 and remained for the duration, nice. Lacing awas good. Very pretty beer in the glass. Like sunshine with just enough cloud cover.

S-yeast/bread, malt with a noce floral hop aroma mixed in. Really comes out with a nice swirl of the glass (thx John)

T-A good dose of floral abd herbal hops jumped right out to me but it is balanced well a light malty sweetness. There was also some breadlike qualities there. Even with the sweetness, this beer is still kinda dry and crisp. Nice on the deck on a hot day.

M-Light, fizzy, fresh and crisp

D-very drinakble for the summer, could go all evening with this beer, 3 or 4 or more

Overall this is a great summer seasonal that I am glad I finally stopped passing it by.

jackorain, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pale straw hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell was upfront peppery hop oil. Very reminiscent of Einbecker Pils.

The taste featured a sharp spicy hop oil flavor that cut right through to the tastebuds. There was also a nice light pale malt biscuity body and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was very clean and light. Very crisp.

Overall an excellent hoppy Pils. An absolute perfect summer beer. A toned down version of Prima Pils.

plaid75, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a wonderful beer! Thanks Muenchenerkindl!


I was worried, you see, when I sat down to review this beer. I had drank it on a previous occasion and fell in love with it. But I was in a pils-y mood today and picked up some Budweiser (the real Budweiser) today and drank it before this guy, so I was worried about how it would hold up to that greatness.

But it really is like comparing apples to oranges. Troegs is a very faint, almost macro-lager yellow, almost definately not decoction mashed.

But it smells pleasant. Earthy and citrusy hops in the nose. Ohhhh, both a once! Wonderful!

The taste follows the nose. It is crisp and refreshing. Like biting into an apple on a summer's day. It doesn't taste like an apple at all, but that is what it makes me think of. Wonderful!

The mouthfeel is good for a pils. It balances the line between too thin and too thick. In the end, I think it is not quite thick enough but it is still amazing.

Drinkability? It's a well made pils man. Is there anything more drinkable out there?

shbobdb, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of ellisdee97
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a crisp/clean translucent gold, with a thick one to two finger head which lingers. Plenty of bubbles rise from within. Sticky lacing.

S: Pungent aromatic hops moisten the nose, light crisp malt and clean water.

T: Salty crisp and dry hops, with light sweet malt. Slight hint of lemon and honey, and oats as well. Deep musky almost moldy in quality, fantastic. Peppery finish.

M: Crisp and clean. Nice carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Like a bud with taste. This beer is awesome on a hot day...Makes me wish I had a lawn to mow.

ellisdee97, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of goindownsouth
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy on the pour. Fantastic golden hue. Bubbly, effervescent white head atop this gem. Bubbles of life streaming all throughout this good looking brew.

Aroma: Crisp in the nose, very floral. Fresh cut grass, a faint hint of citrus essence, and some German hops - perhaps Saaz? The malty backbone is a great equalizer on this one.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Not heavy at all on the palate. The hops are the most predominant note in this flavor package, but the malty goodness and cleansing bitterness round this one out well.

Overall: Definately outside the box, when it comes to the norm. This may be my second/third favorite American interpretation of this style (Prima Pils and Pikeland Pils). Well crafted and certainly worth seeking out.


goindownsouth, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of numenor1
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours bud light color, but the head is magnificent! Tremendous clumpy fluff. Gorgeous lacing. Aroma is very reserved, but very delicate floral hops. Initially very clean, grainy sweet malts with a nice biscuit aspect. Lemony undertones throughout which then shift to a floral, spicy dimension drying through the rather doughy finish. Not quite as much bitterness as i would enjoy, nor as much bite as i prefer in a pils, but well balanced. Extremely light fluffy body and fine carbonation. Imminently drinkable.

numenor1, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of mobyfann
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.49 for a single in Washington, PA...

The beer pours a light golden base with a huge white head, perfect head retention and beautiful lacing effects along side the glass. The aroma is very fruitful and hoppy.

