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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:33:23 | More by WeisGuy
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:28:40 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 23:13:10 | More by drabmuh
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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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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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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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bark

Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 19:56:50 | More by bark
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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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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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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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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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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:10:11 | More by FreshHawk
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a waizen glass.

A: Pours a very pale yellow color forming a big, creamy, soapy white head. Clear. Good retention and lots of lacings left

S: Fresh sweet grains, Lager yeasts and flowery hops

T: Sweet malts, Lager yeasts, flowery hops. A simple but very well done beer. Upfront is slightly sweet grains. In overall, a dry taste with a very pleasant bitter hoppy end

M: Light body and good carbonation. Grainy and hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Classic German Pilsener for an all day long session. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 18:10:16 | More by eduardolinhalis
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stephen1162

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into appropriate German style stemmed beer glass. Nice 3/4" head, and golden color.
This is an excellent example of German pilsener; near perfect ballance of hops and malt, bright golden color, smooth taste and mouthfeel. I could drink these all day.

These are available in most REAL stores in central and western Germany as wall as most Getrankemarktes.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 11:19:56 | More by stephen1162
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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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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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 18:26:04 | More by wl0307
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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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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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Schwab

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 13:39:33 | More by Schwab
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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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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought from BeersofEurope.co.uk

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... slightly off white head (with a hint of grey) poured quite loose and frothy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... only the faintest trace of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Good citrusy and grassy hops to the fore, sweet biscuity and grainy malts, quite peppery, some marzipan notes, juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, pears and light mangoes), floral honey, cut wet grass and hay, faint caramel...

Taste - Good blast of earthy, citrusy and peppery hop bitterness, spicy juicy fruits (grapefruits, sour apples, pears), light biscuity malts, some sweet floral honey, grassy, sweet grains, lightly perfumed, quite herbal, some saltiness, light traces of chalk...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light body... An extremely quaffable and sessionable pilsener...

Overall - An excellent example of a Pilsener - as good as i've had... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 08:46:44 | More by mdagnew
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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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dasenebler

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

**Note: This is the same brew as the normal Rothaus Pils, just as Ungespundet writes below. I did a side by side test and the two tasted exactly the same. The Tannenzäpfle is just a smaller bottle.

Nice clear golden color. Thick head that stuck around pretty well. Had a sweet yet assertively hoppy aroma, good lager smell.

Tasted great. This is one of the best Pils I've had anywhere. Much fuller flavor than other pilsners, with a nice spicy hop flavor as well. Not over-carbonated and very smooth, just how I like em. High marks all around.

If only the American beer standard were as high as it is in Germany...

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 19:45:19 | More by dasenebler
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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
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.