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

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BA SCORE
67
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1,018 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Germany

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 clvand0
1.99/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a bright yellow color with very little head. The aroma was very skunky to me (this is how most German Pils smell to me) - very similar to Heineken. Maybe I just got a skunky one, who knows. The taste was a little sweet and pretty hoppy. The taste isn't as skunky as the aroma leads you to think - surprisingly unskunky taste. This is a fairly smooth drink, but not too much to my liking. Much like the Heineken, I'm not too fond of it just because I don't like the taste, but I can't find anything more specific than that to describe it with. I would easily drink this if I had few options, but I prefer others.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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

12 oz green bottle

Beer pours a nice golden yellow. Some head and ok lacing.

Beer has that "green import bottle" smell. You know it, a little hops a whiff of malt and the skunkiness that seem people think relates to great beer.

Taste is not bad, but not fantastic. Fairly sweet with just enough hop bite to add some balance. Very clean finish. The skunk taste is not as prevalent as the smell would lead you to conclude. Not a beer I search out, but one I'll take if there is nothing better. And that was just the state I found myself in during my trip to Dothan, AL this week. Truly a beer wasteland!


Mouthfeel is decent but slightly thin. Drinkability is ok as long as I have no other options.

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 Andreji
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Borderline ok. not much of a smell and rather an average coloured beer with a thin and unexciting foam head. Not much of a taste rather than how should it put it...average lager style bitterness and lackey presence of any other. again, an average mouthfeel and drinkability. wont try it again.

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

Crystal clear yellow with an average white head that did not last. No lacing. Slight skunk smell from the light green bottle upon the open. The taste is really very average but has a bit of breadiness at first that is somewhat intriguing. The flavor is bittered by some fair hopping but this really not an impressive beer. The aftertaste is stronger than the thin, watery body. Not a good representative of German lagers.

Photo of beergeek279
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was suspicious of this beer based on its' T&A marketing, and it certainly didn't do much to change my thoughts. The smell was fairly acrid, similar to Grolsch. The taste was about the same........a fairly typical green bottled Euro-lager, with a very acidic taste to it. As for drinkability, I'm sure that it would be a nice light summer session brew.

At least the girl on the bottle was happy!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light, almost clear golden color, with a large, but vaporating head. Adjuncts noted on the nose, some grassy hints lingering, maybe skunky. The taste on mouthfeel are both quite thin, a grassy and grainy combined taste and feel. Just a light wheat aftertaste, smooth, yet watery. Not the worst, these are drinkable, they just thrash the palate.

Photo of Reidrover
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Skunk alert!! Bought in the 24 oz green bottle..with the famed "girl" on the label.
The appearance of the bier..is very bright yellow..has a goodly sized head which shrinks somewhat but does linger, lots of carbonation strings.
Smell is pretty fresh..smells like fresh rain water..some malts..fresh cut hay..pleasant enough
Taste thank the bier-gods this is not skunked..though the taste is far from impressive, it's acceptable. Its pretty sweetmalts to start..followed by a small hop bite at the end..its not dry . Not too bad
Pretty fizzy in the mouth due to the carbonation..little too fizzy for my tatses but its not terrible.
Quite a drinkable beer if you are thirsty.

Photo of budgood1
2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours out a dark yellow colour. thin and short lived head. no lace. doesn't even look that good. strange metallic nose. flavors of strained grain and a bitter, metallic aftertaste. dirty, earthy hops float around and contrast with the weak maltiness. rough mouthfeel. this isn't that good of a beer IMHO. although i picked up absolutely no skunkiness, it would be almost welcome to cover up some other off flavors. one of the worst euro beers ive sampled. the blonde on the label with the big...um...beer mugs kind of catches my eye though. good label, bad beer.

Photo of Pegasus
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather pale straw color with a small white head and effervescent carbonation, minor lace, poor head retention. Quite a bit of skunk in the nose as well as cracker malt and mild hops. Taste begins with a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue, cracker malt flavor is prominent, followed by slightly bitter and lingering botanical hops. Finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, better than expected. A slightly better than average example of the style.

