St. Pauli Girl Special Dark - St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
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3.03/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Decided to give this one a whirl after trying the normal St. Pauli Girl lager. 12. oz bottle with "Best Before" date of 05/2011. Poured into a pilsner glass; review taken from shorthand notes, consumed on 04/01/2011.
Appearance: A very nice looking dark lager. The body is a deep red/burgundy with hints of brown and gold, topped by a ivory-colored head of 2 fingers, which settles down to a cap of foam and leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass. If nothing else, this looks good.
Smell: Again, not bad, but not great. The European yeast strains automatically add that familiar sulphur character to the smell, but this takes a backseat to some nondescript roasted malt and caramel backed by some standard earthy and dusty hops. The smell overall is rather faint, and the "skunky" characteristics are a little offputting for a darker lager.
Taste: Totally linear with the smell - Roasted malt followed by earthy hops on the middle of the palate, finished by some generic bread notes in the finish, combining with a slightly sour and funky yeast edge (skunk?). Goes down pretty smooth, I can see this as a solid beer for the fall season. Decent dark lager, but I've certainly had better.
Mouthfeel: A little thicker than normal St. Pauli Girl. Medium thickness of body is complimented by crisp carbonation which gives a smooth and non-drying finish. Goes down very smoothly and leaves some malt flavors lingering.
Overall: Meh. If you want a dark Euro lager, you can probably do better; but this isn't bad in and of itself. Ho-hum.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2011 04:36:57 | More by Groomsy
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