Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus

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Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
German Pilsner
Ranked #17
Ranked #7,145
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
Nov 20, 2023
Apr 08, 2004
Also called "Pils"

The Rothaus Tannenzäpfle is the absolute classic among our beers - and has been since 1956. That is why it is also the namesake and figurehead of the Gäpfle family. The best aromatic hops from Tettnang and the Hallertau as well as local malt made from summer barley and the purest spring water from the Black Forest give Rothaus Tannenzäpfle its uniquely spicy and fresh taste.
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Reviewed by iowe_iowe from England

4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
My favourite beer, bar none. Clean and crisp, the sum of the parts makes this superb: spring water, beyond organic levels of quality, the altitude of the brewery and the obsession for making the best beer on the planet. If you are ever in the high black forest, make sure you arrange a visit, you won't be disappointed..
Nov 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a small head of puffy white foam. The head fades rather fast, leaving a touch of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew super sweet with lots of caramel and apricot mixed with a touch of peach and some nice toffee smells. Along with these aromas comes a nice int of herb and earth as well as a bit of toast.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice grainy and bready flavor paired with a sweetness of caramel and toffee. There is a touch of apricot and a bit of toast, as well as just a hint of a yeast and some sugary sweetness. These tastes take the taste to the end, leaving one with a nice crisp and slightly sweeter, but very clean taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a moderate carbonation level. Overall great for the style and the tastes, making a very easy sipper.
Overall – A very nice crisp, slightly grainy, and moderately sweet pils. Very well done.
Nov 08, 2023
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.2oz botle with a code of 221223 on the label, opened 10-28-23.
2 finger pillowy white head with fantastic retention. Golden straw body and carbonation streaming vigorously up. Patchy, thick lacing. Mineral, clay, sulfur, cracker, hay, hop spice...all the pilsner qualities I love in both the flavor and the aroma here. Light body, high carbonation, and an elusive crisp mouthfeel. Nice pop of bitterness that lingers in a longer than expected finish.
Outstanding to World Class.
Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.9 by PeacefulBurper from India

Oct 18, 2023
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Reviewed by BillyNoonan from Ireland

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Class pilsner. Clear straw gold pour, decent carbonation. Not quite getting anything particular on the nose as some are, but the taste more than makes up. Zipping with floral hops and peppery malts, it's full of the character one would expect from Rothaus. Great stuff.
Sep 26, 2023
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Reviewed by EVH5150

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Without question my favorite pilsner on earth. Super clean and crisp. The spring water is obviously making a huge difference in this one. Nice snap of hops and extremely refreshing. Havent been able to find since moving back to the USA from Hong Kong but I would go wayyy out of my way to buy it if I could find it. I wold literally keep this in my fridge at all times if it were more available. BUY it if you find it!
Sep 18, 2023
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Sep 09, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by LA2ED7

Aug 27, 2023
Rated: 4.11 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by darktronica from Indiana

Aug 07, 2023
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I love this stuff with a passion. Passed it by so many times without knowing it might be the best Pilsner I've ever tasted. Right up there. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Almost as good as Ayinger and locally available unlike the latter. Sold!
Aug 01, 2023
Rated: 3.87 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Jul 30, 2023
Rated: 4.14 by RoyalKaiju

Jul 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Tomx from New York

4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This may be the best pilsner I have had yet. Though I wonder if I'm getting the best version. I think some of the bottles I've had have suffered in storage or transport. I would love to try it on tap in its homeland.
Jul 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Purchased from a Total Wine today and it was already 5 months past its best by date. Typical.
That said, the color is that golden straw that seems so ideal for the genre. The head was lacking though, likely because of its age.
The taste, however, if this is missing something because of its age it must be amazing when fresh.
Has the necessary elements for the style - the noble hops, the malt sweetness, the slight bitterness; crackers and white pepper and grassy notes with herbal essence running through it all.
The feel is quite good, light and almost crisp- I could quaff this one by the liter and want more.
Jul 16, 2023
Rated: 4 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jul 16, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by alexsergio from New York

Jul 12, 2023
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