Eiszäpfle
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus

EiszäpfleEiszäpfle
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From:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
 
Germany
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #38
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,584
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
158
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 12, 2024
Added:
Apr 20, 2004
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  17
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: 4.28 by Costa417 from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a small head of white foam. The head fades fast leaving a touch of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and cracker malt aroma mixed with sweet doughy and caramel smells. Along with these aromas comes some apricot and herb and a touch of grain and hay.
Taste – The taste starts out with a sweet caramel and doughy flavor [paired with a little bit of grain. There is a touch of a herbal hop and a bit of toast upfront, with these flavors getting slightly stronger as the taste advances. At the same time the graininess increases all while the dough and caramel increase as well, leaving one with a somewhat malty, but balanced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light to medium in thickness, with a carbonation level that is moderate. For the style the feel is nice and makes for an easy sipper.
Overall - A easy drinker with a good flavor. A bit on the sweeter side, but quite balanced.
Feb 04, 2024
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear gold, with slight white head.

Smell light , slightly-sweet grain, a little floral aroma, and a hint of hop spiciness. Smells nice, just not that much of it.

Taste is more-or-less like aroma, but of greater intensity.

Feel is light, smooth, and initially lightly oily/slick, finishing with light-moderate very,very fine, soft carbonation tingle. Drying finish and aftertaste.

As many others have mentioned, it's not quite up to the level of their pils, but it is quite enjoyable, and am glad that I tried it.
Dec 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Tolianych_Pivomnabuhanych from Vermont

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A very refined malt liquor / iced beer brewed according to a super strict German Purity Law. Quite frankly, it's not all that. I read other reviews where folks literally worship this brew. Betcha Carlsberg Elephant or Molson XXX would be referred by them as well in a blind tasting.

A very expensive malt liquor. $17USD / 6-pack.

Not horrible, not amazing. Definitely overhyped and overpriced.
Dec 11, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2023
 
Rated: 3.43 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Nov 05, 2023
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap

A- pours clear golden color with a one finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring

S- bread crust, caramel, honey, Forrest floor, spicy hops

T- Toasted brown bread and light caramel up front. Mid palate gives some floral and spicy hop notes. The finish gives bread crust, light caramel and floral hops

M- light-med body with medium carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish
Sep 30, 2023
 
Rated: 4.04 by alexsergio from New York

Sep 16, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by jjboesen from Maryland

Sep 06, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
very thankful to my homie for sending out a bottle of this for me, i love their pils, and was keen to try this. just coming into marzen season, if it isnt always marzen season, so this feels right. more golden and less orange toned than a lot of these, good head from the bottle and lots of bubbles, clearish but not totally pristine, some body evident its almost a little leggy in my glass. the nose is dusty german malts, baked and hearty and actually rather sweet to me, less caramelized and rich than some, but still with that middle sweetness. minerals, dried floral hoppy character, and some definite oxidation, this isnt fresh to me, unfortunately that happens with the imports sometimes. the flavor is odd, less hearty malt profile than i am used to in the style, this almost plays in that festbier space to me, lighter in flavor there but still fuller feeling and with that sweetness running all the way through it. some balancing hops on the back end with the oxidation, and a rush of unique old world even rustic lager yeast character which really makes this for me, most dramatic at the end, but there the whole way with the dusty and sugary grain. this is odd beer, i get an apple cider note, and it does feel autumnal, but its nothing like any marzen ive had before. bready and sturdy, it stays on the palate awhile. fun and different, but it didnt strike me as incredible the way their pils hits. still, i am thankful for the share and the experience of getting to drink this one...
Aug 25, 2023
 
Rated: 3.85 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 08, 2023
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jun 18, 2023
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Rated by BillyNoonan from Ireland

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Delicate, crisp and delicious. A great,reviving Märzen for a warm, sunny day.
May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Their German pilsener is world class, so I did not hesitate to shill over 17 dollars (!) when I found a rare six pack of this in the wild.