The taste is a bit hoppier than most pils, almost to a strong hop level of a well-made pale ale or weak IPA. Very light on the palette, light-bodied and a perfect session beer!

Final Thought: A very enjoyable pils from one of the best in the business. Next time in PA I will consider purchasing a case of this one.

mobyfann, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy pale yellow coloration. The beer is very fizzy. The head was white and stood two fingers. The head quickly resolved into a thin ring.

Smell: The beer has a very grassy citric floral hoppyness. The beer has a sweet grainy maltyness.

Taste: The beer has a biscuity malty base. The beer supports its hoppy complement well. The hoppyness comes forth in the form of earthy grassy hops lemon and citric zest.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very light bodied. The beer is well carbonated. This is a real beer treat. I could drink this beer all day long. Thanks Troegs for a great beer.

nlmartin, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the DC heat&humidity (read: "spimming pool suspended in air") demands the occasional wicked light and crisp brew. and light this is (at least in appearance)—in fact, i've rarely seen lighter. anheuser-water doesn't count. lighter than the corn i ate for dinner

nice foamy head looks like it's gonna leave some decent lacing

hoppy floral aroma with crisp malts to play with. the mouthfeel is light and spritzy with lingering bitterness that is actually rather sly

as advertised: clean, crisp, coors. no wait...this IS clean and crisp...not weak and watery

bruachan, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12 oz. Bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a yellowish fog. Nice carbonation and a good 2 finger white rocky head.

The smell is malty and hopy. Good standard pils.

The taste is fresh malty hops. Real nice pilsner flavor. Nice bitter finish.

Mouth feel nice, nice carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability is quite good, very refreshing a great hot weather beer. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of albertmdh
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer of the month at Cobblestones Pub in York, Pa. Came with a neat glass.

Honestly, probably the most refreshing beer I have had. I was sceptical when a almost colorless beer was put in front of me, with a minimal head, but the smell of lemon was inviting. The flavor was quite unexpectedly full, with a nice hoppyness with lemon overtones, I can see this one becoming quite popular in the future. I wouldn't have a problem drinking a pitcher, if there wasn't so much else out there to try, still.

albertmdh, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up this week from a local liquor store. I've had some of Troegs's other offerings, including the Oatmeal Stout, Nugget Nectar, and Mad Elf...and thought that they were well above average for their respective styles. Seeing how it's summer now, and I wanted something light, refreshing, and zesty, I thought this would be a great beer to fill that need. That was, before I sampled this...

I'll repeat what many others have said on here - this is probably the lightest beer you'll ever see that's not a macro. The head wasn't that impressive, or didn't last long, the lacing was not to be found, and the hue was that of straw. Speaking of such, the taste pretty much matched it. Lots of straw and grass, and the only zest I could find was a bit of acidity in the form of a lemon flavor. Sure, this light, but at the same time, it's not light enough for a day of mindless drinking out in the sun. There's enough to fill one up in this brew, but the aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired and the zing doesn't seem complete either. I keep hoping the next sip will be better than the last...

Is this beer a total loss? Not even close. Unfortunately, this is Troegs and like Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Anchor, and Three Floyds, I hold these guys up to a higher standard. Sure, I never met a beer I didn't like, but this was one of the few from the breweries that I love, that let me down.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of cbl2
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No best by date.


Pours a ridculously light pale gold in color. Fainter than Ginger Ale in its complexion.


Crisp clean hoppy profile with a decent malt backbone.


Somehow they manage to pack some flavor into this even with the pale color. A mild hop presence that continues throughout to a dry bitter finish is coupled with a sipid malt underbelly.

cbl2, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of jaluria
2.4/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a light, golden color with a nice fluffy, egg shell colored head and heavy carbonation. Just a touch of lacing was left behind. Aromas of pine and hops seemed to dominate. The taste was quite bland without any real qualities. I had a difficult time finishing my pint; I really didn't want any of it after just a few sips. Lacking in most characteristics that I expect in a pilsener. Overly dry without any kind of complexity or intermixing of malt/hop flavors. Just one unified, boiled down flavor. A bit waxy in mouth as well, making it difficult to enjoy. I think the ideas going into this beer were fine evidenced by the inclusion of German hops and the different kinds of malt used, but the finished product left me wanting a Victory Prima Pils or an Eggenberg. Not a very good beer and I will not be having this again.

