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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 78
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drabmuh for helping me acquire this one. Poured into a pilsner glass on 11.07.2010 after returning for our Northeastern beer trip.

Pours a clear golden straw color with quite a bit of visible carbonation with a few nucleation sites on the edges of my glass. Steady stream of bubbles throughout. Initial two-finger white head falls down somewhat quickly, but leaves behind some soapy lacing.

Nose is light grain and somewhat reminiscent of a keller beer. A bit of Noble hops, but this seems to be more about the grain. A bit plain in the nose, but then the taste really pops with some light bitterness, mild sweetness, and some smooth grain. The lower carbonation also reminds me a bit of a keller, though it really lets the taste come through and is almost a bit creamy. Drinks quite well and I'm glad I've got a few more bottles.

Thorpe429, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

metter98, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love German lagers. Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation and a big head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and kind of grainy, smells pretty good.

Beer is light in body and leads off with some minimal sweetness but falls away to a very carbonated palate and some really nice finishing mild bitterness. No aftertaste and just a simple palate of clean flavors. A really nice beer.

drabmuh, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

High B-

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05/24/14: Revisiting this given its acclaim and easy availability for a good price in Germany. Acquired at an Edeka in Stuttgart. 33cl brown glass bottle with gold foiled over branded pry-off pressure cap served into a Weihenstephaner .5L bierkrug. 5.10% ABV. Served at fridge temp and reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. White colour. Decent thickness and okay frothiness. Not much here in terms of creaminess, consistency, or complexion. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Predictable clear light yellow. Translucent. Transparent. Clean. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Below average vibrance.

Overall, it looks pretty basic for a pils. Nothing about it is unique or special. If anything, it looks a bit weak - just shy of watery. I can't say I'm horribly excited to try it. I've seen far better beers in the style.

AROMA: Has a really nice balance of hops and malts, actually. Light floral hop character blends well with the pilsner malt-dominant body and I get an almost bready sweetness and yeast character - though it still comes off clean and fresh. Clean barley. Mild grassiness. Never too emphatic of straw, grains, cereals, or other common pilsner imperfections. It even comes off slightly crackery. Hm.

No alcohol presence or other off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength, but is pretty evocative for a pils. I'm looking forward to the first sip.

TEXTURE: Clean, smooth, wet, light-bodied, and refreshing. Not at all too thin or weak; it's actually got some presence and heft, but never comes off overbearing. That's tough to pull off in a pilsner. Carbonation is perfect - this is never biting. Good overall presence on the palate. Quenching and enjoyable. This texture is good companion to the taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

TASTE: Obviously pilsner malts dominate, and I suppose they could taste fuller and more fresh, but they're clean and enjoyable as the backbone. Light touches of grassy and floral hop character lend some needed depth. Clean barley fills it out a bit. Never too grainy, straw-emphatic, or cereal-dominant. Not watery. It avoids the common pitfalls of the style, but that alone doesn't make it great. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

It's simple, which is true to style, but still I can't help but compare it to the best Czech pilsners, which crush this in terms of intricacy and subtlety. It's not a nuanced brew, but it nails balance and I really do like it.

OVERALL: Like all good pilsners, it's effortless to drink and you could down it all night - but there's nothing here that really makes me want to come back to it, at least not over superior pilsners. Good and well-balanced, sure, and amazing for the price, but not world class. It may well be the best German pilsner I've had to date, but I hold out hope there's a brewery out there that can really give the Czechs a run for their barley. I have a sneaking suspicion it isn't state-owned. Definitely try this - you'll like it - but don't expect a stylistic paragon per se.

Fucking fantastic for the price.

Low B

kojevergas, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

tempest, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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
Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DoubleJ, May 24, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: This pilsner appears pale yellow in color. The beer is transparent. Atop the beer sites an inch of white, foamy head that recedes over the course of a few minutes, leaving random traces of lacing.

S: The aroma is distinctly German, with hints of biscuits or bread, as well as a subtle sweetness.

T: A fantastic taste. If you love authentic German lagers, this is something worthy of your attention. Very appealing notes of biscuits, barley, and/or grain. This beer goes down effortlessly.

M: Fairly thin bodied, though that's to be expected from a beer of this ilk. Solid carbonation and an overall nice feel.

O: Extremely drinkable. I would love to sit down with some brats, sauerkraut, and a liter stein of this delicious beer.

Huhzubendah, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this now on two occasions, bottles brought back from Germany from my friend. Pours a very pale and slightly hazy straw yellow, almost clear, nice thick white head with nice lacing and good retention. Smell is great, some nice honey malt, caramel, orange peel, and a citrus/floral hop aroma. Taste is honey, vanilla, citrus/floral hops, perfect combination. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation. One of the most refreshing beers I've ever had and a near perfect example of a pilsner. Its colour is deceiving, this beer packs quite the aroma/flavour. Excellent beer, thanks Robert!

Viggo, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of bark
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of vfgccp
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

vfgccp, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

stcules, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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
Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

drpimento, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

UncleJimbo, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

harrymel, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Metalmonk, Jan 13, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Ciocanelu, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

schopenhauerale, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

thierrynantes, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to boddhitree for his selfless act in shipping me this beer during his visit to the States and not expecting anything in return. Poured from bottle (with July 2011 expiration date) into tulip glass. Pours a clear gold/yellow with a white, sticky/foamy large head. Good retention. Clean aromatics for such a light pilsener malt. Decent amount of hop giving it a floral and green smell. A little zesty and a little sweet. Most prominent taste 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. Light and crisp mouthability with a slightly dry finish. Good amount of carbonation, and goes down really easy. This pils is 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. This is one of the BEST pils I ever had! Too bad you need to visit the Black Forests to get your hands on one.

CuriousMonk, Apr 28, 2011
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Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.