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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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353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 karst


2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown, weak head. Little aroma, no skunk inspite of green bottle. Small collar persists. Little sweetness front of taste, mid and end some bitterness that finishes dry. Carbonation helps mouthfeel which is medium-light. Warming, increases bitterness and adds a metalic finish and aftertaste. Nevertheless drinkability is above average.

Two row spring barley from the south of England slowly roasted for darker color, a special strain of yeast, ice-age glacier water from the "Rotenburger Rinne," plus hops from the famous "Hallertau Hop Gardens" in southern Germany.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 11:54:42 | More by karst
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color with a nice tan, foamy head. The scents are pleasing, nice carmelized malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is strong of bittersweet chocolate and has a lingering dark roast coffee flavor. I thought it had quite a watery texture the whole way through, which may be the only significant downfall of this beer. Tastes good and easy to drink, I'm sure it will find its way in front of me again soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 04:23:22 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with amber hues. Off white head slighty sticky. Smells clean with grains, sulfer, and some hops. Light roasted malts, soft grains, and a light hops bitterness. Has a clean Slighty hoppy aftertaste. Light to meduim bodied. This is an average dark german lager. Easy to drink and goes great with a heavy meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 06:47:03 | More by Luigi
Photo of tgbljb


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

poured a dark color with nioce head that quickly disappeared. Smell was minimal. Taste was average with not attractive aftertaste.Not an extremely good beer. Poor example of this type of beer. There are much better beers of this type available. Not recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 04:10:19 | More by tgbljb
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New Hampshire

1.38/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a one-finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Hints of a malt nose. I was hoping this would be better than St. Pauli Girl lager but nope this is thin and watery, tastes wierd and has a metallic finish. Freshness date - Mar 2005. There are much better dunkels. I'm glad I only bought one . . . $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 00:48:45 | More by jdhilt
Photo of allengarvin


3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark mahogany color with a decent head of white foam. Aroma is sweet and grainy, a touch of caramel. Lacks the smell of good munich malt. Flavor has decent maltiness, somewhat toasted, very faintly bread-like. Hops are nowhere to be found. Moderate body. An average, uninteresting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 04:10:08 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Vancer


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

Starting summary: Not that bad, not that great: a drinkable session beer if nothing better available. Poured a nice, clear mahogany brown with a quick fader tan head. But man, that classic Heineken skunky sulfur smell bums me out. Taste is somewhat plain; nothing stands out, but a decent balance with the hops and malt. Lite carbonation in the mouth, again, makes this OK for a six pack afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 14:48:30 | More by Vancer
Photo of GeoffRizzo


2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Root beer brown in hue, nil head, loose carbonation; this ones come via their green bottle; yes dark beer in a green bottle. Sweet caramel and toasted wheat bread on the nose. Light roasted coffee beans, some cocoa and sweet malts along with a quick hop bite on the sides, don't be fooled though. Somewhat metallic and grainy, with dry oats towards the finish. Don’t let the flavors fool ya’ – this one is bland and boring, although it has some flavors that are quickly detected, this one is bland and boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 21:39:22 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of KoG


3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came out of the bottle dark brown with a red tint, producing a generous amount of light tan head that stayed around for at least half of the drinking time. Left a decent ring of lace around the glass.

Smell was full of dark malt with a distinct lagered smell and a hint of hops.

Taste was dark malt, not too strong but a bit too much for the hop offering. Sweet malt carries on through the finish and leaves clean.

Mouth seemed on par and left a refreshed palate and had plenty of active carbonation to see it through.

