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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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BA SCORE
92
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%


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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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden, clear body with a small head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: malty; hoppy

Taste: I didn't care for this beer. It was very bitter overall. I didn't find it well balanced at all

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:58:50 | More by IchLiebeBier
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stcules

Italy

2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw-colored, with a white, average head. It seems a bit too carbonated in the appearance.
The smell is a light malt, and a even lighter hop, very light.
The taste is a bit more resolute. A quite definite malt, and a more definite perception of the bitterness.
Medium-light-light body. In the aftertaste the hop is quite definite. And the bitterness is quite longstanding.
Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 19:54:09 | More by stcules
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow colour with some lacing and a small head.

Smells quite average, slight hops and a generic lagery smell.

Tastes also average, like a bland lager with slightly more hops added giving it some tang.

Overall not much different from the Tsingtao I had earlier. Refreshing and nice but I dont see what the fuss is all about.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:22:16 | More by CwrwAmByth
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foles

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

decent sized head, that doesnt fade easily. Standard lager colour, with what appears as larger than normal bubbles in the carbonation. I remember the beer tasting better on tap in the black forest - not sure if this is a bad bottle or not. It seemed a bit acidic in my mouth and the flavour didnt come through as much. Still quite drinkable, and ill try another bottle at the next opportunity to see if this was a bad one.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 18:50:14 | More by foles
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served not that cold, and honestly, I can't hardly tell the apple part of it. Poured with nice, foamy, frothy, slowly fading, off white head that lasts and no lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is a little pungent, malt, acrid, and hints of fruitiness. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Don't see why it's a cult hit. Maybe if I lived here.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 23:52:33 | More by drpimento
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kojevergas

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle acquired at REWE store in northern Berlin, Germany, and poured into a stemware goblet in me Berliner friend's gaff. Reviewed live. The cost was a low .79 Euro. I was excited to try this as it's ratebeer's current number one German Pilsener (worldwide).

A: One finger head of impressive cream for a pilsener, nice thickness, and pretty good (1.5 minutes in a widemouth goblet) retention. A clear yellow colour. Appealing.

Sm: Cream, crystal hops, and vague nebulous barley. A mild strength scent - unusual for me as pilseners tend to be lightly scented.

T: Crystal hop laden, with a cream undertone and lurking barley. It's sort of complex, but not really. I'd like to taste more hops or feel some layering, but these features are sadly absent. The climax features some tricky balancing of crystal hops with cream notes and hop-laden barley, but it's nothing particularly special. All that said, the beer is damn refreshing. Built par for a German pilsener.

Mf: Light on the palate, and smooth & wet. Almost buttery, actually. More care was put into this than most German Pilseners I've had. Slight coarseness enters in on the climax, milking out the best of its flavours, but frankly that just isn't enough.

Dr: This would be an excellent beer for a hot summer day, considering how delicately light and refreshing it is. Best served cold. Excellent value in Germany; this may be one of the best cheap beers I've ever had. As ratebeer's number one German Pilsener, I'm a bit disappointed, actually. I think the Czechs do pilsners better. I'll stick with them from here on out.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 16:50:08 | More by kojevergas
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tjd25

France

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light golden transparent color; the head quicly fades into a nice collar. The smell was citric and hoppy. The taste is mostly hoppy, and slightly citric with a hint of honey.Hops are very powerful. A very round mouthfeel, with a dry aftertaste. Drinkable, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 21:09:19 | More by tjd25
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a pale gold, with a solid but bubbly white head with decent retention and lacing. Big bread aroma with honey and fresh wheat, a full, grainy, branny nose. Crisp and tangy flavour with some nice floral hops and a touch of honey and a bit of tonic water. Nice and fresh, but not quite as hoppy as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 23:48:12 | More by soulgrowl
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sfprint

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: About as good as a pilsner can look. Perfect fluffy head, great carbonation. Thin gold in color.

S: Rich malt, clean.

T: A bit sour metal, clean malt.

M: A tad astringent making it sand papery and the carbonation is quite mild. Mouthpuckering.

D: Ok. Above average but not stunning.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:19:32 | More by sfprint
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Raven3464

Japan

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a crystal-clear straw colored body with a one finger head. Retention is good.

Smell: Sweet malts and grass come to mind. There are some lemon notes in the aroma as the beer warms.

Taste: It taste like a stereotypical "good" Pilsener. Sweet malts are noticed early followed by a moderate hop bite. This beer is not complex at all but it does represent the style well. The hops become gradually more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouth feel: It is light bodied but crisp, not "watery" at all. The beer is easy to drink, just like a good Pils should be.

Overall: German Pilsener's are by nature not too complex in my opinion but this is one of the better representatives of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 11:07:17 | More by Raven3464
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Daredevil

Switzerland

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a surprisingly neat lager from south Germany ... the label is horrible to be honest (looks like the illustration of a fairy tale ...) and I didn't expect much, however learned better ... malt and hops are in nice harmony, although I wouldn't call the brew 'elegant' (not just because of the label), but it for sure isn't a blue collar lager either ...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 09:52:06 | More by Daredevil
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at a local pub

A- Pale golden, perfectly transparent. Two finger, suprisingly creamy head that shows decent retention and leaves nice amounts of lacing

S- Grainy malts on the back of things. Grassy/herbal hop notes are dominant though, with a hint of lemon as well. Then maybe a vague fruitiness (orange? pear?)

