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

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388 Ratings

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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Photo of grayburn
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

She pours a dark brown with a itty bitty head that doesn't stay long and leaves no evidence behind.

The smell is of slightly roasted malt and skunk. Oxidized, imagine a beer in a green bottle not staying fresh. Some may say I need to review a fresher example, I say the brewery ought provide us some.

The taste is the same, there is some light smoky, roasty malt flavor, a little bit of residual sweetness, and some funky skunk.

The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and well carbonated, a little bit thin and watery, but decent.

I have before and probably will again drink quite a few of these in one sitting, very drinkable beer despite it's flaws.

Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear, dark amber-brown. There's a one finger head on the pour that stays for a couple of minutes and leaves just the tiniest spots of thin, delicate lacing.
I suppose this is supposed to be malty; I get the tones of natural caramel malt, though a little weak, but there's a metallic and astringent tinge to the nose as well. There's a light note of grains noted when I strain.
The taste is the same, though a hops flavor shows up faintly as well. A little bit of molasses in the malt on the tongue as well. The finish is moderately dry and lightly bittersweet, lingering for a short while.
The body is light and it's pretty smooth on the tongue. Carbonation is at a good, active level. It is a little thin.
It's drinkable.

Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured nicely, with a big thick, head and plenty of carbonation. Of course, it dwindled to a cap in almost no time flat, and the nose shows some light malt and a bit of yeasty astringency but not much else. Kind of boring.

There are some roasted and chocolate flavors here, and the malts and slight caramel translate decently to the aftertaste. The carbonation is a little much but fit the style pretty well. This is not something to get real excited about but okay for what it is.

Photo of vtisme
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown into my pint glass from a bottle, very little head with minimal lacing.
Smells like a BMC beer to be honest. nothing in particular stood out besides that. Put your nose to it, and then a bud, and at least they smelled similar. (i am sick though so this could be a false positive reading) It tasted as it smelled, but the malt came through in the aftertaste which i wasnt expecting and i was happy to see. The low alcohol content makes it very easy to put down a bunch of these, but the taste doesnt justify it.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a deep brown with ruddy hues. An off-white head settles quickly into a thick film and leaves decent lacing.

The dominant aroma is of sweet malts and not much else. The taste was again mostly of sweet notes with some toffee and just a hint of nuts. There is only a slight bitterness near the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay; the slightly dry finish can become tiring.

Initially, the beer has a slightly skunky nose. After sitting out of the bottle for about twenty minutes, that aroma is gone, and this becomes a much better beer. However, it isn't something I will make a staple, but I might have one once a year.

Photo of CMW
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour produces a dark brown color with a hint of amber when held to the light. A large head tan head rose to the top of the glass. As I let the beer settle, the head went down a bit, but just enough remained to blend with the beer as I drank. A slight bit of the head also stuck to the side of the glass.

The aroma is malty and sweet. I also can smell a hint of molasses. All that being said the aroma is not as strong as I expected. From the color of the pour I was expecting a scent that jumped right out at me, but this is not the case. The nose was much more subtle.

When I first took a drink I was surprised by how light the brew tasted. For a dark lager, there is not much thickness in the taste. I was looking for something with a little more chew to it, but this is different (not necessarily bad, just different). You can definitely taste the malt. It is more on the toasted variety and once again not as heavy as many dark lagers. There is also a hint of sweetness in the brew, maybe from molasses? The aftertaste is dry with the malt flavors sticking around after the last drop.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

But I liked her as a white girl... oh well. Out of the bottle this beer looked like Coca-Cola with lots of rising carbonation and a thin, tan head. The retention was pretty good but the lacing left much to be desired. The aroma was of slightly musty malt, macro lager mash and dry grains. The flavors also were unimpressive. It started with some toasted malt, but then went straight to assorted dry grains similar to an Adjunct Lager. The finish was bitter but a little askew, like used coffee grains. The mouthfeel was a little rough and slick, the carbonation medium/high and the body medium. I still thought it better than the regular St. Pauli girl, but not worth picking up again.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single at the Vernal State Liquor store, about $1.

A: reddish brown color with fizzy white head, nice contrast between the two. head recedes to nothing almost instantly. a few chunks of lacing, nothing spectacular. somewhat red/purple when held to the light.

S: dark roasted pale malts, a faint hint of skunky hops, somewhat of a caramel, roast flavor. nothin much really going on here.

T: honey, sweet malts, really strong honey flavor, slight butter flavor, almost no hop characteristic, what is there for hops is skunky. really a pretty bland/sweet beer. lots of honey flavors.

M: Lightly carbonated for a lager, really thin, wet, leaves almost no lingering flavors at all.

