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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: 1,670 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of tlazaroff
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
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 +33.7%
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 -0.3%
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 +19.5%
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 +14.4%
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 +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +23.5%
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 -1.1%
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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Photo of nickthetick
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice light golden yellow into a duvil tulip with a half finger of white head that thins quickly.

S: crisp light sweet malt, nice bitter hops. Pine like and grassy.

T: malt base, crystal malts and crisp. A bit like sourdough bread. It leaves a pine resin flavor in the mouth and on the tongue.

MF: light and refreshing but full of flavor.

O: I love this seasonal pilsner, its full of flavor and has a good body.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was part of a Troegs Variety case.

Best if enjoyed by: August 11, 2011

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a translucent, sparkling golden color. A massive 2-3 fizzy head needed to fade a bit before I could add the remainder of the bottle. The head fades to nothing after a few minutes. Nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A rather bland smell. A slight sweetness.

T - The beer was very tasty. A nice crisp, hoppy bite finishes with a lemony aftertaste. The alcohol wasn't noticeable at all.

M - A very thin beer. Nicely carbonated.

O - A great summer-type beer. Very quaffable and refreshing. Easily sessionable. Another good beer from the Troegs Variety case.


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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 rtepiak
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a hard style that is troublesome for americans. With there is no distinction of this being a pilsner and a well filtered ale. Nose is a tad more lime than most. A grain earth... Palate a plateau. Grain and some hop. Its doesn't fall off dry. It doesn't have any malt complexity. The base notes are there but little interaction.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden color, small fizzy head that fades quick. Moderate lacing with each sip.

S: Smells like a pilsner; light malts, grassy, and a mild fresh hop scent.

T: Slightly bitter hop bite, somewhat lemony, grassy. It has a very fresh taste.

M/O: Very clean. Light body, lots of carbonation. The motto on the side of the bottle says it best, "crisp, hoppy pilsner". Pilsners aren't my favorite beers, but this one is definitely better than most. I need to pick up some prima pils soon and compare the two.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very small white head on top of a golden blond beer that leaves little lacing from little retention. Smells include a small amount of hops and a grassy freshness.

Taste is marked mostly by a light hop hit on the front that builds to a hoppier bitterness in the back. Also some grassy notes in there. This makes for a crisp mouthfeel that refreshes as it goes down. There's a lightness to it that makes it really easy to drink, but not in a watery way.

Certainly above average for the style, but not one I'd probably go out of my way to find unless I was really into pilsners.

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Photo of Montrose79
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip

A- clear gold. Decent head that recedes with some lacing

S- citrus, a little skunky

T- citrus, pils malt, clean, crisp

M- thin, clean

O- not my favorite style of beer but would be refreshing after working on a hot day. Good summer brew

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Photo of kevinv
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/02/2011. Wow - from the brewery to my hands in 5 days. Can't ask for much better.

A - Pours a brilliantly clear straw yellow. ~1.5 finger foamy white head which receded slowly to a thin film on top, leaving behind decent lacing.

S - Light pilsner malts with understated notes of lemon and citrusy hops.

T - Citrusy notes seem to lead the way with lemon being the dominant player. Nice and clean malty backbone with a little graininess. Well balanced and mildly bitter. Slightly dry finish with lemon lingering in the aftertaste.

M - Very clean and crisp. Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer for the summer time. Low alcohol and not filling at all. Definitely a great choice for the warmer months.

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

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a shaker pint glass.

A simple white head that looks a little foamy is presented, sitting on a pale gold lemon/straw clear body. Simple carbonation from the bottom and not much lacing from the bottom. Looks like sunshine indeed.

A very unexpected nose but a good one. Melon, literally the first thing I felt was cantaloupe and some simple malted grain. Man evaluating a light beers nose is hard sometimes for me.

Taste is a simple crispness, with a faint but sharp hop spice. Once again there is that melon cantaloupe thing going on, and there is a slow but small faint baked bread on the finish. A little fizzy and carbonated.

