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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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90
outstanding

244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: inebrius on 04-08-2004

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Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 117
Photo of dethpony
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had this beer while living in a small town in Baden-Würtemburg. I was stunned at how it was hands down one of the best representation of german noble hop varieties i'd ever had. Pretty psyched to see it in the US market at not too much of an absurd price, although i used to buy the shit for $.75 a bottle.

Photo of fourstringer
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Moderate hand.

A: Pale, golden body with excellent clarity. 2 finger of sudsy, white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Grassy, slightly sweet, pilsner malt. Noble hops. Cracker. Faintly floral, but notably fruity with elements of apple, white grape.

T: Moderately sweet pale malt opens with a gradual onset of noble hop bitterness. Closes semi-dry to dry. Lingering floral hop bitterness and grain in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body for the style. Feels a little bit heavy.

O: Good German pilsner. A bit on the sweeter side, but the malts are very nice. Hopping is high quality, but a bit buried.

Prost!

Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12.2 oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Sample bottle from the importer.

L: Perfect clarity showing a pale golden yellow hue, semi-dense head leaves an amazing trail of lacing down the glass.

S: Mildly oily grassy hop nose, very herbal with some cracker-like graininess in this immaculate aroma.

T: No lack of herbal hop flavor here, bitterness from the hops is there to balance against a solid malt backbone. Grassy and grainy with a sweet floral tone from the hops in the finish.

F: Moderate sized body with a near perfect crispness.

A liter worthy brew, bring it on!!

Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date 30.04.15, assuming that's a best by date since it hasn't happened yet.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med to quicker pace, nice soapy lacing, crystal clear lemony yellow color.

nose is exactly what I want in a great German pilsner, it makes me want to go back to Germany! Great soft pilsner, lagering, with decoction layers and softness, nice faint fruity lager note, nice mild grassy slight floral hop note, toasty grainy malt, straw, etc, bright and quite nice.

Taste brings more of the great German pilsner characters, toasted grainy malts, straw, juicy slight bready malt character, with nice lagering, soft lager with a faint mineral note, very light on the layering effect so not sure how much decoction was done but it's there just a little. Hops are nice, grassy, slightly floral, decent bitterness. Finish is dry and a decent bitterness grassy hops lingering, with mild crisp lager finish, etc.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice soft lagering, decent carb.

Overall great, right there for a great German pilsner, beers like this really make me want to go back to Germany and drink this all day. The decoction lagering layered effect is pretty light though, so could be a bit more, but hops are nice, lager is nice, malts are nice, etc.

Photo of Violeteye89
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biscuit town, so easy to drink and refreshing as well as interesting.

Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfect for the style, translucent gold with a tight white head.

Smells of dry fruit and dry hops. Very similar aroma to the Sam Smith's lager, but with absolutely zero hint of any esters. So, basically, like a near-perfect aroma brewed to perfect specifications. A+.

Tastes, again, A+. Not as hoppy as the Czech pilseners (or as the American Czechs that call themselves German), but goddamn perfect for its style. Fresh hay, apples, nobel hops, Italian bread yeast, grass, cereal and honey. Medium bitter up front, medium sweet in the back: the most delicate, perfect balance you ever did taste.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a goddamn masterpiece. You cold live your whole life without coming across any other beer that so absolutely nails what it is attempting to be.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, straw to gold color. Small head that leaves only a few minute spots on the glass.

The aroma is of fresh gristed grain. The flavor is the same with just a touch of sweetness. The body is thin with a high level of carbonation.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth pleasant Pilsner. Smells of honey, sweet malt and light vinegar. Taste of the same with sweet corn middle and hoppy bitterness to finish. Memorable beer, definitely go to Pils.

Photo of cujocon
2.11/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

5.3% ABV
12.2 oz brown beer bottle $2.99 at Provisions Northampton MA
Date - 30.04.15
Appearance: Pale transparent yellow - very light color, small head sticks around, small carbonation
Smell: smells like a budweiser
Flavor: very mild traditional beer flavor, very little hop bitterness
Overall: 2/5 If you like beer and aren't a fan of the swing to hop heaviness this is ok...but I don't like regular beer
So this isn't at all to my taste. At least it was cheap.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Dull straw color. Great clarity. Rocky, fine-bubbled white head retains well in the narrow glass. Sticky rings of lacing. Classic Pilsner appearance.

S: Floral, cut grass, faint lemony whiff. Hay. Crackery Pilsner malt.

T: Sweet-ish bready and shortbread pilsner malt base. Hops are very floral with nuances of freshly cut grass and grape leaves. Candied lemon and apple blossom. Hay. Touch of sulfur. Firm but gentle bitterness. Dry, as it should be. Finishes with light toast and cracker malt flavors and some spicy/herbal hops.

M: Light bodied. Malt firmness. Aggressive and acute carbonation lends a deep crispness.

