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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 38
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
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 HitokiriNate85


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Very pale gold. Nice clarity. Bright white head that's already sticking to the glass.

S - Lots of grain and bread and a spicy, lemony hop aroma. Very clean and standard for the style, but it's fresh and bold enough to appreciate.

T - Grain and crackery malt up front. Again, it's very clean. Mildly sweet with ample hop bitterness to make it quenching. The hops are spicy and musky.

MF - Pretty standard with a nice body that dries up in the finish.

D - It does everything well without really breaking away from the style at all. It doesn't have the depth of complexity of Prima Pils, but it's fresh and locally available.

07-26-2010 01:06:13 | More by HitokiriNate85
Photo of Phelps


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks to sbaldwin for this one.

Looks: anemic. A wan gold color that fades to a straw-like yellow-gray in spots. A frothy white head snaps and crackles before receding to a clingy, thick ring with some film.

Smells: on the grainy side, for a pilsner. Leans heavily toward the distinct sweet/sour character of pilsner malts and lager yeast. Saltine crackers, baked bread, bubblegum, cereal, apples, perhaps the slightest hint of citrusy hops. Pretty standard.

Tastes: crisp. Sweet, grainy flavors pop at first: apples, toast. A small amount of bitterness subtly nudges the tongue, brought together by Hallertau hops. A snappy, dry finish cleans out the palate between sips.

Feels: light. Medium-light body, medium-low carb, with a silky way about the tongue.

Drinks: like precedent. Sunshine Pils hits all the marks a standard pilsner should: nice golden color, light and palatable flavors, great for a hot summer day. But Troegs definitely isn't pushing any boundaries with this one. It's typical, and therefore forgettable.

07-19-2010 00:05:51 | More by Phelps
Photo of SteveTheDragon


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

A - Beer is yellow-gold / hay colored. Thin and light head that stays.

S - Smells citrus like.

T - Rough taste. Very crisp in taste. Almost a little skunky tasting. Your standard pilsener taste.

M - Light, good carbonation. Shockingly rough at first to the palate.

D - Overall fairly drinkable after the initial few gulps. It could be smoother but I guess it should have that initial coarseness.

07-14-2010 00:40:59 | More by SteveTheDragon
Photo of Bendurgin


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

I got this one as an extra in a recent trade from a very generous BA. Poured this into a pint glass. Pours a good clean clear yellow with about an inch of big fluffy white head. Lots of visible carbonation and great head retention. Interesting nose on this one. Typical pilsner smell with hints of lemon, grass and floral notes. Slight scent of grassy hops. Right away I get a bit of lemon flavor. This is really crisp. Pilsner malts follow shortly after with a good hop finish. This actually kind of has a bit of a sour forefront to me. I'm absolutely loving the lemon flavor. This has really nice carbonation and the body is really light and refreshing. I could really kick the crap out of summer heat with this highly drinkable beer.

07-13-2010 02:39:02 | More by Bendurgin


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours with the whitest head imaginable. Only one finger high but the retention is amazing. The head starts out fluffy, becomes fizzy, and lands on creamy as it is constantly being fed by a relentless rush of bubbles. Sea foam style lace is immaculate and sticks to the glass in sheets. The body is perfectly clear and the typical light honeycomb yellow pilsner color. Perfect appearance, no questions asked.

S: Light to medium Pilsner and Crystal malts. The hops have average intensity and are of the Saaz and Mitt. Hallertau variety (from the website). The result is mostly lemony aromas, backed by grass and flower stems.

T: The flavor follows the nose. The Sunshine Pils provides a quality pilsner taste without displaying anything extraordinary, but remaining true to style. Pennsylvania has a strong German heritage and I suppose this is why they are so proficient in German beer styles.

M: Medium body with a creamy minerally texture. The carbonation level is average, but the effervescence is fine, fizzy and perfectly appropriate. Lightly sweet mid-palate with a moderately bitter finish. Spot on, I don't think there is any room for improvement.

