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

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889 Ratings

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 43 | 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:
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Photo of tone77


3.1/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 21:54:46 | More by tone77
Photo of Bookseeb


3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is light golden in color with a thin crisp head. Smell has a light clean aroma of grain and hops. Taste is malty with light hop bite. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and light body. Overall a good brew, a bit bitter as a session for me, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 00:21:14 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden, clear color with a small head.

Smell: Some malt smell with maybe a hint of hops; kind of funky. Not great, but not offensive.

Taste: Given the smell, I was expecting something more overpowering. However, I found it to be kind of sweet and very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. Not much here.

Drinkability: I think this is a pretty good beer. It's not the best thing I've ever had, but I could drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:37:52 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 00:00:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of MadTown1000


3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong hops are obvious from the moment the bottle is opened. Pours a pale yellow, similar (maybe a touch lighter) to an American macro like, say, a Miller Lite. Foam is a bit more durable, though. Not really any cloudiness at all. The hops are present smelled out of the glass as well. It's a smell I tend to associate with German lagers (Beck's especially) - smells like quality.

The hops aren't quite as forward in the taste, although they're still there. A little bit of sweetness, and a littler bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue. No heavy malt. I can taste a lot more carbonation than I can see. All in all, very comparable to Beck's, a favorite of mine. It's not a work of art, but quite good all around. Just don't let "Pilsener" fool you into thinking you're getting Milleresque blandness - if that's what you want, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 02:56:04 | More by MadTown1000
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 gpogo


3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light gold, brilliantly clear. Large white head. Head dissipates a bit, but remains a respectful half centimeter thick.

A- Skunky more than anything, this worries me. I hope I don't regret taking a sip of this.

T- Crisp, moderately dry finish. Light bitterness. Slight skunkiness, but very light. Slightly sweet malt.

M- Light body, low to medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

D- Very refreshing beer. I just wish it was handled a bit better to avoid that skunkiness. I'd gladly drink this over a macro anyday. However compared to other german lagers I've had, this lacks a bit of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 01:38:16 | More by gpogo
Photo of tugdriver7


3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised but not by its complexity. Obviously fresh, extremely mild hops (less skunk than expected) scent in the nose when poured; but the similarity with its "sister" pilsner, the "green bottle" Beck's brewed in the same Bremen brewery ends there. Very drinkable, smooth beer with a fresh malt flavor and a delicate hops bitterness (emphasis on delicate). I didn't find it too sweet, but it's definitely a touch sweet. Perfect carbonation and absolutely good drinkability. Decent stuff!! I don't have evidence of this, but as St. Pauli is brewed in the Beck's Brewery in Bremen and sold only in the US, I am convinced (after side-by-side taste tests) that St Pauli is the closest thing you'll get in the US to Beck's Gold (if it isn't the same exact product).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:22:57 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of PsychoJedi


4.25/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I am bias about this beer. This is the second import I ever tried in my life way back in the underage days. A friend who was an exchange student introduced me to it. As far as "quantity" (not quality) is concerned, it is the number one import that I buy. In a way, St. Pauli Girl planted the seed that grew into my culture of drinking many types of beer.

The beer pours a lighter golden color with a huge head. Very huge head and I pour beer correctly. Also, it is by far not the first time I have poured it so I knew what to expect. The smell is the benchmark I hold for German beers. A bias high marks for it. The taste is a little on the weak side compared to other German beers. What it lacks in taste (for German beers), it make up in drinkability. I would guess that it is a popular hard drinking beer in Germany, but I can not confirm that.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:55:15 | More by PsychoJedi
Photo of bmwats


2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into an imperial pilsner.

A: A medium golder color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 3 finger, frothy, white head. Tons of bubbly carbonation is pervasive. Head slowly settles into a little blanket of foam on the surface of the brew. Thick beer-ring lacing remains.

S: Heavy malt, a little yeast, and hay.

T: Kind of a sweet yet steely malt. There's also a subtle lemon-lime.

M: Light body, carbonation is prominent. Has something of a watery texture almost like (I hate to say it) backwash.

D: Decent. Light body, and the flavor is not offensive.

