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St. Pauli Girl Special Dark - St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.

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St. Pauli Girl Special DarkSt. Pauli Girl Special Dark

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370 Ratings

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000)
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Photo of kuykendall
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Dark burgundy. It has the classic look of a Dunkel although there is only a little more than a Finger of head.

S= A little bit of malt and Carmel, and a little sweetness.

T= A very Simple taste, nothing really to dissect here, which is why I recomend it to most of my friends as a good gateway beer to darker flavors.

M= A little thin for my taste.

D= Again, not a bad beer, and I have always prided my self on being a beer geek, not a beer Snob, so if I walk into a pub or a party and this is what they have, I don't mind having one, but I don't usually seek it out.

kuykendall, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be perfectly honest this is an average dunkel, fairly solid in all categories but average for the style. I have enjoyed this beer in the past and I continue to enjoy drinking some of these from time to time. Pours very dark for a dunkel and produces a thick foamy head that ultimately turns to a thin film. Minimal lacing slowly creeps down the glass and I am not able to determine the carbonation since I can not see through my glass. The aroma is malty, sweet, and bitter. I gave it a below average rating only because the aroma is very hard to detect, I'm forced to shove my nose down into my glass in order to pick up any scent. The flavor is definitely based on the original lager, but it appears to be altered with some sweet malts. The combination is very good and I sure do enjoy the overall taste of this one. The mouthfeel is decent not too thin and the finish is clean and smooth. All in all a well rounded beer for this style.

kinger, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. An inviting St. Pauli Girl, steins in hand, on the front, best before date on the back and foil neck.
Poured a dark brown that light passed through slightly when held up to light, and had a decent head that left minor lacings. A light smell of hops and very faint maltiness comprises the aroma. A very smooth, light-bodied beer that has some mild sweetness, as it tastes a little like roasted malts mixed with caramel or honey (or something thick). Didn't really get much of a hop presence, although there is a dryness on the end that I chalked up more to the malts than any hop bite (still an earthy, floral hop presence is there). Not a bad beer, better than the regular St. Pauli.

clayrock81, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium-to-dark brown with a thin off-white head that vanishes, leaving a clean glass.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk"/sulfur with a toch of lime and a vague hint of roasted caramel. Smells like a generic Euro-lager, with the "dark" barely coming through.

The taste is pretty much the same - sulfur-ish with just a hint of roasted, almost burnt, caramel. Sweetish at first, it becomes metallic and bitterish dry as it progresses.

Light-bodied and crisp. About average for the style.

Not undrinkable, but the metallic notes and the vagueness of the "dark character" didn't thrill me. Still, it has a certain drinkability to it, though there are other European dark lagers I would easily take over this one.

jwc215, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep red with a 1 inch head that fizzles away rather quickly, leaving almost no lacing. I can tell, because of the dominance of the redness, that this one is exceptionally light bodied for a dunkel.

It smells of roasted, cofeeish malts. Pretty feint, really.

It's bland. It tastes a little metallic about halfway through. On the other hand, I will say that this is one nicely balanced brew. The aftertaste reminds me of how this one smells, except that its stronger and maltier. Kind of grainy too. Probably even more balanced than warsteiner dunkel or becks dark.

Thin bodied for a dunkel

I could easily drink 8 or 9 of these. I would suggest this as a good "beginner dunkel" to anyone who curious in the style but not for the real drinker. I would suggest paying a dollar more for warsteriners or becks

CreamyStoutMan, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get this throughout the area, pretty easy to find. Bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium, white head which recedes quickly. Pretty average looking beer.

S: Malt, light hops, a touch of coffee and herbs. Everything is really faint when it comes to the aroma.

T: Malt, hops, herbs, caramel and a bit of a metallic taste.

M: Well balanced. Not too heavy, not too watered down. Crisp, finishes dry. Still refreshing.

D: Pretty average beer, but still has some complexity. Still better than most macros.

everetends, May 09, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.38/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours an extremely thin head that quickly disperses and has a dark amber brown color.

S: Has a very musky and murky smell like mothballs and soured mud. I couldn't place the malts or the hops that were used which is very unfortunate.

T: The taste was very much like the smell in that it tasted stale, musky, and murky. It tasted much like an american lager and didn't impress me one bit.

