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

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 1,036
Avg: 2.89
pDev: 34.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 118 | 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 UCLABrewN84
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 12/2012.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy 1/2 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip down the glass on the drink down. Smell is very skunky up front but this gives way to some grain and slightly vegetal aromas. Taste is mainly of grain with some vegetal and slightly skunky flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but the smell is quite skunky.

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Photo of metter98
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are slightly stronger. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a hint of crispness and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing interesting about this beer that would want me want to try it again; the taste is very bland for the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw color with a white head that has some decent retention though not much lacing. The nose brings some light grain and corn. The taste is corn, straw, grain, and some very faint hops. Light feel with pretty strong carbonation. Not really tasty and really nothing going for it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic straw yellow with a handful of fine bubble streams leading from glass bottom to bright white head. And a fine looking lid it is too. Tight-bubbled, finely pitting, persistent and better than average in the lace department. No matter what my other senses are about to experience, St. Pauli Girl looks good.

It wasn't surprising in the least that crown removal brought a mini-blast of skunk to my nose. Yet another green-bottled European lager. How's this for a slogan: "P.U. from the E.U." Nah, they probably wouldn't sell much beer with that. The nastiness fades quickly and I'm left with a bland, mildly grain-like, mildly musky hoppiness that doesn't offend.

Ditto St. Pauli Girl's flavor, although offensiveness is starting to trickle in at the edges. There isn't much barley malt present, which means very little sweetness to cut the moderately harsh bitterness of the Hallertau hops. What alpha acids are present (not many) are essentially unopposed by malt sugars.

I don't have much to say about the body/mouthfeel. Not much that's good anyway. It's light (maybe light-medium) for the style and is too finely fizzy. A more pleasurable mouthfeel would have gone a long way toward increasing drinkability.

The brewery says that 'you never forget your first girl'. That's true, but I have forgotten my first St. Pauli Girl. And my second and my third and my fourth. I drank SPG and SPG Dark on occasion years ago, but the flavor profile isn't familiar. More to the point, this isn't a beer that I want to remember from this point forward. I'd like to quickly forget what is sure to be my last (St. Pauli) Girl.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had these numerous times and decided to finally review it.

A - It poured out a golden yellow color, highly carbonated with a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grains, corn and light caramel malt.

T - It tasted fairly sweet and of a grain-like flavor.

M - It was relatively crisp and smooth. A light-bodied lager.

D - This is pretty descent. It works in a pinch at a family gathering where people think imports=great beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

and so it begins another adventure down the road of the bottom of the barrel. stopped in the store on the way home and grabbed a few more tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

one of the classics, i grew up with this one and what more can i say about it. had to throw one in the cart tonight. the highly carbonated light amber pour produces a huge head of white that quickly drops off. aroma is full of grain, lots of bready notes, hints of light, very light euro hops and tons of malt. each sip is clean, crisp, clear and refreshing. nothing great about this beer, but its simplicity and ability to stay true to form should be commended. light aftertaste has a touch of corn and a light crispness that make you go back for another round.

overall not the best, never will be but for what it is, it works, word order it in a pinch over 95 percent of this list.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow body with a smallish, white head. Pretty standard.

Smell: Unpleasantly grainy-scented nose with some faintly sweetish hints and vague floral tones. It's no altogether encouraging, really.

Taste: As expected, it's just a coarsely grainy malt character with some noticed traces of extra sweetness. Meager hints of spice imparted by the Hallertau hops, though no more than a smidgen of bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's one of those beers that's instantly forgettable. If nothing else, at least this bottle wasn't riddled with skunk!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a fresh 24 oz. bottle directly out of a sealed case (not skunked!). An absolutely crystal clear straw-gold body is capped by a creamy bright-white head of foam. The head retention is fairly good, but it eventually drops to just a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Thin lacing, however, is left throughout most of the glass. The nose is limited, but displays a light touch of herbal/spicy hops amidst sweet malt. The body is light/medium and it's mildly crisp and then lightly creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor displays a low level hop flavor and underlying bitterness that's tightly woven within a softly sweet malt. It's so well intertwined, in fact, that the beer seems almost one-sided. Of course, that does lend somewhat to a "give me more" drinkability. It appears to include andjunct, but the bottle label clearly states that it's "brewed in strict accordance with the German purity law of 1516". If that's actually true, I'm sure they must be using a good deal of highly undermodified "chit" malt as the flavor seems lacking in any real "grainy" character. It finishes dry with a subtle lingering note of sweet malt that's eventually backed up by a low bitterness. As much as it's not a great beer from Germany, it's still a pretty decent European-style lager. It's clean and exceptionally well balanced.

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Photo of jlindros
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's time for another "Good Idea, Bad Idea". Good idea, drinking and reviewing awesome beers on BA. Bad idea, the existence of this beer. Well it's that time again, time for another Jared's Bad Beer Review. In this session, St. Pauli Girl, what I remember as being the most foul thing I've ever put into my mouth from years ago, the first and only time I've ever touched this thing. I almost wanted to skunk it more for the fun, but why bother. It's bad enough I'm sure. They even have the date on there, best by 03/2012, so it can't be that bad, can it?!

And the cap is removed, no going back now. The pour yields a pasty white 1.5 finger fizzy but creamy semi thick but bubbly head, reminiscent of albino sperm, and fades with actual sperm like lacing. The beer is more clear than Boston water, less brown as well, it's golden colored like a fake tan.

