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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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1,107 Ratings
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Ratings: 1107
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%

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 JKuras


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a foamy two finger head that holds up for a few minutes. Golden straw and clear in color. Significantly effervescent -- carbonation looks very healthy and comes to life upon giving the glass a light shake.

Smell: Grassy, earthy, but sweet malts with a nice hint of hops. Faint hint of lemon and a very slight skunkiness.

Taste: Sweet malts and a spicy, buttery flavor quickly give way to a strong bitter hops finish. Clean, fresh, and crisp, some mild citrus overtones but not too complex. This is a great summer beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation very present on each taste. Goes down very smooth. I could drink these all day easily. Nearly perfect mouthfeel for a pils.

Overall: A- This is just a solid, easy-drinking, well-balanced pils that I think would appeal to a broad set of palettes. Tough to find anything wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:20:43 | More by JKuras
Photo of thecheapies


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300!

Bottled 04/18/12. Nonic pint.

Pale golden color with a lip of head. Jewel clarity. 4.0

Grassy, herbal hops and crisp pilsner malt. Clean grains. 3.5

Great crisp pilsner malts with a boasting punch of citrusy and herbal hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish.One tasty summer lager. 4.0

Clean and refreshing. Not overly carbonated. 4.0

What a fantastic pilsener! Recommended. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:04:30 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Dools9


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint, bottled 4/16/12.

A: Clear, bright golden color, finger of bright white head that settles pretty quickly, leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Nice clean, bready malt smell, some citrus hops lingering in the backround. A bit of earthy, herbal aromas.

T: Clean bready malts with a light citrus hop as well, some graham cracker malts round out the taste.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing, light to medium bodied. This is a great summer beer, would be perfect with bbq.

O: Perfect for warm weather. With the warmer months ahead, this would make for a perfect summer sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 00:28:58 | More by Dools9
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a big, creamy white head over a clear, pale straw yellow beer with some carbonation. Head lasts a long while, leaving thick rings of lace.

Clean and crisp straw with lemon and hints of hops.

Opens with a quick, sharp bitterness, followed by lemon grass. Lemon becomes more prominent in a lingering finish. There are also some unexpected flavors of tea.

This pilsner has a light body and carbonation and is very dry.

An easy choice in a pilsner glass for a hot day. An excellent choice, perhaps best in a lidded stein, when outside. This is a refreshing beer after yard work or for a summer gathering.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 12:01:48 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of KAP1356


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

A - Pours a staw yellow color with a pillowy white head that forms about 2 fingers thick. Slightly hazy body.

S - Bready, grainy with a slight spice. Some herbal, floral hops come out as well.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty well. Grainy, bready sweet flavor with a pretty good spicy, hop profile mixing in.

M - Crisp, clean finish to this one. Medium bodied that borders on being a little light.

O - Pretty refreshing on a hot summer day. Nice flavors and overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 21:49:27 | More by KAP1356
Photo of Greencoat


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter glass. (Note - found six-packs of this on sale for $4, so they might be older stock. Didn't seems to effect it, thought!)

A: Straw yellow with a lasting, pillowy pure white head. Ever so slightly hazy.

S: The nose is classic pilsner malt - bready and soft, slight earthiness.

T: Clean and biting. They didn't skimp the hops on this one, and it works beautifully. Pilsner malt give it just enough backbone and sweetness.

M: Exactly what I want a pilsner to be - on the heavier side of light-bodied, and exceptionally crisp. Just bitter enough, nowhere near overpowering.

O: At $4 a sixer, I should have bought the rest of their stock. While this beer might not be mind-numbing (c'mon - it's a pilsner!) it is just what it needs to be. Buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:34:23 | More by Greencoat
Photo of snpub540


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently got this in a BIF from sliverX. Thanks man.

Poured a pale yellow with some pale gold highlights. Left very little white lacing on the glass and it had a steady stream of bubbles floating from the bottom.

Smell was a nice sweet graininess with a complex spicy, herbal, floral hop aroma.

Taste was almost perfect. Grainy malt sweetness upfront followed by a spicy hop bite with a crisp clean finish. Very flavorful and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp. Nice and dry in the end allowing you to take more and more sips. I could drink this all day on a hot day. I'm going to have to trade me for a case of this fresh next summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 21:19:14 | More by snpub540
Photo of rangerred


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a fizzy head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is grainy malt along with some spicy hops with maybe a touch of citrus.

The taste is a nice bready grain along with a nice assertive hop flavor. Bitterness is present throughout and seems to increase as the other flavors fade and lingers for awhile. This beer is hoppier than a lot of other German pilseners.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer. It was on sale for $3.99/6 pack and I think it's a steal at that price. Glad I picked some up.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 21:45:29 | More by rangerred
Photo of jmarsh123


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light straw color with a one finger white head.

