Sunday, May 1, 2011
Troegs Sunshine Pils
If I were to ever join a class action lawsuit, it would be false advertising complaint against Miller Light’s “great pilsner taste” advertising campaign. Come on, man! Great pilsner taste? Are you fucking KIDDING me?! It’s light beer - it’s neither pilsner nor great-tasting! A pilsner, by definition, is golden-colored, heavily hopped, and spiced with floral and citrus notes. Miller light, well, they got the color right. Troegs Sunshine Pils, on the other hand, has got the classic pilsner taste. Available April through August only, Sunshine Pils is a staple of my warm weather beer diet. It’s crisp and thirst-quenching yet aggressively hoppy. Like any good pilsner it’s made from noble hops (in this case Saaz, Mitt, and Hallertau) and adds balance with biscuit-like malts. Although quite light, it’s by no means a mere “lawnmower beer”. It brings a surprising amount of flavor for such a clean, summery beverage. Sure, you could guzzle it down after you mowed the lawn on a hot day, and it would do the trick. But you could also enjoy it with a nice meal or as an ideal session brew in the company of friends. Notes of grass, citrus, pine, and bread come together to create a crisp, enjoyably hoppy taste that would do even the Germans and Czechs proud! Without a doubt, this is one of the best summer beers on the East Coast. I'd laud it for its "great pilsner taste", but legally I'm probably not allowed to. Drink up!