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Tröegs Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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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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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 1,547
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear pale yellow with two fingers of head that leave frothy rings of lace on the sides of the glass. The head has impressive retention fueled by intense carbonation. I don't like the color, but I can't hold it against them

S - Grass mostly, a touch of pineapple and light-bodied malt. A bit of latent chemicals, like a checimal storeroom might smell, very subtle though. It isn't terrible.

T - Grasses and light malt. A bit of chemical taste too. There is a bitter aftertaste. The flavor is very dry.

M - Thin, not really refreshing, tad abrasive.

D - A good pilsner if you are looking for something best described as a step above the average macro. Otherwise, there are better options. It is pretty easy to drink, despite being very dry all around. It is certainly sessionable and good for foods.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle - my first taste of the newly "tweaked" recipe

Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a mountain of a white head. The head thins, but maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of crisp pilsner malt combined with a load of Saaz hops.

Taste is crisp and malty upfront followed by the zing of Saaz hops. Plenty of hops to go around, but the bitterness is held in check and well balanced. Finishes dry and rather clean with just a touch of hops that lingers.

Medium-light body, plenty of carbionation.

I can drink this all day. A great pils that I look forward to every year. I think that the new recipe has improved on an already great beer.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was shocked when this local dive bar had the Sunshine Pilsner on tap...the bartender looked a little stunned when I asked for one, too...

It pours a cloudy, light-golden color, and smells of hoppy barley. Tasted a bit hoppier than I had expected, but not enough to overpower that great pilsner taste. Also, it's much lighter and smoother than I anticipated. My favorite Troegs, next to Dreamweaver.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This does look like bottled sunshine, very bright golden color. It's a very nice beer, a little on the citrusy side but well balanced overall. The Pils benefited greatly from a recipe change a while ago, my first tasting of it was not impressive. It now stands with the other excellent pilseners from south central PA.

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Photo of johnshuster
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at MCP in Carlisle, PA, at their biweekly glass night event. Beer was served in a matching Troegs' pils glass. Had a nice, light off white one finger head on it that dissappated pretty radidly. I sat near the window at the bar, and since it was late in the spring, the sun shone in through the window onto the beer, illuminating its clear golden color. Nice.

A-great-light head, golden yellow, crystal clear. Refreshing looking.

S-A hint of lemon, citrus-y refreshment. The kind of thing that makes you think of warm spring and summer.

T-Highly carbonated, citrus hints in the aftertaste. Very pure and clean tasting throughout. Yum

M-Light, balanced, very carbonated. Refreshing.

D-High. Light in body and consistency. Not a heavy taste. Crisp, refreshing, could easily get this stuff down.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who slipped a hefe into my Pils? That was my thought throughout drinking this beer; there are quite a few hefe like qualities to be found here...

The beer pours a very cloudy light golden color with a frothy, snow white head. The foam dies down reasonably quickly but leaves some very sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite yummy though a bit off-style. Noble hops are quite evident as are some phenols. Not quite a full on 'bananas and clove' experience but the sweetness is certainly there. Taste follows nose with an even more pronounced phenol presence. Strong hopping saves the day but doesn't really yield that "clean, crisp" experience one looks for in a Pilsner. Yeasty notes overshadow any grain and become the predominant flavor.

Mouthfeel is fine - a little heavy for a light bodied lager but otherwise works okay. Carbonation is a bit on the light side.

All in all a drinkable summer brew that goes well with a baseball game or a hot day watching the grass grow in the backyard. The strong yeast presence moves this away from being a good Pilsner but it's a pretty good lager with hefeweizen like qualities.

[Thanks to mntlover for sending this interesting PA brew westward...]

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If the beer that Budweiser/Miller/Coors made was quality beer that tasted good, Troegs Sunshine Pils is the beer they would want to style theirs after. In fact, for the rumored new line of imitation craft beer that Michelob is planning to roll out, they would be wise to take a hint from Troegs. Budweiser "Select" certainly could have used a clue.

If Troegs had an advertising budget, this beer could be HUGE. It has that mass-appeal quality to it, and it still tastes & looks good. A healthy pale color - not the washed out fizziness of BMC. Totally crisp & clean all the way through with very little aftertaste. Hops are present, unlike BMC, but not intrusive.

As for drinkability, you could sip these all afternoon (after mowing your lawn), and not feel full or bloated. This is the best pilsner I have ever had, behind Clipper City's "Small Craft Warning."