T- Soft grainy malts, though still pleasantly crispy, with a bit of sweetness to them. Then noble hops, with a very delicate bitterness and nicely refreshing notes of herbs and lemon. Feels a bit mineral if that may be the right word. I'm still feeling some faint fruity hints, expecially in the aftertaste

M- Delicate mouthfeel. Quite smooth on the palate for the style, despite lively carbonation on the tongue

O- Finished a half-liter very quickly. Drinkabilty is really dangerous in this one. A nice thirst-quencher and a perfect summer beer, with a bit of complexity that only adds

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 10:11:37 | More by Cozzatoad
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bmerz

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is the same beer as the Rothaus Pils.

Very light hay color. White fleeting head.

Smells of hay and light citrus.

Taste is fairly bitter but the grain is still forward. Body is medium and lingering bitterness. Kinda prickly.

Very refreshing. I could and will drink these all day. Would love to have this in the US.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 18:50:00 | More by bmerz
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HardTarget

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: .33 liter brown bottle, 29.07.07 (sampled 07.10.07, slightly past due), 5,1% abv.

Aroma: Classic peppery hops (Saaz?) overwhelm any malt

Appearance: Very clear yellow glass holds a good white cap with some lacing.

Flavor: Very hoppy! Triggers a mouth watering reaction. Hops overwhelm a slightly salty cracker malt base.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a pucker aspect.

Overall Impression: Classic, if over the top example of a Pilsner. Hop driven; a German IPA.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 06:13:23 | More by HardTarget
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Drinks of the World.

Mmmm, hoppy. Pours a clear gold with a short white head that leaves thin lacing. The aroma is nothing great, just a clean, light hint of malts. The flavor however has a burst of citrus rind with a biscuit malt backbone. There are also subtle pepper and herbal notes. Basically, this is a night hops-centric pils that could maybe use a little more malt character.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 19:40:31 | More by tempest
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endovelico

Portugal

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pokal. Best before date of 24/08/10. Medium artificial light.

Appearance: Light straw color. Thick foamy white head that holds throughout the session. Low perceived carbonation with thick lacing. Pristine clear.

Aroma: Medium intensity with slightly muted aroma. Slight skunkiness, herbal character, lemon zest, biscuit and flowers on the nose.

Taste: Very flavorful with the grassyness from the hops and the tobacco like earthiness standing out. Kinda muddy.

Palate: Medium light bodied. Medium to medium high carbonation. Medium to medium high bitterness. Finishes dry. Lingering grassy/earthy taste on the palate.

Drinkability: I really wanted to like this but i was disappointed. It's not bad, but it's really average. There doesn't seem to be any flaws however. I'll try to re-review it some other time if i get my hands on another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 06:01:40 | More by endovelico
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden-straw with brilliant clarity capped by dense white head that remains.

Nose is mild with lightly grainy Pils malt and floral hop-aroma. I pick up a good amount of green apple and cidery notes presumably from Acetaldehyde, i.e., a yeast byproduct.

Flavor is grainy Pils malt and light apple juiciness that both get dominated by hop-bitterness lasting throughout the medium-dry finish.

Medium light and oily-coating mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

In short, a plain German Pilsener with apple quality indicating a bit premature beer that hits the spot nonetheless. Still, I have no idea what puts this beer atop of the others of the style.
(330 ml, into pilsener flute)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 10:34:44 | More by crnipeter
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vfgccp

New York

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear, champaign gold body. Foamy white head with ok retention and lace.

S - Nice soft, well rounded nose. Surprisingly fruity. Dry white grape, papaya, bread crust.

T - Mellon, white bread, a touch of green plant bitterness.

M - Light body with moderate-to-light carbonation.

O - Surprisingly tropical for a pilsner, but the sweetness hooks up unbelievably well fresh german brats.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:31:35 | More by vfgccp
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl gold topped bottle, best before 19 Jun 2009, drank 11 Mar 2009.

Poured into a 0.2 litre Veltins Pilsner tulip glass (twice).

Typical pale golden colour you'd expect from a premium pilsner, clear and crisp looking with bubbles rising towards a well formed white foaming head. The head tried to stay and it did for a lot loger than most lagers/pilsners do.

I really do struggle to pick up anything worth saying with most lager/pilsners. This one is no different, a slight yeasty, hoppy hint and a trace of malts maybe, but my regular score of 3 is awarded.

Good taste, tangy and bright feel to the beer, medium sweetness and no metallic bite or dryness common with less balanced lagers/pilsners.

One of the better pilsners on the market, very drinkable. I would love to try it on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 19:38:49 | More by BlackHaddock
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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
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

Pours a clear, straw color with tall, fluffy, white foam that persisted. Strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The aroma was a modest pils biscuity malt with aromatic hops. The taste was lightly malty with moderate hops to balance. Low hop bitterness except in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation; relatively clean with with lingering hoppiness in the aftertaste. A relatively light and drinkable pils.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:23:21 | More by UncleJimbo
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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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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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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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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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Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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