D: Drinkability is just a nod above average for me. I can appreciate a good pilsner, no doubt, but I'd rather be enamored with a great one.

07-12-2010 02:44:40 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle, date illegible

A - Pours a light, straw gold color; very light, white frothy head that quickly thins to the surface. Decent lacing.

S - Spicy hop aromas, some graininess, light citrus

T&M - Very crisp, hop forward with very spicy hops up front. Background of herbal and citrus hops. Some sulfuric flavors in the finish. Feels a little rough on the palate, which seems like a bad thing to say, but it's not off-putting.

D - Very crisp and refreshing, nice hop presence without overdoing it, excellent not just for summer but year round (if it were made year round) with a very reasonable ABV.

07-11-2010 02:20:09 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

A: The beer is crystal clear and very light yellow in color. A low amount of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles always covers the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grassy hops in the nose, along with some notes of grainy malts.
T: A mild amount of bitterness from the grassy hops stands out in the overall taste, which is not overpowering and balanced by the underlying grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a bit prickly on the tongue. The finish is very crisp and clean and has some dryness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing; the mild bitterness opens up your taste buds and palate so this is an excellent beer to start with.

07-10-2010 22:21:08 | More by metter98
Photo of magine


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a straw yellow clear color, has a white head that fades to a lace island head. Decent lace for the style.

Brew smells of floral hops, grains.

Brew is crisp and has good carbonation. Finishes refreshing and slightly dry, almost no bitterness to speak of. Taste the hops, somewhat floral. The grains are subtle and the brew carries an almost buttery malt flavor.

Brew is very drinkable, very sessionable. A crisp nice summer brew.

07-04-2010 19:20:18 | More by magine
Photo of ujsplace


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a big, dense, white head that leaves nice lacing. The brew is a pale straw color.

Buttery yeast, toasted bread and mild herbal hops.

Tastes of bready yeasts, mild grain and herbal hop bitters.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean - nicely carbonated and refreshing.

This is a highly sessionable brew. Goes down very easy and would be welcome on a nice hot summer day by the pool - sort of like today.

07-04-2010 19:04:12 | More by ujsplace
Photo of Florida9


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Clear straw yellow with a stable 1/4" of white foam head.

S: Very light. Grass and toast.

T: Similarly light in flavor, though I wouldn't call it watery. Light malt. Herbaceous with a very mild hop bitterness. Clean.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Clean and crisp.

D: Given how light this beer is, in both body and flavor, this one is easy drinking. Not sure it measures up with the best pils out there, but its not a bad beer.

06-30-2010 01:37:04 | More by Florida9
Photo of silentjay


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

typical pilsener pale straw color, but with a beautiful cloud-like almost white head that leaves chunks on the glass and retains well.

aroma is of doughy pilsner malts and a bit of earthy, grassy hops. nothing too impressive.

flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. bread dough with some earthy hops that kick in a bit of lemon and pepper.

light bodied and crisp with a spicy, dry finish that works well for the style.

goes down well. nothing hinders the drinkability, but I will probably forget that I had this beer as soon as I finish it. My least favorite Troegs beer so far, but to be fair, its a style I don't particularly enjoy.

06-28-2010 04:56:28 | More by silentjay
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured into tulip.

Color is the clearest craft beer I have ever seen. It is a pale straw yellow. Pours 1 and a half fingers of rocky head. Leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma: Smells like just like a German pils. It is very skunky. Bigger malt profile with some grassy. Nothing too impressive.

Taste: Again skunky, but it shows more of a hop profile. Lots of grassy hops, a touch bitter. Biscuity malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Bitty and smooth, but too much skunky flavor that I don't want it in my mouth too much. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Edit: as it warms, it loses a decent chunk of the skunk.

Overall, this beer just wasn't for me. I can appreciate a fine pils but this one just didn't do it for me. It will be hard for me to finish my bottle.

06-28-2010 03:37:02 | More by mothman
Photo of PapaGemutlich


4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

It's 92-degrees on a June day in Foggy Bottom, and this hits the spot like a laser.

