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Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 76
Gots: 9 | 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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sim0n17

Germany

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-04-2011 12:42:17 | More by sim0n17
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2011 17:42:13 | More by mdillon86
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stevoj

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2011 18:51:45 | More by stevoj
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micstache

Arizona

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-15-2011 02:29:38 | More by micstache
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

THis is for sure one of the best German pilseners i have ever had! I saw this one in a shop in north Germany and i had heard this was a good brew.

Drank it tonight with an Indonesian meal i cooked. Great combination...

Poured in my Struise glass this beer is almost perfect, golden fluid and a nice white big head. Beautiful carbonation, i like that.

Fresh smell with citruslike notes. Crispy and very well balanced pilsener.

10-29-2011 17:57:14 | More by Brabander
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RollTide05

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

To me, this is the quintessential German Pilsner. It's very crisp and refreshing. For a lighter beer it's very complex. I actually noted a bit of a pine taste on this grassy and slightly bitter beer. Mouthfeel is zesty and fresh.

A very refreshing beer, I could drink 15 of them easily if I could find that many. They aren't easy to find where I live in Asia.

Highly recommended.

08-28-2011 16:45:23 | More by RollTide05
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

on-tap at a local pub

A- Pale golden, perfectly transparent. Two finger, suprisingly creamy head that shows decent retention and leaves nice amounts of lacing

S- Grainy malts on the back of things. Grassy/herbal hop notes are dominant though, with a hint of lemon as well. Then maybe a vague fruitiness (orange? pear?)

T- Soft grainy malts, though still pleasantly crispy, with a bit of sweetness to them. Then noble hops, with a very delicate bitterness and nicely refreshing notes of herbs and lemon. Feels a bit mineral if that may be the right word. I'm still feeling some faint fruity hints, expecially in the aftertaste

M- Delicate mouthfeel. Quite smooth on the palate for the style, despite lively carbonation on the tongue

O- Finished a half-liter very quickly. Drinkabilty is really dangerous in this one. A nice thirst-quencher and a perfect summer beer, with a bit of complexity that only adds

08-05-2011 10:11:37 | More by Cozzatoad
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bmerz

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

Is the same beer as the Rothaus Pils.

Very light hay color. White fleeting head.

Smells of hay and light citrus.

Taste is fairly bitter but the grain is still forward. Body is medium and lingering bitterness. Kinda prickly.

Very refreshing. I could and will drink these all day. Would love to have this in the US.

07-09-2011 18:50:00 | More by bmerz
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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

33 cl bottle acquired at REWE store in northern Berlin, Germany, and poured into a stemware goblet in me Berliner friend's gaff. Reviewed live. The cost was a low .79 Euro. I was excited to try this as it's ratebeer's current number one German Pilsener (worldwide).

A: One finger head of impressive cream for a pilsener, nice thickness, and pretty good (1.5 minutes in a widemouth goblet) retention. A clear yellow colour. Appealing.

Sm: Cream, crystal hops, and vague nebulous barley. A mild strength scent - unusual for me as pilseners tend to be lightly scented.

T: Crystal hop laden, with a cream undertone and lurking barley. It's sort of complex, but not really. I'd like to taste more hops or feel some layering, but these features are sadly absent. The climax features some tricky balancing of crystal hops with cream notes and hop-laden barley, but it's nothing particularly special. All that said, the beer is damn refreshing. Built par for a German pilsener.

Mf: Light on the palate, and smooth & wet. Almost buttery, actually. More care was put into this than most German Pilseners I've had. Slight coarseness enters in on the climax, milking out the best of its flavours, but frankly that just isn't enough.

Dr: This would be an excellent beer for a hot summer day, considering how delicately light and refreshing it is. Best served cold. Excellent value in Germany; this may be one of the best cheap beers I've ever had. As ratebeer's number one German Pilsener, I'm a bit disappointed, actually. I think the Czechs do pilsners better. I'll stick with them from here on out.