Overall, not a bad brew at all. A decent session brew and it would be a welcome offering to me if available next to other beers that shall remain nameless.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 08:57:29 | More by KoG
Photo of danieltothemax


3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, i just drank a six pack of this beer. it tasted sorta like newcastle, but not as much coffee or buttery flavors. a good "dark" beer. i like the way it made me feel. it made me feel like i was the captain of the starship enterprise and we were kicking intergalactic sphincter. i drank this really gross beer last night, and this beer (st. pauli's girl special dark) was as refreshing as a piece of lasagna to an italian person. this beer made me want to fight terrorism on the large scale. it made me want to enlist in the armed forces. it made me think that george bush kicks osama bin laden's ass. it made me feel closer to my dog, but not in a bestiality way. just in a "man's best friend" way. so in summation, drink this beer if you want to have a good time and there's nothing better to get.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 06:51:16 | More by danieltothemax
Photo of Reidrover


2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this on sale for $6.99 a 12 pack at a local store.Cant beat that.
12 oz green bottle.
Pretty good lookin dunkle, dark mahoganay brown, with a good sized frothy tan head.
The aroma is pretty subdued just like regular St Pauli
The taste is very akin to the regular, but with some caramel sitting in the background.
pretty darn average on the palate.
Its drinkable, but i prefer Becks Dark if i want a cheap German dunkle.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 07:37:02 | More by Reidrover
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2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle pours a transparent dark brown color with a thin head. Barely detectible chocolate malt smell. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Lightly flavored with a cold, unbuttered toast taste. Has a funky metallic finish.
Tastes like something a macro brewer would market as a dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 16:41:53 | More by beerceller99
Photo of niknar


3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reasonably dark blackish color with faint hints of red. Certainly not as dark as a stout, but this isn't a stout! A somewhat smallish almond-tan colored head appears readily, but disappears fairly quickly as well. Some very minor amounts of lacing left on the glass. Smells pleasingly of chocolate and malt, but nothing spectacular. Tastes fairly sweet with immediate hop bitterness to balance it out. However, it finishes with a thin tanginess that seems to give it a watered-down character. I believe this beer may actually taste better straight out of the bottle... Mouthfeel is unusually thin for a beer that is this dark. Not horrible by any means, but it seems to be much too thin for the style. Overall, its a fairly drinkable offering, but not something I would consider very good stylistically. I have enjoyed the six pack I purchased and consumed prior to writing this review (not in one sitting mind you!), but for the price, I won't be buying it again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 23:27:12 | More by niknar
Photo of SetarconeX


3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably my current favorite of the St. Pauli Girls, which really isn't saying a whole lot.

It's a tad darker than some dark lagers I've seen, but not overwhelmingly so. The smell, despite being a tad faint and nowhere near as malty as I'd like, nevertheless manages to be acceptable.

The taste is somewhat lackluster, suffering from a distinct lack of hops. It is, however, saved by a faint carmel sweetness which ends up being the beer's main feature.

Drinkable, but there's a number of better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 23:32:13 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.15/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark reddish brown with orange highlights. The head is medium tan, average in size and average in appearance. Neither soft nor dense nor sticky, it's pretty unremarkable in all respects. Lace is limited to a stubby collar on the opposite side of the glass.

Special Dark doesn't smell like a dark beer to me. It gives off almost nothing in the way of roastedness or even toastedness. In fact, in a blinded smell test, I'd call this a pale lager.

There's a bit more (very light) roastiness on the palate, but it's perhaps the least dark malty of any dark beer that I've ever had. The metallic notes in the first few sips were pretty overwhelming. They did lessen somewhat as I got deeper into the glass, but never went away entirely.

The biggest problem with this beer, among many, is that it lacks malt support. It's bitter, harsh and thin, though not to the extent that I'd consider it to be a drain pour. The finish is short and... metallic. Annoying, to say the least.

I'm not impressed. St. Pauli Girl Special Dark isn't special, nor is it particularly dark. Take away the metal flavor and it might be a drinkable beer. Might.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 16:01:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Gusler


3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer after departing the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass slightly hazy deep amber to brown color with a rather small head that is bubbly in texture and a light tan in color, the lace forms a thin but covering sheet. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, crisp and fresh, not a bad sniffer this beer, start is decidedly sweet, fair malt profile and the top skinny in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonations with the hops light but noticeable, very dry and lingering aftertaste, once again drinkable but light.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 18:51:58 | More by Gusler
Photo of BrewMaster


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

Nothing particularly outstanding about this beer. It pours with a moderate head that does not last. Flavor is a nutty malt with a hint of toast. Nothing to write home about but not a bad. Starts with a strong burst of flavor the fizzles very quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 06:36:16 | More by BrewMaster
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3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice dark brown, with slight ruby hue. Head is fairly short, but moderately creamy. Weak head retention.

