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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and sweet yellow with a faint head that fell immediately to a few big bubbles and a film on top. Nice lace. Delicious pilsner nose. First a little yeasty bite with a hint of sour, then lemon and grass. Fruity, earthy and herbal. Bready, cracker malt brings it home. Taste is so well done. Thin malt sweetness and juicy lemon with light lemon peel wash over the palate effortlessly. Earthy, round and floral. The malt has perfect balance alongside the delicate hops. The pale grain takes over on the back palate for a thirst quenching dryness and the hops come up for a shy bitter that lingers just until your next sip. Fantastic and floral as it fills up your senses in the aftertaste. Ample carbonation and a thin body.

Troegs never fails to delight. This is a substantial summer beer that made the most of the minimal and simple aspects of a pils and came up with a beer that was feather light on palate. It had plenty of character and was delicate yet firm. Simple and easy to drink. Before you know it you will have had 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(2016 review)
The beer comes in a pale gold color.

The aroma offers a gentle grainy sweetness covered with grassiness, lemon, a tinge of honey sweetness.

The flavor follows with a burst of floral and grassy hops upfront, onto lemon peel, with a medium carbonation that moves the medium minus body along. Light grainy sweetness comes through to balance out the hop bitterness that lingers on the finish.

The grainy sweetness on this comes through on this, while still having a light body and dry finish and bitterness, the beer dances a thin line between Czech Premium Pale Lager and German Pils.

(I bought this discount of old beers. Bottled 4/23/12.)

The beer pours out in a beautiful rich gold with a big fluffy white head.

The aroma is straight pilsner. Grassy and lemon hops with some cracker and bready malt. Very vibrant and good aroma for an older beer.

The flavor does not follow as much on the aroma. Still good though. There’s some grassiness, pine, lemon. There’s a good body of round mouthfeel malts and then the bitterness kicks in. The middle is a bit empty, but then it’s actually quite long and bittering.

The beer does this wonderful amount of bitterness where you want to keep drinking it because it cuts out slowly and has a beautiful body.

I’m surprised by this, despite how old it was. Fantastic beer. One of my favorite American pilsners.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 032713

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that settles down to barely more than a thin cap

S: Fairly clean yeast, light fruitiness, and a touch of spicy and earthy hops

T: Again, fairly clean with fruitiness to start off and then goes into a good amount of earthy and spicy hops. Finishes clean with a mild hoppy finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good example of an American brewed German pils with a decent amount of hoppiness. Easy to drink at 4.5% and good for those who enjoy lagers

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer was poured cold and moisture condensed on the glass but it is crystal clear and of a solid straw yellow. The head was almost a finger full and I poured it a bit aggressive but then it faded to just a thin ring around the glass but if you agitate the beer to get aroma, the head returns and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is mellow and of pale malt sweetness and yeast, some grain a bit of lemon and very faint herbal hop aroma. It is refreshing!

It starts off tasting thinly malt sweet with a grassy earthy bitterness on top, some grain and yeast amid mild lemon and a licorice-like feeling of spicy numbness on the tongue which really become more present as the beer warms. It finishes peppery and mild to moderately bitter.

I think the mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a mild sweetness that vanishes at the end, which is pretty cool! There is a mild peppery feel that is accentuated by the slightly above moderate carbonation. Also a slick feel on the tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent summer beer! It is much less hoppy than the Neshaminy Creek Pils that I had last night and I would have to say mild for it's style as well as a bit thin making this an awesome beer for a camping trip if it were in a can! I'm sure it's equally as nice on tap! I recommend this beer and think pretty highly of it! I'm going to score it in the very high 3's or better!

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Photo of stella77artois
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly dark yellow, darker than the average lager. A generous head, which stuck around for a while, and left a small amount of residuals.

S - Pretty average. Malts, some sweetness. Not much going on, but not offensive.

T - A very flavorful lager. Lot's of malt and good bitterness up front. Wheat and sweetness noticeable in the aftertaste. Moreso once the beer warmed up a bit. Good tasting, refreshing lager.

F - Crisp and refreshing. Seemed to get a little flat at the end, which wasn;t so pleasant. Certainly a beer I could see myself drinking several of while golfing or watching a sporting event.

O - A solid lager. Good taste, none of the cheap taste of an AAL, and was quite refreshing. Would certainly buy a 6'er or 12'er if I ever find them.

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Photo of Etan
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Clear light blonde with a spongy white head.

