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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
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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Ratings: 388 | Reviews: 236
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.

Photo of BrewMaster
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
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.

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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Zorro
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of pezoids
3.71/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of granger10
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.

Photo of CortexBomb
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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

pours a dark ruby color with a very thin light tan head that faded pretty quickly.
smells a little sweet with the faint euro skunky aroma in many lagers, but overall pleasant
has a sweet caramelish taste followed by a slight, very slight, hop presence. nothing overhwelming or spectacular, but better than most and it goes down easy and keeps going down easy

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Skunked despite its dark color, the nose is still somewhat inviting with its "European" flair; and it reveals some mildly toasted, grainy malt once the 'skunk' has passed! Its deep chestnut/mahogany body supports a creamy off-white head that holds quite well before dropping to a wide collar; and it leaves some minor spotty lacing throughout the glass as well. It's light and crisp in the mouth with a fine, standard carbonation that awakens the tastebuds and refreshes the palate. The flavor reveals a toasted, delicately grainy malt amidst some yeasty sulphur, a touch of floral hoppiness, and a firm bitterness. It finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing with a subtle reminder of it's toastiness left in the mouth. Quite nice!

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

Pours to a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of roasted malt and a "green" malt smell (I don't know what to call that smell...kind of veggie-like). Flavor is woody and malty with a low hop contribution. Finishes roasty, malty and bittersweet. Not bad, but there are better choices for the same price.

Photo of hotstuff
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer lacks character with respects to the nose and flavor.The head was small, tan and contained fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was slightly cloudy and carbonated with a reddish-brown hue.The nose was lightly malty and some hints of fruitiness with a lightly bitter and smooth flavor.The mouthfeel was tingly and smooth with a watery-thin texture.This beer was light bodied with virtually no lacing.

Photo of beerguy101
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, medium head. A medium bodied dark lager. Roasted malts, slightly sweet and chocolaty. Some hop spiciness. Nice balance. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a sight hop spiciness

Photo of Mustard
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. dark green bottle with a "best before end" warning -- in this case 11/2003 -- printed on the bottom of its rear label; purchased as part of a ten beer sampler pack from the Whole Foods on National and Barrington in West LA ($12.99).

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, dark brown with faint ruddy notes; fine, short-lived, one-fingered head; scattered lacing.

Aroma: Predominantly of a) lightly roasted malt and b) grain.

Taste: Faintly sweet; mild, roasty bitterness upfront; sallow, metallic grain notes throughout; slight woody/floral hop bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Worthwhile only as an example of what a weak, unpleasant dark lager tastes like.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Seems like all the big Euro-macros have a dark version of their flagship beer now (see Beck's and Heineken), and these usually turn out to be slightly better than their lighter counterparts. St. Pauli Girl is no exception. While still served in a green bottle, their Special Dark is a decent beer even if it is lacking in character somewhat.

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark pours an amber brown color that is translucent. About 1 & 1/2 fingers of light tan foam form and dissapears in under 30 seconds. The aroma was a little light but thanfully without skunk. There is some light roasted malt notes with a hint of huskiness. The mouthfeel of this beer is kind of thin, especially for a darker brew. Somewhat fizzy as well. With the first sip, I thought this beer tasted somewhat corny even though it claims to be brewed under the Reinheitsgebot. The roasted malt presence eventually came through, and early on I detected notes of coffee and licorice. After that, the flavor of this beer seems to get progressively more watery. Mild bitterness in the finish. Seems like this was barely hopped. Aftertaste has just some mild bitterness and roasted notes, and the beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

A pretty tame brew altogether. Not offensive in any way, but failed to impress me in any category. Kind of expensive as well and definitely not worth the import price. Drinkable, and if found at a cheaper price would make for a good session brew.

Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark color with a moderate head. The aroma is a little sweet with malts and hops in it. The flavor is very smooth. I was thoroughly impressed at this one. It doesn't have a ton of character and it's not very complex, but I thought it was a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Tballz420
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a color that is similar to a coke, with about the same head characteristics. There were some light caramel flavors, other than that i cant think of anything that it tasted like. Nothing special, not something i would plan on buying again soon.

Photo of budgood1
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very dark and clear in the glass...ruby hues when held up to the light. moderate head dies down to a fine film. some lacing evident. light fruity aroma, slight hints of caramel and chocolate. floral hopping. light flavors of dried fruits, definite hints of chocolate and caramel. typical lagerish mouthfeel....light and crisp. some metallic notes in the finish. a nice, flavorful dark lager that surprised me. while not great...it's drinkable and somewhat refreshing. and plus that blonde on the label has got some serious nice beer mugs in her hands...three litres in each hand...she must be strong as hell.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, but accompanied by a sad, small head. Aroma is on the dry side, vegetal, small caramel notes, but a bit flinty, a touch on the non-distript side. Flinty, medium-bodied, some fine malty richness. Taste is fine, but nowhere near spectacular. An average "dark lager", better than Heineken or Beck's , if that can offer any consolation.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber red in color with a moderate off-white head with fair retention, good, albiet rather broken lace, mild carbonation. Toasty malt aroma reminiscent of German black bread with a slight molasses quality. Taste begins with nutty, toasty malt and carbonation that is a little too sharp, towards the middle of the taste metallic notes appear, finishes dry with more rich malt notes and a lingering bitterness. For my tastes, this is a nice middle of the range dark, although many other reviewers seemed to find less favor with it. Not a bad beer and certainly worth a try.

Photo of Morris729
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a slight tint of red in color and with a thin tan colored head that very quickly dissipates into a thin lace. Nose is stale grains with some sulfur notes. Taste is toasted malts and grains with notes of caramel and bitter hops. Light and crisp in the mouth, but I wouldn’t recommend this beer.

Photo of ADR
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I’ve had a few of these kicking around the refrigerator for a while, now...

Clear dark brown leaning toward the reddish side. Stubbornly refuses to generate a head, and it won’t lace – almost like it was waxed. Somewhat biscuity aroma. Mildly malty flavors, some sense of distant molasses and dark Karo. Finishes over carbonated and faintly metallic. I didn’t detect any skunk but this beer is no where close to the quality its price suggests.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Better than the original St. Pauli Girl but that isn't really a big acomplishment in my opinion. Got this at a wedding recep (it was either this or Corona Light) so I figured what the heck. Dark honey color with a medium thick beige head with little lacing. Slight malt nose but nothing to write home about. Light malt and nut flavoring but again they aren't really pushing the envelope here. I would not go out of my way to get it again.

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