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

St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl

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812 Ratings

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%

Brewed by:
St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000)
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Photo of JasonCoop


3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

drank a lot of these last summer, refreshing when it's really hot.

pours crystal clear straw yellow/gold color with pretty nice fizzy head. bubbles line the glass too.

smells light and grassy-sweet. slightly skunky, but not too bad.

taste is nice and light. very crisp, highly carbonated. a light sweet malt taste blends into a grassy and subtle hop aftertaste. refreshing if nothing else. that and the fact that i can get this for under 9 bucks a 12 pack most of the time makes it considerable if i feel like a light pilsener.

mouthfeel is very light and very bubbly and not this brew's finest point. but its light and crisp flavor makes it pretty drinkable, especially during summer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 07:25:24 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of woodychandler


3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that I had not touched in almost a quarter of a century. The marketing slogan used to be, "You never forget your first Girl", and that was certainly the case for me. She was a skunky mess that quickly became a drain pour, despite the fact that I was underage and had really worked to score that beer. Big, foamy, two fingers worth of bone white head. Color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a Saaz hops bitterness to it. Mouthfeel was medium with a real Saaz bite on the tongue. The label identified it as "Lager", but I would put it as a Pilsner. This was really quite good. Finish had a pleasantly lingering hopiness. This was a real eye-opener.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 09:56:16 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jwhancher


3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a bunch of times earlier. Poured into my Prima Pils glass for review:

Pours a clear gold color with nice carbonation and good white head. Smells a little almond-like, maybe a little grainy, with some definite bready characteristics. Tastes mostly clean with a sweet tasting finish. Mouthfeel is light with a slightly bitter finish. No real hop character to speak of. Overall, a decent beer. A good German brew at an affordable price. And you can't beat the iconic label art.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:39:00 | More by jwhancher
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had the Pauli girl in a while, but I had some last night. I think the best part of this beer is the beautiful girl on the label. The appearance is lacking, a clear fizzy yellow, but with a decent fluffy head on top. Mild malty aroma.

Not much complexity, but this is a nice, malty German lager. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a slight bubbly carbonation. I would only drink this stuff more frequently if a beautiful woman dressed as the St. Pauli Girl was serving it to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 13:20:29 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of BobLuvBeer


3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and lace. Rich golden color. Aroma of hops permeates the immediate area quickly after pour. Hop presence in taste dominates, but is not overpowering. Hop flavor bites on the tip of the tongue and lingers there as an aftertaste. Not a session beer for me, but definitely a beer I would return to occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 01:53:52 | More by BobLuvBeer
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do not care what others on BA have to say about this. After a long doubleheader of softball, this and a slice a pizza was absolutely perfect. Sweeter than many German pilsners, very easy to drink, and no real flaws, I think I'll try to keep a sixer of this in the house of the course of the season.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 03:16:13 | More by Backer2004
Photo of steinlifter


3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a straw golden, sudsy head that had some retention leaving broken lace down sides of glass.
aroma was of grain and mild hops.
taste is similar to smell semi-sweet grain flavor mixed with a mild hop flavor.
mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very bubbly.
drinkability is very good on this, would be a great session brew for the warmer weather,refreshing and thirst quenching, I've had this many times over the years and am surprised I've never reviewed it till now...huh!..anyway this is nothing spectacular just a good ol' German Pilsener done in the classic style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 19:02:12 | More by steinlifter
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bottle into pint glass, the rest straight from the bottle.

Pretty gold and clear.

Typical Euro lager.

Malty with some faint hops.

Smooth with a hint of carbonation. Good.

It's a good clean beer that is easy to drink.

It is worth spending the few extra dollars to drink this instead of the typical American corn and rice garbage.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 09:04:56 | More by MirkoCroCough
Photo of nicksta


3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance is an extremely light gold with an airy head that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Extra points for being the clearest beer I've ever seen.

The smell is light maltiness and a hint of skunky euro-lager yeast. Clean, but only because there isn't enough here.

