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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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85
very good

1,223 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
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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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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm into my 2nd case of this for the summer but have never reviewed it. It's not my favorite PA pils but it's relatively cheap and easy to come by, and very drinkable. I actually like the Scratch 17 better, but this is still a very solid beer.

Pours a very light, clear straw yellow with two plus fingers of white head. Head retains very well, with a solid lace and some webbing on the sides.

Nose smells of grassy and lightly citrusy hops. A bit of spice, as well, along with some grain.

Taste has a nice smack of grassy and moderately bitter hops. Like the nose the hops also have some spice and citrus to them, and overall the hops do most of the work on this one. There is some biscuity, almost toasty grain flavor, but it's light and the hops are most apparent.

Mouthfeel is crisp but I'd say it's just a tad too thin. It's quite light, and I'd rather penalize here than taste. Carbonation is ample and appropriate.

As stated before I think this is a very solid pils; an easy drinker that I gladly keep around during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 00:18:18 | More by number1bum
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LumpyGuitar

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden yellow with a thin frothy head. Lacing is minimal, head retention is weak.

Smells of sweet citrus, hop and light malt.

Taste is pretty balanced.Starts with mild malt and citrus notes, wheat, and a mild bitter hop finish. Malt seems weak.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth to start with a crisp finish. Body is light to medium.

Drinkability is good. I could drink quite a few of these over the summer and its one of the best "summer" brews I've tried yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:22:24 | More by LumpyGuitar
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iceball585

New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light yellow color, clear, thin white head that faded to a thin ring around the glass

S- Lemons, grains, wheat, bready, grassy, sugar syrup

T- Grainy, herbal, bready, corn, wheat, metallic, slightly musty

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, acidic, syrupy, dry finish

D- Very average

This tasted more like a slightly better version of macro brewery pilsner. I'm suprised a beer like this came from this Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 00:28:20 | More by iceball585
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

This is how you start an afternoon. A new one for me, and glad I could give it a shot. This lovely pilsner was served cold and enjoyed with lunch on 06/21/2009.
 
The pour was about what I would expect, bright, light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a big white head on top. Decent settled left behind a good bit of lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Light aroma of citrus hops, blends with a big bready malt nose. Lots of interesting things going on in here for sure. Smooth, crisp, clean flavor. Nothing messing around here, this was just a straight up, hot summer day drink. Light hop aftertaste was enough to let it mellow out just a bit, but overall, very, very solid.
 
I could throw this down all day, really very well done and a fantastic version of the style. Another winner here.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 18:42:53 | More by mikesgroove
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled on 03 25 09. tasted in mid/late april 2009

pale golden straw. clear. 1-finger foamy head, fades to thin layer, then eventually just wisps and ring. delicate, webby lacing all down the glass.

aroma: noble hop kick upfront, herbal and grassy. sulfurous note. toasted crackers underneath. slightest hint of citrus (lemon) zestiness or fruitiness.

taste: hops dominate for a bit, grassy and bitter, plus sulfur note (from yeast?) with sweet malt only peeking through for flashes. moderate to bold bitterness, quite crisp with resins lingering into finish and the aftertaste.

light to medium body, resinous towards end. crisp carbonation.

needs more malt, less of that sulfurous character.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 07:04:15 | More by tai4ji2x
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Aenema

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a clear straw with a one finger, foamy white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Grainy/pilsner-esque aroma. Nothing all that different.
Taste - Biscuity malt with a nice, restrained hop finish.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean finish. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Very sessionable. This is a great beer for relaxing outside with during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 15:19:04 | More by Aenema
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly cloudy, bright golden color. It was served to me with a white fizzy cap that faded to lace.

s: Slightly sweet, biscuity grains and some fairly assertive floral, grassy hop aromas.

t: Lightly sweet up front with a floral, almost spicy finish. Very refreshing!

m: Crisp with long lasting carbonation. The mildly earthy aftertaste lingers for quite awhile.

d: PA is supposed to be a great state for pilsners. I'm just now begininning to appreciate that fact. Good stuff from Troegs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2009 09:40:39 | More by DIM
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours bright yellow and crystal clear with a ncie frothy white head, great retention, and great lacing.

light malts up front with a light earthy scent.

light hops at first. a blend of grassy and earthy with a touch of floral. light malts follow through the finish. light floral and malty aftertaste.

very light and very smooth. light carbonation.

this is one easy drinking pilsner! not too much of anything, a perfect blend overall. light and simple so this is beyond sessionable. a perfect summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 23:46:26 | More by hooliganlife
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear, pale, lemon yellow with a medium sized white head that fades quickly to a cover leaving thin areas of lacing. It stays continually carbonated.
Smells of sweetened lemon and a good dose of grassy aroma up front.
Taste is similar to the smell with the addition of a bitter bite near the end the lemon smoothing it out at the end.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin with mild carbonation to the end.
Drinkability is very good.

Grab a case of these with one case each of Victory's Prima Pils, Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils and Stoudt's Pils and your German summer of drinking is set.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 01:54:35 | More by meatyard
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bum732

Lesotho

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear yellow, small head that disappears quickly. Smells of sweet grassy malt and hops, some raw grain. Tastes of slightly fruity malt, some lemon followed by a nice earthy/neutral bitterness, some spiciness in the finish. Quite dry in the finish with some residual bitterness.

