Sunshine Pils
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #172
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,022
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
Reviews:
652
Ratings:
1,749
From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  56
Gots
  306
SCORE
85
Very Good
Sunshine PilsSunshine Pils
Notes: Like the rising sun, Sunshine Pils delivers winter, spring, summer and fall. This deceptive complex pilsner is all about the tightrope walk of two-row barley, zesty Saaz hops and lager yeast. It's a go-to when the sun is shining, and it makes us happy when skies are gray.
Reviews: 652 | Ratings: 1,749 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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pkalix from California

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it kinda makes me happy also.... it's a little past its 'best by' date but Halftime Bev still gets me the stuff i want!!! COULDA BEEN a 4.65 if it werent so flat!!!
cheers!

Sep 02, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with a 1.5" white head, which slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, cracker, grass.

Taste is biscuit malt, cracker, hay.

Thin bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Great mild tasting summer thirst quencher.

Aug 26, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly clear gold body with a large white head and good lacing. Grainy, cracker-like aroma with a herbal edge. Taste has just a bit of sweetness imbedded in the bready malt profile. The bitterness of the hops add depth and balance. Clean, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Been drinking this for years and have never been disappointed.

Aug 01, 2021
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nothing surprising on the pour - pale straw body with a bony white head. Bitter, Euro hops hit your nose first, but there's also a bit of malt behind it. Some grain too. Smells pleasant, if a little underwhelming. Tastes, like, _exactly_ as it smells and I, for one, do not mind one bit. Maybe a touch too "crisp" if I had to nitpick, but it's got enough body to drink smoothly all the same. It's a Summer crusher and we need more like this; classic beer flavored beer without a bunch of fruit and gimmicks and shit.

Jul 25, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow, nice white head, great retention and lace
Honey and bread malt aroma with a bit of herbal/spicy/earthy hops
Start with sweet honeyed toast flavor and then dries out to a herbal/spicy/earthy bitter hoppy finish
Medium light bodied with appropriate carbonation
Really good pils.

Jul 04, 2021
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours slightly hazed light golden, 3 finger white head. Not much smell, at all. Taste is bitter saaz up front, nothing on finish. No real malt flavor, suppose some would say cracker or biscuit, i wouldnt. Its seltzer like. Dry finish. Just not worth paying "craft" price for a subpar lager. Cant say im disappointed since my opinion of american lagers is already low. Would not purchase again.

Nov 19, 2020
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Sunshine Pils (bottle poured into a pint glass) from notes:

A- Clean golden body with a 2-finger off-white head and moderate carbonation. (4)

S- Doughy and hoppy with herbal and citrus scents. (4)

T- As the aroma suggests, doughy and herbal with a slightly pithy bite. (3.5)

M- Moderate body with a pleasant hoppy bite. (4)

O- An easy summer drinker full of flavorful citrus. (3.5)

Sep 13, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This one was called Sunshine Pilsner, not Sunshine Pils, but I'm confident it is the same beer.

L---Crystal clear, golden color. Medium white head which faded quickly to a cap and left very nice lacing.

S---Grass, cracker, floral.

T---Cracker, grass, light, spicy hops.

F---Crisp, quenching, refreshing. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O---This is a perfect beer for a hot day. I'm really surprised that I haven't had this one before.

Aug 29, 2020
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DuaneL from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Someone gave us a bottle; very refreshing pils, would purchase this one. Just don't go to the brewery --
it's a huge, booming loud room. We ran away soon as we got there!

Aug 23, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

L: Clear, pale gold, plenty of rising bubbles, one inch dense white head, leaves some lace.
S: Good strength, light spicy hops, grain and bready malt, light corn on the back.
T: Spicy/floral hops, grain and light toast, mildly sweet, moderate bitterness, finish is dry and grassy, clean bitter aftertaste.
F: Crisp but soft underneath with a hint of creaminess, light-medium body, medium-high carbonation.
O: I think it's a solid American Pilsner in the German style, light, fairly clean and fast to drink.

Jun 16, 2020
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: great light clear yellow with moderate foaming head and lace
S: wonderfully delightful light floral with a touch of sunshine
T: follows smell to a t
F: effervescent tingle that swirls around before going down
O: a great pils that fits its name Sunshine

Jun 06, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my mug for this evening. Picked up at the store yesterday, freshest by 6-25-2020 on the date stamp.

The beer pours a bright clear golden color with a fluffy bleached white head of 2.5 cm that foams up with a gentle pour. I cant get the entire can into my glass. There are several streams of active carbonation rising towards the surface to feed the foam. The foam leaves dense lattice on the sides of my glass as I swirl the beer.

Aroma on this beer is some crackery malt and some grassy and straw scented hops. Pretty well balanced nose, with no hint of the very low ABV. Maybe a little white grape scent in there too.

First sip reveals a light bodied beer with crisp texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Very easy drinkin beer good for summer weather.
Flavor is what is expected, with some crackery malt and a bit of white grape notes and then some grassy hops and floral notes. The finish is very dry and the floral note lingers and has a little bit of a bite to it.

