Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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90
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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of cujocon
2.11/5  rDev -47.8%
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 IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw-colored, with a white, average head. It seems a bit too carbonated in the appearance.
The smell is a light malt, and a even lighter hop, very light.
The taste is a bit more resolute. A quite definite malt, and a more definite perception of the bitterness.
Medium-light-light body. In the aftertaste the hop is quite definite. And the bitterness is quite longstanding.
Drinkable.

Photo of patra7
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw color; big, white head.
Smell: Some very light grass, hops
Taste: Overall fairly balanced between malts and hops; Starts with a slightly bitter, grassy taste but develops into a more level, perhaps biscuity ending.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation, besides the big head; refreshing but lacks any kind of a “kick”. A rather oily aftertaste.
Drinkability: An OK, refreshing beer but it’s failed to impress me all 3 times I’ve drank it.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of tikk
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
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 aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
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 thegerm87
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Don't feel like writing a full review.

Photo of Pegasus
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear light golden color, with a small white head, which fades rather quickly, with slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very clear with bread notes from pale malt, and subtle herbal hops.

Taste: Crisp, slightly tart pale malt, followed by moderately bitter herbal hops. Finishes with only a mild, lingering note of mild herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of a classic, albeit bland style.

Many thanks to Max for hand-carrying this from Germany.

Photo of foles
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
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 lewzer99
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a pale straw color, half inch head that lasts about a minute or two.
Smell: Grain, grass, very light citrus.
Taste: Well balanced and clean. Slight malty sweetness comes at the end with a mild hoppy bite. Very drinkable and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Feels a little thicker than I had expected, but still crisp and light.
Overall: Its a tasty beer. I would buy it again for a hot day, but wouldn't search it out specifically.

Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served not that cold, and honestly, I can't hardly tell the apple part of it. Poured with nice, foamy, frothy, slowly fading, off white head that lasts and no lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is a little pungent, malt, acrid, and hints of fruitiness. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Don't see why it's a cult hit. Maybe if I lived here.

Photo of snaotheus
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015-05-23
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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 soulgrowl
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tonton
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Raven3464
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 tjd25
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is dense and somehow foamy. The body is incredibly golden. The smell doesn’t tell me much; hops. A first refreshing iodated impression in the taste, which quickly gets overwhelmed by the so powerful hops that I still have problems to handle. The mouthfeel is very dry. Interesting, but drinkable wouldn’t be an appropriate word.

Photo of Daredevil
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 ...

Photo of bmerz
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is the same beer as the Rothaus Pils.

Very light hay color. White fleeting head.

Smells of hay and light citrus.

Taste is fairly bitter but the grain is still forward. Body is medium and lingering bitterness. Kinda prickly.

Very refreshing. I could and will drink these all day. Would love to have this in the US.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JoeyV
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 tempest
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
90 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.