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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours straw gold with a nice head. tons of bubbling too, looks amazing in the Pils glass!

smell is nice for a pils. spicy hops and bready malt.

taste is nice, has a sharpness to it. more rounded than crisp. not bad at all. could drink a lot of these. for a light beer, this is nice. and comes in a 12pack of cans! score

will definitely be buying more of this in the summer!

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Photo of classixIII
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking a fair amount of pilsener lately and this is yet another good one. Pretty much what you would expect for the style, maybe a bit more hoppy than I prefer, but overall a very good beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Nice aroma of hops, malt and a slight floral backdrop.
Appearance- Pours a soft yellow with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice malt and hop flavor with a yeast or bread flavor tossed in.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a nice crisp understated finish.
Overall- A real good pils, I would drink this again.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice hopped pils, with a good malt back. Smooth, not fizzy. Poured a golden yellow with a nice 1 inch head that stays, creamy feel and look. Very nice. No European malt flavor. American made and tastes. Too bad the big boys can't brew one like this.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Excellent craft American pilsner. Light, lemony, perfectly balanced, and uber drinkable. I find a beer of this sort
more enjoyable than the craze of session IPAs out there, and I am a devoted hophead....

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Photo of Act25
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Sunshine in a glass: pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace. A bit sudsier than other pilsners. 3.3

S: Pilsner aroma of light malts and bright, grassy hops. Kind of plain. 3.3

T: Taste is bready w light flavors of malty grain, layers w hop bitterness. The after-taste is slightly soapy, bready and slightly bitter. 3.3

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is too sudsy/soapy for me. 3

OK at best, odd soapy quality. Like my pilsners razor clean.

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Photo of SkywardJ
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A- Hazy Yellow with a nice effervesence.
S- slightly floral
T- rich and smooth, very bright and crisp flavor. Perfect back porch beer.
P- Pairs best with a bleak, violent, desaturated atmosphere like Takashi Miike's OldBoy. Contrasts Dae-Suh's hopelessness nicely.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 4/25/14. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent pale yellow with a huge fluffy eggshell white head that eventually falls leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of corn and malts. Some pear and green apple in the mix, but it's very subtle. Flavors are clean and crisp. This stays pretty true to the style and doesn't try to be flashy or anything unique. There's not much of a hop presence going on, which is okay. There's a very subtle spiciness, and I mean subtle. Malts are there, but seem to take a backseat. Mouthfeel is great. It's light and crisp with a nice creaminess to it. It's slightly fluffy and very smooth. This is perfect for the hot weather.

This is a nice pilsener. It's extremely easy to drink and is something you can toss back all day in the summer. It's refreshing and thirst quenching. It's pretty standard for the style, but it's well crafted.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled awhile ago, 4/16. Poured 7/31.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow color, true to the style. Soapy white head floats on top with a good amount of lacing, and tons of carbonation streaming up from my laser etched glass.

Smell: Still smells fresh. Hay, wheat-like aroma, pale malts, and a slight hoppy note as well. Like many in the style, simple, light, but pleasant.

Taste/feel: Talk about a refreshing beer. Light on flavor, maybe even so for the style, but what's there is super tasty. No corny sort of flavor that sometimes comes through for me in the style, just crisp as hell.... and I hate the word "crisp." Light biscuit malt character with hay and a liiiittle bit of hops. Mmm, a fantastic summer beer. The feel is also awesome.. Super drinkable with what initially seemed like a thin body, but it's not quite watery. Solid carbonation, on-point for the style.

I've been drinking loads of crap like Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Labatt Blue, and even -- gulp -- Bud Light recently, so this hit the proverbial spot, and I'm probably overrating this a bit because of that fact.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours beautifully, with a couple fingers of sudsy head and reall nice lacing. Straw gold and clear as can be.

S - smells like not much really. Sort of a musty generic lager smell with a little honey sweetness.

T - Tastes musty for a split second, but instantly turns crisp and snappy, with nice lemon zing. There's some hay in the middle and pepper and grass on the finish, all in a very cohesive and subtle fashion. Maybe a tad on the sweet side for a pilsner.

M - mouthfeel is nice because it lingers on the palate much longer than you would expect, with some honey-like heft. A little chalky around the edges.

Overall, nicely structured and refreshing. I could drink this all day, though I wish it was a tad dryer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No visit to Pinocchio's in Media is wasted when it comes to The CANQuest (TM)! CANs of every stripe seemed to line their shelves, including this one, which is fitting since I first had this beer at the Iron Hill (Media) Brandywine Valey Brewers' Festival many years ago.