This is pretty good for style, but I think I'd go for Prima Pils over this for it's Pennsylvania brother connection. However, if melon is your bag this is your summer melon beer right here.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a recent trade as an extra for drgonzo3750. I just recently found out he is not a real doctor but he does play one on TV and no he is not dr Phil. However....

From a 12oz bottle poured into a snifter to celebrate my short vacation.

It came out golden yellow. Clear. Beautiful two finegr head. Looks like a pilsner.

Smells like a Pilsner as well lots of grains but more hope then I have in my usual pilsners.

Very clean and crisp flavors, same grains and pilsner malts, nice bitterness on the aftertaste.

It has a thin mouthfeel, is crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

It's everything a pilsner needs to be and more. Clean, crisp and very drinkable. This stuff you should buy by the case. Too bad I only had one bottle but it was worth drinking for sure. One of the best Pilsners I have ever had!

Thanks to the dr for sending this my way!

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

I bought a sixer of this while on a recent trip to Cleveland (can't get this in Chicagoland). Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This lager poured a brilliantly clear medium gold color with a thin white head. The head dropped fast to a thin ring but did leave some decent spots of lace for a lager beer.

S= Bready malt, light sulfur, and noble hops in the aroma.

T= Started off with a nicely bready and sweet malt base then moved on to a spicy noble hop bitterness. Not overly complex but delicate and tasty as it should be. Finished dry and refreshing.

MF= Lighter bodied with a prickly carbonation level that was maybe too high for some but perfect for me.

D= Quite a delicious and drinkable pilsner. I could easily kill a six pack of this on a hot day.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a sunny, golden color from a 12 oz bottle, with freshness date on the bottle. One finger head that dissipates slowly. Good, solid carbonation. Aroma is typical of a pilsener.
Crisp, refreshing taste which is dominated by malts with faint bitterness in the finish. Excellent all round lacing on this pilsner.
A good pilsener from Troegs and has all the makings of a good sessions beer. Perfect for a nice hot sunny day.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear golden color with a slight head.
S: Sour dough bread with some hints of hops and malt.
T: Spicy bready and hoppy. Very good and bitter with some real crisp sweetness.
D/O: Crisp and drinkable with some interesting spice and great beer to have for summer.

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Photo of jman892
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours perfectly clear golden yellow with a foamy white head which fades in a hurry

S - Aroma is bready, grassy, and fairly muted

T - The strong hop bitterness was surprising with this one. There is a little bit of a lemony bite to it as well as the grassiness noted in the aroma

M - Feel is light and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation

O - Average beer, got 3 this in a mixed 12, and that will be a good amount for me.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright yellow with a moderate stark white head, that fades eventually to film.
the nose is is mostly of herbal noble hops, there are also touches of lemon, and a slight graininess, maybe a faint bit of sulphur.
the grainy malttakes more of role in the mouth, followed up with a bit of that lemony citrus and a substantial bitterness. clean as hell and dry as a bone. just bit of a of a crackery quality adds some complexity. there is also a pleasant mineral character
a medium body with a moderate carbonation.
overall a very good, clean german style pilsener. i was wary of this one in the mixed 12, but it's troegs, i should have known it would be good.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/23/11.

Pours as yellow as it gets, white head retains as a good cap and leaves a bit of lacing.

Grainy, herbal, lemony scent. Slightly better than your average macro I'd say.

Taste is surprisingly that of a pretty standard pilsner. Big beer-y cereal/grain/bready tastes up front. Light herbal and grassy hop flavor with a clean non-garbage finish.

Light and crisp mouthfeel as it should be. Good carbonation level without overpowering.

This could be snuck in with some of the better American macros without much differences noticed, surprised how un-hoppy this was coming from Troegs. It would make a good session beer, but I'd probably pick Prima Pils over this.

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