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Photo of gus
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat of a slight hops aroma, appearance is light goldon in color, very clear. Head was average, off white and maintained itself while drinking. Flavor was moderately bitter, you could taste the hops throughout with medium carbonation. What i would consider a moderately good tasting pilsner.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a nice pale, yellow, a little hazy due to being in my fridge for awhile. 2" inch foamy white head slowly dissipated leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation never seem to stop.

Smell: Fresh herbs, grassy, slight hint of citrus rind.

Taste: Very slight malt beginning that transitions to a floral, somewhat grassy middle that finishes with a nice little hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a great session beer. Very easy to drink, a thirst quencher, perfect for those hot summer days. The 1st one goes down way too easy. A beer that I will certainly keep around in my fridge.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a clear straw color with a white head that disappeared quickly. There is a malty sweetness on the nose with some citrus and hops. Nothing really stands out in the taste, some malty sweetness and some hops. Lots of carbonation, very crisp, feels good in the mouth, very refreshing, it leaves behind some bitterness from the hops. Good hot day outdoor beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dull golden color with a relatively thin head for the style and is gone quite quickly,toasted slightly sweet aromas dominate but there is a sharp grassy hoppiness that shows itself lightly as well.Pretty well rounded pilsner not as hoppy as the bottle might lead you to believe but there is a sharpness to it mainly in the finish,lightly sweet and grainy mainly up front.As easy drinking pilsner good for the summer months with enough hop presence to give it some dimension.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of PhantomVoDoo.

Color is a rather thin and dull-looking pale yellow. Thick and bright white head initally that quickly dies off to a paper-thin layer. Nice lacing of the glass, though. Aromas are an arrangement of flowers, freshly-cut grass, and some spicy zest. Sweetness peeks in around the edges. Flavor is brisk...like a good hopped-up pilsener should be. Bracing on the palate, there's a smidgen of malty sweetness to counteract the hoppy goodness in here. Finishes dry, with a residual bitterness that dries out your mouth. Good mouthfeel and immensely quaffable. This could be the new hot-as-hell in Richmond, summer thirst-quencher. Chalk up another winner in my book for Tröegs!

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Photo of PSUDREW
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. That is a great surmation for this brew. Not usually a pilsner fan, but, I really enjoy this. Whether it be a nice summer time brew or a great lawnmower beer, this is a very nice package

Pours a nice lightly golden, fluffy head that dissaptes quickly, and slightly laces.

Nose is malty and graasy, pleasingly so.

The taste does a nice dance mixing and matching the matlyness and the hop presence. 1st is a bread-like malt, followed by some hops, with a nice matly follow-up and a slight, and plaesing malty finish. The carbonation is slight, but, enough to show that it adds to the over all presentation. A nice mix, refreshing, drinkable, and a solid brew all in all

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Photo of ski271
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, clear straw color with a small, white, tight head that quickly diminished to a thin film.

Smell: Mild citrusy & floral hops with honeysuckle and a hint of caramel. Light and fresh, but maybe a little too light.

Taste: Hoppy and pungent up front, then turning a little more bready and malty. The finish is dry and crisp, short-medium duration with lingering lemon.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, dry texture, lively effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all. Decent balance, clean for a well-hopped pilsener but I’ve had better. Very drinkable and refreshing, but a little bit one-dimensional. Still worth a try, especially on these hot days.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may not be the right time to rate this, after my writing down my impressions of St. Pauli Girl. But here goes. Pours very light straw color, with a nice foamy head. Chewy, grainy malt taste gives this much more oomph than any major beer in this style. I could not find the expected Saaz hop profile this needs, though. There are some ticklish hops down the back of my throat, but just not quite what I’d have thought to find.

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Photo of oelergud
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical clear and light golden lager body. Rocky but low white head, lace and retention is ok. Moderate carbonation.
Not a whole lot of smell. Some hop notes and very faint licorice root.
Taste is similar to the taste just add some citric twag that just barely crosses the border into the land of astringency. Aftertaste is Hoppy and last for a moderate lenght. Ok balanced.
Thin and lean as a lager should be, not a repeat for me.


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Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a medium amber color with magnificent white puffy head, that lasted throught. Smell is large with lemons, other citrus and a slight piney note. Taste is extremely crisp with a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is a dty bitterness that beckons for more. One of my favorite pilseners

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Photo of Beervis
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a light straw colour with a nice white head.

