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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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883 Ratings

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 37 | 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 Brad007


3/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:39:11 | More by Brad007
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In college this was basically an exotic beer choice...my, how we grow...

Pours a glossy, glassy yellow with good clarity and a fluffy two-finger head. The head dies quickly, leaving splotches of lace as it drops.

Aroma is boiled wilted veggies, sweet corn, grain husk, honey.

The flavor has its plusses and minuses. The good parts are a big malt character up front, a nice bite from the hops (Saaz?), and a faint sticky caramel in the finish. Then the bad: a funky, almost skunky flavor pervades, with that corn/sugar adjunct ickiness that too often dominates bad US macros.

Since this is often the best choice on lame beer menus or lame grocery store selections, it's not entirely without its place in beerworld. But it's nothing I'd ever seek out, and depending on mood, I can see passing this up in favor of no beer at all. In a pinch, it can be enjoyed...otherwise...nah.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 21:58:21 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of sudz42


4/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's interesting that Beck's and St. Pauli have the exact same rating here at BA. However I'm finding that, notwithstanding it's more limited distribution and lack of 12-er cans, it is a better drink than Beck's. There's more malt and the typical macro bitterness is replaced by detectable Salz.

I used to drink this when I was young, and along with Dab, Warsteiner, Paulaner, "the girl" had a special place. Going on memory, except for a recent 6 of Warsteiner, the girl is the cheapest, closest thing to a Munchen beer-hall lager readily available. If there were 12-er cans it would be my go-to macro, along with Pilsner Urquell.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 14:07:43 | More by sudz42
Photo of mooseisloose


3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Missing the foil over the cap that I always grew to appreciate. However the top label is still foil. Smell is characteristic for a pilsner, sweet, but reserved. The taste is also sweet and dry with a very slight semibitter hopping. Classic of a German brew of this style. Carbonation is good not too much, not too little. This beer has a good yet not overwhelming flavor and be dranken with just about any food, anytime. The AC is good for flavor but not too high allowing this beer to continue to refresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 22:36:09 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of biggmike


2.6/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average. Again, not my preferred style of beer, as I'm more of an ale man. No distinctive flavor. Better than American macro-brews. Skunky aroma, why the green bottles? Poured golden with head that dissipated pretty quickly. Mouthfeel was thin. Would have again if free.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 21:03:43 | More by biggmike
Photo of Lothore


3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- This beer is golden yellow, very clear, with a huge amount of carbonation. There is a nice, albeit fizzy, head.

S- The smell is a bit yeasty, nondistinct sweetness, with a slight skunkiness.

T- Very light bodied malty sweetness and a small mettallic tinge.

M- Mouthfeel is fairly thick for a macro and very fizzy.

D- This beer, while not amazingly complex, is one of my favorite session beers. Its very light and easy to drink, while having an excellent taste that keeps me from being bored after drinking a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 01:48:13 | More by Lothore
Photo of ccrida


4.43/5  rDev +53.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 00:08:48 | More by ccrida
Photo of WillieMoe


2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color was not bad, pouring a hazy light gold, with a quickly dissolving head. Their is a hint of skunky smell, mixed with maltiness. The malty taste is predominant in this brew. It is a bit dry and bitter going down. This is not something I will probably ever drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 14:52:57 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of bboven


2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overlying skunkiness and not a lot of flavor excepting some bitterness at the very back of the tongue. Looks like apple juice. Tastes like a bolder Heineken. I don't think I'll buy this one again. Really never had a great beer out of green glass yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 20:37:41 | More by bboven
Photo of Leebo2007

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a entry level for Germany Beer 101. It has a fruity, licorish flavors. It has all of the great characteristics of Germany breweries. It has a very bubbly texture and the golden brown color is so true to what a beer chould look like.

This beer holds a special place in MY heart. It was the first beer I ever had when I was 15 years old.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:53:33 | More by Leebo2007
Photo of jar2574


2.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very clear, can see right through it. Looks like an American lager. Poor head retention.

It does have a scent, but not that pleasant. Hops and a bit of skunkiness.

Not good taste, bitter skunkiness. Too watery as well.

Nothing much to reccomend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:41:37 | More by jar2574
Photo of giblet


2.9/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pretty good beer. like the label too! not the best of a German beer but certainly worth a try!

light enough that you can have 2 or 10 and not be completely full. i dont find this as often as i used to so i pick it up when i do. a nice change from the same ole same ole!

give it a try and dont drool on the label!

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 11:16:23 | More by giblet
Photo of robocrouch


1.78/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my pint glass from the bottle a golden yellow/piss color with almost no head and plenty of carbonation bubbles. It smells like a skunky corny macro with a little malt. The taste is very much like the smell. The biggest flavor is that corny skunk but it finishes very clean.

Overall it is just another below average euro lager. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 01:40:14 | More by robocrouch
Photo of session1979


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

Appearance: Crisp yellowish color with bubbles of carbonation racing towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Not necessarily an aroma bomb but there are some hops and big grain smell on the nose.

Taste: Clean and crisp, nothing to write home about. Some light grain, roasted corn and hops are present here.

Mouthfeel: As was expected it was a bit thin and quite carbonated.

Drinkability: Slam a 6er on the front 9 drinkable.

