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 renegadeburger
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got to pick this beer up when i went to the filling station over on the west side of manhattan on the way home from work near the high line pretty cool spot

this beer was recommended to me as nice light summer beer that is needed right now its over 100 degrees here in NJ/NY insane

beer poured really nice it almost looked illuminating like it was glowing golden color pure white head

nice smell lots of fresh meadow grass and some perfume of spicy and herbal hops

flavor is dry and crisp with bitterness just a little bit of malt sweetness in the very end

very light body easy drinkable and yes definitely a good beer for summer

nicely done

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Photo of victory4me
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker glass.

Pours a clear almost fluorescent yellow with 2 fingers of bubbly head that dissipate quickly. Aroma of big floral noble hops with a very slight sweet background. Lemon.

Taste is more balanced than the aroma. Still has a wonderfully biting hop character that is well balanced by slightly sweet malt and somewhat surprised there aren't any American hops as this has a juicy characteristic. Lots of lemon in the taste, which makes this an ideal summer seasonal.

Mouthfeel is solid and typical with prickly carbonation and nice bitterness.

Overall, one of my favorite summer seasonals and a well crafted pilsner in the German style with an American twist.

Very good beer.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has quickly become a summer favorite and rightly so.. From its clear straw color throwing smatterings of lace upon the glass to its noble and floral aroma with a hint of grain behind it, it has all the makings of something wonderful before even the 1st sip has been drawn. But quickly a sip becomes a gulp, the beer becomes a nearly empty glass, and you realize in this heat, you'd better stay hydrated. Is a 6pack enough?
Crisp bitter that becomes a bit coarse mid-palate, lasting until a hint of sweet malt fades in at the end, leaving a lingering sense of purpose and pleasure. Or maybe I've been in the Sunshine a bit too long.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 jifigz
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A lovely shade of yellow. It is pretty pale, but much more vibrant than a macro adjunct lager.

S: grainy and sweet. other than that I am not picking much up, but the beer is pretty chilled.A

T: Hop bitterness is most certainly throughout the entire sip, and at its strongest on the back of palate and aftertaste. The malt sweetness is also very noticeable and everything seems to be pretty well in check.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Leaves the mouth a little dry and thirsty, partly from the hop bitterness. Carbonation is a little high and slightly stings, but I kind of like that in a beer with this kind of body.

O: A great summertime brew, hence the name. I don't drink many lagers but I enjoy this one. It is very refreshing and light but with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of NODAK
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is toasty and citrusy....not too much of a deviation from the standard. Smattering of hops as well.

The taste definitely starts out with a good husky toastiness...definitely a good quantity of that. This gives way to a pretty sturdy hop bitterness, which I'd say is more than most beers of this style. At first, it took me a little by surprise, as it was a bit cutting. A pretty big hit of grain hits on and after the finish as well...lingering a while.

Very flavorful pils here...heavy on the grains and malts, but also perhaps hoppier than most. I definitely enjoyed it....maybe not the best I've had, but it's solid.

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Photo of larryi86
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 5/12/2011 poured into a pint glass

A- Clear, light golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Some sweet malts, hint of hops and earthy spices.

T- Sweet malts balanced with some bitterness from the hops.

M- Smooth, crisp, light.

O- A nice beer, I would like it better if it was a little more hop flavor and a little less sweet malts.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A:Pours a very pale, translucent, golden straw color. A 1/2' thick white, fluffy head formed at the top of the pour with lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: A biscuity malt smell dominates the nose accompanied by some honey, lemon, and some floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell, biscuit malts hit the tongue at the onset of the sip. Some sweetness and lemon flavors enter in the middle. Some hop bitterness finishes out the sip. Enjoyable.

M: This is a light bodied beer. Very thin and refreshing with ample carbonation.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The flavors are complex and well balanced. This is a very refreshing warm weather beer.

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Photo of vrushing88
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a bottled into a pint.

Nice clear-golden color, light-head that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is over-potent of hops and floral character, with a strong crystal-malt aroma as well. It is a bit overpowering.

The taste however is good balance of very light, but present hops and malt. The malt presents itself as it would in a well-brewed pilsner, and the hops come out, but not in the way they would in an I.P.A.

The feel is very relaxed and and light on the palate.

Overall a great summer-beer. Nothing too fancy; nice, light, refreshing, well-balanced, and easy-drinking.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 05/10/11Batch #110408
A: Golden in color and remarkably clear. A couple fingers of bright white head.
S: Some citrus and grain. Faint hops also hanging around.
T: Refreshing lemon zest with a slightly hoppy finish.
M: Lower level of carbonation. Fits nicely with the taste though.
This beer is one that even my miller lite drinking buddies enjoy. Its got good flavor while not being offensive or overpowering.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow with a pure white two finger head that fades quickly and leaves behind a slight lacing.

S- A light hoppy aroma along with some sweetness. Its profile reminds me of a fresh crisp beer.

T- I love the character of this beer. The hop bitterness is pronounced throughout the entire sip, but its not overpowering, and fades nicely. There is also a hint of a very light sweet and malty flavor.

