Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus

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Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
Ranked #37
Ranked #16,250
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Sep 22, 2022
Apr 20, 2004
Very Good
Notes: Also called Märzen or Märzen Export

Here we introduce you to the Rothaus Eiszäpfle. The best barley malt from southern Germany, freshly brewed water and the famous aroma hops from Tettnang and Hallertau shape the full-bodied taste of this beer. A higher original gravity and a rather mild hops ensure the distinctive, malty note.

The term "Märzen" should also be mentioned. Beers of this type of brewing are traditionally more heavily brewed, as brewing was only allowed in the months from September to April. Thus, a longer shelf life beer was produced in March, which also survived the five months without a brewing process.
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Rated: 4.31 by mrovelli from Massachusetts

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tasty stuff although a bit light in color and somewhat dryer than I prefer for the style. Still a very clean-drinking beer with great bready malt notes and minimal bitter - just enough for a clean finish.
Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Next stop on this years tour of Marzens is the Eiszäpfle Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus. My first time trying this one.

From a bottle marked BEST BEFORE 10/11/22 4053105.

This lager pours into my pint glass a clear golden straw shade with a tight white bubbly head. Streams of bubbles ascend. Head drops to a ring presently leaving no lace.

Scent is honey, bread and bread dough. A hint of apples. Crisp herbal hop note.

Taste is light crisp and refreshing with honey, sweet bread dough, apple and a clean crisp German hop bitterness. Lighter in flavor than most marzens with a delicate sweetness. Though more sweet than dry it is subtle and very refreshing. There's a hint of lemon as well.

Mouth is crisp and clean with a fine carbonation and a dry finish. Light in body.

This is an eminently drinkable lager with a fine delicate sweetness and a crisp finish. Among the lightest and most refreshing examples of the style I have encountered. A maßkrug of this would go down quite easily and never become too heavy. Could become a favorite.
Sep 02, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Looks light in color & smell. Medium mouth feel & taste; bready & hoppy. Overall, a good marzen!
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus "Eiszäpfle"
12.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle "Best before: 10.11.22 4053105" and sampled on 21 August 2022
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting name, "icicles". Labeled at 5.7% alcohol by volume. It's poured a crystal clear golden body beneath a finger's width of bright white foam. The aroma is malty with sweet grain and some mild herbal, floral, and subtly spicy hops. Not surprisingly the flavor follows but with more girth. The malt remians grainy but it's also sweetish, doughy, bready, and subtly caramelish. The herbal hop character dominates over the flowers and spice, and there's also a very mild apple-like fruitiness und some underlying yeasty sulphur. It's moderately bitter at around 20 to 25 IBUs, and along with the median alcohol content and a touch of acidity it finishes mainly dry with some of the sweet malt left lingering in a delicate swirl of herbs and spiciness. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently cirsp with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation. This is a very nicely done Märzen that's really nicely balanced to allow the malt to shine while not letting it get too sweet leaving it highly quaffable! Where it falters is the head retention and lacing. The head dropped fairly readily, and the lacing was basically non-existent.
Review #8,220
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
(360 ml bottle, best before: 10.11.22; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: brilliantly-clear, pale straw-colored liquid; tall, cauliflowered, bubble-array foam stand... soon it's only a tight, draw-in collar with some scant lacing

S: smells similar to a basic strong Euro pale lager (i.e. Elephant?), spice and perfumy-floral hop-forward, very little discernible malty depth or character, aside from a subtle honeyed dough note... relatively potent, but overtones heavy

T: ah, there's the malts!... pizza crust, dry white wine... Pils malt with frayed bready ends... aftertaste has a mildly phenolic bitterness, relatively mellow, little-to-no bite/edge... over and over, the pithy, spicy, airy crust crumb, with a vague roasted nut back note

F: ghostly edges, airy contours... alcohol and bitterness team to stoke a herbaceous heat toward the back of the palate... definitely sends a soft shock to the palate, opening and waking it up