A great pilsner, right behind Prima. Malt flavor lacks a little i feel, but the hops are very powerful, spicy and work great here. A fantastic pils.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 00:41:59 | More by bum732
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esv

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A) Crystal Clear. Light champagne color. Streams of tight bubbles rushing towards a tight, white head. Lacing is substantial.

S) Light grain and pleasantly hoppy. I'm not able to pick-out noble hops in general, but I wonder if these are noble. They are not particularly floral or citrusy. No grapefruits, no oranges. A little spicy, some grass maybe lemon.

T) Gentle sweetness. Subtle grain. Bread. Dryish. Slightly spicey hop flavor. Assertive bitterness that is crisp and refreshing.

M) Light bodied. Med-High carbonation.

D) Sky high.

Great German pils. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 23:56:45 | More by esv
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Devon Seafod house in Hershey. Served very cold in a Pokal.

A - A straw pale gold w/ 1/4 inch of white cap - sheets of lace cling. The bead is fine, clarity is excellent and there is no visible carbonation

S - gentle grain and mild floral hop odor w/ plenty of noble spicy hop scent w/ mild mineral notes from the German yeast

M - Crisp and dry w/ spiced hop that is not overly bitter, light yet grainy malt and nice spice in the finish. Dry w/ mineral yeast texture

T - Very crisp and slight sweetness upfront w/ dry leafy hops and gentle slight grainy and light toasted pilsner malt flavors w/ a mellow floral and citrus tinge in the dry slightly peppery finish

D - A refreshing lager-excellent pils which was complimentary to the battered jalapeno and shrimp scampi appetizer. The spiciness was tasty with nice drinkability cutting the grease and refreshing the palate

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 22:48:21 | More by Slatetank
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 5.3% ABV. Pours a clear, straw color. Ample white, rocky head. Good retention, with a nice stream of tiny bubbles rising up to the surface. Nice patches of lace when the head disappears.

Grassy and herbal hop aroma. A small amount of pale malt in the nose. Pretty simple and clean.

Pale malt up front. Grassy hops provide a nice contrast. Clean and crisp. Nice dry finish.

Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Very little trace of alcohol. Very easy to drink, and refreshing in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:14:26 | More by Bierguy5
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weasbri

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear bright lemon yellow color. Good sized head leaves some nice lacing but dwindles quickly.
Some good grassy notes and some light hoppiness to the aroma.
Extremely crisp beer perfect for summer drinking. Just light enough to refresh, but not so light that it lacks in flavor. Some lemon flavors, just sweet enough to counteract the fine hop bitter finish and not overwhelm the mouth.
Like I said, a real nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:59:15 | More by weasbri
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BitterPachyderm

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tanger for my second Troegs offering...no freshness date found (maybe someone should teach me how to find these, since I can't ever seem to locate them!)

Since I unfortunately do not have a pilsener glass, I decide to pour it into my SN pint glass. A semi hard pour provides me with a nice pillowy white head, make that a pillowy AND sticky white head. The body is simply a watered down urine yellow.

The nose contains some hops and a bit of lemon zest. As I dig further in, I can even notice some hops present. This smells very summery.

This brew is very bready in taste, with a slight hop bitterness midpalate. There are some pale malts in the background and a tiny notice of tangerine as an aftertaste.

Sunshine Pils has a very solid mouthfeel for it's style, but is a bit watery at times...but for the most part it was consitently creamy with a nice bit of carbonation.

This has got to be one of the most drinkable beers I have had to date. If the Bros. had a six point system, it still wouldn't have been enough!

In all honesty, I don't think that pilseners get the respect that they deserve nowadays. Since I also drink alot of wine as well as beer, I feel pretty confident that I can compare pilseners to rieslings...because they are so simple and basic, they are often looked over, and I am as guilty as anyone. Sometimes it's nice to have a beer that isn't so complex that you need two pieces of paper to write down all the different tasting notes that it contains. In a world of imperial this and double that, it's nice to know that I can always crack open a pilsener to remind of how simple life can really be...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 20:04:38 | More by BitterPachyderm
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AVDeuph

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Very pretty beer in this glass. It pours a medium golden color with fleeting hints of greens. One finger all-white head.

S: Well the aroma somewhat surprised me. This beer is more aromatic than I was expecting, and in a good way. Some strong floral hops, grassy and earthy characteristics, and a sweeter perfumed scent that I eventually likened to honeysuckle.

T: Wow this is full flavored, it just goes to show how wrong the BMC pilsner taste is. This is one of the most floral, grassy beers I've had. Quite bitter, the hops are coming through strongly, specifically the floral characteristics.

M: Medium-bodied, and gives the impression of being a little thicker than you might expect. Low carbonation levels are a little disappointing, I think this beer would definitely benefit from a boost in CO2 volume.

D: This is tough to say. Part of me thinks this goes down easily and is sessionable, but close to the end of my serving I'm beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by the sharp floral-ness of the beer, particularly the aroma, which is unrelenting. It might be one of those things that you are loving and scarfing down until all of the sudden you realize you just can't have anymore. Two might be the max for me.

