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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Photo of y2jrock60
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +10.2%
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 +1.3%
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 +6.1%
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 -0.3%
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 -2.4%
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 -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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