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: 1,645 |  Reviews: 614
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear straw yellow with tiny bubbles of carbonation rushing to the top of the glass in a constant stream. Big rocky white head boasts great staying power and leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Classic pilsner smell: crisp and clean with grassy and herbal Noble hops, hints of lemony citrus zest, and a grainy, doughy malt base.

T: Noble hops hit first with light herbal notes and citrus zest. Grassy Noble hop flavors are present too. Very clean and crisp. Doughy malt base turns grainy in the quick, dry finish. Very good.

M: Light and crisp with lively carbonation.

O: Great beer. Refreshing and spot-on for the style.

Notes: One of the best American-brewed pilsners. Very tasty and refreshing, damn near perfect. Great drinking in the warmer weather.

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

Poured into Pilsner glass with a healthy light white pilsner looking head.

Aroma of pilsner malt, healthy dosing of noble hops./

Taste of sweet pilsner malt, not too overbittered with Czech noble hops, and pleasantly sweet for the style. Really impressed with the clean flavors coming off of here without being overbittered or too sweet.

Overall a very well done German Pilsner from Troegs

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass; nice transparent straw color with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is pilsner malt with feint hop fruitiness.

Taste is smooth pilsner malt sweetness with just enough hop bitterness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is well done, very good crispness, nice body and just enough of a dry finish from the hop bitterness.

Overall, very well done great balance of malt sweetness, hop aroma and flavor and crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Allagash flute glass.

The color is completely clear yellowish gold with a finger and a half of foamy white with some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has some slight citrus aroma with a touch a malt smell as well. Some dough aroma makes me think of bread that has not risen yet.

The taste is crisp with a hop flavor but not a heavy bitterness as this beer has a good water flavor that washes off the tongue and keeps anything from staying in your palate for too long.

The feel of this beer is light but has a good feel like it might be bigger then you think but drinks like a lawn mower beer. Something you would have during the summer. It goes down easy and is really drinkable.

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Photo of Blanco
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light golden color with solid white head. head quickly disappears leaving a film on top. the smell is clean pale malt. taste is very clean, refreshing. very similar to an american wheat, but cleaner and with a hint of lemon. mouthfeel is light. I'm not a big pilsner fan, but this beer is just damn good and overcomes any ill feelings I have toward the style. Nice warm weather brew.

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Photo of Morey
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a one finger white head that settles to a thin lace rather quickly. Nice clarity. Moderate head retention. All qualities that you'd expect with a good pilsner.

The aroma is mild, crisp, and clean. Nothing surprising here, but it's on par with the style.

More of the same with the taste. The hop/carbonation bite is more in the middle-end with this one (some pilsners pack their bite up front).

Thin crisp clean mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This one gets a 4 overall because...well...I gave it a 4 in almost every category. A good pils for sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've always liked this beer, but I ever only buy a couple of singles each spring/summer. It's just not as good as Prima, Stoudt's or even Noble Pils. That being said, I enjoy drinking it when I do.

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Photo of heirStaaden19655
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I dont understand where all the bad sentiment is from the previous reviews.
Troegs has captured a fine Pilsner representation with the Sunshine PIlsner offering.
True to form pilsner . Bright clear appearance, bubbly carbonation, nice lacing and medium head , typical of finer Pilsners.
A refreshing Hoppy presence,not very typical of most lesser pilsners and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. I could easily have a six on a hot summers afternoon or anytime for that matter.
The bold hoppy esthers are what must intimidate some people. If you like Nugget Nectar or any of the powerful Hoppy California beers,you'll definitely like this one.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love German and Czech Pilsners, one of my favorite styles of beer. This one is way too bitter, minimal notice of flavoring in the noble hops and has a long lasting aftertaste of negative flavors. Also has some hints of barley and wheat flavorings similar to Adjuncts. In fact there are probably 10+ macro pilsner/lagers that I would rather drink than this offbalanced mess of a beer. Sorry to be so harsh to Troegs (which I really like some of their other options) but I need shoot straight from the hip and think they need to go back and rework there attempt at a Pilsner.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.85/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If you look over any other reviews I've done you'll see I really don;t like Pilsners. This brew falls into that same category. I really found this beer to be incredibly light on flavor and mouthfeel. The only flavor I got was the gross fresh cut grass flavor that I really can't stand. For me this beer is not good. If you're into these styles you'd more than likely enjoy this one as well.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A slightly cloudy, yet transparent, yellow. A very mellow-yellow look to it; not golden straw or school bus yellow. Less than a finger of head that is quick to make itself disappear.

