Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #7
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,251
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 12.01%
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
555
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Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
 
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SCORE
91
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jan 05, 2019
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clutchrider from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been on a binge lately of good craft or small batch Pils and tried several different types. I'm new here so those reviews will come. This was recommended to me by a family member and locally it retails about $18 for a 6-pack, so on par with Innis & Gunn pricing. But, what you get is an amazing beer that is easy to drink and went surprisingly well with a cool crisp autumn evening. It has a great light golden color and a slight bite when you first taste it, but that is followed by smooth clean flavors of grass, herbs, and grain. You truly feel like you are drinking a well made pils made with the best ingredients. The gold foil is a nice touch and I love the labeling. This will continue to have a permanent home in my fridge by the case going forward.

Oct 11, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, on tap.

Served in a shaker pint, the beer is a clear bright yellow with a 1/4" head.

The nose picks up some bready malt with some hops in the background.

The flavors begin with lightly sweet, bready malt that eventually fades to a slight grassy bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium and crisp with the persistent carbonation.

Overall I think that this is quite possibly the best German brewed Pils I've tried to date.

Jun 15, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Surprised by finding a sixer of this brew. Body is exquisitely clear. Pale, almost cidery gold. Perhaps the clearest beer I have ever eyed. Head is a fluffy, pillowy clump of suds. Thick, whipped lacing. It's aroma is soft and very refined. I get tired of using 'clean' as a descriptor but it's impossible not to here. White bread, Noble hops and grain. The first sip is perfectly polished. Grassy and lightly floral hops add just enough nip to stand out. Dry cereal grains. Soft honey. Lager yeast tuned perfectly. White, starchy bread. Finishes with a musty albeit soft hoppiness. Rustic yet righteously crisp and clean. Elite drinkability. It will be a chore to not polish off this whole sixer right now. As my beer journey unfolds, I have become much more of a fan of this style of beer. Heard good things, tasted good things. Success!

Jan 17, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

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-

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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

Jun 03, 2011
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale gold, nice head, lasts the length of the drink as it should.

Spicy noble grassy hops with some floral character, hay and a bit of sulphur add up to an inviting if restrained aroma

Again noble hop character in flavour, more bready malts, slight tart quality, restrained bitterness with a dry crisp finish.

Just a very good pils. More like this please :)

Feb 20, 2017
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marburg from Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I accidentally entered this into Rothaus Pils instead of Rothaus Tannenzäpfle. Now that we can delete reviews, I'm correcting the problem. Originally reviewed, 4/22/2005:

From a bottle that's as fresh as Will Smith was in the 90s. Pours so pale it's almost like white gold just as it's beginning to discolor. The bubbles that stream from the bottom of the glass initially are champagne-like and plentiful, though they taper off later in the drink. The head doesn't form -- it congeals into a dense, thick white froth that simply clings to the surface of the beer, to the glass, to anything within its reach.

Impressions form. Sweet malts, herbal hops, lemongrass, biscuity doughiness. Somehow it's both airy and creamy, packed with so much natural malt goodness, I'm astonished. I've paid lip service to pilseners for about two years. I've enjoyed them for six to twelve months. But I've revered them since consuming this for the first time only 5 days ago or so. This is amazing. Finishes with a dose of spicy, noble hops. Clean and refreshing. If pilseners all tasted like this at some point in the past, it's not at all surprising that people were so taken with them so as to make it such a popular style. It's not the perfect beer, but it's perfect for so many situations.

Aug 22, 2005
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mynie from Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours perfect for the style, translucent gold with a tight white head.

Smells of dry fruit and dry hops. Very similar aroma to the Sam Smith's lager, but with absolutely zero hint of any esters. So, basically, like a near-perfect aroma brewed to perfect specifications. A+.

Tastes, again, A+. Not as hoppy as the Czech pilseners (or as the American Czechs that call themselves German), but goddamn perfect for its style. Fresh hay, apples, nobel hops, Italian bread yeast, grass, cereal and honey. Medium bitter up front, medium sweet in the back: the most delicate, perfect balance you ever did taste.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a goddamn masterpiece. You could live your whole life without coming across any other beer that so absolutely nails what it is attempting to be.

Mar 25, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When making beers of such low gravity, low body and with the control over so many possible off-flavors, its easy to see why there aren't many great lagers out there. But Rothaus has figured it out!

Its spot-on appearance is bright with light gold color through and through. Its brilliant clarity proudly shows off its graceful carbonation that streams from the bottom of the glass to fuel a light and fluffy white head. Its long-lasting foam structure endures the majority of the session and laces the glass at each sip.

Its delicate aromas are full of floral overtones- glimpses of honeysuckle, flower pedals and perfume waft over a grainy-sweet scent of fresh baking bread and sugar cookie. A late plume of herbal lemongrass, apple and light sulfur hint toward bitter taste head into the first drink.

Its part-grain, part malt sweetness is fresh with bread and cookie and sourdough bread. Its fruity and floral character gives a softer honey-like taste to the early palate. Its light apple and lemon flavor pulls the light esters and the hop delicacies together seamlessly. Its crissp and clean finish is lightly minty and herbal as a lemongrass-type bitterness crispens the taste to perfection.