Photo of jackndan
1.44/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

St. Pauli Girl: Truly awful. In the traditional 12 ounce green bottle, with a date of 11/03 marked somewhere on the back. Very pale yellow, with a big white frothy head, could not hide the incredible skunked aroma. The aroma was also dominant in the taste as well. This was a substantially below average beer, until about four hours later, when the skunk taste was still there. Bad.

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 Shiloh
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice light golden colour with extremly limited head.....slight skunky aroma which is most prominent on introduction to this product....the taste is of the hops and lingering.....medium body and light carbonation.....it has limited appeal.....but glad I met it.....

Photo of Morris729
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and pale straw color with a thin and bubbly white head. Nose is fresh malts and grains and is also a bit bitter. Taste is a bit bland with some malt sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing. Just like Heineken and Beck’s, this is a very average brew that is nice on a hot day.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Photo of BeerAngel
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue with a medium head that disappears rapidly. Smells slightly skunky with light earthy grains in the background. The taste consists of semi sweet grains with a twang throughout and finishes with carb bite and a light hoppy bitter. This light bodied brew is drinkable enough, but lacks alot to be desired in the character department. Prosit!

Photo of ipogios
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One the most known beers around with a nice label also. Quite refreshing and a bit of aftertaste once the whole bottle is finished. Nice brew by the Germans but not the TOP Beer someone would expect from Germany

Cheers

ipogios

Photo of putnam
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted in a single-blind format with bottles of Aass, Bitburger, Heineken, Grolsch and Warsteiner.
Lightest color of the set with a grey-yellow cast and large, beach ball-sized bubbles that can't keep a head. A nose of grain that surprisingly contains barley as well as corn and rice aromas. Something I did not expect from any of these beers. The palate is smooth with bright, honey malty notes and very mild hop bitterness. The finish is sweet and gritty and thankfully over very quickly (2-3 seconds). This was a huge disappointment. Sample came from a freshly opened case and bore an expiration date of "end 10.2002."
Conclusion: This is a marketing phenomenon, not a real beer.

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

In high school, I thought I was upscale if I drank this. Slightly better than Heinikan, with the same yellowish hue. You can barely taste the hops, but there is no bad aftertaste. This beer is definetly brewed with mass marketing in America in mind.

Photo of tang214
4.22/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good bier. It is similar to Heineken but better. It has a golden straw color to it and a clear but slightly funky skunk smell to it. The taste is just a step above Heineken. The mouthfeel and drinkability is very smooth and easy. I really enjoy this beer.

Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

St. Pauli Girl has a very small “drinkable” window. I never have the urge to drink it… unless I am at some (1/2 assed) German shindig (the ambiance is just right). Most of the time the overpowering skunkiness of the nose and taste is too much. Granted I “like” SPG more as I become a seasoned drinker but it still has along ways to go before I actually buy a 6-pack (or whatever quantity it is sold in) of this stuff.

SPG occupies all of the characteristics of an European Lager.

Imported macro-crap is usually the next step for American macro-crap drinkers. I do think it is a step above Heineken or Becks. Thus this beer is a baby step above macro-swill from anywhere.

SPG is not “stand alone good” but it is better by default.

A boobieman’s beer!

Photo of BeerBob
3.87/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Pauli Girl pours a light straw from a 24oz “Super Size” green bottle. Head is a nice foamy white and leaves lace down the side of the glass.

Nose of yeast and barley malt and palate is a clean, bright barley malt, some bitter hops, a faint sulfur yeast, and followed by a carbonation bite.

Saint Pauli Girl is a fairly good green bottle German Beer that goes well with food and friends, or all by its self.

Photo of garymuchow
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initial aroma of graininess, but turns to a fresh hops smell. Pale yellow and crystal clear. Head is fizzy and thins fairly quickly. Taste is a little grainy and a little sweet at the start. Has appropriate dryness and crispness for style. Mildly lingering dryness. Thinner feel, but plenty of carbonation. There are better beers for style, but this is drinkable and I doubt I'll turn it down it offered.

St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.