Smell - Slight bitters and hops. Quite watery smelling. Smells dry and natural.

Taste - Crisp and slightly hoppy. Slightly lager-like in its taste. Slightly malty and very watery.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very refreshing and easily drinkable. Sort of a plain pilsner. Good hop quality but just slightly bland for my tastes. It was a good beer, but there many other better Pilsners in my opinion.

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

Served on-tap at the Troegs tasting room into a Pilsner Glass.

A - Pours straw yellow with a thick pillow of one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a tick film, leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pale, dry, malt with some earthy hops cutting thru it toward the end. Some very faint citrus fruits come out as it warms up a bit but I really don't get more than that.

T - The initial crisp feel is enveloped quickly by the huge amount of chewy malt. Mixed in with all that chewiness is hints of grassy hops and dulled citric fruits. Finish is just as chewy as the start with plenty of it sticking around long thru the finish. I am not sure but I have a feeling this draft might have been from the bottom of the keg. I like this beer a lot, it is one of my go to beers during summer, but the overall chewy feel really wears on you over the course of multiple servings.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering long thru the finish.

D - Not bad. I do enjoy this time of year when the sunshine comes out. The only drawback to this beer is the over the top chewy feel. It really prevents me from having more than one or two of these at a time. Still solid tho.

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Photo of fdw3
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow colored with 1.5 fingers worth of white head.

Aroma and taste are both hoppy with lighter citrus qualities, and bitterness comes across as more apparent than usual with no noticeable sweetness.

Dry, light-bodied, and medium-high carbonation; a nice combination for this style and includes an extended aftertaste of hops.

OVERALL: A solid, dry, hoppy beer that leans toward the bitter end of the pilsner spectrum. Definitely refreshing, but three would be too many.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent along with a dry, German hop aroma. It's crisp and clean with touch of graininess. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor. It's goes down easy with a mild hop flavor in the finish. It's a simple, easy drinking beer with little to no imperfections. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid pilsner. It's true to style and well brewed.

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Photo of Beejay
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale grapefruit colored, hazy with a full 2 fingers worth of head.

S: Slight citrus and light malt presence. Perhaps a hint of noble hop aroma.

T: Citrus, and noble hop aroma. A bit on the bitter side for a pis. Interesting..

M: Light and very bubbly. The carbonation hangs around for a bit, and the hops hit your throat just a bit.

D: Good, but far from amazing.

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Photo of kagent777
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. A friend brought this one back from Pennsylvania while on a trip. Thanks, Ken!

Appearance: The brew is straw yellow with a little haze and a parade of bubbles streaming to the surface. The white head dissipates quickly, but leaves some nice lacing as I drink.

Smell: Some nice earthy/herbaly hops type flavors, not over powering but present. Some very light malts are also in the smell.

Taste: The hop bitterness is present, but again not overpowering. The lightly toasted malts mix nicely with the hoppiness to make a very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel: The body is good, not too heavy for a pilsener type beer. There is a little astringency also present.

Drinkability: I would choose this one if i could but it is not distributed in Utah. A very approachable beer, could use this one as a gateway beer for BMC drinkers.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Troegs pint. Light orange gold straw color and one finger head. Smell and taste was slightly sweet and spritzy with a nice hoppy hit. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both nice and easily sessionable. A solid choice for me.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery tap. Fresh.

A- Light transparent yellow with fizzy head and fun carbonation bubbles.

S- Mellow hops, citrus and sweet bread.

T- Watery, with crisp mild hops a bit of spice and a biscut like undertone.

