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

Not Rated.
St. Pauli Girl Special DarkSt. Pauli Girl Special Dark

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BA SCORE
71
okay

376 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. visit their website
Germany

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 EagleTalon
3.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

EagleTalon, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.08/5  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.

hotstuff, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
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

beerguy101, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of Mustard
2.5/5  rDev -18%
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.

Mustard, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Beastdog75, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

clvand0, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Tballz420, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

budgood1, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  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.

feloniousmonk, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Pegasus, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of Morris729
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Morris729, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of ADR
2.53/5  rDev -17%
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.

ADR, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -17%
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.

Dogbrick, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of bditty187
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing about St. Pauli Girl Special Dark is noteworthy. The malt, in regards to the taste, was poor at best. The roastedness was too akin to watered down old coffee. I think I could detect a hint of chocolate… no guarantee. The graininess was unwelcomed as was the metallic/soapy endnote. The nose was unimpressive as well. The mouthfeel was dry but grating. The body was dark brown, the head disappeared ultra fast. It would also appear the green bottle did not help my sample.

I never need to drink another. Not recommended.

bditty187, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This review is less about the numbers and more about the experience. My apologies to the left-brained statistical types out there, hope this doesn't skew the ratings too severely.

BUT, I found this six-pack at Kroger's. Looked nice in its foil wrapper with the requisite German blonde lovely on the label hauling 6 steins of brew. Oddly, one of the labels appeared whited out, no picture. Strange I thought, I'll get this six-pack and see what happens.

The first beer - poured nicely into the glass, kind of light for a dark beer body-wise but that's cool by me. Great aroma slightly chocolate but not overpowering. Little head, not as much color as I was expecting, so I prepared myself for a lighter tasting dark beer. That's fairly accurate but it does have a very pleasant chocolate and grain taste. Impressive mouthfeel as I was kind of under-anticipating much from this one. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and was ready to talk it up for this review.

Then came the following week and the bottle whose label had been whited out. I poured it into the pint glass and didn't even have to get my face near the glass when the skunk first hit. It wasn't a terribly strong odor, but the fact that beer #1 had no skunk made this one stand out all the more. I examined the bottle, fwiw, and through that damn green glass I could see the label had actually been applied in reverse fashion. Could it be this bottle had somehow got out of the assembly line and sat somewhere for awhile, then re-submitted? I don't know.

The taste was okay but the beer's flavor is not strong enough to withstand the effect of the mild skunking. It was half dark beer taste, half Le Pew. Sampling two more of the six revealed skunking on those as well. I still have 2 beers left, so I'm one for four on the six pack so far. There should be a law about putting beer in green glass. These packages sit under the fluorescent lights of Kroger's beer shelves for who knows how long. I probably got lucky that one beer tasted good, so I can only give this one 2.5's. My only advice is avoid the DGB's at all costs unless you know the beer arrived that day, then buy it and keep it in the dark fridge until serving time.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 29, 2002
Photo of BitteBier
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a cola both in terms of carbonation (a spartan head) and color. Smell is somewhat sweet and quite smooth, but decidedly unremarkable. Taste is likewise unremarkable. This beer's biggest virtue is its crisp, smooth mouthfeel and resulting drinkability.

BitteBier, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of aaronh
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very nice head that lasts quite a while for a lager. Once the head fades, theres not much left to remind you of the impressive display from the initial pour, just a very thin ring. The beer is a nice deep color, reminiscent of a cola; it has some transparency and some deep amber higlights. The aroma is of roasted malt sweetness. Very nice, but no hops are evident. The tase is smooth, with a good bit of roasted malt and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. There is also a nice hop bitterness on the finish. A bit more sweetness is evident as the beer warms. The beer sports a fairly good mouthfeel for a lager, with a slight creaminess. While the flavor is not exceptional, I think I could drink these all night long with no complaints.

aaronh, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of faubs
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is not too bad, a deep mahogany. Not so dark that you cant see through the glass. Very little hop attitude, which actually makes it quite thin in texture. No real head to speak of, only a faint line around the top. The flavor, however, makes up for some of the texture, with a fairly rich taste. The down side of that is a slightly acidic after-taste. Maybe its just me but the aroma is what kills me about this beer, a faint impression of ivory soap…and no its not just my glass, it’s the same in the bottle. However with all of that said, still a good beer with personality.

faubs, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of proc
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoy this beer. Roasted malt taste that isn't overwhelming. A light chocolate and molasses presence. A very drinkable beer. A nice dark to introduce those who are "afraid of the dark".

proc, Sep 11, 2002
Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good clarity but the head retention is lacking with only a thin ring of lace. Bight brownish amber in colour.

Faintly sweet caramelized malt and a bit metallic in the aroma with a cloying note in the back.

Carbonation is level with a decent crispness, both grain and the little amount of hops have a mild astringent bite to them. Malt seems a bit lost and does not lay down much other than some vague toasted grain. Mild metallic taste middle to end. Dry and a bitty after taste.

This is a poor example of a dark Euro lager. Needless to say I have no need to go back to this beer and don’t recommend it at all.

Jason, Sep 02, 2002
Photo of Jon
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty average beer all the way through. It pours a dark brown/ruby color with a foamy head that you won't see for very long. Smelled kind of funky at first, but after breathing for a while, the smell improved a little bit. Damn the green bottles. The taste could use a bit more malty tones. Mouthfeel is very watered-down, but it's easy to drink. It's a good thing this beer was on sale at the store. I know I wouldn't buy it at full price.

Jon, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of inebrius
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Head diminished quick yet what was left laced up well. Malty cabbage nose. Decent dose of bittering hops would benefit from a bigger malt spine. Thin and watery, which ultimately brings drinkability up, but mouthfeel down. On par with Beck's, slightly below Warsteiner.

The chick on the bottle has some nice jugs, though. Like three in each hand. Of the liter variety.

inebrius, Aug 08, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark ruby with minimal head. Excellent carbonation ups the mouthfeel. The aroma was slightly off with evident alcohol. The flavor was slightly bitter, but light. As it warms, the flavor maltens up. Refreshing if the beer is fresh.

Edit: After revisiting this beer, I think the smell was more malty than I reported and I think these were a little fresher. So, I upped the smell from 3.0 to 3.5 and the drinkability from 3.0 to 3.5. Not as good as the Warsteiner Dunkel, but good.

ryanocerus, Jul 31, 2002
Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good,drinkable dark brown thats easy on the taste. I also thought its alittle thin on body. The tan head & lace are gone quickly (45 sec.) after pour,never to be seen again.Its a good beer to have around if you want the kids to think your drinking a flat cola.

chilidog, Jun 10, 2002
Photo of marc77
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The decent and well retained head leaves very intracate a lace. Dark ruby in hue and very clear like a well lagered brew should be. Lightly toasted Munich malt aroma. Uh oh-- it's slightly skunked. The initially earthy and spicy Hersbrucker hop nose is followed by sulfury mercaptans. If it weren't for the green bottle and my bad luck, this would've smelled quite nice. Clean all around in flavor, but nothing stands out and make this beer particularly memorable. The body is a bit thin. Sweet caramel and slightly toasty Munich malt flavors are there, but aren't particularly assertive. Finishes sweet and inoffensive.

marc77, Apr 28, 2002
St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.