Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Sunshine PilsSunshine 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Ratings: 1,672 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of random846
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rangerred
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a fizzy head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is grainy malt along with some spicy hops with maybe a touch of citrus.

The taste is a nice bready grain along with a nice assertive hop flavor. Bitterness is present throughout and seems to increase as the other flavors fade and lingers for awhile. This beer is hoppier than a lot of other German pilseners.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer. It was on sale for $3.99/6 pack and I think it's a steal at that price. Glad I picked some up.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light straw color with a one finger white head.

A touch of lemon and citrus hops with a nice bready sweet aroma.

Starts out with a small citrusy hop burst, rounding into a sweet slightly tart cracker malt. Finishes with an earthy lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good for the style.

One of my favorites of the style. Another very good example of an underrated style by Troegs.

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Photo of Carlton1964
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If this is a sunshine brew...glad I'm in Buffalo where the sun don't shine a lot. I won't be tempt to drink this swill. Nice looking bottle...other than that not a lot nice to say. Skunky feel in mouth, lacks body, fair finger of head. I think some workers from the Blatz Brewery are brew masters at Troegs.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a bottle from the anthology mixed case, poured into a glass.

Clear, golden yellow, good carbination, nice head initially, which settled quite quickly into a thin covering.

Smell was very nice, good sweet pilsner aroma with faint citrus and hops

Taste was good. I don't drink a lot of pilsner beers, but enjoy the odd one or three:)

Mouthful was clean and full

Overall, what I would expect from a decent pilsner. Flavorful to the last drop.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a standard pint at Al’s Wine and Whiskey in Syracuse

Appearance (4.0): Medium gold, 1/2-finger fluffy white head with some lacing; moderate haze. Could use more head, but what's there is nice and creamy.

Smell (4.0): Very American-smelling hop profile here: piney and citrusy notes underneath a cloud of very floral hops. There’s some lightly sweet, pale malt in the nose. Very nice.

Taste (4.5): Hop-forward, but yields to that crisp malt body quickly. It’s got a long, moderately bitter finish, coming after that nice, lightly sweet malt body. Yeast is pretty neutral, does not stand out but you can tell it’s a lager. Malt and hops are nicely balanced, hops aren’t too heavy but the malt base gives them enough room to express themselves fully without tearing your tongue out.

Mouthfeel (4.5): DRY, crisp, inviting and light. This is a quaffer. No problem having a few pints of this in one sitting.

Overall (4.0): Thank god not all pilsners taste the same. This is a high-drinkability, hop-forward pilsner with a hop profile that feels very American. Website says they used Saaz and Hallertau, but it doesn’t taste very Old World, like Prima Pils does, for example. I got less spicy / herbal and more citrus / floral from the hops, personally. Whatever the case, I enjoyed this very much!

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Photo of gabedivision
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a pint from a 12 oz bottle

Pours hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger head that rings around the top in a thin lace. Smells of pale buttery malts, with lemony citrus zest hops. The taste of biscuity malts, ripe lemons, sour grapes, and lemon Pledge. Light on the feel, smooth, crisp. Overall this tastes as its style suggests, didnt really do too much for me.

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Photo of ckollias
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Light golden in color with a frothy, white, 1-1/2 finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a full trail all the way down the glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: This beer has a spicy, lemony, grassy, floral hoppy aroma.

T: Light tart grainy flavor with a biscuit malt backbone and hoppy finish.

M: Medium body and high carbonation

O: Very solid pils all around. Not my favorite style, but it was very drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of kolbe21
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very bright and hazy pale yellow, little head with minimal lacing

S: Grassy hops with some citrus notes, smells like a good summer pilsner

T: Strong presence of hops, more bitter than i expected. Although does compare to pilsners ive had in the past.

M: Very light, easy beer to drink a lot of in my opinion.

O: I could definitely enjoy this beer on a summer/spring day. Another great beer coming out of Troegs.

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Photo of crossovert
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Looking for a US pils that is as worthy as German pilsners, it is a tough task.

IT pours a pale gold, almost like a pale lager, it has a fizzy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is light and malty with a hint of herbal hops, not bad.

The flavor is decent. It is a bit light and watery for a proper pils, but the hop flavor isn't bad. There is an odd pasticy rubbery off flavor though.

It is okay.

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Photo of BierBliss
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. drank on 9/11

aroma: citrus and hops

appearance: poured into a pilsner glass. light golden yellow in color. 1/8 inch of foam that quickly fades. light lacing

flavor: crisp, lemon hints as it warmed slightly. hop finish

mouthfeel: light easy drinking, some carbonation

overall impression: the first time I had this beer was a sample at the troegs brewery. it was great then and I still like this beer. not my normal style but a great pilsner and a nice change of pace. something I would not turn down in the future.

