Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #7
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,174
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 12.29%
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
495
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Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
90
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Photo of forsport
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Biergit on the label says it all, a very sesionable German PIls=have two. Poured from a 360ml bottle ( I would love to taste it on draft at the brewery) The brewery itself is located in the Black Forest in the Southwest corner of Germany. The mineral content in the water comes through with a crisp light finish. A textbook beer of finesse that pours a pure white head and has a moderate and pronounced European hop aroma.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in Berlin.

Breast malts. Biscuity. Earth, grassy, and zesty hops. Crisp and clean. Light bodied but bigger than other pils. Easy drinking. Seems like a classic.

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Photo of nodder
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pils is on another level. Without a doubt the best pils I have tried. Hits all the notes for the style and then some. I hope the one store in my area that carries it continues to stock it.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw-colored beer; tiny bubbles effervesce through the clear body beneath a bright white head... Earthy, herbal, and a little citrus on the nose... Taste pairs clean, fresh barley grain base with crisp, herbal bitterness... Light-bodied, amply carbonated, and with a little lemon and grapefruit pith on the finish... Bottle has a best before date of 13.12.19...

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Photo of justme
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft.1/2 liter served in a Brooklyn German beer hall. Warm summer evening, a great compliment to the bratwurst. Smooth well balanced larger.

Very entertaining

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Photo of Beers-es
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a very clear light gold. Dense white head leaves some decent lacing. Smell has fresh grain and grass, along with a lemony, subtely dank hoppiness. Tastes fantastic, with a delicious bitterness. Great beer!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.2oz bottle, best before 26.09.19, served in a 0.2l Rastel Bitburger pokal glass.

Appearance: Clear pale gold, persistent white head, lots of fine lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Herbal, bready, noble hops with a bit of skunk.

Taste: Crisp with a distinctive sharp noble hop bitterness. Classic pilsner malt in the middle underneath the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, good carbonation. Hits the style well.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite bitter for a German pilsner - if I didn't know this was German I would think it's closer to a Czech pilsner in hoppiness and bitterness. Otherwise this hits the style well, and I could easily have another. I had this with grilled tuna steaks and potatoes, and it paired well.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Transparent as can be, with a white cap that falls to a surface covering of snow that replenishes each tip of the glass.

Ose is a nice mix of bread, grain, and classic grassy noble hops. I sort of get a slight metallic note, but it might be a trick of the mind from my initial sips. The taste isn’t as bready, and very clean to open. The grain comes on, but so does that metallic note. Grass and a slight skunk are just off enough to me to bring this down.

Light, crisp, fairly dry and bitter, that metallic note drives this down a notch in taste and overall enjoyment.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and and faint pale golden yellow + bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of very slightly mottled thin film covering a little more than 90% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of bready malts with minimal amounts of grainy sweetness along with light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bready malts with minimal amounts of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp initially with a clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a nice bready maltiness with very light amounts of sweetness and just enough grassy hop bitterness. Would easily pair with food.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle BB 12/05/19. Pilsner glass.

A: pours a crystal clear straw gold with two fingers bright white head and streaming carbonation. The prettiest beer I’ve had in a while. Great retention and some lacing.

S: as soon as I popped the top, the crisp noble hop aroma hit me. This is what I remember German Pils smelling like years ago when I first had them! Floral, spicy, sulfury. The English translation of the text on the Untappd page for this says it uses “Quellwasser” which I have to believe is well water. So good for this style.

T: matches the nose. Bready, sulfury, floral hoppy arrival with a crisp bready middle and a lingering sour-sweet with some residual floral noble hop. Superb.

M: not quite light bodied; extreme light side of mid-weight, with active carbonation and good attenuation. Not totally clean finishing, but crisp nonetheless.

O: this has to be the best lager I’ve had since Weihenstephaner original. Really excellent German Pilsner. Really to style. Floral hoppy, crisp, sweet bready malt, slightly bitter finish. Superb.

I paid a lot for this bottle, relatively speaking, but it was totally worth it. My only detraction is that Brooklyn hipsters love this and are largely responsible for it being on my store shelf. But given that it is not likely to ever catch on with the IPA bros, I’d better stock up while I can.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from The Beermongers. Best by 12 May 2019.

A clear light yellow with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this beer looks great. The nose is excellent. Soft, doughy, moderately hoppy with a bright lemon and earth hop note. A touch dusty as well. The palate opens mildly bitter with earth and lemon, mildly sweet with dough and a little honey and with just beautiful balance. There's a beautiful softness to the palate that amplifies the hops and the malt notes. Drying, bitter on the finish, this beer is incredibly clean and refreshing. Light in body and crisply carbonated, this beer is excellent. Is this a decocted pils? Sure tastes and feels like one.

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Photo of lastmango
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear pale yellow color with minimal carb bubbles. A one finger crystal white head formed that dissipated quickly to a film. Moderate lacing is present. Faint aroma of cracker and grass. Taste of slightly sweet malt, biscuit, grass and balanced bitterness from the hops. Crisp and refreshing. Moderate - light body and carbonation. A wonderful pils that I would buy again. Darn shame I can't find it in Western PA. :(

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid like when you take your date to In N Out and she is stoked. Delivers like Karl Malone to John Stockton in the 90’s, and tasty like Martha Hunt after a run down. I want it. I need it. I need it. I want it. Let’s go.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 12/05/19.Pours into a pilsner a clear bright light golden with a full finger bone white head that settles very slowly.Very bready in the nose with a tinge of iron,not much hop presence.A subtly complex palate with some mild sweetness intertwined with a spearmint and slightly spicy element,in the finish I get some bread dough that lingers.This is a gem of a pilsner,probably the most complex version I have had,very well done!