Bottle pour into a pint flute glass; lively, white head on a pretty, light-gold body. Aromatic hops are crisp, but maybe a bit un-assertive; bittering hops give nice depth. Good quality malt in flavor and body, not at all heavy as appropriate to the style.

This stands up admirably to any czech pils--hooray for dedicated American brewers!

Another reviewer hailed this as a great lawnmower beer, and I couldn't agree more. Ergo, I'd drink this like the dickens during the summer, but probably wouldn't make for a good cold-weather komfortbrau.

06-25-2010 21:46:04 | More by PapaGemutlich
Photo of phillybeer7779


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

From a Troegs mixed case and poured from a bottle into a Harpoon pint glass. Bright golden color with a very understated aroma. Nice balance between malts and pilsner hops. Very crisp, pleasant taste with a nice amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable, as I could drink this beer all night.

06-22-2010 03:47:27 | More by phillybeer7779
Photo of rawthar


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a Sunshine Pils glass that I didn't even know I had!

A- Soft sunflower yellow with an effervescent and busy body and a living white head.

S- Unmistakable pils malts (reminiscent of an adjunct, really) with a very subtle hint of hops, like fresh cut grass (maybe that's just association)

T- Very light, very subtle, a tiny hint of grassiness in the finish, then that dull pils aftertaste you get from the BMCs. Better taken in volume than dissected.

M- Light, watery, smooth, with a slight edge of carbonation.

D- Drinkability is through the roof, a real lawnmower beer, you can actually hydrate from it, and it shines when chugged.

06-21-2010 01:35:41 | More by rawthar
Photo of billshmeinke


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

One finger white head. Very clear and pale, straw golden in color. Really nice lacing left behind. Foam remains as a thin layer of foam on top.

Light grassy hops and a slight lager yeast fruitiness.

Taste is of light sweet malts backed up with a nice grassy hoppiness.

Very light bodied. Quite creamy. Well carbonated with a clean and crisp feel and a nice bite on the end.

A very easy drinker. Quite tasty.

06-17-2010 02:26:06 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of mithunc

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Poured from bottle. Hopefully I didn't get a bad batch, because this beer was underwhelming. I suppose it matches the style, and it's a good beer for a hot day. But the crispness of the hops was a bit too much for me, and I barely got the other taste hints. What I did get was a little bit of citrus, but it wasn't very helpful to the taste. So basically a sharp, bitter beer, but not in a good way, and I found it too tasteless. I could certainly find better in this style for the price.

06-17-2010 00:28:36 | More by mithunc
Photo of Adamdc


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Straw body capped by 1 inch of white foam that quickly dissipated

S: Lemon, grass, noble hops

T: Lemon, crisp bitterness from hops but there's a strong metallic taste to it that is a little much.

M: Thin and crisp which seems fitting to style.

D: Because it's so light and crisp you could take down a few of these on a hot day.

Not bad but not my favorite lager that I've had.

06-16-2010 00:49:34 | More by Adamdc
Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Man, the bottle I picked up looks so much better than the one listed above. Sucks to be you, obviously. This guy pours a sallow color so clear Windex probably wants to contact Troegs for pointers. Seriously. This is capped by a tall, thick forest of white froth, which leaves some decent lacing behind as a death rattle. The smell is characteristically light, with notes of light lemon, wheat, and some hoppy citrus/florals. The taste is mostly a watery mixture of floral hoppy bitters, though some wheat-y citrus lies buried in the brewer's sands of time (industry secret, yo). The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a refreshing finish. I could see drinking this after laboring beneath a ravaging sun (though I wouldn't know: my domain is currently chilled by a perpetually-running air-conditioner) and being rather refreshed. I think it's time we ditched that worthless, bland water shit...what's it good fer, anyway?

06-14-2010 20:56:43 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Good US take on a Pilsner.

