Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle | Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Rothaus Pils Tannen ZäpfleRothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle

Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 389
Photo of jdhilt
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale greenish straw color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Bready malt nose and flavor is dry, grainy, some sweetness, smooth. Best before Nov 2016 $3.25 for a 360ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of Yoann
3.07/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass (duh)
A - Pale yellow with a thin white foam
S - Resin and citrus hops
T - Pretty light
M - Low on Carbonation
O - A pils

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh out of Ramsau's Frisso Getrankmarkt.

Very light in colour. God damn this is a good drink. It has a lovely grassy, denk hoppy quality, something I'd only experienced in British cask ale until now. Very light and crisp. This is one of the best Pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of Hanglow
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 :)

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 2/19/17

A: Pale gold to gold with some yellow - absolutely crystal clear - pours with a dense, medium to large head, retains a solid cap and leaves a truly impressive wall of lacing

S: Mild and light, but with an abundance of nuance - floral notes, just a touch of grass - light bread, hints of baked sourdough, touch of grain, pale malts - just a touch of yeast, hint of a lightstuck aroma which may be intentional - extraordinarily clean overall

T: Delicate and pretty much flawless - light malts, with some bread, hints of bread dough, crackers, light grains - some light bready sweetness and just a touch of honey - nicely restrained on the hops, low amount of flowery and lightly grassy notes that help balance the sweetness - low bitterness - finishes clean

M: Light body, medium carbonation, very crisp

O: Google translates the Tannen Zäpfle to "fir cones"

This is a nearly flawless example of what a pilsner should be. Or, at least, I can only guess as I do not have a time machine or a plane ticket to Germany. Tannen Zäpfle is necessary for your beer education and then subsequent drinking. This was "crushable" before that phrase was a thing.

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Photo of moose1980
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, with a big head and solid retention. Grassy, happy aroma, but lacks some of the cracker/toasty maltiness that gives some of the other German Pils more complexity. Taste is similar, again lacking the robustness a nice malt backbone provides for the style. As it warms, some sweet malt flavors do emerge though. Overall, a solid choice, but there are better options.

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Photo of opieo
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.

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

One of the better German pils I've had. Interesting bready, almost seaweed nose, straw taste but cleaner and crisper than most others. I'm not an expert on German beers, but this feels right. Clean finish. Grabbed a bottle on a whim at St. Gambrinus in Brookyn (along with some Trappist favorites) and glad I did. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of clutchrider
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.

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Photo of Spike
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 36cl bottle.

Pale yellow/gold. Clear with only the occasional bubble rising to the one finger soapy head. Disappears quickly but leaves layers of lacing.

Spicy, hoppy nose. Not strong but noticeable after a swirl.

Strong herbal flavour. Bitter and hoppy more than clean and fresh. Love the spicy notes.

Rich mouthfeel. Slightly oily. Long, bitter finish. Drying.

No flat flavours. No off notes. A grown-up, top-notch Pilsner. Complex and luxurious.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this pils from the refrigerator to a stange glass. Pinky sized head with much carbonation. A beautiful golden color with sparse lacings down the glass. It tasted mostly bitter at the back, but light on the front. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - cracker, grain, grass, herb

Taste - biscuit, cracker, herb, grass, grain

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight grain/biscuit sweetness upfront, herbal/grassy finish. This is crisp and refreshing

Overall - very nice Pilsener here. I jumped at the chance to try this when I saw it on the shelf and it didn't disappoint. Recommended.

Price point - $1.69/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(360 ml bottle, best before 07.01.16 - left out for 30-40 min before uncapping, poured into my Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: brilliantly-clear, ridiculously-pale (like a semi-sun-bleached mustard yellow) liquid... very loose, sudsy, white foam forms, slowly disintegrates... this beer is incredibly clear!... pretty killer, quasi-classic-old label design - I'm keeping this bottle

S: dried grass, old dried flowers... mild finely-ground black pepper, hints of dried lemon peel... faint woodsy overtone, and underlying honey-kissed biscuit... very faint mineral and alcohol notes... malts seem to take the edge in dominance against the hops, but the overall intensity in aromas is somewhat bold and lovely

T: dry-biscuity... the leafy, herbal bitterness does still come as a mild surprise - its peppery buzz still humming long past its dry, marble-smooth finish (taste of wet marble as well)... pleasant afterglow of perfumy hops, citrus oil residue... I hesitate to mention it, but the first sip or two has a particular shade in it that reminds me of Beck's - don't quite know what it's from or how else to describe it...