jaluria, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of NolanGTI
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A true stunner. Agreat summer brew and a real surpirse. Pours an extremely pale yellow with a nice creamy head and lacing that sticks around. Smell give some slight citrus notes, nothing overpowering. The taste is what knocks you out. easily drinkable by the six-pack, this beer has a nice Saaz finish with hints of grassy-ness and lemon. Have yet to serve this to a BMC drinker who doesn't love it.

NolanGTI, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely pale yellow with a medium head and some lacing. Probably the palest beer I have ever seen. Smell was mostly hops and not much else. Slightly funky aroma. Taste was mostly hops and again slightly funky. Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Easy to drink, but the funkiness can be a little too much. A good summer barbecue beer.

jhu1995, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a bright yellow label with a bright yellow sun right behind the Troegs label. The two dots above the "O" makes it look like the sun has eyes and looking to the left. Other than the symbol, the main label didn't have anything else, besides the usual stuff, like the Govt. warning. They do give some information about the beer on the neck label. There is no date anywhere on the bottle. Picked this up on a recent trip to PA.

Appearance: It looked so good on their website with the beer in a Weizen glass, I just had to pour it into a Weizen glass. When poured into a Weizen glass, the beer was a clear bubbly light yellow color with a head of white foam that was about half an inch in height. It dissipated away quite fast leaving some rings and just a minimal amount of lace around the glass.

Smell: It was very light in noble hops (the type of hops they said they used, mentioned on the label) and just a hint of lemon and maybe some yeast in the background. There wasn't much going on in the aroma.

Taste: The noble hops shined through first, then that gave way to some malt and a trace amount of citrus fruits. Just after I thought I was all through with the noble hops, they came back again in the finish. It was hoppy, but the hops were not too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: It was very light, clean, crisp, and not too overly hoppy. The type of beer that would do great on a hot summers day. It's too bad it wasn't hot on this day where I live.

Drinkability: Overall a nice simple, affordable, easily drinkable, crisp, hoppy beer. If it's hot outside, then I might suggest getting a cold one of these out of the fridge.

AltBock, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale lemon yellow color with a perky white head that declines quickly and fails to leave any lace

Smell: Crisp noble hop aroma; rather lemony, although somewhat understated

Taste: Fruity peach and melon flavors up front followed by a crisp hoppy bitterness after the swallow; slightly metallic finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with relatively high carbonation

Drinkability: Superbly refreshing; the fruit profile is unique but very interesting

brentk56, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle.

A - one of the palest beers I have ever seen. Almost looks like a kristal weizen. Light, light straw yellow, perfectly clear. Head is bright, bright white and leaves excellent lacing. Good head retention. I'm giving this an extra .5 points for being one of the lightest colored craft brews I have ever seen. Looks watery, but is not.

S - light grassy aroma, mixed with some slight DMS and skunk notes. Not loving the nose on this beer. Also some hints of clove, spice, dry grains.

T - very hoppy beer, bitter. Firm taste of dry grains mixed with grassy, spicy, tangy noble hop flavor. Not much else to say about it, very clean beer definitely in the European pils style but with a load of hops to tilt it strongly in the hoppy/bitter category. No alcohol flavors or aroma whatsoever.

M - very, very clean beer with a decidedly dry finish. Carbonation is moderate, maybe even a little low relative to many other pils examples out there. Body is thin to medium-thin.

D - I am not normally a pils drinker, and I do not love the aroma on this beer, but it is extremely easy to drink and before I knew it most of this beer was gone. If you can get past the aroma, the flavor of this beer is pretty good and you could easly drink several of these without getting too filled up or intoxicated. If you're a Troegs fan, pick this one up.

gbarron, Jun 11, 2006
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
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.