O: A quality German Pilsner. Textbook. Tasty and very more-ish too, the crispness pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. It differentiates itself a bit with a more delicate and floral hop flavor in the beginning before the more herbal nature of the noble hops is revealed. This is about as good as it gets.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Its a pils, very clear appearance, poured a very light gold, crystal clear, decent head. Almost nothing to the nose. Taste is pretty good, very enjoyable, I am guessing this is what a pils was meant to taste like but I am simply not a fan of pils in general. Overall, this is decent but not what I would want to drink regular. That said, it was really cool to get to try this old school pils and get an understanding/taste of the history

Photo of thegerm87
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Don't feel like writing a full review.

Photo of tikk
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan of euro lager in general. Trying to rate this to style, but I'm not a fan. Smells skunky, tastes skunky. Aftertaste is skunky. Great skunky euro lager that puts others I've had to shame if that makes any sense.

Photo of bubseymour
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this hidden gem from Germany in a 6 pack hiding in the fridge section at Wooden Keg in Hagerstown, MD. Remember reading that some of these made it across the pond and was excited to actually find a 6 pack of it in a store in Western Maryland.

Best before 4/30/15 on label (drinking on 2/7/15 so should be pretty fresh) Beautiful pilsner in the glass to look at. Smell isn't quite what I was hoping for. Actually smells a tad adjunct and slight skunk. No issues though. Taste is solid for a pilsner but I had much higher expectations for this one because of the rareness and buzz about it. The hops are subdued in flavor somewhat but they get you at the end with crispness and slight bitterness but nothing overwhelming. Overall, its a solid German pilsner but can't put it into my elite tier 1 group of my favorite Pilsners. I'm sure its wonderful if you have it on tap in Germany. Worth a try if you can find it in the US, but not necessary will knock your socks off. If you go in with moderate expectations, and you are a fan of pilsners, you are sure to enjoy this one. Just looking at the label while I drink it makes me happy!

Photo of aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has a small, stable head, with a clean bright yellow color.

Reveals aromas of wheat, hay and subtle, bready malts. No aroma hops detectable in this. Subtle floral hop smell becomes recognizable, as the beer warms up, adding to the lovely, slightly sweeter malts.

The taste however yields a pleasantly hoppiness, right from the beginning, adding a crisp floral note to the dough, bready malts. Turns slightly dry during the finish, with grassy, noble hops being as present as the malts. The hop bitterness finds a fitting, crisp intensity, without revealing any signs of tropical fruits, for the hops becoming a major centerpiece in thia beer, interacting well with the sweeter, still bready malts. Has a clean, semi dry finish, with toffeeish malts. Light bodied with a pleasant, noteable hoppy aspect.

Photo of diechipmunk
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale golden color, incredibly fresh taste, the body\mouth feel is not as crisp as better American pilsners, it's richer, I want to say it's silky. The flavors are very fresh; white bread, a touch of apple, the spicy noble hops are in perfect balance. Too drinkable.

Photo of BJSmit
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

don't get fooled by the oldfashioned label, it's a great beer !

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Surprised by finding a sixer of this brew. Body is exquisitely clear. Pale, almost cidery gold. Perhaps the clearest beer I have ever eyed. Head is a fluffy, pillowy clump of suds. Thick, whipped lacing. It's aroma is soft and very refined. I get tired of using 'clean' as a descriptor but it's impossible not to here. White bread, Noble hops and grain. The first sip is perfectly polished. Grassy and lightly floral hops add just enough nip to stand out. Dry cereal grains. Soft honey. Lager yeast tuned perfectly. White, starchy bread. Finishes with a musty albeit soft hoppiness. Rustic yet righteously crisp and clean. Elite drinkability. It will be a chore to not polish off this whole sixer right now. As my beer journey unfolds, I have become much more of a fan of this style of beer. Heard good things, tasted good things. Success!

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is simple but agreeable with light crayon, white bread, and faint delicious red apple. The body is a brilliantly clear pale gold with a white head. The flavor includes a light, dry, earthy, crayon bitterness, mildly grainy sweetness, with some spicy/herbal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly light and quite crisp.

Solid and refreshing but largely par for the course. Sufficiently flavorful.

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Review: 0.33 l Bottle of Rothaus Pils TannenZäpfle, 5.1%ABV

The great classic Germany pils with the super cool “old school” style label on the iconic 0.33 bottle format. This is a very popular beer, a cult brand, this beer from the Black Forest.

Aroma was quite strong to be honest, took me aback a little, wow. The grassy hops and citrus hitting the senses very quickly. A strong and clean earthy and grainy smell picked up. This aroma woke me up alright!

On the appearance side of things the beer looks pretty damn good. Very clean and pure looking, pouring a nice pale yellow colour. Head is pretty decent, nice and frothy, with a little lacing. A real good looking pilsner, with a nice crystal clear body.

