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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 ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler picked up from the brewery April 9th, the first week Troeg's started filling growlers...

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a thick snow-white head. Smell is grassy malt, fresh mowed grass, some light citrus and just a hint of bitter hops.

Not very bitter, in fact I had expected just a bit more of a hop bite from this pilsener. No matter, it is crisp and tastes of light grassy malt. Better malt profile than you would expect. Grapefruit and lightly fruity in the finish. Not too fizzy. Well balanced. A great job on a style that is pretty easy to screw up.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden pale note with a bright white frothy head leaves big sporadic chunks of lacing behind with each sip. Aroma: Grassy hop presence with a zesty Saaz bite to it when you get down to it very citrusy in nature nice hops semi sweet pale malts barely peek through which is a good thing. Taste: Classic hoppy pils here starts out with the citrus, grassy, and pepper notes of the hops finishes softly and a bit dry with the pale biscuit malt sweetness. Perfect blend of flavors but the hops quench my hophead desires, good stuff. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied brew with a nice fuller carbonation typical of the style, dead on this beer has character. Drinkability: Lawnmower beer all the way may just pick up a case when I get situated in my apartments this summer.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a nice white head. The smell is a golden malt, with a very good hop backing. The taste is a very good hoppiness backed by a quality pale maltiness. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, with summer coming up, this could be a beer that I could have many of this summer.

Well, Troegs comes through yet again! As far as pilsners go, this is one that's up there with Penn, Kaiser and Prima. Light and refreshing, yet still solid, and this is one I'll likely be having again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

troegs does it again with another quality brew. this time, they took a style i'm not so fond of and made it quite enjoyable. this one pours a nice crisp golden colour. looks nice and refreshing and has a decent sized head for a pilsner. better looking than most pilsners but nothing spectacular overall. the smell is quite nice. it's sweet and hoppy with some wheat notes. very summery. the flavour here is really incredible for a pilsner. i recently really enjoyed rogue's 12th street pilsner, but i think this one passes it in terms of flavour and being my favourite pilsner thusfar (the rogue 12th st is still damn good though). the taste here is much like the smell, sweet and hoppy, with a slight juiciness that seems to be a part of the troegs flavour, as i notice it in many of their brews. while this one strays from the traditional pilsner style a bit (much like the 12th street), it's for the better as this one is basic but complex, and just enjoyable and smooth. a great summer brew.

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Photo of Maestro
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands-down the best pilsner I have ever had. I think this beer is amazing. The gold color is quite deceiving. This ain't your average pilsner. The citrus aroma is amazing. The head is thin but lasts throughout the beer. The taste is full of citrus and it is hard to believe that you are actually drinking a pilsner. This beer has a great malt character to balance the unique hop blend. Although this pils has a light and refreshing quality, it is not light. There is a lot in this beer. I find myself being amazed by the quality of this pilsner. It is quite popular with people of varying tastes and preferences. Well done, Troegs!

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Photo of Gasp100
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 1/6 keg of this today. Pours a beautiful sunny gold color with a thick powdery white head and heavy lacing down the glass. The carbonation level is PERFECT and the smell is of fruit punch, sweet malt, grassy and earthy with just a slight touch of bitter hop bite. The taste is more of the same, clean strong mellow malt backbone with smooth and silky mouthfeel with a nice crisp aftertaste. This is unbelievably drinkable... this is on my list as a top 5 Pilsner and a welcome taste after a few too many Imperial Pils over the last few weeks. I could drink this anytime, anywhere morning, noon or night --- I'll try not to though. Will this be a seasonal that turns into a full time brew for Troeg's.... God I hope so!

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin head that had some large bubbles hugging the sides of the glass. The aroma was great for a pils, huge amounts of malt, lemon, and hops. The flavor follows the aroma as malt and bitterness is nicely balanced. Citrus tones are all over this one.

