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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 76
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG visit their website

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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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-12-2013 00:32:17 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-30-2013 15:04:20 | More by clarknova
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-05-2012 03:31:14 | More by grumpygerman
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-24-2013 19:16:59 | More by DoubleJ
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-16-2014 16:25:29 | More by DominikG
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-29-2013 18:13:22 | More by mjtierney2
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-06-2011 20:56:34 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of bfields4


4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-28-2012 03:34:45 | More by bfields4
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

07-27-2012 17:12:50 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of mmmbirra


4.21/5  rDev +1.9%

Transparent gold and a nice full fluffy head. Leaves some good lacing on the way down and maintains a little foam on top.
Smells of sweet simple pilsner malt. Smooth and inviting, but with just a touch of noble hops. Nice, but I thought a pils was supposed to have a more spicy nose.
Smooth, smooth, smooth. Full, rounded flavor; lots of that simple but wonderful pils flavor with a touch of spice thrown in the middle and a little more in the back. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue.
Lightly carbonated.
Simple and light enough to drink all day, complex enough to keep it interesting, and not so bitter that it wears you out.
A gooood pils.

05-03-2013 17:40:28 | More by mmmbirra
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

02-12-2010 18:10:16 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of BayerischBier


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

05-09-2010 15:44:21 | More by BayerischBier
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured out a piss yellow color, maybe with a slight greenish tinge. Has a small white ehad that dissapears into nothing. The nose is strong pilsner, it's like soeone took a classic german pils and made is super concentrated. This is the DIPA of pilsners. Lots of saaz ops, some green fresh grain. The taste is much more mellow. Some nice assertive hopping comes through, bellied by ample grain. Very well balanced, not over assertive. Has a tight prickly mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable.

03-08-2007 04:40:13 | More by dherling
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

08-15-2014 19:15:51 | More by slimjim8201
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

04-15-2011 17:54:37 | More by StJamesGate
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

04-27-2010 22:22:26 | More by richmof
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-13-2009 23:06:50 | More by Metalmonk
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-05-2012 20:56:10 | More by zachd1
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-25-2011 17:42:13 | More by mdillon86
Photo of metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

12-26-2012 00:11:27 | More by metter98
Photo of Absumaster


4/5  rDev -3.1%

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'.

05-13-2007 08:23:44 | More by Absumaster
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-23-2014 16:33:01 | More by mpf
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-01-2012 01:08:32 | More by jjm2503
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-13-2013 08:10:21 | More by alugeris
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-01-2013 21:15:28 | More by mizx
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.