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4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 053111 09:34 BATCH # 110503.

Appearance: Pours a very German pilseneresque clear yellow with a thin, yet sticky white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Heavy pils malt aroma with a hint of hops. Very enticing. Outstanding!

Taste: Very dry and an appropriate hop flavor for the style. Slightly grassy and very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated and light enough to be very refreshing.

Overall: An outstanding representation of the style. In fact, I'd argue a better representation than the overly-hopped and infinitely popular Prima Pils. Too bad this is just a summer seasonal.

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Photo of corby112
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Johnny Brenda's.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Small streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with an earthy hop presence that counters the sweet pilsner malts. Hints of pine and citrus fruit along with some grass and straw. Faint light fruit as well.

Thin bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that provides a decent amount of bitterness without overpowering the other flavors. Earthy with hints of grass, straw and pine. This is countered by subtle citrus notes from the hops as well as sme light fruit, especially apple and pear. A bit watered down but still well balanced and easy to drink, especially during these warmer months.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very, very pale straw, bright & clear. Small but slightly rocky stark white head. Pretty good lace.

S: Straight forward, but reasonably robust – pils malt & noble hops. Malts are mostly grainy (in a fresh milled grain way) with a bit husk and just a touch of sweetness. Hops are mostly herbal.

T: Hops are even more herbal. Firm bitterness. There is a bit of grassy hop character on the back en that grows as it warms. A hint of noble hop spice character builds with each drink. Pils malts are just a bit sweeter than in the nose, but still mostly grainy. Malts provide a base for the hops rather than balance.

M: Under medium body, but not by much. Carbonation is over average and lends to lightness impression while also adding some texture. Despite hoppy, herbal bite the finish is only mildly drying. Very crisp though.

D: Sort of a lightened version of the Prima. Less complex and way cleaner & lighter malts. Hops are dialed back, but still firmly bitter with lots of character. Far mare approachable than the Prima – a tad more balanced, a less harsh mouthfeel – and way more drinkable for that.

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Photo of HotHands
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice straw color with a 2-finger fluffy white head.

S - cracker malt and European-style hops. Grassy and citrusy.

T - Hops predominate, with grassy, floral and lemon zest notes. A bit of doughy malt. It's what I would expect from a good pilsener.

M - carbonation is fine. I would probably prefer a bit more body but it's not supposed to be too heavy, of course.

Overall - a solid, easy-drinking, refreshing pilsner. Nothing pretentious about it. A good summer beer.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Clear straw yellow coloration which produced a fine three finger bubbly head of froth. Retention was solid.

S - Grassy hops dominate the nose, but some citrusy notes are also present. Smells very fresh.

T - Substantially more bitter than the nose led me to believe, but that's not entirely a bad thing. Fresh zesty citrus tones compliment the grassy profile.

M - Crisp and clean feeling light bodied brew with a sharp carbonation level.

D - Quite enjoyable, nicely priced, and very refreshing. Good take on the German style. If you see it, give it a shot.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pils glass

Pours a clear straw yellow, very pale. A crop of white head rests on top, retaining for a bit and leaving some traces of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of grassy notes in the nose with some floral hops. Straw and cracked wheat with faint malt tones. Hints of dough and bread as well.

Snap of floral hops up front with some grassy and citrus tones. Lemon peel with orange pith, plenty of juicy. Bitter and dry before the straw malt backbone kicks in. Cracked wheat with toasted grain. Finishes pretty dry with another dash of bitter hops.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue, a bit prickly. A nice summery pils which I continue to enjoy every summer.

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Photo of seeswo
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey yellow with a nice cap of white head on top into my Lost Abbey stem. Looks fantastic with its clarity and, in general, looks very inviting. The nose is just a touch of hops, a touch of grain and a touch of sweetness. More out of the nose for the style than what I have had. Nice. The taste is really great. It's like growing up having crappy food (BMC brews) of a certain style then trying some chef's reinvention of it (this). Lightly sweet in the finish, super clean and balanced, this beer goes down crazy easy. This was more balanced (less sweet) than Mama's Little Yella Pils. I could have a 6'er at the beach no problem. Yum. Nice medium light carbonation and a light, but not extremely light body. Give this one a whirl.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - As good as a Pils can look, golden yellow and clear in color with a half inch of creamy white head.

S - Smells of a nice sweet pilsner you get notes of hay and grain but mostly sweet malts and little hops.

T - To me it didn't come off very hoppy just sweet with light dry hay and grains notes making it slightly aggressive. If anything I guess the finish was kind of hoppy but it didn't blow me away in flavor.

M - Light to medium pretty sweet for the style.

Overall I liked this way more than Prima Pils so I guess when it comes to the style I always like them more when on the sweeter side. A pretty good brew.

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Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,672 ratings