Nose, well not quite as bad as I remember actually. I'm a little turned off by not throwing up as I breath it in. It's actually somewhat breathable. I get some faint cracked straw and pilsner like malts, that breath a light juiciness almost as if it were at one point made with actual beer. Just a hint of skunked lager, not much by way of horridness actually. Granted I did pull this right out of a non-light penetrating case from a fridge, and directly into my fridge so very little light exposure. A light Bavarian malt aroma really seals the deal as an actual beer. Even the hops... wait just kidding, no hops were harmed in the making of this beer.

Taste goes down hill a bit, but again not the super skunked re-vomited anal leakage I remember it being. It is pretty watery, more so than most German pilsners (real ones that is). Light cracked straw blends with watered pilsner malt and a hint of sweetness to bring real flavor to it. A decent lager crispness as well, but no real fruity flavors. As it rolls off my tongue faster and smoother than water (as it mostly it just water), the light flavor and mostly lack of flavor turn to a light hint of bitterness, with maybe a hint of grassy hops, I think they waved the 10 year old hops over the beer and a few lupulin glands fell in. Then a bit of a metallic twinge kicks in, just when I thought this beer was actually going to be refreshing. The metallic flavor really lingers making me have to go back and sip more so the watered down straw is overpowering the "just chewed on tin foil" flavor and now my mind is bringing the feel of it as well. Oy!

Mouth is practically non-existant, FG of like 0.080, and actually not much carbonation either.

Overall not as bad as I thought. The metallic flavor on the finish is the real downfall, but not really skunked, and not a huge mess either. I'm glad I tried this again, and did a full review. Perhaps I should give other piss beers a try again. This I would say is worlds better than the macro swill of U.S., and to tell the truth, I'm a little glad it surprised me in a good way. And hell, at least I got some entertainment out of writing this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast. There's a little bit of sweetness from the thin malt character. There's a decent hops presence but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down easily since it's pretty light, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Jason
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.13/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: a party somewhere.

First thing that comes to mind is people going: "Wooo!" Pours nicely into a red Solo cup, a clear, watery, straw-yellow, with fizzy bubbles and a small head that recedes to practically nothing. Weak scents of light grains and green-bottle skunk. Pretty much the same in the taste, grains, rotten hay, skunk, with faint hints of something that could be hops. Light mouthfeel, and not very drinkable at all unless you're drunk already.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

710 ml bottle. I'm in it for the long haul.
A toothsome, buxom blonde hoisting a quartet of mugs, smiling broadly, on the label. Who am I to say no to her?

transparency's of the faintest tints of yellow...under a thin slice of whitish foam, eventually evaporating...there, it goes...

odd aroma...lemony, sour, almost pee-like, honestly...not that great...

Taste 'er...lightness' acme, vapidity's paramount...wafts in and out of the mouth with alarming alacrity...virtually no flavor, no character, nothing to give it any reason to exist...but, apparently, people must like that...

Very grainy, slight grit in the mouthfeel, but you get the feeling they made an amazingly minimal use of any kind of hops or malt. Weirdly watery, taste, what it is, getting fouler the longer it sits in the mouth.

Not good. Not at all.

They do give work out to some attractive Playboy models who might otherwise be forced to go naked for their paycheck, so that's something.

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Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that soon disappears.

The smell is of grass and sulfur.

The taste is of grass, sulfur, some oily slickness. Sweet malt with some slightly metallic hops. Sweet, oily finish.

There is something of a crispness to it. Overall, fairly smooth. Chemicalish aftertaste.

An average-ish green-bottled, boring Euro-lager. Not much of a pilsner, but ok. Pretty easy to drink. Not "bad", there are worse - but there are better. A better pick than Heineken or Beck's, but...

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Photo of drabmuh
2.09/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a stange from a green bottle, morons. Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is mildly sulfur, and pretty sweet.

Beer is grainy and oddly bitter with a sulfurish aftertaste, its mildly sweet up front but carbonation in the mouth is minimal. This is a train wreck of a beer, if possible the NA version of this beer is actually better.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready and cereal grain malts with moderate to strong odors of skunk.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready and cereal grain malts with just a light amount of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Nothing special here and since they use green glass bottles, it suffers the fate of the skunk. Not a lot of flavor in this beer so I will not likely be picking it up again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale gold with a thin lacing of loose, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - musty, corn, skunky

T - musty, grainy, corn-like sweetness, grassy, faintly bitter

M - smooth, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a pretty typical euro lager. It's musty, skunky, comes in a green bottle, and has a rather simplistic flavor. Nothing special to report here. I'll avoid in the future.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brilliantly clear, straw gold color, topped by a thin, pale white head that quickly disappears despite a reasonable carbonation. Sweet malt aromatics, lightly spicy hop aromatics. Actually smells a bit of sweet corn, despite the fact that I think it is all malt.

Quite dry tasting, thought there is a touch of sweet malt here as well. This beer is quite balanced towards the bitter side of the spectrum; with quite a nice hop bite in the finish. There is a soft, dry, almost dusty grain character to it. Quite light on the palate, though it does have some presence, including a lingering bitterness. Certainly there is nothing objectionable about this beer; clean, with not objectionable flavors at all. Perhaps not my cup of tea, but when handed this beer, which I was, I will certainly drink it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While typing my review of this German Pilsner, I'm going to play some Beethoven to fit the theme. Now if only I had some sauerkraut to go along with this. Let's get on to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, an average foamy head rises from the straw colored body. Now the question is whether the beer is skunked. Why, yes it is. Pepe LePew crawls out of the beer along with his grain and minor herb note smells. There's a mild malt profile followed and dominated by skunked hops. The beer feels light with a tingly, slight seltzer feel.

I had a 24 ounce bottle of this to drink. It was okay, I guess. After awhile though, I lost my interest in this brew. Nothing to really wow about here other than that fact it's imported from Germany.

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St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
68 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.