Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #7
Ranked #4,034
4.09 | pDev: 11.98%
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear straw-gold with churning effervescence and two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and sheets of lacing.

Beautiful, crisp aroma with hints of hay, lemon and sulfur.

The taste is a little softer around the edges, with light mineral water sulfur, dough and some dull, lingering, grassy bitterness. Maybe a kiss of minty herb as well.

Soft, medium-bodied feel with prickly carbonation. Slightly heftier than expected.

This is a great beer — even months off the bottling line. Only very recently have American brewers come close to this.

Nov 20, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally found this. At my local dive grocery store.
Look - Light gold with a soft white head.
Smell - Definitely can decipher the pilsner malts. Very clean smelling. Lemony, zesty, faint notes of spice and malty sweetness.
Taste - Grassy, hay, floral sweetness, hops. A very good balance of all these flavors.
Mouthfeel - Light with a clean, crisp finish. You just want to guzzle it all in as less time as it takes.
Overall - Easily the best representation of the style that I've had. I've had other German Pilsners from Germany and this was better than any of them. Was the $18.99 price tag for the six pack of 12.2 ounce bottles justified?? Probably not. This version was 5.3% ABV. Not the 5.1% listed here on BA.

My next challenge is to find out if Suarez Brewing in upstate NY is still offering curbside pickups, or if they deliver to NYC. Their pilsners have a great reputation here, and I'd love to compare them to Rothaus.

Nov 15, 2020
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FelixLo from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The first sip of Tannen Zaepfle overwhelmed my palate. It felt that they tried to cram too much flavor into a Pilsner. Apparently, this is just the priming of the tastebuds though. After that it is a very very smooth ride. Definitely in my top 20 pilsners.

Oct 15, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

360 ml bottle from a six pack I bought at the neighborhood wine shop.

It looks perfect: Crystal clear gold, healthy white long lasting head with streaming carbonation.
Cut grass, fresh bread, light lemon aromas.
Clean light noble hop with floral and light fruit flavors well balanced with slightly sweet malt.
Dry, light bodied and refreshing, pairs well with most sandwiches.
A wonderful beer.

Oct 02, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

360ml bottle, best before 23.09.20, so about a month before that

clear, light golden straw color, thick foamy white head. good head retention. clean grainy aroma with underlying grass earthy hops. similar taste, well balanced, not too sweet. clean, crisp, easy drinking but has enough flavor. thin to medium bodied.

Aug 22, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a medium top off white head that dissolves slowly.
Aroma is of light bread, sweet malts, grass, hay, grains, lemon and earthy hops.
The taste is medium sweet with light malt notes and a nicely ballanced grassy and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice lenght in the aftertaste. Very refreshing. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A really well made and enjoyable classic german pilsner.

Aug 14, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how I haven't had this yet. But that's a pretty solid german pilsner. Clear golden yellow body, one finger thick white head. Smooth, mildly sweet, slight noble hop tinge. Could use a little more crisp carbonation and a touch of dryness to it, but who am I to argue with the original?

Jul 31, 2020
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Yaroslav from New York

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack mainly based on the artistry of the label design. Didn't do a quick look up. I wanted to like it. It reminds me of buying vinyl recordings solely based on the album art. Sometimes I liked the music especially many low budget Nonesuch classical recordings other times I did not (All of Yes)

Happily this is a obscure classic. Though even the best of German brews make me a little sad, I'm happy to look at the art and drink this fine Pilsner!

Jul 17, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 an 11.2 oz bottle into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a pale, clear, medium golden color with lots of streams of little fairly rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a very thick surface coating along with a thick white ring surrounding the inside of the glass and pretty good lacing. Aromas of bready malts, and some herbal grassy notes. A bit of lemon as well. An extremely similar flavor profile, with some bready, herbal, grassy, malts and some nice graininess followed with just a hint of lemon citrus. Light earthy hop notes that give just a slight hint of spice and bitterness. Just an excellent flavor profile! Spot on for the style. Has a crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation. Finishes clean.


Jul 12, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has bready malt and lemongrass hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant bready malt and lemongrass flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated crisp beer
A great Pilsner

Jun 28, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12.2 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant yellow color and is topped with several inches of eggshell head that leaves lacings rings as I consume.