S: Some vague grain, light herbal hop. Not much going on in the aroma.

T: Taste is a bit better, with fresh grain, light crisp grassy hop note, bready, somewhat watery.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not a very impressive pilsener either.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?
Recent tasting from a fresh bottle.

Clear, bright, yellow pour, with an aggressive pour [into a red Solo cup] yielding a huge fluff of white head that retained well. Light grainy aroma, sweet pils malts. Similar taste, pils malts, fairly sweet, mild hops for a bit of balanced, corny grains. Just really not my thing, but still pretty typical for the style all around. Light body, not very drinkable to me, but if you like the style, then sure, go for it.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottled. bottled 04-01-13.

A: bright yellow hue. great clarity. bright white head has good retention and tons of lacing.

S: the yeast component is strong, probably the most in-your-face aroma going on here. reminds me more of a Helles than a German Pils at this point. a mild German hop aroma chimes in at the end, but minimal at best.

T: yeasty. similar to the nose with the strong yeast flavor. a bit of grain too. almost biscotti or licorice like. finish has a significant amount of bitterness that lingers with a grainy flavor.

M: average. moderate amount of carb. light bodied brew.

D: overall I am a little disappointed with this brew. I know this has won a gold medal at GABF which typically equates to cream of the crop brews. however, this is just not doing it for me. not only as a German Pils but even as a well-made beer. yeast component too strong, hop character not enough. maybe last years was better...

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Photo of lsummers
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, slightly hazy yellow. Seems to be very close in color to the sun on the packaging.

Smells of some clean fresh malty caramel sweetness with a touch of cut grass.

Taste starts with crisp brown sugar, nutty, biscuit notes. There's a peppery, slightly herbal and fresh cut grass hop note that adds to the fresh bite. It's very clean and soft. The moderate carbonation adds some sharpness.

Overall, this is a great pilsner. One that I feel keeps up and surpasses many of the top German pils.

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Photo of mikejseal
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour from a bottle that was given a little shake

A: very little head that faded quickly-nice lacing though. Beautiful pale straw color

S: Spicy, citrusy grassy scent

T: Nice spicy herbal twang from the hops with no bitterness

M: very dry, crisp and refreshing-low carbonation though

O: I love German pilsners so it's no surprise that I liked this- The particular spicy herbal hints in this beer was nice.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking a '14 bottle as I speak; it's gotten slightly better. Or maybe it's just better from the bottle, I dunno. All I know is that this would make a rock-solid go-to pilsner for yours truly.


Brief write-up regarding a fresh batch on-tap. This was everything I had hoped for - a refreshing, easy drinking pilsner with a pleasant earthy/lemony hop profile. No, it won't win awards for complexity or depth, but when you're washing down some delicious "steamed crab" chicken wings, I can't think of a better beer for the task. I also think it does an okay job of coming across bigger than it really is, both in mouthfeel and flavor, without ruining its drinkability.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale, clear, straw colored body. Thin white bubbly head on top.

S- Spicy pilsner malt along with a lemony, citrus hop aroma. Very hoppy lager aroma.

T- While a pilsner is not everyone's cup of tea, this one has great flavor for the style. Great lemony hop presence along with the classic pilsner malt. The German hops work great in this one and seem to be dialed up.

M- Medium-high carbonation, light and crisp body. Great as a summer or session quencher.

O- I am not the biggest pilsner fan, but this one is fantastic. Really hits the spot when looking for a lighter refreshing beer with a different hop profile.

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Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma and Taste of citrus, grains, some biscuit malt, yeast and a bit of peppery spicy hops. Palate is a crisp medium body, with good carbonation. Finish is biscuit malt, yeast, citrus notes with a good amount of peppery spicy hops bitterness, seems a bit on the bitter side. Overall not the best but an ok summertime pils

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Photo of thlayli87
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into pilsner glass. Body is a pale straw color with a beautiful, massive 6-inch white head. A net of sticky lace clings to the glass as the beer is consumed.

S - Grassy hops; cracker; hint of citrus

T - Cracker; grainy malt; strong peppery notes; lemon; strong hoppy finish but not overpowering

M - Lively carbonation. Hop presence lingers

O - Very refreshing and a very solid example of the style. A joy to drink on a warm summer day. Another reviewer mentioned that the taste reminded him of when he was a kid and his father would give him a sip of beer, and I get also get that. A go-to summer beer for me.