From the CAN: "Crisp. Hoppy. Pilsner."

I miss the anthropomorphized sun, beating down with an angry look on his face, but the Crack! took place in his absence. An inverted Glug was next and we were off and running. It quickly settled into two fingers of dense, bone-white head with very good retention and I suddenly felt nostalgic for our salad days together in Harrisburg. Color was a fittingly beautiful sunshine yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. The nose was redolent with grassy Noble hops underlain what smelled like lemon zest. The Trogner brothers have been tight-lipped as to the lemony quality of this beer since its inception, but that is what makes it stand out in a crowd. I CAN identify it blindfolded, if need be. Wonderfully sticky lacing formed as I typed and so it was time for a sip. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and as always, it was the best iteration of the style that I know. It CANtains a biscuity maltiness, a grassy hoppiness and the characteristic lemoniness that makes it unique, IMHO. It makes me want to swoon in delight. Finish was crisp and dry, but not gaspingly so. It is a great summer beer and I am elated to see that they have begun putting it in CANs!

My original, on-tap review dtd 05 Mai 2008, scores 5; 4.5; 4.5;4.5; 5 follows:

It was Lager Sunday, boys & girls! I was out to Sly Fox (PHXville) for goat racing and bocks of every stripe. Upon returning home, it was more lager-style beers at my local (Brendee's Cafe - N. Mary & W. Lemon Sts., LNC, PA).

It arrived with a foamy, bone-white head with low retention. The color was a lemon-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity (truly bright). The nose had a light lemon-citrus scent. It looked and smelled like summer. The mouthfeel was medium with a definite Saaz hops bite on the tongue. It must be nice to have access to the good hops during a time of drought. The finish was refreshingly dry. Yummy!

I have to give props to Sly Fox Pikeland Pils; Victory Prima Pils (Silver); as well as Stoudt's Pils, but if you like Pils, Troegs ain't no slouch, baby.

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Photo of EvoRich
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: I'm drinking this straight from the bottle. I can't really say much about the apperance.

Smell: Meh. Smell like what I remember smelling/tasting beer for the first time as a kid.

Taste: Same as the smell. I don't find this to be all that great. It's drinkable, but it's just my style.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied. Decent carbonation and thirst quenching.

Overall: I probably won't drink this again. I can't say this beer is Bad, but it's not something I'd really like to drink. Given to me, I'll drink it, but I'll likely never pay for it again. Troegs beers with me are hit or miss. Some I love, some I really dislike.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice light pilsner with a little citrus bite to it. Very refreshing. Fairly sweet finish, which could be off-putting but actually doesn't detract from the refreshing character. Good summer session beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into glass. 4.5% abv.

Appearance- Light and bright golden yellow and almost crystal clear. Lots of carbonation producing a thick white head.

Smell- Fresh bread and a grainy aroma. Sweet scent of lemon as well.

Taste- Sweet cracker malty taste comes on first that becomes more falvorful. The citrus notes also stick around on the back end, reminiscent to lemon just like the nose. A bit of a grassy taste is evident also. Very very faint hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin in the feel similar to a lager. Carbonation is high which is on par for the style.

Overall- On the refreshing side and goes down easy. The flavor was not really too bold. Not too far off from a Coors in my opinion. Still not bad and appropriate for a hot day as the name suggests.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a one finger head that falls to an eighth inch layer with erratic lacing. Pale gold color. Aroma is pilsner malt and grassy/spicy German hops. Flavor is subtle yet spot on with perfect balance of the malt and the noble hops. Mouthfeel is true to style. Damn good Pils.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On 2014-04-07, I did a side-by-side with Troegs Sunshine Pils, Pilsner-Urquell and Firestone Walker's Pivo Pils.

The Sunshine Pils has a more robust bread flavor than the Pivo Pils, which is dryer, a bit herbal and equally bitter. The Pilsner-Urquell is more like the Sunshine Pils but with even more of a bready taste, a bit less bitterness than the other two, and more of that famous mineral/sulfur presence. The Pivo Pils is the most refined but I miss the more forward bread flavor of the other two. For today's tasting, I'll put Sunshine Pils first, Pilsner Urquell second and Pivo Pils third but this is really just splitting hairs. They're all really good and suit me well.

Tasting notes (and corresponding ratings) from 2013-05-26 are as follows:

A - Clear yellow with a 1.5 finger very white head and decent lacing.

