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Tröegs Sunshine Pils - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 95 | 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 mrgrinch
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

There are five categories to evaluating a beer with your review:

Appearance - Beautiful golden color. Robust carbonation. Very clear and inviting.

Smell - Nothing about the smell jumped out at me. Could be the temperature at which it was served on tap. Smelled like beer but not overpowering.

Taste - Tasted like grain and was very clean. There was a bit of lingering bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This beer really felt thin, almost too thin. Nothing you could really sink your teeth into.

Drinkability - German Pilsner is one of my favorite styles of beer. This one has a beautiful look to it, but pretty much the other aspect of it left me wanting. Not a bad beer and certainly drinkable, but not earth-moving for me.

mrgrinch, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at TJ Rockwells.
Served to me with a small bone white head. Pale gold in color with good clarity. Smells fresh with just a kiss of grassy hops and a little grainy husk smell. Taste is clean and mild. More balanced than than most but still has some good hop flavor. Mouthfeel is fluid and lively and is only slightly dry on the finish. Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer afternoon. Overall, a decent pils that is an easy drinker.

JunkYardJake, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Mcculler
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a solid interpretation of the style. Very European. Grainy, with strong herbal and citrusy hops all the way down - just so you know there's an American behind it. Floral nose and almost hits on the taste. Nicely carbonated. But its two dimensional and doesnt really do anything to keep my palate interested. Rather go for Victory.

Mcculler, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with very little fluffy white head, good lacing throughout though.

The scent wsa of grains, some citrus and floral hops.

The taste was of citrus right away, it then gave way to fairly bitter herbal hops. There was also a hint of spiciness.

Light bodied, smooth and very crisp, average carbonation.

This was a pretty decent beer, very easy to drink a few. Pretty good flavor, also quite refreshing.

BeerCon5, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very clean golden color with a thin frothy white head, nice lacing.

S: Spicy, pepper, grains, lemon, floral hops.

T: Very spicy like the nose with a smooth base and a hanging bitterness well after you take a drink.

M: Average body, nice feel to it, but a little grainy.

O: An average beer I would say.

bundy462, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

HitokiriNate85, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Phelps, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of SteveTheDragon
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

SteveTheDragon, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Bendurgin, Jul 13, 2010
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ZeroSignal, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

metter98, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

magine, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

ujsplace, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Florida9, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

silentjay, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

mothman, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of PapaGemutlich
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

PapaGemutlich, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of phillybeer7779
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

phillybeer7779, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

rawthar, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

billshmeinke, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of mithunc
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

mithunc, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Adamdc
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Adamdc, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

TMoney2591, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Daniellobo, Jun 13, 2010
Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.