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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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92
outstanding

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 77
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2003)
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

micstache, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Excellent beer ! I was very surprised after drinking this beer. And no headache after drinking 10 tannenzapfles :-)

Vinnie_DB, Sep 17, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the real deal!! I grew up in the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and got to love this beer. The Tannenzaepfle is the best example of a Southern German Pilsner. It comes in a 0.33l bottle is a beer like no other. It is brewed in the high mountains of the Black Forest with fresh spring water. The appearances is this of a true pils and the beer also maintains its head after pouring into a glass. The flavor is somewhere between bitter, fruity, etc. The hop bitterness of this beer is just right!
This is one of THE beer of the Southwestern part of Germany. Now also available outside Baden-Wuerttemberg because of the high demand, but the company is stays true to its region and maintains a very quality beer! This is one of those threats when you visit family once a year and you just can't get enough of!

Schwab, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of digita7693
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A clear gold, with a nice white head, typical pils, with good lacing

S slight floral hops smell, malts

T excellent, malts, very fresh, nice bitterness, but not a lot

D very very drinkable, very smooth. This is my go to pils, if available the only pils I generally drink

Im not saying, due to my score, that this is the best beer in the world or anything but I think it is one of the best Pilsners and grading to style it is what most pilsners should strive to be.

digita7693, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of therica
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I happened upon this, on-tap at the snack-bar at Heidelberg Castle on a cold winters' day. I'd just finished a piece of sweet almond-cream cake, and the beer did not conflict, whatsoever, with any of the cake's effects in my mouth.

In fact, I was startling suprised at how good the beer was! The head faded rather quickly, but it was not bitter or overly-hoppish at all, as with some Pilsener's. I cleared my mouth with some stille-water and tried again. Superb. I quickly drank about half of my .3L stein. Then I had some of my espresso, and some more Tannzenapfle. No conflilct, again-- in fact, rather complementary. We were about to enter the Castle for our tour, but I just had to get another .3L of this outstanding beer before departing the snack-bar.

I tried to see if I could discover any secret hints of taste. It seemed to have hints of apple, carob and mandarin-orange or tangerine, very subtly. I really really enjoyed this beer! Very clean.

therica, Dec 12, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The colour is straw yellow; the three finger head is compact, off-white and firm. It sinks very slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is fresh, dry, hoppy (German noble hops) and clean. Hints of honey and fresh fine white bread.

The taste is also fresh, dry, hoppy (German noble hops) and clean. Oh what a fine German Pils this is! There is a very clean and refreshing malt sweetness, but the hops... The bitterness is stronger than your average standard Eurolager, but not as strong as the most bitter Germans Pils e.g. Jever. Herbal bitter flavours that develops into a lightly spicy aftertaste with a fine honey-sweetness and a very refreshing mild bitterness. Spicy light hops in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are mild. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Oh what a great German pils! I want more of this one!!!

bark, Jun 08, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

John_Beeryman, Sep 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Necronomad, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of marburg
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I accidentally entered this into Rothaus Pils instead of Rothaus Tannenzäpfle. Now that we can delete reviews, I'm correcting the problem. Originally reviewed, 4/22/2005:

From a bottle that's as fresh as Will Smith was in the 90s. Pours so pale it's almost like white gold just as it's beginning to discolor. The bubbles that stream from the bottom of the glass initially are champagne-like and plentiful, though they taper off later in the drink. The head doesn't form -- it congeals into a dense, thick white froth that simply clings to the surface of the beer, to the glass, to anything within its reach.

