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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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106 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2003)
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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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HardTarget

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 06:13:23 | More by HardTarget
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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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Ungespundet

Germany

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 07:49:12 | More by Ungespundet
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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'.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 08:23:44 | More by Absumaster
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dherling

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 04:40:13 | More by dherling
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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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SERENGETI

Tanzania

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 13:57:07 | More by SERENGETI
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cedricwarner

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 15:50:06 | More by cedricwarner
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 07:46:02 | More by Viggo
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therica

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I happened upon this, on-tap at the snack-bar at Heidelberg Castle on a cold winters' day. I'd just finished a piece of sweet almond-cream cake, and the beer did not conflict, whatsoever, with any of the cake's effects in my mouth.

In fact, I was startling suprised at how good the beer was! The head faded rather quickly, but it was not bitter or overly-hoppish at all, as with some Pilsener's. I cleared my mouth with some stille-water and tried again. Superb. I quickly drank about half of my .3L stein. Then I had some of my espresso, and some more Tannzenapfle. No conflilct, again-- in fact, rather complementary. We were about to enter the Castle for our tour, but I just had to get another .3L of this outstanding beer before departing the snack-bar.

I tried to see if I could discover any secret hints of taste. It seemed to have hints of apple, carob and mandarin-orange or tangerine, very subtly. I really really enjoyed this beer! Very clean.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2005 12:44:20 | More by therica
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marburg

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I accidentally entered this into Rothaus Pils instead of Rothaus Tannenzäpfle. Now that we can delete reviews, I'm correcting the problem. Originally reviewed, 4/22/2005:

From a bottle that's as fresh as Will Smith was in the 90s. Pours so pale it's almost like white gold just as it's beginning to discolor. The bubbles that stream from the bottom of the glass initially are champagne-like and plentiful, though they taper off later in the drink. The head doesn't form -- it congeals into a dense, thick white froth that simply clings to the surface of the beer, to the glass, to anything within its reach.

Impressions form. Sweet malts, herbal hops, lemongrass, biscuity doughiness. Somehow it's both airy and creamy, packed with so much natural malt goodness, I'm astonished. I've paid lip service to pilseners for about two years. I've enjoyed them for six to twelve months. But I've revered them since consuming this for the first time only 5 days ago or so. This is amazing. Finishes with a dose of spicy, noble hops. Clean and refreshing. If pilseners all tasted like this at some point in the past, it's not at all surprising that people were so taken with them so as to make it such a popular style. It's not the perfect beer, but it's perfect for so many situations.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 16:46:56 | More by marburg
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sighting this in a central Moscow kiosk, I was immediately brought back to my days wandering the Black Forest in search of good beers to bring back to the beer wasteland that is Switzerland. This was always one of my favorites. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 9/7/05, I eagerly opened it on 8/5/05.

Clear pale yellow gold liquid sits below a thin half finger of white foam that fades to film and collar too quickly. No contour and no lace in this head. The nose is strong of bread and grain, slightly sweet, with a touch of pin sap hinting of things to come. The mouth very well carbonated but fairly viscous, almost to the point of being sticky on the tongue. This beer hugs the mouth tight, and won't let go. The taste is a marvel. The opening is pure malt, sweet and chewy like the inside of some French bread. The finish of the first swallow maintains the maltiness, without a hint of hops. Then, long after the liquid has gone, the spicey pine bitterness of the hops starts to build. And build. And build. Finally, the hops erupt in their full bitter glory, surrounding the mouth with crisp dryness, like eating a pine cone. Further sips bring back the malt, but the hops are well established now, and do not relinquish their hold. Delicious flavors blend in an orgy of sensation, leaving the ultimate aftertaste of dry, bitter satisfaction. This is no IPA - it's not that hoppy - but this is a crisp German pilsner the way they are supposed to be (just to bad about the lack of head). Why yes, I will have another, thank you!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 17:43:07 | More by Globetrotter
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putnam

Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bold yellow liquid with a whipped splatter of white foam carelessly adhering to surfaces on top. Pure, cracked, sun-toasted grain aromas provide notes of pepper and lemon to brighten an image of sticky mash. Bitterness cracks open a mouthcoating expanse of bread and yellow fruit flavor. The texture is massive for a Pils, sharpened precisely with Novocaine-flavored tiny bubbles (reminds my of Ployez-Jacquemart NV Brut.) This is powerful, ruthlessly efficient beer. There is seemingly no end to the sun-flavored, bitter finish.

If I could drink only one beer for the rest of my life, without any hesitation, this would be it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 22:22:52 | More by putnam
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 21-06-05. Poors in with beatifull white head and wonderfull golden beercolor. Head stays very well but bubbles get bigger.
Nose is wonderfull too: good hopnose, quiet estery for a botom fermented beer and litle malty in background. Taste is great too being dry malty and going into a fresh aftertaste thats bitter but very clean. Mouthfeel is very good if you know to appriciate the bitterness. Loved this one when I was living in Bavaria beginning of the 90ies and still do so drinkability for me is as good as any brew can get.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 11:31:11 | More by paterlodie
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stcules

Italy

2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw-colored, with a white, average head. It seems a bit too carbonated in the appearance.
The smell is a light malt, and a even lighter hop, very light.
The taste is a bit more resolute. A quite definite malt, and a more definite perception of the bitterness.
Medium-light-light body. In the aftertaste the hop is quite definite. And the bitterness is quite longstanding.
Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 19:54:09 | More by stcules
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tjd25

France

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light golden transparent color; the head quicly fades into a nice collar. The smell was citric and hoppy. The taste is mostly hoppy, and slightly citric with a hint of honey.Hops are very powerful. A very round mouthfeel, with a dry aftertaste. Drinkable, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 21:09:19 | More by tjd25
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the better beers I had when visiting my cousin. He made a run to the beer store when he hear I 'reviewed' beers. It was only O.59 Euros per bottle. Pour was a light golden yellow. I ended up with a small, low white head. I didn't note the aroma, but the taste was like a piece of vollkornbrot, so you know it was nice rich and bready. It had a good mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation, so this beer was pretty decent. Did have hop extracts.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 12:28:08 | More by PatandDavid
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best pilesners I have ever tasted! It is a very light golden colour with a fluffy white head of foam. The aromas are all fresh pilsener malt, and fresh floral hops. The taste follows suit with lovely floral hops and great german malts. The mouthfeel is light bodied and this stuff is damn easy to drink, which makes the drinkability excellent as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 03:31:35 | More by francisweizen
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Ueberales

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the best pils I have ever had. It pours an incredibly pale yellow, and is as clear and bright of a beer you are ever going to see. Nice stable head, and a beautiful floral nose. The taste is fabulous - very crisp hop bite, but definitely not overpowering. Each one you have begs for another.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 19:18:55 | More by Ueberales
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Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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