St. Pauli Girl Special Dark - St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
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3.43/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
05-09-2008 02:53:59 | More by everetends
2.38/5 rDev -22%
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.
04-24-2008 23:53:15 | More by Kemmerlin
3.18/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
04-19-2008 16:50:42 | More by Stinkypuss
2.5/5 rDev -18%
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.
04-15-2008 04:35:45 | More by KeefD
3.45/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
04-12-2008 22:04:27 | More by SargeC
3.53/5 rDev +15.7%
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)
02-28-2008 05:57:30 | More by donteatpoop
3.48/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
02-07-2008 16:41:25 | More by oldirtycaffrey
2.78/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
02-07-2008 08:14:07 | More by JohnGalt1
3.2/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-03-2008 01:41:39 | More by bboven
1.83/5 rDev -40%
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.
02-03-2008 01:34:09 | More by witflee
3.2/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-02-2008 09:52:32 | More by AMo
2.68/5 rDev -12.1%
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
01-27-2008 17:00:12 | More by armock
2.88/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
01-22-2008 20:54:30 | More by Greggy
4.13/5 rDev +35.4%
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.
01-22-2008 02:44:45 | More by beerbutcher
2.15/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
12-31-2007 22:24:52 | More by kguyty
3.78/5 rDev +23.9%
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
12-24-2007 00:47:35 | More by MuenchenerKindl
2.45/5 rDev -19.7%
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
12-22-2007 02:22:42 | More by botham
3/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-21-2007 23:10:44 | More by FireEmt37
2.7/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
12-16-2007 14:36:44 | More by tkeHijacker
United Arab Emirates
3.1/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-29-2007 00:07:42 | More by beeroclock
2.95/5 rDev -3.3%
Classic burnt caramel color with an even, full head. Looks pretty darn good.
Moderately roasted with a mild noble hop aroma (either Saaz or Hallertauer). Butterscotch-y diacetyl IS detectable, however.
Fleeting roasted malt leads into a flavor that seems more in line with a bock. Unfortunately, the bock nature is more in line with sub-par American interpretations of the style (see: Shiner) and the same corn sweetness accompanies this beer.
Creamy and rich, the body is the least troublesome aspect of the beer. Quite good in this area. However, the sweetness morphs into a stale grain flavor which greatly hurts the drinkability.
11-16-2007 20:22:47 | More by malcontent
2.88/5 rDev -5.6%
St. Pauli Girl Special Dark lager pours a finger of tan foam over a
deep coffee colored brew. This example shows no carbonation at
all, and the nose is toasty barley malt and a meadow-y hop aroma.
The flavor is dark malt up front with molasses and coffee notes, and
a mild grassy hop finish. The body a bit thin, but crisp and tingly in
the mouth. It's not bad, but the fact of the matter is there's better and
fresher being made in the states. This is not to put down German
beers- there are many remarkable ones available here- it's just that
this one is merely okey-dokey.
11-08-2007 07:55:16 | More by shadow1961
2.55/5 rDev -16.4%
Pours brown with some ruby notes and a slightly off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much aroma to speak of, maybe some small notes of caramel. Taste is slightly metallic with a sweet caramel flavor coming throught. Mouthfeel is okay, nothing special. Drinkability is alright, but I would much rather have a Sam Adam's Black Lager.
10-12-2007 15:46:11 | More by biggmike
3.48/5 rDev +14.1%
This beer smells very sweet and light. The color is a very dark color with a very white head for such a dark beer. The taste is very light with a very dark finish. The taste is very malty and very little hops. It is very sweet with not alot of bitterness that reminds me of the orignal St. Pauli's Girl, but with a heavier malty flavor. Good feel in the mouth and very drinkable beacuse of how light it tastes.
10-07-2007 02:01:13 | More by erosier
3.88/5 rDev +27.2%
this is a dark colored pilsner in my opinion,dark w/ a slight white head; hoppy w/ very faint malt aroma; crisp light taste the hops come through ,slightly malty, just a faint bit watery tho, with it's light body & dryness i believe this beer is quite drinkable.
10-06-2007 22:11:53 | More by animal69
St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
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