Impressions form. Sweet malts, herbal hops, lemongrass, biscuity doughiness. Somehow it's both airy and creamy, packed with so much natural malt goodness, I'm astonished. I've paid lip service to pilseners for about two years. I've enjoyed them for six to twelve months. But I've revered them since consuming this for the first time only 5 days ago or so. This is amazing. Finishes with a dose of spicy, noble hops. Clean and refreshing. If pilseners all tasted like this at some point in the past, it's not at all surprising that people were so taken with them so as to make it such a popular style. It's not the perfect beer, but it's perfect for so many situations.

marburg, Aug 22, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best pilesners I have ever tasted! It is a very light golden colour with a fluffy white head of foam. The aromas are all fresh pilsener malt, and fresh floral hops. The taste follows suit with lovely floral hops and great german malts. The mouthfeel is light bodied and this stuff is damn easy to drink, which makes the drinkability excellent as well.

francisweizen, Dec 24, 2003
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sighting this in a central Moscow kiosk, I was immediately brought back to my days wandering the Black Forest in search of good beers to bring back to the beer wasteland that is Switzerland. This was always one of my favorites. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 9/7/05, I eagerly opened it on 8/5/05.

Clear pale yellow gold liquid sits below a thin half finger of white foam that fades to film and collar too quickly. No contour and no lace in this head. The nose is strong of bread and grain, slightly sweet, with a touch of pin sap hinting of things to come. The mouth very well carbonated but fairly viscous, almost to the point of being sticky on the tongue. This beer hugs the mouth tight, and won't let go. The taste is a marvel. The opening is pure malt, sweet and chewy like the inside of some French bread. The finish of the first swallow maintains the maltiness, without a hint of hops. Then, long after the liquid has gone, the spicey pine bitterness of the hops starts to build. And build. And build. Finally, the hops erupt in their full bitter glory, surrounding the mouth with crisp dryness, like eating a pine cone. Further sips bring back the malt, but the hops are well established now, and do not relinquish their hold. Delicious flavors blend in an orgy of sensation, leaving the ultimate aftertaste of dry, bitter satisfaction. This is no IPA - it's not that hoppy - but this is a crisp German pilsner the way they are supposed to be (just to bad about the lack of head). Why yes, I will have another, thank you!

Globetrotter, Aug 05, 2005
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At last, something bolder than the standard in a very stardard driven Germany.

Pours a fine yellow with a fair amount of head that dissipates to a film and laces nicely. Aroma of hops! noble herbal and fruity. Delicate balanced malt backbone and definite hop caracter.

Can´t wait to try thier marzen!

bloberglawp, May 16, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very clear gold/yellow with a white, sticky/foamy large head. Good retention.

S - Clean, light pilsener malt. Decent amount of hop giving it a floral and green smell. A little zesty and a little sweet.

T - Most prominent is the bready malt base. A lot of doughy/fresh baked bread taste that provides just a very subtle sweetness. Then mixed in with that base is a loud whisper of floral and herbal hoppiness. Also just a hint of lemon and pepper. These never really jump out a kick you in the mouth; rather, they fade in and out of the bread flavors. The finish leaves a slight bitterness along with the bread taste. The flavor isn't a bold outstanding one, but rather a very enjoyable one that lingers on the tongue.

M - Light and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Good amount of carbonation, and goes down really easy.

D - Amazingly drinkable. Light, crisp, and refreshing just like a Pilsener should be. The flavors linger on your tongue for quite a while and just tempt you to drink more.

Notes: This is an excellent Pilsener and I wish I could give one to people who say they don't like the style. I never thought that highly of the style (a view skewed by less appealing offerings of Pilseners), they seemed too light and wimpy. Is this beer light, yes. Wimpy, no. Very clean, natural, and refreshing beer.

FreshHawk, Feb 21, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 21-06-05. Poors in with beatifull white head and wonderfull golden beercolor. Head stays very well but bubbles get bigger.
Nose is wonderfull too: good hopnose, quiet estery for a botom fermented beer and litle malty in background. Taste is great too being dry malty and going into a fresh aftertaste thats bitter but very clean. Mouthfeel is very good if you know to appriciate the bitterness. Loved this one when I was living in Bavaria beginning of the 90ies and still do so drinkability for me is as good as any brew can get.

paterlodie, Mar 08, 2005
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous deep soft sweet doughy nose in the bottle to start. Poured, it has a very pale ginger ale like sparkle to the eye. A number of swirly wirly beading tornadoes throughout supporting a big rocky pure white glossy head. Frothy lacing webbed around the glass as well.

