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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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87
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-09-2011 08:55:08 | More by schopenhauerale
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-27-2011 01:14:09 | More by supermeniscus
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-19-2011 19:56:06 | More by jonb5
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sim0n17

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +20.9%
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 +0.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +15%
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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Ochsenblut

Italy

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +18.3%
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 +15.5%
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 +5.4%
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 +7.2%
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

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +5.9%
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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 00:16:35 | More by Derek
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dasenebler

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 19:39:47 | More by dasenebler
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Pegasus

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 02:43:05 | More by Pegasus
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Ungespundet

Germany

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first Bier I drank upon moving to Deutschland. This Bier is the favorite of my girlfriend’s parents, who live near the Schwarzwald. This was very fortunate for me since I lived off the stuff for three months. Does anyone know what the name means? (or care?) I do and here’s the answer. First of all the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG brews 3 different Biers. A Pils, Hefe Weizen(Weißbier), und ein Märzen Export. Their is often a bit of confusion (even in Germany) on the bottle sizes versus the names. The standard bottle in Germany is a .5 liter bottle and accounts for about 77% of the sales in Germany. The .33 Liter (12 ounce little Ami-size) accounts for about 20% of sales in Germany. These were the numbers in 2005. So if you buy any of the three Biers mentioned above in .5 liter bottle they will have that name, as written above, on the label. If you buy them in the .33 they will have the name Zäpfle added. That means in a .33 you would see them as: Tannenzäpfle(Pils), Hefe Weizen Zäpfle, and Eis Zäpfle(Märzen). You can see why this would create confusion. The case with the Pils is even more confusing because the .5 liter is called Rothaus Pils and the .33 is called Tannenzäpfle. So back to the question what is a Tannezäpfle anyways? It’s actually dialect and even people in those trendy bars up in Berlin would have trouble telling you. A Tannenzapfen is a pine cone. This is standard German. However for the people of who speak Badisch or Schwäbisch the suffix –le is often added to words to describe it as small and sometimes in somewhat of a cute way. So a Tannezäpfle would therefore be a “Small/Little pinecone”(check out the label again). Now does the small bottle thing make sense? I hope anyways. Long story short, it is common mistake to think they are two different Biers but they aren’t. Speaking of Bier I almost forgot why I am here….On to the Bier!!!

This test was done blind with three other Pils so I tried to keep it as unbiased as possible. The big bottle pours a nice medium size bubbled head. It clings nicely to the glass and leaves beautiful lace down to the bottom of the glass. The color is about perfect with what I can only describe a deep straw with no hints of gold or copper. The clarity is like looking through a glass of water. The aroma is typisch Pils and better than most. It starts with a very big crisp and clean hop bouquet. It is very perfume-like featuring very complex fragrances of spicy flowers. Absolutely beautiful!!! I assume their using Tettnanger due their location and then aroma would back this theory up (Tettnanger come from the Lake Constance area). The malt aroma behind these hops is very delicate and exhibits soft Pilsner malt tones which include hints of grain and dry hay. The yeast provides a mild sulfur aroma that brings everything together. In tasting this Pils it begins with a very pleasant up front bitterness. Sweetness in the Bier can only be detected upon swallowing but I quickly fades to a nice lingering bitterness. True to a southern German Pils this Bier is not overly dry and features a very nice balance of Flowery and spicy hop tones coupled with a subtle maltiness. In the end I would have to say that this is one of the best Pils I have ever tried. There is a good reason why this Bier is so popular and doing very well all over Germany. Yeah they have good marketing and some might even say “Gimmicks” .
"Gimmicks, gimmicks, gimmicks, the whole world is nothing but a big gimmick with napalm bombs and machine guns...(pause)...gimmicks man...yeah we got some."
- Jimi Hendrix
Zum Wohl!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 07:53:47 | More by Ungespundet
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into my Bitburger pokal

A - pale straw yellow, 3 finger solid creamy head, retention pretty good, lots of good brussels lacing.

S- a very fresh cut grass, lemony smell here. hops are not harsh at all, very delicate, bready fresh malts there aswell.

T - Very subtle in its character but very fresh and tasty. Hops or malt do not overpower each other, both are subtle and balance out very well. Aftertaste is very sweet but with the touch of hops is magnificent. This is a great pils!

M - Zesty lively carbonation, not harsh, firm body, no wateryness

D- Excellent, this is a pils i could drink all day, the sublte lemon edge reminds me of edelstoff from Augustiner. A superb example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 20:19:02 | More by seanyfo
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 19:01:33 | More by cypressbob
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 11:16:24 | More by Globetrotter
Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.