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Photo of brystmar
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow body; thin, fizzy, white head with poor retention. Doesn't smell like much... Maybe some bready malt? That's about it.

Crisp, tasty flavor profile. Surprising amounts of lemon & citrus add a nice touch. Good balance on the carbonation, medium body adds creaminess. I enjoyed this more than expected; would be happy to session this brew.

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Photo of garuda
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw, white head has nice retention with some lacing.

S - Bready, biscuit malts with an herbal, floral hop finish.

T - Taste is a little more hoppy than the aroma. Hay, grass, some lemon, floral and herbal. Finishes with a lingering pine/grassy bitterness.

M - Light, refreshing, finishes crisp and clean.

O - Another solid pils from PA. Wish I had gotten it in the summer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Amity Hall in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, light floral hops, and some earthy notes. Floral notes are nice.

t - Tastes of floral hops, wheat, grains, bready malts, earthy notes, light citrus hops, and light fruity malts. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, the body is smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink and great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a good pilsner; I could see a lot of non-craft beer drinkers enjoying this one. The nose doesn't have a ton going on but the taste is much better, and it is super easy to drink. Could definitely see myself having it again if I was looking for a pislner.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light golden color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-light malt, faint citrus

T-malt, citrus, light pine, a nice bitter hop finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-a nice solid pilsener with good flavor, but a little light on the body

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Photo of Crundy
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden straw color, fluffy white head

S: Nice fresh lemon with some grapefruit as well, earthiness

T: Earthy bready malt, minimal bitterness and carbonation, slight lemon flavor

M: bright mouth feel, light bodied, slight bitter aftertaste

O: Its a good beer, refreshing and great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy straw yellow with a one finger head.

S-Straw, some grass, not much else.

T-Straw, wheat, malty and sweet. Not much else, not much bitterness.

M-Light, not much carbonation, slightly flat even.

O-A refreshing beer that grew on me as I drank it but still it didn't seem to bring much to the table.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stome Ruination pint.

A- pours a light golden with a 2 finger white head. Small bubbles and blotches remain on the glass.

S- honey, lemon and slight pine

T- sweet pale malts with some citrus and light, crisp hop bitterness.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Nice feel with lots of effervescence.

O- good pilsner with some sweet light malts and a crisp hop bite..

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Photo of n2185
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: pilsner and crystal malts with biscuits and slightly bitter hop notes.

T: similar to the aroma, though a bit more bitter with pinky hop notes and less biscuity flavor.

M: light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nice, dry, and crisp.

O: a solid beer overall, though I'd like a bit more depth.

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Photo of wspscott
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass
bottled 4/26/12

A: Very pale yellow with a thin white head, only a small amount of lacing.
S: Slightly grainy, a hint of grass, not much in the way of hops
T: A sharp bitterness that lingers a bit, grainy taste, almost husky, makes me think 2-row vs. pils malt. It has a nice Saaz spicy bite to it.
M: Very crisp, tingly carbonation,
O: A very good german pils, I would like a little more hop flavor, but this is very true to style. An excellent summer beer. I would be very happy to see this in KY especially because the alcohol level makes it easy to have another one.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale yellow hue with a light effervescence and a thick finger of frothy white foam. Pretty decent.

Smell: light malt aroma with a distinct but pretty clean graininess. A hint of spicy hops comes through in the aroma. Not too bad, but a hint of unwelcome sourness is present as well.

Taste: light malt with a nice dryness and a lighter dose of the graininess from the nose. Noble hops are definitely present with a nice bitterness toward the end. Bracing and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. The body is perhaps a little too light but it's otherwise got a nice texture.

Overall: this is a highly refreshing and quenching Pilsner. I would love to try this on tap on a hot day.

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Photo of pburland23
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a bright golden yellow. It's clear and fizzy. The head was slightly thin but bright white. A very summer looking and attractive pour.

Smell: Sweet malts, some moderate lemon notes and floral hops. Smells nice but pretty run of the mill for a pils.

Taste: Sweet malts again, a little grassy, a little bready. Some lemon zest and hops bitterness. A very crisp, clean pilsner. Flavors are tight and work well together.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and easy to drink. The carbonation is nice and spritzy. It leaves a little tickle on your palette.

Overall: I'm a big fan Troegs fan so that I enjoyed Sunshine Pils is of no surprise to me. It's not the best pils brewed in Pennsylvania but is still quite good.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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