Its medium-light body sheds its sweetness in the middle in order to allow its zesty carbonation to dry the beer for a snappy bitterness and refreshing mouthfeel to close the session.

Rothaus Tannen Zapfle is the prototypical German Lager with its drier body and more hop-forward demeanor. Where most attempts at this reveal sloppy brewing technique and recipe flaws, this lager comes together beautifully.

Jan 16, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A punch of floral and grassy hops. Hints of honey. Some light grainy sweetness. Lingering herbal bitterness. One of the best German Pils in recent memory. With reminders to Hill Farmstead with a forward push of floral hops balanced with a light grainy sweetness and noble hop medium bitterness.

Mar 29, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date 30.04.15, assuming that's a best by date since it hasn't happened yet.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med to quicker pace, nice soapy lacing, crystal clear lemony yellow color.

nose is exactly what I want in a great German pilsner, it makes me want to go back to Germany! Great soft pilsner, lagering, with decoction layers and softness, nice faint fruity lager note, nice mild grassy slight floral hop note, toasty grainy malt, straw, etc, bright and quite nice.

Taste brings more of the great German pilsner characters, toasted grainy malts, straw, juicy slight bready malt character, with nice lagering, soft lager with a faint mineral note, very light on the layering effect so not sure how much decoction was done but it's there just a little. Hops are nice, grassy, slightly floral, decent bitterness. Finish is dry and a decent bitterness grassy hops lingering, with mild crisp lager finish, etc.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice soft lagering, decent carb.

Overall great, right there for a great German pilsner, beers like this really make me want to go back to Germany and drink this all day. The decoction lagering layered effect is pretty light though, so could be a bit more, but hops are nice, lager is nice, malts are nice, etc.

Mar 28, 2015
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The_Mad_Capper from Japan

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

The aroma is simple but agreeable with light crayon, white bread, and faint delicious red apple. The body is a brilliantly clear pale gold with a white head. The flavor includes a light, dry, earthy, crayon bitterness, mildly grainy sweetness, with some spicy/herbal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly light and quite crisp.

Solid and refreshing but largely par for the course. Sufficiently flavorful.

Dec 16, 2014
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and pale gold. Low foam, but loads of visible carbonation.

Smell is perfect, clean and crisp, with some doughy, bready malt. Just so damn clean.

Taste is probably then cleanest and crispest I've ever had. Bready malt and just a perfect bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and sprakly.

This is just an elite pilsner, maybe the best I've had. Ridiculously clean and crisp, just a treat.

Sep 05, 2017
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FreshHawk from Illinois

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

A - Very clear gold/yellow with a white, sticky/foamy large head. Good retention.

S - Clean, light pilsener malt. Decent amount of hop giving it a floral and green smell. A little zesty and a little sweet.

T - Most prominent 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.

M - Light and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Good amount of carbonation, and goes down really easy.

D - 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.

Notes: This is an excellent Pilsener and I wish I could give one to people who say they don't like the style. I never thought that highly of the style (a view skewed by less appealing offerings of Pilseners), they seemed too light and wimpy. Is this beer light, yes. Wimpy, no. Very clean, natural, and refreshing beer.

Feb 21, 2010
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Evan1212 from New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Jun 13, 2015
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Dull straw color. Great clarity. Rocky, fine-bubbled white head retains well in the narrow glass. Sticky rings of lacing. Classic Pilsner appearance.

S: Floral, cut grass, faint lemony whiff. Hay. Crackery Pilsner malt.

T: Sweet-ish bready and shortbread pilsner malt base. Hops are very floral with nuances of freshly cut grass and grape leaves. Candied lemon and apple blossom. Hay. Touch of sulfur. Firm but gentle bitterness. Dry, as it should be. Finishes with light toast and cracker malt flavors and some spicy/herbal hops.

M: Light bodied. Malt firmness. Aggressive and acute carbonation lends a deep crispness.

O: A quality German Pilsner. Textbook. Tasty and very more-ish too, the crispness pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. It differentiates itself a bit with a more delicate and floral hop flavor in the beginning before the more herbal nature of the noble hops is revealed. This is about as good as it gets.

Mar 08, 2015
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy to review this with a fairly fresh bottle. 12.2 ounces. Not sure I have seen this before.
Shimmering, crystal clear pale straw body. Bubbly two finger white head dissipates to a weak, wispy cap and minimal lacing.
Clean aroma of grainy, bready malts. Nice earthy, grassy, medicinal hops.
Grainy malts followed by some heavier, bready malts in the taste. Slighty grassy hops give way to a wonderful medicinal taste that comes through.
Lighter body with good carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry with a nice peppery finish.

Jan 18, 2018
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smithj4 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aug 23, 2018
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FrancisM12 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 09, 2019
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Skellbop from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 31, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours s somewhat clear bright yellow with high carbonation.
Wheat grains, bready malts, apples, light fruity malts. Light body and low to moderate carbonation.
Overall a very nice pils. One of the better ones I've had in a while.

Apr 23, 2017
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chubenzino from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 07, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -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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sclitch from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Jul 24, 2014
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opieo from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A mild easy drinking brew for the masses. Nothing offensive. Slight hop. Nice balanced grain. Almost a light in taste but not the alcohol at 5%. You'll like this if you like Czech hops.

Dec 31, 2016
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