Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Reviews by bwood06:
Photo of bwood06
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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 cellarboy
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
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 HorseheadsHophead
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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 BrokenEdge
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +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 tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Pantalones
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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 TH28
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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 HopBomb515
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 oberon
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 RoyalT
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a treat just to stare at. The light yellow body was very hazy and held up a huge, fluffy white pils head.

Smell – The delicate Saaz hops were right on target here, although the grain aroma was a bit too harsh for my tastes. There was a pleasant spiciness though that evened things out.

Taste – The German hop flavor is definitely here, but the American grain and overly sweet finish throw this one a bit off-style.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was terrific. This pils is light and refreshing with just the right bitter bite at the end.

Drinkability – This was an excellent effort at the style and one of the better American-made Pils that I’ve sampled.

Comments – Thanks to Prostman for sending this one out my way.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful bright yellow with a great head
but without retention. Great appearance of

T: Grainy aromas with grass, malt, and alcohol

S: Very limited aroma of any sort. Faint hints
of meadow and malt

M/D: Clean and crisp brew with a good drinkable
body not too thin and without lingering

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Herze
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Floral finish is not desired.

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Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of irrevjim
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

looks pale golden, transparent, a lot of big bubbles, more like a cava than a pils, 1/2 inch white head leaves lacing.
smell's biscuit, honey, hint of herbs, barely getting citrus/grapefruit
tastes like a well balanced pilsner, a little sharp/gapefruity up front and on the finish, but it is supposed to be a hoppy pilsner.
feels a little over-carbonated when sipped, this goes away and it feels very smooth by the mouthful, medium light, not watery
overall a very nice take on a classic pils, more citrussy hops makes it refreshing on a hot day, don't look for a really hoppy beer or be afraid it's not a pils.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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 sellmeagod
1.5/5  rDev -60%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What a disappointment. But, maybe, not really - it is a summer seasonal. And these tend to be known for weak, light flavorings with some false scents and sense of beach.

Atrociously light bodied and a forced smooth drinking leaves me wanting to take no more sips. A pilsner even weaker by trying to pretend to have some honey sweetness. At 5.3 abv, this is not worth it. Avoid.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear golden brown. Pretty light in color actually. Minimal head, but does leave a bit oflacing behind.

S - Faint aroma of biscuit malts, a but of grassiness. Slightly sweet malts come through as well.

T - rather hop-forward with a nice crisp bite of bitterness, some spice, and a lingering earthiness. Very nice. Also a bit if sweet malt to keep the bitterness in check. This is pretty refreshing.

M - medium mouthfeel. I little thicker than I would expect based on the color. Nice lingering earthy dry finish.

O -I really enjoyed this one. I would put Prima Pils a little higher, but I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,687 ratings