A touch of lemon and citrus hops with a nice bready sweet aroma.

Starts out with a small citrusy hop burst, rounding into a sweet slightly tart cracker malt. Finishes with an earthy lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good for the style.

One of my favorites of the style. Another very good example of an underrated style by Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:40:37 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of Carlton1964

New York

2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If this is a sunshine brew...glad I'm in Buffalo where the sun don't shine a lot. I won't be tempt to drink this swill. Nice looking bottle...other than that not a lot nice to say. Skunky feel in mouth, lacks body, fair finger of head. I think some workers from the Blatz Brewery are brew masters at Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:35:04 | More by Carlton1964
Photo of MikeWard


3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a bottle from the anthology mixed case, poured into a glass.

Clear, golden yellow, good carbination, nice head initially, which settled quite quickly into a thin covering.

Smell was very nice, good sweet pilsner aroma with faint citrus and hops

Taste was good. I don't drink a lot of pilsner beers, but enjoy the odd one or three:)

Mouthful was clean and full

Overall, what I would expect from a decent pilsner. Flavorful to the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:27:23 | More by MikeWard
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a standard pint at Al’s Wine and Whiskey in Syracuse

Appearance (4.0): Medium gold, 1/2-finger fluffy white head with some lacing; moderate haze. Could use more head, but what's there is nice and creamy.

Smell (4.0): Very American-smelling hop profile here: piney and citrusy notes underneath a cloud of very floral hops. There’s some lightly sweet, pale malt in the nose. Very nice.

Taste (4.5): Hop-forward, but yields to that crisp malt body quickly. It’s got a long, moderately bitter finish, coming after that nice, lightly sweet malt body. Yeast is pretty neutral, does not stand out but you can tell it’s a lager. Malt and hops are nicely balanced, hops aren’t too heavy but the malt base gives them enough room to express themselves fully without tearing your tongue out.

Mouthfeel (4.5): DRY, crisp, inviting and light. This is a quaffer. No problem having a few pints of this in one sitting.

Overall (4.0): Thank god not all pilsners taste the same. This is a high-drinkability, hop-forward pilsner with a hop profile that feels very American. Website says they used Saaz and Hallertau, but it doesn’t taste very Old World, like Prima Pils does, for example. I got less spicy / herbal and more citrus / floral from the hops, personally. Whatever the case, I enjoyed this very much!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 16:05:57 | More by fmccormi
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a pint from a 12 oz bottle

Pours hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger head that rings around the top in a thin lace. Smells of pale buttery malts, with lemony citrus zest hops. The taste of biscuity malts, ripe lemons, sour grapes, and lemon Pledge. Light on the feel, smooth, crisp. Overall this tastes as its style suggests, didnt really do too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:38:25 | More by gabedivision
Photo of ckollias


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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Light golden in color with a frothy, white, 1-1/2 finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a full trail all the way down the glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: This beer has a spicy, lemony, grassy, floral hoppy aroma.

T: Light tart grainy flavor with a biscuit malt backbone and hoppy finish.

M: Medium body and high carbonation

O: Very solid pils all around. Not my favorite style, but it was very drinkable and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:02:38 | More by ckollias
Photo of kolbe21


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very bright and hazy pale yellow, little head with minimal lacing

S: Grassy hops with some citrus notes, smells like a good summer pilsner

T: Strong presence of hops, more bitter than i expected. Although does compare to pilsners ive had in the past.

M: Very light, easy beer to drink a lot of in my opinion.

O: I could definitely enjoy this beer on a summer/spring day. Another great beer coming out of Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:51:27 | More by kolbe21
Photo of crossovert


3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Looking for a US pils that is as worthy as German pilsners, it is a tough task.

IT pours a pale gold, almost like a pale lager, it has a fizzy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is light and malty with a hint of herbal hops, not bad.

The flavor is decent. It is a bit light and watery for a proper pils, but the hop flavor isn't bad. There is an odd pasticy rubbery off flavor though.

It is okay.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:17:53 | More by crossovert
Photo of BierBliss

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. drank on 9/11

aroma: citrus and hops

appearance: poured into a pilsner glass. light golden yellow in color. 1/8 inch of foam that quickly fades. light lacing

flavor: crisp, lemon hints as it warmed slightly. hop finish

mouthfeel: light easy drinking, some carbonation

overall impression: the first time I had this beer was a sample at the troegs brewery. it was great then and I still like this beer. not my normal style but a great pilsner and a nice change of pace. something I would not turn down in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 13:28:47 | More by BierBliss
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 053111 09:34 BATCH # 110503.

Appearance: Pours a very German pilseneresque clear yellow with a thin, yet sticky white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Heavy pils malt aroma with a hint of hops. Very enticing. Outstanding!

