Sunshine Pils
Tröegs Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #109
Ranked #28,112
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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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, one-finger head, lacing, yeasty aroma, light mouthfeel, bitter, hoppy aftertaste. A versatile beer!

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: Bottle | Best by: 08/04/16

L: Pours pale straw in color. Clear. A soapy small head with solid retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Floral, spicy hop aromas up front, slightly sweet, crackery malt hovers in the background. A hint of DMS.

T: Floral notes are front and center, with spiciness lending support. A crackery malt base balances throughout. There is a long lasting, grassy finish. Excellent integration of hop and malt flavors.

F: Crisp, medium-high carbonation- but not prickly- remarkably soft on the palate. Light bodied and very easy drinking

O: Excellent. The flavors from the malt and hops are seamlessly integrated. The floral and spicy notes complement each other perfectly, and the malt backbone is intertwined brilliantly. Flavorful, and very, very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light straw colour, completely transparent with a foamy white head.

The smell is heavy grass with a little bit of biscuit.

The taste is light, grassy, a little bitterness. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

A very good pilsner, light and grassy.

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Photo of bwood06
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted something light the night before running a half marathon, so I ordered this on tap at a local burger joint in Indianapolis. The beer arrived at the table and featured a bright golden hue and was nice and clear in appearance. This beer features a foamy white head that is about 2 fingers high and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. Visible carbonation is moderate. 4.25/5 The aroma features a very light maltiness, rather focusing more on a lemony spritz with its associated citrus rind. Light caramel comes out and helps round out the citrus by providing a sweet counterpoint. 4/5 This beer is fairly hoppy, but not overly hoppy. Lemony spritz and citrus peel come out fairly strongly and slightly overpower the light malt bill. The malt comes across as more of a sourdough bread than anything. There is a decent bitterness associated with the lemon and citrus rind that lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 3.75/5 The carbonation burn is fairly significant and lasts for quite a while. Drying is moderate and lingers after swallowing. Light bodied and crisp throughout. 4/5 Very good representation of the German Pilsner style. Light malt, dry, and fairly hoppy. Simple and straightforward flavors makes for an easily sessionable beer. 4/5

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a crystal clear pale yellow color with streams of carbonation, and a fluffy eggshell white head that lingers indefinitely and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma is very bright and clean Noble hops. Fresh hewn grass, bordering on chive and white pepper spiciness, lots of lemon tartness, and pale grain sweetness.

The taste is excellently balanced and refreshing. Crackery and lightly grainy maltiness, with just a dollop of honey, and then a crisp grassy balance. A kiss of lemon, a touch of honey, a zing of white pepper, and a floral note like clovers. Finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, with your taste buds begging you for more.

The mouthfeel is light, but never watery, displays both malt and hop characteristics fantastically; the carbonation is bitey and soda-like, which helps the beer feel smooth and filling. I know the term is tired and overused, but this beer is crushable. It drinks like lemonade on a hot summer day.

This is one of the best American pilsners I know of, currently. Go. Buy it. Enjoy it.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a big white head and light lacing. Notes of unbaked dough, herbal, floral, light lemon, and grass. Light body with a crisp feel and a clean finish. Nothing fancy but a great Pilsner.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Last bottle from the six-pack I picked up earlier this month; "freshest by" date says August 11th, 2016 so I'm assuming this is pretty fresh.

Pours a very pale clear yellowy color; once in the glass it is definitely that nice clear golden pilsner-y color, though perhaps on the paler end than some others I've had in the past. There's a huge swirl of bubbles during pouring, and a pretty steady stream of fast-rising bubbles from the bottom afterward. Small layer of white foam on top, which shrinks into a thin cap and thicker ring around the edges shortly. Yep, looks like a pilsner!

The smell, too, is very "pilsner-y." There's a very dough-like feel to the malt smell I'm getting here. There's also a noticeable bit of that spicy/dry-grassy noble hop smell, and a bit of background sweetness. It's a very nice mix of smells and is very "beery" overall, seems very German-ish.

