Per Webster’s Dictionary, sunshine is defined as the following:
1 a : the sun’s light or direct rays b : the warmth and light given by the sun’s rays c : a spot or surface on which the sun’s light shines
2 : something (as a person, condition, or influence) that radiates warmth, cheer, or happiness
Per Beer Advocate, Pilsner has the following characteristics:
The Czech Pilsner, or sometimes known as the Bohemian Pilsner, is light straw to golden color and crystal clear. Hops are very prevalent usually with a spicy bitterness and or a spicy floral flavor and aroma, notably one of the defining characteristics of the Saaz hop. Smooth and crisp with a clean malty palate, many are grassy. Some of the originals will show some archaic yeast characteristics similar to very mild buttery or fusel (rose like alcohol) flavors and aromas.
Now that we have that business out of the way, let’s move on to the review…
For most of the year, I prefer to drink rich and flavorful styles of beer, i.e. Porters, Stouts, IPAs, etc.. But when the weather gets as warm as it’s been, I prefer lighter beers, and the occasional mixed drink. With that in mind, I decided to pick up a six-pack of Troegs Sunshine Pils, which I hoped would cool me off during the dog days of summer. When I first tried this beer two weeks ago, it didn’t make much of an impression. I had an IPA prior to drinking it, and quite frankly, it couldn’t hold its own against the strong flavored IPA. Tonight I decided to give it a second chance (mostly because there were still four bottles left in the fridge, and I don’t usually go out to buy more until I finish what I have in stock). The beer has a clear golden color and a thin head which dissipates rather quickly. I’m not sure how to describe the aroma. All I can say is that it smells like beer (that’s pretty normal right?). As far as the flavor, the Sunshine Pils has good carbonation and a crisp, clean finish. Not too malty, not too hoppy. The name describes it perfectly: a light, refreshing beer that can be enjoyed on a sunny day while relaxing by the pool. I give this beer a C+/B-.