M/D: Very light feel in the mouth for a dark beer and it didn't support an bitter or sweet tingles on the tongue so it was very bland feel. The drinkability was rather harsh because of the pour taste and smells.

Kemmerlin, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker semi brown in appearance.
Not much of a smell, just a slight roasted aroma.
A dumbed down dunkel.
Good carbonation on the palate.

Overall. A decent brew. Definately drinkable in mass quantity. Better than regular St. Pauli Girl. Something I may try time to time when resteraunts have a small import section.

Stinkypuss, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of KeefD
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The only beer that should come in a green bottle is Stella Artois. I just don't like em! Personal preference thing, i suppose. This beer falls way short. It has a nice dark color and a decent aroma, but the taste leaves more to be desired. It tastes like skunky Heineken with a bit more roasted maltiness. Not a very good beer.

KeefD, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown brew with a thin tan head.

Smell: Slight hops, tobacco, roast malt.

Taste: Very subdued flavor. Less hop character than regular St. Pauli Girl. It is only mad up for with a moderate amount of malt character.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkablity: A decent brew, but nothing that stands out from the crowd.

SargeC, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Certainly not an outstanding dunkel by any means, but definately adequate. This is a good introduction to dunkels for those who otherwise claim to dislike dark beers; I've turned a few 'average' beer drinkers on to the the pleasures of darks by starting them with this and working them onto better brews. While price should never be considered, I feel it would be unfair not to make a note of it; If you need a decent dunkel and don't have much money to play with, this is the way to go. Another positive is that you can pretty much drink these all night, and temperature does not seem to have a major impact on quality; I've had these warm and ice cold and it tastes good in both cases (though I prefer it cold)

donteatpoop, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beers pours a very dark, muddy brown with a slight tan head and very little lacing left along the glass. The smell is of sweet malt and a hint of molasses. The taste is a bit murky--the malt and grain comes through, but there's not much to it. A good amount of carbonation but not overwhelming, which would make this a good "dark" session beer to have.

oldirtycaffrey, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2 finger very lite tan head drops leaving splotchy lacing.. very clear chesnut brew.

Aroma is all dark toasted malts .. whaffs of bottle cap as it warms.. aluminum even though it came from a (green) bottle.

Sorta discombobulated palate.. Dunkels are one of my favorite styles if done right.. this one seems a little scattered and confused. Minerally dark malts touches of chocolate... lite skunk but no doubt it is there... This brew needs direction and a brown bottle to go with the brown malts... even then... it needs more brown malts and a touch more body across the board... uninspiring.

I only bought the St. Pauli Girl brews today to review; in the past, I've purchased them on brew days if I was attempting that particular style.. after tonight, I can honestly say, I will never buy this company's brews ever again.

JohnGalt1, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ring of head, clear, medium/dark brown body.

Aroma is slight roast, slight caramel, and a little coffee.

There is a slight plastic taste that hurts this beer a bit. There's some roast, weak coffee, and molasses. No hop bitterness at the end.

Full carbonation and pretty drying.

Other that the slight plastic flavor, not a bad beer.

bboven, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of witflee
1.83/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Since the description on the label was nothing more helpful than "Special Dark", I suspected I was in for a rather pedestrian beer. I usually buy stouts and brown ales, but my wife picked up a sixer of this at the local mega-grocery because, as she said, "it was all they had left."

Poured it into a glass, got very little in the way of foamy head. What head there was quickly dissipated in seconds. Did not get a pleasant smell, either, in fact to be honest it smelled very skunky, not fresh, and smelled too much like beer that's been left in the boat on a hot summer afternoon...

The color was decent however, about what I expected, but the pour was weak, the aroma unpleasant, and my mouth was already prejudiced against what it might taste. Over the tongue, very thin mouthfeel, not robust, nothing bold about it, pretty unimpressive.

I have had Dunkels before, and this one did not make a good impression, it was pretty bland. But I will do my own beer shopping from now on, and stick to my stouts and ales.

witflee, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of AMo
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark pours a thin, dark, blackish brown. There is no major head, but a little foam puddle in the middle of the glass. The smell is nicely distict of a German lager. Initially, the taste is tart with a high caronation feel. This brew burned while presented too cold; however, it mellowed shortley after getting closer to room temp. Overall it got a bit better, but it didn't get great.