Soft then firm dry clean taste with a slightly herbally long bitter finish. Structurally this lifts up everything effortlessly yet is so supple and lean at the same time.

The brewer's skill is just stunning. No special barrels, no bucket loads of exotic ingredients or hops and no double digit ABV. Just simple and easy to appreciate but with more susbtance than you'd find in all the craft beer pilsner wannabes stacked together. Love it. Everything a world class pilsner should be and more.

Zimbo, Apr 02, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Kult" beer, usually consumed directly from the bottle. The "pride of the black forest"! Same beer as the PILS in 50cl bottles. Very hoppy, high drinkability. you can't go home after just one bottle! Rarely to be found outside the southwest of Germany. It's so good, the locals don't export it but drink it themselves! Cheers

SERENGETI, Mar 13, 2006
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

hogfish3, Sep 26, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 330mL bottle, poured into various glasses
Served: Many times between March-July 2012

Appearance: A clear, yellow. Light, but not as light as some AALs. Definitely looks like a pilsner because of the lighter roasted malts used.

Smell: Smells 'beer-y', clean, fresh. A little hint of hops somewhere in there.

Taste: Wow! You might not be able to really smell hoppiness at all, but it is in there. This is one very refreshing beer- the lighter body from the light malts is really played well with the hops you taste on the back end. This is no hop bomb and pales in comparison to American beers with hops, so don't go into this expecting some floral hop-bomb. It's substantially more subtle than that, but they are still there. The beer also tastes crisp and clean. The hoppy notes on the back let it clean up well and invite another sip. Tastes 'dry' in the wine sense.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated for the style. Refreshing.

Overall: A fantastic beer. One of the major beers of the Hochschwarzwald region (the other being Fürstenberg, and one of the three major beers of Freiburg (others: Fürstenberg, Ganter), and easily bests both of these. This beer has a strong cult following in the Black Forest region. If you're in the area, definitely check it out. I can't speak, however, to on-tap or bottled varieties purchased in Northern Germany or England, where they also distribute.

A great German pilsner. Comparable in taste to Alpirsbacher, another notably hoppy German pils. Definitely a sessionable beer.

Beric, Jun 01, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Revisiting this beautiful lager two years since my last enounter; BB 22/06/09, served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: a light straw colour comes rather "quiet" in terms of carbonation and an almost 100% clarity, topped with a 1cm thick white froth that only slowly retreats to a fine-textured blanket to last throughout the drink.
S: much milder than my previous encounter, the aroma shows less assertive maltiness and more floral/lime-zesty aroma of German hops with a touch of "plastic" common to German Pilsener (maybe the hops...), backed by a healthy dose of doughy sourness of a well-lagered bier. Refreshing, clean, very decent.
T: like my last encounter, a quiet foretaste of bitter-sweet straw-ish lager malts gets mixed inextricably with a decent amount of bitter hops and non-stop supply of delicate sourness (yeah, a bit doughy but not exactly that, with a bit of juicy citrus too). Quietly, the moderate level of bitterness wrapps the palate in the middle in the smoothest manner, not harsh at all, gradually taking over everything with a mildly chewy palate lingering with more aromatic touches of clean malts and floral hoppiness.
M&D: extremely clean on the texture and this is greatly helped by a superb level of super fine carbonation (maybe the best amongst all bottled lagers I've had), while the flavour profile is integrated, quietly evolving even, against a moderate body for a Premium Lager. Overall, even better than my last encounter but this bottle shows a slightly different balance that weighs up the hops and tunes down the malts. Still, a perfect lager to quaff!

