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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 606 | Ratings: 1,615
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was lightly lemony citric fruity but bitter and grassy and moldy and herbal tasting. Grassy aroma, golden colour and bit of head. Sweetness, light bodied. Crisp and dry aftertaste.An above average beer, and I am ranking it to style. On tap at the Standard Tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is right on for an American pils, its got everything it should have and nothing it shouldn't, while remaining interesting enough to keep my attention though several. it has a barely cloudy bright yet pale yellow color, with an inch of white foam that recedes back into the glass slowly. I smell classic german pils malts, light and clean, refreshing for sure, with all kinds of citrus in both lemon and hops. a uniquely refreshing taste, hopped better than most, but still malt forward and nicely balanced. I have always admired the bigger beers from troegs, but this one proves they can cover the spectrum. this is a great summer beer, a good potential segue into craft for those who don't already drink it. fizzy carbonation and a clean finish, I could session this stuff all summer. fantastic when ice cold, not as much when it warms up, so slug it down.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.85/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If you look over any other reviews I've done you'll see I really don;t like Pilsners. This brew falls into that same category. I really found this beer to be incredibly light on flavor and mouthfeel. The only flavor I got was the gross fresh cut grass flavor that I really can't stand. For me this beer is not good. If you're into these styles you'd more than likely enjoy this one as well.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear and very light yellow in color. A low amount of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles always covers the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grassy hops in the nose, along with some notes of grainy malts.
T: A mild amount of bitterness from the grassy hops stands out in the overall taste, which is not overpowering and balanced by the underlying grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a bit prickly on the tongue. The finish is very crisp and clean and has some dryness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing; the mild bitterness opens up your taste buds and palate so this is an excellent beer to start with.

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

Appearance: Straw-colored and perfectly clear. The head starts strong but dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus, subtle grass/earth, some bready malts. Clean and fresh.

Taste: Dry biscuity malts are at the forefront here with grassy undertones. Moderately hoppy with flavors of citrus and freshly cut grass. Firm bitterness but clean in the finish; nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Dry throughout with a crisp medium body and high carbonation.

Notes: Excellent stuff. I'm glad to see more American craft breweries making good pilsners.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale lemon yellow color with a perky white head that declines quickly and fails to leave any lace

Smell: Crisp noble hop aroma; rather lemony, although somewhat understated

Taste: Fruity peach and melon flavors up front followed by a crisp hoppy bitterness after the swallow; slightly metallic finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with relatively high carbonation

Drinkability: Superbly refreshing; the fruit profile is unique but very interesting

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color pils with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light floral hops with crisp hops is pleasant. Taste is also dominated by light floral malt with balanced sweetness and crisp dry hops. No adjunct could be detected which is nice but additional presence of Noble hops would have been even better. Well brewed and very refreshing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing as it moves down my pilsner glass. The nose brings some light grainy notes as well as a bit of Noble hops.

The taste brings a nice amount of bitterness as well as some herbal and floral notes. Light grain fills out the light body, which has some nice carbonation. A really nice, drinkable summer brew.

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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 mothman
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip.

Color is the clearest craft beer I have ever seen. It is a pale straw yellow. Pours 1 and a half fingers of rocky head. Leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma: Smells like just like a German pils. It is very skunky. Bigger malt profile with some grassy. Nothing too impressive.

Taste: Again skunky, but it shows more of a hop profile. Lots of grassy hops, a touch bitter. Biscuity malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Bitty and smooth, but too much skunky flavor that I don't want it in my mouth too much. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Edit: as it warms, it loses a decent chunk of the skunk.

Overall, this beer just wasn't for me. I can appreciate a fine pils but this one just didn't do it for me. It will be hard for me to finish my bottle.

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

Tap at prezo

Nice creamy fizzy 1+ finger head fades semi quickly over brilliantly clear light golden translucent and mostly no colored beer.