There is a slight smooth mouthfeel with some crispness at the end. There is a subtle spicy bite during the finish. The malt lasts on the tongue for several seconds after swallowing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy white head on this crystal clear straw colored beer. You have to struggle with the head to get any aroma. The aroma is every so delicate hops with some malt aromas in the background. The flavor is well balanced malt sweetness and bitterness. First out is sweetness which quickly moves to a bitter dry finish that is very crisp. An easy drinking beer.

I noticed on their website this beer is only available through August. I just purchased it about a week ago, and I assume it had been on the shelf since it arrived at the store. Perhaps with a fresher example the smell and taste categories would have been slightly higher.

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Photo of nomad
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nicely oranged gold color with clear as a Mediterranean day transparency. Had a nice sized rocky head; the foam was highly pocked by bubbles. Also had small amounts of carbonation, a thick chunky stain, and some lace. Good looking.

Smell was fruity at first but fades to florals - but fruit covered in slight roasty tones. Then came a light hoppiness in a true German pils way. Smelled grainy like raw wheat and dried Czech hops. Taste was a first note of fruit, then quickly came with an array of bittering and grainy flavors: a biting mix of grainy, earthy, and fruity bitters. Supported by a strong malt body, it had the firm presence of a nice piece of wheat bread but no true malty flavors. But in all, quite bitter with a somewhat roasted character. Would like a little more juiciness and malt flavors to balance the big grainy and dry bitterness.

Had a soft but almost thicker than water mouthfeel, needs to be thinner me think. Nice but a bit too drying and roasty - it spent a little too much time in the sunshine.

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Photo of aaronh
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden color, striking clarity, and a white head that just won't quit make this an awesome looking beer. I poured this beer, walked upstairs, turned on the PC, checked the email, read some forum stuff and then looked back at the beer; still sports a 1/4" head that must be buoyed by the very fine trails of carbonation rising through the glass. A very heavy sheet of foam is left clinging to the glass. Light peppery aroma reminds me of Pilsner Urqell, except with a hint of malt sweetness instead of a hint of skunk. The taste is light and crisp, just a little sweetness up front, then finishing pretty clean with just a touch of bitterness. Then the peppery hop notes show in the aftertaste, where a bit of bitterness creeps in and lingers as well. Mouthfeel is full and slightly creamy, as it expands on the tongue. Drinkability is very good as well. This is a good summer quencher and would go great with grilled meats. Another solid beer from Troegs.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Edition (reviewed mid-Sept 02)

Just when you thought the summer beers were over... Pours a bright "sunshine" yellow-gold, with fine carbonation. A small but fluffy white head, which settles into a fine white tabletop and some nice lacing. Nose of hay and grass and a bit of hops. Taste starts off with malt, followed by a burst of hops, a lemon tang, more hops, and buried in the hoppy aftertaste, a very slight touch of metal. Mouthfeel is creamy full, with the right amount of fiz, not too much. Good American pils. Clean up the aftertaste in next summer's batch, and it might become a great pils. (3.5)

2003 Edition: Gotta love a brewery which fulfills your requests.

Troegs increased distribution in NJ has made this more readily available, and it apparently works wonders for this beer. A much larger, longer lasting frothy white head. Much less carbonation. And most importantly, the metallic aftertaste is no where to be found. Find it fresh and enjoy.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a fine looking creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing as it subsides on top of clear deep yellow/straw colored nectar. The nose is very delicate and a bit sweet with grassy/lemony tones and a touch of flowery hoppiness as well. The taste is on the heavy end of the light-bodied spectrum, but not without substantial flavor. Notes of toast, spiciness and some grassiness mixes with maltiness, then a great hoppiness takes over, flowery and fresh. Nice bitterness level lets you know this is a great Pilsner you are quaffing. Finshes with some good hoppy dryness that fades out long and of the best American Pils interpretations I've had yet.

