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Tröegs Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company

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

Pours clear and sweet yellow with a faint head that fell immediately to a few big bubbles and a film on top. Nice lace. Delicious pilsner nose. First a little yeasty bite with a hint of sour, then lemon and grass. Fruity, earthy and herbal. Bready, cracker malt brings it home. Taste is so well done. Thin malt sweetness and juicy lemon with light lemon peel wash over the palate effortlessly. Earthy, round and floral. The malt has perfect balance alongside the delicate hops. The pale grain takes over on the back palate for a thirst quenching dryness and the hops come up for a shy bitter that lingers just until your next sip. Fantastic and floral as it fills up your senses in the aftertaste. Ample carbonation and a thin body.

Troegs never fails to delight. This is a substantial summer beer that made the most of the minimal and simple aspects of a pils and came up with a beer that was feather light on palate. It had plenty of character and was delicate yet firm. Simple and easy to drink. Before you know it you will have had 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(2016 review)
The beer comes in a pale gold color.

The aroma offers a gentle grainy sweetness covered with grassiness, lemon, a tinge of honey sweetness.

The flavor follows with a burst of floral and grassy hops upfront, onto lemon peel, with a medium carbonation that moves the medium minus body along. Light grainy sweetness comes through to balance out the hop bitterness that lingers on the finish.

The grainy sweetness on this comes through on this, while still having a light body and dry finish and bitterness, the beer dances a thin line between Czech Premium Pale Lager and German Pils.

(I bought this discount of old beers. Bottled 4/23/12.)

The beer pours out in a beautiful rich gold with a big fluffy white head.

The aroma is straight pilsner. Grassy and lemon hops with some cracker and bready malt. Very vibrant and good aroma for an older beer.

The flavor does not follow as much on the aroma. Still good though. There’s some grassiness, pine, lemon. There’s a good body of round mouthfeel malts and then the bitterness kicks in. The middle is a bit empty, but then it’s actually quite long and bittering.

The beer does this wonderful amount of bitterness where you want to keep drinking it because it cuts out slowly and has a beautiful body.

I’m surprised by this, despite how old it was. Fantastic beer. One of my favorite American pilsners.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 032713

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that settles down to barely more than a thin cap

S: Fairly clean yeast, light fruitiness, and a touch of spicy and earthy hops

T: Again, fairly clean with fruitiness to start off and then goes into a good amount of earthy and spicy hops. Finishes clean with a mild hoppy finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good example of an American brewed German pils with a decent amount of hoppiness. Easy to drink at 4.5% and good for those who enjoy lagers

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

The beer was poured cold and moisture condensed on the glass but it is crystal clear and of a solid straw yellow. The head was almost a finger full and I poured it a bit aggressive but then it faded to just a thin ring around the glass but if you agitate the beer to get aroma, the head returns and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is mellow and of pale malt sweetness and yeast, some grain a bit of lemon and very faint herbal hop aroma. It is refreshing!

It starts off tasting thinly malt sweet with a grassy earthy bitterness on top, some grain and yeast amid mild lemon and a licorice-like feeling of spicy numbness on the tongue which really become more present as the beer warms. It finishes peppery and mild to moderately bitter.

I think the mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a mild sweetness that vanishes at the end, which is pretty cool! There is a mild peppery feel that is accentuated by the slightly above moderate carbonation. Also a slick feel on the tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent summer beer! It is much less hoppy than the Neshaminy Creek Pils that I had last night and I would have to say mild for it's style as well as a bit thin making this an awesome beer for a camping trip if it were in a can! I'm sure it's equally as nice on tap! I recommend this beer and think pretty highly of it! I'm going to score it in the very high 3's or better!

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Photo of stella77artois
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly dark yellow, darker than the average lager. A generous head, which stuck around for a while, and left a small amount of residuals.

S - Pretty average. Malts, some sweetness. Not much going on, but not offensive.

