Tannenzäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
330ml bottle 5,1% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best before: 18/12/2012
Appearance: Light golden body (crystal clear), topped by a large white head. The head displays good retention and leaves some patchy lace.
Smell: There is not as much hop character as I expected, but I guess that is as a result of the age of the bottle. That said, the nose is more than solid. Notes include: Grassy noble hops, pale grain, an earthy note and a touch of pale fruit.
Taste: Mmmm, this is certainly a delicious pilsner - grassy hops and pale grain dominate, with a light herbal character and some sweetness also being noted. The finish is lightly dry and fairly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light (or just over) bodied, with fantastic carbonation - high level and initially quite smooth with a crisp finish.
Overall: This is easily the best pilsner I have had - it is not all that complex, but it very clean and highly drinkable.
10-21-2012 10:20:22 | More by Thehuntmaster
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
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
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-25-2009 03:05:22 | More by confer
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
3.5/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
03-29-2004 21:09:19 | More by tjd25
2.5/5 rDev -39.5%
Appearance: Golden, clear body with a small head that dissipates quickly
Aroma: malty; hoppy
Taste: I didn't care for this beer. It was very bitter overall. I didn't find it well balanced at all
Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores
06-15-2013 22:58:50 | More by IchLiebeBier
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
330ml bottle, poured into Leffe Chalice, pale colour, small fading head, some lacing retained. Aroma was seemed to be Spalt and Tettnang hop, detected some fruit. Tasted very fruity for a Pils, notes of Tomato pickle along with what I thought was Tettnang and Spalt hop, some gummi bear. Saves the bitterness for the finish which also brings some sour dough with it. Texture is thin, well carbonated, slightly coarse. I thought it held up very well compared to North German Pils style beers, as it was nowhere near as harsh and had more depth.
03-25-2013 14:29:15 | More by jonb5
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
02-01-2009 17:23:51 | More by TommyW
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
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
Gorgeous deep soft sweet doughy nose in the bottle to start. Poured, it has a very pale ginger ale like sparkle to the eye. A number of swirly wirly beading tornadoes throughout supporting a big rocky pure white glossy head. Frothy lacing webbed around the glass as well.
Soft then firm dry clean taste with a slightly herbally long bitter finish. Structurally this lifts up everything effortlessly yet is so supple and lean at the same time.
The brewer's skill is just stunning. No special barrels, no bucket loads of exotic ingredients or hops and no double digit ABV. Just simple and easy to appreciate but with more susbtance than you'd find in all the craft beer pilsner wannabes stacked together. Love it. Everything a world class pilsner should be and more.
04-02-2012 19:09:46 | More by Zimbo
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
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
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!
05-16-2008 17:43:44 | More by bloberglawp
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
Serving: 330mL bottle, poured into various glasses
Served: Many times between March-July 2012
Appearance: A clear, yellow. Light, but not as light as some AALs. Definitely looks like a pilsner because of the lighter roasted malts used.
Smell: Smells 'beer-y', clean, fresh. A little hint of hops somewhere in there.
Taste: Wow! You might not be able to really smell hoppiness at all, but it is in there. This is one very refreshing beer- the lighter body from the light malts is really played well with the hops you taste on the back end. This is no hop bomb and pales in comparison to American beers with hops, so don't go into this expecting some floral hop-bomb. It's substantially more subtle than that, but they are still there. The beer also tastes crisp and clean. The hoppy notes on the back let it clean up well and invite another sip. Tastes 'dry' in the wine sense.
Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated for the style. Refreshing.
Overall: A fantastic beer. One of the major beers of the Hochschwarzwald region (the other being Fürstenberg, and one of the three major beers of Freiburg (others: Fürstenberg, Ganter), and easily bests both of these. This beer has a strong cult following in the Black Forest region. If you're in the area, definitely check it out. I can't speak, however, to on-tap or bottled varieties purchased in Northern Germany or England, where they also distribute.
A great German pilsner. Comparable in taste to Alpirsbacher, another notably hoppy German pils. Definitely a sessionable beer.
06-01-2013 11:22:34 | More by Beric
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
Pale golden-straw with brilliant clarity capped by dense white head that remains.
Nose is mild with lightly grainy Pils malt and floral hop-aroma. I pick up a good amount of green apple and cidery notes presumably from Acetaldehyde, i.e., a yeast byproduct.
Flavor is grainy Pils malt and light apple juiciness that both get dominated by hop-bitterness lasting throughout the medium-dry finish.
Medium light and oily-coating mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
In short, a plain German Pilsener with apple quality indicating a bit premature beer that hits the spot nonetheless. Still, I have no idea what puts this beer atop of the others of the style.
(330 ml, into pilsener flute)
02-24-2013 10:34:44 | More by crnipeter
3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
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
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
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 ...
08-22-2006 09:52:06 | More by Daredevil
Tannenzäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.