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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 305
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG visit their website

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 Zimbo
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous deep soft sweet doughy nose in the bottle to start. Poured, it has a very pale ginger ale like sparkle to the eye. A number of swirly wirly beading tornadoes throughout supporting a big rocky pure white glossy head. Frothy lacing webbed around the glass as well.

Soft then firm dry clean taste with a slightly herbally long bitter finish. Structurally this lifts up everything effortlessly yet is so supple and lean at the same time.

The brewer's skill is just stunning. No special barrels, no bucket loads of exotic ingredients or hops and no double digit ABV. Just simple and easy to appreciate but with more susbtance than you'd find in all the craft beer pilsner wannabes stacked together. Love it. Everything a world class pilsner should be and more.

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Photo of bfields4
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large white head. Crisp clear light golden body.

Very aromatic for a pilsener. Tons of the earthy pilsener malt aroma. Grassy lemon zest noble hop profile.

Slightly sweet malty cereal flavor. Nice light spice and herbal slightly piny hop bitterness give a nice crisp finish.

Light very effervecent. Easy drinking and tasty brew. Surprisingly complex for a pilsener.

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Photo of Paincane
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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

THis is for sure one of the best German pilseners i have ever had! I saw this one in a shop in north Germany and i had heard this was a good brew.

Drank it tonight with an Indonesian meal i cooked. Great combination...

Poured in my Struise glass this beer is almost perfect, golden fluid and a nice white big head. Beautiful carbonation, i like that.

Fresh smell with citruslike notes. Crispy and very well balanced pilsener.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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..

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Photo of RollTide05
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me, this is the quintessential German Pilsner. It's very crisp and refreshing. For a lighter beer it's very complex. I actually noted a bit of a pine taste on this grassy and slightly bitter beer. Mouthfeel is zesty and fresh.

A very refreshing beer, I could drink 15 of them easily if I could find that many. They aren't easy to find where I live in Asia.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of bmerz
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -14%
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-

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

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of JoeyV
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to boddhitree for his selfless act in shipping me this beer during his visit to the States and not expecting anything in return. Poured from bottle (with July 2011 expiration date) into tulip glass. Pours a clear gold/yellow with a white, sticky/foamy large head. Good retention. Clean aromatics for such a light pilsener malt. Decent amount of hop giving it a floral and green smell. A little zesty and a little sweet. Most prominent taste is the bready malt base. A lot of doughy/fresh baked bread taste that provides just a very subtle sweetness. Then mixed in with that base is a loud whisper of floral and herbal hoppiness. Also just a hint of lemon and pepper. These never really jump out a kick you in the mouth; rather, they fade in and out of the bread flavors. The finish leaves a slight bitterness along with the bread taste. The flavor isn’t a bold outstanding one, but rather a very enjoyable one that lingers on the tongue. Light and crisp mouthability with a slightly dry finish. Good amount of carbonation, and goes down really easy. This pils is amazingly drinkable. Light, crisp, and refreshing just like a Pilsener should be. The flavors linger on your tongue for quite a while and just tempt you to drink more. This is one of the BEST pils I ever had! Too bad you need to visit the Black Forests to get your hands on one.

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Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

0,33l bottle. Mindestines haltbar bis 03.08.11.

It pours a nice color, very light, clear, and pale pils with a sudsy bright white head that leaves all the lacing int he world.

The smell is pretty interesting. It has some herbal, grassy notes but also some zesty fruit aromas like lemons, oranges, peaches, melon.

The flavor is nice too. It has a grassy/herbal bite to it that leads into some tasty malts that perhaps have a bit of butteriness but not an overwhelming amount, the fruitiness can be tastes as well and a little bit of sweetness, the finish is a bit bitter with some herbal notes but also a faint bit of fruitiness.

This is a hyped-up beer and is the first pils i have taken the time to sit down with here in Germany to examine closely but it is a winner.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours white gold with piles of lumpy, creamy snow white foam that leaves crusty rings. Perfumed nectar and grassy spice nose. Big honey on fresh white bread malts with coriander leaf and white pepper hops. Tingly finish and tight linger. Light, super dry, some stick, round.

Superbly balanced, bright and fresh. Hallertau and Tettanger give a twist somehow to the usual Noble profile. A quality pils.

