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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Ratings: 1,659 |  Reviews: 617
Photo of ckollias
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.8%
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 -20.5%
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 +10.5%
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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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 0%
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 0%
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 +8.7%
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 +2.6%
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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Photo of matttttYCE
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured this into my wonderful new Victory pint glass. Not quite matching but who cares, I like the glass. Moderate pour rate brings about a little less than a finger high, foamy, white head. Head fades to a thin film and slight ring of bubbles around the edges. Lacing is only slight. The beer is a brilliantly clear straw color.

Smell - Aroma is pretty light but still has some things going on. There's a smell of light noble hops, that's hints of lemon zest, floral, and herbal notes, a bit of grains and light malt, maybe a hint of spice and grass. That's about it really. Has a crisp smell.

Taste - Crisp like the aroma. Taste is lemon juice, grass, grainy, a bit of hay or straw taste and a bit of bread, floral and herbal notes, some spice/bitterness, and a bit of sweetness. I'd say this is on the hoppier side of Pilsners, and I enjoy it. I think I like my plisners on the hoppier side anyways. This one goes down quick, it's that good and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and light. Crisp consistency, light carbonation, light body, and a nice light, smooth finish. Great mouthfeel. I could drink a number of these on a hot summer afternoon.

Overall - This and Victory Prima Pils are probably two of the best Pilsners I've had. I really like them both. I think both are fantastic session beers. And I certainly wouldn't mind having easier access to both. Like I said about Prima Pils, this one is a must try in my book! Cheers and thanks yet again trxxpaxxs!!!

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a 1 finger cloudy while head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing as the beer goes down; a ton of bubbles race up the glass, leaving a creamy layer on top.

Smells of sweet malt, wheat, grass, hay, lemon zest, light yeast and light citrus hops; a pretty mellow nose overall that was rather faint but still pretty nice.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, wheat, grass, hay, lemon zest, light yeast, floral hops, citrus hops, grains or other earthy tones, and a zesty citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with high carbonation, a light body and refreshing overall feel. A great session beer that went down fast and easy.

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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 jbertsch
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2 thumbs down. I love a good pilsner and I saw this one was rated fairly high for the style. So I was excited to try it…

Fairly transparent straw color. Head dissipates to a faint film. No big deal there.

Light pilsner malt with faint esters of lemon and grass make up the aroma.

Its taste is snappy. Light grain gives way to fake corn-like flavor reminiscent of Becks or BMC. I notice a little saaz hops making an appearance near the end but that quickly gives way to some unwanted bitterness that backfires from the grass notes. The core flavor profile is very short.

Appropriately crisp mouthfeel. Though a little too fizzy.

Light in body, even for a pilsner. Big let down with some off-putting sour bitterness that shouldn’t be there for this style.

There are much better pilsners out there.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz ~ bottled 6/6/11

Clear yellow body with a finger of white head that fades pretty fast, some slight lacing on my glass. Nice nose, some floral, grass, and lemon are prominent. Earthy taste, the grassy notes from the nose are there, fairly hoppy, and dry (especially in the finish). Its on the lower end of medium bodied, a nice dose of carbonation, and really drinkable.

A really nice summer seasonal from Troegs. There are alot of great Pilsners that come out of PA, this is certainly among them.

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Photo of k7sw
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy pale yellow. Quickly receding 1 finger head that left some lacing on the glass.
S- Faint floral and lemon smell.
T- Slight zing of citrus, not much bitterness at first but it leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste after a few sips.
M- Smooth and bubbly.
D- Goes down very smooth. Good one for the beach or summer days.
O- Wasn't impressed. Haven't tasted many pils but this seemed a little light for me.

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Photo of IronLover
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on May 11, 2011. Bright , sunshine yellow with just the slightest haze. Poured into a pilsener glass with a sturdy white foam that left sticky lacings down the glass. Biscuiy malt and floral hop aromas with a hint of lemon. Medium bodied with a smooth, mellow feel. Biscuity malt flavor up front that quickly leads to floral hop flavors that balance nicely with the breadiness. Finishes smooth and clean with some floral hoppy bitterness. Very pleasant and refreshing. If only all pilseners were this good.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsener Glass. A rough, vertical pour yielded a white 2 finger head. Beer is lemon-yellow gold with faint carbonation. As I drank this a maginficient shroud of lacing coated the whole glass.

Aroma: typical pilsener/lager with crackery malt, grassiness and herbal hopiness.

Mouthfeel: Full.

Taste: unlike many other Pilseners I have drank the Hops here leap out front and initially blast the malt off the palate but the finish is long & malty. The finish is a nice mix of bready malt and herbal hoppiness.

Notes: This Pilsener gets it right. Strongly hopped but not over the top and unpleasant like Prima Pils. This has more character than Stoudt's Pils and is different enough than Brooklyn Pilsener to make it another fine Pilsener to keep around. The bottle says a Crisp, Hoppy Pilsener and I would say it is hoppier than it is Crisp but the Hops taste of the Noble variety and don't wallop you with nastiness. This is a joyful, fun, quaffable Summertime beer.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty solid pilsner. Not much of a smell to it, a little bit of malt. Pours a light yellow/straw color. Slight foamy head that lasts throughout, leaving a faint lacing along the glass. Taste is very good -- dry and malty, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but went very well with the kilbesa on pretzel bread sandwich I was having. Refreshing choice for summer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Slightly hazy light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, lemon juice and zest, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with hops and some lemon juice and zest. There is also a slight amount of metallic flavour going on. It finishes with a lemony/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – A great beer for the summer. It reminded me a little bit of a toned down prima pils. Almost like a prima pils 'light'. It's very easy to drink and it has a very refreshing tasting. It's definitely worth a try if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a really pale yellow color, almost pee-like, with little head and no lacing.

S: Slightly floral with strong notes of lemon and citrus. Just a touch of hops.

T: Disappointingly one-dimensional, with hop bitterness really overpowering each sip. Just a little lemon flavor pokes through around the hops. Even for a pilsener, this brew lacks complexity.

M: Somewhere between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Meh, not one of Troegs' best IMHO. With Prima Pils sitting right next to it on the shelf, I don't see myself buying this again anytime soon.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +11.1%
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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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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