S - Light malt, lemon, flowery hops. Inviting.

T - Much like the smell. Bready malt up front then the citrus, light herbal and white pepper, followed by a surprisingly big hop presence with good bitterness (much like Victory's Prima Pils).

M - Light-medium body and medium+ carbonation. Soft at first then crisply refreshing as it dries.

O - I've had this in year's past but I must say, this is the best it has ever tasted. I think they upped the hop/bitterness level a bit. At 4.5% with a flavor I really enjoy; this will be a summer staple. Well done.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area unknown bottling date (likely brewed in 2013), poured into a Maryland Homebrew pint glass, drank 9/29/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - straw yellow-golden coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), creamy white head on pouring persists throughout drinking as a half-finger lacing, little-to-no alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - typical German pilsner aromas but with a greater hop kick --> lemon, mild spicy Noble hops, lager yeast

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a slight bitterness from the Noble hops; in the middle of the mouth, the the pilsner malt character comes through with some attenuated spicy hops and lager yeast flavors; very clean tasting with no diacetyl, no DMS; little-to-no aftertaste

M: 3/5 - light bodied, low alcohol

O: 7/10 - for a style that I'm not crazy about (German or Czech pils), this is one of the better East Coast examples; it's light, crisp and refreshing without any perceivable flaws making more a nice lawnmower/Summer beer that's still on-point in Fall; however, I remember great hop Noble character when I've had in the past that has been lost with time

TOTAL = 37/50

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Photo of jaylongrockets11
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sunshine pils looks alot like many of the domestic beers in America today, however it does have a nice subtle foam that depletes in a few minutes.

The smell of sunshine pils reminds me of a dandelion, especially if you have it on tap. It is a very pleasant smell, not to harsh not to sissy. This beer holds its own in smell

The taste reverts to the smell a little bit to me, it has a great taste but I feel that it can get overshadowed by the smell. I feel that the taste is actually a little better out of the bottle, if you have a chance however try both

The mouthfeel to me was very carbonated with a really hoppiness at the end almost piney. The mouthfeel is kind of light compared to other Troegs beers which refers back to the beer only being 4.50 ABV.

All in all this is a good beer to try, I feel that many of the other troegs beers are much better however

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear yellow, see through and sunny. Little bit of foam on top. Strong lemon citrus nose. Bright. Little tang taste in the back. Subtle bitter pokes through. Creamy mouthfeel. More prominent bite. The sun on the label must be mad at me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is right on for an American pils, its got everything it should have and nothing it shouldn't, while remaining interesting enough to keep my attention though several. it has a barely cloudy bright yet pale yellow color, with an inch of white foam that recedes back into the glass slowly. I smell classic german pils malts, light and clean, refreshing for sure, with all kinds of citrus in both lemon and hops. a uniquely refreshing taste, hopped better than most, but still malt forward and nicely balanced. I have always admired the bigger beers from troegs, but this one proves they can cover the spectrum. this is a great summer beer, a good potential segue into craft for those who don't already drink it. fizzy carbonation and a clean finish, I could session this stuff all summer. fantastic when ice cold, not as much when it warms up, so slug it down.

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Photo of boddhitree
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Virtually no aroma, maybe some Pils malt smell.

Flavor is closest to a good Pils in Germany of all the one's I've tried in the USA. Pils malts are well present in flavor, giving it some sweet, Pils malt but not overpowering.

Slightly dry… not digging that… yet very good flavor, close to a Jever, but lacking the aroma that should correspond with the taste.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden-yellow color with a big fizzy white head of 3 fingers. The head fades relatively quickly initially but slows in its receding as it gets smaller. After about 5 min. it is nearly completely gone leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a combination of a grainy and bready smell mixed with a lemon citrus. With these aromas is a light sweetness of a grape and some pear. There are also some light grassy and herbal hop smells giving it a clean aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty taste that has a small amount of orange sweetness. The sweetness is light and fades fast producing a crisper taste overall. The drying of the taste is joined by some lemon in the middle and some grassy flavors more toward the end. At the finish there is a dry and crisp lightly hoped and clean taste left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is very light and thin with a carbonation level that is slightly above normal. Both are good for the style and make for a refreshing feel overall.

Overall-Crisp, refreshing, light and very easy drinking. This is a great summer day brew.

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Photo of lyman77
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A gradual pour into a pilsner style glass revealed a lovely hazy yellow color to the beer. There was lacy head about 1/2 thick, not too dense. Smell is fairly typical with notes of wheat and fruit.

