Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 80
Gots: 17 | 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 bark
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!!!

Photo of BayerischBier
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.

Photo of richmof
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.

Photo of endovelico
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.

Photo of digita7693
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
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!

Photo of stephen1162
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.

Photo of soulgrowl
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.

Photo of confer
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.

Photo of wl0307
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!!

Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

Photo of TommyW
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.

Photo of Schwab
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!

Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Photo of mdagnew
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...

Photo of thierrynantes
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.

Photo of dasenebler
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...

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of bloberglawp
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!

Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: .33 liter brown bottle, 29.07.07 (sampled 07.10.07, slightly past due), 5,1% abv.

Aroma: Classic peppery hops (Saaz?) overwhelm any malt

Appearance: Very clear yellow glass holds a good white cap with some lacing.

Flavor: Very hoppy! Triggers a mouth watering reaction. Hops overwhelm a slightly salty cracker malt base.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a pucker aspect.

Overall Impression: Classic, if over the top example of a Pilsner. Hop driven; a German IPA.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

Photo of foles
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.

Photo of Ungespundet
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of Absumaster
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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'.

Photo of dherling
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.