AMo, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of armock
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a a dark brown color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly

S - Is of sweet malt with caramel scents

T - Is of roasted malt backed up by some caramel it smells better than it tastes

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - I was rather disappointed with this beer I don't know why but I expected more from it when its really just an average beer if that

armock, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Greggy
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark reddish black with a 1.5 finger head that quickly diminishes down to a very thin lace. The green bottle is a bit of a turnoff but that's just getting picky.

Smell - Not a whole lot comes through on the nose here. It's mostly Malt up front with a little bit of chocolate and caramel coming through.

Taste - I fail to find anything overly complex about this brew. To me, it's a little bit thin with only malt and a hint of cofee. I would have liked to see some thicker taste notes here.

Mouthfeel - low carbonation gives way to a semi-clean finish with a malty-chocolate finish.

Drinkability - Got a sixer of these a few months ago. I am just getting around to finishing them now. It is a drinkable, but not very complex brew. For those who are more into BMC, this might be a good segway-dark beer.

Greggy, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
4.13/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep chestnut with quickly dissipating head of off white foam.

aroma is quite like their golden lager (?), with intense herbal, and slightly fruity german hops. there's a faint whiff of some munich, toasty, chocolate-y-ness, but it's faint.

taste- the malt makes a brief appearance in expected german quality, however at a very low volume... subtle. and the hops come back. it's an incredibly light bodied beer. in my opinion it's a tad over-hopped for a dark, but delicious none the less. finishing bright and dry with a slight wine-y fruit note.

mouthfeel- as a german lager, i think it fits the bill. there's a satisfying malt character and beautiful hops on the palate giving it a very refreshing edge but holding back the malt. the beer is well enough balanced overall. i wish it had a tad more oomph in the malt department, but it is what it is.

drinkablility- try this on your friends who claim to not like dark beers. one could pound these all day, refreshing as they are with sophisticated, however slight, malty nuances.. made for the dark beer lover on a very hot beach.

beerbutcher, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of kguyty
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured nicely and looked as if it were going to be a pretty good beer, but man was I wrong. The looks are very deceiving regarding this beer. It looks tasty, smells like nothing in particular, and tastes like seltzer water mixed with a dark beer. I am very disappointed in this beer.

kguyty, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice translucent dark brown with good carbonation. The head is ok a little over on finger, tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good dark caramel and slightly sweet, malt.

The taste is good as well, Not a rich and taosty as I remember from years ago but not a bad dunkel at all. slightly sweet dark caramel malt with , mild hops to give great balance.

The mouthfeel is off a tad, not quite medium body and a soda pop like carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, not a brew I would buy but not offensive by any stretch. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of botham
2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a dark brown color with garnet highlights. head is ephemeral and loose.

aroma is of maramel malt and munich malt. the smell has a sweet character, with a grainy note.

taste is similar, with a malty character and a touch of black malts, bringing a bit of roasted malt.

mouthfeel is flabby. the brew is medium bodied, without much of a statement to call its own.

drinkability is decent. the structure does not hold together very well, with a sporadic flavor profile. not very impressive

botham, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of FireEmt37
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours out a dark color with little head and smells of a toasty caramel. It tastes smooth with little carbonation. There is a taste of coffee and caramel. It goes down nicely but overall just isnt a great beer. I would drink it again but wouldnt rush out to buy it.

FireEmt37, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of tkeHijacker
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pured into a Pint glass from a single bought at a store, The Store.

A: Dark Brown to Amber, not too carbonated (at all) slight off-white head which disappeared quickly and left no lace.

S: Toasted caramel in smell.

T: Slightly grainy, caramel, very little bitterness (as per the style)

M: Light, watery even, very little carbonation

D: Goes down quick but not necessarily a good thing, could drink these all day long f they were free, but I wouldn't bother buying one again.

Overall worth a try to be able to look at the pretty girl on the bottle and thats about it.

tkeHijacker, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. Deep almost black with tan head. Smells of coffee grinds and slightly herbal. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, some citrus notes. An average brew, but very acceptable. Nothing wrong with a cold one of these if there isn't a lot to choose from. Had this one at a pool hall.

beeroclock, Nov 29, 2007
St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.