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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Photo of cellarboy
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
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 SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer for the style. I expected a bit more of a hop punch but didn't really get it. The smell and tastes are very much as expected - light, grainy, lager. Goes down easy on a nice summer day. nb

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Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours light golden with a moderate white head. It is very clear. The head does produce a little bit of lacing.

Smell: The aromas are grainy with a low amount of flowery compliment.

Taste: It has a sweet start with moderate bitterness in the taste. The grainy flavors are highlighted with low floral notes. It has a clean taste.

Feel: It has a light feel to it with moderate bitterness that last through the finish and lingers a bit. It is clean and crisp.

Overall, this is a clean, crisp beer that highlights the grainy aromas and flavors with floral compliments.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw yellow with a dense, creamy white foam head. Smells pretty skunky and citrusy with lemony citrus peel, bready honey grain malts, floral pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes bitter and citrusy with fresh pine, lemony citrus, biscuit, cracker, mild honey malt, tobacco, spice, and dank herbal earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice pilsner.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An elegant pilsner made with Saaz and Hersbrucker hops. The color is light, bright, and clear yellow, with a white head. The head is not large but does leave some lacing. Its aroma is floral and waxy, emerging gently and appealing, with a light bready malt in the background. The taste is nicely balanced, the malt and hops complementary. Since it is made with aroma hops one might not expect much bitterness, but some is definitely present. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. In fact, "clear" and "clean" are adjectives that apply to this beer in many ways.

Poured from bottle into nonic, best by date of "08 11 16" on bottle.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, lemon yellow color with a bright white head. The smell is fairly typical of a pilsner, slightly grassy, straw like. Very slight carbonation as well. Initial taste is very pleasant, crisp, clean and slightly sweet. The aftertaste is only slightly bitter. Overall, I'm really impressed with this brew for a light summertime beer, can definitely see drinking this after working outside.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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 BrewsingBuffalo
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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 TTen
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Troegs Sunshine Pils

L: Clear, straw gold with a white head. Good retention and a nice bead or 2 of carbonation. 4.25
S: Unmistakable pilsner malt aroma. A wonderful floral hop character. Grainy, bready, sweet malt. 4.5
T: Firm bitterness. Enough of the grainy pilsner malt is there to support the bitterness and some of the floral, spicy noble hops come through. Really clean and very refreshing. 4.25
F: Light to Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly hop bitterness and a dry finish. 4.25
O: I was excited about this when I poured it and saw it's awesome straw gold hue. It did not dissappoint. This reminds me a lot of Prima but has a little more bitterness and a little less hop character. I'll pick up six of these every summer from now on. So many good pilsners in SE Pennsylvania. 4.25

Freshest by 7/22/2016

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Photo of thepenguin
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a very clear yellow with hints of gold and straw, medium-sized head, pretty decent lacing and a nice steady stream of bubbles. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

S: Some dry cracker-like malt and a disappointingly small amount of spicy, floral Noble hops. A bit of stewed vegetables ¬– not quite DMS in my mind but similar.

T: Pretty hoppy for the style, with grassy hops and more cracker-like, very dry malt. Strikes me as a bit stale, with an unpleasant herbal aftertaste.

F: Medium-light bodied with abundant yet soft carbonation.

Thoughts: Fairly disappointed by this one – not Troegs’ best. It’s not that it’s a terrible beer, it’s simply lacking in flavor, pretty uninspired, with a bit of an off-putting aftertaste. Bottom line: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fields far better pilsners than this.

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Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow with a thin bright white head and lots of little bubbles. Creamed corn malt aroma and flavor shines over the floral hops and mild bitterness beneath. Creamy mouthfeel for a pils. It's okay.

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

Brilliantly clear yellow color with a small, soapy white head. Smells of crackers, biscuit malt, and floral, spicy noble hops. Pleasant hoppy flavor, grassy and floral. Malt presence is lower, just some faint grainy sweetness blending into a light lagery finish. Light and crisp. Nice spicy hop character - very refreshing.

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Photo of lic217
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light yellow, clear, lacing
Aroma: lager yeast and bready
Taste: starts sweet and ends bitter, bready, floral hops
Feel: prickly carbonation, good feel for style
Overall: solid Pils

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the can which was canned on 5/4/15. Sampled on January 3, 2016.

Straw yellow pour with bubbly carbonation leading up to a tremendous white foamy head.

Nice toasted biscuit and bread malt character in the aroma with some mild grassy hops on the back.

Light to medium body.

Another nice toasted bread malt character and mild sweetness with a modest grassy hop finish. It represents the Pilsener style well and is easy to drink.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear golden tone, light carbonation. Medium to thin mouth feel, crisp and grainy taste with a bright piney hop finish. Leaves a floral peppery aftertaste. Very easy drinking, would buy again.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked this beer. Very good representation of the style, but beyond that it was crisp, lighter bodied, not too sweet, perfectly balanced and no odd flavors or aftertastes. Extremely drinkable. Glad I bought a whole six pack. It won't last long--especially at just 4.3% ABV.

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Photo of Redrover
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Proper Pizza & Tap in Pittsburgh.

Served in an imperial style glass, the beer is gold with a slight chill haze. The off white head leaves sheets of lace.

There are grains and floral notes on the nose.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of delicate hopping which adds a hint of pepper and floral. It actually becomes slightly bitterer mid glass.

The beer is crisp with great carbonation and a nice feel.

It's an easy drinking, tasty treat.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pils glass. An extremely attractive pilsener. The palest of straw colors, and crystal clear. Threads of carbonation rise to form a few fingers of rocky white head which settles into a nice cap and some spots of lacing here and there. Aroma or lemony biscuit and floral hops. Taste if bready malt and a bite of hop on the end. Nothing to knock the socks off, but a solid choice, certainly for a hot day.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on tap at Isaac Newtons in Newtown, PA.

L - light yellow in color. Very clear hue. Good amount of foam on top.

S - citrus up front with a strong pale malt background. Not a whole lot of aroma coming out of the glass.

T - strong malt up front, citrus notes come after with a bitter finish. Not a whole lot of that classic malt taste.

F - very light in body, classic pilsner feel.

O - it was okay. It didn't really have a summer feel to it. Not sure what kind of pilsner they were going for but it felt more like a golden ale.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Tom_Banjo
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. This is my first experience with a beer from this brewery. I am a German Pilsener fan and I found this one to be quite good. Light, crisp and refreshing. That plus an ABV on the lower side of Pilsners makes it a good summer beer. Not a threat to Victory Prima Pils or Sierra Nevada Nooner, but definitely a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/13/15 at 42 degrees into weizen
Aroma of grain
Head large (eight cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1.2 cm frothy layer
Lacing average – many irregular medium islands with tiny to medium bubbles
Body straw yellow, clear, some effervescence
Flavor slightly bitter, perhaps some grain; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of HawkGP
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm no beer snob. These guys make great beer. I search out a great Pilsner or Lager as an alternative to an IPA. This is a good Pilsner. Maybe a little too light? Need to give it another try. For now good, not great.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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