Nose has nice light pilsner malts, bit of straw and toasty wheat, light fruity lager yeast, and light fruity hops.

Taste starts with a nice toasty pilsner malt, straw, light lager yeast fruity flavors, crisp and clean, some light spicy and grassy as well as fruity hops, light bitterness, very drinkable. A mild sweetness fades quickly to a nice dry finish, very clean and crisp, light bitterness and mild spicy and grassy hop finish.

Mouth us a bit lighter bodied with decent carb.

Overall a great pils, nice malts, light and nice hop addition, crisp and clean, great summer beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 4/16/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, grass, pepper, bread, apricot, herbal, floral, and yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of big lemon, pepper, light citrus peel, bread, cracker, grass, herbal, floral, and earthy spices. Nice amount of peppery spices on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, grass, bread, pepper, floral, and earthy spices on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish as expected; with some lingering hop flavors. Very pleasantly balanced with a nice amount of hop flavor. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel. No alcohol presence at all other than a light warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and well made Pilsener. Nicely hopped with good flavor balance; and very easy to drink. Well done.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely clear light straw color with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy brite-white head. Thin layer of solid retention that flares up well, leaving a good amount of lacing behind. The aroma is spicy, floral, hop character, citrus, and bready Pils malts. Not overly assertive but it's there.

The taste is a tingling hop profile set against citrus notes and a slight bisquity maltiness. Finishes sweet and dry. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a fairly crisp feel that goes down well.

A solid Pils from Troegs that while a little lighter than I prefer in the style, stills holds it's own with some nice flavors and crisp drinkibility. Good summertime brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from NC.

Excellent looks: clear pale golden body with a proportionate creamy off-white head that has partial retention and that leaves spots and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: bready for style. Some lemony notes.

Flavor: Mild bitterness. More hop flavor than the aroma suggests; faint bready malts. Clean.

Medium+ carbonation with a soft feel in a light body. Semi-dry finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, but brilliantly yellow body is topped by an exceptionally creamy bright-white head that holds well, maintains a thin and creamy surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some very nice lace. Very tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface from all over the bottom of the glass; adding to its appearance. Very nice! The bouquet is quite floral with grassy, lightly citrusy (lemony), and mildly spicy hops (Saaz?) over sweet grainy malt. It's clean and fresh like the morning air after a spring shower. The body is light/medium; and it's delicately effervescent carbonation caresses the tongue. In the flavor, hops ride atop a wave of clean sweet malt that's very well-balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with a lingering note of lemony hop and sweet malt in the front of the mouth, and a dusty bitterness at the back of the throat. Really refreshing, but interesting as well. Exceptionally well done and well worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a good amount of hops. It’s quite plain as you would expect from this style.

T: The taste is also very straight-forward with bready but light flavors of malt and grain, backed up by a decent burst of hops bitterness. Not a lot of sweetness, which is good for a pilsener. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink several of, it’s pretty refreshing as well.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?
Recent tasting from a fresh bottle.

Clear, bright, yellow pour, with an aggressive pour [into a red Solo cup] yielding a huge fluff of white head that retained well. Light grainy aroma, sweet pils malts. Similar taste, pils malts, fairly sweet, mild hops for a bit of balanced, corny grains. Just really not my thing, but still pretty typical for the style all around. Light body, not very drinkable to me, but if you like the style, then sure, go for it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Black Bear Bar & Grill in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: A much stronger aroma than I was expecting for this beer or this style... Moderate to strong aromas of pale malts, lemon, and some grassy hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is zesty. Flavors of pale malts, lemon zest, and light to moderate bitterness from the grassy hops. I would describe this beer as a little buttery.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but very crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and quite sessionable - the lighter flavors and the low ABV combine to make this one a very nice summer beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is how you start an afternoon. A new one for me, and glad I could give it a shot. This lovely pilsner was served cold and enjoyed with lunch on 06/21/2009.
The pour was about what I would expect, bright, light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a big white head on top. Decent settled left behind a good bit of lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Light aroma of citrus hops, blends with a big bready malt nose. Lots of interesting things going on in here for sure. Smooth, crisp, clean flavor. Nothing messing around here, this was just a straight up, hot summer day drink. Light hop aftertaste was enough to let it mellow out just a bit, but overall, very, very solid.
I could throw this down all day, really very well done and a fantastic version of the style. Another winner here.