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Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very bright and golden yellowish color (almost like sunshine!). Sweet grainy malt aroma with some nice grassy hopiness. The taste is very clean and crisp. There are some fruity esters detected here, along with some buttery notes. Bitterness is right on for a pilsner. Finishes pretty clean and the beer is a nice and drinkable pilsner.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, but brilliantly yellow body is topped by an exceptionally creamy bright-white head that holds well, maintains a thin and creamy surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some very nice lace. Very tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface from all over the bottom of the glass; adding to its appearance. Very nice! The bouquet is quite floral with grassy, lightly citrusy (lemony), and mildly spicy hops (Saaz?) over sweet grainy malt. It's clean and fresh like the morning air after a spring shower. The body is light/medium; and it's delicately effervescent carbonation caresses the tongue. In the flavor, hops ride atop a wave of clean sweet malt that's very well-balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with a lingering note of lemony hop and sweet malt in the front of the mouth, and a dusty bitterness at the back of the throat. Really refreshing, but interesting as well. Exceptionally well done and well worth trying.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden colored pils with a nice hoppy aroma. Fruits are also thrown in there. Citrusy, very similar fruit content as the amber, but it seems different hops made what was a good balance into something not so great.

Crisp with sharp carbonation at the start. Lots of spicy hops with a touch of malt graininess. The flavor of this beer is way too laid back. It needs more malt sweetness, and it does not balance very well at all. A decent drinker for the summer, but it won't be in my fridge.

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Photo of Jarod
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed straight from the tap at Troegs Brewery.

This beer poured a clear yellow straw color that when viewed from the side you could see all the carbonation bubbles dancing around. The head that was produced was of a white cloud - fluffy and soft. It had some decent staying power that left behind a nice lace that stretched down the glass. The aromas were of hops - floral and bitter - these were the main aromas that came from the glass, also noticable were fresh flowers, citrus fruit - grapefruit, lemons, fresh grass and a semi sweet feel to it. The flavors that came from the glass were mainly hops. This is a good thing since it is a summer refresher beer. Also tasted were lemons, cirtus fruit, spices, fresh cut grass and some carbonation. The beer left an aftertaste of dry hops. Fairly crisp and clean. It is a good thirst quenching beer for the warmer days that come ahead.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow (light gold) with a moderate white head and decent carbonation which leaves nice sheets of lace. Nice flowery hop (Saaz and Mitt Hallertau) bouquet. Nice malt and bitterness combination. Light-medium bodied with a light creaminess and a crisp dry finish.

Label states: "crisp. hoppy pilsner"

Per Troeg's glossy flyer: 35 IBU, Pils and Crystal malts, Saaz and Mitt Hallertau hops.

On neck: 061102 (2002 version)
Tasted: 03/12/03

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Photo of mophie
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I'm in slight disagreement with the earlier reviewers, because I rather like this beer! I must admit I am quite impressed with this brewery in general. They're not going to knock your socks off with new and experimental beers, but they seem to take great care in making a good, consistent, quality product. The Sunshine Pils is no exception. Deep yellow in appearance, white fluffy head that fades to a wispy rim but doesn't completely disappear. Aromas of grass and hay with just a hint of honey sweetness. Taste also has some grass and hay, giving to a slight bitterness, then a creamy sweet finish. Really rather nice, IMO, and a very pleasant beer to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Murph
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a decent white head that dies too fast and doesn't leave a lace. Grassy hops with some slight spice to them and a bit of corn/malt sweetness in the nose. Slightly spicy hope presence throughout the brew, a little more grassy/hayish than spicy. Some slight notes of DMS in the middle before the hops fade into a somewhat sweet finish. The brew is fairly refreshing but a little bit sticky on the tongue which takes away from it. Still a rather drinkable brew that would be a pretty good session brew for hot summer nights drinking with your macro loving friends. Probably a good conversion beer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright golden yellow color with a white head. On the nose there is slight hop notes, that’s the only thing I picked up. On the palate good hoppiness, grassy and slight fruity citrus notes. Crisp and clean with a bitter finish. Overall a bit boring, becuase it's a Pils but as far as Pils go this is very good. I've always loved Troegs for their consistent good brews, and this Pils is no exception.

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