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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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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 kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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 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 joemacpherson
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my pleasure. I finally found a beer that I felt compelled to review.

It pours a light hay-gold with a thumb of creamy head.

The scent is naturally a citrus-grass, with hints of pepper and sweet malt.

Complex and balanced. Bitter hops are present upfront , it peeks with a full and delicious light-malt flavor with a hint of steel, and it finishes with bitter-spice.

full and crisp, super refreshing.

10/10 on drinkability

This is the ideal south german/bavarian pils. It reminds you why beer is the 3rd most drank beverage on the planet and is worthy of our worship as a species. Rothaus Pils reminds you that you are never wrong in drinking 2 or 3 in beers in one sitting. Germany simply has the best beers on the planet earth.

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 nem2006
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1/3 liter bottle brought back from Germany by my traveling sister.

Poured a lightish, pale yellow with nice carbonation and a good head that maintained fairly well throughout.

The smell was crisp, floral, a little spicy and a nice bit of sweetness to it.

The start of it is a little sweet with some floral bitterness and a small bit of spice. The hop finish is clean and balanced, not too overwhelming.

Overall, I consider this a good light to medium bodied beer for warmer weather.

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 Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from the black forest by the lovely Tanja, who says this is the go-to beer of all her friends in Freiburg and surrounding parts. The old-school label rocks. Pours a shimmering but pale yellow-gold with a soapy half-inch head. Looks pretty much like it does on the awesome label. A zillion bubbles feed the head too, but that could be because of the "nucleated site" on my glass.

Brings a sensible and enjoyable mixture of sweetness and bitterness to the nose. Clearly pils malts are abundant, with the sweetness of fresh straw, honey, mild lemon and crispy hops mingling nicely.

Not an unexpected or extraordinary flavor, but a solid and very likable one. The characteristics from the aroma carry over to the flavor, with an increased level of herbal flavor, a bit fruity, and a hit of mineral (salt?) in the back and finish. Excellent balance of bitterness and sweet maltiness, with cracker/biscuit-like earthiness running up the middle and keeping it real.

Texture is bright and tingly, as would be expected, light in body and a rounded buttery angle giving balance. Pretty much par for the course in this department.

Insanely drinkable, of course. Would be easy to knock back 5 or 6 of these in a session, and I'm not really into doing more than 2 or 3 of anything these days. This just makes you want to keep hoisting, and with a friendly ABV and a friendlier flavor, why not? A beer like this is why U.S. macro pilsners are such an embarrassment--this is the real deal.

Photo of pastramionrye7
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the German equivalent of a beer distributor in Bavaria.

Appearance: Light golden in color. Not much in the way of a head or lacing.

Smell: Getting some citrus sweetness and malts. Smells delicious.

Taste: Nice bitterness up front. I then get a pronounced lemony taste that fades away gently. Overall very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light, moderately carbonated, refreshing

Drinkability: Yes :)

Notes: Great summer beer. For some reason I get a prominent lemony taste with this brew that I find very enjoyable. One of my favorite German Pilsners.

Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely clear thin gold with a two finger head that quickly disapates. Little lacing and light rising carbonation.
S: Strong metalic malt. Slight sweetness, slightly punchy hops.
T: The malt is perhaps the most transparent for what it is, fresh and grainy. Bitter aftertaste. Tinge sweet but overall neutral.
M: Light yet sharp sting, light to medium body. Somewhat watery but refreshing.
O: Nice, flavorful.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Drinks of the World.

Mmmm, hoppy. Pours a clear gold with a short white head that leaves thin lacing. The aroma is nothing great, just a clean, light hint of malts. The flavor however has a burst of citrus rind with a biscuit malt backbone. There are also subtle pepper and herbal notes. Basically, this is a night hops-centric pils that could maybe use a little more malt character.

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 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 jsanford
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from a friend who brought it back from Germany. Poured into a Pilsener Glass.

A - Pours a crystal-clear light gold with a dense, creamy head of white foam that recedes to a thick haze.
S - Crisp aromas of cracker malt, spicy hops, fresh-cut grass, and a bit of citrus. Smells very refreshing and clean.
T - Initial flavors of sweet, doughy malt give way to spicy yeast, earthy Noble hops, and some orange peel. Deceptively complex, the flavors are in perfect balance.
M - Incredibly crisp and refreshing, with a medium-thin body and sharp carbonation. This would be a perfect Summer beer, extremely sessionable.
O - Easily the best Pils I've ever had, I would love to have regular access to this over the Summer!

Photo of bloberglawp
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Raven3464
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a crystal-clear straw colored body with a one finger head. Retention is good.

Smell: Sweet malts and grass come to mind. There are some lemon notes in the aroma as the beer warms.

Taste: It taste like a stereotypical "good" Pilsener. Sweet malts are noticed early followed by a moderate hop bite. This beer is not complex at all but it does represent the style well. The hops become gradually more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouth feel: It is light bodied but crisp, not "watery" at all. The beer is easy to drink, just like a good Pils should be.

Overall: German Pilsener's are by nature not too complex in my opinion but this is one of the better representatives of the style.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts along with notes of grassy hops and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a solid and well-balanced pilsner that is very easy to drink. It is a good way to open up a meal.

Photo of JoeyV
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale golden-yellow. Heads forms and dissipates quickly, leaving the slightest layer of foam at the top. Looks to be heavily carbonated.

S: Strong yeasty scent, slight floral notes from the hops.

T: A little bit of light grains and yeast at the beginning, promptly giving way to a dry hoppy kick. Very balanced, very refreshing.

M: Rather thin, appropriate for the style - carbonation is high, but not excessively so. The slight bite from the carbonation complements the flavor of the hops nicely, giving the aftertaste an overall zing.

O: Definitely one of my favorite pilsners - refreshing, but not boring. Lends itself to both sipping and gulping, a middle ground which few beers inhabit. The yeasty taste is a bit strong for my liking, but overall this really impressed me.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint, poured into a huge, tall Rothaus handled glass at The Cask Pub and Kitchen, London.

This is one of the best Pilsners on the market (also known as Tannenzäpfle when in small bottles), crisp, sharp and refreshing it really does hit the spot if you are wanting something to brighten up your drinking day. Not sure what sets it apart from other German Pilsners, I’ve had enough over the years: it’s just the whole package I suppose, nothing spectacular or really different about it, it’s just right on all counts when talking about this style of beer. The head does stay longer than most of its competitors, but other than that I can’t put my finger on why it should be put on a pedestal above the rest

Photo of tonton
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear Light yellow from the bottle into a water glass. One inch white fluffy head with good retention, better retention than your avwrage pils.

That said, I'm really not a fan of pilsener, but this is one if the best I've tried. Very clean smell and flavor, exactly what one would want from the style. No aftertaste, fresh, crisp and refreshing. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of foles
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Footed Pilsner glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pale straw color. White , rocky, crown shows good retention. Floral, mildy malt, aromas & piney touch. Crispy with subtle citric touch upfront. Clean earthy bitterness lingers into the finish balanced by moderate maltiness. Smooth palate. Light to medium body, lively carbonation.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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