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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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1,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of Blanco


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

pours a light golden color with solid white head. head quickly disappears leaving a film on top. the smell is clean pale malt. taste is very clean, refreshing. very similar to an american wheat, but cleaner and with a hint of lemon. mouthfeel is light. I'm not a big pilsner fan, but this beer is just damn good and overcomes any ill feelings I have toward the style. Nice warm weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:21:04 | More by Blanco
Photo of Morey


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

Pours a pale yellow color with a one finger white head that settles to a thin lace rather quickly. Nice clarity. Moderate head retention. All qualities that you'd expect with a good pilsner.

The aroma is mild, crisp, and clean. Nothing surprising here, but it's on par with the style.

More of the same with the taste. The hop/carbonation bite is more in the middle-end with this one (some pilsners pack their bite up front).

Thin crisp clean mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This one gets a 4 overall because...well...I gave it a 4 in almost every category. A good pils for sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've always liked this beer, but I ever only buy a couple of singles each spring/summer. It's just not as good as Prima, Stoudt's or even Noble Pils. That being said, I enjoy drinking it when I do.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 22:38:44 | More by Morey
Photo of heirStaaden19655


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I dont understand where all the bad sentiment is from the previous reviews.
Troegs has captured a fine Pilsner representation with the Sunshine PIlsner offering.
True to form pilsner . Bright clear appearance, bubbly carbonation, nice lacing and medium head , typical of finer Pilsners.
A refreshing Hoppy presence,not very typical of most lesser pilsners and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. I could easily have a six on a hot summers afternoon or anytime for that matter.
The bold hoppy esthers are what must intimidate some people. If you like Nugget Nectar or any of the powerful Hoppy California beers,you'll definitely like this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 13:08:15 | More by heirStaaden19655
Photo of bubseymour


2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love German and Czech Pilsners, one of my favorite styles of beer. This one is way too bitter, minimal notice of flavoring in the noble hops and has a long lasting aftertaste of negative flavors. Also has some hints of barley and wheat flavorings similar to Adjuncts. In fact there are probably 10+ macro pilsner/lagers that I would rather drink than this offbalanced mess of a beer. Sorry to be so harsh to Troegs (which I really like some of their other options) but I need shoot straight from the hip and think they need to go back and rework there attempt at a Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 23:57:31 | More by bubseymour
Photo of Knapp85


1.83/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If you look over any other reviews I've done you'll see I really don;t like Pilsners. This brew falls into that same category. I really found this beer to be incredibly light on flavor and mouthfeel. The only flavor I got was the gross fresh cut grass flavor that I really can't stand. For me this beer is not good. If you're into these styles you'd more than likely enjoy this one as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:44:53 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Jesse13713


2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A slightly cloudy, yet transparent, yellow. A very mellow-yellow look to it; not golden straw or school bus yellow. Less than a finger of head that is quick to make itself disappear.

Smell - Slight bitters and hops. Quite watery smelling. Smells dry and natural.

Taste - Crisp and slightly hoppy. Slightly lager-like in its taste. Slightly malty and very watery.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very refreshing and easily drinkable. Sort of a plain pilsner. Good hop quality but just slightly bland for my tastes. It was a good beer, but there many other better Pilsners in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:31:14 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of orangesol


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Troegs tasting room into a Pilsner Glass.

A - Pours straw yellow with a thick pillow of one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a tick film, leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pale, dry, malt with some earthy hops cutting thru it toward the end. Some very faint citrus fruits come out as it warms up a bit but I really don't get more than that.

T - The initial crisp feel is enveloped quickly by the huge amount of chewy malt. Mixed in with all that chewiness is hints of grassy hops and dulled citric fruits. Finish is just as chewy as the start with plenty of it sticking around long thru the finish. I am not sure but I have a feeling this draft might have been from the bottom of the keg. I like this beer a lot, it is one of my go to beers during summer, but the overall chewy feel really wears on you over the course of multiple servings.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering long thru the finish.

D - Not bad. I do enjoy this time of year when the sunshine comes out. The only drawback to this beer is the over the top chewy feel. It really prevents me from having more than one or two of these at a time. Still solid tho.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 19:58:14 | More by orangesol
Photo of fdw3


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow colored with 1.5 fingers worth of white head.

Aroma and taste are both hoppy with lighter citrus qualities, and bitterness comes across as more apparent than usual with no noticeable sweetness.