Taste is, as with many pilsners, similar to the smell but with a lot more "oomph" to it -- the bitterness from the hops stands out MUCH more than most of the other pilsners I've tried up to this point, and along with the pure bitterness there's also quite a lot of hop flavor, mostly in the spicy/herbal and slight dry-grassy range. There's a particular dry-leafy flavor I get every now and then that I haven't noticed in other pilsners; not sure if that's just the result of more hops being used in this vs. other pilsners, or an effect of the *type* of hops used, but it definitely stands out. It's noticeable in the smell too, though more so after about half the glass has emptied out -- maybe that's a flavor/smell that comes out more as the beer warms a bit. The pilsner malt flavor is definitely there too, but the one downside I can find to this beer is that nice malt flavor does sometimes get drowned out by the hops. If you like your pilsners more malty than hoppy, this may not be one of your favorites, as this is definitely a hoppier example of the style. If you prefer a hoppier pilsner, though -- try some of this ASAP while it (a summer seasonal) is still fresh on the shelves!

Feel is light but not watery, definitely leaning very far to the dry side rather than sweet/sticky, a bit prickly. Pricklier than I usually like, but for this beer (or maybe the pilsner style in general?) it just "works" somehow. Prickliness calms down a bit after a while, but it's still a very noticeably carbonated beer even then.

Overall, a very nice pilsner that I'm glad I randomly picked up to try. Works nicely together with food but also definitely has enough flavor to it that it can be a "just having a beer or two" beer on its own, too. I suspect my dad, who has always preferred German-style lagers and has mentioned adding some extra hops when homebrewing his own decades ago, would probably like this beer -- maybe I should bring him a bottle or two to try sometime (though it'll have to wait until I buy more, of course, as this six-pack is now gone! XD)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemony sunshine yellow with a light haze of superfine particulates. The head is cotton white in color, is just firmsticky enough to indicate quality construction and deposits a respectable amount of lace in no discernable pattern. Wonderful nose. Bright and lemony (just like the color) with a tantalizing hoppiness.

The flavor is most enjoyable. Sunshine Pils is one of the best beers of this style that I've had yet. Lots of fresh grain and biscuity malt with all kinds of floral, lemon citrus hops zinging this way and that. The finish favors hops over malt and is ever so slightly dry. The label calls this a 'crisp, hoppy pilsener' and I'd say that description is right on the nose. The body is medium-full for the style, another positive in my book.

Although this beer doesn't reach the stratospheric heights of Victory's Prima Pils, I won't hold that against it since I consider Prima the absolute pinnacle for the style. Sunshine Pils is still light years ahead of most of its competition though and I'd love to have regular access, especially during summertime.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/28/15. Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice malty nose of biscuit complete with graininess. Only a touch of spicy hops are present.

Light body with a touch of smoothness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding. It begins with a burst of noble hop flavor with just a touch of spice. Underneath is a light biscuit sweetness. A mild flavorful bitterness appears in the middle. The finish is crisp and a noble hop bitterness lingers.

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Photo of TH28
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 7/21/16 bb date. Appearance: As pale yellow as it gets, crystal clear, with a light fluffy white head Aroma: Herbal and spicy Saaz hops with a touch of bready malt. Taste: Soft, lightly bready and caramel malt with a fairly strong diacetyl butter, giving way to a strong herbal and spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderately high carbonation. Finish: Dry, sticky on the palate, with lingering herbal hoppiness Overall: It’s almost like drinking a slightly lighter Pilsner Urquell. Definitely has the soft bready and caramel malty profile, with a slightly stronger diacetyl note, and a bright, sharp bitterness that balances it all out. Beautiful beer

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Still trying to find a local pilsner that's better than Prima Pils and still haven't done it! This beer looks great, bright golden, honey color with a thick and foamy head. Leaves good lacing. Smell is clean and hoppy, slightly too hoppy for my tastes when it comes to pilsners, and with lots of lemon and crackery maltiness. Taste is sweet and slightly spicey at first, with grassy hop bitterness towards the end. Slightly too bitter for the style, imo. I also felt the feel was somewhat too heavy and lacking in the prickliness I like pilsners to have, I didn't find it as refreshing as some other beers for that reason. Overall, just pretty average in my book.

