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

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 69 | 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 woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

Photo of aeminter
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, light light gold, persistent head with some lacing
S - Nondescript, faint malt and maybe some DMS...there is a slight metallic smell
T/M - Highly carbonated, clean, faint Pilsener malts, light bodied, little to no hop presence

To be honest I'm a little disappointed. Well, at least I'm nice and hydrated for my next review.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very grainy, corny taste to this one with a foul twinge on the backend. I presume those were hops. Skunky smell and very fizzy yellow, although a bit of head forms. Some German Pilsner qualities, pretty easy to drink, believe it or not. Cheaply priced, as compared to say, 20 years ago. I think if this were in a brown bottle, it may not be as skunked and may be a decent brew.

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

12oz single from the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. $1.25

A: Pale fizzy yellow, with a white head, not much retention, and no lacing. Excellent clarity, a few bubbles moving around in there.

S: Skunk, mineral water, a little bit of pilsener malt, not much else.

T: Fairly sweet and minerally, with a hint of noble hop bitterness, fairly malty with just a hint of hops. Pretty standard, still better than an American macro lager.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, dry, and slick.

D: Actually a pretty easy to drink beer, but not incredibly flavorful. Decent, and definitely something I would drink if put in the situation where there was nothing else that sounded appealing. Get rid of the damn green bottles!

Photo of vdread
1.51/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

St. Pauli Girl
bottle to glass

pale yellow, no lace. smells like a skunk. tastes worse, like corn and rotten cabbage. mouthfeel like water, drinkability very low.

i had two of these, both of which were skunked. quite a disgusting beer. a friend had to finish both for me.

Photo of nicksta
3.61/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance is an extremely light gold with an airy head that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Extra points for being the clearest beer I've ever seen.

The smell is light maltiness and a hint of skunky euro-lager yeast. Clean, but only because there isn't enough here.

The taste is light malts and a hint of hops and yeast at the end. Very crisp.

The mouthfeel actually has a decent body to it -very clean - and the drinkability is good. Really good. I'm talking mini keg to your self good.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of ProudGreen89
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint mug

A-clear golden straw in color, foamy head that settles down to a 1 finger for about a minute and leaves a thin skiff ontop, loose and slippery lacing, fades to almost none once half way done with the beer.

S-grassy hops are present along with a very light malty scent, theres a definite bread scent behind the citrus note if you give it a hard sniff. leaves alot to be desired in the nose.

T-malts are there on the front of the tongue, bready taste lingers along with a bitterness that hits the back of the tongue along with some light citrusy compliments. finishes a bit dry.

M-crisp, a little dry, its light bodied with considerable carbonation, bubbly and vibrant.

D-I like this lager, if it was priced right i would buy it again, it would be a good beer to go with lamb or rabbit. the crispness and bubbly feeling on the tongue reminds me of drinking a soda so it could also be a nice refreshing beer on a hot day.

Photo of imanidiot777
2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light gold, mediocre head doesn't stay too long, a little lacing but not much.

S: A little hoppy, no malts, not really good at the smells though.

T: Skunky, a little hoppy, definitely no malts, lacking complexity.

M: Good carbonation level but that is about it. Not really unrefined or anything though.

D: Don't like the way it goes down, it is a little rough.

Photo of Goldfish19
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

~ 12 oz bottle. I will start out by saying I love German beers, so my review on this one may be a little biased. With that said, for a mass-produced beer, this is a simple German Pilsner. Best enjoyed ice cold on a hot summer day, and is very refreshing. I guess I am a sucker for great marketing campaigns because a beautiful blonde woman in a mini skirt holding an ice cold bottle of this stuff will always catch my attention :-)

PS- Google: Katarina Van Derham (St. Pauli's Girl 2009 Spokesmodel) and if you have already rated this beer, then re-rate. You may just find your new overall score to be a point or two higher! ~

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.07/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alas, when did the beer wench go out of style and why don't we see them more often on bottles? Huzzah. Clear hay color with typical lager fizzle itself out head.

Aroma is of green apple peel, sugar and pear. Taste is light with a thin, sharp crispness that I'm not a fan of. Sudden and fleeting noble hop cry for help in back. Fairly flavorful light grain, and pear. Even bad German lagers aren't that bad.

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.51/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and viewed a nice clear golden/amber color. Decent 1.5 inch head. Retention was adequate. Decent lacing and retention during the drinking period.

Crisp aroma of wheat bread and cut grass.

Taste is mild/light. Smooth up front with a hint of sweetness and a mellow hop bitterness at the end like a lemon rind on the back of the tounge. Malts do seem a bit watered down but definitely present with a sweet bread like feel up front.

Light to medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. Flavor doesn't cling to the palate too much making it seem a bit thinner than it really is.

Good drinkability, definitely a session beer. Low abv with decent flavor. Not the tastiest lager around but not bad either.

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.97/5  rDev +38.3%
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.

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.

Photo of gpogo
3.14/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
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).

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.

Photo of bmwats
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mcampanella
3.33/5  rDev +16%
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.

St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.