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

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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Photo of RoyalT
1.73/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Delicate light yellow in color without much of a head.

Smell – Straight skunk from forty paces out. There’s a bit of that pils hop aroma in the glass if you dare to venture close enough, but otherwise this is one of the skunkiest beers that I’ve ever had.

Taste – The nasty skunk flavors turn to pukish Gummi-Bear sweets. This is nasty with a capital “N”.

Mouthfeel – A thin body and some cheap carbonation made this one tough to swallow.

Sinkability – This one is heading for the drain.

Photo of Dmann
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a decent macro import that is always on sale here and is great for warm weather drinking. It pours a golden color with a good white head that stays for awhile and leaves a thin sheat of lace down my glass. The smell is a littly funky but not bad, and has a decent ammount of malt in the nose as well. The taste is refreshing with its crisp bite, good malt flavors and a slight hop flavor as well. This is my macro import of choice.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.38/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Wow, this is a lot worse than I expected.

Ultra-thin, very light colored body. Corn/grass smell (stench). Noxious, offensive, invasive taste. I cant even say it goes down easy, so even the drinkability is low.

I guess this is the Budweiser of Germany, but at least you can ignore Bud while you are drinking it. St Pauli Girl is like a slap in the mouth.


Photo of Todd
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. And, there she is again. My girl friend, St. Pauli Girl. Freshness date stamped on the back.

Appearance: Ultra clear and pale. Moderate carbonation activity, creating a thin whisp of a white lace. Sticky and holds as a ring around the glass.

Smell: Light grain and sulfur aromas (by-product of the yeast).

Taste: Light and crisp upfront. Malt sweetness is mild, but rounded, complete. Hops are tea-like, floral, some herbal notes too as it lightly prickles the palate. Light sulfur flavours abaft it all. Finishes with grain notes, leaving the palate a tad dry.

Notes: An okay brew, even despite those awesomely cheesy adverts and stigma on imported lager -- in comparison to others of the same style.

Photo of twi1609372
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall I like this beer, fairly smooth, good taste, doesn't go down as easy as some but not bad overall. Good to try something different if your in the mood for something new. Overall not a bad beer now and again but wouldn't drink it regularly.Maybe it's great on tap, never had a chance to try it.

Photo of Jason
2.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

More or less skunked depending on how old it is and where it has been stored. Either way there is that underlying overcooked hop aroma and flavour ... not as bad as some other known skunk laden imports though.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber yellow color with a white head with decent lacing. This is a German macro that kicks ass on American macros. Taste is malty, with very modest hoppiness. You do get the feeling that the ingredients have been played out, however. Still, a decent beer.

Photo of Mora2000
2.24/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected from an imported beer in a green bottle: skunked grain and nothing else. I am holding it against the brewer in my rating since it was their choice to use a green bottle. The flavor has a little bit of skunk, but not as much as in the aroma. I also get some grain and grass notes from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jamesmk48
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great outside summer beer. Ive been drinking this, brew for along time, its my go to outside/ work beer. If you like skunky German lagers you'll enjoy this.

Photo of PsychoJedi
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I am bias about this beer. This is the second import I ever tried in my life way back in the underage days. A friend who was an exchange student introduced me to it. As far as "quantity" (not quality) is concerned, it is the number one import that I buy. In a way, St. Pauli Girl planted the seed that grew into my culture of drinking many types of beer.

The beer pours a lighter golden color with a huge head. Very huge head and I pour beer correctly. Also, it is by far not the first time I have poured it so I knew what to expect. The smell is the benchmark I hold for German beers. A bias high marks for it. The taste is a little on the weak side compared to other German beers. What it lacks in taste (for German beers), it make up in drinkability. I would guess that it is a popular hard drinking beer in Germany, but I can not confirm that.

Photo of magictrokini
2.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yellow pour with a while bubbly head. Typical lager aroma, lots of metal and rice. This is augmented with a saaz sweetness. More bitterness in the taste, with a grainy tang that actually goes well with the hops. Like a Heineken with more flavor and without the skunky aroma.

