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

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St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl

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887 Ratings

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000)
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Photo of Halcyondays


3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head with surprisingly poor head retention, looks like Coors Light really and has the head retention of a pitcher of that beer, not the best start, but let's move on.

S: Quite a nice noble hopping, this bottle was not skunked. Possible Saaz, grassiness, well done here.

T: Light bready pils type malt with a nice balancing hop attack. A little more hoppy than a standard macro, but nowhere near the bracing noble hop flavour of the better German pilsners.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, tended to be flabby throughout though.

O: A solid macro pilsner, nothing to really hate of love about this beer. It's in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 22:57:08 | More by Halcyondays
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-22-2013 04:22:30 | More by XmnwildX12
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2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Why did I order this beer? Well I wasn't paying for it and I'd never tried it - win/win, right?

I though once the light-struck skunky flavor (thanks to the green bottle) cleared out of the aroma and taste, there might be something worth writing about, but I was mistaken. What was left after the most offensive, yet richest flavor vacated was a nasty sour fruit tang and only a hint of actual German lager flavor. Yes, it was there hiding in the back, light bready malts with a bit of sweetness. But for the most part I just tasted the big off-flavor that I assume St. Pauli Girl considers their trademark taste. Move along, nothing to drink here. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 14:38:41 | More by tempest
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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
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

05-08-2013 19:00:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

10-22-2013 20:07:31 | More by InspectorBob
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North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 18:58:22 | More by dbrauneis
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New Hampshire

1.53/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Skunky nose. Starts and finishes with some hops and a trace of sweetness, there is a dry metallic after taste. I don't see why this is rated as high as it is, poor example of a pilsner. Freshness date - Nov 2005. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 00:32:50 | More by jdhilt
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3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation.

Skunk got this bottle a little bit. Smells of strong grains and grass, mild perfume.

Taste is slightly sweet, has a nice fresh biscuit flavor with just the right amount of hop bite in the finish. Wonder how good this is on tap?

Mouthfeel is big for a Pilsner, Better than Pilsner Urquell in this respect.

Drinkability is really great even from a slightly skunked bottle this is delicious!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 02:22:34 | More by Zorro
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

05-12-2014 03:30:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 07:19:10 | More by DoubleJ
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, very small head, some lacing afterwards. The scent is kinda sweet malty like a pilsner. The taste is malty and sweet as well. Light body. Drinkable for a pilsner, but not the best representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 16:29:36 | More by Wasatch
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-09-2013 22:35:15 | More by ejimhof
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3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear straw yellow and a soapy head with good retention

s. Grains, wheat, noble style hops. Bready malt.
Cracker like yeastiness.]

t. Very light malt on the palate, quickly erased by a flash of grainy astringency. Hops are there for some residual bitterness. Grainy and alot of husk. Average pils.

m. Medium bodied with a crisp, dry, finish.

d. OK to drink, but for the freshest pilsners, I go local. Doesn't hold a candle to many, but when nothing fresher is around this is a good pils.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 20:29:10 | More by Stinkypuss
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

12-05-2013 02:08:49 | More by BillRoth
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2/5  rDev -30.3%

12-09-2011 04:12:37 | More by rab53
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New York

2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable German pils. I would say that it is an average representation of the style, on par with Beck's but below Dinkle Acker.

Appearance is tyical - light and foamy head with short retention and very little lacing. Smell and taste was average - no skunkiness detected.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 04:03:57 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale clear maize with a flat, sudsy white head that was quick to dissipate without leaving any lacing.

S: The nose was corn and sweet vegetables with a light musky graininess.

T: The initial flavor started out with sweet buttery corn, green vegetables and wet grains. There was a light herbal hopping detected in the middle of the palate before it finished with some grainy, husky corn and stale sourness.

M: very fizzy, overcarbonated, thin and very bland.

D: The Budweiser of german beer. thought I read this is brewed with a lager yeast which is why I thought it drank more like a macro-lager then a typical pilsner which it is described as. Horrible off flavors and packaged in a green bottle to add insult to injury. Needless to say this is a big pass an disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 23:38:18 | More by beerthulhu
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

05-25-2014 00:45:02 | More by Latarnik
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2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear bright gold with a collar of fine white foam and a smattering of soapy bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Sticky lace clung to the glass as the initial head fell after the pour. There was a sharp sulfury hop aroma immediately after popping the cap, but this dissipated quickly and left a faint maltiness and floral/spicy hoppiness behind. Didn't like the flavour so much. It started with a dirty malt character, musty, with acrid spicy hops mid-palate. The finish felt watery and all that was left was a sulfury mess. Dry and light bodied, average carbonation for the style. I thought this had promise at first, but as I had more of it I liked it less.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:10:21 | More by DrJay
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North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:21:06 | More by tdm168
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2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Coop today for $1.20.. poured into my small weizen glass.

Sorta meringue looking head atop a lite straw brew... a little sticky lacing.

Only semi skunky .... More husky than grainy .. Noticeable hops... but not enough to compare with the best German Pilsners.

Flavor is basically the same.. but very clean.. closer to a Munich Helles than a pilsner... needs more bitterness and hop flavors.

Body is fine for the style so is the carbonation.. for the most part, this is a pretty average brew... the skunkiness cuts way down on the drinkablity in this one.

Why do any brewers still use clear or green bottles? It makes no sense.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 07:39:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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1.75/5  rDev -39%

12-21-2012 19:51:51 | More by sendbeer
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3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a typical clean, clear yellow with a tall fluffy white head that had very good retention and no lacing.

The aroma is green bottle skunk. Under the skunk you can find hints of what is a nice gain aroma. The flavor also starts out with the skunk, but if you pay attention, there is a nice grain and hop taste hiding in there.

The body was typical for the style and drinkability would have been excellent, except for the skunk. I'd like to try this closer to the source sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:23:31 | More by beertunes
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3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beers as it disembarks the 12-ounce green bottle pours a transparent gold with a medium sized white head that is spumous in texture and the residual lace a thin sheet. Nose is all malt; sweet, crisp and fresh, start is quite sweet, fair to middling malt presence, the top thin. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops meek and mild, dry aftertaste, a drinkable if light beer for this old beer swiller.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 18:44:06 | More by Gusler
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