M- Carbonation is high and spritzy, but not too much. Light bodied.

D- Very easy to drink. Slight citrus tones. Very good pilsner style.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe for the treat.

A- Very light transparent yellow with a small less than 1/2 finger head that dies quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S- Light hoppiness and slight bready sweetness, also get some light baking spices. Not much.

T- Very light beer and easy drinking on a really hot day like today. Starts with a mild hop flavor and moves to a slight bready sweetness and finishes dry with some light baking spices, not bad.

M- Carbonation was ample and attacks the tounge but I wish there was more, the flavors are light but I like the slight breadiness and baking spices.

D- Very easy to drink this beer. If anybody asks for something similar to BMC but with more flavor, this is it, suggest it.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, piss colored liquid pours to a nice finger + of head that leaves nice spiderweb lacing down the glass. Doesn't get much more to the point.

The aroma is nice and crisp with a good amount of biscuit, and slightly sweet malts. There seems to be a hint of citrus hops.

The taste is very good, with a bit of biscuity malts, a very small touch of sweetness, and a dash of slight citrus hops on the finish.

Feel is crisp, and light, but at the same time there's a slight silky quality to it. Carbonation is high, but nowhere near over the top.

High drinkability. This is a very nice, refreshing, and tasty pils.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not quite clear straw with a good head on a hard pour.

S - Very grassy, with some lemon.

T - Somewhat sweet with an aggressive hop bite. A bit of bready malt and herbal hop flavour. Very clean.

M - Lightish, without being watery. Carbonation is well controlled.

D - Pretty easy drinking warmweather brew. Clean, crisp, no off flavours and decently tasty.

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Photo of berkey
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today is a decidedly un-pilsener-y day weather wise but I thought I'd better drink this as fresh as possible and give my Pilsener flute a rare Autumn workout. Sampled 10/23/10.

Forms a three finger tall cap of bright white foam atop a clean pale straw-colored body. While not a match for some in the style, head retention is decent enough and lacing is very nice.

Sweet biscuity malt aroma with some mild grassy and herbal hop notes. Not as aromatic as some of my favorites in the style but it works.

To my slight surprise and enjoyment the grassy hop bitterness is markedly more assertive on first sip than it was on the aroma. Malt sweetness is more subtle than I might have guessed from the slightly high for the style 5.3% abv. Aftertaste is even more loaded on hops than it was to start.

While not my favorite Pils this is another very nice example of a fine Americans brewed Pilsener.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing as it moves down my pilsner glass. The nose brings some light grainy notes as well as a bit of Noble hops.

The taste brings a nice amount of bitterness as well as some herbal and floral notes. Light grain fills out the light body, which has some nice carbonation. A really nice, drinkable summer brew.

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Photo of JRed
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden in body with white head on top. Aroma of grains, hops, dew and some floral notes. Flavors of hops, slight wet leaves, floral notes, some flittering honey notes, and some nice dryness towards the finish. Crisp and refreshingly light in body and carbonation.

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a frosted glass at the Nantucket Lobster Trap restaurant this summery specialty shows a very clear, pale straw gold color with a healthy white crop of head and plenty of lacing foretelling a good quality brew. The aroma is skunky cereal wheat and rice, much to my liking for pilsners, deep in doughy bread sourness. The flavor speaks of fairly creamy citrus rice and light rye wheat. This pleasant taste suits me. It's got the kind of crisp refreshment you look forward to but it feels pretty chewy for a pilsner, creamy with relatively subtle, "tiny" carbonation. Unusually smooth without sacrificing too much of the refreshing quality you expect from a pilsner. Very edible and equally drinkable. Great with food and flavorful on its own merits. A highly satisfying pilsner.

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Photo of david18
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this because one of my favorite bartenders at one of my favorite bars said this was a good beer and she really seemed to mean it. I also liked this beer but would not put it in my list of great german pilsners. A little on the smooth side to be considered a german pilsner and not quite bright enough but a very good summer drinker which, if it gets hot again, i'll have a few pints of.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,645 ratings.
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