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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle | Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by inebrius on 04-08-2004

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(360 ml bottle, best before 07.01.16 - left out for 30-40 min before uncapping, poured into my Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: brilliantly-clear, ridiculously-pale (like a semi-sun-bleached mustard yellow) liquid... very loose, sudsy, white foam forms, slowly disintegrates... this beer is incredibly clear!... pretty killer, quasi-classic-old label design - I'm keeping this bottle

S: dried grass, old dried flowers... mild finely-ground black pepper, hints of dried lemon peel... faint woodsy overtone, and underlying honey-kissed biscuit... very faint mineral and alcohol notes... malts seem to take the edge in dominance against the hops, but the overall intensity in aromas is somewhat bold and lovely

T: dry-biscuity... the leafy, herbal bitterness does still come as a mild surprise - its peppery buzz still humming long past its dry, marble-smooth finish (taste of wet marble as well)... pleasant afterglow of perfumy hops, citrus oil residue... I hesitate to mention it, but the first sip or two has a particular shade in it that reminds me of Beck's - don't quite know what it's from or how else to describe it...

F: light-bodied and dry, but sports more than enough (perhaps dextrin-derived but, nooo, it's so pale!) silky, almost lightly satin-syrupy smoothness... certainly some residual hop slick, but it's very much a disappearing act on the back end

O: sadly, it tasted best in the last few sips - I needed a Maß of this, for sure... nothing decidedly unique about its flavors, but to me the thing that stands out the most is its semi-sweet, resiny aftertaste, while being brightly bitter and otherwise bone dry... don't know how much I paid for this, but I'd gladly get it again

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A punch of floral and grassy hops. Hints of honey. Some light grainy sweetness. Lingering herbal bitterness. One of the best German Pils in recent memory. With reminders to Hill Farmstead with a forward push of floral hops balanced with a light grainy sweetness and noble hop medium bitterness.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Oxbow brewing.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a large bubbly white head.

Aroma has lots of grainy malt and a touch of hops. Some sweet caramel and honey as well.

The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet, cereal grains followed by some bitter hops. Fair amount of mild, doughy bread on the back end.

The feel is light bodied, moderately carbonated. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall a damn good German pils. So much flavor crammed into this beer yet it's still extremely light and refreshing as a pils should be. Very impressed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone brewery flute. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, slightly sweet bready and lightly biscuit malt, light cereal grain, classic German pilsener aroma. Flavor follows, with grassy noble hops, bready malt with a touch of toast and grain, light apple family fruit. Finishes with lingering light sweet grain and noble hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Very authentic and nicely flavored German style pilsener. The grainy malt supports the traditional tasting noble hops. Apparently a fairly fresh bottle with great flavor. Always great to try an accurate and traditional ale from Germany. A pleasure.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Milk and Hops in NYC from a bottle.

A- Minimal head but a touch of lace and film over the body. Golden body with excellent clarity. 4

S- Sweet bread and honey. Light grassy and earthy hops. 4.25

T- Taste is again, bread and honey. Got some earthiness and mineral. Very clean tasting. 4

M- Clean, sweet, earthy and grassy. Easy to drink but still very full-bodied. 4

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Photo of irrevjim
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a bottle to a teku
look; very pale golden with minimal carbonation, head dissipates quickly but leaves a cover and lacing
smell; typical bready malts, a little of that skunky stella/heineken smell, a little honey, ok but not as good as other proper pils'
taste; nice goden bready pils, still some skunkiness like a stella, nice honey and noble hops
feel; light/ medium light body, right amount of carbonation
overall; an ok pils, i've had better. very nice flavor but tastes a lot like typical mass produced lagers when quaffed, more honey and flavor come through when sipped

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the look of the beer clear, golden with light bubbles slowly rising to the top. It has a perfume hops and grass smell and a little boozy. It tastes very much like it smells and the flavor is perfectly Pilsner. It has a light crisp taste.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

-Deep gold. Not so clear. Finger soapy head
-Alcohol, smells like a good skunk, spicy hops
-Sweet cracker malt, spicy earthy hops, skunk. (I like skunk)
-oily profound alcohol, medium carbonation and body.