Atmosphere might be the best part of this one. Has a really solid look at least. Nose, flavor, and feel, are all okay. Decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 02:47:50 | More by bmwats
Photo of pmcadamis


3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden transparent brew with a very small and short lived head. There is no lace to be found anywhere on the glass. This is a nice medium golden hue, but its pretty bland looking. Is the big-boobie girl on the bottle supposed to distract us from the plain-jane liquid found inside?

S - Clean and crisp. Slightly salty, but it lacks that saltine cracker note that I expect to find in a German pils. There isn't much to smell here really.

T - This is stronger in flavor than it is in aroma. This has a nice bitter noble hop flavor with a sweet and light caramel malt note (think Worther's Originals, but diluted in a glass of water). While I wouldn't call this "hoppy" per se, hops are definitely featured in this well rounded and mellow (if a bit boring) brew.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and mildly refreshing. A little bit of sour/bitter hop notes pop up on the back of the tongue and make you want another sip.

D - This is built for session drinking on the cheap. I found a 12 pack at Meijer for $10.99 (that's less that eleven dollars!) so I broke down and bought this stuff. I would pick it up again for the same reason I did this Memorial Day weekend... to wash down a few dogs and serve to friends that "forgot" to bring their own beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 04:49:53 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of mcampanella


3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into clear glass at dinner

Appearance - classic filtered pilsener look. clear, golden, very fitered. Nice two finger head which settles. Visible carbonation. Nice color. enticing.

Smell - hops, grain. Pleasant aroma.

Taste - very bitter aftertaste. Carbonation makes the beer sharp, perhaps excessively so. Note: the second beer was almost completely flat! could have gotten a bad beer, but the change in carbonation was amazing.

Mouthfeel - excessive carbonation. goes down smooth regardless.

Drinkability - a bit bitter, but definitely a good beer. No problem finishing this six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:33:41 | More by mcampanella
Photo of Monsteruss


3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When pouring from this oversized 1 pint bottle, the foam was very light wheat in color, bubbly and dissapated somewhat quickly which produced a small ring of foam till the end. The color was golden yellow. The smell had a nice hops and wheat ballance with a flowery hint. The taste was smooth, had a light wheat tone, some fruitiness and somewhat dry. Mouthfeel - crisp and light-bodied. Drinkability - clean, crisp and dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 20:20:29 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of PirateUlf73


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

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Very clear, light yellow color with a moderate white head. Retention was slightly better than expected, as the head stayed around for a few minutes. Lacing wasn't half bad either.

S: Some light malt and a touch of hops. Not a whole lot going on though.

T: Decent hoppy presence and a modest malt backing, along with a slightly metallic flavor, while though unexpected and definitely noticeable, was not the deal-breaker that I anticipated it might.

M: Light-bodied and fairly highly carbonated. Finishes very clean with nary and aftertaste to speak of.

D: An easy drinker. A decent, sessionable pilsner.

Nothing spectacular. Just a nice, kick-back of a pilsner. The green bottle made ma a bit apprehensive at first, but the flavor was not as bad as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, this is very much an average beer, but it's not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 06:57:05 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of donteatpoop


3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a very light golden color with a very light head. The carbonation seems to be well balanced and the brew goes down smoothly. The aroma is lightly skuntastic. Very drinkable, but not the biggest on taste. The hop and malt balance seems completely out of wack.

But there is a total babe on the label serving two foamy mugs of lager; surely that is noteworthy. Sometimes, if I've been drinking entirely too much St. Pauli Girl, I will start to hit on the girl on the label. But she won't talk to me. I think that maybe I creep her out. But if I creep her out, why is she smiling? Oh the things I would do to you...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:26:49 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of Vonerichs


2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tonight was "leftover night" in the fridge.

Very light straw color w/ medium average white head that goes away w/in a couple minutes, leaving this looking like a glass of yellow water.

Not much present in the smell besides grain and a touch of lemon.

Same with the taste + some skunky yeast.

Ok mouthfeel. Nothing to complain about but nothing to be excited about either. Pretty light on the carbonation and a little watery.

Goes down very easy and is a decent alternative to BMC options, but I wouldn't go as far as saying it's better... just different.

A very average beer that I wouldn't pick if given a choice, but certainly wouldn't turn it away either.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:32:18 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Brenden


3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this one with some friends quite a while ago, so I had to pick one up just to try so it could be fresh in my mind for a review.

