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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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357 Ratings

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
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 bboven


3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 01:41:39 | More by bboven
Photo of witflee


1.83/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 01:34:09 | More by witflee
Photo of AMo


3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 09:52:32 | More by AMo
Photo of armock

New York

2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 17:00:12 | More by armock
Photo of Greggy


2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 20:54:30 | More by Greggy
Photo of beerbutcher


4.13/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:44:45 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of kguyty


2.15/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 22:24:52 | More by kguyty
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 00:47:35 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of botham

New York

2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 02:22:42 | More by botham
Photo of FireEmt37


3/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 23:10:44 | More by FireEmt37
Photo of tkeHijacker


2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 14:36:44 | More by tkeHijacker
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 00:07:42 | More by beeroclock
Photo of malcontent


2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 20:22:47 | More by malcontent
Photo of shadow1961


2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 07:55:16 | More by shadow1961
Photo of biggmike


2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 15:46:11 | More by biggmike
Photo of erosier


3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:01:13 | More by erosier
Photo of animal69


3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 22:11:53 | More by animal69
Photo of shererjt


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

Poured a clear, deep copper/ruby red color with a nice, very light-tan head. Nose was light malt, some caramel, and a bit of skunkiness--cursed green bottles. Fairly clean. Light-to-medium body. Not much malt. Some caramel but not a lot. Hops were there--fairly mild but still relatively bitter with the small malt profile. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability I called average too, though I could be convinced that it should be a bit higher.

Not bad but I would not buy it again. Unfortunately I've not had great success finding dunkles around. This one is passable but not among the better examples. Still, there's nothing terribly wrong with it and I'm glad I gave it a try. The malt does come out a bit as it warms, so don't drink it too cold.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:41:30 | More by shererjt
Photo of peabody


2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out dark with very little white to off-white suds.
No lacing.
Smell is very faint. Needs some kick to the aroma. Very slight caramel coffee and not much else.
Taste is a little better than the light (not Light). Very slight hop flavors with a little caramel/roasted malts (almost burnt).
Mouthfeel is alright, but just too clean for a dark beer. Needs more flavors or stronger flavors.
No need to session this unless you have a keg of it and need to get rid of it before you take it back.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 01:34:55 | More by peabody
Photo of Tallboy


2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a dark and moody amber with a robust khaki hued froth. With minimal leftover carbonation layered on my glass.
Scent- Deep earthy malts upon opening the bottle. Followed by some traces of caramel and chocolate overtones that... where soon overwhelmed by the overbearing and distinct smell of le skunk.
Taste- A bit sweet at the onset. Minimal caramel and chocolate flavors in the middle. followed up by a bit of roasted hops and light malt.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium carbonation with a dry aftertaste at the finish.
Drinkability- Not as complex as I am accustomed too, but would be an easy fit for the "common" man looking to extend his palette with a dark Euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 02:44:16 | More by Tallboy
Photo of mooseisloose


3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of dark chocolate and hops. Pours to a translucent very dark brown but slightly bronze. Nice micro bubble head, slightly off-white. Taste is sweet and malty with a nice semi-sweet hopped finish. Carbonation seems high but doesn't overshadow the bitter finish. Not a whole lot different than most qualities of regular st. pauli girl, just a more roasted backgound. This is a good no nonsense beer that can be dranken all day long. Went real good with my pot roast the other night. Oh by the way check out the "new" st. pauli "girl". She's hot!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 17:11:20 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of stephendr


2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of cola , with a medium tan head - nose of malts , sweet white corn , some grass , and slight coffee , chocolate – taste of malts , grass , sweet potato/yams? , and light hops - body is light , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of sweet , acidic , and burn malts

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 22:37:30 | More by stephendr
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on January 23, 2007... this has a drink by date of 01.2008.

Served in an English pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a thin, watery, brownish ruby color that forms a bone white two-finger crown. As the beer settles it leaves behind some moderate lacing and a very thin mat across the top.

Smell- Chocolate and some roasted malts sing just above the clean, traditional German hops. As the beer comes to temperature, the nose gets sweeter and more full.

Taste- The clean, bitter hops come through even before the influence of the coffee-like, richer malt profile. The long, distinctive finish would work better without the roasted elements here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Activity that borders on boistrous... it's prickly at first but quickly relaxes without losing its fervor. Great choice for traditional German meals that incorporate a richer palette of ingredients and flavors... a quick and easy choice regarding its availability and price.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 03:07:29 | More by yelterdow
Photo of RJLarse


2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In a bottle at an area watering hole. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color and is clear but nearly opaque. Small white head is gone fast leaving a beverage the looks like Coke.

The smell is faint and unremarkable.

The taste is dominated by bitter hops. Very little malt and no sweetness.

Mouth feel is clean and thin. Not much body

Drinkable but not great. There are much better darks out there to be had.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 05:03:54 | More by RJLarse
Photo of wcdoyle


2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent brown with a very slight hint of red with a very pale--though not white--head. This started off at about a half inch and dissipated ti a thin, thin film quickly (maybe 1-2 minutes). Smell was a combination of caramel and mild chocolate with some hops there, but to faint to characterize their smell. taste reveals a bitterness that slides from hops to something else. (Some previous reviewers described their beers as skunked, but I might not go this far with this one.) To me, this particular bottle was more about getting uses to a lager after so may ales. I say this b/c at root it had the sharpness/bite that I associates with the "big" European lagers. Underneath this--in an interesting reversal from the smell--comes the caramel/chocolate mix. Not my favorite, but certainly not close to a train-wreck of a beer either. The mouth feel was actually a highpoint for me: good, thick body that was refreshing even despite the flaws in taste. Drinkability: I don't have much experience with this style, but I might prefer a Schwarzbier like Sam Adams Black lager over this beer. Good for parties--and for macro-loving friends, but I'm not sure this beer would make me a convert to Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 18:29:40 | More by wcdoyle
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