Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 47
Gots: 167 | 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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Photo of mmmbeer
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled on 4/18/05 - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours a yellow/gold color with moderate streams of carbonation and a 1 finger off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing. Lots of piney/citric hops in the aroma that are very inviting. The first sip is a rush of hops - pine, grapefruit, and floral hops flavors that are fairly bitter. To support the hops there are biscuity malts and a touch of diacety. This beer has a crisp, medium body and is overall a very nice lager with loads of hops. Another quality beer from Tröegs.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours into my pilsener glass a wonderful, crystal clear light copper with a rich, creamy off-white head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Smell: The smell is really interesting for a pilsener. The malts are obviously pilsener malts, but the hops seem a bit different. They have an incredibly citric smell to them that's quite nice.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is really unique for a pils, and that makes me happy. It tastes like your taking a bite out of an orange that was sundried, and then fresh flower pedals added on top, and the soaked in sweet, semi-dry malts. Sound bad? It's not. The mouthfeel is less crisp then I had hoped.

Drinkability and Overall: Other than the mouthfeel, this is a superb pilsener. Damn near as good (if not better) than most pilseners coming out of Germany. The citrus taste is odd, but a nice and welcome change that will keep you drinking all day. One of the more perfect summer beers.

Photo of 99bottles
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is good.

I had this on-tap last year and have since decided that the line was bad, because today this beer is fantastic and back then it was not. I really think the establishment was to blame.

This pils is a nice golden color with ample carbonation and a very light head of white. The smell is nicely sweet, with some wildflower and spice in the hop blend. The taste is really great. This has a really clean feeling and the malt lends a bit of doughy sweetness. The hops are done perfectly, with Saaz at the helm giving some pepper, quite a bit of lemon and orange, and a nice green taste I can only liken to fresh grass and honeysuckle. I'm floored by this. It's much more approachable than some of the super hopped pilsners out there and it walks the perfect line between sweet fruit and prickly hops. Troeg's continues to impress me. A midstate rival to PA's other favorite brewery? Perhaps....

Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of Wonka
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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!!

Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of shapudding
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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?

Photo of ngandhi
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of merlin48
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.