High B-

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05/24/14: Revisiting this given its acclaim and easy availability for a good price in Germany. Acquired at an Edeka in Stuttgart. 33cl brown glass bottle with gold foiled over branded pry-off pressure cap served into a Weihenstephaner .5L bierkrug. 5.10% ABV. Served at fridge temp and reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. White colour. Decent thickness and okay frothiness. Not much here in terms of creaminess, consistency, or complexion. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Predictable clear light yellow. Translucent. Transparent. Clean. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Below average vibrance.

Overall, it looks pretty basic for a pils. Nothing about it is unique or special. If anything, it looks a bit weak - just shy of watery. I can't say I'm horribly excited to try it. I've seen far better beers in the style.

AROMA: Has a really nice balance of hops and malts, actually. Light floral hop character blends well with the pilsner malt-dominant body and I get an almost bready sweetness and yeast character - though it still comes off clean and fresh. Clean barley. Mild grassiness. Never too emphatic of straw, grains, cereals, or other common pilsner imperfections. It even comes off slightly crackery. Hm.

No alcohol presence or other off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength, but is pretty evocative for a pils. I'm looking forward to the first sip.

TEXTURE: Clean, smooth, wet, light-bodied, and refreshing. Not at all too thin or weak; it's actually got some presence and heft, but never comes off overbearing. That's tough to pull off in a pilsner. Carbonation is perfect - this is never biting. Good overall presence on the palate. Quenching and enjoyable. This texture is good companion to the taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

TASTE: Obviously pilsner malts dominate, and I suppose they could taste fuller and more fresh, but they're clean and enjoyable as the backbone. Light touches of grassy and floral hop character lend some needed depth. Clean barley fills it out a bit. Never too grainy, straw-emphatic, or cereal-dominant. Not watery. It avoids the common pitfalls of the style, but that alone doesn't make it great. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

It's simple, which is true to style, but still I can't help but compare it to the best Czech pilsners, which crush this in terms of intricacy and subtlety. It's not a nuanced brew, but it nails balance and I really do like it.

OVERALL: Like all good pilsners, it's effortless to drink and you could down it all night - but there's nothing here that really makes me want to come back to it, at least not over superior pilsners. Good and well-balanced, sure, and amazing for the price, but not world class. It may well be the best German pilsner I've had to date, but I hold out hope there's a brewery out there that can really give the Czechs a run for their barley. I have a sneaking suspicion it isn't state-owned. Definitely try this - you'll like it - but don't expect a stylistic paragon per se.

Fucking fantastic for the price.

Low B

06-03-2011 16:50:08 | More by kojevergas
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

04-28-2011 16:35:42 | More by CuriousMonk
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crossovert

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7%

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.

04-24-2011 10:40:44 | More by crossovert
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StJamesGate

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

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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rtepiak

Poland

4.47/5  rDev +8%

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.

03-31-2011 00:52:40 | More by rtepiak
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +8%

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.

01-21-2011 02:03:42 | More by Clydesdale
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

01-18-2011 03:36:21 | More by largadeer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to drabmuh for helping me acquire this one. Poured into a pilsner glass on 11.07.2010 after returning for our Northeastern beer trip.

Pours a clear golden straw color with quite a bit of visible carbonation with a few nucleation sites on the edges of my glass. Steady stream of bubbles throughout. Initial two-finger white head falls down somewhat quickly, but leaves behind some soapy lacing.

Nose is light grain and somewhat reminiscent of a keller beer. A bit of Noble hops, but this seems to be more about the grain. A bit plain in the nose, but then the taste really pops with some light bitterness, mild sweetness, and some smooth grain. The lower carbonation also reminds me a bit of a keller, though it really lets the taste come through and is almost a bit creamy. Drinks quite well and I'm glad I've got a few more bottles.

11-08-2010 01:26:00 | More by Thorpe429
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WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7%

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.

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

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

10-09-2010 02:19:32 | More by sfprint
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

09-11-2010 23:23:21 | More by UncleJimbo
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

09-01-2010 23:52:33 | More by drpimento
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bark

Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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!!!

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

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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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richmof

Belgium

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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