* Tasting Date: 04/01/07
A kind gift from my flatmate's daddy, who brought this beer all the way from hometown Stuttgart~~ This is one his firm favourites. I wonder if this entry should be the same as Rothaus Pils, as on the label it bears both "Rothaus PILS" and "Tannen Zapfle"? BB 14/06/07, served chilled in a pilsner glass.
3.5 A: light yellowish like the colour of infant ducks, coming with a fluffy white head that settles fast to a thin layer of foam, on top of lively carbonation composed of large bubbles...
4 S: clean maltiness with plenty of doughy yeasts and lemons, with a full body of semi-sweet, sugary maltiness at the back. A good swirl would bring out the deeper layer of aromatic hops. Overall, focused and refreshing, rather like a malty Munchen Helles.
4.5 T: wow... isn't this a delicious Pilsener!! The incredibly vertical flavour of bitter-sweet, biscuity and straw-ish malts comes seamlessly with a wave of dry hops and aromatic bitterness that quickly engulfs the whole palate... The lightly lemony aroma as well as delicate but abundant biscuity maltiness linger also well at the back of the palate, building an ideal structure with the 3D bitterness...
4.5 M&5 D: clean, crisp, refreshing on the mouthfeel, with a touch of fizz too much, alas. Overall, this is a medium-bodied pilsener with a LOT of hop aroma, complex bitterness, a lingering malty flavour, and lengthy dry-ish mouthfeel to offer. This is by far the most delicious as well as balanced German Pilsner I've tasted. How I wish I could visit this highest brewery in Germany and taste this supreme beer on draught... Zum Wohl!, to the kindness of my flatmate's Vater!!

wl0307, Mar 17, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

The best German pils and the freshest German pilsner I've ever tasted, thanks to wvsabbath for muling this one back from his recent tour of Germany. Pours into my pilsner nonic 20 ounce pint with ample bright egg shell white frothy head. Bright yellow golden hue almost like a slight haze going on fine speckled lacing left behind with each sip. Aroma pungent herbal grassy hops, lemon citrus zest, earthiness pure Noble hops just kicking the senses, delicate pilsner malt profile bready biscuit like notes, smells wonderful. Drinking in perfect cohesion a blast of fresh hops dry finish bready pilsner malt profile this is sustainable I could live on a pils this perfect for everyday drinking, so well made not as hoppy (bitter) as some American versions but perfect complex malts and hops marry perfectly in this brew. Mouthfeel is crisp natural feeling carbonation, bone dry finish great light to medium bodied not watery or thin, just perfect. Overall, a beer that you can't get in the US, and if you could the freshness would be the downfall...which is why I believe why the Rothaus folks feel that they don't even have to. Just keep your locals taken care of and let the travelers experience this wonderful pilsner while making a trek thru the Rhineland or get a buddy to bring back a bottle or two!

WVbeergeek, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pixieskid generously sent a couple of these my way. 33cl bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Incredibly clear and pale, the beer is a pale straw hue capped by a rich two finger head that retains remarkably well. This is a great loking pils.

There's a raw noble hop character to the nose, grassy and somewhat herbal. Grainy pilsner malt becomes more present as the beer warms, along with a very mineral/hard water scent.

The palate has a huge hop bite, grassy and earthy, herbal and resiny. The bitterness is just barely balanced by a dry crackery pils malt backbone. There's a strong mineral quality, too.

Drinkability is great, though I can see the bitterness wearing down the palate after a while. Fortunately it doesn't linger too long, making it an easy beer to quaff. Delicious stuff, absolutely loaded with flavor for the modest 5% ABV.

largadeer, Jan 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle from evantwomey, straight from Germany - thanks, Evan! Best by date of 17.02.11.

Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a two-finger white head. Great head retention and lacing. Clean, crisp grain and floral, grassy hops on the aroma. Like the aroma, very crisp grainy malt and a nice lightly bitter, floral and grassy hop component. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. This stuff is incredibly drinkable - it's killing me to only have 1 bottle. Really amazing stuff overall, one of the best German pils I've had.

WeisGuy, Nov 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

everlong353, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

harrymel, Jan 22, 2013
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.