T - A very flavorful lager. Lot's of malt and good bitterness up front. Wheat and sweetness noticeable in the aftertaste. Moreso once the beer warmed up a bit. Good tasting, refreshing lager.

F - Crisp and refreshing. Seemed to get a little flat at the end, which wasn;t so pleasant. Certainly a beer I could see myself drinking several of while golfing or watching a sporting event.

O - A solid lager. Good taste, none of the cheap taste of an AAL, and was quite refreshing. Would certainly buy a 6'er or 12'er if I ever find them.

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Photo of Etan
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Clear light blonde with a spongy white head.

S: Some vague grain, light herbal hop. Not much going on in the aroma.

T: Taste is a bit better, with fresh grain, light crisp grassy hop note, bready, somewhat watery.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not a very impressive pilsener either.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?
Recent tasting from a fresh bottle.

Clear, bright, yellow pour, with an aggressive pour [into a red Solo cup] yielding a huge fluff of white head that retained well. Light grainy aroma, sweet pils malts. Similar taste, pils malts, fairly sweet, mild hops for a bit of balanced, corny grains. Just really not my thing, but still pretty typical for the style all around. Light body, not very drinkable to me, but if you like the style, then sure, go for it.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottled. bottled 04-01-13.

A: bright yellow hue. great clarity. bright white head has good retention and tons of lacing.

S: the yeast component is strong, probably the most in-your-face aroma going on here. reminds me more of a Helles than a German Pils at this point. a mild German hop aroma chimes in at the end, but minimal at best.

T: yeasty. similar to the nose with the strong yeast flavor. a bit of grain too. almost biscotti or licorice like. finish has a significant amount of bitterness that lingers with a grainy flavor.

M: average. moderate amount of carb. light bodied brew.

D: overall I am a little disappointed with this brew. I know this has won a gold medal at GABF which typically equates to cream of the crop brews. however, this is just not doing it for me. not only as a German Pils but even as a well-made beer. yeast component too strong, hop character not enough. maybe last years was better...

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Photo of lsummers
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, slightly hazy yellow. Seems to be very close in color to the sun on the packaging.

Smells of some clean fresh malty caramel sweetness with a touch of cut grass.

Taste starts with crisp brown sugar, nutty, biscuit notes. There's a peppery, slightly herbal and fresh cut grass hop note that adds to the fresh bite. It's very clean and soft. The moderate carbonation adds some sharpness.

Overall, this is a great pilsner. One that I feel keeps up and surpasses many of the top German pils.

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Photo of mikejseal
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour from a bottle that was given a little shake

A: very little head that faded quickly-nice lacing though. Beautiful pale straw color

S: Spicy, citrusy grassy scent

T: Nice spicy herbal twang from the hops with no bitterness

M: very dry, crisp and refreshing-low carbonation though

O: I love German pilsners so it's no surprise that I liked this- The particular spicy herbal hints in this beer was nice.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking a '14 bottle as I speak; it's gotten slightly better. Or maybe it's just better from the bottle, I dunno. All I know is that this would make a rock-solid go-to pilsner for yours truly.


Brief write-up regarding a fresh batch on-tap. This was everything I had hoped for - a refreshing, easy drinking pilsner with a pleasant earthy/lemony hop profile. No, it won't win awards for complexity or depth, but when you're washing down some delicious "steamed crab" chicken wings, I can't think of a better beer for the task. I also think it does an okay job of coming across bigger than it really is, both in mouthfeel and flavor, without ruining its drinkability.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale, clear, straw colored body. Thin white bubbly head on top.

S- Spicy pilsner malt along with a lemony, citrus hop aroma. Very hoppy lager aroma.

T- While a pilsner is not everyone's cup of tea, this one has great flavor for the style. Great lemony hop presence along with the classic pilsner malt. The German hops work great in this one and seem to be dialed up.

M- Medium-high carbonation, light and crisp body. Great as a summer or session quencher.

O- I am not the biggest pilsner fan, but this one is fantastic. Really hits the spot when looking for a lighter refreshing beer with a different hop profile.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.