Not having had too many craft pilsner beers, I was pleasantly surprised at how complex this beer was, especially the smell. That said I don't think it is completely my cup of tea, though I'm looking forward to trying other good examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 21:46:06 | More by AVDeuph
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dukedevil0

Illinois

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

This will be a quick review as I had this on tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse and just wanted to capture some thoughts.

A: Pours golden colored with some white head that reduces down to almost nothing.

S: Some hoppiness and grassy straw scents.

T: Tastes like a mild pilsner with a touch of sweet hops. The flavor is very mellow and "mild with an edge" is the best way I can put it.

M: Nice and full bodied, not thick, but not overly thin.

D: Really good mild/non-intense flavor and easy to take down.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 01:36:14 | More by dukedevil0
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, extra large fluffy head that lasts a long time, clear straw color, minimal carbonation, great lacing, leaves head residue all over glass.

s- bright hoppy smell, smack of citrus, spicy, slight malty notes.

t- very hoppy, lemony notes, good amount of bitterness on the backend, complex although crisp indeed.

m- a little thin on the mouth, by no means watery though, not overly carbonated.

d- very drinkable, perfect for a nice hot day, easy to session, impressively tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 18:30:40 | More by thecarster1
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u2carew

Massachusetts

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

A) Light golden yellow in color. Pours with a thin half inch head. Visible carbonation from bottom to top. Big bubble lacing. Transparent.
S) Pils -esque in aroma. Yeasty. Light citrus notes and earthy tones.
T) Grainy. Slight sourness just under the surface. Mostly bland lacking character in the taste.
M) Crisp. Fairly dry feel. Light bodied.
D) A nice light and refreshing beer for warm weather days, but not a standout in terms of flavor and taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:45:42 | More by u2carew
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mynie

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty standard pils pour--very light straw with a voluminous head. Personally I like them a little darker, but since this is German Pils, not a Czech pils, I'll just forget about it.

Smells of strong herbal and spice hops. The malt is a little strawy, but the hops are strong and varied enough to see it through.

Tastes very good. A little rough on the pallet, in a good way, with nobel hops exuding coarse herbs and flowers. Sweeter malt nodes are present only in the far, far back, but they do a wonderful job of balancing out the aftertaste so you're not left with a scuzzy hop feeling in your mouth.

Calling this a fine session beer would be a bit of an understatement. I don't know if I'd rank this as high as Victory's Prima Pils, but it's certainly up there with Brooklyn's pils and better than the mainstream imports.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 06:05:53 | More by mynie
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A pale, yet glowing, lemon yellow color... Lush cloud like white head made up of chunky bubbles... A lot of carbonation noticeable during the pour quickly settles and the beer becomes tranquil and still... Fully translucent... Cotton candy like stickiness on the glass...

S - Grassy notes... Sweet lemon... A trace amount of yeast... A hint of honey... Simple, but effective...

T - Lemon... Honey... Biscuit... A faint herbal notes...

M - Light bodied and on the thin side... Absolutely lack of carbonation is a little disheartening... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - A terrific German Pilsner in all categories, except mouthfeel... The complete absence of carbonation seriously degrades an other wise excellent brew... Great appearance along with a good nose and taste are unjustly lost as a result...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 00:23:18 | More by philbe311
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yuenglings

Pennsylvania

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

A: Light golden yellow with a very nice foamy head that leaves supurbe laceing

S: Good strong hoppyness some pine and grasseyness with a little bread like ending.

T: Very good not complex at all slight sweet hoppyness up front with a lemon ending.

M: Very crisp, clean and smooth With good carbonation.

D: Very very drinkable this may be my go to beer this summer well at least the next cupple of weeks.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 17:48:28 | More by yuenglings
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

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

Decided to pick up a couple of bottles to round out my mix-a-six...

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden color with a half inch of head that fades quickly and leaves just a little bit of lacing behind. Steady stream of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell: Light smelling with hints of sweetness and a slight grassy smell.

Taste: Mild tasting, light and smooth with a nice subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy in texture. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: An excellent summertime beer. Perfect for relaxing on a warm night, or quenching your thirst after doing some yard work. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 01:33:59 | More by krisandajt
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/03/09
Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a thick 2 finger head.
Smell is clean and crisp. Spicy and grassy with light malts.
Flavor is well balanced. Lemon zest, ginger, and spices.
Clean finish with just enough carbonation and just the right amount of bitterness.
Sunshine Pilsner from Troegs is my top rated pilsner. I only drink pilsners in the summer and this is my go to followed a close second by Prima.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 23:42:12 | More by BigMike
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aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden color with a finger of white head. Dead on for the style.

S:Typical pilsner nose with a sharp spicy hop profile. A touch hoppier than it's German friends.

T: Sharp bite with the hops right up front. Very smooth all around quite a bit of malt. Really well balanced.

M: Very nice and crisp mouthfeel.

D: Very enjoyable beer. I was craving a pilsner last week so I grabbed a six pack. Very nice warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:24:43 | More by aerozeppl
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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