Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tröegs Sunshine Pils

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (872) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
I 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 the glass.

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 for me.

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 different place.

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. 
Grade: 7/10

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