Pretty solid beer that is well balanced and incredibly drinkable.

May 31, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: straw yellow and amber color with a bit of chill haze on the glass. Large, 2-3 finger fluffy white head

S: lemongrass, sweet grains, pepper, grass and some herbal & floral hops

T: sweet grains and a floral note upfront. Crackers, lemongrass, and a big bready malt character behind that. A touch of lager spice and pepper. Finish has some malt sweetness and is very crisp

M: light mouthfeel high carbonation

O: tasty Pilsner right here! Well harmonized and has everything you want for the style. If anything, it might be a touch sweet

May 25, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw color with a finger of head. The nose has distinct notes of pilsner malt. The flavor is pretty standard fare for this style as is the body.

May 25, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Kind of disappointed. Their Keller Pils was muuuuch better. This is a plain old tasty version of the style that pairs well with food.

Mar 03, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear golden yellow, the way beer should be! Two finger head with moderate retention. Visible lacing, some visible carbonation.
Smell: Aroma of grassy German hops. Spot on aroma for a German Pilsner.
Taste: Bitter from the tip of the tongue to the back of it.
Flavor: Malt forward as appropriate for the style. Malt is well attenuated by the Saaz hops. The flavor is what I wish American Adjunct Lagers tasted like. There definitely have been times and places when/where beer tasted like beer. This beer gets us back to that wonderful place.
Feel: Clean and crisp with a dry finish.
Overall: I am sooo glad that lagers and pilsners in particular are resurging in popularity. The Pilsner Style became enormously popular for a reason. I confess, I have become an IPA addict. A great Pilsner reminds me of why I started drinking beer (well, besides trying to get drunk). I’m sure my rating is going to be way out of line with others but, I am rating it within its style and not compared to NE or West Coast IPA’s or pastry stouts. Given the choice, I would probably grab one of those but within its style it is a fantastic beer. When I pick up a Pilsner this is the taste I am looking for.

Jan 25, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and effervescent gold with one finger of tight pearl colored head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy, perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness & lemon up front. some herbal hops as well> More grassyness, a little breadyness & dryness as as this warms, a little perfumy hops too. Finishes dry, crisp, with a little floral & lemony hops

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, good balance

Classic Pils, easy to drink, surprised I never reviewed this...

Sep 06, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) into a conical pint glass; best by 09/13/19.
A: Pours a crystal, golden color with a three to four finger, foamy,-white head, more than a cap retention, but rings of sticky, fluffy lacing.
S: Aromas derived from grasses, barley grain, and white pepper.
T: Dry. Palate follows the nose. Solid wassabe bitterness with a crisp finish.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very flavorful and approachable German Pilsner. Really a cut above.

Jul 03, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent yellow with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is straw, grassy, herbal hops with just a little bready, biscuity, wafery malts. Flavor profile is crackery, biscuity, bready malts with herbal, grassy, syrupy hops. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a soft crispness. Overall, subtle crispness with nice hop-malt balance.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Jun 28, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, pale yellow with a persistent white head.
Smell: Doughy, bready malt aroma with hints of peppery, spicy hop aroma.
Taste: Bready malt sweetness with some light, spicy, herbal bitterness. Dry and crisp.
Feel: Thin-bodied and crisp.
Overall: Delicious and highly drinkable.

Jun 27, 2019
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Mr_Brown from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a decent representative of german pilsner style.
hardly noticeable metallic smell.
taste is nice. the beer is dry. representative of german pilsner.
not much aftertaste either.
but the beer is just what I expected. dry, balanced. perfect to start a tasting set.

May 26, 2019
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therealmattyb11 from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Certainly not a bad pilsner, but I feel like troegs tried a bit too hard to make a really complex pilsner and lost sight of what makes the style so great.

May 01, 2019
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain. Tastes of sweet grain and slight floral notes. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Jan 01, 2019
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pizzabutt from Maryland

3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

appearance: crystal clear and very light golden. the head is very foamy with large bubbles and is a very soft white. it falls quickly to form a nice "lid".

smell: initially the smell reminds me of a wiessbier. it's very wheaty, but it has notes of floral hoppiness as well as a hint of biscuit.

taste: the hops are much stronger than in the smell, coming off right at the beginning. very floral and almost herb-like, they give a noticeable bitterness to the drink. it's held up strongly by a nice grassy pilsner malt, finishing off with a hint of resin.

feel: well-carbonated, light bodied, and refreshing. not too much else to say, it holds pretty true to the pilsner style.

overall: a good pilsner but it's a little too hoppy for me. that said, it's a great easily drinkable beer that's good for sipping and quaffing.

Dec 27, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice, balanced, easy to drink pilsner and I love the tall boy cans. A little pale and wispy to look at but the odor is stiff with grassy hops and buttered biscuit notes. This isn't a gamechanger like Nugget or Nimble, but a solid, no fuss drinkable brew.

Sep 09, 2018
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