Taste: Very dry and an appropriate hop flavor for the style. Slightly grassy and very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated and light enough to be very refreshing.

Overall: An outstanding representation of the style. In fact, I'd argue a better representation than the overly-hopped and infinitely popular Prima Pils. Too bad this is just a summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 13:54:43 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of corby112


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Johnny Brenda's.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Small streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with an earthy hop presence that counters the sweet pilsner malts. Hints of pine and citrus fruit along with some grass and straw. Faint light fruit as well.

Thin bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that provides a decent amount of bitterness without overpowering the other flavors. Earthy with hints of grass, straw and pine. This is countered by subtle citrus notes from the hops as well as sme light fruit, especially apple and pear. A bit watered down but still well balanced and easy to drink, especially during these warmer months.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 02:14:53 | More by corby112
Photo of SickGnar


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very, very pale straw, bright & clear. Small but slightly rocky stark white head. Pretty good lace.

S: Straight forward, but reasonably robust – pils malt & noble hops. Malts are mostly grainy (in a fresh milled grain way) with a bit husk and just a touch of sweetness. Hops are mostly herbal.

T: Hops are even more herbal. Firm bitterness. There is a bit of grassy hop character on the back en that grows as it warms. A hint of noble hop spice character builds with each drink. Pils malts are just a bit sweeter than in the nose, but still mostly grainy. Malts provide a base for the hops rather than balance.

M: Under medium body, but not by much. Carbonation is over average and lends to lightness impression while also adding some texture. Despite hoppy, herbal bite the finish is only mildly drying. Very crisp though.

D: Sort of a lightened version of the Prima. Less complex and way cleaner & lighter malts. Hops are dialed back, but still firmly bitter with lots of character. Far mare approachable than the Prima – a tad more balanced, a less harsh mouthfeel – and way more drinkable for that.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 16:47:02 | More by SickGnar
Photo of HotHands


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice straw color with a 2-finger fluffy white head.

S - cracker malt and European-style hops. Grassy and citrusy.

T - Hops predominate, with grassy, floral and lemon zest notes. A bit of doughy malt. It's what I would expect from a good pilsener.

M - carbonation is fine. I would probably prefer a bit more body but it's not supposed to be too heavy, of course.

Overall - a solid, easy-drinking, refreshing pilsner. Nothing pretentious about it. A good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:09:02 | More by HotHands
Photo of PhageLab


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Clear straw yellow coloration which produced a fine three finger bubbly head of froth. Retention was solid.

S - Grassy hops dominate the nose, but some citrusy notes are also present. Smells very fresh.

T - Substantially more bitter than the nose led me to believe, but that's not entirely a bad thing. Fresh zesty citrus tones compliment the grassy profile.

M - Crisp and clean feeling light bodied brew with a sharp carbonation level.

D - Quite enjoyable, nicely priced, and very refreshing. Good take on the German style. If you see it, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 21:46:45 | More by PhageLab
Photo of xnicknj


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pils glass

Pours a clear straw yellow, very pale. A crop of white head rests on top, retaining for a bit and leaving some traces of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of grassy notes in the nose with some floral hops. Straw and cracked wheat with faint malt tones. Hints of dough and bread as well.

Snap of floral hops up front with some grassy and citrus tones. Lemon peel with orange pith, plenty of juicy. Bitter and dry before the straw malt backbone kicks in. Cracked wheat with toasted grain. Finishes pretty dry with another dash of bitter hops.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue, a bit prickly. A nice summery pils which I continue to enjoy every summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:36:53 | More by xnicknj
Photo of seeswo


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey yellow with a nice cap of white head on top into my Lost Abbey stem. Looks fantastic with its clarity and, in general, looks very inviting. The nose is just a touch of hops, a touch of grain and a touch of sweetness. More out of the nose for the style than what I have had. Nice. The taste is really great. It's like growing up having crappy food (BMC brews) of a certain style then trying some chef's reinvention of it (this). Lightly sweet in the finish, super clean and balanced, this beer goes down crazy easy. This was more balanced (less sweet) than Mama's Little Yella Pils. I could have a 6'er at the beach no problem. Yum. Nice medium light carbonation and a light, but not extremely light body. Give this one a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 21:52:51 | More by seeswo
Photo of DrDemento456


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - As good as a Pils can look, golden yellow and clear in color with a half inch of creamy white head.

S - Smells of a nice sweet pilsner you get notes of hay and grain but mostly sweet malts and little hops.

T - To me it didn't come off very hoppy just sweet with light dry hay and grains notes making it slightly aggressive. If anything I guess the finish was kind of hoppy but it didn't blow me away in flavor.

M - Light to medium pretty sweet for the style.

Overall I liked this way more than Prima Pils so I guess when it comes to the style I always like them more when on the sweeter side. A pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:31:21 | More by DrDemento456
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.