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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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124 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2003)
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Photo of Zimbo
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Zimbo, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of SERENGETI
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

"Kult" beer, usually consumed directly from the bottle. The "pride of the black forest"! Same beer as the PILS in 50cl bottles. Very hoppy, high drinkability. you can't go home after just one bottle! Rarely to be found outside the southwest of Germany. It's so good, the locals don't export it but drink it themselves! Cheers

SERENGETI, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Beric
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Beric, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

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 largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

WeisGuy, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of everlong353
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

everlong353, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

harrymel, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Chris_Beer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Chris_Beer, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Saind
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Saind, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of moochmonster
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

moochmonster, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Dirty25
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dirty25, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

stevoj, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Pours a brilliant, clear golden color. The frothy white head is fairly tall initially, and sticks around for a while, depositing some soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Some doughy, grainy maltiness in the nose. A bit of lagery sourness as well. Noble hops are bright and assertive, with primarily spicy/herbal character complemented nicely by a light lemony citric tone.

T: Moderately grainy and rather doughy malts. Light sweetness up front before a lightly sour finish. Hop bitterness is strong. Flavor is equal parts German herbal/spicy noble hops and bitter lemon rind, which works very well in conjunction. As strange as it sounds, I get a light mineral character from this beer as well.

M: I feel like the body is actually on the full side of medium, but carbonation is crisp and perky to keep things from getting thick. Dry and slightly biting in the finish.

D: A very good German pils. Drinkable, assertive, and refreshing. A nice showcase of doughy malts, bold pale lager character, and German hops.

Clydesdale, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

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 cedricwarner
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Cons. 26.01.06
Exp. 05.07.06

A typical German pils and by all outward signs, nothing extraordinary. Of course the hops are the key here and they come through - spicy, fresh and strong. There is, however, enough malt backbone to make my girlfriend say that my kisses tasted like dough afterwards. The carbonation is not over the top, but still gives a crisp clean finish just like one would expect from a good pils. One of the best Pilseners in Germany.

cedricwarner, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

this is a state run brewery in german and a must try for any beer fan.

this one has a back story as my grandmother was sent out to turkey in the 70's to orchestra the building of a few powerplants. all his friends were muslim while out there. and they all loved to hunt pig but didn't eat it. my grandfather would tell me stories about how his friends would give him the hunted wild pig and he would take it to the butcher. and for 5 dollars have 50kg of wild boar. his friends and him, pork eating or not, would go out into the woods with a crate of this beer and eat wild boar and the sorts over a fire. found out all this because i bought him a bottle of the stuff for his birthday.

pour is golden crystal clear with a white head of 3 fingers. nose of munich and very very mild smoke. a nice field of straw and hints of smoke and apples. the palate is brisk but complex of nice mild sweetness and earth and a tight quick pine and drop out of a great pils.

rtepiak, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Ungespundet
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

The first Bier I drank upon moving to Deutschland. This Bier is the favorite of my girlfriend’s parents, who live near the Schwarzwald. This was very fortunate for me since I lived off the stuff for three months. Does anyone know what the name means? (or care?) I do and here’s the answer. First of all the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG brews 3 different Biers. A Pils, Hefe Weizen(Weißbier), und ein Märzen Export. Their is often a bit of confusion (even in Germany) on the bottle sizes versus the names. The standard bottle in Germany is a .5 liter bottle and accounts for about 77% of the sales in Germany. The .33 Liter (12 ounce little Ami-size) accounts for about 20% of sales in Germany. These were the numbers in 2005. So if you buy any of the three Biers mentioned above in .5 liter bottle they will have that name, as written above, on the label. If you buy them in the .33 they will have the name Zäpfle added. That means in a .33 you would see them as: Tannenzäpfle(Pils), Hefe Weizen Zäpfle, and Eis Zäpfle(Märzen). You can see why this would create confusion. The case with the Pils is even more confusing because the .5 liter is called Rothaus Pils and the .33 is called Tannenzäpfle. So back to the question what is a Tannezäpfle anyways? It’s actually dialect and even people in those trendy bars up in Berlin would have trouble telling you. A Tannenzapfen is a pine cone. This is standard German. However for the people of who speak Badisch or Schwäbisch the suffix –le is often added to words to describe it as small and sometimes in somewhat of a cute way. So a Tannezäpfle would therefore be a “Small/Little pinecone”(check out the label again). Now does the small bottle thing make sense? I hope anyways. Long story short, it is common mistake to think they are two different Biers but they aren’t. Speaking of Bier I almost forgot why I am here….On to the Bier!!!

This test was done blind with three other Pils so I tried to keep it as unbiased as possible. The little bottle pours a nice medium size bubbled head. It clings nicely to the glass and leaves beautiful lace down to the bottom of the glass. The color is about perfect with what I can only describe a deep straw with no hints of gold or copper. The clarity is like looking through a glass of water. The aroma is typisch Pils and better than most. It starts with a very big crisp and clean hop bouquet. It is very perfume-like featuring very complex fragrances of spicy flowers. Absolutely beautiful!!! I assume their using Tettnanger due their location and then aroma would back this theory up (Tettnanger come from the Lake Constance area). The malt aroma behind these hops is very delicate and exhibits soft Pilsner malt tones which include hints of grain and dry hay. The yeast provides a mild sulfur aroma that brings everything together. In tasting this Pils it begins with a very pleasant up front bitterness. Sweetness in the Bier can only be detected upon swallowing but I quickly fades to a nice lingering bitterness. True to a southern German Pils this Bier is not overly dry and features a very nice balance of Flowery and spicy hop tones coupled with a subtle maltiness. In the end I would have to say that this is one of the best Pils I have ever tried. There is a good reason why this Bier is so popular and doing very well all over Germany. Yeah they have good marketing and some might even say “Gimmicks” .
"Gimmicks, gimmicks, gimmicks, the whole world is nothing but a big gimmick with napalm bombs and machine guns...(pause)...gimmicks man...yeah we got some."
- Jimi Hendrix
Zum Wohl!!!

Ungespundet, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of crossovert
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

0,33l bottle. Mindestines haltbar bis 03.08.11.

It pours a nice color, very light, clear, and pale pils with a sudsy bright white head that leaves all the lacing int he world.

The smell is pretty interesting. It has some herbal, grassy notes but also some zesty fruit aromas like lemons, oranges, peaches, melon.

The flavor is nice too. It has a grassy/herbal bite to it that leads into some tasty malts that perhaps have a bit of butteriness but not an overwhelming amount, the fruitiness can be tastes as well and a little bit of sweetness, the finish is a bit bitter with some herbal notes but also a faint bit of fruitiness.

This is a hyped-up beer and is the first pils i have taken the time to sit down with here in Germany to examine closely but it is a winner.

crossovert, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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 dasenebler
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

**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...

dasenebler, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

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...

mdagnew, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of stephen1162
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

stephen1162, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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 22, 2010
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.