Rothaus Eis Zäpfle | Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 04-20-2004

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a slender glass Seidel. Paid £1.79 for a single.

Pours a bright, crystal clear, golden coloured body with plenty of incredibly fine, streaming carbonation visible.  A thin, one-finger in height, bubbly white head with sub-par retention quickly disappears, leaving behind only a few seldom specks of spotty lace.

The malt-forward nose primally comprises of crisp, sweet toasted grains, biscuit, spice and caramel. Subtler impressions of apple and apricot-like stone fruits become lightly apparent, before hints of floral and citric hopping are revealed towards the back-end. Taste follows in much the same way. Crisp pale malts, toasted grains, raw cane sugar and caramel combine upfront to give a doughy impression, vaguely suggestive of sweet breakfast pastries. Mid-palate, traces of apple and apricot-y yeast profiles are briefly revealed, before gentle hop bitterness begins to build. In the mouth, a medium body lifted by plenty of soft, fine carbonation feels slick, smooth and malty, but light and crisp at the same time. Towards the back-end, hints of lemon zest, grass and floral hop profiles provide modest, but crisp and well-balanced bitterness. After the swallow, traces of lemony citrus linger just long enough to slightly dry the palate, finishing clean and refreshing enough to encourage another gulp.

Overall this is a very good beer. Smooth, crisp and delicate, it provides a depth of flavour complex enough to maintain interest without compromising drinkability. Sweet malt and complimentary yeast esters are delivered with equal subtlety, while hop bitterness is present just enough to provide excellent balance and steer clear of cloying. Recommended.

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Photo of Antyk
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This marzen pours a clear light orange color with a fairly thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The color is somewhat lighter than the average marzen. The smell is fairly light, but there are hints of yeast and some grains. The flavors are also fairly mild with standard grains, yeast, and a mild hop bitterness at the end. The body is fairly light, definitely a little lighter than the standard marzen. I was really interested to try this beer because it’s from the makers of Tannen Zapfle, which is a great, fairly cheap beer in Germany that anyone I’ve ever talked to likes. This is definitely no Tannen Zapfle, but it is still a very solid beer. It has nothing too exciting going on, but it is really nicely balanced and very drinkable. I feel like I could drink these all day.

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Photo of thatmanphil
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On pour, nice clear golden yellow colour with a pretty decent sized foamy white head, a good looking beer. Some lacing. Can hear the carbonation as it fizzes away, magic!

Aroma: strong smell of the hops, citrus, very malty, sweet malts

Taste: Sweet grainy maltiness at the start.

Back end taste of the hops was nice.

Felt stronger than the 5.6 for some reason…..

A very subtle taste, has a good balance of malts and hops, quite tasty, nothing amazing but boy was it easy to drink…. Perfect balance in flavour, clean, crisp and very refreshing.

A very easy beer to drink, very sessionable, could drink a lot of these easy enough as it was very smooth. Liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k3ve
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with white head that dissipates quickly. Bread crust and honey sweetness on the aroma. Taste starts sweet with malt, bread crust and a hint of honey. Gets more balanced towards the finish. Body is medium with crisp carbonation. Overall it's quite drinkable in spite of the sweetness. One of my least favorite beer styles but I think this is one of the better Märzen beers.

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Photo of MrDell
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcisco44
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Good till Jan 17th 2015.

Big brass and bronze orange color, a very light orange with great clarity and minimal carbonation. Thin white head of only a finger on the pour, with a little thin bubbled puck. Pretty good.

Real nice aroma. Light malts and faint caramel and light toffee character. Mild brown sugar cane sweetness as well. A real nice amount of banana like esters too. Very impressive.

Palate on first sip really sings. Great solid malt backbone, wonderful full mid palate and caramel. Lots of tight carbonation but not fizzy as the malts coat everywhere. Very clean and dry finish, with little aftertaste surprisingly. Slight bit off banana quality as well on the finish, and wonderfully balanced.

This is a real impressive marzen, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Kanewai
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish, clear body; effervescent; small head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: delicate hops, floral notes, citrus aromas

Taste: Tart on the start with a creamy, bitter finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of clarknova
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tootsMcGee
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Necronomad
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of zachd1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beerman1977
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of shwami
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Burp101
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

excellent marzen. extreme smooth.

A: rich golden colour, solid 2 finger head
S: malty sweetness
T:sweet notes to begin with, leading way for a hoppy finish. fantastic with a meal. very easy to drink and thoroughly enjoyable.

if you see this beer on-tap, I highly recommend you try it!

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Photo of seanyfo
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice.

BBE 20/04/2011

A- Dark blonde body with excellent clarity. 2 finger head is well sustained reducing to a 1/2 finger with average lacing.

S- Vanilla with a faint sweet doughy pastry note. Its the smell i associate with the apfel strudel with vanilla sauce at Oktoberfest

T- Understated but enjoyable malt backbone with a hint of honey and vanilla, no real hop presence. Hint of toasted malt comes through in the clean lager finish.

M- Low to moderate carbonation ( prob due to age), medium body, very clean.

D- A tasty clean marzen indeed. Solid simple flavour profile that had me nearly gulping it down. Very moreish.

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