O: bares marginal resemblance to the common lot of Marzen, with its color most throwing me off, next to seeming paucity of caramelized/decocted character... whatever it is, it's a fine beer, just lacks personality (1988)
Aug 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Jul 19, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by BeerWasp from Germany

May 18, 2022
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle from Beer Merchants (£2.40):
Light golden to straw, clear with a half cm, foamy white head & plenty of fine bubbles rising to the surface. Light corn & grain open the nose, there's a subtle sweetness with grassy notes & bread too; thankfully not skunky & there a hint of citrus at the end. The taste is sharp to start with some of the citrus, light lager malts & grassy hops. It's balanced & fresh, easy to drink & quite sessionable too.
Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
360 mL bottle. Notes from October 2021.

Really nice to see this on the shelves this Fall. A welcome surprise.

Deep gold with great clarity. Aroma of cracker and lightly toasted malt. Faint grassy hops. Flavor is very subdued. Balance leans slightly more towards the malt. Lightly sweet in the finish. Clean and soft.

This did not have the traditional rich malt flavor of the style. Reminded me more of a Dortmunder Export bier than an Oktoberfest. Enjoyable regardless but I don't know if it will be a repeat purchase next year.
Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 3.63 by rangerred from Tennessee

Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by elamb106 from New York

Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Darker golden color with excellent clarity. Rocku white head retains well and leaves behind some chunky lacing.

S: Sweet and melanoidin-rich malt aromas of doughy bread, grain, and faint treacle. Mild hop aromas of green grass and a hint of lemon rind.

T: Follows the nose. Robust malt flavors of grain and doughy bread with the melanoidin sweetness one would expect. Hop bitterness is there, but never up front. Moderate bitterness with a mild green grassy flavor and herbal/earthy nature. Barely a hint of lemon rind too. Good grainy finish.

M: Medium bodied with a firm, round malt texture and a bit of richness. Ample prickling carbonation.

O: A very solid Marzen that lands on the lighter side of the color spectrum, as is typical of modern marzen beer poured at Oktoberfest. The hop profile feels a little more distinct and assertive in this one, though not to the point that it becomes too hoppy for the style. I like it quite a bit, actually. It's as rich and malty as you want it to be, with a little more complexity than the average Marzen.
Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Greatheil from Rhode Island

4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Snatched this up immediately without a thought. The color is much clearer and yellow than anything I’ve seen labeled as Marzen, but it’s primarily labeled as “Eiszäpfle” which leads me to think it’s not your typical Octoberfest style to begin with. In any case it tastes delicious, clean and crisp but thicker and breadier. Don’t let the light appearance fool you, it drinks much heavier than the pilsener with a fuller body. You can’t drink it down quite as fast for certain.
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a straw gold with a translucent clarity and a tight, 1/8th inch white head. Nose is similar to the Pils - not as clean with a hint of sour mash. Taste follows nose - some grassy notes. Very light for the style with perhaps a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, not at all what I expected for the style. A bit disappointing.
Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by oberon from North Carolina

Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by smutty33 from Connecticut

Nov 01, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Eman17 from Illinois

Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle into a mug.

A: Clear yellow-straw color with a one-finger white head that receded to a thin cap.

S: Doughy malt, corn, mild floral hops.

T: Sweet grainy malt flavor is very pleasant. Not overbearing in any dimension. Mild hop bitterness follows and is spicier than the nose suggested. Very well balanced.

F: Medium bodied with a pleasing smooth finish.

O: A nicely balanced lager, though definitely more of a festbier than a traditional Märzen.
Oct 27, 2021
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a near-clear straw yellow with a 1" head, little retention and lacing. Nose is very light malt and corn sweetness, lemon grass, hay, maybe a faint whiff of grassy hop. Flavor has a more depth than the nose, leading with yeasty fresh bread dough before moving into sweet corn. On the finish I picked up a light sourness that wasn't entirely pleasant. Mouthfeel starts bright and crisp, but there's a lingering oiliness that turned me off. Had high hopes for this and wondering if my batch suffered in transit.
Oct 23, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2021
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12.2oz bottle poured into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: translucent straw yellow body with 2 fingers of thick bone white head from an aggressive pour.

