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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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BA SCORE
87
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 16.41%


Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: inebrius on 04-08-2004)
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 14:01:21 | More by BlackHaddock
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Ochsenblut

Italy

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in its proprietary 50 cl glass, this beer shines clear and golden with a brilliantly structured, billowy three-finger head just jumping out of the glass. It slowly dissipates to a cm of fine bubbles covering the brew for the entire experience.

The smell is of fresh bread and piny/floral hops. The first sip is like biting into a toasted cracker. The malt profile is decidedly dry and really does remind you of bread crust or a saltine cracker. The noble hops character doesn't kick, but rather smooths in with that piny/floral character I so love. The aftertaste is lightly hoppy and clean tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium with a noticeable softness, most likely due to both the source water and lagering process.

I really love this Pils. The balance is outstanding and despite the use of hops extract (a personal turn-off), it has everything you could look for in a German Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 15:44:14 | More by Ochsenblut
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inebrius

Michigan

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There doesn't seem to be anything more simple and good than relaxing in an espresso-scented cafe watching Chelsea and Arsenal of the All-London Champions League battle it out while draining glasses of fresh Rothaus Pils mere kilometers from the source. Leave it to a Staatsbrauerei, or State-owned brewery, to make a beer of this quality. The people demand it! Reminiscent of another Staatsbrauerei just East of Baden. You might have heard of it. Weihenstephan.

I was lucky enough to have an abundant supply of the Pils within two flights of stairs at the lobby bar of the Central Hotel Schwenningen. Needless to say, I ended most of my evenings there, happily snorting the open rim of the glass, incessantly sip-sipping like some crazed beer fiend who found the mother-lode. I must have been a sight. Watching the puffy white cap form quick strata as the pale-gold liquid underneath rapidly vanished. I drank from one side only to ensure I could layer the glass completely and was always hesitant to give up my finished piece of art to the tender. I did though, every time, for a freshy, billowing odors of lemongrass and honey drenched sopapillas straight from the fryer, flavored by exquisitely balanced portions of creamy malted barley and spicy hops. A most drinkable beer that washes down a thumb of Kirschwasser or a Kebap equally well, yet can stand alone if the situation calls.

From Freiburg to Rottweil and all points in-between Rothaus is the bier to seek in Southern Baden. Prima!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2004 13:30:14 | More by inebrius
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:40:54 | More by BEERchitect
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Ooji

Germany

4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: Two finger, fluffy white head with good retention. Clear golden amber yellow with lots of carbonation.

SMELL: A bold pilsner nose with grainy pilsner malt. More malt than most pils.

TASTE: Pilsner malt, caramel and then some floral hops. Bitterness with a great balance of malt.

PALATE: Smooth.

OVERALL: Flavorless pils this is not. I drink this real fresh in Germany as well as others. I have had many pilsners in Germany and this is my favorite. Bitberger is everywhere but I am happy when I find this great bear from the Black Forest.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 20:16:20 | More by Ooji
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a flute glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with good retention. Perfectly clear golden amber yellow with lots of carbonation all over the place. A nice cap remains leaving lots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A bold pilsner nose with grainy pilsner malt, light bread and caramel, as well as some floral hop notes. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Pilsner malt, white bread, caramel and then some floral hops at the swallow. Bitterness with sweet grainy malt linger on the palate. Touches of sweet caramel as well. A bold finish lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry.

OVERALL: This is a quality beer. I'd like to have this one against the lesser-respected pilsners to see where the differences actually lie. That would be interesting on a few levels. I'm not the hugest fan of the grainy pilsner malt flavor, but I'd gladly drink this again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 19:01:50 | More by Jeffo
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tonton

Hong Kong

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 08:20:38 | More by tonton
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd review having tried it again.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow colour with some lacing and a small head.

Smells quite average, slight hops and a hint of malts.

Tastes quite nice, like a normal lager with slightly more hops added giving it more of a crisp bitter finish.

Overall a pretty good lager. I'm not a huge fan of lagers but I could see this going down extremely well on a hot summers afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 12:32:58 | More by CwrwAmByth
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patra7

Greece

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 21:07:50 | More by patra7
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lewzer99

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 18:26:12 | More by lewzer99
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 23:49:21 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Paincane

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw color into a pilsener glass with a two finger white head. The head recedes fairly quickly and leaves mild lacing.
Pretty label and bottle with gold foil over bottlecap.
S: Yeasty, citrus and biscuity malt aromas.
T: Crisp, grassy, citrus, lemon, peppery, and slight hop bitter dry finish.
M: Light body with very active carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.
O: Delicious and crisp. Glad I picked this up while in Speyer. Would pursue again given the opportunity. A fine German brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:39:55 | More by Paincane
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sim0n17