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

I had this on tap at Devon Seafod house in Hershey. Served very cold in a Pokal.

A - A straw pale gold w/ 1/4 inch of white cap - sheets of lace cling. The bead is fine, clarity is excellent and there is no visible carbonation

S - gentle grain and mild floral hop odor w/ plenty of noble spicy hop scent w/ mild mineral notes from the German yeast

M - Crisp and dry w/ spiced hop that is not overly bitter, light yet grainy malt and nice spice in the finish. Dry w/ mineral yeast texture

T - Very crisp and slight sweetness upfront w/ dry leafy hops and gentle slight grainy and light toasted pilsner malt flavors w/ a mellow floral and citrus tinge in the dry slightly peppery finish

D - A refreshing lager-excellent pils which was complimentary to the battered jalapeno and shrimp scampi appetizer. The spiciness was tasty with nice drinkability cutting the grease and refreshing the palate

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light yellow color with a small white head that fades relatively quickly, leaving behind only the faintest bits of lacing.

S: Light hop aroma, slightly floral, but overall a bit plain. There are some grainy malt and some lager yeast.

T: A bit of hops up front, with some grass and a bit of lemon zest. This is followed up with grainy malt as well as a bit of bread.

M: Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. It is smooth, crisp, and refreshing. A nice lager for a hot day.

O: Drinks very easy, a good example of the style. Would be a nice beer to bring to introduce BMC drinkers to what else is out there.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 of Troegs new Anthology mix pack the other day to share over the weekend. Sunshine Pils is the first one to come out of that box. Poured a crystal clear pale, golden yellow in color. It started with a fluffy white head and although it settled down it did leave a nice layer on top of the beer as I drank it. Pretty decent lacing on the glass as well.

The aroma has a zesty, lemony citrus flavor to it with an earthy, spicy, noble hop presence as well. Little bit of a grassy flavor present in the aroma as well. The taste has also shows the lemony citrus flavor up front with the noble hops coming through more in the finish. It has a bit of graininess to it as well that comes through more in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average, which fits the style pretty well. Drinkability is good, it's a very well made pilsner style beer. The Noble hops gave it some nice earthy hop spiciness to it that I liked. Great summer, lighter style beer. In relation to others in the style I think this one does pretty well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good initial head that settles into a single layer of fine bubbles. Clear greenish yellow color. Spotty lace to start; disappears by the end of the tasting.

Raw grain smell dominates the odor. Light hop in the background.

Good hop presence in the taste; some raw grain. Not as crisp as some--full body with above average amount of carbonation. The aftertaste has an element of lactose, but it's mostly hop bitterness.

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Photo of orangesol
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Troegs tasting room into a Pilsner Glass.

A - Pours straw yellow with a thick pillow of one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a tick film, leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pale, dry, malt with some earthy hops cutting thru it toward the end. Some very faint citrus fruits come out as it warms up a bit but I really don't get more than that.

T - The initial crisp feel is enveloped quickly by the huge amount of chewy malt. Mixed in with all that chewiness is hints of grassy hops and dulled citric fruits. Finish is just as chewy as the start with plenty of it sticking around long thru the finish. I am not sure but I have a feeling this draft might have been from the bottom of the keg. I like this beer a lot, it is one of my go to beers during summer, but the overall chewy feel really wears on you over the course of multiple servings.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering long thru the finish.

D - Not bad. I do enjoy this time of year when the sunshine comes out. The only drawback to this beer is the over the top chewy feel. It really prevents me from having more than one or two of these at a time. Still solid tho.

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