I got some skunk smell as soon as I popped with top. Then I get a little sweet malt and grain. I get some grass and a light floral aroma.

The taste is sweet up front followed by a steeped grain flavor. I get some lemon through the middle. The finish is bitter and slightly metallic.

Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel

I'd be lying if I said this was my favorite style. I could probably drink a couple of these, but I am glad I only bought a single.

Jun 27, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best German pilsner on the planet for my money....

Hits all the marks that you look for and hits them hard...

Kisses of hops....slight sweetness of malts.. minerality of the water... simply perfect...

The pilsner I would drink on a desert island....

It's the pilsner that others strive to be one day...


Jun 21, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A solid drinking pils that holds up to the Germany purity laws. Water, Hops, Malt, Barley, Yeast. You certainly get some bread notes from this and the first few sips have a very full body, but after about halfway through it rounds into a good drinking beer. The Volkswagen of Pilsners if you will. As the pine cones and the “black forest” branding imply, you’re also going to experience a bit a bit of pine. Overall, it’s not a pills I would be seeking out, but if it was given to me for free like this was, I would put her down the hatch and not ask any questions.

Jun 19, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with moderate creamy white head.

Smell is bread dough, wet straw, light sweet pear+sweet apple, and light floral & spicy hop aroma .

Taste is similar to aroma : slightly sweet white bread, spicy hops, slight sweet apple, wet grass, and floral hops. Moderate drying bitterness.

Feel is light and smooth, with moderate very finely sharp carbonation.

Overall, a fantastic pils. Welcome anytime.

Jun 03, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear, pale golden coloration with a large, fluffy head. Smells of doughy, biscuity malt and grassy, citrussy hops. Taste is an excellent balance of doughy, biscuity, very slightly grainy malt and rather expressive grassy, citrus and slightly floral hops, with just a hint of herbal accents and some lemongrass also coming through. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some grassy, herbal hops and lemongrass lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is a pretty hoppy Pilsner that has an excellent balance of doughy/biscuity and very slightly grainy malts and rather grassy and citrussy hops going for it, with a good, soft bitterness in the finish. Quite crisp and clean, with a hoppy flavor profile backed up by some softer malts. Having this right after Flensburger Pilsner, I thought it was quite interesting how similar the two are. They really do have a very similar malt/hop balance going on, with this feeling perhaps even a little more hoppy although also slighter less grainy, floral and bitter and just a bit more herbal and full-bodied. Still drinks very easy and refreshing.

May 30, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don’t always eat raw ham, but when I do, I eat ham with Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle Original Black Forest® from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG™

May 17, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.2 fl oz/360 ml bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Best before: 28.05.20
Served in a Willi Becher

What great bottle design! As for the beer itself, it poured a crystal clear, pale golden yellow hue. The body was topped by an inch-tall, bright white, soapy looking crown that left some patchy, streaky lacing in its wake. A frothy, bubbly film coated the liquid and lasted until the drink’s end.

The aroma was very solid. Crisp and bright with some lemon and hay notes. Crackery, pilsner malts were also apparent. A lager yeast quality came through as well. Somewhat powdery and dry. Fairly grainy. White wine was also detectable. As the beer sat, the Pilsner malt notes intensified.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but slightly punchier. Crisp, bright and remarkably clean. Big lemon presence. Fairly tart. Grassy hops were also apparent. The beer finished with some earthy hop notes and just a hint of lingering bitterness.

Really solid mouthfeel. Crisp and medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, zippy, tongue blanketing effervescence that turned creamy, soft and supple on the palate.

Rothaus Pils is a refreshing and easy drinking Pilsner that delivers in every regard. I would gladly pick this up again.

Apr 08, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant crystal clear golden color. Somewhat effervescent- mores initially, but less so as the beer settles. Two finger velvety white head dissipates slowly leaving a thin residual layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of straw, white bread and some sweet malts. Hints of grassy hops with some lemon grass comes through.

Taste follows the nose with gentle malts up front. Notes of white bread and straw are there with a moderate malty sweetness. Grassy hops come through on the back end. Light notes of lemon grass peep through.

