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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

116 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Necronomad

Switzerland

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-15-2013 20:37:54 | More by Necronomad
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jmtpi

France

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

08-14-2013 18:46:52 | More by jmtpi
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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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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-18-2014 08:19:24 | More by Shandycan
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Augustiner719

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a .33l bottle into a tulip glass.

pours a very clear, yellowish gold like color with a small 1 finger soapy white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is very delicate but very intricate as well. really takes time to appreciate this one. initially there is a cereal like grain sweetness, then it lends itself to lemon pith and an herbal tea like finish.

taste is very very good. this is a nice example of the style that gets flooded with over hopped american versions that really are just hoppy lagers calling themselves. Delicate yet focused flavors of lightly toasted white bread, sesame seeds and some grassy light hops come through. A touch of bitterness balances the light malty backbone,

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with good acidity that is refreshing and focused. Only problem is that this is slightly thin for me and could use more carbonation to give it more body.

Overall this beer is a must grab if you are into the style. If you are looking for a huge DIPA or a RIS then shy away from this beer. But, true to style and a great summer beer, this beer is a must for anyone who enjoys this type of beer. Nothing mind blowing at all just extremely balanced and well made.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 17:12:50 | More by Augustiner719
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 19:09:46 | More by Zimbo
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bfields4

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large white head. Crisp clear light golden body.

Very aromatic for a pilsener. Tons of the earthy pilsener malt aroma. Grassy lemon zest noble hop profile.

Slightly sweet malty cereal flavor. Nice light spice and herbal slightly piny hop bitterness give a nice crisp finish.

Light very effervecent. Easy drinking and tasty brew. Surprisingly complex for a pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 03:34:45 | More by bfields4
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 17:43:44 | More by bloberglawp
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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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DMB

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 11:22:34 | More by Beric
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Beerman1977

Austria

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

12-30-2012 14:05:47 | More by Beerman1977
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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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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-19-2013 08:41:41 | More by DaveJanssen
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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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whatsgoody

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2014 22:54:39 | More by Saind
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everlong353

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-09-2013 21:49:35 | More by everlong353
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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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digita7693

Germany

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:52:22 | More by digita7693
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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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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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RollTide05

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me, this is the quintessential German Pilsner. It's very crisp and refreshing. For a lighter beer it's very complex. I actually noted a bit of a pine taste on this grassy and slightly bitter beer. Mouthfeel is zesty and fresh.

A very refreshing beer, I could drink 15 of them easily if I could find that many. They aren't easy to find where I live in Asia.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 16:45:23 | More by RollTide05
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moochmonster

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-19-2014 22:45:13 | More by moochmonster
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jjm2503

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-01-2012 01:08:32 | More by jjm2503
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.