Smell: bready & toasty malts.

Taste: Bready, toasty, and corn from the malt profile. Hint of very lightly expressive floral & herbal hops in the finish. This is malt profile forward per the style guidlines.

Mouthfeel: Light pillowy body. moderate carbonation levels Incredibly drinkable. Crisp, exceptionally clean, refreshing.

Overall: Another beautiful lager from the black forest. There is something to be said for beer brewed under German Reinheitsbot; such a clean and unadulterated beer as it should be under the German Purity law of 1516. I think that Tannenzäpfle is definately my favorite beer from this brewery; this breweries German Pilsner offers a lot more complexity. Eiszäpfle is a nice beer, but I was wanting a little more complexity from the malt profile or perhaps more robust flavors in general. The corn note was a bit of a surprise to me.
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by mbostenbeer from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - clear golden body with white head

Smell - toasted grains, hops

Taste - toasted grain, biscuit

Mouthfeel - light with medium.bodied, medium carbonation, toasted/bready feel upfront.

Overall - More a weisn beer versus a marzen.
Oct 09, 2021
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
10/08/21 bottle @ home
Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The appearance on this is really nice - its crystal clear. Light golden in color with a thin one to two finger white head. Aroma has notes of white bread, slightly sweet with a mild crackery character. Along with the bready malts come some spicy, herbal German hops. A touch of dried grass and straw is present on the back end.

Taste follows the nose with notes of white bread, crackery malts, with a definite sweetness to the beer. The mid to back end brings in those spicy, grassy German hops along with some notes of dried straw. The hops produce a moderate bitterness on the back end, Feel is light bodied, crisp, and soft. Bright carbonation. A tad drier on the finish.

Overall this is a very nice beer that falls in line with the modern oktoberfestbiers. Its not the best out there, but I really enjoyed it. Id happly pick up a 6-pack next year if it shows up again.
Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - clear golden body with white head

Smell - toasted grains, hops

Taste - toasted grain, biscuit, slight toffee, cracker

Mouthfeel - medium.bodied, medium carbonation, toasted/bready feel upfront, slightest of sweetness in the middle, bit of hop bite on the back end

Overall - decent iteration, I would call this a weisn beer versus a marzen. Worth a try

Price point - $3.50/ 11.2 oz bottle
Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2021
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
360ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug.
Best by 11/19/21

Pours very clear and gold with a one finger white head that fades to a cap in about a minute. I get a little skunk aroma when I open the bottle but it disappears after the pour. Otherwise the nose leads with sweet grain, mineral notes and a touch of spicy hop. After it warms some there is a light corn aroma as well. The taste opens grainy and toasty with a bit of minerality before finishing floral and spicy. Sweetness is low and there is almost no bitterness. The short hoppy aftertaste makes this a fast drinking mug. Mouthfeel is medium weight with medium carbonation. It has a crisp bite on some drinks while being smooth and soft on others and has a minimal amount of tongue coating astringency at times. A bit different but good.
Sep 28, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by syguy from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours clear gold in color with one third inch head. Taste is big mineral with light bread. Medium light body, sweet with moderate carbonation. Excellent sessionable marzen. Not getting all of the breadiness I normally get with the style but this is such a good lager. Yum.
Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Clear. Darker than straw yellow. Creamy head. Glossy surface.

S: Fresh hops over bready, buttery barley.

T: Thank God they make this. It's earthy and grainy with more hop character than any of the märzen lagers I've had this year.

F: Clean finish. No residual flavors is a mark of quality.

O: Well done. Rothaus puts out some great beer.
Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 3.59 by vfgccp from New York

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Sep 24, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 21, 2021
Eiszäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 128 ratings