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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Reviews: 574
Hads: 1,487
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 50
Gots: 189 | 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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Reviews: 574 | Hads: 1,487
Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at Ale Mary's in Baltimore. Haven't had this on e in a while, but I know the rep that the Troegs folks have.

Appearance–Poured a bright golden with a big frothy white head. Had staying power and left a nice ring of lace.

Smell – The Saaz hops dominate. Spiciness and floral/citrus tones in the background.

Taste – Crisply hoppy with the citrus and floral tones mentioned in the smell. I has the base of the normal German pilsner, with just a bit of bitter lemon flavor on the finish. Just amazing on a hot day.This isn’t your normal German pilsner.

Mouthfeel – Full flavored drink that leaves your mouth refreshing and clean afterward.

Drinkability – Very so. (697 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good pils. Pours with a nice straw gold color, small head, and some lacing throughout.

Very assertive hops. Malt character comes through though, but I would like more given the hops character. That impression may change upon my mood.

Smooth. Very refreshing and it seems perfect for summer. Which we aren't getting right this second. (344 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, no freshness dating to be found. This summer brew pours light golden, clear, with a snow white head, tiny bubbles present and minor lacing left on the glass. The nose I pick up is of powdered sugar and perhaps a slight floral note. This is a pleasantly crisp and hoppy pils. Light and refreshing with a steady hop bitternes and bite late. Nicely crafted, more worthy brew from Troegs. (409 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dense off-white colored head leaves nice lacing as it slowly subsides. Transparent straw colored beer with streams of slowly rising bubbles feeding the head. Spicy hop aroma with a mildly sweet malt base. Light crisp, barely sweet grassy malt base up front. Floral and spicy hops kick in towards the end making for a nice mix of flavors. Just a pinch drier and this would be one of my go to beers. (401 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was lightly lemony citric fruity but bitter and grassy and moldy and herbal tasting. Grassy aroma, golden colour and bit of head. Sweetness, light bodied. Crisp and dry aftertaste.An above average beer, and I am ranking it to style. On tap at the Standard Tap. (260 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sunshine Pils....

Appearance-pours a radiant golden color with a huge three fingers of head that lingers with big bubbled carbonation, exceptional clarity on both the body and head of the beer, making it a pleasure to look at. Huge amounts of lace stick to the glass as well.

Smell-Saaz, tons of Saaz hop aroma, a little pilsner malt to balance it out but spicy hop aroma dominates the nose begging me to drink it.

Taste-light and crisp but with a flourish of Saaz hops, the hops dominate with malt desperately trying to balance but failing as the hops dominate all the way down.

Mouthfeel-hoppy and bitter, leaves a bitterness of hops on your toungue leaving you thirsty for more.

Drinkability-quite a nice pilsner, at only 5.3% you can have many and enjoy the sheer hoppiness of it.

Overall-a superb pilsner, as a person who likes hops I think this is among the best pilsners around and along with Victory's Prima Pils sets the standard for craft-brew German style pilsners, a shame this is only a seasonal. An absolute Saaz hop explosion. Pick this one up NOW. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Wonka
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOTTLED ON 041805 (printed on glass below neck)
45 IBU's
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal
Hops: Saaz, Mitt. Hallertau
Yeast: Lager
Case purchased today at Westy's in Camp Hill, PA

Appearance - clear golden body; 3-finger thick white head to open with good retention; very good lacing

Smell - a smell of summer; grainy and a bit hoppy/metallic; great nose of a pilsener

Taste - big on grains; somewhat spicy; level of hops doesn't bowl me over but I wouldn't expect this from a pilsener; great grainy, hoppy, slightly lemony close; overall it's a nicely flavor-packed pilsener

Mouthfeel - zesty carbonation combos nicely with the flavor pop for an opener; medium moves to light; reasonably dry close

Drinkability - Sha-pow! Extremely quaffable

What an excellent summer brew. Vacation beacons; thus my ratings may be a bit skewed but if its leading to summer and the beer takes the mind there and its deemed by the tongue and palate as highly acceptable for sessioning in the heights of summer, I'd say Troegs' intention and resultant product are 'spot on'. A sixer of Sunshine Pils may last until the trip to OBX in 3 weeks. (1,132 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles, but barely any head at all. The smell is fairly faint, but refreshing with a strong lemon scent and a hint of grassy hops. The taste of this one is superb, with well balanced bready malts being offset by the strong citrus hops. This has a medium mouthfeel and is very well carbonated, leaving a refreshing feeling after each drink. I only picked up one of these, but this will be on my list of summer once the weather gets warmer. (484 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Flat clear golden yellow with a nice white head and lots of bubbles. Smell is a very clean malt with a good dose of citric hops. Quite lemony.