-not what i expected. love the heavy german hops. With less profound alcohol would be my favorite European beer, but this is memorable none the less.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale straw yellow, medium carbonation. Brillant gold up in the light. Effervescent head that dissapates to nothing. No lacing.
S: Heavy aroma of cereal grain, typical of the style. Nice notes of honey as well, as well as a beautiful floral aroma.
T: Really nice. Quite dry and hopped pretty seriously. Malt is incredible, that excellent German malt I've come to know and love. Very sweet and cereal like, a crisp hop finish. Amazing
F: A little drier than I was expecting. Its still quite light and drinkable, however. Carbonation is nice and adds a crispness as well.
O: Great beer, looking forward to grabbing a whole 6-er next time.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent straw with pillowy white head. Smells of Pilsner malt and light hop aroma. This is an extremely refreshing lager with light hop bitterness and not overly overbearing Pilsner malt. Finishes clean. It's a tad bit expensive in the US but this is as good a German Pilsner as you're going to find. It is everything you want from a Pils.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light and refreshing. Similar in colour and body to helles, but more aromatic, bitter and hoppier. Better than Jever and Flensburger Pilsner, but I find Czech pilsners much more interesting.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Very pale colour with a nice fluffy head that disappeared quickly but left a little lacing.

Interesting nose - lots of hop aromas, grassy and some spice. Very nice.

Very rich and malty palate with some hops coming through quickly and disappearing before the finish which os drying with a little lingering bitterness. Complex and well-rounded.

Nice mouthfeel - medium-bodied with good carbonation. Just right.

Overall a great pilsner. Well balanced, complex and bursting with flavour. Will definitely drink again.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Very floral and bready notes dominating
-citrus and grassy notes are very much present
-good amount of hops in it
not quite the Amaris 50,but very good for the style

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Torst in Brooklyn, NY.

This one pours a light straw gold color, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like spicy and grassy hop aromas, with some slightly sweet bready malt.

This is just a well-brewed classic tasting pilsner. I appreciate the hop forwardness of this one, with a snappy bitterness at the end provided by spicy hop flavors. There's an appreciable but not dominant amount of malt, slightly sweet and bready, with a little graininess.

This is really, really drinkable in the best way, with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation, but not too high.

One of the best pils I've ever had, just a great example of traditional and fantastic brewing skill.

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, on tap.

Served in a shaker pint, the beer is a clear bright yellow with a 1/4" head.

The nose picks up some bready malt with some hops in the background.

The flavors begin with lightly sweet, bready malt that eventually fades to a slight grassy bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium and crisp with the persistent carbonation.

Overall I think that this is quite possibly the best German brewed Pils I've tried to date.

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Photo of EMV
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tall hef glass in Heidelberg, Germany

L: Pours a clear medium golden color. 2 fingers of of creamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Classic beer aroma... hops and malts... newly mown grass.

T/F: This is one delicious beer, and one of the best German Pilsener's I had on a 2 week trip to the country. Wonderfully balanced between the malt backbone and the crisp hops. Very drinkable, smooth and wonderful.

O: One of my favorite German beers. Pair a few of these with a great plate of schnitzel and some sour kraut and you'll really be in business. This is a 'must try' if you find it.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Date on the bottle is 24.09.15. It traveled here from Germany in a suitcase.

Pours clear, very pale yellow with little head and a fair amount of carbonation. Smell is a little grassy and a little honey.

Taste is fairly dry. A tiny amount of honey sweetness, a little bit of straw, a fair amount of bitterness. More of a lingering straw flavor than I would like, and not quite as bitter and crisp finish as I would like.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.2 oz bottle, Best before: 08.12.15.

"The Original Beer from Germany's Black Forest"

Straw yellow, excellent clarity, with a tall fluffy white head that lasts forever. Great balance in the aroma and flavor. Sweet malt, toasted cracker, and herbal hops. Bitterness from the hops takes over upon tasting, with the malt providing support. Clean, crisp, dry, bitter, and refreshing. More malt flavor than most other Pils I have tried. Similar qualities to a Helles, but with a sharper hop bite.

I'm always on the lookout for fresh German beers, and I was lucky to find a bottle of this at a shop in NYC. Only thing that would make this beer better would be drinking one outside in Germany on a warm day. A beautiful Pils!

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Photo of dethpony
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Budlum
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and clean - nearly flawless in its class. The color is a clear yellow with abundant carbonation and a thick white head. A truly wonderful beer that everyone should appreciate. Do not pass on the opportunity to taste this beer should you find it.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.


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Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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!!

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Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | 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 could live your whole life without coming across any other beer that so absolutely nails what it is attempting to be.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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