Smell- Typical lager smell with some sweet undertones. Strictly average.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste with tasty, mildly sweet finish. Not complex enough for greatness.

Drinkability- I could drink a lot of these easily. Tasty, but easily accessible to newbies. Price isn't too bad either.

Note- Slightly better than standard St. Pauli Girl. Both beers aren't great, but are solid all-around and easily accessible.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 01:37:36 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of BeerBob


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

St. Pauli Girl “Special Dark” pours a very dark brown from a 12oz dark green glass bottle.

Head goes to well over two fingers with a firm pour, then fades to a well defined ring, some islands, and spotty lacing.

Nose is a damp, almost wet burnt malt, with hints of alcohol.

Taste is an up front bight of carbonation, with light chocolate and burnt coffee followed by a fairly good bitter hops. A dryer dark I might add, finishing dry and leaving a dry aftertaste as well.

If your looking for one of those viscous darks that you can stand a spoon up in, then St. Pauli Girl “Special Dark” is not for you. If on the other hand, your looking for a refreshing lighter dark, then you will find a friend you can come home to.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 01:21:09 | More by BeerBob
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3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a nice brown color, perfect for a dark lager. It had a rather good head.

The aroma was of dark malt, yet was slightly skunky.

This was a clean, very mild tasting beer, with a slight roasted flavor, but it was a bit skunky at the start.

An OK drinking beer, but not something spectacular. Better than most of the mass produced beers, but the skunkiness took away from it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 02:50:07 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of tang214


3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is better than i remember. It pours a nice dark brown with minimal head that does not stick around. Not much of an aroma. There is very little hoppiness. The taste is good. It has smooth and sweet flavor of mostly caramel and a hint of coffee. It feels good in the mouth but leaves a mildly unpleasant aftertaste. It is very drinkable though. I would like to sit and have a good session with this beer at some point. Also, this beer seems like it would make some very good beer bread or biscuits.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 20:55:35 | More by tang214
Photo of Zorro


2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is mostly malt and molasses, also some fruity and grassy smells.

Taste is sweet and grassy with a bit of malt flavor. A lot like Heineken regular only sweeter, and smells better.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Ok drinkable, but I can get much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 04:47:44 | More by Zorro
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3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber brown color and was topped off with a very creamy tan head. The aroma has a wonderful grassy hop note with just a touch of sweet caramel. The taste is light and sweet with some roasted coffee. The body is light and almost watery. This one is very easy to drink. Pretty smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 05:49:33 | More by pezoids
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2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one poured a light darkness in color with a good sized head. Smell and taste were skunky initially. The initial taste was also really grainy and astringent. But those flavors mellowed out as I went along. A mix of nutty sweetness and adjuncts came in then some bitterness finished. Quite thin and left my mouth feeling like it had a bunch of nickels in it in the finish. Not terrible, but not worth it either.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 18:42:20 | More by granger10
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2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me say right up front: I don't get the hype this beer has. Everyone I know who isn't into micros has tried this imported macro and rates it highly, I guess it just goes to show that normal people *can* tell the difference between crap and an average beer, but still can't handle more full flavoured styles generally.

Anyway, enough ranting, on with the actual review:
Decent deep reddish colour with cabonation gives way to a mildly grainy and subtly skunked aroma, no, this doesn't represent a bad sample, as I've had this beer a few times and the aroma always has that skunk tinge in it.

Taste is good, but not great, very middle of the road with grain carrying over from the aroma as the dominant flavour with a touch of hops and a tad of bitterness to go with it. There's more here than with most macros, but it's still yards behind micros.

Mouthfeel and drinkability both are good to middling, mouth is typical for the style, very light, with a fair amount of carbonation while the drinkability is definitely good, as the beer goes down smooth.

I'll take this over domestic macros any day, but it's still nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 01:30:09 | More by CortexBomb
St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.