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice one, finishes a bit bitter which I like. Very clean look, taste, and smell. Crisp pils that is a beer produced for the people, by the people - Wurzburg Stadt. Can't find it on tap (zum fass) around here, but the local getrankte markt has it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 17:20:43 | More by sim0n17
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought from BeersofEurope.co.uk

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... slightly off white head (with a hint of grey) poured quite loose and frothy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... only the faintest trace of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Good citrusy and grassy hops to the fore, sweet biscuity and grainy malts, quite peppery, some marzipan notes, juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, pears and light mangoes), floral honey, cut wet grass and hay, faint caramel...

Taste - Good blast of earthy, citrusy and peppery hop bitterness, spicy juicy fruits (grapefruits, sour apples, pears), light biscuity malts, some sweet floral honey, grassy, sweet grains, lightly perfumed, quite herbal, some saltiness, light traces of chalk...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light body... An extremely quaffable and sessionable pilsener...

Overall - An excellent example of a Pilsener - as good as i've had... recommended..

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 07:41:51 | More by mdagnew
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harrymel

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date unk

A= pours a nice yellow golden ale with brilliant clarity and a two finger bone white head which falls over the coarse of the beer. Drapes for lacing.

S= Dry, noble hops with a musty and sweet smell. Gotta say, this is the most spot on pils I´ve smelled.

T= Oh man, don´t get much better than this! Grain, perfectly bittered, slightest butter tone. No prevailing esters or off smells, just flirting with the idea. I don´t care if this is so good because I´m drinking in Berlin, but this is the most refreshing pils I´ve ever had.

M= light, crisp, near dry finish.

O= exceptional, delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 09:54:34 | More by harrymel
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sfprint

Germany

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:48:03 | More by sfprint
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JoeyV

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 19:01:25 | More by JoeyV
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jsanford

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 04:16:53 | More by jsanford
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle

Appearance: Golden yellow with good lacing.

Smell: Skunk, grains, and earthy.

Taste: Grains, bitterness, honey, and hops with a slight skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

Overall:
It is very refreshing and of high quality. It does remind me of a typical German pilsner, which it is. This beer is said to be made with pine cones. I thought I could taste some, but it is so faint that I wasn't sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 06:06:55 | More by megahurts4
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Airedoggie

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer on several occasions during a recent trip to Switzerland and Southern Germany in the Schwarzwald and Bavaria region. Sampled this wonderful pils from both "Fass" and bottle. This review is based on notes I took from a bottle session.

A: light yellow-straw color. Thick frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Spicy hops aroma with a citrusy floral bouquet.

T: A pleasant bitter hopsiness with a soft spicy malt flavor coming through.

M: Smooth and clean with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing.

D: Superior session beer. If only I could find this beer in the US.

If I was reviewing the tap version of this beer, it will have receiverd an A+ from me.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 18:13:42 | More by Airedoggie
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joemacpherson

Utah

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 20:29:03 | More by joemacpherson
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 19:56:56 | More by pastramionrye7
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DerBayer

Germany

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours a nice citrus coloured yellow - looks refreshing

S - some hops and bitter citrussy aromas - quite good

T - Nice bitter flavour to start off with followed by that nice malty aftertaste that is so typical of German Pilsener but unfortunately not as pronounced in this one as in say Warsteiner and it s the aftertaste that really makes a Pils

M - Crisp and refreshing the way an allround/ summer beer should be

D - This goes down sooo quickly almost too drinkable

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:36:22 | More by DerBayer
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nem2006

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 16:52:12 | More by nem2006
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 27/11/08, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: a dark-yellowish straw to light golden body comes with a well-lasting, thick white cottony head and lively carbonation.
S: citrus zests and herbal hops come hand in hand, very soothing and enjoyable, while the malts (with a faint honey-ish and floral touch) provide a decent support at the back. On top of all these, it's lightly doughy and fruity sour on the nose - very refreshing.
T: upfront comes a well-executed flavour consisting of light doughy flavour and plentiful hop bitterness with a tinge of powdery herbs, leaving the clean lager malts lagging behind. The extremely long finish is deepening bitter, chewy with endless herbal-hoppiness... simply more-ish...
M&D: clean, lightly carbonated, quite dry, and medium-bodied; the malts come at a considerable level to complement the bulk of herbal hops, but on the balance the utterly soothing and never-ending bitterness still is the most attractive point of this lager. All in all, this is a bloody seriously bitter, thirst-quenching and more-ish pilsener to me!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 18:39:32 | More by wl0307
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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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