Rothaus Eis Zäpfle | Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Brewed by:
Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

Style: German 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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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of zachd1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 sfprint
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Less than a half finger head, barely any rising carbonation, light gold.
S: Typical "rough" wet dog like German malt with the hops subtly lingering underneath.
T: Slightly tart, Honey, notes of gunpowder tea, barely sweet malt. Nice blend of flavors. hop bitterness on the end.
M: Carbonation subtle sting. Otherwise fairly soft,
O: Not terribly exciting though it has some nice qualities to it. A bit above average.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another beer I got from digita7693. Thanks man.

Pours a crisp clear pils color. Decent head and lacing.

Aroma is not much. Just pils lager aroma.

Taste is great. Crisp and refreshing. Great marzen taste. Nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Great carb.

Overall an awesome session like beer I could drink alot of. Can't wait to go to Germany and drink some of these from the source.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a .33l bottle to a beer glass, the liquid is gold with a fizzy white head. The head fizzes like soda water and fads as fast as lightning.

The smell is rich syrup like malt with some nice hoppy bitterness to balance.

The taste is ok mostly hoppy but not complex. Hops gives a lime ring and malt is mostly seal bread.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with and aggressive fizzy bite.

The drinkability is different. I called this one generously hopping that the rest of the 6 gets better.


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Photo of Antyk
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcisco44
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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 bloberglawp
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium yellow with a good head and a nice pils-like lacing that clings to the glass.

Aroma is subtle. A hit of fresh hops, a tickle of malt. Flavor is the same, a delightfuly clean and crisp pale malt and hop bitterness flavor.

Available all over the blackforest region, get it there if you're ever in the region,

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Photo of Philipp
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle right into a pint glass.

A- Dark golden color, decent white two-finger head and lots of carbonation, but nothing special.

S- Malty sweetness and a slight bitterness at the end.

T- The hops get through pretty strong now, actually this beer is a lot hoppier than most Märzens I have tasted so far, but overall it's still rather malty and sweet. Not as complex as it's Pilsner-style brother, the Tannenzäpfle, but very enjoyable.

M- Very good mouthfeel, really crisp, goes great with dinner.

D- I can't help but feel, that this beer gets me drunk a lot faster than any other beer, although the alcohol content is only slightly higher than most Pilsners. But it goes down really smooth and the carbonation is not annoying or makes the beer fizzy at all.

In conclusion, all I can say is, that Rothaus Eiszäpfle aka Märzen Export is a really good beer, highly drinkable and goes extremely well with a hearty dinner.
In fact, most of the time I have it on-tap at a XXL-Schnitzel restaurant, where I go to quite often.
If you just want a beer, I would recommend the Tannenzäpfle a bit more, which is great in any way, but is also available almost everywhere, where I live.
So, if you can get your hands on the Eiszäpfle, give it a shot, it's well worth it (-especially on-tap)!

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I lived in Switzerland, I made frequent beer runs to the Black Forest. Rothaus products were always among my favorites. Imagine my joy, then, when I found this and two other Rothaus brews sitting on the shelves of a central Moscow kiosk. Brown 33cl bottle looks like the picture. Purity law, of course. Best before 9/2/05, I opened it on 7/30/05.

Pours a clear, slightly orangish gold under a one finger white head that fades very quickly, leaving just a few spots of lace. The nose is full of sweet malt, with lots of grain and a hint of spice. The mouth is light and very (almost extremely) well carbonated. The taste starts off mild and unassuming, mainly of bready grain with a hint of sweetness. The the hops kick in, dry and refreshingly bitter. The finish is espresso-like, almost acrid. The aftertaste is lovely - long-lasting pepper and pine that begs you to take another sip. The bottle was gone much too quickly.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin, big-bubbled head.

Smell is malty and somewhat sulfuric, slighlty sweet and hoppy.

Taste is bitter and strong malty. It has a full body and some husky notes. The maltiness is a little overdone and tastes a bit biscuity. Not sure whether this matches the reviews of other people, but I found this beer to be just the extra malty version of a pilsner. Not too exciting.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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 thatmanphil
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSarge
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with plenty of carbonation to produce a decent finger and a half thick off white head. Great lacing sticks nicely to the glass, all the way through my 33cl serving. The body is darker than the traditional helles lager, so hence it looks like a marzen.

Aroma characteristics are a bit husky and bisciuty. A sweet caramel like fragrance is perceptible as well.

The taste is sweet caramel up front, gets a little bisciuty in the middle, and ends with a lemon/herbal taste.

Mouth feel wise, it's a little coarse up front, and prickly with co2. There is a slight slickness to the brew, which implies a decent hops presence.

Overall a very drinkable brew. Not too complex, but not too boring as a typical lager.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought online from

Poured a nice crystal clear golden colour. White head poured fairly loose and frothy then faded quickly to barely anything...fair amount of carbonation rises to the surface... and no real lacing...

Aroma - light sweet malts, quite bready, some saltiness, some biscuit, light spicy / peppery notes, faint fruitiness (light lemons, apples), light grassiness...

Taste - Sweet grainy maltiness, some spicy and peppery hop notes, light caramel, very bready, light fruits (apples, lemons), some biscuity notes, straw traces, light saltiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth with a little sharpness underneath... light / medium bodied... Extremely sessionable...

Overall - A very good and exteremely quaffable brew... recommended

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Photo of tjd25
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head on a golden body. Hops in the smell. A very round mouthfeel. The taste is hard to describe, it’s a subtle and sweet balance of malt and hops, in which it is difficult to identify different flavors. The hops are floral and leave a strong but enjoyable aftertaste. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of k3ve
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shwami
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of seanyfo
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of paterlodie
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 29-06-05. Nice head and golden beercolor. Nose is best of the beer having lots of german hops; perle like. Very strong maltarome for the color. With it even some yeastesters there, mostly fruity based in rie apple region. Taste is good also being full flavored and mostly malted. Aroud that some sweet and fruity tastes. Good bitterness following in aftertste that's not hanging and with nice carbonisation making mouthfeel ok. One you wished you had a Masskrug full of!

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Photo of Beerman1977
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Readers should know that this is identical to the same brewery's "Märzen" -- that according to the website. It is 5.6 ABV on the label.

A touch of orange color here adds to the standard set by the Pils' brilliant yellow. On the nose and on the palate apricots, honey and tangerine fruits sketch a line of syrupy malt that courses through a field of resin and toast. The fizz is fine and eagerly supports the generous volume of flavor. A hard baked crust of bitterness encases notes of cherry tobacco, salty sea air, baked citrus and chalk. Sound heavy and weird? It's actually clean and razor sharp. I want to cry.

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Rothaus Eis Zäpfle from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 42 ratings