poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottling date was
smudged but appeared to be 3/15/13, which would make it a little less
than two months old.
Appearance: It’s beers like that that can make a "fizzy yellow beer"
appealing to the eye. An almost glowing banana skin hue with a crystal
clear body that’s highly effervescent. Forms a good size, bright white,
frothy head which is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty of lacing on
Smell: Mostly a typical lager aroma but with slight cracker notes and a hint of citrus.
Taste: I don’t think I’ll even find a standard all-malt pilsner that
will blow my mind, but finding one that’s just plain good is a rarity
that I appreciate. That’s Tröegs Sunshine Pils in a nutshell: a true
pilsner that’s flavorful and highly drinkable; and that’s good enough
There’s a slight starch or cracker-like flavor throughout the palate.
Imagine Saltine crackers sans salt. Also riding shotgun is a dry
bitterness, the kind find in old world pilsners. I taste a subtle lemon
character on the back end, which makes for a nice change of pace and
adds some hop flavor without distracting from the main palette or
deviating from the style. While I wouldn’t say this is a terribly
delicious palate, for what it is it’s pretty darn good. I can find no
off-flavors here. If every pale lager were this good the world would be a
Drinkability: Though technically quite bitter at 45 IBUs, Tröegs
Sunshine Pils is still a refreshing and easy to drink beer. The body is
of course on the lighter side, but the mouthfeel doesn’t feel
particularly thin or watery. The carbonation remains constant
throughout. At only 4.5% ABV it’s quite flavorful for the weight and
would meet my criteria for a session beer, especially in warmer weather.
You could probably make a good shandy with this brew.