D: If there was nothing else around that I like, I could drink a few of these, but it wouldn't be my first choice. Not really a whole lot going on, tastes like honey and water with a hint of skunk.

Photo of Drew966
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark pours a dark brown with a thick off white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy and bland. The flavor is sweet and a touch grainy with only a hint of malt. Not much in the way of hops either. Pretty bland, I'd pass.

Photo of colts9016
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a thin tan head.
Smell: Roasted malt, nutty with hints of malt, molasses, and esters.
Taste: Toasted malt nutty, hints of slightly bitter with a nutty taste and a hint floral hops.
Overall: The mouthfeel has carbonation and is thin to medium. The after taste is slightly hoppy but smooth. Not too bad, but had better.

Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit better than its pale counterpart. Pours a caramel color with a big off-white head. Pleasantly sweet aroma of caramel, brown bread, and floral hops. Taste is similar to the original, but with caramel malt flavors added. Bit of a tangy bite when the beer gets to the end, not sure what that is about. Not bad.

Photo of selecter70
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was part of a 12 pack freebie that I received on Thanksgiving, so no real complaints in that regard. I do love dunkels, but this St. Pauli Dark did not live up such, although is a decent beer in a general way. The pour was nice, but a little flat, leaving a thin head with a soapy-flower malt taste with hints of coffee & bitter nuts. The flavor seemed a low-end dunkel or Scotch ale, and left a slightly stale hard water aftertaste. In spite of these critiques, it was a decent alternative if faced with a macro-brew.

Photo of albern
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer does get a little better as it settles, because it started out really skunked up in the nose, with an almost artificial and metallic caramel maltiness. For starters the beer pours a clear dark mahogany, with a smallish head, not much retention and zero lacing. The aroma, after the skunk left town, is sweet malts, roasted grains, and some lingering artificial sweetners in the nose. There may be a tad bit of a metallic tinge in there as well. There is also a slightly nutty brown whiff as well.

The taste is okay, and you better let this one sit and settle for a bit, because right out of the bottle, the beer is not good. Once it settles in, it actually is a decent Euro lager, that still has that overly processed, macro flavor to it, with perhaps some adjunct sweetner. There is a bit of a dark malty bite to the beer and some metallic flavors underneath. If you can detect it, there is a pleasant roasted and nutty flavor to the beer hidden even deeper underneath, but there is too much over-processing of the beer that it gets masked over. The beer overall is a notch above mediocre, but nothing I would reach for in the future.

Photo of ZAP
2.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The power of advertising took me in on this one...as I was checking out I saw an advertisement touting how this pairs well with meats and chocolate. I haven't had it in ages and thought why not give it a try.

This is OK but has that trademark minerally element found in St.Pauli,and some of the other more widely distributed German beers (Becks, etc).

Looks the part...rich dark brown with a fluffy tan head...aroma is minerally and the taste is really mineral laden..almost tastes bloody...lacks a strong dunkel taste or feel and is relatively thin.

Blelow average but ok....But not something I will ever revist.

Photo of nasty15108
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a dark brown color, very much like cola or rootbeer. The pour produced a a thick head of off-white foam foam. Prety good head retention, carbonation and lacing.

S - Light malty aroma with a little bit of that Euro-skunkiness you come to associate with Becks and St. Pauli lager.

T - SLightly malty up front with a tiny bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes slightly bitter and a bit dry with hints of Euro-skunkiness. Seemed to gain a little more characther as it warmed.

MF&D - On the thin side, but not a bad option for the $$$. Easily sessioned. A little better than expected. In the world of mass-produced beer, its better than Becks Dark.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear mahogany with a decent sized, but not very persistent, tan head. Aroma is malty with just a hint of molasses, crisp like a typical lager aroma. Flavor is fairly smooth, malty with some hop bitterness and a subtle undertone of molasses or caramel. Texture is rather smooth, and it does dance a little on the tongue.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Girl's Special Dark was just that, dark dark brown with a single finger foam head and a tad bit of lacing. The dissipated pretty quick.

The aroma was a bit subdued but had a nice roasted malt aroma but not much more. In drinking it you got a slight bitterness to start then a soft malt backbone and with was fairly dry. It had a medium body with a finish of bitterness. Overall a pretty middle of the road brew.

Photo of hdofu
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Finally tried this, I expected a bit better. Dark but thin colored. Smell was like molasses Taste was sweet and herby, though noticably weak. Had a bit of an alcohol burn which is strange with such a weak beer. A bit more drinkable then something that tastes like this should be.

Photo of kuykendall
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of kinger
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.01/5  rDev -1%
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

Photo of everetends
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.