Dry, light-bodied, and medium-high carbonation; a nice combination for this style and includes an extended aftertaste of hops.

OVERALL: A solid, dry, hoppy beer that leans toward the bitter end of the pilsner spectrum. Definitely refreshing, but three would be too many.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:10:54 | More by fdw3
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent along with a dry, German hop aroma. It's crisp and clean with touch of graininess. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor. It's goes down easy with a mild hop flavor in the finish. It's a simple, easy drinking beer with little to no imperfections. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid pilsner. It's true to style and well brewed.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:24:58 | More by WesWes
Photo of Beejay


3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale grapefruit colored, hazy with a full 2 fingers worth of head.

S: Slight citrus and light malt presence. Perhaps a hint of noble hop aroma.

T: Citrus, and noble hop aroma. A bit on the bitter side for a pis. Interesting..

M: Light and very bubbly. The carbonation hangs around for a bit, and the hops hit your throat just a bit.

D: Good, but far from amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 02:15:48 | More by Beejay
Photo of kagent777


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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. A friend brought this one back from Pennsylvania while on a trip. Thanks, Ken!

Appearance: The brew is straw yellow with a little haze and a parade of bubbles streaming to the surface. The white head dissipates quickly, but leaves some nice lacing as I drink.

Smell: Some nice earthy/herbaly hops type flavors, not over powering but present. Some very light malts are also in the smell.

Taste: The hop bitterness is present, but again not overpowering. The lightly toasted malts mix nicely with the hoppiness to make a very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel: The body is good, not too heavy for a pilsener type beer. There is a little astringency also present.

Drinkability: I would choose this one if i could but it is not distributed in Utah. A very approachable beer, could use this one as a gateway beer for BMC drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 05:14:55 | More by kagent777
Photo of rdub


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

Poured from the bottle into my Troegs pint. Light orange gold straw color and one finger head. Smell and taste was slightly sweet and spritzy with a nice hoppy hit. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both nice and easily sessionable. A solid choice for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 03:31:13 | More by rdub
Photo of JayS2629


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery tap. Fresh.

A- Light transparent yellow with fizzy head and fun carbonation bubbles.

S- Mellow hops, citrus and sweet bread.

T- Watery, with crisp mild hops a bit of spice and a biscut like undertone.

M- Carbonation is high and spritzy, but not too much. Light bodied.

D- Very easy to drink. Slight citrus tones. Very good pilsner style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 03:22:36 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Schmaltzy


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe for the treat.

A- Very light transparent yellow with a small less than 1/2 finger head that dies quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S- Light hoppiness and slight bready sweetness, also get some light baking spices. Not much.

T- Very light beer and easy drinking on a really hot day like today. Starts with a mild hop flavor and moves to a slight bready sweetness and finishes dry with some light baking spices, not bad.

M- Carbonation was ample and attacks the tounge but I wish there was more, the flavors are light but I like the slight breadiness and baking spices.

D- Very easy to drink this beer. If anybody asks for something similar to BMC but with more flavor, this is it, suggest it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 15:11:41 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of EgadBananas


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

Clear, piss colored liquid pours to a nice finger + of head that leaves nice spiderweb lacing down the glass. Doesn't get much more to the point.

The aroma is nice and crisp with a good amount of biscuit, and slightly sweet malts. There seems to be a hint of citrus hops.

The taste is very good, with a bit of biscuity malts, a very small touch of sweetness, and a dash of slight citrus hops on the finish.

Feel is crisp, and light, but at the same time there's a slight silky quality to it. Carbonation is high, but nowhere near over the top.

High drinkability. This is a very nice, refreshing, and tasty pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:51:54 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not quite clear straw with a good head on a hard pour.

S - Very grassy, with some lemon.

T - Somewhat sweet with an aggressive hop bite. A bit of bready malt and herbal hop flavour. Very clean.

M - Lightish, without being watery. Carbonation is well controlled.

D - Pretty easy drinking warmweather brew. Clean, crisp, no off flavours and decently tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 19:35:13 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of berkey


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

Today is a decidedly un-pilsener-y day weather wise but I thought I'd better drink this as fresh as possible and give my Pilsener flute a rare Autumn workout. Sampled 10/23/10.

Forms a three finger tall cap of bright white foam atop a clean pale straw-colored body. While not a match for some in the style, head retention is decent enough and lacing is very nice.

