Our next beer tasting contestant takes us to the Black Forest region in the state of Baden Wurttemberg to Grafenhausen-Rothaus, located east of Freiburg im Breisgau, and to “Biergit” the beer lady, holding in each hand a bottle of Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle beer. When judging the label of the beer, one will assume firsthand that the sap-flavor from the spruce-fir pine trees. If that is the case, be disappointed for they only symbolize the region where this beer is brewed. Nothing else beyond that. Yet this beer does have some unique features, which makes it worth drinking when in Germany. It was the only beer that bottled beer in 0.33 liter bottles instead of the 0.7 liter ones. This was when the beer was introduced in 1956- 60 years ago this year. Plus its bottom-up fermenting produces several flavors and a Rezenz (a freshness taste using carbonated water), making the beer a tasty one to try.
I had tried this beer before when I first came to Germany in 1999, and it became one of my favorites right away. When trying it again on Day 7, you can see why I would recommend it.
Aroma and Flavor: Apart from its clear gold color and its decent foam upon pouring it, the aroma and flavor of the beer are herbal and the taste of the beer is mild with a tad bit of herbal hops to it. Made using barley malt and herbal hops, the balance of flavor and aroma are equally the same- not too bitter but not too sweet either, thus having a beer that has a nice taste to it, while drinking it. The taste remains on the mouth while drinking but there is no extreme intensity to the taste, which combined with its freshness, makes the beer taste great. 😀
Grade: 1,3/ A: While the Rothaus Tannenzäpfle Pils won a lot of friends when it was introduced in small bottles and featured Biergit in 1956, it has, in the 60 years of sales, won over a lot of people, including this expat as far as its mild taste is concerned. This beer is not typical of a pilsner beer in Germany, as we will examine and compare other beers later on. The way the beer is crafted and fermented has many origins- including obtaining water from 10 different sources in the Black Forest to the pure fertilized land needed for growing barley. In either case, the conditions are ripe for a good pilsner with such a mild taste to it. Yet if there was one question I would ask them, it would be this: How is it that your beer tastes different from the others? This question will be answered later when the opportunity is ripe to tour a brewery and ask some thought provoking questions about the difference in flavor and aroma in every German beer type. But for now, let’s celebrate the beer’s successful 60 years with Biergit the Bierfrau, shall we? 🙂
One more thing: Rothaus has been brewing beers since 1791. It is now owned by the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus, located in Freiburg im Breisgau. You can click here to see a virtual tour of the brewery, how the beer is made and the other beer types available for purchase and tasting.
And yes, I approve of this beer and message, if you are thinking American politics and this year’s Presidential elections, which many of us are stocking up with beer so that we can talk politics over a good bottle. 😉