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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into glass. 4.5% abv.

Appearance- Light and bright golden yellow and almost crystal clear. Lots of carbonation producing a thick white head.

Smell- Fresh bread and a grainy aroma. Sweet scent of lemon as well.

Taste- Sweet cracker malty taste comes on first that becomes more falvorful. The citrus notes also stick around on the back end, reminiscent to lemon just like the nose. A bit of a grassy taste is evident also. Very very faint hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin in the feel similar to a lager. Carbonation is high which is on par for the style.

Overall- On the refreshing side and goes down easy. The flavor was not really too bold. Not too far off from a Coors in my opinion. Still not bad and appropriate for a hot day as the name suggests.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a one finger head that falls to an eighth inch layer with erratic lacing. Pale gold color. Aroma is pilsner malt and grassy/spicy German hops. Flavor is subtle yet spot on with perfect balance of the malt and the noble hops. Mouthfeel is true to style. Damn good Pils.

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On 2014-04-07, I did a side-by-side with Troegs Sunshine Pils, Pilsner-Urquell and Firestone Walker's Pivo Pils.

The Sunshine Pils has a more robust bread flavor than the Pivo Pils, which is dryer, a bit herbal and equally bitter. The Pilsner-Urquell is more like the Sunshine Pils but with even more of a bready taste, a bit less bitterness than the other two, and more of that famous mineral/sulfur presence. The Pivo Pils is the most refined but I miss the more forward bread flavor of the other two. For today's tasting, I'll put Sunshine Pils first, Pilsner Urquell second and Pivo Pils third but this is really just splitting hairs. They're all really good and suit me well.

Tasting notes (and corresponding ratings) from 2013-05-26 are as follows:

A - Clear yellow with a 1.5 finger very white head and decent lacing.

S - Light malt, lemon, flowery hops. Inviting.

T - Much like the smell. Bready malt up front then the citrus, light herbal and white pepper, followed by a surprisingly big hop presence with good bitterness (much like Victory's Prima Pils).

M - Light-medium body and medium+ carbonation. Soft at first then crisply refreshing as it dries.

O - I've had this in year's past but I must say, this is the best it has ever tasted. I think they upped the hop/bitterness level a bit. At 4.5% with a flavor I really enjoy; this will be a summer staple. Well done.

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Tröegs Sunshine Pils from Tröegs Brewing Company
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