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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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BA SCORE
87
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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

BlackHaddock, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

wl0307, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mattt for this LIF.

I actually searched for this beer in Germany a couple of years ago, but was only able to find their Hefeweizen (which I wasn't overly fond of).

A: Clear, golden yellow with a fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: The steelie-grassyness upfront is somewhat Czech/Zatec-like, but then the peppery, herbal & floral notes come in. Some mineral aroma from the yeast & a nice biscuity/light-breadyness from the malt.

T: Plenty of hop flavour: Very steelie & grassy; spicy; slightly herbal & floral. Light breadyness & caramel from the malt. Crisp bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated (as a German Pils should be); moderate body is smooth (I love that Continental malt), with a slightly prickly acidity from the generous hopping.

D: Hell yeah.

A great beer all around.

I recall liking the Fassla Pils more, but it didn't have as much aroma.

A hell of a bottle. Thanks again Mattt!

Derek, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of harrymel
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

harrymel, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

jsanford, May 14, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jeffo, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +3.1%

schopenhauerale, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Pegasus, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

zonker17, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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..

mdagnew, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Globetrotter
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thrilled to find this old friend from my days making beer runs across the Swiss-German border make an appearance in a fancy grocery store in central Moscow. The half liter brown bottle features a white, red and green label with the image of a cheerful, traditionally dressed Badenese waitress serving two Helles glasses of beer in a beergarden surrounded by a pine forest. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 8/24/06, I opened it on 5/26/06.

Pours a clear crisp gold under a 1.5 finger white head that fades slowly and evenly, lingering as thick film most of the way down the glass, but generating just a few strands of lace. The nose is a good mix of bready malt and slightly tinny floral hops. The mouth is very prickly, light and clean. A nice sweetish malt opening greets the taste buds, followed by a slightly astringent but still pleasant dry bitter hops. The malt lingers long, but eventually gives way to the hops, which by then have morphed into a strong coniferous aftertaste. The bite invites the next sip, setting a not-so-vicious circle of enjoyment into motion. Good, solid, enjoyable thirst quencher.

Globetrotter, May 27, 2006
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +3.1%

uturn, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Gregwa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

safaricook, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

CwrwAmByth, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

***Had to review my numbers: I've just realized how good the Rothaus Pils is after having several over the past months; even better on tap!!

Nice clear golden color. Thick head that stuck around pretty well, with very good lacing. Assertively hoppy aroma, nice and dank.

Tasted great. This is one of the best Pils I've had anywhere. Full, with a dank hop flavor as well: spicy, grassy and even a bit citrusy. Not over-carbonated, very soft and smooth. High marks all around.

As far as Pils in Germany goes, this stuff is exciting due to it's hop character and excellent balance. Rothaus is my favorite Pilsner, though Jever gives it a run for its money.

dasenebler, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -22.7%

innominat, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +3.1%

stevoj, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev +3.1%

schmidtmattsays, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a lemony yellow body, thick creamy fluffy head with good retention

Smell, flowery hops, some biscuity malt, slight hint of alcohol on the nose too

Taste, smooth crisp hops, crisp malt backbone followed by lingering alcoholic notes

A very tasty and refreshing pils

cypressbob, Jul 15, 2006
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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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