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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 70
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2003)
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BayerischBier

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nicknamed "zäpfle" it is one of the kult beers for pils-snobs.

A: beautiful golden color,nice carbonation, and well appearing head.

S: very fresh with some grass/earthy note which makes you think about some hops like tettnanger being used.

T: very smooth with well balanced amount of bitterness and body.

M: well composed pilsner which welcomes you with a refreshing taste and leads to some bitterness combined with some hops and carbonation - great mouthfeel.

D: They come in grades/boxes of 24... you better get one for each of your friends; if you don't like to share a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 15:44:21 | More by BayerischBier
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dherling

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a piss yellow color, maybe with a slight greenish tinge. Has a small white ehad that dissapears into nothing. The nose is strong pilsner, it's like soeone took a classic german pils and made is super concentrated. This is the DIPA of pilsners. Lots of saaz ops, some green fresh grain. The taste is much more mellow. Some nice assertive hopping comes through, bellied by ample grain. Very well balanced, not over assertive. Has a tight prickly mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 04:40:13 | More by dherling
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StJamesGate

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours white gold with piles of lumpy, creamy snow white foam that leaves crusty rings. Perfumed nectar and grassy spice nose. Big honey on fresh white bread malts with coriander leaf and white pepper hops. Tingly finish and tight linger. Light, super dry, some stick, round.

Superbly balanced, bright and fresh. Hallertau and Tettanger give a twist somehow to the usual Noble profile. A quality pils.

Thanks to Mark for bringing this back from Berlin.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 17:54:37 | More by StJamesGate
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richmof

Belgium

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks as a pilsner should look: clear golden yellow with a nice foamy head that dissipates on the way down.

Not much to the nose slight biscuity malt and grassy hop, this follows through to the palate but is greatly amplified. A really grassy hoppy pilsner - bitter but not overdone (like a Jever). A classic example of a pilsner.

Prickly and dry, I could drink these all day long. So schmeckt der Sommer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 22:22:26 | More by richmof
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from the black forest by the lovely Tanja, who says this is the go-to beer of all her friends in Freiburg and surrounding parts. The old-school label rocks. Pours a shimmering but pale yellow-gold with a soapy half-inch head. Looks pretty much like it does on the awesome label. A zillion bubbles feed the head too, but that could be because of the "nucleated site" on my glass.

Brings a sensible and enjoyable mixture of sweetness and bitterness to the nose. Clearly pils malts are abundant, with the sweetness of fresh straw, honey, mild lemon and crispy hops mingling nicely.

Not an unexpected or extraordinary flavor, but a solid and very likable one. The characteristics from the aroma carry over to the flavor, with an increased level of herbal flavor, a bit fruity, and a hit of mineral (salt?) in the back and finish. Excellent balance of bitterness and sweet maltiness, with cracker/biscuit-like earthiness running up the middle and keeping it real.

Texture is bright and tingly, as would be expected, light in body and a rounded buttery angle giving balance. Pretty much par for the course in this department.

Insanely drinkable, of course. Would be easy to knock back 5 or 6 of these in a session, and I'm not really into doing more than 2 or 3 of anything these days. This just makes you want to keep hoisting, and with a friendly ABV and a friendlier flavor, why not? A beer like this is why U.S. macro pilsners are such an embarrassment--this is the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 23:06:50 | More by Metalmonk
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zachd1

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-05-2012 20:56:10 | More by zachd1
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2011 17:42:13 | More by mdillon86
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts along with notes of grassy hops and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a solid and well-balanced pilsner that is very easy to drink. It is a good way to open up a meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 00:11:27 | More by metter98
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright, very light yellow golden beer with a creamy big head.

Smell is strong malty with some husky notes in a mild way, grainy. The yeast does not have the usual German sulfuric touch. Smell is a little sweet.

Taste is dominated by the malt, a strong maltiness with a light husk taste. The bitterness is remarkably well balanced and is not too bitter. There is not really a hop aroma in the beer, too bad. The yeast is clean, but lacks the typical German character. For me this adds to the beers drinkability, making the beer less sweet and 'thick'.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 08:23:44 | More by Absumaster
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mpf

Germany

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-23-2014 16:33:01 | More by mpf
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jjm2503

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-01-2012 01:08:32 | More by jjm2503
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alugeris


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-13-2013 08:10:21 | More by alugeris
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mizx

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-01-2013 21:15:28 | More by mizx
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jpmajors

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-31-2012 01:13:09 | More by jpmajors
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-18-2014 08:19:24 | More by Shandycan
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confer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came courtesy of my friend Georg in my yearly Christmas package from Baden Wuerttemberg. It's his go to beer and it is easy to see why.
Except for a big white head the beer could be mistaken for a glass of champagne. Same color and lots of carbonation.The smell is the low point for this beer , it smells sour maybe Stella-like. There are several tastes. Dominating are an apple sweetness followed by a nice hop bitter bite which lingers. This beer is light and very refreshing. I easily could have several. They should export this to the states. Once again the Germans know what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:05:22 | More by confer
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thierrynantes

France

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer botte (33cl.), tasted in 2005.

Appearance : golden color, with a white creamy head.
Smell : grassy and hopped aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with notes of grain with a long bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer ine the style German pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 19:57:05 | More by thierrynantes
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chebode2

Germany

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-21-2014 18:22:08 | More by chebode2
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whatsgoody

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2012 00:56:44 | More by whatsgoody
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-20-2013 00:01:15 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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DMB

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-14-2013 20:32:01 | More by DMB
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe Chalice, pale colour, small fading head, some lacing retained. Aroma was seemed to be Spalt and Tettnang hop, detected some fruit. Tasted very fruity for a Pils, notes of Tomato pickle along with what I thought was Tettnang and Spalt hop, some gummi bear. Saves the bitterness for the finish which also brings some sour dough with it. Texture is thin, well carbonated, slightly coarse. I thought it held up very well compared to North German Pils style beers, as it was nowhere near as harsh and had more depth.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 14:29:15 | More by jonb5
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 5,1% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best before: 18/12/2012

Appearance: Light golden body (crystal clear), topped by a large white head. The head displays good retention and leaves some patchy lace.

Smell: There is not as much hop character as I expected, but I guess that is as a result of the age of the bottle. That said, the nose is more than solid. Notes include: Grassy noble hops, pale grain, an earthy note and a touch of pale fruit.

Taste: Mmmm, this is certainly a delicious pilsner - grassy hops and pale grain dominate, with a light herbal character and some sweetness also being noted. The finish is lightly dry and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light (or just over) bodied, with fantastic carbonation - high level and initially quite smooth with a crisp finish.

Overall: This is easily the best pilsner I have had - it is not all that complex, but it very clean and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 10:20:22 | More by Thehuntmaster
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, yellow body with a thin white head that doesn't stick around very long.

S- Spicy hop aromas with a touch of malt sweetness.

T- A touch of bready malts come out first and then comes the spicy hops. There is a subtle fruity/grapey note that come out. Hop bitterness finishes it off. Pretty well balanced though and has a nice full flavor for a German pils.

M- Medium body with a perfect carbonation that really make the flavors jump on your tong.

D- Great balance, full taste, and perfect carbonation make this pretty drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 17:23:51 | More by TommyW
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the better beers I had when visiting my cousin. He made a run to the beer store when he hear I 'reviewed' beers. It was only O.59 Euros per bottle. Pour was a light golden yellow. I ended up with a small, low white head. I didn't note the aroma, but the taste was like a piece of vollkornbrot, so you know it was nice rich and bready. It had a good mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation, so this beer was pretty decent. Did have hop extracts.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 12:28:08 | More by PatandDavid
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.