The taste is light malts and a hint of hops and yeast at the end. Very crisp.

The mouthfeel actually has a decent body to it -very clean - and the drinkability is good. Really good. I'm talking mini keg to your self good.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:37:20 | More by nicksta
Photo of tjacobs610


3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear and golden color. Very small thin head that has very little retention and lacing. Has a fairly good amount of carbonation as well

Smell: Very light grainy and sulfuric smell. Actually a very good smell compared to other beers of this category

Taste: Very crisp tasting. Has a sweet taste up front from the malts and herbal and floral hop notes. Finishes with a dry grainy taste

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and soft on the palate with a dry finish

Overall: This is a fairly good beer. Had great smell and appearance, along with a surprisingly good taste. The dry finish is the only downside to this import

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:15:39 | More by tjacobs610
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say the label is the best thing about this; a buxom Bavarian wench carrying steins of beer, whats not to love?

The beer itself was decent, slight skunk scent, (damn green bottles), medium yellow body, great head that lasts a while. Clean, crisp (grassy?).
I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 20:03:27 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of Arsenal11


3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St Pauli Girl the first import I ever had many years ago :) Let me start by saying that I bought mine as a twelve pack which is the only way to go with green bottle imports thats why I had no skunkiness whatsoever.

A- Typical Lager but who really pours this stuff out of the bottle? The label is way better to look at.

S-Grassy a slight hint of hops

T-Light and refreshing, a little grassy, some sweet malts finish lingers nicely.

Overall this is a great beer that I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:49:34 | More by Arsenal11
Photo of EagleTalon


3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent mass-market German Pils. Very pale, with thin white head that fades away. Slight skunk that dissipates and gives way to sweet malt and noble hop aromas. flavor is sweet pilsner malt and grassy hops--likely hallertau. Finishes with refreshing bitterness. There are many, many beers I'd choose over The Girl but she is a solid brew that I'd buy again. Goes well with the sexy posters.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 00:25:54 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crisp clean golden appearance. Light carbonation with bright white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of light skunk, which isn’t a bad thing for me. First initial tastes of light skunk followed by slight hoppy bitterness with malts. Medium body.

This is a very drinkable beer, excellent for a macro and all the lame adv. Not a bad beer. But not one I will actively seek out.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 17:41:56 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with a half inch white head. Leaves a thin amount of lacing. Smells of husky grains, slightly of pale malt, and a good amount of floral hops. Tastes of mildly spicy, noble hops, particularly in the finish. Some sweetness from the pale malt, and a small amount of bitterness. Its highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 15:52:22 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of Knapp85


3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking golden yellow color, the head was white and fluffy. The smell of the beer had the typical German Lager aroma of some fresh grass and some aging in there too. The taste of the beer is a little grassy also and finished with a crisp clean flavor though. The mouthfeel of this one is light, crisp and clean also. Overall this brew isn't bad but I prefer the Dark Lager over this one personally.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 18:57:37 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Satanic


3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a truly wonderful beer. I believe it is a wheat beer style which is comparable to Heinekin in taste, it pours a clear see-through golden yellow with little acrid aroma and no head- although I did pour it at an angle so that it wouldn't lose too much carbonation into a regular glass as I have yet to get some good beer glasses! It has a wonderful taste and when you inhale upon drinking an aroma to match. It is a very good cheap beer, I believe I paid 3$ with tax for a pint. I also believe this has a faint after-taste of red apple, although it is barely noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:08:33 | More by Satanic
Photo of neenerzig


3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at my cousin's wedding reception last night. Pours a clear golden color. Little head and what head there is is gone rather quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Lots of little bubbles rapidly rising up to the top though for a good amount of time before leveling off. Aroma's are of some grains and hops, nothing out of the ordinary here. Taste is of some grains, hops, and maybe a few mild spices. An alright taste, but nothing special. Not all that different from a lot of lagers. In fact I used to think this beer was a lager instead of a pilsener like it actually is. Crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not surprising at all due to the bubbles discussed earlier. Very easy to drink. Nothing great of horrible here. An average pilsener.


Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 05:14:50 | More by neenerzig
Photo of veech


3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a nice palate cleanser from my usual porter/stout sessions. I hadn't tried a St Pauli Girl in many years and it was just as I remembered: very hoppy and clean with a crisp strong flavor that is expected from a German Pils. Grasslike aromas and flavors highlight this beer that is a straw yellow, moderately carbonated lager beer. It doesn't really distinguish itself from say a Becks or Carlsberg but is tasty and refreshing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 21:57:12 | More by veech
Photo of Hobbz

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, "you never forget your first girl..." True enough, what I remember most are the posters!

Very light appearance in the pilsner glass. Foam is notable at first (carefully poured, yet bottle) but lingers not at all. Smell was typical for expectations for a product from a very large German pilsner mass brewery (little "freshness" replaced with mild grassy hay as if the little carbonation bubbles emanated from a far, far away pasture and bombarded with misty clouds of beer... ok).

I found the taste clean -- good not great -- drinkable and refreshing and balanced all on the lighter side of things. It was all underplay but with taste to boot (not grainy or particularly malty, just a light light malt-sweetness with underlying hop bite). Compared with Beck's, I perceived a "whetter" beer yet still crisp (though I enjoy the crisp B's as well).

A reasonable example of macro-brewed German pilsner for the masses (as opposed to smaller, regional brews of the fine crafty "northern" German pilsners).

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 07:11:08 | More by Hobbz
Photo of blackie


3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my pilsener glass creates a low white head that quickly recedes. The beer is a pale golden hay color.

smell: There is a predominant clean grain scent that lends an ultralight sweetness to the aroma. I find a slight sulfuric aroma (not really a negative) and just a touch of noble hops. Also a hint of white bread. Not bad, and well balanced, but a little plain.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the high range, and is prickly on the tongue. The body is in the middle of the light range. Clean and dry mouthfeel.

taste: Pretty much exactly the same as the smell. Light grain sweetness, "typical" German pilsener sulfuric taste, and hops that provide a gentle bitterness and just a touch of flavor.

drinkability: Easy to drink, and not bad at all.

The bottle was part of a "German Beer Hall Tour" mix pack my dad gave me for Christmas. A best by date of 03.2006 is printed on the reverse label, followed by the code L 08259 U.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 03:08:41 | More by blackie
Photo of SargeC


3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a pure white head.

Smell: Grass, clean malt

Taste: An herbal hop character. Very light malt provides the framework the hops work around.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with a smooth fullness.

Drinkability: A very consumable, classic European brew. Seems to have lost something over the years though.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 07:04:28 | More by SargeC
Photo of kurtissellen


3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a good fingers worth of white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Light golden color that is crystal clear. Got scents of straw and grasses. First sip I tasted mildly sweet honey and some grains and ended with very small amount of hop bitterness. Extremely drinkable beer as I could probably finish off three or more of these in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 22:45:21 | More by kurtissellen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the pilfered-from-Outback 22oz. mug with a pillowy and soft snow white head. The liquid is a pale, washed-out yellow, adequately carbonated. Initial skunk hits the nose when freshly poured which seems to dissipate when exposed to air for a bit. After that, lightly grassy malty notes with slight metallic tones. The taste is very light semi-sweet maltiness, brief weak delicate hoppiness....quite watery. Finishes light, spritzy. A German lawnmower brew, that's about it. Hard to believe back in the late '70's this was what I considered "kick-ass imported beer"... how times have changed (thank God)!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 01:12:35 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Joey7F


3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like it has been bashed quite a bit around here. It is awfully reminiscent of Lowenbrau only slightly less hoppy and a little more smooth. The taste is a little grassy with a crisp finish that makes it perfect for Italian food. The mouthfeel is a little weak but it is to be expected for a pilsner.


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 04:29:25 | More by Joey7F
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