Thanks to Mark for bringing this back from Berlin.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a state run brewery in german and a must try for any beer fan.

this one has a back story as my grandmother was sent out to turkey in the 70's to orchestra the building of a few powerplants. all his friends were muslim while out there. and they all loved to hunt pig but didn't eat it. my grandfather would tell me stories about how his friends would give him the hunted wild pig and he would take it to the butcher. and for 5 dollars have 50kg of wild boar. his friends and him, pork eating or not, would go out into the woods with a crate of this beer and eat wild boar and the sorts over a fire. found out all this because i bought him a bottle of the stuff for his birthday.

pour is golden crystal clear with a white head of 3 fingers. nose of munich and very very mild smoke. a nice field of straw and hints of smoke and apples. the palate is brisk but complex of nice mild sweetness and earth and a tight quick pine and drop out of a great pils.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant, clear golden color. The frothy white head is fairly tall initially, and sticks around for a while, depositing some soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Some doughy, grainy maltiness in the nose. A bit of lagery sourness as well. Noble hops are bright and assertive, with primarily spicy/herbal character complemented nicely by a light lemony citric tone.

T: Moderately grainy and rather doughy malts. Light sweetness up front before a lightly sour finish. Hop bitterness is strong. Flavor is equal parts German herbal/spicy noble hops and bitter lemon rind, which works very well in conjunction. As strange as it sounds, I get a light mineral character from this beer as well.

M: I feel like the body is actually on the full side of medium, but carbonation is crisp and perky to keep things from getting thick. Dry and slightly biting in the finish.

D: A very good German pils. Drinkable, assertive, and refreshing. A nice showcase of doughy malts, bold pale lager character, and German hops.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pixieskid generously sent a couple of these my way. 33cl bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Incredibly clear and pale, the beer is a pale straw hue capped by a rich two finger head that retains remarkably well. This is a great loking pils.

There's a raw noble hop character to the nose, grassy and somewhat herbal. Grainy pilsner malt becomes more present as the beer warms, along with a very mineral/hard water scent.

The palate has a huge hop bite, grassy and earthy, herbal and resiny. The bitterness is just barely balanced by a dry crackery pils malt backbone. There's a strong mineral quality, too.

Drinkability is great, though I can see the bitterness wearing down the palate after a while. Fortunately it doesn't linger too long, making it an easy beer to quaff. Delicious stuff, absolutely loaded with flavor for the modest 5% ABV.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drabmuh for helping me acquire this one. Poured into a pilsner glass on 11.07.2010 after returning for our Northeastern beer trip.

Pours a clear golden straw color with quite a bit of visible carbonation with a few nucleation sites on the edges of my glass. Steady stream of bubbles throughout. Initial two-finger white head falls down somewhat quickly, but leaves behind some soapy lacing.

Nose is light grain and somewhat reminiscent of a keller beer. A bit of Noble hops, but this seems to be more about the grain. A bit plain in the nose, but then the taste really pops with some light bitterness, mild sweetness, and some smooth grain. The lower carbonation also reminds me a bit of a keller, though it really lets the taste come through and is almost a bit creamy. Drinks quite well and I'm glad I've got a few more bottles.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle from evantwomey, straight from Germany - thanks, Evan! Best by date of 17.02.11.

Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a two-finger white head. Great head retention and lacing. Clean, crisp grain and floral, grassy hops on the aroma. Like the aroma, very crisp grainy malt and a nice lightly bitter, floral and grassy hop component. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. This stuff is incredibly drinkable - it's killing me to only have 1 bottle. Really amazing stuff overall, one of the best German pils I've had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: This pilsner appears pale yellow in color. The beer is transparent. Atop the beer sites an inch of white, foamy head that recedes over the course of a few minutes, leaving random traces of lacing.

S: The aroma is distinctly German, with hints of biscuits or bread, as well as a subtle sweetness.

T: A fantastic taste. If you love authentic German lagers, this is something worthy of your attention. Very appealing notes of biscuits, barley, and/or grain. This beer goes down effortlessly.

M: Fairly thin bodied, though that's to be expected from a beer of this ilk. Solid carbonation and an overall nice feel.

O: Extremely drinkable. I would love to sit down with some brats, sauerkraut, and a liter stein of this delicious beer.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.