M- A very light and low carbonated mouthfeel.

D- Highly drinkable. Could easily kill a six-pack every summer night.

This is one of my favorite warm weather beers with character, if not my favorite. The hop character of this beer is excellent. It is highly drinkable. Victory Prima Pils definitely has more hop character but can be over powering after a few. Sunshine Pils is a lighter version of Prima Pils, perfect for late spring or summer night. I remember having this for the first time at a local beach themed bar on a hot summer of night, I fell in love instantly after the first sip.

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Photo of obywan59
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear lightly golden yellow with a 5 finger pure white head that gets chunky as it recedes, leaving magnificent lacing. Incredibly fine carbonation bubbles--tiny. An explosion of carbonation after each sip when the beer sloshes back into the bottom of the glass.

Lemony spice. Warm grass and fresh herbal aromas like walking through a meadow with the hot sun beating down and wafting the aromas through the air. Strong hop presence.

Taste leans to the bitter, but it's nicely balanced by the lightly sweet malt. Better as it warms.

Light-bodied with a peppery bite. Just enough syrup to guarantee great flavor retention.

Wow, this is a really good beer. I started out drinking it too cold, so the bitterness was a bit harsh, but as it warmed the flavors really started to mesh.

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Photo of fdb16
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, light yellow body with a lasting, fluffy white head.

S– - Saaz hops aroma was evident with strong grain aroma. A hint of spiciness.

T –- Definitive German hop flavor over American grain with a bit of a sweet finish.

M - The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with a bitter bite at the tail end.

D - Nice american grain pils and easy to palate. Refreshing on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Staw yellow in color with a fluffy finger of head that receded rather quickly.

Smelled of lemon, floral hops, and grass.

Nice bitter citrus hops, lemony, sharp, fresh feel and bite.

Light body, carb bite and sticky hops made for a nice mouthfeel.

Sessionable, refreshing, wasn't expecting to like it... but I might want some more now.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Style: Pilsner


Tonight I deiced to break out one of the coolest yet impractical glasses that I have in the cabinet, my Kwak Belgian bubbled flute in a wooden holster. I happened to come across this glass when I was buying a bottle of Tactical Nuclear Penguin. It was sitting on the shelf for a measly $2.00, so I couldn't resist the temptation for such a unique glass. As I popped off the cap, there was a generous hissing that came from the bottle and lots of carbonation gasses escaped in quite a hurry. On the pour I decided to go slowly into the odd shaped glass. From prior experience it seemed to create a lot of foam if you're not careful with the slender neck. When I was done, I was left with a perfect one finger thick head that was bone white and very frothy looking. When I hold my glass up to the light, this baby is pale goldenrod, with just a shimmer of bright sunny undertones that are just beautiful. There is absolutely no haze or yeast to mention and I can see very clearly through the other side. On the viscosity check there are no legs to be seen and that is to be expected with such a light and summery style ale like this one.


This is an excellent representation of the style! The aroma is loaded with bready biscuit notes and some predominant spice coming through which is usually attributed to the Czechoslovakian or Slovenian hops. There are some hay like, grassy aromas that keep lingering around along with some slight lemon peel. Aside from that, the aroma is pretty faint and simple which is not a bad thing, just nothing too earth shattering to write about.


Extremely refreshing and clean! Just what I was looking for on this unseasonably hot day; a crisp light refreshing beer to quench my thirst. (Who ever said pale yellow beers suck is wrong!) There is a peppery spice in the finish that is complimented by yeast which adds some more complexity to this beer. As I get further and further into this I am being reminded of eating a lightly buttered croissant for some reason. There is a fair amount of hops here but nothing off putting or too powerful, just a little earth and spice. There is a real synergy between the malt and hops that make this beer an overall great find for summer or even just a break from heavy, gut busting, high ABV beers. I can almost feel every carbonation bubble scrubbing my palate after each sip.


This beer is off the charts when it comes to drinkability; it just hits the spot. I would say that this beer is a great starting point for someone who is learning about craft beer or if you are trying to ween a friend off Budweiser or Miller Lite. It is light in body, full of flavor, and pairs with just about every kind of food out there, making this a great beer for anyone. On a hot day like today, this is just what I needed to quench my thirst. If you come across this beer I'd say you better not pass it by, especially since it's just starting to heat up outside.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: amazingly clear, light yellow; very good carbonation; three-finger head; decent lacing
S: overly yeasty in odor; no other smells to accentuate
T: dry, nicely spiced pilsner, very hoppy; the alcohol-to-taste ratio is nicely balanced; refreshing, and interesting

Overall, a pretty good pilsner, interesting enough to keep a hophead engaged and true enough to the pilsner to engage those folks.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored with a crisp white head. Little visible carbonation, and almost perfectly clear.

S: All I can really get from the smell is grain.

T: Clean bitterness throughout with a grainy taste and a floral hop flavor.

M: Highly carbonated with a bite, light bodied.

D: Quite high, though I don't care for this much.