Presentation: Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Design pivoting around an almost cartoonish illustration of smiling sun. Shows a semi erased bottling date (083010?), Alc. by Vol. (5.3%). Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Straw to pale gold with a nice head that shrinks to a nice layer and with fine lacing all the way through.

S - Bitter crisp aroma with a tad of light hoppy notes.

T - Crisp bitterness that lingers with a final bite and a fresh and light maltiness accompanying it.

M - Light-medium body, crisp although the carbonation feels a bit short for the style.

D - Nice, quick and refreshing experience.

Notes: Again, this does not do much to me. These lagers are certainly not my thing. It feels like a fair brew, probably better under scorching weather, which is where it looks like it is in part marketed to. Sometimes I like to have a good pilsner around in addition to some pale ales to offer them as entry points to craft beers, and this is a good addition to that line up.

06-13-2010 14:38:11 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of Philabeerphia


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

My LOCAL PILSNER kick continues (will it never end???). This time my fix is an offering from the famous Trogner Bros... Sunshine Pils. From the 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsen glass, fills perfectly with a light, yes most articulately described as piss-yellow liquid, capped with a 3cm creme head. Plenty of nucleation creates a handful of towering bubble columns, each reminiscent of the Deepwater Horizon clip I saw in HD on the evening news.

A hint of lemon AND grass in the nose up front... then coppery like the memorable experience of dipping the ol' schnoz into a bag of pennies. Finishes musty like wet dog. Must be the noble hops combining with the malted grains in just the right proportions.

Assininely (?!?) crisp with the first sip (although this quality recedes quickly), bouncy and light on the tongue. Just a grab of body as it slides through the mouth. The lemony start lends itself well to this action. Tough to 'grab' onto, even as I swish and swish. I love that. Clean through the middle - only a little of sweet corn to call an 'arc' - then right to the finish. All business with this puppy. A substantial burst of floral bitterness in the throat. Mimics the sensation of chewing on rose pedals perfectly. Ahhh... Finds some surface to grow doughy in the throat, building on this thick hoppiness. Sneaks away, packaging itself into a clean finish. A ghost of bitterness & lemonpeel pools at the tonsils. Sated...

SUPER refreshing. Considerably more lemony then recent pilsners I've had. Another big hitter in the land of Pilsners...

06-11-2010 02:12:22 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of dasenebler


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a straw gold color with a small frothy head. Some lacing, average retention.

Aroma is pretty nice: full of spicy, earthy and grassy hops.

The flavor is good. It's a well-balanced pilsner. The elevated hop character is balanced by a solid, bready continental maltiness augmented with crystal malt. This crystal malt provides some sweetness I don't find totally fitting for the style, but in the end, I like this beer. Bitterness is relatively high for the style. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but oddly, a bit soapy.

This goes down easy, even though there are other pilsners I'd reach for. B.

06-11-2010 01:17:34 | More by dasenebler
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours lemon yellow with snow white head that leaves sheets of lace. Butter and spice nose. Shortbread malts and grassy hops with some lemon. Tight leave, light, no cling.

Hoppy, but not enough to push it past other good German pils into being uniquely American. In other words, doesn't hold a candle to Prima.

06-08-2010 04:27:31 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.15/5  rDev +11%

12 oz bottle courtesy of johnmichaelsen, gracias amigo! Bottled on code of 033010. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a nice cap of white foam. Retention is a little above average and the lacing is really nice.

Nose is pale malt graininess and a nice flowery, grassy hop aroma. Very pleasant, I could sniff on this all day.

I can see where the crystal malt comes in as it does have a sweet side to it. Hops contribute a zesty and grassy flavor but lean more towards a bittering finish. I get some minerality at the end too. Not too much to complain about, but I could use a bit of a bump in body and more hop flavor. A more than solid pilsner and PA residents are lucky to have so many good ones readily at hand.

06-05-2010 18:56:27 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Mora2000


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer as an extra.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops with pilsner malt. The flavor is pilsner malt as well as earthy and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is very drinkable.

06-01-2010 04:34:36 | More by Mora2000
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.