The taste was very interesting, strong with a slightly malty initial taste to it, which lingers in the mouth. Some cereals, a hoppy finish and an equally strong bitter hoppy aftertaste. The beer had a very strong depth to it, and a lovely crisp feel in the mouth. The beer definitely grows on you and after a few more scoops I started to enjoy this beer. Was a good well balanced tasting beer, from the start to the finish, an interesting experience from the Black Forest.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

The best German pils and the freshest German pilsner I've ever tasted, thanks to wvsabbath for muling this one back from his recent tour of Germany. Pours into my pilsner nonic 20 ounce pint with ample bright egg shell white frothy head. Bright yellow golden hue almost like a slight haze going on fine speckled lacing left behind with each sip. Aroma pungent herbal grassy hops, lemon citrus zest, earthiness pure Noble hops just kicking the senses, delicate pilsner malt profile bready biscuit like notes, smells wonderful. Drinking in perfect cohesion a blast of fresh hops dry finish bready pilsner malt profile this is sustainable I could live on a pils this perfect for everyday drinking, so well made not as hoppy (bitter) as some American versions but perfect complex malts and hops marry perfectly in this brew. Mouthfeel is crisp natural feeling carbonation, bone dry finish great light to medium bodied not watery or thin, just perfect. Overall, a beer that you can't get in the US, and if you could the freshness would be the downfall...which is why I believe why the Rothaus folks feel that they don't even have to. Just keep your locals taken care of and let the travelers experience this wonderful pilsner while making a trek thru the Rhineland or get a buddy to bring back a bottle or two!

Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed wine glass. This is the Rothaus Pils, which is the same beer, even though it's a duplicate entry on this site. Good till Feb 27 2015, bought right out of the fridge and drank right away.

Creamy bright white head, three fingers tall with spotty lacing on the sides. A real nice lemon gold and crystal clear body. The head always manages a finger while drinking. Real nice looking pils with lots of varied slow rising carbonation and size coming up also.

Classic pils malt nose. Pretty basic, a bit of bready dough a little but for the most part straight forward and just simple and solid.

Palate comes nicely and evenly. Mid palate fills with a very neutral malt, much of the bready character hinted at is actually toned down with a smooth hop classic herbality. Good herbal hop palate just light not bright, and finishes nicely with a smooth almost velvet texture. Real neat hop angle unlike any pils I have had, that really lingers on the aftertaste.

This is a real subtle pils, and it gets better as time passes. It's probably not my fav, even for a German producer, but delivers easily.

Photo of Vinnie_DB
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Excellent beer ! I was very surprised after drinking this beer. And no headache after drinking 10 tannenzapfles :-)

Photo of Markiboy
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been off beer for maybe 20 years. I used to get super sleepy if I had it and other side effects (food intolerances). I've just got back from a 2 week holiday in the Black Forest and on our first day there I saw "Tannen Zäpfle" on the drinks list at an Italian restaurant and, in my ignorance, thought it meant apple something-or-other, so decided to ask what it was to order it. The waitress told me it was beer and I immediately thought "Ok, I'll need to try something else", but then thought "Should I give it a go after all this time?" - in the end, I ordered a small one, 30Cl. I suppose you can say I just got lucky with the beer because it was basically awesome. It was a hot day and the beer was so deliciously cold and fresh. It's golden, with streams of bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of the glass for the entire duration of the drink. It turned me right back onto beer in an instant.

During the rest of the two weeks, I spent my time moving from white beers to wheat beers, to dark beers, home brews and other pilsners and, to be honest, I was always chasing the taste and feeling of this Rothaus Pils and the truth is that nothing is as good. Some were really good but just not this good.

Now that I'm back home, I'm visiting my local brew shop and buying beers from all round the world, IPAs, Weissbiers, lagers, exports, local brews, everything and I know I'm still chasing the taste of this beer. Of course, I'm not basing this on one drink alone. During the 2 weeks in Germany I had multiple Rothaus Pils. On tap, from bottles, supermarket six packs, the lot. As I say, I'm now totally back on beer and loving it. Although I can't find anything as yet to compare to this beer, I'm enjoying the attempt to find something.

If you're in the Black Forest, i advise you to fill your boots with this one! :)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When making beers of such low gravity, low body and with the control over so many possible off-flavors, its easy to see why there aren't many great lagers out there. But Rothaus has figured it out!

Its spot-on appearance is bright with light gold color through and through. Its brilliant clarity proudly shows off its graceful carbonation that streams from the bottom of the glass to fuel a light and fluffy white head. Its long-lasting foam structure endures the majority of the session and laces the glass at each sip.

Its delicate aromas are full of floral overtones- glimpses of honeysuckle, flower pedals and perfume waft over a grainy-sweet scent of fresh baking bread and sugar cookie. A late plume of herbal lemongrass, apple and light sulfur hint toward bitter taste head into the first drink.

Its part-grain, part malt sweetness is fresh with bread and cookie and sourdough bread. Its fruity and floral character gives a softer honey-like taste to the early palate. Its light apple and lemon flavor pulls the light esters and the hop delicacies together seamlessly. Its crissp and clean finish is lightly minty and herbal as a lemongrass-type bitterness crispens the taste to perfection.

Its medium-light body sheds its sweetness in the middle in order to allow its zesty carbonation to dry the beer for a snappy bitterness and refreshing mouthfeel to close the session.

Rothaus Tannen Zapfle is the prototypical German Lager with its drier body and more hop-forward demeanor. Where most attempts at this reveal sloppy brewing technique and recipe flaws, this lager comes together beautifully.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
90 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.