Thoughts: If I take everything into consideration (price, rarity, type of beer, etc) I think this is pretty decent. Especially if you are looking for a summer beer and don't want to follow the crowd and start stuffing citrus fruit into clear bottled skunk ass beer. Give this one a shot while on the boat or the beach.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 02:18:27 | More by session1979
Photo of allengarvin


3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear straw-gold color with a small head. Grainy malt aroma, with but the slightest hint of hops. Flavor is likewise bland, with fairly ordinary and light malt, modest bitterness at best, and a clean flavorless finish. Crisp, light body and texture.

Just goes to show Reinheitsgebot is no guarantee of flavor or drinkability in a beer. Together with Lowenbrau, one of Germany's blandest beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 02:16:07 | More by allengarvin
Photo of afinepilsner


3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle

St. Pauli Girl Lager was light golden in color with good clarity. It had a bubbly white head that dissipated to a thin ring before long. The aroma was light grain, malt, and hops with a touch of skunk. The taste was light malt and little grainy with some hops and a dry finish. It was medium-light in body with good carbonantion. Overall it was a decent beer that was crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 22:23:01 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of waldowin


2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin yellow, not unlike hard cider. Very little head, which fades instantly. Some visible carbonation.

Smell is of wet hops, and very slightly sour.

Taste is light, moderately carbonated. Semi-sweet, the smallest hint of grains, and a taste of hops. Balanced, if not a tiny bit astringent and sour.
Very easy to drink, and probably decently sessionable, I'm just not inspired enough to want more.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 05:44:27 | More by waldowin
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle poured in a pint glass. Enjoyed on Maui.

Pale yellow & clear. Thin cap on the pour recedes to almost nothing. Just a trace of a white ring on the outside.

Aroma of noble hops and toasty malt. Lightly sweet and bready with touches of skunk hop.

Bright taste. Nicely balanced toasty malt and noble hops at the start with a slight bready background. Refreshing. Even throughout. Aftertaste doesn't hang around too long, but it's mostly noble hops and light sweetness.

Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mild hop bite.

Very drinkable and refreshing. A pleasant, uncomplicated beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 23:56:23 | More by Noxious26
Photo of jwc215


3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that soon disappears.

The smell is of grass and sulfur.

The taste is of grass, sulfur, some oily slickness. Sweet malt with some slightly metallic hops. Sweet, oily finish.

There is something of a crispness to it. Overall, fairly smooth. Chemicalish aftertaste.

An average-ish green-bottled, boring Euro-lager. Not much of a pilsner, but ok. Pretty easy to drink. Not "bad", there are worse - but there are better. A better pick than Heineken or Beck's, but...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 12:39:57 | More by jwc215
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do not care what others on BA have to say about this. After a long doubleheader of softball, this and a slice a pizza was absolutely perfect. Sweeter than many German pilsners, very easy to drink, and no real flaws, I think I'll try to keep a sixer of this in the house of the course of the season.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 03:16:13 | More by Backer2004
Photo of stephendr


2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of straw yellow , with a thin off white head – crisp nose of sweet yellow corn , wet grass , faint bubblegum , and mild hops – sharp taste of grain , hay , and mild bitterness- body is sharp , lactic , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of skunk , mild bitterness , gummy , and bubblegum

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 06:08:15 | More by stephendr
Photo of TheSarge


3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been holding back on trying this beer. Macro Euro Lagers don't get me too excited. Especially when I think of Beck's. Anyhow, I finally got the kahoonas to try St. Pauli's

With a fast pour, this produces about a two finger thick pure white head. The body of this brew is ultra clear and golden in color

Good aromas balanced with malt and hops. Has the freshly mown hay and straw characteristics of a good lager.

The taste isn't too bad. It's got the grainy, cereal consistancy of a pils, with a vivid hops presence. It's light bodied and refreshing. It ends with a bitter orange rind flavor.

Overall, I'm pleased to have finally tried this beer. It's a bit above average for a German Macro Lager/Pils. I'll have to keep and eye out and try the dark and/or special dark.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 08:17:16 | More by TheSarge
Photo of theopholis


2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- Has a light yellow/straw color. Very clear. Has a decent white head that disappears fairly quickly. Leaves no lace at all.. clear fizzy yellow, with no head to speak of.

Aroma- Mostly a sowr-mash and grainyiness with some bittering hops thrown in. It doesn't smell light-struck, but it did come in a green bottle.

Taste- Tastes more like a decent American macro-lager than a German pilsner. Mostly sour-mash with some bittering hops. I think I'm getting some corn in there to. Swish it around in your mouth, and the bittering hops come out a bit more.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body. Carbonation level is okay. Slight CO2 bite on the toungue.

Drinkability- It's okay for just a beer, but for a German Pilsner, I can't rate it very high.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 00:20:55 | More by theopholis
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured a straw-colored, light gold with a thin, bubbly head and some slight evervescence. The smell is of grassy grains. Sweet and hoppy but quite a bit of skunk to go with it. The taste is a mixture of sweet and bitter, but they don't combine well and both can be distinguished. Not the greatest, but not the worst beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 03:24:17 | More by Neehan
Photo of DoubleJ


2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
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
St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.