Photo of dogfishandi
1.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz. Green Bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. Best before 9.2013. Leftovers from x-mas.

Pours a very clear pale straw yellow bordering on golden. About a 1/4 inch of white fizzy head that disappeared completely within seconds. Lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles. Looks very American macro-ish.

Very skunky aroma. Skunk and a bit of mineral/ sulfer lager yeast. Some sweet lagers grain as well.

A bit skunked, mineral water, and sweet cooked corn grain. The slightest bit of bitterness towards the finish, but its quickly washed away by sweet adjuncty grain. Very macro, very plain.

Very watery, over carbonated.

Really hard to tell the difference between this and any American macro. Avoid at all costs!

Photo of Thrasher
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not good, but not bad either. An average, sharp-tasting pilsner that is a grade above Heineken and Beck's if you are lucky enough to get a bottle that hasn't been lightstruck. (Hint: 12 pack.) I was impressed by the foam that stuck to the glass and by the cleanness of the taste, but little else. Nothing special here (other than the girl on the bottle), but hey, it works.

If you want to spend your money wisely, though, simply look at the magazine ads, and then put your dollars toward Jever or better yet, Bitburger, which is a truly awesome German pilsner.

Photo of far333
2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

How did I drink so much of this in high school? Pale yellow/straw colored with a white head of highly carbonated bubbles. The head runs away quicly, but leaves a bit of thin lace. Smell is pronounced, and is full of sulfur and a metallic undertone. I detect some malt, and some of the bitter smell might be hops. There is malt in the flavor, but the sulfur comes through strongly and sticks to the sides of the tongue. Mouthfeel is very watery. There is a distinct metallic aftertaste.

Photo of ADR
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clean and crisp, if in shape, which is not often by my experience...drank 'em in the 80s until Sam Adams showed that cold fermenters had more flavor potential...honestly, I've had very few St. Paulis that weren't "skunked" -- sometimes, severely...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St Pauli another Euro lager, possibly the most famous German import. Who knows where this is brewed today? Appears pale fizzy yellow golden with a bright white head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma has cooked veggies with rough slightly skunked herbal hops, this green bottled lager was straight from a 12 pack so no light exposure yet. Flavor is really minimal, slight sweetness mineral water tone, with harsh herbal hop bitterness and a tad of that skunk note. Mouthfeel is light bodied much like carbonated water, bad finish with those harsh hop oils. Drinkability is what it is a beer that will continue to be solid in every grocery store across the country when so much better options are available.

Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%

From 12 oz bottle at the 2014 German Bierfest (ATL).
Pour looks good but head had weak retention.
Relatively malty aroma is a little more appealing than the more hoppy flavor. Grassy hops linger on and on in the mildly bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Brenden
3.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this one with some friends quite a while ago, so I had to pick one up just to try so it could be fresh in my mind for a review.

This one pours a clear golden-yellow. There's a whitish head, just more than one finger, that doesn't last very long. Lacing is minimal.

The scent is predominantly hops with perhaps a slight undertone of grain and yeast.

The taste translates accurately enough; hops and yeast. There is an underlying skunkiness, though, and the flavor is a bit weak.

The body is light to medium and carbonation is moderate.

If you're sometimes forced to hang out with people who drink Corona, Bud, or Miller, you'll be glad is some of these are around. If you hang out with hopheads, though, you won't really want this one around. Pretty middle of the road.

Photo of brewQ
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't had this brew in years... was careful in selecting a 24 ounce bottle from the middle of the cooler, away from the lights up front. My diligence ws not repaid.

The pale gold brew reaked of skunk. It fell back enough for me to taste something positive in the way of hops and light sweetness. However, the mouthfeel was as artificial as a glass of Tang!

Will probably wait til they put a new model on the label before I trouble myself with this beer again.

Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with three fingers of thin puffy white head, which leaves some swaths of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of cracker grain, and skunky grassy hops. The taste is sweet bready grain, and grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body medium weight, smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the sweet grain still prevalent, but with some more skunkiness reprising.

At the outset, another skunky Euro-lager, but that particular beast's usual aspects are suppressed in the middle, long enough to make this drinkable when there is distracting sun, or television or soccer, or well, you get the idea.