This is a light bodied beer with decent hop structure, giving an initial bite that fades smoothly into a dry finish. Enough of the expected czech pilsner flavor if you looking for that. It has ample carbonation but not too much - it's pleasantly fizzy which works well with the crisp hoppiness.

Overall the Sunshine Pils is a nice take on the pilsner style. It is "in-the-box" but well done. Not a show stopper but if you want to try a domestic version of this classic light bodied beer this will be a nice pick for a hot day.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Savor Market, Columbus, OH
Date: Bottled on 2013-04-19
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Troegs has a very good, hop-forward German pilsner with their Sunshine Pils. The German hops never completely take over, always leaving some malt base present, but do threaten to at times. Dry, citrus and cracker-like at times, the beer is refreshing and bracing, quite good when looking for a hoppy pilsner.

Pours a 1cm tall head of clean, white foam, composed of small-sized bubbles. Retention is slightly above average, the head declining after about a minute and a half. The foam eventually settles to a thick lacing atop the body of the beer, about 0.2cm in height. Lacing is present, but rather minimal, a few dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Body is a transparent, brilliant goldenrod yellow color, with light bringing out even brighter shades of yellow. Carbonation is visible rising from the center of the glass and streaming along its sides as well.

Aroma of pleasant German hops, lemon-like and lightly floral; cracker and bread-like pilsner malts; and slight grape-like esters. A solid pilsner with a slightly more aggresive German hop character, quite pleasant.

Flavor impression is of mildly citrusy, flowery, and spicy German hops with a solid bitterness and pleasant biscuit and bread-like base. Front of palate with a sweet and somewhat cracker-like malt base along with some grape ester and floral hops. Mid-palate of fairly dense pilsner malt (bread and biscuit-like) with a pleasant citrus (mild lemon and orange) and herbal hop bitterness. Back of palate is of spicy and lemon-like German hops with moderate bitterness and subdued pilsner malt characters. Aftertaste of substantial bitterness, slightly citrus-like and spicy Germanic hops with cracker and biscuit-like pilsner malt undertones.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of moderate intensity, leading to a crisp, slightly fizzy, but pleasant and appropriate mouthfeel. Closes dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to jbravato for providing me a bottle of this. Heard a lot of hype, and in light of FW's Pivo, I'm hoping it will be in the same realm. Poured into a pokal glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is "04/19/13." A bit old, but should do fine if it's "hoppy" as advertised.

Pours a golden yellow color complete with a massive amount of carbonation, almost to the point of appearing champagne-like. A frothy 2 fingers worth of head coat the top of the glass that fights to fully dissipate, but stays around the whole time even as it shrinks. Not as creamy as I like 'em, but still shows strong head retention. Bubbles are at full force here, but do eventually diminish in quantity. Lacing is awesome - the whole glass was coated in layers of froth. Definitely thicker than usual for a pilsner, but it does show faded characteristics, such as in the color. Looks appetizing.

The aroma definitely reveals the advertised hoppy notes expected in this, that are far up front that usual in the style, revealing grassy and zesty oily phenols. Like most good pilsners, the strengths of this one rely in being subtle, and indeed, I eventually got some bright honey and white grape must sulfites, like the kind you get in a Pinot Grigio. Light cracker and grainy flavors follow, but the strong hoppy flavor combined with the honey is really good. Quite rustic, but also very light. Isn't too powerful of an aroma, but remains undeniably pleasant.

The flavor definitely makes this one stand out from other American pilsners I've had in recent memory - lightly tinged graininess, honey, a dash of cider/peaches, and big, dank, dried, grassy hoppy flavors. To me, really, that's where the beer really separates itself from its peers. The hops provide a breezy yet lively astringency at the finish that adds a lot of character to the honey and fruit flavors, but is never dry or acidic. The beer contains enough thickness to hold interest in the long, but each sip also adds an amount of stickiness and slight cereal syrupy flavor that makes this delightful overall. The hops DO get a bit too dry at the finish and make this less quaffable than desired, but at least it extends the drinking experience. Carbonation is good - flavors are well balanced - very refreshing.

This is a great pilsner! I really wish we got it out West, as I'd buy a six pack right away with the warming weather. Even two months old, the hops are super lively and the barley is quite tasty and sticky. I hope to continue to see a rise in more beers like this across the country - because at the end of the day, what really does the trick so immediately than a flavorful, zesty, refreshing pilsner? Maybe others indeed, but this one's doing it for me now. Good stuff.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.