Sunshine Pils
Tröegs Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #110
Ranked #28,280
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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.
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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Mr_Brown
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of therealmattyb11
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very crisp Pilsner, flavorful and with a peppery bite. On tap at PHI airport. Refreshing. Would have again as a warm weather light option when revisiting the area.

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Photo of Walty102
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter hops used, it comes in at 45 IBUs, so definitely more flavorful and memorable than a typical lager, but there is not really too much about the beer that would make me go out of my way to acquire it. Overall, it is a solid beer that you should grab as a single and try it out. I prefer this to several other pilsners, but I think it is in that middle 68% of the bell curve.

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Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden yellow color with white cap.

Aroma of mild malt and spicy, floral hops.

Rather hop forward on entry (45 IBU) that overshadows the two row malt. Malt presence persists though in a supporting role. I do find the malt has some fullness and just a kiss of sweetness though it finishes dry. Hops are consistent throughout with a spicy firmness that ends on a refreshing note.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a good take on Pils, or at least an American interpretation of it, that comes across as fairly complex and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Sunshine Pils brewed by Tröegs Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.50% This German Pilsner pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. So far this brew has the look of most German Pilsners on the market, not saying that is a bad thing . The smell is rich with mild sweetness, grains and malts. You also pick up on some nice mild hops in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with mild earthy grains and malts. Then you pick up on a nice bite of hops at the end. There is a lot going on in this brew. The body of this German Pilsner is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I like how smooth this brew goes down. There is a lot flavor to this brew. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Tröegs Sunshine Pils a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Tröegs Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this German Pilsner.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company. A canned varient, this was poured into a pint glass, with a three finger thick head, with lateral lacing, and a clear golden body.

Smells like bright, grassy grains and lighter, more delicate hops.

This also tastes like bright, grassy grains and light hops. Greatly refreshing finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll choose to rate Tröegs Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company with an overall 4.25.

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Photo of lastmango
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale straw color with bright white fizzy head
. . . less than one finger. Little lacing. Aroma is light lemongrass. Taste of light malt, grass and a hint of grapefruit. Light bitterness on the tail end. No aftertaste. Very clean and crisp. Moderate-light feel and carbonation.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at uno’s. Slightly better than the previous beer (Spellbound PA).

Hey, got a free pint glass with it. Shared with wife.

On tap at Citizens Bank Park.

20 ounce plastic cup in the 90 degree heat is not a great combination, but this did fine washing down some Bulls BBQ Pulled Pork.


Bottle to pilsner glass.

Hot day, friends over for pool party. Good way to start. Refreshing.


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Photo of keithmurray
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden/straw color with eggshell white head

Smell - grains, biscuit, fresh cut grass

Taste - biscuit, pale malts, slightest of corn sweetness on the back

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, crisp and clean upfront, well hopped and slightly sweet on the back end, dry finish

Overall - good American rendition of a Pils. Worthy of a re-visit. I want to say this is the best U.S. version of a Pils that I can remember consuming

Price Point - $2.29/12 oz can

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a nice golden clear yellow color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that must have maintained itself for a good full one and a half minutes before it started to slightly die at a decent pace. The smell had the German pilsner malts coming through hard up front and then gently allowing a nice light spiciness coming through as it warmed a bit. The taste was sweet and let the light spiciness come back again. There was no aftertaste. On the palate, it sat pretty light and had a great sessionable quality running about it. The carbonation is there but not overbearing. Overall, this is just another great beer made by an exceptional brewery.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer that has is well hopped but far from bitter.the aroma is hard to describe and has almost little similarity to the taste. Dry,yeast,hops,with a slight bitter finish. A great beer if you like hops but not a fan of strong ipas

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Photo of Ricochet
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Standard pils. Golden. Light carbs. Small head and lace.
S: Grassy. Bit of banana?
F: Slightly bitter at the end. Dry with little foam.
T: The dry pils flavor is about at standard as a pils can get. Has that slight rope flavor with just a bit of sweetness. The alcohol asserts itself a bit.
O: This was my favorite in the 4 beer sampler I had from Troegs. If drinking with friends that are not huge hop heads, this would be a suggestion. Dry and refreshing. Standard pilsner.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright yellow golden color with a good bit of chill haze. There is a dense, 2.5 finger, rocky white head and very active carbonation. The retention is fantastic as there is a one finger cap that sticks around til the last sip and there are many sticky webs of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is toasted bread, crackers, straw, fresh cut grass, floralness and the faintest hint of lemon.

Taste is the same, but not as bright as the smell suggested. The flavors aren't muddled, they are just a bit subdued.

Feel is light, crisp and well carbonated. The finish is dry.

Overall this is a very good pilsner. If the taste was as bright as the smell this would be up there with my favorites. As is, it is a very solid beer. Not mad about buying a 6pk instead of a single.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a translucent, bright, golden yellow color with a three finger head of rocky, satin white foam that hangs around for a while before finally settling down. Laces the glass very well.

Aroma: Notes of cooked corn and lightly toasted grains. Some green apple, honey, vanillin, and mild toffee. Soapy with some distinctly floral notes like lavender, lemon rind and cilantro.

Taste: Excellent. Soft notes of freshly baked bread and gentle vanilla complemented by a kiss of spicy lemony hops backed up by floral flavors of light potpourri - consisting of ginger, lavender, a touch of coriander, a nudge of orange rind and honeycomb contributing some pleasant soapiness. Some sweet greasiness.

Feel: Light-mid body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, while still effervescent and crisp.

Overall: I was blown away by this. I didn't expect it to be this good. Sunshine pills is floral, spicy and midly dry with a gentle, biscuity, malt driven backbone of vanilla and honey. Effortless to drink, with notions of gingerbread, clove, coriander, lavender. Perfect balance between the malt, floral, and spicy notes. Feel is crisp, silky and clean.

Rating: [A-] Excellent. 4.11/5

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lagunitas mason glass

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head... good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S: Crisp noble hops and german malts.

T/F: German malts and grains. Mild hop bittering... very faint citrus/lemon peel. Mild spice, but overall clean and refreshing. Light in body... well carbonated.

O: A well made pilsener. Nothing fancy or jaw-dropping but a well crafted beer. Hits the style correctly... easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of citizencane
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with slight head and decent amount of lacing. Smell is of faint bread and hops. Taste is similar but stronger and more developed. Feel is crisp and light but not thin. Solid example of the style.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See through yellow pilsner look with a quickly receeding white head. Very much a pilsner scent of bready malt with slight hops. Flavor follows well with malts dominating and a slight hop bite to even things out. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, dry and crisp. Good pilsner.

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Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1708 ratings