Taste is quite good. Sharp on the tongue with a just-right amount of carbonation, a little bit of lemony hop zing, and a malt sweetness. There's just a little too much lemon flavor in there, but other than that, I really like this one.

Finish is very crisp and lemony.

Seek this one out! (440 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a friend who got it straight off the bottling line at the brewery. Pours a pale yellow with a nice head and lots of carbonation. Smells of lemon and a flowery hop aroma. Lemon is the first taste you notice and very little hops bitterness. As the beer warms a nice spiciness starts to show through. Very light bodied beer that is a great summertime brew. (371 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow sunshine pour contains active carbonated tight suds rising up to a paper white dense well retained head cap.

Zesty lemony tea herbal scents with a background of honey suckle which welcomes a Spring season any day of the week. Bright hoppy front and a slightly malted balance.

First swigs: Clean delicately malted sweet balanced lemony front, mirroring the nose step for step. Some lingering lemony citrousy hints remind me that this is a summer time brew.

Light bodied brew with a touch of chalky grains. Quite easily quaffable, quality brew, despite being a bit one dimensional although not to a fault.

Last swigs: Lemon hard candy with easy drinkability. Not TROEGS best, but an easy dust cutter. (726 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another excellent beer from Troegs. Why did it take me so long to sample this one!? This is a lovely dark golden beer with a head of white frothy foam. The aromas are all crisp, herbal, german hops and nice bread-like malts. There is also a hint of lemon in there as well. The taste is hoppy up front, and there is a lovely flavor of fresh cut grass and pine needles as well. The middle of this beer is bready and excellent and the finish is crisp, dry, and oh-so refreshing! This is like prima-pils lite, but this is not a bad thing at all. The mouthfeel is light and very carbonated and the drinkability is damn excellent! A less hoppy Prima, that is almost better than Prima! (683 characters)

Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunshine Pils is easily one of my favorite examples of the style, at least among domestic brews. This bottle poured a somewhat cloudy yellow color with a nice fluffy head. Small amount of lacing on the glass, but very active carbonaton bubbles added to the appearance. Saaz hops were very noticeable in the smell, complementing a thin, breay malt backbone. Citrus notes apparent in an inviting, fresh aroma. The excellent taste consisted of slightly bitter floral hop flavor that added a spiciness, and a subdued lemon flavor contributed to the crisp and refreshing taste. The great taste is assisted by a lighter/medium body just right for the style. Active carbonation felt good on the tongue, too. Excellent drinkability; a great "anytime" beer for me. It's too bad Troegs only offers this in the summer months - I'd gladly keep this one handy in the fridge year-round. (872 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Troegs- Sunshine Pils

Appearance- lemony yellow with barely any head.
Smell- citus. Lemony with a grassy hopiness, very faint though.
Taste- good. crisp and light. Citrusy hops aren't bitter or mouthdrying. Very smooth, definitely a refreshing beer.

Overall- a definite summer beer. An excellent beer to bring to a
B-B-Q and serve to your (Bud/ Coors!?!) friends!! (373 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with an inch of white foam sitting atop. Scant lacing is left around the glass each time this one is sipped. Fresh grassy and citric hops come forth in the aroma with a strong bready malt backbone, a very clean smelling brew. There is a bit of spice to it as well. The taste start off with a malt flavor before giving way to a crisp slightly bitter citric hop flavor on the backside. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and this has excellent drinkability. I could drink these all day very good taste and very refreshing, another great brew from Troegs. (612 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 7 from Beergeek279. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of white head over the clear light straw brew. Almost seems to glow yellow. Dense head, laces well. Aroma is balanced of pale malts and crisp hops, tending towards the pales slightly. Taste is well-balanced, with strong pale malts flavors, but more hops than most pilsener-styles. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. A nice pilsner-style interpretation. (496 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick mountain of white head which eventually settled into a nicely thick covering. Lightly scented, crisp and clean, slight citrus and hay. Incredibly smooth tasting with just enough of a bite to be noticable. Hint of raspberry in there -but not fruity, just a reminder in the background that kinda gets your attention. Light and refreshing, very drinkable. Nice! (373 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a treat just to stare at. The light yellow body was very hazy and held up a huge, fluffy white pils head.

Smell – The delicate Saaz hops were right on target here, although the grain aroma was a bit too harsh for my tastes. There was a pleasant spiciness though that evened things out.

Taste – The German hop flavor is definitely here, but the American grain and overly sweet finish throw this one a bit off-style.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was terrific. This pils is light and refreshing with just the right bitter bite at the end.

Drinkability – This was an excellent effort at the style and one of the better American-made Pils that I’ve sampled.