Now, to start: I think I prefer American marzens over their German counterparts. Perhaps that's sacrilege, but I'm American and that's what I raised with: the breadier, darker, more aggressive marzens, typically referred to simply as "Oktoberfests," such as New Glarus' Staghorn, or Millstream's Oktoberfest (which isn't nearly as a good since the ownership change in 2020, but was once one of my ten favorite beers of all time, in any style).

The German marzens are, unsurprisingly, more reserved and refined, shying away from the Xtremeness of their American counterparts. The best, such as Paulaner and Spaten, are delicate enough that a novice beersman might have trouble distinguishing them from the respective pilseners of each brewery (at least, they'd certainly have *much* more trouble than the would comparing the pils offerings of American brewers to their marzens). The depth of these beers is only truly understood through the sort of conscientious, contemplative drinking that we don't typically associate with Oktoberfest celebrations--which is probably why marzens aren't frequently served at the actual German oktoberfest.

Okay, I don't know where I'm going with all of this. I'm not really an expert. Just a dude trying to contextualize his opinions. And, also, to give myself a little time to acclimate to this here beer, because after my first sip I was little pissed that I spent 16 bucks on six bottles of what seemed like simply a pretty good German beer, but now that I've procrastinated for a few hundred words I'm starting to love it.

(This, kids, is why you should NEVER submit a formal rating for a beer if you've only had a sip of it at a festival).

The aroma is malt-heavy, natch, with light floral nodes against inviting cereal complexities. The flavor is, predictably, milder than most American iterations, but also more complex and expertly designed. Light fruit and cereal grain give way to fantastic, if delicate, spice complexities near the middle, ending on a divine balance of bready sweetness and dry hops.
Feb 28, 2023
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From deep in the Black Forest comes a taste that's rather meant for Munich, Rothaus gets on board with the spring season with a classic Marzen that rings in warmer weather, longer days and an open to the growing season.

Golden, chrome and cast in bright clarity, Eiszapfle brings an aromatic cottony froth with delicate floral aromatics, suggestions of honeysuckle and a freshly toasted grain perfume. As its sweetness brings an early palate of bread crust, mild honey and fresh baked breads, the malty lager is just as appetizing as it is refreshing.

What once was floral turns herbal with a bright grassy character that offsets much of the sweetness just as the malts start to dry on the middle palate. Trending malty-dry, the late taste is pleasantly bitter with mild lemongrass and mint flavors from hops for a late palate of malty dryness.

Medium bodied yet fuller for most lager styles, Eiszapfle is a classic festbier that finishes crisp, clean, highly drinkable and rather refreshing. With a slightly elevated hop bite, the balance is more even keel than most of the region. Its a classic taste that fits like a security blanket for the tastebuds.
Feb 15, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by baklo from North Carolina

Feb 08, 2023
 
Rated: 3.8 by BeerInspector from Delaware

Jan 04, 2023
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Clear, bright pale gold. Frothy white head, good retention.

Aroma: Malt forward, bready with subtle spicy/herbal aroma

Flavor & aftertaste: Malty with spicy/herbal hops notes. Very subtle almost undetectible tart note. Restrained bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Semi-dry.

Overall: This one threw me off a bit. Even though I know Marzen doesn't have to be amber, the pale gold color still surprised me. This is an easy drinking, stronger pale lager. It's quite nuanced with bread or crackery malt flavor accented by low key spicy/herbal hops. Very low bitterness. It has a very slight tartness that you don't notice right away, but do as you get about mid-beer. It's not watery at all, despite the appearance. Light to Medium to full bodied. Nice.
Jan 02, 2023
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy head and moderate lacing.

Tastes and smells yeasty, malty and hoppy.

Light body and mouthfeel.

Not really a marzen but light and drinkable.
Dec 25, 2022
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Rated by sokol_1993 from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a bottle on 19/12/22 in Frankfurt.

Pretty good beer, no frill. Really sweet and malty. Doesn't really taste like a Marzen though.
Dec 19, 2022
Eiszäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 158 ratings