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Photo of jrc1093
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 3/2/19

Pours a crystal clear pale golden straw topped with a sizeable pillowy, white head; solid retention gives way to a thin cap of froth and tons of webby, soapy lacing, the majority of which lasts through the final sip. Something special about the bright clarity in this one.

Aromas of toasted wet wood and dense bread intermingles with funky grass, straw, spring water, bright, expressive grain, a subtle florality, and building notes of honey; excellent balance across a spectrum that ranges anywhere from earthy/herbal to sweet, with an almost calming purity in between.

Taste builds off of light notes of honey bread and crisp, malty grain, growing a certain robustness with punchy noble hops, hay, and bitter grass that lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a light body with a medium-high carbonation that invites plenty of earthy grit to the palate with a lasting crispness as a result; remains clean in spite of the fleeting herbal, hoppy bitterness coming in toward the finish. This bursts with both robustness and a balancing, crispy approachability.

Some incredible balance to this one capped with an impressive diversity of its well-crafted profile. There’s a bitterness that can become vaguely unhinged at times, but it hardly detracts from just how enjoyable and well-done this pils is, even in spite of its impending ‘best by’ date; great stuff, and something I think I’d take pleasure in trying at a fresher point.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: super clear dark straw color with a 2-3 finger frothy bright white head

S: straw, grass, sweet grains, lemongrass, and nice herbal hops, with a large floral note as well

T: sweet grains, big lemongrass, and nice earth bitter grassy hops. Nice biscuity crackery backbone. Nice crisp finish

M: light mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: very nice Pilsner. Crisp, easy to drink. Even after the trip across the pond this still drinks well

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Photo of Bobber74
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Classic germano-Austrian type Pilsner ..... Wonderful out of a mason jar on thus lovely super bowl Sunday reminiscent of the Salzburg square on a warm October day. Listen to the victorious football victors sing in the street from cafe tomaselli while sucking down a lovely local Pilsner......Ahhh, the Rathaus pills brings memories of obersalzburg, mountain huts in the alps, and wonderful ingredients made to come alive in a 12 ounce glass of beer! Thank you my German brethren for perfecting a simple, crushable beer for celebration against the sad Rams from Los Angeles.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Several pours while on tap at Row 34. Seen the bottles before with the unmistakable label but never picked them up as they’re always right at or near the BB date.

Awesome Pilsner that seems to have risen to prominence via the hype train which is just another example of the nuance of the craft beer culture.

Straw gold pour with a tight cap of white frothy suds.

Aroma of dough, toasted white bread, saltines, light lemon, hay/grain. Bread City.

From start to finish, taste runs the spectrum of grainy to slightly sweet to slightly bitter. Biscuity malt all the way. Delightful. Lightly floral and earthy.

Finishes soft and dry with lovely carbonation pushes the flavors across the palate. Complex but eminently drinkable.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at the Bronwyn restaurant in Boston on a date night.
An excellent beer, which does everything that it is supposed to: great malty taste, well balanced by the noble hops. Easygoing, having none of the superfluous ornaments that brewers usually put into their beers nowadays.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.31/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza con una pequeña cabeza espumosa que se disipa a los pocos segundos. Es de cuerpo ligero y de carbonatación media. Del aroma se percibe el lúpulo y la malta, y en sabor es cítrica con un ligero amargor. Para mí, una decepción. Hay una amplia competencia con mejores resultados en su estilo y precio.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

De Club del Gourmet del Corte Ingles del Duque. En vaso de Alhambra. Jugando a Avernum 6. Muy buena pilsen, muy fresca y adictiva, con sensacional sensacion en la garganta y ningun defecto

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden with thick white healthy head
Smell is very herbal and earthy with light spice like aroma and germanic yeast scent
The feel and taste are both great with dry malt and yeast with mild bitterness yet moderately high carbonation and hop flavor dominates with slight peppery and good malt support with a pilsner malt sweetness
Overall this is a great example of the style very drinkable with plenty of Noble hop taste and smooth bitterness yet dry finish that refreshes

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on tap at Pins in Bridge Park development in Dublin, OH. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grass and earth presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass

Pours a very pale yellow-gold, with crystal clarity and a fine dense head. Good lacing. An excellent appearance.

The aroma is a fine balance of crackery malts, grain and hops. Very floral.

The flavor is not quite as balanced. Skewed toward the grassy side with extra hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was not as crisp as I expected it to be, given the other attributes. A little slick, actually.

Overall, a fantastic-looking pils with good aroma, but just a bit short on the taste and feel.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I just don't get all the love here. It's good but for me not in the upper echelon of German pilsners. The taste is nice but a little to citra and not enough malt. Nothing to look at either....whatever head there is disapates quickly. It good and very drinkable but not hall of fame for me.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 495 ratings