Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
09-20-2008 19:57:05 | More by thierrynantes
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
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
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...
12-10-2008 08:46:44 | More by mdagnew
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
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!
10-10-2007 06:13:23 | More by HardTarget
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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'.
05-13-2007 08:23:44 | More by Absumaster
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
4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
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!
08-05-2005 17:43:07 | More by Globetrotter
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
02-21-2010 21:10:11 | More by FreshHawk
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
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
03-08-2005 11:31:11 | More by paterlodie
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
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
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
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.38/5 rDev -18.4%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a pale yellow colour with some lacing and a small head.
Smells quite average, slight hops and a generic lagery smell.
Tastes also average, like a bland lager with slightly more hops added giving it some tang.
Overall not much different from the Tsingtao I had earlier. Refreshing and nice but I dont see what the fuss is all about.
04-30-2012 21:22:16 | More by CwrwAmByth
5/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
05-22-2005 22:22:52 | More by putnam
4.43/5 rDev +7%
**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...
08-02-2008 19:45:19 | More by dasenebler
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
01-23-2010 23:48:12 | More by soulgrowl
4.68/5 rDev +13%
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.
08-22-2005 16:46:56 | More by marburg
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
12-12-2005 12:44:20 | More by therica
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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