Comments – Thanks to Prostman for sending this one out my way. (756 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light clear yellow with nice white head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to escape. Smells of light malt with lemons and a touch of grass thrown in with a and nice citrus hop aroma. Tastes light crisp lemon citrus flavored malt with a grainy grassy flavor. Hops leaves nice light coating in your mouth so you know you have had a beer. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing as it should be. Drinakability is is great could go threw a sixer in no time. Was debating even getting this beer do all the bad mass produced pilsner I have had in the past. Makes me wonder if Bud actually put hops in their beer it might not be too bad? (634 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The word pilsener, and all its connotations -- hell, the town of Pilzn itself -- just exploded.

Sunshine Pils is nobly bright with mandarin oranges and rind. A clever beer, it leads us into this explosion of citric and grassy flavor with a pretty classic, unassuming nose that hints at citrus but, because I expect single-hop Saaz, lends only some light herbal qualities. The finish, though quenching on this hot day, is lingering -- especially long for the style -- with a garden of floral accents.

Despite the loud flavor, everything in the beer from its medium-light mouthfeel and steady stream of bubbles to the prickly bitterness, grainy, and easy drinkability is completely to style.

Stripped completely of color with a thin, acceptable, but unimpressive head, this is the American pale ale after a year in the witness protection program. What have you seen bearer of great secrets? Who are you?

Relax, relax.
ng (931 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a crystal clear and amply carbonated golden yellow. Almost two fingers of bright white head pumps up, then deflates soon to mottled pads of foam. Commas of lacing punctuate the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a sweet, light malt presence, slightly yeasty and tangy. A lilting hops perfume drifts with an almost succulent mild fruitiness. A mellow bitterness brings up the rear.

A sip brings a light grainy sweetness that dangles notes of berry and a distant mild citrus. A gentle doughiness couples with a lively hoppy fruit current to flesh out the middle. More hops, this time a bit tangy, crop up toward the rear-end before the noble hops bitterness takes over to linger at the finish. Crisp, hoppy, fruity, and fresh, the flavor is in fine fettle.

Light bodied, it's carbonated and lively, and it coats nicely enough for its airy nature. After washing away, a pleasant gentle hops glow remains to linger a while.

It's a hopy, tasty pilsner that goes down damned smooth and crushes thirst in its path. All kinds of fun and refreshing, it's a cool combination, balancing lots to like. These go down so nice, one after another, making it not only drinkable, but stridently satisfying. Whether slow sipping or a summertime session, this is truly one to have when you're having more than one, with all due apologies to Schaefer! (1,360 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This summer Pils pours an ultraclear, pale yellow body, with a white, two finger head that eventually drapes the glass with chains of attractive lacing.

Aroma is lemony citrus, with hint of grass, and a soft malt background.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and clean and crisp.

The taste reveals that this one is no pretender. Solid noble hops presence with a dry, lemony, citrus character. Smooth malt presence provides only a hint of sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing, all the way down. No hint of Euroskunk in this one. Finish is clean, dry, and slightly bitter. Aftertaste has a hint of lemon rind.

Very well crafted summer brew. Goes down way too easy. Nice thirst quencher after a warm, sunny, day. (732 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemony sunshine yellow with a light haze of superfine particulates. The head is cotton white in color, is just firmsticky enough to indicate quality construction and deposits a respectable amount of lace in no discernable pattern. Wonderful nose. Bright and lemony (just like the color) with a tantalizing hoppiness.

The flavor is most enjoyable. Sunshine Pils is one of the best beers of this style that I've had yet. Lots of fresh grain and biscuity malt with all kinds of floral, lemon citrus hops zinging this way and that. The finish favors hops over malt and is ever so slightly dry. The label calls this a 'crisp, hoppy pilsener' and I'd say that description is right on the nose. The body is medium-full for the style, another positive in my book.

Although this beer doesn't reach the stratospheric heights of Victory's Prima Pils, I won't hold that against it since I consider Prima the absolute pinnacle for the style. Sunshine Pils is still light years ahead of most of its competition though and I'd love to have regular access, especially during summertime. (1,083 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and oh so pale clear golden color. Thin white head. Smell is a nice malty sweetness with more than a little hoppy aroma. Nice citrusy smell is also noticeable. Taste is just a flat out nice pils taste. There are more than a little bit of hops noticeable. This is a crisp, clean beer that isn't too heavy and isn't so over the top that a macro drinker wouldn't like this one. Wonderfully done, and a superb beer for the summer. Nicely done, Troegs! (453 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler picked up from the brewery April 9th, the first week Troeg's started filling growlers...

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a thick snow-white head. Smell is grassy malt, fresh mowed grass, some light citrus and just a hint of bitter hops.

Not very bitter, in fact I had expected just a bit more of a hop bite from this pilsener. No matter, it is crisp and tastes of light grassy malt. Better malt profile than you would expect. Grapefruit and lightly fruity in the finish. Not too fizzy. Well balanced. A great job on a style that is pretty easy to screw up. (582 characters)

Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.