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

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 1,021
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 109 | 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 Stinkypuss
3.07/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.14/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
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! (447 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.51/5  rDev -48.3%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.86/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden, pale. Not much lacing, if at all.

S- Skunky, pretty common for German Pils most of the time.

T- Bready, got that classic bite to it.

M- Crisp, medium carbonation.

D/O- This calls for a 6 pack night as an alternative to any major corporate beer. (260 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of sulfur. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of metallic, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, hint of sulfur, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, but aroma and body are hurt by hint of sulfur and metallic notes. (514 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden almost straw color with no haze; one finger of nice white foam.

Smell: sweet malt with relatively little grain or hop aroma. A tiny hint of skunk from this green-bottled beer.

Taste: light, clean and refreshing; slightly floral, slightly spicy hops are in evidence here. A nice balance of sweet malt and clean hops flavor. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body without a whole lot of carbonation. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: a nice little Pilsner. St. Pauli Girl has earned a place as one of my band's regular session beers. (620 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.41/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a green 24 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is quite skunky and a bit offensive. Taste is crisp and finishes bitter, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels a bit bitter in the mouth. This beer does go down pretty smooth. Overall an average beer. (277 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Mar 2011

A straw gold colour with a huge head of foam.

The smell is of corn, some sweet malt, and a bit of bitterness. Standard.

Taste goes the same way, corn, sweet malt, light bitterness. Standard.

An ok brew with very few differences within the style to make it noteworthy. (288 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the green 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 12.2014-L3523202. Sampled on May 2, 2014. I figured I would go with an old classic for my 1,700th review.

It pours pale lager yellow with a fizzy white head and active carbonation that fades away fast.

Sadly - green bottle skunkiness kicks in. But once I get beyond that I do pick up a nice dose of traditional German pale malts, toasted bread, and crackers. These other elements make the skunk more palatable.

Light to medium body.

The flavor also has those pale, toasted malts but there is also a delicate sweetness that introduces itself to the mix and a clean, dryish finish. Everyone remembers their first Girl right? Well it's not my first so I remember my last. (712 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale blond color with a head that doesn't last. Smells somewhat skunky at first but I can smell the malt as well. Taste is very bready with a bitter aftertaste and not much of a flavor in-between. Average at best but nothing special and nothing I'd buy again. (267 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of bottles on sale at H.E.B. for $5.29.

Appearance- Pale lager color, moderate carbonation, average head.

Smell- Typical mainstream pilsener smell, totally average.

Taste- Crisp, with a mild honey sweetness. About what you expect a beer like this to taste like.

Drinkability- Good thirst quenching beer and easy to drink for a session.

Overall St. Pauli does an nice job with this beer, but it isn't anything spectacular. Solid, unoffensive, and easy-to-drink. (493 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is no carbonation showing (?!) and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, floral hops, corn, skunk

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it comes across as sort of watery taste wise. The flavours include corn, wheat, malts, and some light hops. There is also a bit of a metallic flavour going on. It finishes with a grainy/corn aftertaste with some slight bitterness.

Overall – Not something I would ever seek out again. It might work well as a camping beer, but even then, there are better/cheaper options. (721 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a mug...Light clear gold, decent head, lots of carbonation, super clear....The aroma and taste are both light hops, at least there is no skunk, typical macro pilsner smell there too. It tastes ok, nothing special, but very crisp and easy to drink...I'd drink this over any american macro but a lot better choices out there. (361 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has always had a special place in my heart, my first favorite good beer. Undoubtedly ingrained in my mind from the pauli girl posture that hung in our garage during my childhood. In spite of how far my beer horizons have grown, I still find myself coming back to this one time and time again, partially out of sentiment, and that I think it's a tasty, easy drinking example style. For those situations where the proletariat demands a macro lager, this always comes through. In fact, we served this at my wedding.

One of the rare times I've poured it into a glass, this time into a nonic pint, it's a pale yellow with a thin white head that quickly fades to a steady skim, fed by the steady streamers.

The aroma is moderate, raw grain, leafy hops, and a sulfur skunkiness.

The taste is also grainy and skunky, a bit of bread dough as well, with a dry, bitter, crisp noble hop finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp and the body is very light. It seems a little watery out of the glass, but I never notice this out of the bottle.

Since I like this beer, I can drink it like water. My go to cheap hot drink a lot brew, it never lets me down...while I recognize that I drank their kool-aide, it's pretty good. Indeed, some girls are unforgettable! (1,265 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
2.87/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this old school, straight outta the bottle. Piss yellow in color, no head, no lacing, no retention. Some crisp hops on the nose with no real malt aroma apart from some sort of toasted biscuit. Not appealing but not repulsive either. On the palate, there's some spicy hops up front with a strange off-flavor with some cooked vegies and corn. Dry, hoppy finish. Great carbonation and solid finish, light and very drinkable (429 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best by date printed on label of 08 2009.

A - Clear diluded yellow with a short-lived small white head. Went away very quickly only to leave the smallest ring and no trace of any lacing.

S - Skunky Heineken aroma is detectable from the pour. Light struck? Cereal grains in the background and no detectable malts. Super-light crisp hops.

T - Slightly skunky. Is it the beer or is it actually lightstruck? Dry straw and grain with a tiny splash of light hops on the finish.

M - Harsh carbonation bite and slight on the tongue.

D - Skunky but not offensive, it's a drinkable import. Enjoyable in quantity and ice cold, but not quality. (685 characters)

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