F: light-bodied and dry, but sports more than enough (perhaps dextrin-derived but, nooo, it's so pale!) silky, almost lightly satin-syrupy smoothness... certainly some residual hop slick, but it's very much a disappearing act on the back end

O: sadly, it tasted best in the last few sips - I needed a Maß of this, for sure... nothing decidedly unique about its flavors, but to me the thing that stands out the most is its semi-sweet, resiny aftertaste, while being brightly bitter and otherwise bone dry... don't know how much I paid for this, but I'd gladly get it again

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Photo of dar482
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Oxbow brewing.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a large bubbly white head.

Aroma has lots of grainy malt and a touch of hops. Some sweet caramel and honey as well.

The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet, cereal grains followed by some bitter hops. Fair amount of mild, doughy bread on the back end.

The feel is light bodied, moderately carbonated. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall a damn good German pils. So much flavor crammed into this beer yet it's still extremely light and refreshing as a pils should be. Very impressed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone brewery flute. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, slightly sweet bready and lightly biscuit malt, light cereal grain, classic German pilsener aroma. Flavor follows, with grassy noble hops, bready malt with a touch of toast and grain, light apple family fruit. Finishes with lingering light sweet grain and noble hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Very authentic and nicely flavored German style pilsener. The grainy malt supports the traditional tasting noble hops. Apparently a fairly fresh bottle with great flavor. Always great to try an accurate and traditional ale from Germany. A pleasure.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Milk and Hops in NYC from a bottle.

A- Minimal head but a touch of lace and film over the body. Golden body with excellent clarity. 4

S- Sweet bread and honey. Light grassy and earthy hops. 4.25

T- Taste is again, bread and honey. Got some earthiness and mineral. Very clean tasting. 4

M- Clean, sweet, earthy and grassy. Easy to drink but still very full-bodied. 4

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Photo of irrevjim
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a bottle to a teku
look; very pale golden with minimal carbonation, head dissipates quickly but leaves a cover and lacing
smell; typical bready malts, a little of that skunky stella/heineken smell, a little honey, ok but not as good as other proper pils'
taste; nice goden bready pils, still some skunkiness like a stella, nice honey and noble hops
feel; light/ medium light body, right amount of carbonation
overall; an ok pils, i've had better. very nice flavor but tastes a lot like typical mass produced lagers when quaffed, more honey and flavor come through when sipped

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the look of the beer clear, golden with light bubbles slowly rising to the top. It has a perfume hops and grass smell and a little boozy. It tastes very much like it smells and the flavor is perfectly Pilsner. It has a light crisp taste.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

-Deep gold. Not so clear. Finger soapy head
-Alcohol, smells like a good skunk, spicy hops
-Sweet cracker malt, spicy earthy hops, skunk. (I like skunk)
-oily profound alcohol, medium carbonation and body.

-not what i expected. love the heavy german hops. With less profound alcohol would be my favorite European beer, but this is memorable none the less.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale straw yellow, medium carbonation. Brillant gold up in the light. Effervescent head that dissapates to nothing. No lacing.
S: Heavy aroma of cereal grain, typical of the style. Nice notes of honey as well, as well as a beautiful floral aroma.
T: Really nice. Quite dry and hopped pretty seriously. Malt is incredible, that excellent German malt I've come to know and love. Very sweet and cereal like, a crisp hop finish. Amazing
F: A little drier than I was expecting. Its still quite light and drinkable, however. Carbonation is nice and adds a crispness as well.
O: Great beer, looking forward to grabbing a whole 6-er next time.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent straw with pillowy white head. Smells of Pilsner malt and light hop aroma. This is an extremely refreshing lager with light hop bitterness and not overly overbearing Pilsner malt. Finishes clean. It's a tad bit expensive in the US but this is as good a German Pilsner as you're going to find. It is everything you want from a Pils.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light and refreshing. Similar in colour and body to helles, but more aromatic, bitter and hoppier. Better than Jever and Flensburger Pilsner, but I find Czech pilsners much more interesting.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Very pale colour with a nice fluffy head that disappeared quickly but left a little lacing.

Interesting nose - lots of hop aromas, grassy and some spice. Very nice.

Very rich and malty palate with some hops coming through quickly and disappearing before the finish which os drying with a little lingering bitterness. Complex and well-rounded.

Nice mouthfeel - medium-bodied with good carbonation. Just right.

Overall a great pilsner. Well balanced, complex and bursting with flavour. Will definitely drink again.

Highly recommended.

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Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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