In terms of feel it is incredibly drinkable. Light, crisp, brightly carbonated - just all around everything you want from the style.

Overall its a lovely pilsner and definitely one of the best examples of the style I have found.

Mar 30, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fancy ass 12oz bottle with gold foil... poured into HF wine stem/balloon.

Appearance: Translucent bright golden bodied beer with thick bone white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pilsner malts. Slight sweetness in malt profile. minerals and well water. light noble hop notes(grassy & earthy). Yeasty.

Taste: Pilsner malt and bready malt profile. Lager yeast. grassy and slightly herbal noble hops. this is reallt nice and balanced out so well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. crisp, clean, and snappy lager. extremely drinakable.

Overall: You know its going to be good when the beer bottle has gold foil involved! You snobby ass Germans! Got this beer from a friend and I gotta say... I am really glad that I did. This is a really awesome German Pilsner. Seriously delicous German Pilsner. It checks all the right boxes for being a proper German Pilsner and its goes even further beyond that. Highly recommended to try this bier.

Mar 29, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer I bought this beer in Konstanz Germany amazing taste very easy drinking and enjoyable.
One of the best beers I've ever had before in the top 3 for sure

Mar 01, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 060320. Pours a lovely, translucent straw gold with a tight, quarter inch, bright white head. A thick swath of lacing coats the shoulders and gradually cascades down the side. Nose is clean - grassy, noble hops and hints of lemon. Taste consistent with nose - quite delicate with hints of biscuit malt peaking through and finishing with a hint of medicinal bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, even carbonation. All and all, pleasant and quite drinkable. Not sure when it was bottled but there are other offerings that I prefer. Regardless, well worth your time if the opportunity presents.

Feb 09, 2020
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim for the bottle! Cheers man.

A stunning beer in the glass. Polished brass with fingertip clarity through the body, and a light amount of streaming bubbles rising to support a perfect rocky bone white head. The only downside, at least in this singular case, is the lack of retention and lacing.

The aroma is simple, and beautiful. Tons of dried grass over a heap of light grainy bread. There's a little but of a pissy smell too, but not in a bad way as it would sound.

Taste on the other hands completely flips from the aroma. Quite bready with a clean yeast profile before the dried grass and hay creep through.

Superiorly light and refreshing feeling with a crisp carbonation, bitter bite, and dry finish.

Easily one of the best German Pilsners I've had right there up with Weltenburger and Jever. Thanks again Tim! Prost!

Jan 04, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Clear golden liquid, one finger cremy white foam cap quickly recedes, active streams of carboantion, good lacings

Aroma of grass, straw , hay

taste is grassy , malts,

Medium sudsing , fizzy, slight hop nibble

Good beer

Dec 22, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear dark gold. One finger of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Yeasty dough, slight skunk, citrus.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty dough followed by woody hops and balancing bitterness. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average body with very high carbonation.

Overall: A rather different pilsner for the export market, having a lot more unfiltered malt flavors. How you like it will depend on your personal preference.

Dec 22, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been hearing about this one for awhile, excited to finally get my lips on it. not enough rad german pils types coming in, especially at this level. the trip has been a little tough on it, there is a little must and fade on it, but its still fully worth it, a nice glass of been even without the freshness that probably makes it among the best in the world. its hoppy for a german one, with a neat spicy sort of botanical nose to it that seems more robust in that regard than these ever are. high white head on a pretty clear pale straw colored body, bubbly and active and lively all the way through it, refreshing even with the moderate oxidation that has sneaked in here. the beer shows its perfect water chemistry, mineral forward, clean, and brisk in feel, and the lager yeast has a neat maturity to it as well, tastes real dry and clean and patient to me. the hops pop in here, preserved lemon, white sage, and bitter tea notes to them, not out of place, but bigger for what this is. snappy and refreshing, i could only imagine the potential of this one at its peak. probably about as drinkable and satisfying as they come. even now its in that realm, a real drinker with a ton of flavor and some points of distinction in a same style. obviously of the finest quality, a fun one to finally find, and neat packaging too. really enjoyed this and will be on the lookout for more of it. top notch pils, rightfully well regarded...

Nov 26, 2019
Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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