St. Pauli Girl Special Dark - St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
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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3.23/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The beer is a dark ruby brown. A cream colored head recedes to a film leaving very light lacing.
The aroma is of toasty grains with faint chocolate.
The beer tastes like the aroma but with a little sour tang in the finish.
Mouthfeel is really carbonated.
Overall, this beer suffers from green bottle syndrome, but is otherwise sessionable when in the mood for the style.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 15:43:39 | More by JuicesFlowing
St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.