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Photo of Dougal
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a lager/pilsner beer should taste like.... very clean, crisp taste.... the hops are pleasantly sharp... compared to prima pils it is cleaner and more direct to the point of a good lager where prima wanders in it's flavor towards maltiness.... Sunshine Pils stays with the crisp hoppiness and it's perfect for summer

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Photo of uustal
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a one finger white head. Solid lacing throughout. Aroma of grass, a bit of wheat and lemon and pine. Very light crisp flavor profile. Grassy taste, a bit of wheat, hint of lemon zest followed by a bit of cracked pepper and pine. Again, very light, but works well together.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a pilsner glass this beer has a brillant straw to light golden color. It's quite clear and excellently carbonated. head formation is a bit weak but still produces a thick moussey head that leaves fine lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is thick and aggressive with spicy hops and grainy malts.

Nice and hoppy with a good pils malt bit.

A bit thin but has a tart spicy dry finish.

An excellent example of a German pils.

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Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch white fizzy head on top of a medium to darker golden colored pilsner. A couple dozen streams of bubbles. Above average lacing and head retention for the style.

S- Fresh bread, lemons.

T-Clean, crisp, and refreshing noble hops. Hint of lemons. Yeah, that's good!

M- Thinner mouthfeel and below average carbonation it seems.

D/O- Woo woo! This is a great summer beer for sure. Its pretty hot and muggy today in northern Illinois so this hit the spot. A sixer of this and I'd be happy. Well done Troegs.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle to pilsner glass. Bottling date is smudged, but it was bottled sometime in late March, it appears. Single purchased for $2.09.

Appearance: The body was a totally translucent bright straw/golden color, probably one of the brightest pilsners I've seen. It's topped by quickly fading two-finger head of pillowy foam, which turns into a persistent cap of foam, leaving behind loose and stringy lacing - probably some of the best I've seen for the style. Lively carbonation bubbles race from the bottom of the glass. This looks like an inviting beer and perfectly matches summer.

Smell: Very bold for a pilsner, but still within the style. I noticed the bready and grainy notes of the pils malt out front, but there was also a penetrating note of citrus, particularly lemon. There are also some concentrated notes of spicy and floral hops, per the style. (Saaz, maybe?) Powerful nose on this one, and very well done. The citrus notes grow more as the beer warms, but through and through, this smells like a German pils on steroids, with the hops taking the forefront; the malts seem to be there for backing the hops.

Taste: Big bite from the lemon/citrus out front, but it doesn't collide with the other flavors; it's very well done and balances well with the spicy and floral hop flavors, which are the next wash of flavors on the middle of the palate. The finish rounds out with some bread and grainy malts as well as some emerging herbal flavors, once again the hops taking the lead. A more hoppy pilsner, perfect for hot summer days and for those looking for some kicki in their lagers.

Mouthfeel: Dead on for a pilsner, and especially great for a summer beer. Clean, crisp, and dry in the finish with a light body and medium carbonation. Some grassy notes linger on the back of the palate.

Overall: Fantastic summer beer. Hunt it down. And if you don't like pilsners now, this is one that will probably change your mind. A great thirst quencher and just an all around good brew, better than some of the American pilsners I've tried.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping it going on the more subtle styles. A nice one to add to the collection.

Pours a golden clear amber with a slight white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smell is herbal and pine hops with some bread. Nice and strong aroma.

Taste opens up with the hops and moves into a bread and biscuit taste. Lingers with the hops on the end, but still a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, and just right for the style.

Overall, its good. Not the biggest fan of the style, but a great one to try on my obscure beer quest

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Photo of OddNotion
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Fantome Tulip

Appearance: Transparent gold. A careful pour produces a one half finger white head that leaves lacing. A lot of caronation bubbles come up from the bottom.

Smell: Light, sweet, lemony. Nothing overpowering but it does happen to be quite pungent for a Pilsener.

Taste: Light, sweet, fruity, refreshing. I may have found the perfect Summer beer. I would never expect to notice any alcohol in a 5% beer and I do not here either. Probably the best tasting pilsener I can think of.

Mouthfeel: Perfect to style. Very light, nice and carbonated.

Overall: Another winner from Troegs. This was the last of the seasonals I have tried from them and now I can say that they officially have my favorite seasonal lineup from any brewery. The numbers may seem a little high but reviewing to style and comparing to other Pilseners, this is far and away my current favorite.

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Photo of Chaney
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/11/11; batch 11309

A: Poured a bright yellow color, clear as a bell, and with a 1/3 finger pillowy white head that retained throughout the session.

S: Sweet bread, yeast, and yummy smelling German malt. Hoppy and potent.

T: The same sourdough quality that I got on the nose, but I also got a tinge of sulfur on the mid-palate. Bitter on the finish.

M: Carbonation was fine and the lacing left on the glass was sticky, yet appropriate. Sweet and bitter, but not too.

O: To be honest, I was a bit disappointed considering the quality of most of Troegs other beers. However, a second rate beer from this fine brewery is still better than many other A-game attempts.

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