Photo of dacrza1
1.83/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: December 14, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan pilsener... OCCASION: drinking off and away Johnny Football's forgettable first start... APPEARANCE: transparent, sallow yellow body; off-white head begins well but flattens to a casual smear... AROMA: beefy, doughy, buttery fragrance associated with cheaper, imported, green-bottled lagers... PALATE: drinkably nondescript--light and refreshing but so liquid, the only thing left is a small biscuity aftertaste...TASTE: thin, sweet and syrupy flavors dominate a rather weak profile... OVERALL: tough to slam a beer that is as happily drinkable as SPG, so I will instead suggest that in the right circumstance, this beer could compliment the standard party fair...but it doesn't distinguish itself much from the other green-bottled brethren...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.07/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is and always has been one of my very favorite imported "shwagg" lagers. The look is pretty standard, pale gold color with fizzy white head that actually hangs around for a bit and leaves a bit of lace. The really nice thing is that it seems to look lively throughout the duration of the session.

The best part of the aroma, since it's a mass-produced euro lager in a green bottle!! is not detection of anything foul or nasty. No metallic yeast here, it's all green garden veggies and subtle herbal yeast and hop combo, light, wheatie malt scent.

Just like the aroma the flavor does not have any funky, skunky, metallic grossness happening which is all you can really ask for with this style. The flavor is clean and crisp light...very light malt with a decent lager yeastie flavor of garden green's, earthy and slightly herbal. Balance of flavor's is pretty much right on and it keeps it's flavor quality even to the end of it's life, which seems to be rare from imported euro lager styles.

The feel is simple, light body, crisp and for the most part stays that way.

Not a bad go-to if your choices are limited.

Photo of appenzeller
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd give the old girl a try, though to me she's traditionally just a less skunky alternative to the swill of my high school days. Long, long ago.

Not bad! Impressively fresh, typical European lager in the best sense, not the worst, pretty plain but still a good hops profile (nice flowery hops), good balance, obviously a clean and excellent technical beer (this is German, after all).

In summary, perhaps the big German exports here are no longer skunky and uncared for. If so, I'll be a customer again. This was a good start.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In college this was basically an exotic beer, how we grow...

Pours a glossy, glassy yellow with good clarity and a fluffy two-finger head. The head dies quickly, leaving splotches of lace as it drops.

Aroma is boiled wilted veggies, sweet corn, grain husk, honey.

The flavor has its plusses and minuses. The good parts are a big malt character up front, a nice bite from the hops (Saaz?), and a faint sticky caramel in the finish. Then the bad: a funky, almost skunky flavor pervades, with that corn/sugar adjunct ickiness that too often dominates bad US macros.

Since this is often the best choice on lame beer menus or lame grocery store selections, it's not entirely without its place in beerworld. But it's nothing I'd ever seek out, and depending on mood, I can see passing this up in favor of no beer at all. In a pinch, it can be enjoyed...otherwise...nah.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden transparent brew with a very small and short lived head. There is no lace to be found anywhere on the glass. This is a nice medium golden hue, but its pretty bland looking. Is the big-boobie girl on the bottle supposed to distract us from the plain-jane liquid found inside?

S - Clean and crisp. Slightly salty, but it lacks that saltine cracker note that I expect to find in a German pils. There isn't much to smell here really.

T - This is stronger in flavor than it is in aroma. This has a nice bitter noble hop flavor with a sweet and light caramel malt note (think Worther's Originals, but diluted in a glass of water). While I wouldn't call this "hoppy" per se, hops are definitely featured in this well rounded and mellow (if a bit boring) brew.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and mildly refreshing. A little bit of sour/bitter hop notes pop up on the back of the tongue and make you want another sip.

D - This is built for session drinking on the cheap. I found a 12 pack at Meijer for $10.99 (that's less that eleven dollars!) so I broke down and bought this stuff. I would pick it up again for the same reason I did this Memorial Day weekend... to wash down a few dogs and serve to friends that "forgot" to bring their own beer.

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St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
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