Sweet biscuity malt aroma with some mild grassy and herbal hop notes. Not as aromatic as some of my favorites in the style but it works.

To my slight surprise and enjoyment the grassy hop bitterness is markedly more assertive on first sip than it was on the aroma. Malt sweetness is more subtle than I might have guessed from the slightly high for the style 5.3% abv. Aftertaste is even more loaded on hops than it was to start.

While not my favorite Pils this is another very nice example of a fine Americans brewed Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 16:23:27 | More by berkey
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing as it moves down my pilsner glass. The nose brings some light grainy notes as well as a bit of Noble hops.

The taste brings a nice amount of bitterness as well as some herbal and floral notes. Light grain fills out the light body, which has some nice carbonation. A really nice, drinkable summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:35:16 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden in body with white head on top. Aroma of grains, hops, dew and some floral notes. Flavors of hops, slight wet leaves, floral notes, some flittering honey notes, and some nice dryness towards the finish. Crisp and refreshingly light in body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 21:53:21 | More by JRed
Photo of Durge


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

Served in a frosted glass at the Nantucket Lobster Trap restaurant this summery specialty shows a very clear, pale straw gold color with a healthy white crop of head and plenty of lacing foretelling a good quality brew. The aroma is skunky cereal wheat and rice, much to my liking for pilsners, deep in doughy bread sourness. The flavor speaks of fairly creamy citrus rice and light rye wheat. This pleasant taste suits me. It's got the kind of crisp refreshment you look forward to but it feels pretty chewy for a pilsner, creamy with relatively subtle, "tiny" carbonation. Unusually smooth without sacrificing too much of the refreshing quality you expect from a pilsner. Very edible and equally drinkable. Great with food and flavorful on its own merits. A highly satisfying pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 05:01:28 | More by Durge
Photo of david18

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this because one of my favorite bartenders at one of my favorite bars said this was a good beer and she really seemed to mean it. I also liked this beer but would not put it in my list of great german pilsners. A little on the smooth side to be considered a german pilsner and not quite bright enough but a very good summer drinker which, if it gets hot again, i'll have a few pints of.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 17:54:37 | More by david18
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving sytle - Bottle

Appearance - Mellow yellow with a foamy, white 1 inch head, tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Light hops, some wheat/floral aroma. Pilsner malts, banana, light yeasts.

Taste - Starts off with a nice blend of crisp hops, light pilsner malts and added yeasty sugars. A floral note with some banana, grapes and lemons. Nice malt backbone that adds a little caramel and toffee. A little bitter grapefruit and sour pilsner malt flavor comes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The hops and pilsner malts come out and coat the tongue. Palate picks up yeasts, pilsner malts and some floral fruits. Aftertaste is crisp, mild bitter and sweet.

Drinkabilty - This is the kind of beer people should be drinking at bbq's and at ball parks, not budweiser or miller. Easy to drink, would go great with burger, hot dog etc. Packs a lot of flavor for being a messily 4.5%. Good stuff here

Serving type: can

09-16-2010 04:17:16 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Wasteman

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured three 12 oz bottles into a clear dimpled liter stein.

Pale yellow with fluffy white head that thinned out quickly. Decent lacing.

Sweet smell with some bitterness but not hoppy.

Pleasant grassy taste with more bitterness than I expect in a pilsner.

Mouthfeel is fine with a little "sting" from the carbonation.

Drinkable and enjoyable but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:34:51 | More by Wasteman
Photo of sellmeagod


1.5/5  rDev -60%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What a disappointment. But, maybe, not really - it is a summer seasonal. And these tend to be known for weak, light flavorings with some false scents and sense of beach.

Atrociously light bodied and a forced smooth drinking leaves me wanting to take no more sips. A pilsner even weaker by trying to pretend to have some honey sweetness. At 5.3 abv, this is not worth it. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:53:34 | More by sellmeagod
Photo of earthboundagain


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright lemon yellow with a slight cloudiness. The head is white in color, and deposits a decent amount of lacing.

The nose s citrus hops and some light grain.

Fresh grain and biscuit malt with a touch of citrus hops, almost the flip of the nose.

The body is medium and the feel is crisp, not to shabby.

Part of the sampler pack I picked up and the brews are about 5 months old. I know I will get killed for this but this beer is not as good as SA Noble Pils, not even close.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 16:37:58 | More by earthboundagain
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.