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Photo of cellarboy
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft, 20 oz Nonic pints.

L: Lovely straw/golden with excellent clarity and a persistent white head. Nice lacing on glass as the beer was consumed.
S: Some sweet, cookie-like malt with subtle, floral, noble hop.
T: Nice pils malt with building hop flavor and bitterness that never overwhelms the palate and is very much in balance.
F: Soft, clean, crisp, with good carbination.
Overall: Very suppable, balanced, and refreshing pils, certainly more Bavarian than Bohemian. I was looking for a nice pils after a fairly hot day, and this was perfect - refreshing and great with a pub burger and by itself. Would be quite happy to drink this all year!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased at American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn. Crystal clear, golden colored, thin wet looking white foam. The aroma is malty and a little estered, and the taste is satisfyingly malty with a real nice but slightly bitter after-taste. This is a really good beer, I'm starting to turn towards these light and more subtle beers more and more.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, buttery gold with a pillowy soft 2 finger dull white head that displayed amazing retention leaving a sticky and splotchy lacing around the glass. The head flattened to a thin sudsy covering that lasted for the whole drink. There was an incredible calmness and gentle carbonation to this beer with a light showing of slow lazy bubbles that made their way to the surface.

S: soft fresh lemon peels and wheat with a light floral hopping. An every so soft and faint peppery touch lingers about in the background.

T: starts out sweet with buttery grains and a light sour muskiness of wet hay and lemons. After the first initial sip the flavor proceeds to dry grains, light lemon pepper and a light lingering tart lemon hopping for the remainder of the drink. The finish is dry with a lingering tart lemon hopping with some stray and hay notes rounding things out here.

M: light and slick, smooth and effortlessly slides off the tongue. A light detection of carbonation is felt adding just the right amount of accent.

D: Nice drinkability, dry and well hopped. A big drinking pilsner that I would by all means drink as a session. 6 pack worthy by all means. A big showing here and worthy by all means.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of VaporDome
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice summer beer but a but of a strange aftertaste for me

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of meatyard
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear, pale, lemon yellow with a medium sized white head that fades quickly to a cover leaving thin areas of lacing. It stays continually carbonated.
Smells of sweetened lemon and a good dose of grassy aroma up front.
Taste is similar to the smell with the addition of a bitter bite near the end the lemon smoothing it out at the end.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin with mild carbonation to the end.
Drinkability is very good.

Grab a case of these with one case each of Victory's Prima Pils, Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils and Stoudt's Pils and your German summer of drinking is set.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A-Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow with a two finger head. I watch the carbonation rise to the top the entire time I drink as the head sticks around in a small layer and laces all the way down the glass.

S-When I opened the beer, I smelled a nice light citrus aroma. Once poured, the citrus smell was balanced malt and yeast aroma. I detect the slightest hint of a pale malt as well.

T/M-A little bit of a let down from the smell. The citrus smell is nowhere to be found. The malts are very powerful but there are some hints of honey at the end of the taste. I also taste some off flavors from the yeast that linger on the back of your tongue after you swallow. The body of the beer is right on and the carbonation gives it a very bright feeling on your palette.

Overall this is a another good beer from the fellas at Troges. Pick on up, you won't go wrong. A good classic pils.


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Photo of rawthar
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sunshine Pils glass that I didn't even know I had!

A- Soft sunflower yellow with an effervescent and busy body and a living white head.

S- Unmistakable pils malts (reminiscent of an adjunct, really) with a very subtle hint of hops, like fresh cut grass (maybe that's just association)

T- Very light, very subtle, a tiny hint of grassiness in the finish, then that dull pils aftertaste you get from the BMCs. Better taken in volume than dissected.

M- Light, watery, smooth, with a slight edge of carbonation.

D- Drinkability is through the roof, a real lawnmower beer, you can actually hydrate from it, and it shines when chugged.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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