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

This pours out a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with an inch of white foam sitting atop. Scant lacing is left around the glass each time this one is sipped. Fresh grassy and citric hops come forth in the aroma with a strong bready malt backbone, a very clean smelling brew. There is a bit of spice to it as well. The taste start off with a malt flavor before giving way to a crisp slightly bitter citric hop flavor on the backside. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and this has excellent drinkability. I could drink these all day very good taste and very refreshing, another great brew from Troegs.

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

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 7 from Beergeek279. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of white head over the clear light straw brew. Almost seems to glow yellow. Dense head, laces well. Aroma is balanced of pale malts and crisp hops, tending towards the pales slightly. Taste is well-balanced, with strong pale malts flavors, but more hops than most pilsener-styles. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. A nice pilsner-style interpretation.

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Photo of shapudding
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick mountain of white head which eventually settled into a nicely thick covering. Lightly scented, crisp and clean, slight citrus and hay. Incredibly smooth tasting with just enough of a bite to be noticable. Hint of raspberry in there -but not fruity, just a reminder in the background that kinda gets your attention. Light and refreshing, very drinkable. Nice!

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

Appearance – This was a treat just to stare at. The light yellow body was very hazy and held up a huge, fluffy white pils head.

Smell – The delicate Saaz hops were right on target here, although the grain aroma was a bit too harsh for my tastes. There was a pleasant spiciness though that evened things out.

Taste – The German hop flavor is definitely here, but the American grain and overly sweet finish throw this one a bit off-style.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was terrific. This pils is light and refreshing with just the right bitter bite at the end.

Drinkability – This was an excellent effort at the style and one of the better American-made Pils that I’ve sampled.

Comments – Thanks to Prostman for sending this one out my way.

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

Pours a light clear yellow with nice white head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to escape. Smells of light malt with lemons and a touch of grass thrown in with a and nice citrus hop aroma. Tastes light crisp lemon citrus flavored malt with a grainy grassy flavor. Hops leaves nice light coating in your mouth so you know you have had a beer. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing as it should be. Drinakability is is great could go threw a sixer in no time. Was debating even getting this beer do all the bad mass produced pilsner I have had in the past. Makes me wonder if Bud actually put hops in their beer it might not be too bad?

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

The word pilsener, and all its connotations -- hell, the town of Pilzn itself -- just exploded.

Sunshine Pils is nobly bright with mandarin oranges and rind. A clever beer, it leads us into this explosion of citric and grassy flavor with a pretty classic, unassuming nose that hints at citrus but, because I expect single-hop Saaz, lends only some light herbal qualities. The finish, though quenching on this hot day, is lingering -- especially long for the style -- with a garden of floral accents.

Despite the loud flavor, everything in the beer from its medium-light mouthfeel and steady stream of bubbles to the prickly bitterness, grainy, and easy drinkability is completely to style.

Stripped completely of color with a thin, acceptable, but unimpressive head, this is the American pale ale after a year in the witness protection program. What have you seen bearer of great secrets? Who are you?

Relax, relax.

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

It pours a crystal clear and amply carbonated golden yellow. Almost two fingers of bright white head pumps up, then deflates soon to mottled pads of foam. Commas of lacing punctuate the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a sweet, light malt presence, slightly yeasty and tangy. A lilting hops perfume drifts with an almost succulent mild fruitiness. A mellow bitterness brings up the rear.

A sip brings a light grainy sweetness that dangles notes of berry and a distant mild citrus. A gentle doughiness couples with a lively hoppy fruit current to flesh out the middle. More hops, this time a bit tangy, crop up toward the rear-end before the noble hops bitterness takes over to linger at the finish. Crisp, hoppy, fruity, and fresh, the flavor is in fine fettle.

Light bodied, it's carbonated and lively, and it coats nicely enough for its airy nature. After washing away, a pleasant gentle hops glow remains to linger a while.

It's a hopy, tasty pilsner that goes down damned smooth and crushes thirst in its path. All kinds of fun and refreshing, it's a cool combination, balancing lots to like. These go down so nice, one after another, making it not only drinkable, but stridently satisfying. Whether slow sipping or a summertime session, this is truly one to have when you're having more than one, with all due apologies to Schaefer!

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Photo of merlin48
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This summer Pils pours an ultraclear, pale yellow body, with a white, two finger head that eventually drapes the glass with chains of attractive lacing.

Aroma is lemony citrus, with hint of grass, and a soft malt background.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and clean and crisp.

The taste reveals that this one is no pretender. Solid noble hops presence with a dry, lemony, citrus character. Smooth malt presence provides only a hint of sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing, all the way down. No hint of Euroskunk in this one. Finish is clean, dry, and slightly bitter. Aftertaste has a hint of lemon rind.

Very well crafted summer brew. Goes down way too easy. Nice thirst quencher after a warm, sunny, day.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemony sunshine yellow with a light haze of superfine particulates. The head is cotton white in color, is just firmsticky enough to indicate quality construction and deposits a respectable amount of lace in no discernable pattern. Wonderful nose. Bright and lemony (just like the color) with a tantalizing hoppiness.

The flavor is most enjoyable. Sunshine Pils is one of the best beers of this style that I've had yet. Lots of fresh grain and biscuity malt with all kinds of floral, lemon citrus hops zinging this way and that. The finish favors hops over malt and is ever so slightly dry. The label calls this a 'crisp, hoppy pilsener' and I'd say that description is right on the nose. The body is medium-full for the style, another positive in my book.

Although this beer doesn't reach the stratospheric heights of Victory's Prima Pils, I won't hold that against it since I consider Prima the absolute pinnacle for the style. Sunshine Pils is still light years ahead of most of its competition though and I'd love to have regular access, especially during summertime.

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

Pours and oh so pale clear golden color. Thin white head. Smell is a nice malty sweetness with more than a little hoppy aroma. Nice citrusy smell is also noticeable. Taste is just a flat out nice pils taste. There are more than a little bit of hops noticeable. This is a crisp, clean beer that isn't too heavy and isn't so over the top that a macro drinker wouldn't like this one. Wonderfully done, and a superb beer for the summer. Nicely done, Troegs!

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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 AsburyParkJMH
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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