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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle | Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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91
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134 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
343
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
20.34%
 
 
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Rothaus Pils Tannen ZäpfleRothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by inebrius on 04-08-2004

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth pleasant Pilsner. Smells of honey, sweet malt and light vinegar. Taste of the same with sweet corn middle and hoppy bitterness to finish. Memorable beer, definitely go to Pils.

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Photo of cujocon
2.11/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Dull straw color. Great clarity. Rocky, fine-bubbled white head retains well in the narrow glass. Sticky rings of lacing. Classic Pilsner appearance.

S: Floral, cut grass, faint lemony whiff. Hay. Crackery Pilsner malt.

T: Sweet-ish bready and shortbread pilsner malt base. Hops are very floral with nuances of freshly cut grass and grape leaves. Candied lemon and apple blossom. Hay. Touch of sulfur. Firm but gentle bitterness. Dry, as it should be. Finishes with light toast and cracker malt flavors and some spicy/herbal hops.

M: Light bodied. Malt firmness. Aggressive and acute carbonation lends a deep crispness.

O: A quality German Pilsner. Textbook. Tasty and very more-ish too, the crispness pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. It differentiates itself a bit with a more delicate and floral hop flavor in the beginning before the more herbal nature of the noble hops is revealed. This is about as good as it gets.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Its a pils, very clear appearance, poured a very light gold, crystal clear, decent head. Almost nothing to the nose. Taste is pretty good, very enjoyable, I am guessing this is what a pils was meant to taste like but I am simply not a fan of pils in general. Overall, this is decent but not what I would want to drink regular. That said, it was really cool to get to try this old school pils and get an understanding/taste of the history

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Photo of tikk
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this hidden gem from Germany in a 6 pack hiding in the fridge section at Wooden Keg in Hagerstown, MD. Remember reading that some of these made it across the pond and was excited to actually find a 6 pack of it in a store in Western Maryland.

Best before 4/30/15 on label (drinking on 2/7/15 so should be pretty fresh) Beautiful pilsner in the glass to look at. Smell isn't quite what I was hoping for. Actually smells a tad adjunct and slight skunk. No issues though. Taste is solid for a pilsner but I had much higher expectations for this one because of the rareness and buzz about it. The hops are subdued in flavor somewhat but they get you at the end with crispness and slight bitterness but nothing overwhelming. Overall, its a solid German pilsner but can't put it into my elite tier 1 group of my favorite Pilsners. I'm sure its wonderful if you have it on tap in Germany. Worth a try if you can find it in the US, but not necessary will knock your socks off. If you go in with moderate expectations, and you are a fan of pilsners, you are sure to enjoy this one. Just looking at the label while I drink it makes me happy!

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Photo of aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated "best by 4/12/16" into a pils glass.
A - superb clarity, light straw colored, a refined cap supported by a solid stream of carbonation.
S - Floor malts, biscuit, hint of clover honey, herbal hop notes, Hersbrucker maybe.
T - Beautiful flavors, warm toast, biscuit, a touch of orange zest, and fine noble hop.
M - Striking in its discretion, medium bodied, a tinge of bitterness, and itch perfect carbonation.
O - A very high bar this offering sets. Simply delicious.
Cheers

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Photo of diechipmunk
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale golden color, incredibly fresh taste, the body\mouth feel is not as crisp as better American pilsners, it's richer, I want to say it's silky. The flavors are very fresh; white bread, a touch of apple, the spicy noble hops are in perfect balance. Too drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Markiboy
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been off beer for maybe 20 years. I used to get super sleepy if I had it and other side effects (food intolerances). I've just got back from a 2 week holiday in the Black Forest and on our first day there I saw "Tannen Zäpfle" on the drinks list at an Italian restaurant and, in my ignorance, thought it meant apple something-or-other, so decided to ask what it was to order it. The waitress told me it was beer and I immediately thought "Ok, I'll need to try something else", but then thought "Should I give it a go after all this time?" - in the end, I ordered a small one, 30Cl. I suppose you can say I just got lucky with the beer because it was basically awesome. It was a hot day and the beer was so deliciously cold and fresh. It's golden, with streams of bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of the glass for the entire duration of the drink. It turned me right back onto beer in an instant.

During the rest of the two weeks, I spent my time moving from white beers to wheat beers, to dark beers, home brews and other pilsners and, to be honest, I was always chasing the taste and feeling of this Rothaus Pils and the truth is that nothing is as good. Some were really good but just not this good.

Now that I'm back home, I'm visiting my local brew shop and buying beers from all round the world, IPAs, Weissbiers, lagers, exports, local brews, everything and I know I'm still chasing the taste of this beer. Of course, I'm not basing this on one drink alone. During the 2 weeks in Germany I had multiple Rothaus Pils. On tap, from bottles, supermarket six packs, the lot. As I say, I'm now totally back on beer and loving it. Although I can't find anything as yet to compare to this beer, I'm enjoying the attempt to find something.

If you're in the Black Forest, i advise you to fill your boots with this one! :)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Ooji
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
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

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Photo of Beric
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 26 Jan 2014

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light yellow that is relatively deep and doesn't fade in saturation much around the edges. Creamy white head on top that dissipates relatively slowly. No lacing, but my glass wasn't the cleanest.

Aroma: A bit of funk on the nose in this one at first, which I attribute to it being imported. When opened and poured there's a bit of skunk and a hint of metal, but letting it breathe a few minutes, these off-notes burn off quickly. After that, the nose is dominated by soft, sweet malts, bread-crust, cut grass, and fresh herbal/spicy hops.

Taste: Exactly like I remember, and one that has not diminished at all through importation. The beer starts off with sweet malts, with an assertion of lager biscuitiness. After this, a great kick of hop bitterness and a hint of spicy flavor hops. Beer finishes medium-dry to dry and invites constant gulps.

Mouthfeel: Full body for a pilsner. Excellent carbonation.

Overall: This beer has not diminished in quality through the importation process and still represents the absolute pinnacle in German pilsners. A magnificent beer that anyone serious about lagers should seek out. Extreme drinkability.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent gold and a nice full fluffy head. Leaves some good lacing on the way down and maintains a little foam on top.
Smells of sweet pilsner malt. Smooth and inviting, with some noble hops.
Smooth, smooth, smooth. Full, rounded flavor; lots of that simple tasty pils flavor with a touch of spice thrown in the middle and a little more in the back. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue.
Lightly carbonated.
Simple and light enough to drink all day, complex enough to keep it interesting, and not so bitter that it wears you out.
Great pils.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of tonton
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden-straw with brilliant clarity capped by dense white head that remains.

Nose is mild with lightly grainy Pils malt and floral hop-aroma. I pick up a good amount of green apple and cidery notes presumably from Acetaldehyde, i.e., a yeast byproduct.

Flavor is grainy Pils malt and light apple juiciness that both get dominated by hop-bitterness lasting throughout the medium-dry finish.

Medium light and oily-coating mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

In short, a plain German Pilsener with apple quality indicating a bit premature beer that hits the spot nonetheless. Still, I have no idea what puts this beer atop of the others of the style.
(330 ml, into pilsener flute)

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Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear, champaign gold body. Foamy white head with ok retention and lace.

S - Nice soft, well rounded nose. Surprisingly fruity. Dry white grape, papaya, bread crust.

T - Mellon, white bread, a touch of green plant bitterness.

M - Light body with moderate-to-light carbonation.

O - Surprisingly tropical for a pilsner, but the sweetness hooks up unbelievably well fresh german brats.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
91 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.