Smell is very floral and citric from generous hopping. Taste is clean and smooth with citric hop notes from start to finish. Light to medium on body, it is very well balanced with tangy malt. Finish is light, bitter, and very dry.

This is a very drinkable summer brew, one that I could have very many of. It's not quite as hoppy as Victory Prima Pils for instance, but is every bit as good.

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Photo of kegerator
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very nice. definitely a top shelf pilsner
pours a light yellow straw color with a big 2 inch head thats creamy and sticks around leaving good lacing throughout.
smell was floral with hints of orange and bread dough.
taste was a very nice blend of citrus/floral hops and a nice background of carmely malts.
its smooth yet crisp and finishesd slightly dry. The hops do not overpower and its definitely not too sweet. it had this creamy mouth feel almost butterty like on the tongue that i really enojyed.
very very nice refreshing pilsner.

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Photo of battlekow
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold, tending toward the piss side of the urine/apple juice spectrum. Big, soapy white head that lasts. Smells funky and sour, like sourdough bread. Taste is very balanced and crisp, with a lingering bitterness. Feels full and tingy. Good pilsner, reminds me of Lakefront's Klisch, but less sweet.

Thanks to JackTheRipper for this unexpected and greatly appreciated gift.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sourdough rolled in fresh hops. Hops are peppery and citric; malt is full, leading to a very balanced aroma.

Appearance: Clear gold, a few lazy bubbles rise into a trace cover and light collar of white. Left little spots of lace.

Flavor: Citric rinds, grapefruit, lemon, orange, but not overly bitter, juicy and fresh. Hops are supported but keep any malt flavors at bay.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with low carbonation

Overall Impression: Very tasty! Fruity, hoppy, refreshing. A great example of what a summertime beer can and should be. No flaws noted, all tart fruity goodness.

I have to disagree with the “German Pils” classification. I put this more into a Classic American Pils given the citric hops.

Thx to Pegasus for sharing the bottle

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Photo of maek228
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow with good head retention.

Smell: The smell immediately made my mouth water in anticipation. It smelled of fresh pilsner malts and mild citric hops. The smell is reminded me of summer

Taste: A smooth, slightly hopped up pilsner, to be sure....but really nothing spectacular. Refreshing yet far from inspiring. The taste is of fresh malts that lead into a some fairly citric hops.

Drinkability: The bitterness does not balance well with the more refreshing aspects of this beer...therefore I don't know how many of these I would want to drink

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled on 4/18/05 - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours a yellow/gold color with moderate streams of carbonation and a 1 finger off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing. Lots of piney/citric hops in the aroma that are very inviting. The first sip is a rush of hops - pine, grapefruit, and floral hops flavors that are fairly bitter. To support the hops there are biscuity malts and a touch of diacety. This beer has a crisp, medium body and is overall a very nice lager with loads of hops. Another quality beer from Tröegs.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours into my pilsener glass a wonderful, crystal clear light copper with a rich, creamy off-white head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Smell: The smell is really interesting for a pilsener. The malts are obviously pilsener malts, but the hops seem a bit different. They have an incredibly citric smell to them that's quite nice.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is really unique for a pils, and that makes me happy. It tastes like your taking a bite out of an orange that was sundried, and then fresh flower pedals added on top, and the soaked in sweet, semi-dry malts. Sound bad? It's not. The mouthfeel is less crisp then I had hoped.

Drinkability and Overall: Other than the mouthfeel, this is a superb pilsener. Damn near as good (if not better) than most pilseners coming out of Germany. The citrus taste is odd, but a nice and welcome change that will keep you drinking all day. One of the more perfect summer beers.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is good.

I had this on-tap last year and have since decided that the line was bad, because today this beer is fantastic and back then it was not. I really think the establishment was to blame.

This pils is a nice golden color with ample carbonation and a very light head of white. The smell is nicely sweet, with some wildflower and spice in the hop blend. The taste is really great. This has a really clean feeling and the malt lends a bit of doughy sweetness. The hops are done perfectly, with Saaz at the helm giving some pepper, quite a bit of lemon and orange, and a nice green taste I can only liken to fresh grass and honeysuckle. I'm floored by this. It's much more approachable than some of the super hopped pilsners out there and it walks the perfect line between sweet fruit and prickly hops. Troeg's continues to impress me. A midstate rival to PA's other favorite brewery? Perhaps....

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.