The Beer Gatherer

Blogging about Israeli beer in general and Israeli craft beer in particular, following 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die and other beer musings.

Nothing’s rotten in the Rothaus.



Today’s post reviews 2 out of the 3 beers that Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus has in the book. Both bottles were bought in Berlin, some 600 kilometers from the southwestern location of the brewery. Teva Boy’s sister (in-law?) brought Rothaus Hefeweizen from her Berlin getaway. It pours cloudy light orange with a frothy white head and smells of banana, some peach, yeast, a little clove and bubblegum – quite predictable considering its kind -and it tastes sweet and a little sour, but mainly sweet. Chewy texture, full body, fruity finish. Nice and enjoyable, lovely springtime beer – and we drank it during springtime, it’s just that I’ve been postponing writing about it.

My Berliner friend Jenna brought Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle when she was here on a holiday. I sent her a list of stuff I assumed has broader distribution and that’s one of the two she yielded. Apparently this is a Berliner hipster favourite – she told us so as well as the 1001 book that tells us  that the beer is a “[…] national cult brand” I dunno what it is – maybe the old fashioned label? whereas the Hefeweizen was pretty neat and fun to drink, the pils wasn’t. Wort and corn and straw/ dried grass in the nose and insignificant bitter and a little malty taste. Although the bottle was new, the beer lacked the crispiness and freshness the genre. Had I tried it in a blind taste I would’ve guessed it’s a cheap, contract-brewed pale lager.

not as pretty

not as pretty

The third rep. from the brewery is a Märzen – I’d be curious to taste it even if it didn’t star in the book.  Baden-Württemberg – we need to visit there. We’ll wait til the Israeli middle-class and its bratty offspring find another summer travel destination though.

Til we make it there, Rothaus Hefeweizen and Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle are beers #259 and #260 I Must Try Before I Die.


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