This one pours a clear golden-yellow. There's a whitish head, just more than one finger, that doesn't last very long. Lacing is minimal.

The scent is predominantly hops with perhaps a slight undertone of grain and yeast.

The taste translates accurately enough; hops and yeast. There is an underlying skunkiness, though, and the flavor is a bit weak.

The body is light to medium and carbonation is moderate.

If you're sometimes forced to hang out with people who drink Corona, Bud, or Miller, you'll be glad is some of these are around. If you hang out with hopheads, though, you won't really want this one around. Pretty middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 16:05:18 | More by Brenden
Photo of projectflam86


3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours clear golden color with nice off white 2 finger head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. The bubbles look inviting!

S- Hoppy nose without any other scents coming out.

T- Decent blend of malt and hops with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Crisp and light with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall a beer that is pretty easy to drink but isn't the best thing out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 00:58:07 | More by projectflam86
Photo of njthebestofme

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i really love this beer.. i enjoy getting a 12 pack with my buddies hanging out a bsing.. looking at her.. shes a cutie..
light yellow when poured..
tastes smooth.. not over powering with hops or malts..
you can have more then 4 or 6 cand still keep on going and not get a dry palate
overall.. drink it

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 05:59:36 | More by njthebestofme
Photo of PatronWizard


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

Yeah. Well. Yeah.

Pours a darker shade of yellow, bordering on morning wizz, which, depending on the previous evening can approach neon orange. Cute head from a hard pour that holds out longer than a macro.

Smells like heineken.

Skunky taste but not too strong. Marginal flavor at best.

Moderate carbonation - much better than rude carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall: run of the mill

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 23:57:02 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of albern


2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an eminently bland beer, and you'll really have to strain to pick out the redeeming qualities of the beer. It isn't bad, it is drinkable, but it really is transparent and weak. It pours a very pale yellow with a nice creamy head that retains a bit and laces nicely. The nose is some harsh malts and mostly just a sulfery smell. As the beer settles, it gets a little musty as well.

The taste is slightly drying towards the finish, almost salty. There is a definite a metallic or sulfery taste to the beer, and there is an ever so slight lemony quality to this lager. There is a slight corn, cooked grain quality to the beer, and a tinge of sweetness once things warm. When the beer is cold, there is more dryness and saltiness in the finish. As it settles, more sweeter malts emerge. This is an okay beer, bland, drinkable, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 00:51:54 | More by albern
Photo of HalfFull


2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw, rather clear, and with a half inch of white head. Retention is brief however, settling to a light film on the surface of the beer. Then nothing but water.

Smells of light malts and a bit of noble hops but is overall rather light in presence. Taste is opposite in that it is a bit sweet and with a light carbonation. This beer deteriorates with exposure, drink it from the bottle I would recommend.

This beer is sweeter and less hoppy than I recall back in the days of yore. Surely another victim of mass marketing. Similar to, yet not as robust as Becks.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 06:36:46 | More by HalfFull
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
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Running out of beers to try and I have been avoiding this one but the time has come, alas:

Poured from a bottle into a shaker.

Pours a light straw with an active half finger head that diminishes and disappears almost immediately, no stick.

Aroma is the green bottle skunked hops aroma that you get from some of these types of "imports" not necessarily bad, but VERY strong and overpowers the grain bill completely. The light struck hop aroma pretty much covers the spectrum and reaches out and grabs you from feet away.

Flavor is not what I expected, moderately crisp and bready. Musty yeast notes come through on the biscuity flavor that hints at sweetness, but not too much. Hop flavor is a little off, it gives one the sense that a small amount of hops were boiled into oblivion to extract every little micron of hop oil, and then left to get light-struck in a green bottle. The flavor is not a bad lager yeast, grainey flavor. It's just not great.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, about on par with most lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 00:09:31 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of CityBoy1986


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pils. glass

Poures a clear golden yellow. The off-white head is gone very quickly with no lacing.

Grass, vegetables and maybe a little citrus make up the nose. The taste is more of the grass with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and heavily carbonated. The drink goes down very easily, and this could make a good session beer.

This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a good one, either. At least a skunky flavour when I first opened the bottle disappeared after a few minutes. The best thing it has going for it is its drinkability. I won't be seeking this one out again (not that it is that hard to find).

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 18:14:48 | More by CityBoy1986
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67 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.